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I didn't start working out after having Madeline until about 8-weeks post delivery. Honestly, I couldn't walk much farther than the end of the road for about 6 weeks. I'll spare you the gory details (mostly because I have already shared many of them). And really, other than a few walks a day with the baby and dog, I didn't make it to the gym on a regular basis until 3 months postpartum. The major reason behind this was the fact that the child watch at the Y doesn't take kids younger than 3 months. And the hours are very limited until the baby is 6 months.
When I did finally get into a routine at 3 months postpartum, I was in my glory. I was still on summer break/ maternity and home with Mads all day by myself. The hour a day that I [tried to] take to myself was the only "me time" I had seen in 1/4 year. CRAZY!
Cardio was pretty easy to get back into- I ran a mile my first day back! Weights on the other hand... ooooooh man! Muscles near the groin that I didn't even know I had hurt. In fact, they still hurt if I move in a way that my body isn't used to (i.e. an asinine attempt Irish step-dancing. There was probably wine involved.)
But I kept at it and lost a few of the LB's I was trying to lose before returning to work in September.
I would have liked to lose a few more but hey, I am in no hurry. I am a work in progress.
Since going back to work, the gym has become less of a priority. Getting out of the house with a bathed and fed baby by 8:15 is a tricky feat. So I tried T25. I did it for a few weeks. And I hurt every.single.day. I could and probably will try this program again. But the thing that was missing was the "me time."
Like I mentioned on Monday, life of a working mom is a balancing act. I should use my membership more than I do, but I am not willing to pull myself off the play mat when I am laughing with my daughter in order to do so. Right now I am aiming to leave the house for the gym in the morning 2x/week and then on both Saturday and Sunday with hubs.
You are probably thinking "OK, Dom... get rid of the dang membership if you're not using it to your full advantage!" After all, it is $90/month for a family membership.
Here's the thing...
When I do get the chance to go to the gym, I am in heaven. I drop Mads at the child watch room where she plays with little friends. With my kicks and lulu (trying Fabletics as soon as they arrive- can't wait to review!) I feel adorable. Then I start running on that treadmill and squatting with kettlebells. Daaaaang, it feels good!
And on the rare occasion when hubby and I can go to the gym together, I know he is checking me out from across the weight room. Right back at him, because there is nothing sexier than a t-shirt and shorts with a baseball hat. Drool.
You don't want to hear about our gym attraction anymore? Did I mention that we met at a gym? That's a story for another time.
5 Reasons to Keep the Gym
It seems to me that those who suggest getting rid of a gym membership as a sensical way of cutting costs probably don't actually have/utilize a gym membership. Working out is part of healthy living. Healthy living is a way of life.
I'll stand by that.
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I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!