Okay mamas, let's talk about working out. First of all, I know that there are plenty of moms out there that do not struggle devoting themselves to getting their booty through a workout. Big, BIG claps for you! Seriously. Before having my baby, and even all the way up to the day before I delivered, I didn't miss more than two days a week at the gym. So, I just assumed that desire and drive would bounce back like I did after baby came. Ha...Ha...HAHAHA. Obviously, it did not. Guess what, my baby is now two years old and the decision is still such a nasty fight sometimes.
At my postpartum check-up, I was given the green light to return to working out. Before my delivery, I thought that as soon as I had the okay, I would be running home to change into workout pants and get to the gym. Well, I did run home and put my workout pants on, but I was quite jiggly in those pants and I took them right back off. In that moment I realized that I needed to change my mindset about who I was, what I was going to do with my physical fitness, and why.
Before baby, I was a competitor in my gym. I always jockeyed for the first finisher position in workouts, lifted the most, and was quite pleased with the way my abs felt. After baby, I wasn't even sure I could feel my abs at all, or use them for that matter. I was self-conscious in a way that I had never been before. So, it now takes some different motivation for me to workout.
After some struggling, I decided that I had to be content with the fact that for the time being, I was going to be working out just to get in a good workout. Some days, my "good workout" is simply walking to the park at a brisk pace. Some days, my sit-ups are interrupted every ten seconds by a little lady sitting on my chest if I am working out at home. Of course, there are some days when I don't turn my alarm off, and I do get myself to the gym before everyone gets out of bed!
On those days, I do feel like a rockstar--no doubt about it! It took some time to be proud of myself for the small at-home workouts though. What about you? Are you giving yourself enough credit for the small workout victories?