Spotlight Sunday: Sara Travers – “What I learned was that I couldn’t just change one piece of the puzzle… I rearranged ALL the pieces.”
Apparently about three-quarters of women are heavier a year after giving birth. I was part of this statistic.
Back in the heady days before I had my son Arthur I’d been able to eat what I liked, never needing to worry about my weight. This completely changed as soon as he was born, and I had absolutely no idea what to do about it. I tried various forms of exercise, but nothing seemed to keep the weight off.
Over time, with all the pressures of parenthood, but without actually realising it, I gradually stopped doing many forms of exercise altogether. Things I enjoyed and kept me fit, like swimming. It was because I didn’t like the way I looked.
At the age of 3 Arthur started nursery, by which time I’d reached the stage where I just accepted not feeling happy about my size and the way I looked. I dismissed it as “just part of being a mum”.
But despite appearing to be OK about the situation, I wasn’t. I particularly didn’t like the fact that finding clothes to ‘get away with’ wearing was a constant battle in the morning.…