If you’ve been pregnant, you’ve most likely gotten to a point in your pregnancy where, even if you are a little scared, you were READY to be done with pregnancy, and ready to “graduate” to the next stage – motherhood; ready to meet the little baby that’s been kicking and punching you for months now! No? Just me? 😉
That’s where I am. I’m just READY – for as scary as the unknown is, I’m just so. very. ready. to meet my baby, ready to kiss and snuggle, ready to see if it’s a boy or a girl, ready to not be pregnant anymore…
I have LOVED being pregnant, but I’ve reached the point where I’m just ready for the next stage – at what point did YOU reach this stage?
I’m 38 weeks today and I cannot wait to meet this little nugget!
I’m just gonna dish out some tough love here: STOP wishing for it and START working for it.
I can barely count how many messages I get that begin with “I wish I was as XYZ as you…” and while it’s flattering, it also makes me feel like people might not realize that if I’m eating well, it’s BECAUSE I prep. If I’m having a healthy pregnancy, it’s BECAUSE I’m moving my body to the degree with which I’m able.
I’m not WISHING for it, I’m WORKING for it, because that, and ONLY that, is how you attain what you are aiming for.
Stop exerting energy on wishes, realize you are WORTH the efforts, and channel your energy into that – you will get MUCH further, I promise.
As always, if you need help, I got you! You are more capable than you think, but you gotta begin!
So yesterday I did something extremely rare for me – I missed a Monday!
I still fully believe that you set the tone on Monday, but I was still pretty drained from this past weekend, and it didn’t feel necessary for me to push myself further, rather I felt it best to listen to my body as it let me know it needed some more rest.
I haven’t come all this way having a healthy pregnancy to make dumb decisions NOW!
This is not the same as skipping a Monday because you don’t want to workout, so I’m fine with it. This is what my very pregnant, very drained body needed, and in fact, I’m incredibly proud of how much I have grown on this journey – the Kara of the past definitely would have pushed herself all in the name of ‘never missing a Monday’, but I’ve grown and I have evolved, learning that sometimes rest IS best.
It felt awesome to get back to it today, though!
Is this not the truthiest truth ever?!
I saw this cup in TJ Maxx and its so true I almost had to buy it! (But I don’t need another cup, so I exercised willpower and passed…)
It really does feel like you blink and the entire weekend is gone! I don’t know how it happens every time, but I sometimes wish we had equal weekend and workday time, anyone else?
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?
If you show up once in a while, you might enjoy feeling good once in a while.
If you show up consistently, you might enjoy feeling good a bit more consistently.
You are more in control of it than you think 😉
Rafiki with the wisdom!
Sorry for the language, but… 🙌🏼
It’s true, and its such a valuable lesson to learn… not all things are your problem to address. Realizing as such is powerful AND helps you control the stress load you take on, which as we know, contributes to EVERYTHING, such as handling illness, disease, keeping yourself healthy… everything.
Stress is a real issue (spoken like a true Diabetic who realized first hand what stressing over everything was doing to my health – nothing good!)
We have enough on our plates without absorbing everyone else’s issues too!
Make this your mantra 😊
“What’s the secret sauce?!”
The secret sauce is getting off your ass and working towards what you want; step by step, consistently, through the hard times and the easier times.
That’s it, that’s the secret and the sauce. WORK FOR IT!
I swiped this from the incredible Nicole because when she shared it, it stopped me in my tracks and spoke to me… so I thought I would share in case anyone else needed to see this, too.
It’s my job to rise up and do what it takes to heal myself, and I’m worthy of that!