Friday, August 27, 2010
First Full Week
Well, I officially finished my first full week of workouts. It was interesting to say the least. Most of my soreness had worn off by Monday so I started the week pretty fresh. Monday was upper body. I made a few adjustments, no problem. I was certainly tired by the end of the workout and it felt good. Tuesday I was sore in the upper body but that didn't affect my lower body workout. I added lunges to my workout this time. My legs were pretty shakey by the end, but I was still able to walk. During the night, I remembered waking up and trying to roll over and wondering where that intense pain and lack of strength was coming from in my legs. Then I remembered the lunges. It was easier to roll over 9 months pregnant than it was at that point in time. Wednesday brought on the upper body again. Now along with the upper body I also do cardio. Each day I start out doing 20 minutes on the treadmill to warm up. On upper body days, I end my workout with a 30 minutes stint on the treadmill doing a mix of walking and running. Well, my legs hurt so bad I had a hard time stepping on and off the treadmill, let alone, walking while I was on it! I did manage to get through my workout. My arms were sore, my run shorter and my walk a little slower, but I made it and felt proud. Then we headed to the park for a picnic followed by a trip to the zoo. I think my chlidren could tell I was in pain. They kept dropping things on the ground. I had to mentally psyche myself up to bend over and pick things up for them. My body was just not wanting to move! Everything hurt. I thought I was going to die. Then they want me to push them on the swings! Are you kidding? No, they weren't. I pushed them, but had a hard time doing the whole underdog thing. It was a long, slow moving day for me. Thursday brought about lower body again. I was concerned. I still couldn't move, but I had to try. I made it through my workout and was able to do the entire thing. Then I walked very slowly around the track for 20 minutes and then went swimming, to the park and ran errands. I was prepared for the worst. Surprisingly though, the pain started to subside. I could still walk by the end of the day! When I rolled over in bed it was more like 4 months pregnant. I felt great! This morning I headed out feeling much better. I could even climb into my car without wincing and having to fall into my seat. I did my warmup, my upper body strength training and then the treadmill. I ran the farthest today than I had all week. Now I am home and feeling great because I survived! I did all my workouts, went to the park three times, the zoo once, swimming 3 times and did errands when needed. I even cleaned the house and did laundry (which is donwstairs in the basement, a verty hard task when legs don't work!). I have also stuck to my eating plans. My new favorite is something that I never thought I would ever eat, much less like - peanunt butter and banana on bread! I like peanut butter and bananas, but I had always refused to try them on bread. Yuck! Well, I discovered a new bread. It's sandwich thins. They are 100 calories and have 4 grams of fiber. They are whole grain, and really yummy! I use them for all my sandwiches now. I have found, as I focus more on protiens and carbs and trying to get the righ balance, that I do feel better. I eat less, I crave less and I am not as tired. Hopefully this will continue to be the case. I want to be able to enjoy life and all that it has to offer. I haven't been able to do that lately because of how run down I was feeling. Anyways, I have survived and it has given me motivation to carry on and energy to enjoy the things around me!