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Joining the Gym.

We moved at the very end of August, and when we left our apartment, we also left behind our gym.  Lovely, right-there-in-the-building gym that was easy to get to because it didn't require getting into the car and trekking across town.  I worked out for the majority of my pregnancy, thanks to this gym, and only stopped when pre-eclampsia started to make my body its home.

Yesterday morning, I weighed myself and saw that I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, numbers-wise.

"Whaaaa?"  I said, looking into the mirror and assessing the various areas of squish.  "This is not how I looked before that little biscuit of a BSparl arrived."

Weight, for me, has never been a numbers game.  I've never cared in the least about what winks back at me from the scale, but more how my clothes actually fit.  Over the years, my weight has fluctuated due to muscle mass, stress, season (summer = ice cream), and work schedules, but overall, I've remained the same general size.  

But when BSparl came into town?  (And by town I mean "uterus.")  Chaos.  My body has taken on shapes I have never seen before.  Contents definitely shifted during landing, and I'm looking at a whole new me when I see myself in the mirror.  And honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of what I see. 

Some things, I'm fine with.  Like the scar from the c-section.  It's a sizable sucker, but it's proof positive that my baby came from my body, and I'm reminded of that every time I see her.  Some women call it a badge of honor.  I'll take that.  The stretch marks?  I'm less snuggly with those, but every week they fade a little more and every week I notice them a little less. (And Palmer's cocoa butter helps.)

Other changes in my body can be filed under "changeable," and now that BSparl is five months old, we've moved, and my travel schedule is about to lighten up over the holidays, I'm fixin' (nod to NBF) to get myself back into shape. 

So last night, I joined a gym.  And I worked out for the first time since we moved into our house.  Granted, it wasn't the most aggressive of workouts, but I was there.  I spent 45 minutes on the cardio circuit, and even though my weight didn't shift even a smidge, I felt worlds better when I left.  Like I wasn't just sitting at home, wishing I was making a change.  There I was - making it.

At the end of December, I'll be in Marco Island with my family and my extended CWD family (including my daughter's favorite spit up target, Mr. Scott Johnson), and I want to feel good about how I look when I'm there.  I have three months to reign things in, and I know that - for me - with exercise comes better diabetes control. 

Hear that, Larry?  You thought you shook me off for the last few months?  Pfffft.  I'm comin' for you.

Shhhh!  Larry is always watching.

Comments

I have no idea who Larry is, but CONGRATS on gettin' back in the gym! :-)

And here I am, Tweeting about how Wednesday was my last trip to the gym. We kept paying for it and not going! There's always the great outdoors and the Wii Fit for me. :)

Hey, if you have trouble getting to the gym and you want to get fit quick - P90X is the way to go (they are videos, so you don't even have to go anywhere). I did it religiously for like 6 months...now I do parts of it between my runs...I am training for a 1/2 marathon. No matter what you do, you will get there. Good luck.

Ahhhh how I've missed the larry bird stuff. :0D

I can totally relate to your frustration of not liking what you see in the mirror. Except I don't have one adorable little munchkin that caused the changes ;) But anywho, good for you making a big step in the efforts of getting in better shape (and I don't mean just physically). I happen to need A LOT of praise these days when I do make time for exercising. It really shouldn't be that hard huh?

I should clarify that when I said previously "getting in better shape (and I don't mean just physically)" what I meant to say was that getting in better shape involves both how you look + how you feel and that it's good to do it for both reasons. Does that make more sense? If not, I'm clearly not expressing my point and I apologize! :p

yay! I know how you feel about your body, I really should send you a picture of my belly after the twins...the amount of extra skin and the amazing stretch marks!....just may make you feel happy about your situation hhehee. I just started running consistently and the hips are starting to go back down! So go you! Everything will slowly move back where it is supposed to be!

kudos on joining the gym kerri! Wish I could afford it, but alas, my gym is the wii fit LOL

"Contents definitely shifted during landing" You made me laugh out loud when I read this. Good luck!

YOU GO GIRL!

Great LB photo! LOL! I had the same experience of substantial change in body composition post-baby. Weight number didn't change, but "squishy" certainly increased! Gym visits are fantastic and I noticed a huge difference, even GAINED a few pounds and went up a size due to increased muscle. Hope you enjoy the new routine!

Kerri!! WOW, did you already see this tweet from Perez Hilton for last night????

PerezHilton: Wow. #Buried was INTENSE! Definitely recommend it. Ryan Reylnolds was great too

YAY for Chris!!!

I'm so glad to see Larry back on the SUM map, and I LOVE the vintage picture of him!

Good for you on getting back on the workout schtick (I love typing that word...)!

Some exercise is fun, some is not so fun, but I almost always feel so much better after working out. My belt line refuses to cooperate, but I am just as stubborn as it is. :-)

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