So, I started the Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge feeling kind of “meh” about staying healthy and fit during pregnancy. Sure, I WANTED to, but I wasn’t exactly driven about it. I was doing an okay job at it, but there were too many mornings I slept through my workout and not enough healthy meals.
Writing down this commitment has been good for me.
I’ve started to think less about the goal of having a healthy pregnancy and more about what that fit pregnancy will get me (hopefully): an easier and quicker labor and delivery, a healthier baby, and hopefully a quicker time bouncing back post-partum. Thinking about the results is what gets me out of bed these days!
It’s been pretty great to have UA supporting me through this whole thing. I really appreciate that their clothes have been pregnancy-friendly—the tops are all nice and long, and everything stretches really well to accommodate my, uh, expanding midsection.
One product I’ve really enjoyed is the Charm Tank—it’s fit me really well, but shrinks back after a wash so I’ll be able to wear it post-baby, too!
Anyway, here’s a check in on the specifics:
- Work out 3-4 times a week. Check. Mostly 3 times a week, but that’s okay with me. Those are three intense workouts!
- Know my limits. Check. I really wanted to do a full Murph on Memorial Day, but scaled back to a partner version due to the heat instead.
- More fruits and veggies. Check! As of the last check-in, I was struggling with this, but I’ve started centering my lunch around a salad and fruit and that’s really helped. I do have an insatiable sweet tooth lately, though, which is a bit of an issue. But I’m improving!
- Take my vitamins. Check.
- Don’t stress about the post-baby body. Check. I’m too busy stressing about becoming a parent, period, to worry about this!
Side note: I’ve sort of started thinking about CrossFit as my birthing class, since we’re not doing one of those beyond the quickie one-day session at the hospital.
From everything I’ve read about birth, many of the concepts are the same! (Like if something hurts, move around until it feels better. Don’t push until you feel ready. Squats are your friend. A little pain is okay. It may hurt now, but you’re not going to die from the pain. Et cetera.)
Anyway, I’m glad I feel like I have a better handle on a healthy pregnancy, and I’ve been able to refocus myself. Here’s hoping I can keep the motivation going through a long, hot third trimester!
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