Pregnant women often discuss their rapidly evolving “pregnancy bodies,” but I’ve rarely heard married women talk about their “marriage bodies.”
It’s no secret that marriage can change a woman’s body — maybe not as drastically as pregnancy can, but the changes are just as real.
Since my wedding seven weeks ago, my body has morphed into what I call my “marriage body.” But contrary to recent research indicating that happily married people are more likely to gain weight, I have actually lost weight. Being married to my soul mate has never made me happier, so what’s to give?
It could be explained by the fact that I’m no longer sitting in my apartment alone, eating a box of Wheat Thins for dinner, topped off with a pint of blueberry frozen yogurt for dessert.
Now my husband does virtually all of the cooking — save for the nights I toss a bowl of soup into the microwave for him. He is a consummate griller, cooking steak and chicken so tender and seasoned that my mouth salivates conjuring the image. He pairs the meat with a fresh vegetable, and dinner is served.
We’ve also grown accustomed to strolling together after our evening meal. We live across the street from a lake, where there are plentiful walking trails. The nightly exercise has been the ideal complement to my daily routine, which consists of sitting and writing for hours.
Then there’s the sexual factor. Since getting married, we have had a lot more of it. A 2010 study by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University confirmed that married people do, in fact, have more sex than single people. In addition to nourishing my emotional connection with my husband, sex is a phenomenal way for us to burn extra calories and to boost our moods. I have noticed that the exercise improves my circulation by leaving my skin with a rosier glow.
Though my weight has dropped since the wedding, I’ve noticed that I’m also not as toned in certain areas as I used to be. Cellulite has collected under my buttocks; and my hips and thighs feel curvier. The reason? I’m no longer walking up three flights of stairs to reach my apartment each day, and lugging groceries by myself. I’m not too worried about it. My new curves are symbolic of my new status as a married woman, which also comes with a new home, a better complexion, more color in my cheeks — and the greatest love of my life.
So ladies, don’t fret: Tying the knot doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll gain weight. In fact, striving to live a healthier lifestyle together as a couple could be just the diet boost you need. Marriage is a daily challenge, but it’s a daily workout I’ll gladly endure. My inner goddess is perfectly content with my “marriage body” and can’t wait to flaunt it.