My Mum Body
Like many (MANY) Mondays, I woke this week determined to pay for the excesses of the weekend.
Tell me I’m not the only repeat offender who does this?
There was a bit of carb-fest on Sunday as we hibernated, watched a movie and lazed around with the kids after a fairly epic Saturday night farewelling the 2016 rugby season with Dave’s team formal at the club.
So, in full My-Body-is-my-Temple-mode, I punched out a steady 5.5km run on Monday with Dave pushing Nixie in the stroller. I’m always about 15 paces behind Dave and was harassed by a retired gentleman who noted that it looked like Dave was doing all the hard work! Bastard! I tried to think of a snappy retort but let’s face it, even if inspiration had struck it wasn’t like I had any puff in me to yell it over my shoulder at him.
It wasn’t the fastest run, I did get a little distracted by Pokemon along the way, but I did it. And I felt quite good! Knowing that I’d be writing a blog post for Berlei this week – you’re reading it now fyi – I thought, this is the perfect time to get an authentic, subtle, Mummy-appropriate snap of one of my new Berlei sports bras.
Instead, and all my self-conscious sensibilities are screaming at me NOT to post this image on the internet, I got this picture;
Nixon, having a fan-freaking-tastic time (I mean LITERALLY almost in tears he was giggling so much!) investigating the momentous squishiness of Mummy’s Big Boom-Boom Tummy – his words NOT mine! I’m a toddler stress ball I guess. I would add that to my Linkedin profile if I actually thought anyone looked at minor Mummy Blogger profiles!
So, here’s the truth, I HATE that belly, I despise my thighs and I really, really dislike the bingo-wings that have shown up recently.
I have a Mum Bod. And, it’s not one of the Beautiful Mum Bods either. But it’s mine and it still likes, and is able to run and play touch rugby and surf and dance on a Saturday night every now and then.
Mums and their Mum Bod’s need sports bras too. There’s a lot of wobbling that goes on when I decide to work-out and this makes me feel even more self-conscious. The secret to minimising my wobbles and therefore maximising my exercise motivation is twofold; compression tights and a really, really amazing sports bra. Which is where Berlei come in, I mean if they’re the only bras Serena Williams trusts then who am I to argue?
By removing some/all of the factors that can cause you to be self-conscious you can focus your mental energy on the task at hand – actually completing your goal distance, making it to the next lamppost before you stop running, getting out there day after day in the pursuit of health. Not a thigh-gap, or abs, but simple health.
If my boobs are protected and aren’t bouncing and my thighs aren’t rubbing together and eating a pair of too short running shorts, then I feel comfortable and that means that I’ll get back out there the next day, and hopefully, the next day after that. That’s a Mum win right?
Berlei is the #1 sports bra brand in New Zealand and their new range is both totally gorgeous and serious about reducing breast bounce, up to 60%! I breast-fed two kids and am now a c-cup so I’m pretty keen to minimise the trauma my boobs have to go through on a day-to-day basis – Mums need support too!
These are my two faves from the new range and the bras I’ll be wearing this season for touch rugby and running; (L) Shift Contour Bra (those straps are SO wide and comfy!) and (R) the Electrify Underwire Bra. Both have convertible straps which is awesome for those hot summer touch rugby games and killer runs where you have to wear a tank top or pass out from heat exhaustion!
Both are available now from Farmers in store and online.