…. Is the spice of life.
The other day, someone asked me how pregnancy has changed my workouts. There were so many (mainly negative) ways that I could answer – “Pregnancy made me slower,” “I hardly ever run anymore,” “Pregnancy sapped my energy,” or “I haven’t been on a bike since September.” But you know what I said? I said, “Pregnancy has made my workouts much more varied,” and it’s true!
Since getting pregnant, I’ve stopped my old pattern of run-run-run-swim/yoga/bike and replaced it with a much more variable routine. I work out depending on how I feel like exercising that day, given my mood, the weather, and what my buddy wants to do. Now, my workouts are usually a combination of running, walking, ellipticalling, yoga, or swimming.
Today, I went on a 2.0 mile walk with James. I half-wish I was still running, but it just doesn’t feel right with my body anymore. And walks are surprisingly hard.
I know I’ve sung the praises of my Blank Training Plan before, but I must do it again… This thing has really, really kept me on track. The concept is simple: Decide how many workouts you want to do a week (I aim for three but have been doing four lately) and fill them in as you go. It hold me accountable – I can’t tell you how many Tuesdays I’ve thought, “Whoops, gotta get a workout in!” because my weeks roll over on Wednesdays.
I keep my plan on my fridge so it’s out there in the ‘public.’ Holds me accountable!
I think I’ll continue my blank training plan after pregnancy. I really want to get back into triathlon shape as realistically as possible so I can do a race in October before the season ends… but I guess that really depends on how my labor goes and what the baby is like. Fingers crossed.
Have you tried grilled cheese with a sliced apple on the inside? So good.
And post-walk snack (times two on the juice and chips) – hummus, chips, and OJ. And all my horse pills (AKA prenatal vitamins, Omega 3s, and Iron):
Do you get stuck in workout ruts or mix it up all the time? As someone who has been on both sides of the fence, I have to say…. mixing it up is quite nice!
I get stuck in a rut with running, but yoga once or twice a week helps.
This is super, super random, but seeing your pills reminded me of this. Are you planning on doing any posts on you and your husband’s take on the current infant vaccination schedule? I’d be interested to see how a more “natural” family feels.