I’m not the first—or the last—mom, to bemoan about losing ‘those last five pounds’ after baby. In my case, I’ve been at it for six years. But now that I’ve had my second (and final) child, I figure it’s time to get serious. I’ll be honest, I’m not very disciplined: I do light-to-moderate exercise (infrequent yoga and lots of walking—does going up and down my stairs count as cardio?) and try to eat healthier (fries only twice a month…). However, it’s difficult to keep the calorie and carb count low when there are mini me’s in the house. Let’s just say that my two girls weren’t impressed the night I made kale salad and salmon. That evening they just ate rice.
Fighting a losing battle, I decided to cheat.
A few weeks ago, my friend Mary Anne hauled me upstairs to see her new pants. Yes. Her new pants: the Daria pant from Wilfred Free at Aritzia. Now, I’ve seen black, stretchy leggings before. I’ve even scorned them, promising myself to only wear lycra pants for exercise. Seeing that I was unimpressed, she demanded I try them on.
After squeezing myself into her leggings, I went to the mirror to see what the fuss was about. Well, let me tell you: My butt looked awesome. These pants are not only comfortable (they are leggings after all), but they really do suck it all in: ‘mom’ tummy, butt, thighs—everything slightly above and below the waist. Now, my tummy wasn’t flat (it can’t do the impossible), but it looked very pre-baby. Refinery29.com even raved about these miracle pants here, As I’m checking out my butt, my husband walks in, saying approvingly. “Heeeeeeyyy. Nice ass”. Looks like I’ll be getting myself a pair.
So I ended up purchasing an item of clothing (leggings!) that I thought I’d never buy, at a store that I don’t usually shop at. Made out of vegan leather, the fabric is über soft and stretchy. The high waistband is a first for me but when you realize it covers a multitude of sins, I may never go back.
For evenings out: I just go for it and wear fashion-y tops that are a bit much for the morning school drop-off. Think silky or athleisure tops with great shoes and a clutch.
For casual brunches with the ladies: As a mom of two it’s still important to make an effort, so loose, but comfortable shirts or tunics are always an easy choice. Floaty tops mean I can order more than just a salad.