Earth Tones in Northern Liberties

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My Outfit Details: Tote: Madewell via Nordstrom | Sweater: BCBG via Marshalls | Dress: Urban Outfitters | Booties: Topshop, sold out (similar here and here) | Lipstick: Relentlessly Red by MAC via Nordstrom

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful (usually) but it gives me the chance to experiment with layers. I would normally wear this dress in the summer time but I replaced flip flops with booties and added an oversized sweater. The layers combined with earth tone shades creates a cozier look.

Also, I just wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments about how I lost so much weight after the baby! But at the same time, I don’t want to mislead any mommies who just had their babies and are stressing about how different their bodies look and losing all the baby weight. I gained 36 pounds with my daughter and i’m proud of myself for losing most of it but i’m still not where I used to be. I dress strategically to not highlight areas that I still need to work on, like my abs (or lack there of) and have a long way to go.

When I first saw these photos, 90% of them showed my stomach sticking out and I hated them. To be honest, it made me feel bad about myself. Looking at the mirror, I felt like I was different than the girl I was before I got pregnant. There was one good photo from this series that I chose to post on Instagram but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it wouldn’t be right to only include that photo in this post. It’s just not realistic. I gave birth to a human being 7 weeks ago, who I carried around for over 9 months before that. I’m not going to look like I did before and that’s okay. I know I’ll get there with a lot of hard work, which includes exercise and clean eating, but it takes time.

I started working out 2 days ago. Before that, I would take the occasional walk but I wasn’t doing anything to try to lose weight like dieting because I had more important things to worry about, like nursing my baby and making sure she was gaining enough weight. I am in no rush! Nursing mamas should definitely not try and do any severe diets or overexert themselves or milk supply can decrease.

I just wanted to make sure you all saw what my tummy looks like without all the flattering angles and great lighting. For now, I work out once a day in the morning for half an hour and wear a waist trainer a few hours here and there and that’s enough for me because there are too many other things going on in my life. I am so glad we can all support each other. Being a mommy is so rewarding and a beautiful experience but it’s also challenging every day so we need to stick together and help each other out. We’re all doing our best. So moral of the story is, don’t be hard on yourself and don’t compare yourselves to each other. Everyone has a different story. If you like this post, let me know and I’ll try to do more articles like this one. If you don’t, also let me know and i’ll keep my thoughts to myself. 🙂 Feel free to comment below or ask any questions and I’ll incorporate them in another mommy post. Thanks for reading! xo, Tanya

 

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