Quick post because I should be doing about five other things, but: the more I read Catholic Mom blogs right now the more I feel pressured to lose weight. Not all of them, but some, because it seems like a good third have just had babies and are talking about frantically trying to cut out sugar/exercise more/lose all the baby weight. Geoff remarked yesterday (after seeing part of some weight-loss ad) that he has had to restrain knee-jerk verbal responses to such things since reading Rethinking Thin.
I have a similar response, as well, but I also have the schizophrenic self-doubt vanity response, which says something utterly useless like, "Look, lots of other people are doing it. Look, she's already so thin and it's only been six weeks since her baby was born. It's true- being thin fast after having a baby is morally and aesthetically superior to still being postpartum-looking ten months later. Maybe I should try to lose weight? We all know that fat is shameful and wrong and the result of poor self-control and an affront to the people around us."
Notice how stupid this line of thinking is- thin is morally superior to not being thin? But this is still the voice in my head.
I need to go now because Elizabeth, who has finished eating crayons, is advancing towards me, and Miriam is crying and telling me off, and I think the boys are watching a stupid movie. Urgh. More later.
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