When your shirt basically calls out the reason you didn’t get up and get an official workout in…
Part of pregnancy, for me, is striking the balance between the movement I need and love, but also being gentle and getting sleep while it’s a little easier.
And today was one of those days with no work and nowhere to be very early, I could sleep in a bit. And then I did do a few reps of some movement, and since we’re also gonna be gettin’ our groove on at the Oblivious Fools show today, I’ll call it a good balance.
Because sleep is freakin’ awesome, mannnn 💕
I have a confession to make, and it’s not one of those silly cutesy confessions, sadly.
Sara snapped this pic of me in Arizona while I was shell hunting with the kids, and while my first thought should have been “oh so fun, a pic of awesome memories with her kiddos!”, my thoughts instead jumped right to holy. fucking. shit… my thighs are NOT carrying pregnancy well AT ALL.
And they aren’t, that much is true. But it bothers me that instead of focusing on the beauty of pregnancy and ALL the parts that come with it – the good, the bad, and the seemingly ugly – I zeroed in on a massive flaw.
Pregnancy has changed my body a LOT, and I have struggled with this change a little more than I’d like to admit, because for 36+ years my weight has never fluctuated much if at all; I’ve always been proportionate and petite.
That’s just what I know.
But I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason to gain weight.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for body changes.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for growth, and fatigue, and perhaps even some discomfort.
And so I checked myself and I thanked her for this picture. And I hope someday I’ll look back on this and remember all the adventures I took my baby on in utero, and smile instead of focusing on any flaws.
Because again, while I have fleeting moments that challenge me, I am SO VERY grateful to be able to experience pregnancy, and I will do better with giving my body a break as it continues with the hardest, yet most rewarding thing it has ever experienced.
Were you critical of your body during pregnancy?
This mornings mood boost provided by a new flavor of iced coffee – pistachio! 😍
Normally my mood boosts come in the form of endorphins from a workout… but today I couldn’t even muster the energy to get out of bed. I’m dealing with some intense emotions and I just wanted to sleep (or try…), and even though working out usually helps my mood, today I chose to be gentle and focus on resting.
Wellness includes knowing when not to push – knowing when to be gentle with yourself. Took me waaaay too long to grasp that, but I’m better for it!
The holiday season is just so tough. Losses feel more profound around this time, memories flood your emotions…
But maybe instead of telling people to snap out of it and get in the holiday cheer, maybe offer them a hug, a kind word or something?
Most are not trying to be Grinchy. We’re not trying to bring anyone down. It’s just a hard time.
We could all use a little extra love 💕
(Yes, there are exceptions; some are just Grinchy, like this guy 😉)
Just gonna put this riiiight here. ❤️
On especially tough days, just immerse yourself in the good times; the happy memories.
Remind yourself that you’ve gotten through 100% of the tough times you’ve faced, and allow the space to be gentle with yourself.
Be a good person with a good heart. And you don’t need to tell people you are a good person – when you really are, it will be evident and speak for itself.