It’s been a LONG time since I’ve written, and that’s for a very good reason… I HAD A BABY!! Actually, my baby is now 8 months old, but life has been very different to say the least. Dean Tyler Brand was born on August 28, 2008. He is our miracle baby in every way, as I was infertile for 8 1/2 years. Fortunately, I finally found a doctor who made a correct diagnosis, and after a simple non-invasive outpatient procedure I got pregnant immediately! So, I have been adjusting to the whirlwind and have taken a very long break from my blogs.
For those who are interested, I did continue to work out (both weights and cardio) all the way through my pregnancy. I had a very easy pregnancy, and Dean is extremely healthy. I also gained 40 pounds!! However, I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight in about 4 or 5 months. I’m glad to finally have the experience of being pregnant and having a child so that I can better identify with other women who are trying to exercise during pregnancy and/or lose that baby weight. Let me tell you, it’s not easy!! You have to be very highly motivated and determined to stick to your guns.
My best advice I can give a new mom is to resume exercise as soon as physically possible after the baby is born. Then, take any opportunity you can find to fit exercise and activity into your day. When Dean was born, he was allergic to something in my breast milk which caused him to scream for hours on end. I literally had to hold him almost all day long. So, I would often do squats and walking lunges around my house while holding him. Push ups became my friend, because I could do a set here & a set there whenever I had a chance. I would also strap him in the Baby Bjorn and run up and down my stairs (being careful & keeping my hand near the hand rail so I wouldn’t trip, of course!). Now that the weather is nice, I take him out in the jog stroller for either a walk or a jog. Although I prefer to do my workout all at once, I’ve been known to break it up into 3 or 4 small sessions during the day just to get it in when I can. The important thing is to just do it however and whenever you can. If you lose your “exercise momentum”, it’s very hard to start again – so it’s better to do SOMETHING just to keep the momentum going. The benefits are enormous! I feel so much better after exercising, and I have a lot of energy during the day to keep up with him. Someone told me just last week that I don’t look like a mother! I took that as a compliment – especially since I’m 37 years old.
Anyway, I hope this helps some of you. I also hope to blog more now that I’m starting to adjust to being a mommy!