Every mom experiences that moment when you look in the mirror and, for better or worse, you don’t recognize yourself anymore. It looks different on everyone – but when it happens, you know. Here are two mom’s points of view on turning into ponytail moms.
But Not Too Shabby
The change happened slowly and subtly. At first, I told myself it was happening for convenience. Then, I convinced myself it was due to finances. Finally, I just accepted that it happened because I am a mom of two and I am just more comfortable this way.
I have become a Ponytail Mom!
For the past six months, I have made it my goal to run a 5K. I downloaded a 5K training app for my iPhone. It promises results in 8 weeks, but, it is taking me a bit longer. I have done a few 5Ks, even a 10K! But my objective is to run the entire 3.1 miles. I haven’t reached that yet, but I am getting closer. And in the process, I have lost 16 lbs!
This is all relevant because with my hectic, kid-centric life, I have always put exercise and my health and well-being last, as most moms do. But now that I make fitness a focus of everyday, it’s just easier to dress in workout clothes so I can squeeze in a run whenever I have a break during my day.
It’s not that I was very stylish or a Fashionista before. But there were certain items of clothing that I would never leave the house wearing. I guess you could say my style was preppy… polo shirts, cardigans, capri pants, and sundresses, like J.Crew or Ann Taylor.
Now I am all about yoga pants and hoodies.I never thought that I would drool over the Athleta and Lululemon catalogs! I have come to realize that exercise clothes can be comfortable AND cute! And a color-coordinated workout outfit makes me feel good about myself and is motivational to get outside and get RUNNING!
So although my long hair is now stuffed in a ponytail, and my cute cardigan is replaced by a hoodie, I still put on my lip gloss as I head to the track, and run to my goal…dropping a few pounds along the way. 🙂
In the last 3 years, I’ve lost over forty pounds. I have many “walking buddies” to thank for that, including Amynah. I am definitely healthier than I was – though, apparently, no more stylish.
When I was overweight, I dressed for comfort. I always had a difficult time finding clothes that fit well and looked great. My style was jeans and a t-shirt with a jacket of some kind. I never wore workout clothes unless I was at the gym – yoga pants with an over-sized t-shirt. I also would never have been caught dead with my hair in a ponytail or wearing a baseball cap.
My weight-loss journey changed all of that. Because I spent so much time walking each day, I had to acquire a wardrobe of workout pants, shirts, shoes, and jackets. I even had to start wearing my hair in a ponytail… and I even started wearing a baseball cap for those cold morning walks outside. Now, I have to search my closet to find jeans and a top to wear to a girls’ night out.
When I was mid-way through my weight-loss journey, one of my “walking buddies” – a friend for whom English is a second language – looked at me with a happy smile and said, “Maybe when you lose more weight, you will become stylish.”
I tried to let her down easy… let her know that I would never be her high-fashion shopping buddy. The simple truth is that I have never been stylish, and I doubt I ever will be. I don’t leave the house in old sweatpants and stained t-shirts, but workout pants and fleece zip-ups make up the majority of my wardrobe.
Kudos to those moms who always have on lipstick and wrinkle-free clothes, I am just not that mom… and that is A-OK with me. My current style, or lack there of, fits my lifestyle… and my budget?
Like Amynah, I too am a ponytail mom… and I am just hoping that I can keep up with her, and that we can reach our goal of running a 5k together.