I have noticed that my body tends to follow a pattern. As I lose weight, it comes off everywhere other than my belly. Then, after my legs and upper body shrink about a size, my belly finally decides to get on board and it shrinks a little too (but never quite catching up). So I am perpetually going through this cycle of getting thinner and more pregnant looking, to thinner and slightly-less pregnant looking. It's really irritating.
Well, I'm back in the big-belly stage where the rest of my body is going down in size with my midsection staying disproportionately large. And it's irritating. Nothing fits right. Nothing looks right. It does a number on my confidence level. It becomes the bane of my existance. Not that I am the type of person to exaggerate or anything. Basically I'm saying that my belly has been on my mind a lot recently. This has always bothered me more than the actual weight. People who were more overweight then me but carried their weight in their hips or rear or legs always looked thinner than I did.
So I'm taking action. I tried a Zumba class last week, and all those hip swivels (even when done by an uncoordinated pasty-white girl) really worked my abs. I asked my Pilates teacher to help me concentrate on my "core" muscles today. And just so you can benefit from my experience, know that when you ask your Pilates teacher for an area to be worked she will not shy away from the challenge and you will FEEL it.
By the way--funny story--I made my doctor check my belly on Tuesday due to the pain. I seriously thought I had pulled a stitch or tore the belly mesh from my hernia repair. When he asked if I was working about and I told him about Zumba, he laughed and said that it was probably just muscle fatigue from working out. I explained to him that I don't have abs, and he assured me I did. Who knew?
Eventually, I may have to get surgery to even out. I hate that thought, but it probably is the only way to truly get rid of the pregnant look. We'll see in another 20 lbs how I feel about it.
In the meantime, I'm trying to be patient and to do what I can do build up muscle in my abs. I even got the Zumba game for the Wii (and it doesn't yell, "that's obese" at me, so that's a plus) so I can try it on my own. Any other thoughts? Anyone else with the pregnant belly look?