During our amazing Mother's Day week I didn't have time to stop and update the blog so you get a doubly good post today!
I can’t quite believe that we’re already half-way through Body Back! It’s been a good week to reflect on how far I’ve come in just four weeks. I honestly didn’t think that I would be seeing results this soon into the program, but I am! I’ve never been one for body measurements and weighing myself, but gauge progress on how I feel. And this week I’m starting to feel great! I have quite a bit more energy and my clothes are beginning to fit better. I’m finally feeling more comfortable in my post-baby body!
This week has also shown me that working out is fun again! I used to have so much fun working out. I was a dancer growing up, an athlete in high school and joined the rowing team in college. I enjoyed each of those active stages in my life where working out and getting stronger was just a regular part of my day. Even while I was pregnant, I felt strong and alive. I couldn’t workout at quite the same level, but I was in awe of my body’s capacity to grow a tiny human while still affording me the ability to run, jump and play with agility and strength. (Sorry! I’m one of those annoying people who enjoyed being pregnant and who’s body pretty much agreed with the experience.)
More recently, working out has just been work for me. I did it because I knew that it was best for my overall health, but not because it was enjoyable. I was easily talked out of going for a run or taking the extra trip to the Quad Cities for a Stroller Strides class. This week there was a clear shift in my thinking and mindset toward working out. I was looking forward to classes and made sure to arrange my schedule to include more time to work out on my own. As I exercised, I found myself striving to squeeze in just one push-up and hold a plank just a few seconds longer. Since I’ve felt my strength return, I find that I’m pushing myself more to see what I can do and how far I can go. I felt great after each workout this week and for the first time, in a long time, the phrase #MomStrong has fully resonated with me. I not only am strong at playing the mom-game (doing all the things, all day long), but I’m also healthy and physically strong.
My over-arching goal for this program was to “feel better” at the end of these eight weeks. It looks like I’m well on my way to getting there!