Identity crisis

Do you ever look in the mirror and want to shut the lights off?  I am 38 years old and I guess I look “decent” given the fact that I have had 3 children.  I have weighed the same for 25 years (with the exception of my freshmen year at college, but I have no recollection of that…literally.).  I should be content with the fact that I had no problem losing the baby weight all 3 times.  I did nothing to lose it.  It just came off.  What can I say, I have good genes.  Thanks Mom and Dad.   

Despite maintaining my weight and being able to wear the same jeans that I did 10 years ago, I often don’t recognize myself in the mirror.  Maybe it’s the “scream lines,” or the 9 year old boy boobs from nursing 3 children, or the 2 hernias that I cart around now post child birth that double as a party trick depending on the audience (Kills every time!). 

I blame my children 100% for my steady decline into “WTF happened to my body!”  Sure, I could place some blame on the aging process, or the fact that my diet sucks, or that I don’t moisturize or exercise nearly enough.  Maybe I’m giving myself too much credit, but I think I would do these things more if I had the energy to do them.  The fact is, my 3 children suck the energy out of my body at a rate that would most definitely qualify them for the Olympics…if “sucking energy” were a sport.    

Here’s my sickening reality, my ass is flattening as I sit here typing this sentence…I can feel it.  Hey kids, do you understand what I have physically sacrificed for you?  Your mom used to be hot.  Okay, that’s a stretch, but she used to have a shape.  Here’s the real question.  Why do I care?  I am in my house all day every day with 3 kids under the age of 8.  They could give a shit less if mommy wears make-up or takes off her sweat pants or wears a bra.  I could let myself go to the point that none of my close friends or family would even recognize me, and my children (and husband) would still tell me that I look pretty…and mean it.  (Cue sentimental music now.)  I really wish this was enough for me.  I’m not proud of the fact that this admission guarantees my induction into the “shallow person hall of fame,” but I accept my fate. 

The fact is, I do care, but have yet to figure out just exactly what I am willing or able to do about it.  Wake up extra early to work out…not gonna happen.  Maybe I could let my kids sit in front of the TV and watch a Caillou marathon in the afternoon while Mommy sweats it out on the elliptical.  For several reasons, absolutely not. (Don’t get me started on Caillou.  He’s creepy.)  I guess I could hit the gym after the kids go to bed.  Good one.  Interrupt wine time?  Please.  Do you understand my dilemma?   

For now, the solution to boosting my self-image is simple.  Drink too much wine, take random selfies and send them to 3 or 4 of my nearest and dearest friends/family who, with the exception of one, will always tell me that I look awesome.  (My poor brother.  He has begged me multiple times to delete his number from my phone. Sorry little buddy. You can’t pick your family.)  I love my friends.  They accept me for who I am and whole heartedly agree with the following statement as a result of my actions.  I will never be able to run for President…of anything.  As my brother recently told me in reference to the previous statement, “Yeah, some things would be hard to explain Jill.”

 

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