Now that summer is nearing the end and holidays are over, it’s time for me to really buckle down when it comes to exercise. By this point during my maternity leave with Littleman (six months postpartum) I was looking pretty good and feeling great. I had lost more weight than I expected and was more fit than I’d been in a long time, possibly ever!
I discovered pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to be quite as easy this time around. First of all, I gained more weight with this pregnancy. Second, my life is just generally busier, with two kids to look after instead of one. Finding time to look after myself has proven to be more difficult.
I’m currently stuck at 5 lbs heavier than my typical weight and 10 lbs heavier than I’d really like to be. I’ve been hovering here for a while now so I know I need to take some action and work a bit harder than I have been if I want to see a difference.
The first thing I did was sign up for my “mommy and baby” exercise class again. This time, Bo and I will be going twice a week. The class is intense and it’s a good way for me to do weights, which I am no good at doing on my own.
The second thing is a little more scary.
I’m going to start running.
Exercising is one of those things that I kind of love and kind of hate. I’d rather sit on the couch and watch TV, but whenever I exercise, I feel so much better afterwards. When I get into a good routine, I actually feel disappointed when I have to miss a workout. But, running has never appealed to me. In fact, I’m kind of terrified of running.
That is why, when my exercise instructor said she was putting together a group of moms to do a 5K run in October, I initially ignored her. I mean, I’m not a runner, so why would I do a run?
Then I thought about it a bit more. The instructor will provide us with a training program and organize weekly group runs leading up to the race. It’s not like I have to walk out my front door today and run 5K. And I’ve seen lots of people who are less fit than me train for and complete a 5K run.
What helped me make the decision to give it a try is the fact that I can run anywhere and anytime. When I go back to work at the end of my maternity leave, I know that I’ll need to continue exercising. But between work, daycare drop-offs/pick-ups and D’s work schedule, finding the time to attend regular exercise classes at a gym is going to be hard. If I can learn how to run, I mean properly learn, then maybe I will have a good option for exercising, even when I can’t make it to the gym.
So there we go. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m going to run. My new (and scary) fitness regime is about to begin. Wish me luck!