Pregnancy/Post Pregnancy Fitness Thoughts

I didn’t originally plan on typing up anything on my pregnancy/post pregnancy fitness-y ‘stuff’, but I typed up a quick email about it to a friend and thought it might be a good idea to post just in case anyone else is interested. Here goes (it’s pretty abbreviated. if you want me to elaborate, let me know!! I think I have WAY too many thoughts about my experience, and I don’t know if I could even begin to properly discuss it!)
I worked out 6 days a week for about 60-90 minutes. It was a combination of treadmill work, HIIT, tabatas, strength intervals, spin, hot yoga, you name it- I did it. I was sore and exhausted most days- because that’s how I loved to be! I was still indulging in drinks/sweets- just balancing them much better than I had in the past. I was in the best physical/mental shape of my life before pregnancy.
While I was pregnant:
So my workouts pretty much stayed the same as pre-pregnancy until around week 23-25. For the most part, the intensity and the same exercises were there, but some days I was more fatigued than others and would go for a walk instead.
Here’s the crazy part- I got weighed at all my appointments and even though I knew I was going to gain weight (duh, there’s a baby in there) I still didn’t want to see the numbers. So even on those appointment days, I would drink less water so the number wouldn’t be so high. TERRIBLE.–> don’t judge. (I think it was about 27 lbs I wound up gaining?) I normally don’t care about the numbers, but now that I had to actually see them every few weeks, it was just….bleck.
From 25-30ish weeks, I started to modify all my workouts. Plus, my gym membership ended so all my workouts were done at home. I was doing some WODs, circuits, HIIT, prenatal yoga, Tracy Anderson prenatal workout DVDs and modified T25 (it’s high impact, but there were several ways to modify and still get a great cardiovascular workout). I wasn’t walking the dogs anymore because crazy dogs + snow/ice + pregnant lady= no bueno. I made sure to take long walks on my lunch break at work (about 3ish miles).
30ish-end of pregnancy: this is when I started to get pinched nerves and had a real mobility problem. But I knew I still needed to move to stay healthy (docs said me/baby were both perfect, so it was really where I was mentally). I was still eating as healthy as possible, but not neglecting my sweet tooth! Some days were TERRIBLE. I literally could not get up from the couch, but knew I needed to move in some way, so I would attempt some workouts…mostly just standing up was my workout. Or just going up and down the stairs for laundry would do the trick. Can someone say winded?!! Doctors advised to only do what made me comfortable; PT advised the same after an assessment. PS: I worked out until the day before Wes was born! I probably would have worked out the day of, but he was born at 3:30am
Lucky for me, the birth went great and my body handled it really well. To be honest, it was still EXHAUSTING to even walk around the block pushing the stroller the first two weeks. I even ventured to the mall a few times and was extremely fatigued afterwards (pelvic floor muscles are shot and it feels like your insides might fall out).
I knew I’d have to wait 6 weeks to workout, and in those first weeks I didn’t even THINK about working out because I was EXHAUSTED and trying to figure out this whole baby thing. Breastfeeding probably helped with the post baby weight loss, and my appetite was pretty low. It’s weird because I am one of those people who hate going more than 2 days in a row of no workouts, but for 4 weeks I didn’t even break a sweat! (Is it weird that I wouldn’t mind going back to those days already? Yup, probably)
I really can’t stress enough how much it didn’t even bother me..which I still think is so weird! The doctor cleared me to workout at 4 weeks so I decided to do the entire T25 program from start to finish (currently halfway through it). The first week was TOUGH and I modified it just about as much as I did when I was 39 weeks. After the first week, I noticed improvement in my strength and endurance and was gradually able to transition from modified to full-intensity workouts.
I even dared to step on the scale and was shocked to see the number be less than my pre-preg weight! (I am more than sure that there is some muscle loss that caused butt is pretty flat lately! although my guns? NEVER BETTER. That’s what will happen when you hold a 15lb baby in a precarious position because that’s how he fell asleep and you DARE.NOT.WAKE.HIM.)
So now, I’m still very in tune with my activity level (and conscious of making sure I eat a good balance of fruits/veggies/protein/dairy/carbs—especially since what I eat goes directly to what Wes eats!) but it’s not my main focus anymore. Which I think is a pretty good thing because my more relaxed approach to it has allowed me my SANITY, allowed me to enjoy Wes, and to just enjoy the time I have off to be with him and NOT worry about logging hours of sweating. Plus, I’m still not drinking a lot like I was pre-pregnancy, so I’m not consuming all these crazy calories!
I think my biggest fear was stretch marks (let me rephrase that: more stretch marks. I already had a lot on my hips and inner thighs) and not being able to shed the weight, but even after he was born my stomach flattened out after only a couple days and my hips/thighs and everything in between seemed to be exactly how I *left* them pre-pregnancy! And those days after birth when your tummy is still big is honestly not as big of a deal because not only do you have a baby to look after but it’s still way better than a 40 week belly and the fatigue that comes with it! I still have my mental fat days and they’re a struggle to get over but it’s nothing some fresh air/bowl of veggies/baby snuggles can’t fix!!
So there you have it…some of my briefest thoughts on how I tackled fitness during my pregnancy, and how my approach has changed!


