Letting my Body do the Talking

I’m now 14 weeks pregnant, feeling a bit more like myself and gradually starting to get my energy back. It is the perfect time to get hit with a sinus infection. Yep, down and out again but that’s ok because over the years, I’ve learned that it’s very important to listen to your body and treat it well. I want to work out and I want to run so badly (I’m pretty desperate as I look out the window to the cool, calm day outside…perfect running weather) but I also don’t need to wear my body down more. Not only will it affect me, it will affect my baby. Once upon a time I would have approached with the “just tough it out, go hard and you’ll sweat out those germs!”. Not surprisingly, I was sick a lot. I didn’t understand the concept that overtraining your body is just as bad and not training it at all. Not only that, but you don’t necessarily get better results in the end. After a year and a half of mother hood, juggling various schedules, returning to work, I’ve struggled to always get my workouts in. Some days, it just doesn’t happen. I certainly don’t have the hours to spend at the gym that I used to. I thought all the hard work I’d put in would be gone if I couldn’t clock my gym time. Turns out, I was wrong…very wrong.

In the time since I’ve had Fit Boy in my life, I’ve gone from working out 1.5-2 hours 5-7 days a week to 1 hour no more than 5 days a week, often more like 4 days a week (I work out at the gym at work most days during my 4 day work-week) with the in between days being spent doing active rest activities. I’ve gone from struggling to get 4 bicep curls done with a 20lb dumbbell to doing 8-10 reps with a 25lb dumbbell. Before I could barely get a 15lb weight over my head in a shoulder press, now I can do 20lbs. I’m stronger now than before, yet working out less. Rest is a good thing friends!

Now that I’m pregnant again, I’m scaling back my workouts to accommodate my growing belly, the weeks I was too sick to do much of anything and the rest that I need more of. Lighter weights, more reps is one example of what I’m doing differently. I’m also paying closer attention to my nutrition and making sure everything I’m putting in my body will be a benefit to myself as well as my baby.

So far, I am up 1.6 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I will be comparing with my last pregnancy weights (total 50lbs gained)….I just have to find that tracking sheet first *grins sheepishly*

Belly Shot Time!! 14 weeks pregnant

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

6 Responses to Letting my Body do the Talking

  1. You look great for 14 weeks and I’m sure after this sinus infection goes away you’ll be in the clear and feeling so much better! :)

    So true about listening to your body. I used to think that I needed to workout every single day, but it’s just not true. Now I am doing 3 really tough workouts a week and fitting in another 2 easy/short workouts when I can. It’s better for my schedule as a new mom and I find my body is recovered by the time I am going for another hard workout. And, like you, I’m getting stronger than ever!

  2. Great job! It’s tough to listen to your body. But since you are pregnant rest is just as important as staying active. It is about finding a healthy balance. You are such a great example to other women out there that you don’t have to quit exercising just because you are pregnant. You just need to listen to your body to find a balance. Keep it up Sista! Great job!

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