My sister came over today for what I'd like to call my first "real" postpartum workout. Yesterday, I went to the doctor for my check-up and got the thumbs up to resume all activities. There are exercises that you shouldn't do while pregnant and some that I just didn't want to do. For example, as much as I loved the pushup, I had not gotten my body into a push-up position in almost a year.
Our circuit began with a chest press, followed by bicep curls, tricep push-downs, squats, tricep extensions and then the push-up! I wasn't even sure if I could do one. I got into my military position and gave it all I had. After 20 push-ups, my face was planted on the floor and I felt like I needed a crane to lift me up when I realized we still had to do the whole circuit two more times! My muscles were quivering by the end of it all, but I never felt so good. Our bodies are amazing machines and I look forward to building my stamina and strength. If you train your muscles and bodies, they will respond.
For my first set of push-ups, I was able to do 20. Next round I only did 17, and then finally finished with a pathetic 6. At that point, my muscles had hit complete muscle failure. I had to yell for my 7 year old nephew, David, to help me up off the floor. We finished our strength training workout, laced up our shoes and hit the pavement outside. Even though the temperature outside was only in the 60's, I was sweating. We got our much needed "steps" in for the day and came home for a healthy lunch of tuna salad, loaded with veggies piled high on romaine leaves. Yummy!
I look forward to training this summer, so that I am ready for a race in the fall. There were moments today when I was ready to give up; I felt like I couldn't move and was lying on the floor thinking that I hated what I was doing, but the reality is that I love it. I love to challenge myself even when it's hard. Sharpening and stretching sometimes hurts, but the reward is worth it. Hard work comes back tenfold. Challenge yourself and you'll see!