So even though it PAINS me to break up the never ending baby-focused posts here, I thought it was time I made myself accountable to some plans I have for myself. The days of late night ice-cream runs & couch living are over, and it's time to start getting back into shape. If not only for vanity reasons, also because I have NO CLOTHES. I had to break down and buy some transitional jeans & tops last week at Loft, and even though they're cute and comfortable, it was depressing. No one wants to spend $$$ on clothes they don't always want to wear, and believe me, I don't always want to wear pants in the size I had to buy. The tops, however, will probably last for a while because......nursing boobs.
When I got pregnant, Darrell & I made a pact that we would keep fitness as a priority, even with the baby here. We promised to let one another go to the gym, a yoga class, on a run, whatever while the other is on baby duty. I've held up my end of that bargain since she's been born, and when I finally got cleared to exercise this past Thursday Darrell starting holding up his. I'll admit, I was terrified. I have a long way to go. In the year before I got pregnant, I was very into running - I even ran a half marathon:
and I was deeply into my yoga practice
and although maybe I wasn't stick thin, I was strong and probably in the best shape of my life. That's not to say that losing some of that wasn't totally worth this:
because it absolutely, completely was. And in a way, being pregnant and having Claire was just a whole new physical challenge, and I really loved it. But I would be completely remiss if I didn't mention that being 8 & 9 months pregnant is REALLY HARD. Your body can start to feel like a bit of a prison, like it doesn't really belong to you anymore, and that doesn't really improve much after you give birth. It's important to find a way to reclaim it as your own.
I had wanted to participate in Alive Magazine's #31DaysofMovement since I heard about it, because I think it's a wonderful initiative for the city of St. Louis, but I still wasn't cleared for exercise other than walking yet. When my doc said I could start practicing yoga again last week, I figured better late than never and loaded up my schedule with classes!
Remember how I said my body had felt sort of like a prison after giving birth? Well, after my first class I felt like I broke free. Yes, I got totally smacked in the ego after falling out of poses that I could do even while pregnant. Yes, it was totally exhausting after a day full of taking care of a baby. But it was the best I had felt physically in months and it only motivated me to keep it up.
Whether you have a mountain to climb like me, or just want to push yourself a little further on your fitness journey, you can sign up for Alive Magazine's #31DaysofMovement challenge here, and follow updates on their new wellness blog here. The blog has awesome and fun ideas on how to work out in St. Louis (beer & exercise leagues anyone?) and you can check out the other bloggers participating as well.
As always I'll be Tweeting, Instagramming, and posting on Facebook about how things are going if you'd like to follow along! You can also check out my fitness focused Pinterest board here.
*I teamed up with ALIVE Magazine to bring you this post. As always, the story and opinions are completely my own! Thank you for supporting the people that make this blog possible.