Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pregnant Lady Workout Thoughts

Today was a pretty humbling day. The superhero-esque vision I have of myself was crushed in one fell swoop. It was more of a crouch than a swoop, actually.

You see, I have continued to workout regularly throughout the 24 weeks and 5 days of this pregnancy. For the most part, I've been running - shorter and slower - but running all the same. Many of my workouts were completed with my track team. Sprint workouts. Strength. Distance. I was feeling pretty good about it all - pregnancy, schmegnancy. Pffffft. Piece-a-cake.

24 Weeks and all smiles.
I came home from work today and I didn't want to run. Sometimes, I just don't wanna. But I did want to workout. So, I put in my T25 dvd and chose the "Speed 1.0" workout - which is mostly cardio, stretching and stability. The opening jog sequence started and I was like, "Yeah, I got this. This video is sooo easy." Jog. Jog. Jog. Well, within the next two minutes - I realized something awful; I was going to have to do the modified workout.
NOOO! What. The. Eff.

You know what I'm talking about. While the rest of the fit "normal" people in the video are happily, effortlessly jumping around in their tight little bodies and equally tight clothes, there is one slow-poke off to the side offering a pouty "modified" workout. They're usually dressed in sweat pants and kicking a leg around listlessly or fist pumping casually while the others are doing the "real" version. Yeah, I was relegated to THAT workout. (Calm down. I'm not judging you if you actually like the modifications or you have to do them for whatever reason.)

I realized that I couldn't fake my way through the actual video when I attempted to do an "up and over." You know the move: an aerobic-y hop while popping your right leg up and over your left leg, toe touch and back the opposite direction. My belly got in the way! For real. My belly is not even that big! So I was like, "Um....ok. I'll just do it slower." I cannot explain how much slower I had to do it to make it even slightly comfortable...it looked like a weird stationary military march. And with that...I had to start following the Modifier, who suddenly became an enlightened genius offering fair and just treatment of those simply trying to muddle their way through this torturous collection of moves. Who thought of this crap anyway? 

How quickly our perspectives change.

I finished my workout. I got a little sweaty. But I felt a little defeated, to be honest. I'm pretty tough on myself when it comes to physical things. The thought, "That is too hard for me" rarely (never) enters my mind. I'm a cocky jerk about physical things - truth. Because of that, today was humbling. I called my dad and retold the story of my living room defeat - and he laughed at me. He said, "I can just picture the disgust on your face when you realized it." But telling the story and hearing him laugh about it all made me realize what this whole thing is about: I AM GROWING A PERSON. Sometimes I forget. My dad made me feel so much better about the whole thing and I was able to laugh at how ridiculously childish I was acting about it. 

Give yourself a break, girl! Do that slow-poke workout. Feel good about staying active and healthy and taking care of that little boy in there. He won't care how tough you are.

So, my fitness goals will continue to change as my body changes. I have no interest in becoming one of these "news-worthy" fit pregnant women (i.e. Crossfit lady) but I am also deathly afraid of losing my fitness - it is a huge part of my life and it always has been. I will stay as active as my body agrees to. I learned some of my limits today.

More power to her, but this is not for me. Just no.
In other updates, everything else is going pretty well:
- I am excited to be done with school in a few weeks - for a number of reasons (mostly, see previous post.)
- I am feeling like myself. If I couldn't see my belly, I would never remember that I'm pregnant.
- I am not gaining weight as quickly as I think I'm supposed to. 6 pounds so far. The doctor said she's not concerned so - neither am I, I guess.
- I wouldn't say I am having any weird cravings, but I do have a very real love of ice cream. And Honeynut Cheerios. And apples. And yogurt.
- No real symptoms to report, other than some crazy awful heartburn (aka - throat lava)
- I bought my first maternity maxi dress...because it was on sale and I like deals.
- We still haven't thought of a name. Well, we've thought of a thousand names but none of them are THE name. This makes me nervous.
- I can feel the little boo kick! Now - that is awesome! From what I can tell, he's going to be a nice little baby and a great runner. 




 

5 comments:

  1. That happened to me too, I literally broke down on the side of the side of lake drive one day but yes then you remember you are growing a person. Find something that works for you and remember it will continue to change as your body changes. I'm repeating this to my 30 week pregnant self. Most of the work outs I do are off brithfit, it's a crossfit for pregnant lady blog. I'm no crossfit lady but I know the lifting will help for delivery and after. As for weight gain, I was painfully behind as well but between 25 and 29 I exploded...you get there just eat right and don't worry!!!

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  2. What kind of ice cream? What about milkshakes and sundaes ?

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    1. Pretty much anything cold! I've stooped as low as going to the McDonald's drive-thru for a 49 cent cone. :) haha. If I had my choice, butter pecan!!! I'm going to have to get some now.

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  3. OMG! This all just happened to me today. I am 25w4d. I have been experiencing side pain while running and spinning. Upon talking with the OB nurse. We decided it was muscular and not harming the baby at all. Just hard on me. So she suggested, that I take more rest days and maybe I won't be able to run 3 miles at a time anymore. I was like "Lady, for real?? But I run 13.1 miles for fun! 3 miles is warm-up!" aaaugh! So I totally feel you!!
    With pregnancy #1, prenatal yoga saved me! Not only did it somewhat satisfy my craving for physical activity but it helped me get through labor. And there is something so wonderful about being in a room with only pregnant women. You don't have to worry about anybody with tight bodies or tight clothes. LOL :)

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  4. Michelle- I could read your posts all day long. So funny. Always true. Always funny.

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