Remember this post: Thought Collection: Is Intensity A Limited Resource?
Well I have good news: I have my workout energy back!
In the past few weeks I’ve been to cycle classes, athletic conditioning and kettle bells. Classes that left me sore for days. My desire to breathe heavy and sweat hard is back!! I’m very glad. While I will always enjoy low intensity exercise, there is something magical about the high intensity stuff that leaves you high on endorphins.
There are several reasons why this change might have occurred:
Encouragement From Friends. Mazen shifted down to one nap, which means I have the morning hours to go to the gym. We are in a great routine of meeting some of our friends there and while Mazen gets his workout going up and down the slide in the Kids Zone, my friends and I sweat together. This camaraderie has pushed me to try new classes I might otherwise have been too shy to attend. Once I step in the door I have no choice but to push myself to match the intensity of the class. And once I get going, I enjoy it!
Weaning. But deep down, I think this new energy has to do with weaning. I am still breastfeeding once per day first thing in the morning, but in the past month I cut out 3 of our 4 daily feedings. That’s a lot of milk that I am no longer producing. I feel like both my mind and body have changed hormonally, so it makes sense that a hormone shift might explain my desire to exercise hard again.
Time. Lastly, I also had some friends (and some of you!) tell me that around the one year mark you started to feel normal again. Perhaps it has just taken 12 months to recover from the hardest physical event of my life.
Whether it’s one or all of the above (or just some random coincidence) I am feeling more like my old self than ever.
Anyone want to go for a run?