A week ago yesterday was the first day I was allowed to exercise since the c-section. And boy did it feel great to get out there and run. The wet, soggy shoes, the bitter wind in my face and the way my body felt like it jiggled from not running for months (okay, things were better in my imagination leading up to the run than they were in real life). I’ve worked out five days since then and everything, surprisingly, felt pretty good… except for looking in the windows at the gym and seeing my reflection looking back at me. I need to remember that there probably wasn’t one girl in Gordon’s gym who had just given birth seven weeks ago, so if my stomach isn’t back to normal yet, that’s okay. As I insecurely struggled through the stairmaster, the rowing machine and ab exercises I made a vow to not complain about my body not looking “normal”, and just work at getting it in great shape, it just did something pretty amazing for the last nine months! I hope AJ will hold me to this… especially when we head down to Florida (Sunday!!!!) and I’m in a bathing suit!
Five years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It basically means your body hurts at all times in all places. Oddly, it helps to exercise even if I’m feeling rotten but right now I need some motivation to get out there and run on the freezing days (I have a hate-hate relationship with the treadmill) so I am planning on running this race in Manchester, MA, Hit the Street for Little Feet, a 5K on April 2. Anyone woman want to do the race, join me for training on Saturdays and finish a run with a healthy breakfast? I’m going to ask AJ (he’s a cross country coach and amazing marathon runner, I like to brag on him) to make up a training plan for me… and YOU if you’re so inclinded to join in on the fun!
In an added effort to reduce the aches I’m trying to edit out some of things on my diet (and let’s be honest, I’m trying to get rid of the “muffin top”). I did the Daniel Fast a few years ago (only fruits, veggies and water for 30 days but I altered it to let myself have some chicken and a tiny bit of whole grain bread) and felt great. It was like toxins were leaving the body and I literally felt lighter. My aches went down considerably and my energy level was so much higher than normal. Now it’s definitely hard when Girl Scout cookies are in the house (darn you, AJ!) but I’m going to make a valid effort at disciplining myself! 🙂
I want to be a woman who isn’t burdened by insecurity (who finds security in my relationship with the Lord), and who consistently tries to make healthy decisions in everything from what I put in my mouth to how I treat my body. I’ll post updates on the training progress if anyone is interested in joining in!
The photo above was my breakfast this morning… some quick oats with almond milk, a whole apple, raisins and a teensy bit of brown sugar sprinkled on the top.