How Workouts Have Changed

First, you guys are the BEST.

I cannot even tell you how MUCH your Congrats, emails, texts, and Facebook messages made me smile.

I haven’t even been on here much, obviously not posting much, nor have I been much of a ‘commenter’ on other blogs, and for that I’m sorry! I am trying to improve now. I was just EXHAUSTED during my first trimester.

I mean I thought I knew what exhausted felt like. HA! I was totally wrong. Pregnancy exhaustion is a WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

I’m used to getting up at 5am everyday to head to the gym. Well around my 6 week mark this was just NOT happening anymore. I could BARELY pull my butt out of bed by 7am. So typically I would try to get my workout in during my lunchbreak. (I would take a long lunch break, so that I had time to shower & try to look presentable again. :) )

But there were other days when the gym was just NOT going to happen. Physically my body was done. I felt like I ran a marathon at the end of the day. I have NEVER been so tired in my entire life. I was LUCKY to make it past 7:30pm. Oh yes, I was in bed when there was still light outside!

Honestly I think it was just what my body needed. I promised myself from the MINUTE that I found out I was pregnant that I would LISTEN to my body. If I was too tired to workout, then that is OK! There is absolutely no need to push myself when my body is doing the MOST important job that it has EVER done…making my little bean!! :)

So yes, it took a little adjusting MENTALLY because I’m SO stuck in a routine & get down on myself for missing a workout. But you know what?? This little bean FAR FAR FAR outweighs ANY silly little thing that my mind could be trying to tell me. (Like it’s terrible to miss a workout)

I took a few days off each week from working out during my first trimester, and really only did VERY light workouts- like walking & light weight lifting. (Lower weight, high reps) If I didn’t feel up to it, I just didn’t do it. And you know what the best part is? I didn’t care. It didn’t matter. All that I care about it taking perfect care of this baby & in order to do that, I have to take care of myself!

Now that I’m in my second trimester I’m finally getting my energy back & it feels SO good!!! :D I no longer require a bedtime of 7:30pm, I can actually make it to 9pm…most nights. ;) I have been back in the gym- about 5-6 days a week & it leaves me feeling EVEN better after a workout- much more energy!! I have been taking BodyPump classes & then either walking on the treadmill, doing some light jogging, or spending time on the elliptical.

Now I cannot tell a lie, I have very much enjoyed being back in the gym. I just feel more like myself. I feel like HOLLY again!!

But that’s not to say that if I really do not feel up for a workout, then I still go. Nope. I just don’t go. I listen to what my body is telling me, and what my little bean is saying.

So far I’ve felt great & up for my workouts. Like I said, it’s amazing what an hour or so of some exercise really picks up my energy levels! It’s nice to go back to work energized & ready to press on through my day.

I have a feeling this might turn into more of a pregnancy blog. Sorry, I’m not sorry, but it’s the most important thing in my life right now!! :D So it tends to take up much of my thinking. I’m sure you understand.

I’d love to share ‘how it all happened’ (Well, I’m SURE you know that ;) – haha!), but I mean in relation to my Crohn’s disease, birth control, thoughts about my body, etc. I figure I’ll save those for another day…since this is getting pretty lengthy.

I’ve SURE missed you all!!! Thank you again for sticking with me!!! :D