Motivation Monday: Adjusting to Change

As I hit the 30 week mark in this pregnancy, it’s time to face facts: I am slowing down whether I want to or not. My back is not doing well (nerve issues) and this baby is starting to get heavy. I’m very close to my movement goal and depending on my back, I think I just might make it. I’m going to get assessed this week to see how I can adjust, move, stretch, rehab to alleviate the pain. Though it’s frustrating, I know that in the long run, taking care of myself now will only benefit me later (sounds familiar to most healthy living paths huh!) I can’t do as much to control my physical self right now but I still have control over nutrition 100% so that’s where the focus of my next 10 weeks will be. I will still have a training plan for the week but I’m not going to kick myself if I’m not able to stick with it.

That said, here’s how last week shaped up for me in terms of plan and execution:

Monday-> 40 min bike ride on the stationary bike at the work gym. (Did 30 minutes)

Tuesday-> 15 minute elliptical warm-up, 30-45 minutes upper body weights. Bootcamp in the evening (Done and Done!)

Wednesday-> Day off work, focus on fun activities w/ Fit Boy, if it’s warm, trip to the park, if not, possible indoor playground (indoor play for an icky day)

Thursday-> 40 minute power walk/wog (didn’t happen, I forgot I had a massage booked for this day…no way I was missing that hour of bliss!)

Friday-> 20 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes lower body weights. (ended up doing only a 1 mile walk on the dreadmill. My back was so sore, I had to swallow my pride and frustration and admit that I wasn’t going to be working out on this particular day)

Here’s my plan for this week:

Monday: 30 minutes on the stationary bike. If I feel good, I’ll go for 40 minutes. Physiotherapy assessment in the evening.

Tuesday: 15 minute elliptical warm-up, 30-45 minutes upper body weights. Last Bootcamp in the evening.

Wednesday: Rest day. Supervise home renovations, play with Fit Boy.

Thursday: 40 minute power walk.

Friday: 20 minute elliptical workout, 30 minutes lower body weights.

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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.

11 Responses to Motivation Monday: Adjusting to Change

  1. I know it can be a bummer not to be able to workout like crazy when you feel like you should be. But you are absolutely right to take the time to rest, your body is doing all kinds of work being preggos! At least you are still controlling your nutrition, I know some people, and I’ve been guilty of it before, that if you cant workout you might as well give up on the other too! Anyways, I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly, and that the nerve issues resolve!

  2. You remind me so much of myself when I had my second. I couldn’t sit down and relax. I felt the need to keep pushing myself. I was hard on myself too. There is something about having that second kid. No joke.

  3. Having just gone through it, I admire your dedication to push through the pain. I’m hoping they can get you through this pregnancy with as much help & pain relief as possible. Good luck hitting your movement goal.

  4. I’m so proud of you for being realistic in your goals. I read about your activity and all I can think of 30 weeks, I was flat on the couch. I’m in awe of what you do. Granted, it was doctor ordered bed rest for me but even if it hadn’t been, I wouldn’t have had anything like you do. You’re an inspiration that it can be done, but yes, do take care of you now because it will be better later.

  5. You are remarkable. Seriously. I love the way you are setting achievable goals that are flexible to how you are feeling instead of either pushing too hard or throwing in the towel completely! What a great reminder to all of us – preggers or not. LOVE YOU

  6. I have to say, I am super impressed that you are active!! I remember with my second baby, I was so tired all of the time – the couch was my very best friend at the time.

    Have a good week!! Hopefully they will be able to figure something out for the back pain.

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