Welp, it’s taken me a LONG time to recover from the half-marathon, so please excuse my absence. The day after, my lower extremities felt like bricks. As my legs began to heal around mid-week, I moved too quickly while getting granola bites out of the oven, and BAM: neck’s out. I can just about move it again after a week of ibuprofen and heating pads.
Apparently, the lessons continue with this race. Among them:
- Four months post-partum is TOO SOON, unless you were spectacularly fit during pregnancy. If you ate numerous bowls of cookies-and-cream per day and also put on 50 pounds, maybe give yourself some more time.
- CROSS-TRAINING should not be ignored. Quitting the gym was a mistake in this respect, because I rarely have enough self-discipline to do a work-out DVD, especially when I need to log the miles outdoors. (Who has the time to run and then come back and do the 30-day shred? What am I, Beyonce?) Had I been able to make it to the gym (and use the childcare there), I could have worked on the various cardio machines as well as the treadmill. I also could have done weights. Without the gym membership, I just ran, whereas cross-training would have made my body that much stronger to combat 13.1.
- C-O-R-E. I don’t know for sure, but I’m betting some semblance of core strength would have served me well. My weak, jiggly postpartum belly was just ill-prepared.
So, let’s weekly-round-it-up and then get on with going bananas over holiday hosting/gifts/cards/treats, etc.
Pounds lost this week: 2.4
Pounds lost since blog inception: 12.4
Pounds lost since beautiful baby girl arrived: 40.2
What I’m Eating:
- The whole fam is doing great with minimal processed foods (That is, until yesterday for moi. Newsflash: I am a stress-eater.) But we’ve been making granola bites each week, and snacking on nuts, cheese, fruit, and the occasional organic chocolate chip. I found pita pockets with just five ingredients at Whole Foods, so those are H’s go-to sandwich bread.
- Yesterday got the better of me and I went through the Starbucks drive-thru. Then there may have been some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup consumption. I’m not beating myself up about this, but I need to do better.
What I’m Doing:
- You guys? I think I might start back at LA Fitness. I know! But Lifetime Fitness will cost us over $100 a month, and I don’t know that we can swing that, considering how difficult it is to make it to the gym many days. LA Fitness wants me back, and it looks like I could get there for $40 a month, including childcare. I’m still mulling it over.
- In the meantime, I’m trying to use DVDs. H helped me with the 30-day shred on Monday, but we only made it through one circuit as Ailie got a bit restless. I did manage to get a few walks on this weekend with the kids, which felt great. The weather here is just gorgeous (mid-70s, bright sunshine) and perfect for spending time with the kiddos outdoors.
- Plank-A-Day. I discovered this on Twitter, and it’s a fun, simple challenge: do one plank each day. I time myself and each day try to do a bit better. So far I’m up to 1:16. Planks are rough, yo; but great for my wobbly core.
What I’m Reading:
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I had to put down The Passage by Justin Cronin as it was giving me horrific nightmares. And trust me, my mental health is fragile right now (another post).
- My son. At 2.5 years old, it’s not all roses; but this kid is so bright and funny. The other day, he was driving his truck around the driveway and told me: “I’m going to Whole Foods to get guacamole and cheese.” On Monday, as we were heading into the post office, he asked if he could run. “Then I can get my exercises in,” he explained.