Today I made the decision to stop formally working out for the duration of my pregnancy. It wasn’t an easy decision to come to, but it’s the right decision for me right now.
For weeks, Luis has been asking me — OK, begging me — to take it easy and stop working out. Friends have asked if I’m sure I should be still doing Zumba/Body Pump/training. But I’ve been on the go and didn’t want to slow down. My logic (however twisted) was: “I feel good, I should do it now while I still can!”
And while there is truth to that — I do think being active during pregnancy is a good thing and will still say it’s been great for my mind, body, and soul — I also have not just been “active.” More like, I’ve not really taken many days off from working out the whole nine months. And it’s catching up to me …
I admit–I have kept up my routine for one reason only: to prove to myself I could. If I’m being totally honest with myself, I have been miserably uncomfortable for weeks … but yet I’ve kept at it in spite of that just because I could.
But now I have 2.5 weeks to go and really want him to stay put. Bouncing around in Zumba, lifting during training and Body Pump — even with modifications — just seems like an open invitation to labor and I want … no, I need … him to stay put til October 3.
All of which is to say, “just because I physically can work out … doesn’t mean I should at this stage in the game” — especially since I am hell-bent on making it to 10/3. So I’m making the executive decision to stop formal exercise. I’m super-proud of what I’ve accomplished and I’m very proud of my body. Even with these 30 lbs, it is [mostly] in my belly, as seen in my bi-weekly bump shots.
So while there will surely be post-partum work to do, for now, my only goal is to keep him tucked safe and sound til 9 AM, October 3.
I know myself and know I need exercise in my life for my overall well-being. Somehow, at some point, I’ll find a way back to the gym … albeit it likely with much less intensity, as finding a new routine with two kids won’t be easy. But I’ll do it because it’s something important to me.
Although I don’t over-exercise anymore, for someone who is literally addicted to exercise, it’s not an easy thing to take a step back and truly listen to my body — but this time, I’m also listening to my mind … which says, use common sense and rest.
So that’s what I plan to do the next 2.5 weeks: rest. Go for family walks. And just enjoy these last couple weeks as a family of three.
That’s something I can and should do.