G.P. — This year had been a pretty tiring one for me. I just came home from a New Year vacation when I learned that I was pregnant. Then there were a couple of birthdays that month and then the preparations for the pregnancy began.
And since it was really unexpected, I was trying to finish all the things that I need to go not only so that I won’t have deadlines to beat when I am nearing my due date, but also so that I will be able to save enough for the delivery. But sadly, it wasn’t the case. I mean, we were able to pay for my C-Section, but after that, we went short and we are still rather tight on the budget until now. Recovering but still not enough. And it’s already Christmastime.
Anyway, so this year, that means that I was not able to gift myself. I am not sure if you have read one of my posts in the past that I like to gift myself with jewelry. They may not be Kendra Scott jewelry but just a piece or two for the year. It’s like a remembrance. And now that I have two daughters, I can pass it on to them. Or at least I have reason to buy. haha
Jewelry can be pretty expensive. A piece can at least cost P5,000 maybe for a pair of earrings. At least. So this year, instead of jewelry, I got myself a watch. Oh yeah, that’s kind of another tradition I started–to buy one watch each year, just before Christmas when there is a sale at Timex. Yeah, I only buy Timex. Thankfully, I found one that I like again at 50% off. Lovet! It’s like a nice cap for the year. hehe Now, on to saving for the next year.
The selfie of Caroline Berg Eriksen that aroused hate messages from all over. Photo from her Instagram account.
Caroline Berg Eriksen may as well be considered a super fit mom. And why not? She is a Norwegian soccer wife and a fitness blogger.
What irked many people all over the world is her selfie photo posted on her Instagram for her followers to see. While many do not think it wrong to post photos in their bra and panties, this particular photo stirred the ire of women because it was taken just four days after she delivered her baby.
First of all, I really think that she posted the photo in good faith because she captioned it “I feel so empty…4 days after birth”. While I think that this woman is really blessed with a physique that just shrunk back to its original size after birth, this did not happen in just four days.
Since she is a fitness blogger, she has maintained a healthy lifestyle that combines diet and exercise. She has worked hard for it and she is reaping the benefits–even after pregnancy. People say that there is a pressure on women to lose the pregnancy weight as fast as they can. My question is, why would you feel pressured? I can say this because I am already in my fourth month after delivery and I am still way overweight. I would be very happy to shed this 15 lbs. extra weight. But I have to admit, I do not have a strict diet regimen nor do I have the energy to exercise. Do I want to be slimmer? Yes, I do, because I have very small legs and feet and most of my weight is in my upper body. It is sooo tiring already. I want to be healthier, too. But do I hate this woman for getting back her pre-pregnancy figure in 4 days? No, I don’t.
Gee, if you want to feel pressured to lose weight as fast as you can, then it’s your call. You have to make a decision and do something about it. Don’t hate other women for having the body that you don’t have.
G.P. — I have read somewhere that McDonalds has advised its employees to sing while working because music reduces stress and therefore also reduces risks for heart attacks and other ailments.
Well, I will not go into the details about that advice and why it was given in the first place, but what I can say is that yes, music does reduce stress. You may not really physically sing, but listening to music or doing things according to an imaginary rhythm while at work can make your mood and your day lighter. You don’t have to carry a vibraslap just to create rhythm. Just create the rhythm on your head.
Or maybe, you can ask your boss if you can have ambient music at work so that you and all the rest of your co-workers can also listen.
And maybe, I should also do it myself. For my sake and that of my children. I can sometimes be soooo uptight. And that is too sad for my kids.