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Last week I came across an article about Jillian Michaels (aka Biggest Loser trainer) where she reveals that time and working out really can be a luxury when kids are involved,
“I used to tell moms that for the sake of their well-being they had to put themselves first,” she says. “But I know now that’s not always possible.” Kids sort of force you to let go in all areas of your life. They give you the perspective to see what’s really important.’
There has never been a truer word said but the irony is, even the best in the business have no idea what it’s going to be like in regards to raising children whilst still trying to maintain some sort of fitness regime.
Personally, I know how hard it can be adapting to the HUGE lifestyle change that an addition to the family brings. True to form I was a self centered elite athlete that really had no idea how much being a parent would change my life and it hit me like a tonne of bricks.
I foolishly thought that the hard part would be the pregnancy (9 months of morning sickness is hell on earth) and birth (after 20 hours in the birth suite, nothing was happening) but alas I was wrong. The hardest part was just about to begin.
Now, before you get on your high horse and perhaps say I should be thankful to 1. Have kids and 2. Have completely healthy kids, which I TOTALLY understand… what I’m trying to do is pass on to others (where fitness is a priority) that may be going into this parenting thing blindly (like I did) to help save the anguish by being prepared mentally with what’s ahead. It is beautiful time of your life and taking the time to allow your body to recovery can’t be rushed but only you will know when the right time is.
We all adapt to this parenting gig differently, some take to it like they have already experienced it in a past life while others are completely thrown. I was one of the later. The biggest part that helped me cope was to get back into fitness as soon as I could. It was my saviour that got me through the weeks that likened to running a marathon, back to back, for weeks on end (Catnapping/ reflux babies have a tendency steer the days this way). It was a bit like a double edged sword at first but once I found the balance it all became clear.
1. Babies don’t just sleep when they are tired…they scream! Load up the pram and just get out of the house, this way you can get some exercise while the baby sleeps…righto, sure…NOT! Neither of my girls were fans of sleeping anywhere except their dark, safe cot. I definitely persevered and can remember with horror trying to get my eldest off to sleep in the pram by just letting her scream! Since then I always took my baby bjorn, and nearly always ended up carrying her home this way (hello sore back).
3. The best way to get your body back is to exercise while they sleep during the day. The first few months are HARD, and all you want to do is sleep on the couch as soon as they hit the pillow. Day is night and night is day and that awful jetlag feeling doesn’t go away until you catch up on some ZZ’s.
4. Book your baby into a crèche and go do a group fitness class. I have never been able to do this – but some do and good luck to them. Yes I worry far too much…
5. After week six you’ve got the green light to go and get stuck into regaining your fitness. I don’t think I properly got back to anything more than walking until after week 12. Everything hurt and was uncomfortable plus I just didn’t have the energy. A walking zombie perhaps?
6. Feed yourself properly especially if your breastfeeding…. Some days you’re lucky to even make it to the kitchen let alone have a free hand to make anything healthy. This is why a biscuit tin looks like your best friend most days….
Of course it all gets easier after the first year, it really is a turning point but gee, for me that first 12 months was tough..both times! Times goes quick and this afternoon I was running behind my two and five year old on their bikes with covering a good 4 km circuit around our neighbourhood!
I know I’m probably not the best person to be spreading the word about future population growth but hay, I certainly wished someone told me straight up how out of whack my perception was. Once the mental adaption kicked in, it’s happy days!
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