Baby O turned 6 months old on Sunday. It was very bittersweet. I love seeing his little personality coming through. Seeing him break into a big smile and giggle at me when I walk into the room melts my heart every single time.
In terms of how I’m feeling, I feel great! Every week that passes I’m hitting new milestones, working hard, eating well and most importantly, listening to my body. One thing I’m learning is how important that it, not just when you’re fighting an injury but when you’re fighting fatigue, illness, mental stress. Let me bring some perspective to this:
When it was just Fit Boy running around the house, I was working out 5-6 days a week, mixing up running, swimming, weight lifting and spinning. I had a balance and it was the right amount for me. Because I have access to a gym and a great running trail near where I work, it always fell into my schedule. I worked out at full capacity but never beyond that.
Fast forward to the present. I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old. Baby O. Does. Not. Sleep. He’s just that kind of kid. It frustrates me endlessly but this has been our reality for the past 4 months with him and there is no signs of that changing. Right now, I work out 3 days a week. Because I’m training for some fall races, my workouts consist of running and swimming when I can. Right now, that is my full capacity. It’s about half of what I was doing before but it’s as much as my body can handle given the level of exhaustion I’m experiencing from the lack of sleep.
I am perfectly OK with that.
The baby weight is gone, I have a waist again, and other than the extra skin and surgical scar, you really can’t tell that I had a baby recently.
Why would I not be OK with that? I’m operating at my full capacity and doing just fine. In time, I’ll be able to go back to more intense workouts and strength training but I’m not ready for that yet. My body isn’t ready and to be perfectly honest, working myself to the point of injury, illness or worse isn’t worth it. I’m still meeting the goals I’ve set out for myself. When I’m able, I’ll reach for bigger goals.
Your turn: Did you come back from pregnancy or injury at the same level you left or did you take your time and let your body guide you?