Tuesday, July 25, 2017

{Hitting the Gym Postpartum}

Friends, I've been hitting the gym again. It has been so good for my soul, my mind and my emotional state. Having a baby takes such a toll on your body and your mental state. Having TWO children will run you ragged. Nursing Luce takes such dedication and literally takes every bit of me at night. I lay in such a position that keeps her ability to nurse easy and convenient. I twist and turn and tweak my back all for her. I wake multiple times a night to keep her satisfied. And even when she's headed for a late wake up time, my toddler will be sure that she doesn't make it past 7 am. ;)
SO, getting to the gym and taking care of myself has been crucial for my wellbeing. 
I find myself noticing something new about my postpartum body every time I go...

1. I seriously just want to wear a shirt that says, "I just had a baby!!!!" Yes, I'm a little self-conscious in my postpartum body, I fully admit it. I think that's a little normal. I try to be confident and proud of what my body did, but let's be honest, I want my pre-baby body back. 
2. It never fails when I'm running on the treadmill, I think to myself, "Man is this how big-chested women always feel?!" Nursing boobies are out of control. Jumping and running makes things extra bouncy. 😂
3. I think pregnancy and birth truly change everything about your body. I've ready articles about how it rewires your brain and I believe it. When I'm working out I really notice that my feet are a bit bigger and that my equilibrium is all out of whack. I've always had great balance, but lately at the gym I find myself having to pause between reps to maintain my balance. I know I'll get back into the swing of things and gain back my balance, but wow it's crazy how much our bodies change.
4. Speaking of bodies changing, my mom pooch slaps me in the face everyday and haunts me for not continuing to workout during my pregnancy. It seems like I'll be doing crunches and skipping chocolate shakes for the rest of my life.
5. I am constantly reminding myself that nothing happens overnight, after a week or even after four weeks. Especially when you're breastfeeding. You will need to have a higher fat diet, *slightly* higher calorie intake and sometimes lower intensity workouts. I push myself and do what I can with the limited time I have, but this(just like it was before) will be a process and a lifestyle change. No magical overnight miracle. Unfortunately lol.
6. You have time to be ready. You have to want (or need or crave it like me) it. I truly enjoy escaping and going to the gym and working on me. While nothing happens overnight, my muscle memory is already kicking back in and to see even the slightest change motivates me and boosts my mood! I love being there and that's how I know it's the right time.
Whether you love or hate your postpartum body, embrace it or hide it, take care of yourself, in your own time. We cannot pour from and empty cup. <3
Melissa Loren

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