Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I caught a new celebrity TV program interviewing Beyonce and commending her on losing 60 pounds of baby weight in less than 4 months.
She admits she had to work crazy hard to get her body back in time for her new tour, hitting the gym for up to 8 hours a day. Oh, and eating “lots of lettuce.”
Woo hoo for Beyonce, she’s back and stronger than ever!
But watching the interview just made me feel kinda crappy about myself.
Paul’s virtually the same age as Blue Ivy (Beyonce’s daughter). Beyonce’s already wearing tiny tiny stage costumes, and I’m still a good 20 pounds up from where I would like to be with my weight.
Don’t get me wrong — I know that besides the fact that Beyonce and I both have babies the same age, we’re 100% opposite from each other.
She’s crazy famous. She has unlimited access to the best trainers and chefs on the planet. She just had her first child, and I’m assuming has a nanny for Blue Ivy (with the whole 8 hours a day at the gym thing she has going on).
And I’m just an average stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, living in central Indiana. I have a meager YMCA membership which allows me to drop my kids off in the childwatch area for up to 90 minutes, just enough time to pound out a few miles on the treadmill.
Oh, and although my husband is a stud, I’m not married to Jay-Z either.
And I get it. I know Beyonce never agreed to be my celebrity role model, and what she does with her body is completely up to her. And while some new mamas might find inspiration in her story, it honestly just depresses me. I thought that maybe she would be different, but it turns out she just like most everybody else in Hollywood. Because come on, is 60 pounds in 4 months (4 months postpartum, mind you) even healthy?
I know, I need to seriously get over it.
So for today, I’m hereby forcing myself to get it out of my mind that it’s even humanly possible to lose 60 pounds in 4 months while caring for a newborn. Because honestly, Beyonce might look great, but has she really had the chance to slow down and even enjoy being a new mom?
I know I have, and it’s completely priceless. In fact, I wouldn’t exchange it for all the jelly in my belly.
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