I knew I wouldn’t be throwing on my running shoes within days of giving birth, however 5 days after I had my second son I decided to chuck him in the stroller and see what this old Mom could do. As it turns out…I couldn’t do much.
It’s been very hot in Calgary so when I had to go to an appointment at the Apple Store to replace my iPod I decided to hit the mall an hour early to get in a “workout”. This involved two slow and surprising painful laps around Market Mall. I had worked out for most of my pregnancy with the exception of a few months in the middle of when I was tad depressed and was feeling pretty awful. And after a dream birth that involved no stitches I thought I would be up and running in no time. Imagine my surprise when after just few minutes of walking I found myself putting some of my weight on the handles of the stroller! After only one lap of the mall I was so tired and sore!
I knew when I got pregnant that it was going to be hard, mentally and physically, to go back to the beginning after I had the baby. As more weight packed on during my pregnancy I couldn’t help but be sad that the body I had worked on and trained for years to be at it’s best was wasting away to flab. Yes, I knew I had a beautiful baby in there, but sometimes that wonderful thought just wasn’t enough to compensate for the double chin that seemed to grow in the mirror everyday.
It’s been about 5 days since that depressing first attempt at exercise and I have gone on a couple of walks since then that haven’t been much better. However, I have decided to forgive my kids for trashing my body because, well, they are just so darn cute. I still have some depressing thoughts as I look in a mirror and realize just how much work I have ahead of me, but I know it can be done and I will do it-it just might take a bit longer than I had originally though.