Hello and thanks for stopping by 🙂
It’s been a while since I was last here and a lot has changed since then. I gave birth to baby number 3 ( a beautiful baby girl) in July! The last few months has been hectic as we went from a family of 4 to a family of 5, and have been establishing and adjusting to a new normal around here. Baby girl is now 3months+ and I can finally see the light at the end of the newborn tunnel. Don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed these last few months and made a point to savour ALL of it, because I know that while the days may feel long now, time is short, and all my babies will be all grown up in no time. But I’m happy to be sleeping better and being able to do some of the things that I love again, like exercising, reading and going out of the house!
The postpartum journey has been interesting this time around. While I worked out throughout the pregnancy (a first for me) the postpartum period has been a slow and steady return to exercise- especially after a repeat C-section. I am now back to training more frequently and loving it. My current regimen consists mostly of strength training with light weights, some low impact cardio, yoga/stretching and I introduced barre this week!
Being that this is my third postpartum journey, it is definitely not my first time at the rodeo. However, each of my journeys has been different, as I have gotten more educated about postpartum exercise and gotten to understand my body better. I have learned that postpartum fitness should be handled with care to ensure that one does not injure themselves or burn out from overdoing it. I have learned that postpartum is not just about weight loss or the “snap back”, but about restoring strength and function. My new mantra is “I am not trying to get my body back, because I did not lose it, it changed to grow a baby, and it will find it’s new normal as I continue to take are of it and myself”.
What does that look like right now? It looks like getting as much sleep as I can, fueling my body with healthy food (most of the time) and moving my body daily (not necessarily in a structured workout). It means giving myself grace, because daily my to-do-list goes unfinished. It means not comparing my journey to the next person, because while things may look similar on the outside, there is no way of knowing what that person’s life is REALLY like and what their own struggles are. It means COMMUNITY! I have always been big on community, but now I cherish it even more! Along with my support system at home, I have connected with some other amazing #fitmamas over the last few months they have become almost like family. We cheer for each other, and we encourage each other, and we learn from each other. It is not about who can snap back faster, but about sharing and caring as we all navigate this season together.
While the current season of life has come with its unique set of challenges, it has also been a wonderful time of growth for me. I have learned, and continue to learn so much, and I am so excited to share what I am learning with you guys as a go along!
It feels great to be back!