Monday, April 25, 2016

Why Hello There, Fitness! :)

Patience has never been a virtue of mine. I don't like to wait, especially when given a specific date/time and things don't happen in that time frame (think Brayden's birth date...he was four days late, thank you). So, when my OB's specific instructions stated to "resume exercise gradually", I took her at her word. About a week after he was born, we ventured out for a short walk here and there just to get out of the house, but it wasn't anything serious. Last week, a crazy and ridiculous rain storm that lasted for DAYS came through and hindered my postpartum fitness plans.

When the weekend hit and we were blessed with beautiful weather, I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity and go for it!


Jason worked nights over the weekend, so we headed out for a walk on Saturday while he was still sleeping. Madalynn, Brayden, and I enjoyed a nice brisk 2 mile walk and by the time we returned, Jason was awake! 


He sure looks good in Navy and Orange, IMO! :)


Such a gorgeous day!


After returning the clan home, I ventured out for an additional 2 mile walk on my own. I even attempted a light jog (think like 10 seconds at a time), but that wasn't comfortable so I stopped. The walk was really nice because I was able to take it at my own pace and not one dictated by contractions, bladder spasms, or heart rate issues.

It honestly feels really nice to have my body back (well, somewhat)!


This little girl was whining after my second return home, so we went out for a little venture of our own! She helped round out the last portion of my four mile walk. :)

On Sunday, I decided to take the bike out for a little spin. My sister in law mentioned an upcoming bike "race" that sounded interesting to me, but I hadn't been on the bike in a LONG while, so I decided to test it out! 


Overall, it wasn't bad at all....although my legs did burn which felt really NICE for a change! I managed to go 5.25 miles around my neighborhood at a a decent little pace (for me).



 If we end up doing the bike ride, I think things will go really well!


All I need now is a helmet and I'll be all set! :)

I cannot wait to get back to running, but that will take a bit longer - I'm still taking it one day at a time over here! :)

If you've ever been pregnant or taken a hiatus from fitness, how was your return to it?

15 comments:

  1. I think biking is a great way to get back into fitness! Did you know you can even do some "virtual bike races"?

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    1. I sure didn't know that, thanks for the heads up! Sounds like fun to me!! :)

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  2. My hiatus was a while, so my comeback has been very gradual. I need to take things slow to not re-injure myself, but it is nice to be running again. You'll get there :)

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    1. I agree with you completely...taking things slow is best for sure!

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  3. I know we have already chatted about this, but don't worry if it feels weird. It will get better!

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  4. Awww, Jason and your little girl are so cute :)
    Biking has been saving me while injured and trying to return to running. It is a good work out especially if you find some hills :)
    Keep enjoying those walks! They are good to rebuild with, you will be back soon!

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  5. You GO Mom! You're honestly such an inspiration to me! Through your entire birth story, your dedication to faith and fitness, and just how you live your life! I want to be just like you when I grow up =)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lauren! I appreciate your sweet words!! :)

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  6. Kudos to you for getting back out there as quickly as you have. I did the same thing in January, and I'm convinced it made a huge difference with my overall postpartum recovery, from both a mental and a physical standpoint. Hope you continue enjoying those walks with your little guy!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn! I couldn't agree more about the mental state...it's so refreshing to get out, breathe the outdoor air, and get the heart pumping! haha!

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  7. Welcome Back! It's so hard to be patient once you've been given the green light to start working out again! When I came back to running after hip surgery my mind was ready to GO but my body just wasn't having it yet (it caught up eventually) ;)

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    1. Thank you! It is SUPER hard...I couldn't agree more! :)

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  8. You're doing great!! I know it must be frustrating, but it sounds like you're doing everything right in terms of getting back to your normal fitness routine. :) I'm LOVING biking right now...for some reason it just doesn't feel QUITE as brutal as running outside when it's upwards of 75/80 degrees.

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