Happy New Year!
As of today, I am 3 pounds away from my pre-baby weight. I’m pretty excited about it. However, I could care less about the number on the scale. I’m more concerned with simply getting back to the fitness level I was at around this time last year. I started noticing myself feeling the most unconfident that I’ve ever felt with how my body looks, and it’s definitely been a mental block to get over. I finally told myself, “Self, you grew an Adeline. Literally, your body grew a human who is now thriving and happy and beautiful. Your body is amazing, and capable of so many things. Just the fact that one minute you had a living being inside of your body and the next she was outside of your body is absolutely a miracle.” Point being, I’m working really hard to focus more on getting into a fitness shape where I am stronger and healthier, and less focused on what size my jeans are now. (Although, that still makes me a little sad. I’m pretty sure I’ll never see those sizes again, ha!)
Two nights ago I was able to sneak off to the gym again, thanks to a cooperative baby and a sweet as pie husband. (Did I just say sweet as pie? I’m turning into a mom. ACTUALLY, I’m ok with that. I aspire every day to be more and more like Beverly Goldberg.) I decided it was finally time to conquer my biggest postpartum fear…
THE FIRST MILE.
I’ve been super nervous about stepping back on the treadmill for two reasons:
1. Will my sports bra support my now-upgraded chest or will I want to die and go back to being a member of the itty bitty titty committee?
2. How out of shape am I really? How bad is this first mile going to hurt? Can I even still run? Do my hips remember how? Am I going to pee my pants????
Well folks, it was a long 12 minutes, but I successfully ran my first mile without stopping!
I walked for a few minutes before to warm up, and a few minutes after to cool down, and in between a glorious thing happened…I RAN AGAIN!!! Well, a slow jog, but still. It wasn’t exactly the 8:00 something pace I’m used to, but for 12 minutes I was a runner again and I was so stinking excited!
The hardest and scariest part of any journey is taking the first step, and I am officially so relieved to have it behind me!
Before I headed home, I tackled some core exercises to really guarantee a good soreness the next day. I did 5 sets of 12 yoga ball crunches, and 2 1-minute bosu ball planks. The bosu ball is. the devil. I’m sure of it!
So, if you’re also a new mom who’s scared to jump back into her gym game, go for it! You can do it!!
How was your postpartum fitness journey? What is your current fitness goal?