Learning To Love The Pooch

​Learning To Love The Tummy Pooch

You know that little pooch in the stomach? I call that my "tummy pooch" and I'm learning to love the pooch

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Dear Tummy Pooch,

I can honestly say you have been my enemy for as long as I can remember.

Remember that pool party I attended in 5th grade? I was rocking that purple one piece and felt like the shit walking back and forth between the pool and the diving board. Until Mom showed me the pictures and there you were tummy pooch, making your presence known, your little pooch making a scene in my purple one piece.

Then there was Middle School. Someone dared me that I couldn't eat healthy for a week. Challenge accepted, I won that bet easily. You became a little less prominent and I took notice. Then a week turned to a month and months to three years where you were no longer present but you were caved in. Pulled taught over my ribs. You just wanted a little room to breathe but I wouldn't let you have it.

Then High School came and I forced weight gaining shakes that old ladies have to drink down my throat and you eventually started to make your way back into my life. You were trying so hard to if not become the pooch you were before to at least help fill in the space in my jeans that hung off of me and it worked.

I remember the first bite of chocolate I took at home on my couch for the first time in three years. I had tears in my eyes as I bit down and tasted the smooth bitter taste of dark chocolate (I chose this because it was the healthiest kind).

I hated to admit it to myself, but I enjoyed it. Even with the tears rolling down my cheeks. Something in you awoke at that bitter sweet taste, tummy pooch.

Months passed and I allowed flavor back into my life and with it curves that I had never had before and an upgraded version of you appeared tummy pooch: abs!

But here I am now, in college where every meal is practically a buffet and I feel myself shifting from having the self control of a monk not to swat mosquitoes away while he meditates to telling myself to have whatever I want without moderation because I went so long without it for those three years and I deserve it now, dammit and this is where it gets tricky.

You are back in my life, tummy pooch and I feel like I'm looking back at those pool party pictures everyday when I look in the mirror. You like to take up space and that's apparent by the waist of my jeans or when I bend down to tie my shoes I feel a little cushion there that has never been before.

Here's the difference between then and now: I'm going to choose to love you, tummy pooch.

Am I a huge fan of seeing you everyday? No. Do I wish you would go away? Hell yes. But do I choose to love you everyday despite these things? Yes.

For all the home cooked meals you've hosted and given me something to grab onto when I'm laughing so hard I clutch my stomach.

You are apart of me at the moment tummy pooch and while I take the steps of moderation and exercise to lesson your presence, in the meanwhile I will love you.

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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