I am brat.
Okay, most people who know me in real life wouldn’t agree with that statement. However, when it comes to my efforts at healthy living…well I’ve been really bratty.
Maybe a little timeline will better explain where I’m coming from and where I want to go:
November 1, 2013 – Surprise! After 7 months of trying we are pregnant with baby #2.
November 6, 2013 – First doctor’s visit to confirm the at home test, starting pregnancy weight 155 lbs.
November 22, 2013 – Discover lots of bright red blood while at work. Call doctor’s office and informed to come in as soon as possible. Make the 30 minute drive, crying, and praying I’m not having a miscarriage. Find out that I have a Subchorionic Hematoma. Spend Thanksgiving weekend moving from bed to couch. Return to work but am told to avoid any and all exercise.
December 2013 – Hubby is working night shift. Due to the hematoma, I am dependent on my mother or mother-in-law to care for my oldest. Add in horrible morning sickness, I spend my evening on the couch eating junk food.
January 2014 – Doctor gives me green light to do “light walking” for the duration of pregnancy.
February 2014-July 2014 – Attempt to walk 2 miles a day. Continue less than healthy eating habits. Give birth July 2nd to a 10 lb, 5 oz baby girl.
August 2014 – 6 weeks postpartum. Doctor gives me the green light to return to Crossfit. Celebrate the appointment by doing my first WOD. It was the first WOD that I recorded a DNF in – but I was just happy to be back at the box.
September 11, 2014 – My father falls at my daughter’s dance studio. He breaks his leg in 3 places and has to do rehab in a nursing home. My mother who was the babysitter for my youngest, needs to be with him. Enroll daughters in daycare. WODs are sporadic at best.
October 2014 – April 2015 – Half-hearted attempts to resume my pre-pregnancy workouts. But between nursing a newborn, my oldest starting Pre-K, and more responsibilities at work, consistency is lacking. Final say screw-it and stop trying.
See that’s where my inner brat came out. If I couldn’t do what I wanted – which was going to Crossfit 5 days a week, then I wasn’t going to do anything at all.
Then I started thinking about to various conversations I had with the oh so wise and equal fab Krissie when she was coaching me in 2014. Krissie became my coach at a time when I was struggling between wanting a health pregnancy and wanting to be able to do the physical things I had done before. And it was almost like Krissie was whispering in my ear “ Tell me , Why do you think going back to Crossfitting 5 days a week is the only way you can work movement into your day?”
And I had no answer.
Crossfit is new for me. It’s a workout I discovered at Fitbloggin in 2012, and something I only did regularly from July 2013 to November 2013.
For years prior to Crossfit, I had done other things to fit in my daily movement. Yes, I looove Crossfit and want to do it as much as possible. But realistically there are going to be times that circumstances prevent me from making it to a WOD.
So I began to think about other ways I could fit movement into my day and here is what I am doing:
1. Ordered a double stroller – Often my biggest obstacle to moving is a lack of child care. While my box is fantastic, it doesn’t offer child care. So currently the only WOD that fits into my schedule is the 5:30 p.m. If I get caught late at the office, or my babysitter (i.e. mom or mother-in-law) can’t watch the girls, then I don’t WOD. Thus far, when that has happened I just go home and lay on the couch. Now, I have ordered a double stroller – that I can use to take my daughters on walks.
2.Searching for jogging stroller – My 2 girlfriends and I want to resurrect our Saturday morning runs. The hubby and MIL has volunteered to keep my oldest occupied, so I just need to take my youngest with me. Jogging stroller to the rescue.
3.I’ve started taking my wellness break again at the office. I am blessed to work for an organization that gives each employee 30 minutes for wellness activities every day! Unfortunately, I have not taken advantage of this benefit in quite some time. I started changing that last week, take 3 wellness breaks. I plan on taking a wellness break as much as possible moving forward– some days it may be few yoga sequences, sometimes a walk on the treadmill, and maybe I’ll even bust out a WOD.
I am only 6 days into my new plan. But it seems to be working. On Monday, my Crossfit Box didn’t have a WOD that fit my schedule. No problem, I created a WOD of my own and did it on my wellness break. J Just a week ago, you would have found me dealing with the same situation by sitting on the couch binge watching “Love it or List it” on HGTV.
I think I have silenced my inner brat again!