So this time around I promised myself that I WOULD NOT let myself go like I did when I was pregnant with Fi. Don’t get me wrong – I had a great time =) I ate ANYTHING i wanted and didn’t exercise hardly at all. And in the end I PAYED THE PRICE! Not only did I gain a ton of weight – which I never did lose all of – but I was extremely uncomfortable at the end of my pregnancy and I had little motivation to start exercising again once I was back on my feet.
This time is different. Last January before I was pregnant I signed up to do the Rock-n-Roll marathon with Team in Training. I knew that we were going to try for a 2nd but I thought this would give me the perfect activity to do to A)keep my mind off of it – and – B)if I did get pregnant keep me moving. I thought I would either get pregnant in the early stages or training or after the race. Not during the longest distances! But I did. I should have known….i was training for a long distance event when I got pregnant with Fi – apparently my body likes that =)
So baby #2 ended up running a few races with me. I did a half marathon on Mother’s Day…which I’m pretty sure I was just barely pregnant then…then I did an ultra relay (i ran about 13 miles of it) a couple months later with my family – no one knew then but Greg and I. The day I found out I was pregnant for sure I called my Dr.’s office to see if I could still run the marathon. I was so happy to hear that I could – just go slow – listen to my body – and make sure I wasn’t ever short of breath. My sister was doing the same race as part of the half and I was so worried that she would know something was up. I didn’t want anyone to know other then my teammates for fear of worrying them sick about me and the little one. Later she said she knew there was something – but she also knew that I wasn’t going to tell anyone so she never brought it up.
That marathon was a horrible time for me =) I had actually felt really good running long runs so I wasn’t worried and thought I wouldn’t have to slow down until the 2nd half…but the jitters and the heat and the fact that I was 2.5 months pregnant finally caught up to me and within the first 3 miles I knew I was going to have to go way slower then I wanted. I finished…..at a time I will most certainly go back and wipe off of my record sometime in the next few years….and what a story I have for baby #2!
To keep this momentum going last month I joined a boot camp class. No, not a pregnancy boot camp….just a boot camp! I go with a group from my office, it’s 3 days a week and the workouts are only 25 to 30 minutes long during lunch and mostly outside. It’s through the X-Gym….which I’m new to too – but I encourage people to check it out. I have always worked out for hours at a time to feel like it was effective. This 25 minutes with our trainer absolutely kicks my ass and I can really see results already. I think I may be in better shape after my pregnancy then I was before! Plus they have an on line food log that is part of the program so I can really make sure that my calories and nutrition stay in track. My trainer is great and modifies things for me – but he doesn’t let me slack – which I actually love – and has offered up a fair amount of prego nutrition knowledge. I don’t know for sure how long I’m going to be able to go. I feel more and more pregnant each class =) but even keeping in the habit of going and doing something I think is going to give me an edge .
I’ll let you all know how it goes towards the end when it seems the pound really start to cling – for now I’ll enjoy my long lost triceps and my endless search for maternity pants that you can actually sweat in!