Having a baby shortly before the holiday season introduces special challenges. First, there’s travel. Are you going to travel with a newborn or make everyone come see you? Second (and more relevant for this post) it’s a bummer of a time to lose weight. Pecan pie! Christmas cookies! Cheese platters!
Consequently, though I’m back to my usual running routine, the last 10-15 lbs of baby weight is coming off at a rather pedestrian rate. I can wear my old jeans, but it isn’t pretty. And I’m realizing, 2 months postpartum, that it won’t be pretty for a while.
So I’m faced with two choices:
1. Continue squeezing myself into my old clothes and trust that the discomfort will discourage me from eating unhealthy fare or
2. Buy clothes for the body I have now, and risk that I’ll start accepting my current weight.
I’ve heard reasonable arguments for both choices. My Shape magazine this month, for instance, instructs readers to “Keep your (tight) pants on.” The gist? “To avoid return trips to the buffet (and packing on extra pounds), wear a belt or a pair of skinny jeans as a reminder to keep yourself in check.”
On the other hand, being comfortable and wearing clothes that fit right can also put you in a better mood. And happy people may be more likely to take care of themselves.
I’m not sure which is right, but I wound up buying a larger pair of jeans this week. Good choice or not?