Good morning. I sit here sipping a tumeric mocha hot chocolate (leftover from yesterday morning…so freaking good), thinking about all sorts of things. I’m a big list maker and every day I write down a list of things I want to accomplish in my planner. Most days the items are things like meal prep, workout, laundry, run, and so on. Lately, my lists have consisted of baths, baby feedings, cleaning, laundry, walks, and naps. My how things have changed.
As soon as you bring a child into the world, everything changes (for the best). Yes, I still do things for myself but now my baby comes first. Yesterday, Harry had a day. He was gassy, fussy, and nothing seemed to calm him except a ride to grandma and grandpas house. I tried singing to him, snuggling him, feeding him, changing him…he just couldn’t get happy. Normally I’d be a mess. I’d cry, freak out, become extremely stressed….but I’m learning I need to remain calm. Everything will work itself out. He’s a baby and he’s going to have good days and bad and I will take each day as it comes 🙂 He’s just so cute I don’t like seeing him with a sad face.
So, now that the baby’s here, I’ve been thinking about my recovery plan. How soon can I get back into working out, eating protein shakes, running…all the things I love to do. I’ve been reading and most things say wait 6 weeks. At first my thoughts were…”6 weeks!? I can’t wait 6 weeks! I will lose all my endurance and muscles and never be able to pick up a weight again.” HAHA Haley, stop. You just pushed a baby out of yourself. Give yourself a break (a constant daily reminder).
You see, I thought I’d have the baby and be back to working out like normal in a week or two. LOL. Little did I know my body would need time to recover and rest. I tried doing pushups and could hardly eek out 2 from my knees. It also didn’t feel extremely great on my stomach/uterus. So I stopped. At that moment, I vowed to give myself the full 6 weeks to let my body heal. Yes, it’s freaking hard especially because I’m used to going going going all day. It’s hard for me to sit still. But I’m trying. Family walks have been a lifesaver. Lifting the baby has been a good arm workout. I will be alright, I just need to keep telling myself to take it easy and enjoy this time right now.
Like I said above, I’m a big list maker. So I already started making lists of things I do want to do once I’m back on the physical fitness train…it looks a little something like this:
- EASE back into it. Start with 10 minute workouts and work up to 20 minutes.
- Start with 2-3 days of working out and work up to 5 days.
- 2 full rest days a week (soak in the tub, take a walk).
- Start with all body weight and slowly add weight when ready.
- Focus on strengthening the core muscles.
- Running-start with 1 min of running, 1 min of walking and work up to 5 min running (get some solid new kicks for motivation).
- Sign up for a spring trail run for motivation (Hello willow river trail run!).
- Try a new class (Barre, yoga, flyfeet, orange theory…)
- EAT more veggies 🙂
- Give myself a break. No negative thoughts.
I’m hoping to get a weight bench at home so I can do this stuff while Harry snoozes but every one I’ve looked at is SO expensive and I’m trying to save money for Harry’s college fund so any recommendations on gym equipment would be gladly accepted.
Now for nutrition, I’m really trying my best to eat nutritious foods that will make Harry nice and strong. Although my sweet tooth has def showed back up since giving birth. AND all I want is milk…chocolate milk, white milk…all milk! So weird because I wasn’t a huge milk drinker before. Maybe it’s because I’m expressing so much milk to my son that my supply is depleted? LOL.
So meals have looked like this:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with spinach and tumeric + 2 homemade pumpkin donuts + a small coffee or tumeric mocha
Snack: Fruit (apple or banana)
Lunch: Salad or soup (thanks to everyone who has brought us meals!)+ roll or bread + handfull of M&M’s-I haven’t had plain M&M’s for ages and they are seriously the best thing right now.
Snack: Handful of potato chips or bowl of cereal
Dinner: Apple Beef meatballs with gravy, butternut squash, apple crisp, MILK.
As my 29th Birthday is less than a week away, I’m trying to reflect on how I can live my best life for me and those around me. Here’s to making goals/lists, being challenged, exciting adventures, new experiences, and YOLO-ing.
Have a fantastic football Sunday. Go Pack! Go Brew Crew.
-Hales, Ruth (snoring), and Harry (stretching).