I’ll forever be amazed at what the female body is capable of. We are creatures of constant change. In 3 months, I’ve gone from being barely able walk without pain or eat without acid burning my throat to hiking and cycling multiple miles and feeling stronger every day.
When I conceived Bodhi, I was 120 lbs of solid muscle. I was doing hot yoga 2-3 times per week, strength training 1-2 days per week, and cycling every chance I had. I was easily in the best shape of my life. However, I experienced so much discomfort and sickness throughout my pregnancy that I couldn’t continue working out. I allowed myself the space to just focus on growing my baby and not feel guilty about resting when I needed to, which was often. I was sad to see my muscle mass dwindling away, but I reminded myself that this was a very temporary experience. What’s 9 months out of a lifetime, really?
After Bodhi was born, I thought I’d bounce right back like I had with my first pregnancy, but a cracked tailbone wouldn’t allow for that. It was a solid 8 weeks before I felt like I could squat or do a lunge without pain. Breastfeeding and waking several times per night didn’t help my energy levels, either. It’s been a slow process getting back into the groove and wanting to exert myself physically, but I’m finally at a place where I’m finding some consistency in my routine and seeing my body changing from week to week. I’m able to do pull-ups again (although they’re pretty weak), and my booty is feeling firmer. 🍑
I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but it’s kinda fun starting over and seeing how my body adapts and grows. 💪🏼 I’m recording my weight here, but this journey isn’t about a number on the scale. It’s about strength. I’m actually hoping to gain some weight via muscle mass.
40 weeks pregnant: 138 lbs
5 days PP: 125 lbs
12 weeks PP: 118 lbs
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