Guess I got the writing bug again. WOOP. I think I’m better at random thoughts, so here goes..

1. I was FaceTiming my mom this weekend when I heard some clicking noise in the background. I asked her what it was and she casually responded “That’s just dad cocking his gun”. –> Side note to this: He was perched on the floor near the dining room window with a BB gun aiming at some pesky squirrels in the backyard. –> Side note to the side note: He USED to trap them and name each of them Darrell and release them further in the woods. Now, they get no such mercy as they  interfere too much with the myriad of bird feeders out back.

2. We cleaned our basement this weekend!!!!! Pardon the excessive exclamations, but our basement was converted into a suite by the previous owners and we’ve had friends/family staying in it on and off since Tyler originally bought the place. NOW IT”S ALL OURS and we’re reno-ing it to make it a comfy extra TV/lounge room (with bonus of bathroom, additional kitchen, and sleeping area). First step: cleaning up all the nasty (garbage/storage/yadda yadda). When I say nasty.. I mean it stunk like garbage meets rot meets dirt meets armpit. Now it smells like a spring meadow and I can’t wait to re-carpet and spend some QT down there.

3. Can anyone think of a successful way of staying the most asleep when you have to get up to pee in the middle of the night? I usually try to keep my eyes closed and feel my way to the bathroom, but lately I have been massively tripping on the corners of all furniture, the fan, and umm a dog or two. By the time I make it in there, I’m wide awake and end up having to peruse Instagram for an hour or so once I get back in bed.

4. SUITS. Let’s talk about it. First season, I was hooked. I LOVE ME SOME HARVEY SPECTOR. Why is he so dreamy sexy? I’m also pretty jealous of Rachel, minus all the high-waisted pencil skirts. Fast forward to season 2 and 3 and I’m having a slightly difficult time staying interested since it seems to always be about the whole merger/managing partner biz-niss. Anyone else feel the same way? I’m still going to be a trooper though, because: HARVEY.

5. Here’s a Calgary gripe: I live(d) at the end of one of the train lines so when I got to the station every morning, I always had 2 sides of the track to choose from. Last week, they opened a new stop that extends from mine and now I hate it. The platform is in the epicenter of all wind activity and it seems that no one is really opting to use the new station and mine is still as crowded. First world problems, I know. But a girl can complain.


6. I am going to NY/Boston for Thanksgiving (NOTE: Canadian Thanksgiving, not the ‘real’ Thanksgiving. Hint: It’s the second week of October.) I’m super excited to just be home, see some friends, eat some good food, and maybe try to catch the tail end of kayaking season.

7. That just reminded me: My 10 year high school reunion is coming up and I have all sorts of thoughts on how completely ghetto the event will be. First of all, I’m not even going nor do I care to go because I only went there for 2 years. Second, the ‘reunion’ is a 2 hour get together at a local bar and organizers have said (via Facebook) that an ad will be put in the paper to let everyone know more details and that there will be a slight fee at the door to cover decorations/food/etc. Does anyone see how wrong SLASH stupid that is? You don’t advertise it in the paper (um, hello I live in Canada now), nor do you have the event only last 2 hours in the middle of the day. I have to keep reminding myself though that it’s a really small town and half the people still live there and probably already have 305923 kids. So, very appropriate to also hold this at a bar. END RANT.

