If you read my birth story you know it wasn’t an easy one. But after things started to get better my main concern was: when am I going to be able to start working out again.
I am not accustomed to feeling weak. I have trained one way or another my whole life and lying on the couch and resting just isn’t an option for me. Not to mention the overall feeling after pregnancy and a long recovery: everything is slow, no sudden movements, no rush, no energy. Only do the bare necessities.
Not my M.O.
But then when Zala was about 7 weeks old I got magically cleared. A day later I put on my new Just do it leggings and did my first postpartum workout.
As predicted it was a disaster!
Granted, I was afraid of trying too hard. But nonetheless, it was such a struggle. I was prepared for the weakness. But most of all I felt so stiff and I so wasn’t expecting that. As a former dancer I am used to being quite bendy and this tightness and limited range of motion perplexed me.
I was however quite proud of myself after I finished and enjoyed every second of the very hot shower I took immediately after.
But boooy did I feel sore the next day and even more the day after the next.
A week later
After a week I was able to do pretty much all the moves. Not all the reps but all the moves. First I conquered the plank. Turned out it wasn’t so much lack of strength that prevented me from doing it but fear. Again with the fear. Lying down on my stomach was a weird feeling and lifting up felt even weirder which got me confused I guess. The exercises that required lifting both legs at the same time were my biggest challenge and I was thrilled when I finally managed to do them. Just a couple of reps at the beginning but nevertheless I did them. Huge victory.
I can’t believe it took just a week to reach this point. While doing the workout day by day it seems like it’s taking forever with no progress. But when you look back after just one single week it’s actually incredible progress. I just hope this can continue the way it started.
Two weeks later
Two weeks in is when the real change started. The temperatures outside got considerably higher and we got some sunshine as well so Monday, Zala and I have also been going on some long walks. I think the walks do make quite a difference for all three of us.
Monday needs to lose some weight. After two months at my parents’ (who obviously spoil her to death), she has returned with a considerable amount of padding. That needs to go before temperatures really start rising. She has trouble breathing when it’s hot and the added weight is just going to make the problem worse if we don’t fix it stat.
Zala seems to sleep better at night if we spend more time outside during the day. So that’s obviously great for the whole family and I try to make it happen every day. It can be quite challenging though. The last couple of days we had intermittent sunshine/storms so we had to catch the sunny intervals. At the same time, I try to go out when it’s Zala’s nap time. She tends to fall asleep in the stroller anyway so if I go out when she just finished a nap at home, she ends up sleeping for too long and that messes up our whole routine.
As for me, my workouts are mostly strength training so far, so adding some walks complements that nicely. Also, I’m trying to transition these into powerwalks so that they could, in turn, become runs. I am not going to be able to do those with the dog though 🙁 But I am really looking forward to returning to running and I feel like this is the right way to get there. I am not ready yet though. It is not so much a strength problem. I think my legs have gotten strong enough, or have always been strong enough. But any kind of jumping activity right now just makes me feel uncomfortable. There is no pain thankfully and everything is healing nicely, I just don’t feel good doing it and I’d rather ease into it than push it.
While running is not on the table yet, the Tracy Anderson workouts I’ve been doing at home are going great. Now I am finally able to do all the moves and I barely cut any reps. For some, I am so comfortable that I am actually adding reps or cutting time by doing them more quickly than in the video itself. Which is why I am feeling quite good about myself and quite optimistic about my progress.
I am not planning on upgrading my workout to something that is not postpartum specific just yet. Instead, I am sticking with Tracy’s after pregnancy workouts 1 and 2 for at least couple of weeks longer. I am still waiting for my last operation and that will actually determine how fast am I going to be able to move on.
I did book our first vacation as a family of four. We are going to Lake Garda in about a month and a half and it will probably be quite an active vacation. I am so looking forward to it! Can’t wait! But before that, I also signed up Val and myself for a children’s race. It’s only 400m but parents are supposed to go with the kids so I have to be able to do at least that in two weeks. I am sure it’s going to be fun. My little one seems to love these things and I am happy this one includes the parents as well.
So all in all things are pretty good and we keep persevering. I’ll be back with some updates once the future plans become current steps.