As a momthlete (admit it, that’s genius! Also admit that I’m probably not the first, second or hundredth person to call myself that…), it can be hard to be a beacon of hope, inspiration and motivation. Anyone who’s had kids can back me up on the struggle it can sometimes be to get back into game shape after having kids. Even if you get the weight off, you can be left with a weakened core, saggy skin, stretch marks and various other markers of the incredible journey your body has been on. Add in there that most women don’t give birth and immediately go for a 6 mile run in their hospital gown.
As much as we may itch to get back to our regularly scheduled fitness program, the reality is that we don’t start back where we left off the day the magic stick registered a big ol’ plus-sign. For many of us, it means starting from scratch and that can be harder on us than childbirth.
In my own case, that meant barely being able to run for 1 minute when I had run a half marathon just before getting preggo with Baby O. Even after a few weeks back, I have yet to run more than 3 miles and the day I did, I nearly passed out by the end, I was so exhausted.
It makes you want to give up doesn’t it?
I want to say first and foremost never, ever, EVER give up. Secondly, I want to say that whether you’re coming back from pregnancy, injury, illness or a long vacation from your gym clothes, it is going to be h-a-r-d and you’re going to want to give up if for no other reason than frustration knowing that once upon a time, you used to be able to do this.
Never, ever, EVER give up!!
I know how hard it is. I’ve come back from two pregnancies, injury and prolonged illness that benched me for weeks, if not months. Each time is like the first time all over again (side note: the 12 year old boy trapped inside my brain is singing “Like a Virgin” right now…). I’ve had my moments where I struggle, feel sorry for myself and wonder if I’m ever going to get where I want to go. The fact is, if I don’t push myself forward, there’s a 100% chance that I won’t get there, ever.
Bottom Line is this: I’m not giving up on me so don’t you dare give up on you. Seriously…I’ll come kick your ass if you do.