I was at an event the other day and the topic of mommy makeovers came up. Apparently this is a big trend in the post-Kardashian baby-having era. Those sisters are popping babies out left and right and then immediately turning the focus back on themselves.
After thinking about it for awhile, I decided that this mommy makeover thing is one craze I can get on board with. I mean, I got laser eye surgery and chopped my hair off and bleached it bright blonde in the span of a week. It felt freaking fantastic to do something just for myself!
My oldest is four now and I really feel like the vibe around having babies was WAY different with my youngest – now 9 months old – than it was when I had my big boy. Since 2011 we've seen a stronger focus on women's identities with the “like a girl” and “real beauty” campaigns as well as an increase in outspoken female role-models such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hillary Clinton.
Love her or hate her, Hillary's on-track to be the first woman to win one of the primary parties' presidential nominations. That alone says a lot about our society.
Women are fierce, and it's encouraging to see them being empowered to make the decisions that they feel are right for their families and themselves. Self-image has a lot to do with how we feel and how we function, so it's nice to see some focus being put on this issue.
I was in the midst of all this reflection and all of these changes when UltraShape reached out and asked if I'd be an ambassador for them. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the UltraShape procedure involves a series of ultrasound waves essentially killing off fat cells in specific areas. I'll admit that at first I gave them some major side-eye.
“I'm sorry, but you think I'm a good candidate to talk about fat cells? What exactly are you saying?”
But after three babies in a row, I do have some serious pooch going on. So I agreed to work with them, and I'm set to get my first fat-blasting treatment shortly.
Now, I want to be perfectly clear about a couple things before we embark together on this journey.
Yes, together. I'm going to be sharing the nitty-gritty because I think it's fair for people to see the real process and unedited before-and-after photos from a voice they trust.
I am not lacking in self-confidence. This isn't being driven by any sort of need to please or meet someone else's ideal of perfection. My priorities are focused more on efficiencies and making life run smoothly. I'm simply tired of having a hard time getting dressed in the morning. I'm a relatively modest person who is tall and a little bit awkwardly proportioned. Having a little glimpse of flab sticking out of whatever outfit I try on is exhausting. It's not that I need to size up – I've tried that – it's that I simply need to redistribute. That's not a comfortable feeling. It doesn't sit right with me to look in the mirror and see a person who doesn't reflect the polish and poise that I feel inside.
So there you have it, the “before.” Stay tuned for the “after” following each of my three rounds of the procedure.
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and UltraShape blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.