return to the gym

Sorry for my lack of posting.  Sunday, I was just too plain lazy to post anything and I’m waiting on pictures to post about MacKenna’s baptism this weekend, but I will tell you that it was wonderful!  Monday was… hard.  Didn’t finish my breakfast, didn’t shower, held a baby all day because she just did NOT want. to. sleep.  So, my attempt to post sometime during the day just wasn’t going to happen.

However, my wonderful husband let me get a workout at the gym when he got home from work Monday afternoon.

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Oh, Club Fitness.  How I’ve missed you!  This has been my longest layoff from the gym ever – 4 weeks since I last went to the gym to workout and 22 days since my last workout.  (Thanks Daily Mile for reminding me of that.)

At 3 weeks postpartum, I am feeling great!  Well, at least physically.  (Mentally is another story, but we won’t get into that right now.  Blah.)  I decided to try out the recumbent bike instead of walking on the treadmill (it was a blah day outside yesterday) since I figured it might be a little easier.

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30 minutes on the bike with my new Runner’s World felt AH-mazing!  I had a little tenderness around my incision, but it was mostly from my shorts rubbing against it.  But, it felt so nice to sweat again – even if it was just a little bit.

I have to admit, though, I miss the freedom of being able to workout whenever I want.  I used to be able to wake up at 6 or 7 AM (on my days off) to go to the gym for a workout.  Now, waking up at 6 or 7 AM feels. like. torture.  It would make my life much easier if I would just get up after MacKenna’s early morning feeding (which can range anywhere from 4 to 8 AM), but I’m usually just way to exhausted to even think about going to the gym.  All I want is my bed and comfy pillows.  *sigh*  Oh, the life of a new mom…

Hopefully she will be sleeping (mostly) through the night soon and we can get on a schedule.  Until then, I will gladly let Matt take care of her for an hour while I get a little sanity break for the day.

  • Good for you! I’m a bit jealous – at 12 weeks postpartum I still haven’t really exercised, other than taking daily walks. I need to get myself to yoga class soon, for my own sanity! It’s my own fault though. Too tired and lazy to go at the end of the day after my husband gets home!
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  • I’ma little jealous (yet VERY happy for you ;)) that you’re feeling so physically wonderful after 3 weeks. I’m starting to feel better… at 7 weeks postpartum! I agree, though, exercising again feels fantastic!
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    • Kristen

      I’ve had several people tell me that they recovered faster with a C-section than their friends who delivered vaginally. I really didn’t think I would recover this quickly given that I was pretty miserable that first week. And you had a pretty tough labor + delivery, but I hope you feel 100% soon!

  • I agree – awesome that you’re hitting the gym at 3 wks. I’m 2 wks pp and just went for my first walk over the weekend. This week the only running I’ll be doing is to get a postpartum massage (gift from the hubs).
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    • Kristen

      That sounds lovely! We have a groupon for a couples massage that expires this week, but I don’t think I’m ready for laying on my stomach and having someone press on me quite yet. Maybe in a few more weeks! 🙂

  • Jen

    That’s amazing that you’re feeling so up to working out already! 30 min on the recumbent bike (or swimming) is all I can manage right now too, and it’s definitely better than nothing.
    I hope you and MacKenna can get into a good routine in the next few weeks! I can’t imagine how tough it must be now, but I know you’ll get through it. 🙂
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    • Kristen

      It’s hard seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with a baby. Lack of sleep doesn’t help, but I know eventually she’ll sleep through the night. It’s definitely a 24/7 job but it’s really fun too.

  • Hope you get some rest! And dont be too hard on yourself, every little bit counts. You just had a baby and are doing amazing!
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