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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Totally Different

2 years ago I had this little guy! (Isn't he cute!!!) He changed my life. Everyday activities are totally different than they used to be. Before Mason I was exercising a ton. Up to 2 hours a day. I would run/walk for an hour and then come back at night and use the elliptical. Before I had him I lost 30+ lbs. Got down to below 200, which was really amazing to me since I hadn't been below that weight since I was first married. Once I got pregnant I didn't want to lose him so I only walked through pregnancy. 2-3 times a week. At least I walked.

Once I had him, it was just me. My husband was deployed and I was in survival mode 24/7 with a brand new baby and just me. So no one to watch him so I could go to the gym. I would occasionally do Zumba but he would wake up to the music (he loves music, since he heard it everyday while I was pregnant since I was teaching and playing in the symphony). So I really didn't exercise.

Fast forward to today. I'm a SAHM who teaches piano a few days a week. I play and chase after him. Try to teach him to be nice and say, "please" and "thank you". After a heartbreaking miscarriage at 11 weeks and adding 15 lbs to my waistline while still trying to lose the last 15 from Mason I decided to get my butt back in shape.

But things are TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Remember how I said I used to go back to the gym at night to do another hour on the elliptical. Well, apparently my body doesn't like that anymore. Went to the gym last night at 9pm. (We ate dinner around 5:30 maybe 6 at the latest.) I thought going later to the gym would be fine. I allowed plenty of time for food to digest. NOT!!! Totally not cool going to the gym and doing 3.5 miles. My tummy jolted all around and man I almost puked. My only goal was to FINISH so I could go home and rest or puke if I really had to. (Never puked but the rest was nice.)

Since having Mason, by body is totally different. It runs differently, (hips are still a little wide from having him) It feels different. It is bigger than before but I AM working on that. It is just like having to learn how to run all over again! But man LESSON LEARNED. Light meals before running then eating after run. And next time I do get pregnant...I AM GOING TO RUN!

QOTD: Do you prefer morning, midday or night running? Me: Morning! Just get it done and then I have the rest of the day to play with my little man!
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