For some time on my blog I’ve noticed that one of the search terms that keeps coming up is ‘women’s abs selfies’. I think this is possibly because I have blogged about ab selfies before and about how pointless they are and also how unrealistic many of these pictures of abs are for most of us to achieve. I don’t even want to think about the lack of eating that goes in to achieving abs. I also don’t see what they achieve above looking ok when you have your top off, and in the UK that might happen one good bank holiday every year.
But ab selfies are not going away. Log onto instagram and there are plenty of women and men baring their tummy, trying to show us their lunch via a close up of their belly button. Visit the side bar of shame on one particular ‘news’ site and you will notice plenty of female celebs showing their abs for all to see. Abs do not seem to be going away, so to satisfy the people who end up on my blog looking for a toned, sleek, shiny, tanned stomach…….
here you are.
There ain’t no washboard there and Jess Ennis I definitely am not. I have a little paunch that hangs over my shorts and when I get into a plank position the skin hangs. When a 5ft woman with a small torso carries a 9lb baby boy the skin of your stomach becomes stretched beyond the point of all return. Two pregnancies very close together have also meant that my belly button doesn’t really exist any more. I have stretch marks galore and I am a little soft round the edges. Photo shop would have a field day on this stomach, this is my very own ‘Post Baby Body’.
But lets look at things a different way. This ‘Post Baby Body’ has run many miles including two marathons. It can lift weights and keep up with two energetic little boys who if allowed would have the upper hand constantly. I have done exercises, planked, done sit ups and yet my stomach remains the same and do you know what? I really couldn’t give a shit. I may never have the taut, lined stomach of a fit mag cover model but posing in bikinis wouldn’t get me where I really want to be and that is crossing finish lines with a smile across my face.