I have struggled with my weight + my over-all body image all my life. What can I say, I was born a big baby + it did not help that being tall + big-boned runs in my Mama’s side of the family. I was towering over my classmates + friends all my elementary life + was stuck with a 52-kilo, 26-inch waistline even before I hit my early teen years. I know totally uncool, right? It was a good thing, though, that tank tops + skinny jeans were not yet a fad at the time + I was always clad in my choice-of-clothing hand-me-down shirts + poloshirts from my Papa + my totally unflattering lone pair of jeans! It did not even help that I was living a half-sedentary lifestyle, sitting in front of the tellie whenever I had the time, with biking around the barrio during weekends as my only form of exercise.

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It was in my early 20’s, when I discovered the beautiful thing that is yoga + tried doing it in the safety of my bedroom, just before I go to sleep at night or when I wake up in the morning. It was also then that I discovered vegetarianism. I tried my luck with this healthy lifestyle alternative + was never happy with myself! For the first time in my life I can wear shorts + skirts in public + I manage to get rid of the unsightly extra flesh on my thighs that has been there all my life! I was in my best form, filled at the right places. I even tipped the scale once at 49 kilos, the lowest I have weighed my entire life. I can also wear those form-fitting sexy blouses, as well as those body-hugging skinny jeans {my waistline has trimmed down to 27 inches around this time, too!}! I felt light, I felt good, I felt healthier + I was healthier!

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I started gaining back the weight several months before I turned 30, I became rounder + fuller but it was all good. Little did I know that there was actually a little, beautiful surprise that was waiting for me to discover!  I was to become a mum! Contrary to the usual, instead of gaining weight, I was actually losing them during my first trimester, with the morning all-day sickness + unusual lack of appetite. I just started gaining back the body weight in my 3rd trimester when my baby bump was all obvious + I was a few months away from delivery.  I never had problems with my body at the time, since I was totally enjoying my pregnancy+ I was discovering all these beautiful things about my body + the little pea thriving in my tummy! Not to mention I am also enjoying the extra oomph pregnancy gave to my breasts! 

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I was in the throes of body problems after I gave birth. The skin on my tummy is still supple, yet I totally dislike that it was now noticeably sagging due to the stretch it has to endure during pregnancy. My breasts are also un-glamorously sagging  + I have noticeable bumps in practically the wrong places of my body: my tummy, my thighs {which are abnormally large at this time!}, among others.

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Fast forward to 3 years into motherhood + parenting, I was nowhere near the body shape + size that I have wanted for myself. I was mistaken to be on the family way on several occasions due to my bulging tummy, which looks more like a 5-month old baby bump! + if that was not enough, I ballooned into a 58-kilo, 31-inch mammoth, much to my despair + dismay! :( I know practically how I’d counter-attack this ugly weight gai ~ by doing the following:

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But I hardly have time for an 8-hour sleep, much more a 30-minute work out each day. I am tied up to my home chores + parenting duties that I hardly have enough time for myself. The only form of exercise I can manage these days is to type away at my keyboard in between carrying my 22-kilo toddler + running after him, which is quite a feat in itself, if you’d ask me!

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The struggle to having a beautiful body is relegated to the sidelines, what with all the responsibilities on my shoulders, but it was a good thing that busy full-time mum/part-time online worker women like me can rely on revolutionary products like Wacoal. With their wide array of products to choose from, being body beautiful in any age has never been easy!

Now I do not need to taunt myself if I cannot wake up that early to stretch those sagging muscles or do not have enough energy to run in the morning or exercise in the afternoon. The answer to all my body problems are at the tip of my fingers. Of course it will be much better if I can get rid of all the unwanted fats + bumps altogether, or if I can alter the fact that my body ages as I do, but it sure is a great consolation to know that I now have access to fast + temporary solutions to my woes, while I struggle to find the time to include exercise, diet + working out onto my very busy schedules, won’t you agree? ;)

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.