8. Should I even talk about workouts? Probably not. I have been sticking to some stuff at my work gym during the week and opting for home workouts/outdoor activities on the weekend. I also ordered a couple new DVDs to check out since I’m kinda over T25. (I sometimes follow Tonya, WHAT)

9. I bought a bottle of Dandelion wine not too long ago. Yup, I’ve tried just about everything the market has to offer, so now they’re putting weeds in the booze. I put it in the cellar for now, but will let you know how good/earthy/front yard-y it’ll probably taste. I NEED PUMPKIN BEER TO COME OUT NOW.

10. Football starts this week which means I lose Tyler for 3 days out of every upcoming week. PROS: I can watch all my shows in the other room; I can do laundry; I can bug him; I can think about buying myself something online with his credit card but won’t because I’ll feel too guilty. CONS: Everything I say will breeze in one ear and shoot out the other; I have to do laundry; all conversations outside of game time with have a football-esque theme. At least there will be nachos.

Guys, I am so wordy. I need to stop now.

Thoughts While Working Out: March 5, 2013

Thoughts While Working Out: March 5, 2013

  1. Do I waddle when I walk? People always stare at me when I first walk in the gym.
  2. OMG they NEED to put a curtain or something around the scale in the locker room. Naked lady overload.
  3. Why must the women suffer by having to walk through all the snow/sludge/wet spots since the locker room is downstairs and the mens locker room AND gym floor are upstairs? #sexist
  4. I think I’ll do 10 minutes spin THEN row THEN run.
  5. I am already sore from the deck of cards workout I just did at home. I hope I can get through 30 minutes of cardio.
  6. Oh Shit. Do we have BBQ sauce to go with our dinner tonight? I think I’ll risk it- I don’t want to go back to the store.
  7. Baggy crotch on the bike. How annoying.
  8. The Following is a pretty good show.
  9. Jax Teller.
  10. Did I seriously record that TLC show Myrtle Manor? Yes, yes I did,
  11. I kind of want to drink tonight. I can because I’m unemployed and I might as well enjoy this time off while I have it. But people will judge me. If I tweet something about it, I know at least one person out there is going to sigh and think “ugh, what a lucky alcoholic”- actually, that’s a compliment(?)
  12. I miss my friends. How have I been here an entire year and still not made friends like those I have back home?
  13. I hope guys don’t want to watch me wiping down each machine I use because that’s pretty perverted- especially when I’m cleaning the handlebars.
  15. I hope I get a job soon.
  16. Camel toe when using the row machine.
  17. Why does 10 minutes on the row machine feel longer than 10 minutes on the bike? Physics? Probably not.
  18. I’m pretty excited to go to Costco this weekend. Debating whether or not to buy the economy pack of their version of cookie butter. I mean, there is some serious baking potential with that stuff.
  19. Isn’t eating paleo a little more calorie-dense? Almond and coconut flour..
  20. Oh, it’s Tuesday? I thought it was totally Wednesday.
  21. I think this couple walking the indoor track is taking approximately 47 seconds per lap. Crap, Jen, don’t think about that! It’ll make the 10 minutes go by even slower.
  22. Do I look jacked using the row machine? Probably not.
  23. The guy on the treadmill in front of me was totally next to me on the treadmills yesterday. And he had GAS.
  24. Speaking of foul smells, is my dog here or something? I think I swallowed someone’s burp-air or something.
  25. Should I run the entire 10 minutes or do sprint intervals? Hmmmm…..
  26. I hope I have a text message or something on my phone when I’m done. I am way too dependent on social media though.
  27. WHY DO WE HAVE A DIFFERENT MAIL PERSON EVERYDAY??? Inconsistency at its finest.
  28. People must think I have a circulation problem. (I removed my navy nail polish this morning, but the essence of blue is still on my nails)
  29. I’mg glad I planned out my workouts for this week. It totally helps bridge the gap until the next round of Best Body Bootcamp.
  30. Haha, Lisa Vanderpump’s dog name is Jiggy.
  31. Hey, this run is way easier than I thought it was going to be today. But my glutes are tight!
  32. “Shine bright like a diamond……..”
  33. Phew. Glad I ordered the wedding invitations today. They look so pretty. I wonder how many people will actually come. Ugh I hope I still fit into my dress. I hope people have fun.
  34. How many calories did I burn?
  35. That guy looks constipated carrying those weights.
  36. Phew! Done!

So I had about 36 thoughts during a 30 minute cardio session. 36 thoughts that I can SHARE. Bwahaha