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Continuing to write about my experiences from recent consultations. Having written about the 16-year-old sprinter, the 21-year-old yoga student, I now write about the 30-year-old overweight business lady. It was the comparison that was causing her much more anxiety and physical distress than her primary complaint.
Case 3: The lady wanted to achieve her target pre-pregnancy weight – and said she had tried every possible exercise form and diet, but had not lost as much fat and gained as much muscle that she desired. On inquiring about who decided on these parameters- it was the mommy group influence. Such groups are wonderful to discuss common issues, encourage and pull each other up. But, unfortunately for her, she thought she was the only mommy who had not achieved her desired body composition. She did not realise that she was the only mommy who resumed work within 4 months and took her company to new heights since resuming. Not only is that an extra load of work which affects body physiology, metabolism and composition, but it also gives her that much less time to devote to her own self. Should she compare herself to pre-pregnancy? Again, many physiological changes happen and it takes time to revert. Whereas it should be possible to revert physiologically, people cope differently with the new responsibility as compared to when they did not have it. Also, some people just take longer than others and she is again stressing herself with the comparisons to self and others.
Not everyone has the same skin, hair, metabolism, professional drive and mental make-up. We were designed to be different individuals, let us not try to be like others and kill this variety.
Coming up last in the series- the 50-year-old marathoner………….