Goal #6 is one that I am finding to be the most challenging.
When I was making my plans for postpartum fitness (back before I actually had a baby) I had these grand plans of run/walking the half marathon that I had signed up for (before I knew I was pregnant). I thought that around 4-6 weeks I would doing low intensity workouts and even start run/walking. By eight weeks I would be back to consistent running and attending a weekly postpartum yoga class and of course getting out for daily 2-3 mile walks with Edith. Here we are at almost 20 weeks postpartum and I have been on five runs and the only yoga classes I have attended are baby yoga and I don’t think taking three deep breaths and sounding ‘om’ once counts as yoga practice.
The only workout I was consistently doing were walks with Edith which occur 4-6 times per week and are usually 1-1.5 miles; so not exactly what I had hoped but it’s something. Then about four weeks ago I started Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and although I feel like it has helped me to get back into a better routine I know that I haven’t been doing the workouts to the fullest. I know I have a million excuses but it is really challenging to fit workouts in with a demanding 4.5 month old and a husband who works long hours. At this point I am able to 10-20 minutes at a time and some days that’s all I can fit in.
Goal #6 is going to take some time and dedication to accomplish. It is also going to involve working out a better plan with my husband so that both of us have adequate time to workout 4-6 times per week. Right now my fitness intensity is around a 2 and I’d really like it to be at more of a 6 while I am still breastfeeding.
Speaking of breastfeeding that is also a factor that is making fitness a challenge. I have been having issues with my supply (that’s for another post over on Naturally Family) and so I have to be mindful of the intensity of my workouts as well as making sure I am eating adequate calories and staying hydrated. As you can see this goal faces a number of obstacles, however these are all obstacles that I know I can work through to get myself to the fitness level that I once was, and who knows maybe even increase that level.
So now is the time when I talk about the action steps that I am going to take to actually accomplish Goal #6
- Make time. I know that I could make more time to workout. This means I need to sit down and compare schedules with Neil so that we both have time carved out for our own fitness activities. I know that I could do earlier morning workouts or even late night but I don’t. It’s so easy to sink into the couch after putting E to bed, especially after a particularly long day and/or night. On the other hand if I do my workout instead of sinking in I know that I will be able to help myself to have more energy to make it through those tough days, so as much as I dread an early or late workout it’s either that or some mediocre workout that I try to fit in between playing, feeding, and changing diapers.
- Try out 24 Hour Fitness. Down the road from us is a 24 Hour Fitness gym and often you can get free trial memberships. I think it’s time for me to try it out and see if I can make it work because getting out of the house, away from the baby, the computer and household chores may be just what I need to get back to my fit self. Why haven’t I done it yet? Well honestly it kind of frightens me. It’s in a strip mall, I would have to go early in the morning or late at night and who knows who is at the gym at that time and I really hate going to the gym alone but I have no one to go with me (I know suck it up and do it).
- TBD. More steps to be determined as I go along.
Do you struggle with balancing life and workouts? Do you have any suggestions?