On Saturday morning, I went to the gym as per usual. When I came back, I looked in the mirror and was pleased with what I saw. My stomach muscles were showing definition, and seeing my arms with anything resembling muscle is still something I’m not used to.
On Sunday evening, I went to Tesco and bought a pizza. It’s been a long few weeks, and I felt I deserved it. Looking in the mirror afterwards, I looked like I could be in my third month of pregnancy. (I’m not, by the way.)
Point being, bodies tend to do what they please. On an empty stomach just after a workout, of course I’ll look defined. Right after demolishing a margherita pizza with feta on top, probably not. And in all honesty, even if I have a healthy dinner of salmon, greens and rice, I still get a huge food baby because I’m thin and stomachs expand when they’re full.
Between bloating (girls, you feel me here), food babies (I’m hardly going to stop eating any time soon), and a dozen other things that impact our appearance on a day to day basis, this stuff is really not worth all the worries it’s given.
I initially started going to the gym because I was tired of being a hypermobile weakling. Nine months later, I’m still hypermobile but with way better muscle tone, which means I’m roughly 5-7lbs heavier than I was in September and the heaviest I’ve ever been.
Also, my cramps at ~that time of the month~ which used to get so horrendous I would be screaming into pillows, tears streaming down my face, have completely disappeared. HUGE PERK.
But a quick little note for any out there who may not know: MUSCLE ROLLS. Before I started working out, if I really slouched I might get one stomach crease. I am thin, but at this point I had no real stomach definition. Now that I do (when I haven’t just scarfed a pizza), I get a fair few stomach creases when I slouch. And it’s all perfectly normal.
So weight isn’t the thing you ought to be concerned with. Stomach creases when you slouch aren’t the thing you ought to be concerned with. The food baby you get when you occasionally treat yourself isn’t the thing you ought to be concerned with. Eat healthily, treat yourself sometimes. Exercise regularly, where you can (honestly it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in terms of my day to day life). Don’t criticise what’s completely natural.