I was able to get back in the gym 3 weeks after his birth. Pregnancy and giving birth is an amazing experience, but it does a number on the body and mind. Getting back to the gym was something that made me feel more like myself. I took it slowly. It was interesting to have such limited core strength and stability to say the least. My abdomen and lower back felt like jello. This affected everything, from burpees to squatting. Slowly over time I have been able to rebuild my core strength. And just now, a year later, I can say that I am stronger than before I became pregnant.
Patience and the “just show up” mentality were instrumental in helping me keep perspective. It is so easy to think now that the baby is out I should be able to do all of the things I used to right away. Not the case! I tried to focus on what I could do and celebrated mini victories like being able to do a push up again.
Over the summer I continued to train at my new home, Unbeaten CrossFit. (I would park Ryley next to me in the bassinet or stroller.) I’m so happy I made the decision to change boxes. Even though it was brand new at the time, my intuition told me that only good things would come of it. Unbeaten’s atmosphere is super positive. Coaches and athletes strive to make themselves 1% better each and every day. I took a chance and asked if I could become a Coach, something I’ve wanted to do since I received my CF Level 1 in November of 2012. Coach/Owner Tommy said yes. I spent the summer shadowing and was put on the schedule at the end of August. I’ve been coaching since and I couldn’t be happier. (Thanks for giving me the opportunity!)
Fall came and I learned how to juggle motherhood, two jobs and my own training. Thank goodness for all of the grandparents who watch Ryley. They have been instrumental in allowing me to continue working and training. They help me “make time for myself”. It keeps me grounded and sane. (Much thanks!) I am also happy we were able to continue breastfeeding and pumping. That is a job in itself! (We are still going strong although I have cut done to pumping once a day.) We rounded out the year with Ryley’s first holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and his 1st Birthday (at the beginning of the month- this post was originally written in January). It is really cool to witness your child experience these firsts. I love getting to act like a kid all over again.
Now that Ryley’s first year is over and we have settled into a routine, I am making time to blog again. I have some new fitness goals for this year that I am very excited about and can’t wait to share in the next post. Welcome 2016!