Real Mom Style: The Polka Dot Dress That Keeps On Giving

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It was a crappy weekend for me.  I had a tough time getting out of bed, my anxiety was under control but I was feeling oh so down. I didn’t want to do anything but lay in my bed (yes, like Bruno Mars) and binge watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix. On Sunday my husband made me go for a walk and I was forced to get dressed…now this is where my bad mood and general feeling sad really comes in.

This is in NO way asking for pity, but my weight is really an issue now. I no longer feel comfortable or content. Hand on heart, NOTHING in my closet fits. Yes, even my “fat jeans” are too tight. I am doing something about it — working out and eating better, but shoot, I’m 35, tired and I’m sure my metabolism in deep sleep right now.

I’ve been wearing the same 3 loose fitting dresses and this polka dot dress has accompanied me for 3 years now — it fits and looks great when I was 30lbs lighter and still fits and feels comfortable 30lbs heavier — it’s truly the dress that keeps on giving!

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Wearing this polka dot dress made me feel confident and happy — but I know I can’t wear it everyday.

However, for those few hours we were out, I felt better and it gave me even more motivation to plan my workouts and my eating for the week. I am ready to wear my old clothes again and not continue to see the scales going up and my happiness decline. I did force a smile in the pictures, mainly because it was crazy hot out and I was ready to get home!

I’m ready to get the week started in a happy and positive manner — first thing I did today was hit Fitness on the Run for a workout. Hope all of you mamas have a great one!

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This post is about real mamas who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are!

Did you look especially good this week? Were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? 

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  • Andrea Summers

    Super cute and hang in there. It takes awhile to start getting results. You are always in my prayers. Hugs!! :)

    • http://www.verybusymamablog.com/ María José Ovalle

      Thank you Andrea! That means a lot :) Now…I can’t figure out WHY the linky isn’t showing up??

      • Andrea Summers

        Trying adding it again. Mine always disappear if I add it before pictures, or if I change things after I put it in. Has to be the last thing I put. So dumb.

  • Laura Rose

    You look beautiful- you ARE beautiful! I second what Andrea says. Hang in there and keep trucking even if it’s a short workout! I find that what is hardest is keeping myself motivated, so I send my sis my workout plan for the week and then tell her how I did at the end of the week (I need some pressure). Sometimes I don’t do that…and just writing each day on the calendar what I did helps so that I can look and say “Good job, you did stuff this week!” or get myself back on track for a new week if I didn’t do so well. Praying for you and wishing I had a polka dot dress like yours. I can never find one that I really LOVE. Yours is that kind.

  • http://honestmum.com/ HonestMum

    Honey I agree with laura, you are beautiful inside and out and don’t need to lose weight. It always takes me time to lose baby weight, the best way for me was eating healthy wholefoods, good carbs and not loads and lots of protein, fruit and veg and running. I’ve recently got into yoga which in weeks has transformed my body and mind xx

  • http://www.torontoshopoholicblog.com/ torontoShopoholic

    I have been where you are. Last summer (and to be honest again right now) my weight got to somewhere I just wasn’t comfortable with and I started working out. But really in the beginning it was just making sure to move more everyday. Walks in the evening, workout tape, biking, anything. I saw good results with the Jillian Micheals tapes. You only have to commit 20/30 mins a day which is doable. Just find a way to stay motivated. I find convincing myself to work out is harder than the workout itself!

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  • thriftychicmom

    You look gorgeous mama, I feel your pain I am having harder time loosing the baby weight in the past and it’s not about the number it’s about not feeling good and none of my clothes fitting except new stuff. What counts is you are doing something… I am not :/

  • Sheila Lo Monaco

    I have follow you for a while now and remember you are inspiration for me and for many others I struggle with my weight after my daughter was born I got really depressed but I start working out and found strength on others so I know it’s hard but when you are felling dow remember we are here to hold you up!
    Hope you fell better

  • Glamamom®

    I got to that exact same point a few months ago and just made it a priority to workout. I’m also doing Shakeology and after months am FINALLY seeing some results. Feels good to take control. Be kind to yourself, you have two small children. BUT I know exactly how you feel and wish you the best. Just remember it takes time and you look GORGEOUS any which way. XO

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