It's no secret fitness is a huge part of my life. And when I got pregnant I continued to work out 5-6 times a week. Though running got sidelined when I was 24 weeks pregnant, I continued to hit up the gym and do my best to stay as fit as possible while pregnant. The changes to my body was one of my biggest fears when I found out I was pregnant. I struggled a lot throughout the pregnancy - not only with my body changes but also not being able to do what I wanted (like run!) But I knew scaling down my fitness routine was a must - not only for the health and safety of my baby - but also for me. I wanted to be able to get back into running once I gave birth.
I am now 5 weeks postpartum and was cleared by my doctor yesterday to resume all fitness activities. I was actually allowed to start working out at 2 weeks postpartum - at a very slow, easy pace and lifting light weights. I did abide by this - though I did also start running (VERY slowly) before yesterday. Some might not agree with this but I know my body and I listened to it. I haven't pushed myself. I haven't been running far (I've only ran 3 miles at a time so far.) I know what I can and can't do. But now that I've been cleared I'm READY.
I'm ready to start pushing myself. I'm ready to start training for a half marathon that I hope to complete in January. I'm ready to gain back some of the muscle I lost while pregnant. I'm ready to get out of my comfort zone and start lifting heavy. I'm ready to lose the rest of the weight I gained while pregnant (still have 7lbs to lose!) I'm just ready to feel like myself again.
I know I have to be patient with myself - this is going to be the hardest part of all this. I know it's not going to happen overnight. I know I have to put in the work to get to where I'd like to be. And, yet, I also know I might not get back to where I used to. My body is forever changed. And that's OK too.
And so that's where I am right now with this part of my life. I'll keep ya'll updated as I continue on this journey <3
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!