Back At It

October 31, 2013

Remember this post: Thought Collection: Is Intensity A Limited Resource?

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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.

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1 Tara October 31, 2013 at 9:48 am

Congrats on your energy! My baby just turned a year old too, and I’ve found myself yearning to run longer and harder again. It feels amazing!

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2 Kathryn October 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

Way to rep BHI!!

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3 Laura October 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

Yay! Power to the SHE! Glad you are feeling like your old self with exercising!!

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4 Jackie October 31, 2013 at 10:01 am

Congrats

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5 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise October 31, 2013 at 10:02 am

This is great to hear, Kath! Do you think you’ll be doing any races?

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6 KathEats October 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

Maybe either the cville 10 miler or the 4 miler in September. Not sure. I don’t want to train for any long ones (10 miler included) because I just dont want to spend my days running. But 10…maybe.

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7 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

Glad you’re feeling back to your old self! Some of my friends with young kiddos have been feeling like they’ll never feel normal again, so it’s nice to hear that it will happen eventually! :)

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8 Lisa C. October 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

I won’t say “I told you so” but I think I did mention a few times that there is something magical about the one year mark! Glad you are feeling your old energy back!

I recently joined a gym and I am LOVING the classes! So fun!

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9 KathEats October 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

You knew!

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10 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 31, 2013 at 10:17 am

Such a good feeling to be back to yourself! I recall the weaning, I totally can relate. Once I was basically done nursing, I slowly felt more “myself”. As much as I exercised before my son was born, it was all a memory when he was a newborn and toddler. Between the nursing and taking care of him and pushing that stroller all day long, it was enough exercise and calorie burn at the time – I couldn’t handle anymore and he was my workout.

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11 Ali @ Peaches and Football October 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

Woo congrats to getting the workout motivation and energy! You look very happy to be back to the exercising again. Good for you – and great that you took the time to take care of yourself and got back in when it felt right rather than hit it hard early when you weren’t ready.

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12 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac October 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

Way to go!!! Glad to hear your energy is back! I think it was very smart of you to listen to your body when you weren’t feeling and I am happy to hear it let you know it was ready for more!

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13 Samantha Jane October 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Yay!! lovely you could breastfeed for a year and over. Actually one feed a day at this age is more than enough to keep protecting your baby with your antibodies and give him that special cuddly moment. I breastfed both my kids for two and a half years, and the most beautiful feeds really were after the first year. Also brilliant to know you are training hard again!

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14 Kelley October 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm

That’s exciting! Something does change around the one year mark. But I have to say, maybe it’s the entrance into toddlerhood, but i seemed to have lost it again around the 16 month mark. Maybe it’s because it takes so much more mental energy as the little ones start destroying the house. Take it while you can! And hope you can keep it going through the 16 month hurdle too! Keep that momentum going!

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15 Abby October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Congrats on getting your energy back! Has Mazen always done well in the child care at your gym? I have a 14 month old daughter and we tried to go again today to the gym childcare and she cried the entire hour, uhhh! I would love to get into a normal routine and take her with me all the time but it is really hard to do knowing she gets so upset. Interestingly it just seems to be the gym bc at home she has had several different babysitters and has always done well with them. Any tips appreciated!

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16 KathEats October 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Mazen has done OK but some of my friends have had trouble. The ladies say the more you take them the better it gets, so I think just keep trying.

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17 Mandy Pierce October 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for sharing this, Kath! So encouraging to read about another mama getting more and more back into the groove of caring for herself (I’m trying to figure this out, as well, with a 10 month old on board!).

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18 Kelly October 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm

You get pink in the face too! I totally do!

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19 Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician October 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

This makes me want to wean! Haha. I’m excited to feel my old self again, but I’m going to miss nursing so much…

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20 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Yep– it totally just takes time. I had the SAME issues after giving birth– just wanted to do lots of walking, yoga, etc. And then, after about a year, my desire to do harder, longer workouts kicked back in, totally. And now that my daughter is almost 19 months old, I’m training for my first marathon! Amazing how far you can go if you just listen to your body, right?! Glad you’re getting back in it!

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21 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget October 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm

So glad you’re energy is back! I have highs and lows too, and I just go with it and change up my exercise routine depending on my energy levels. I think listening to what your body needs at that time is the best way to treat it right!

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22 elizabeth October 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

So glad you have your workout energy back. I don’t feel great without a daily workout or two, so I’m glad I have the energy for it also. You are taking good care of yourself and you look great!

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23 Katie October 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Hey Kath,

I have a question for you. You’ve mentioned you want to wait a while to have a second baby, but if you had made the decision to have another baby within the next year or so would what is discussed in this post change your mind?

I am wondering because it must take a lot out of you to get your body back to pre baby. Does it make you hesitate to do it all over again? I will be having to make these decisions in a few years.

Thanks for you candidness!
-Katie

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24 KathEats November 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

I’m not quite sure I understand your question. Given what I know about pregnancy and childbirth though I am excited to do it again. But I want to wait until I’m really ready. Like taking a break between college and grad school gave me a super dose of enthusiasm.

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25 Allie October 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Congratulations on getting your energy back. Good for you for not trying to push yourself unnecessarily.

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26 Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream October 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm

That’s very exciting, Kath! Glad you’re feeling well :)

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27 Ashley M. October 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Yes, yes, yes, and yes. My experience was similar. Yeah, I struggled and ran and stuff, but when I had weaned — stuff changed dramatically. It totally made me feel like ME again in all those sorts of regards. :)

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28 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 31, 2013 at 11:47 pm

That’s awesome to hear Kath, keep it up!!

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29 Livi November 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

way to go!

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30 Melissa November 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

Glad to hear you are feeling like yourself! Having lots of energy is always a good thing!

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31 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food November 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

Yay that’s so awesome! High intensity exercise is fun ;)

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32 Shelly November 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

Nice job getting back at it! Keep up the good work!

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33 Danielle @ Green is the New Black November 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm

My experience was exactly the same! Something about the little guy turning one couple with weaning from nursing and I suddenly felt new-found energy! I was beginning to think I would just never feel the same as I had before, but now that he is almost two, I think I actually have more workout energy. Whether its because I put more in because the time is more precious or I’m just more on a schedule, its a great thing!

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34 Shanna November 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Nice job, Kath. I can’t wait to join you at the gym or for a run!

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35 Molly November 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

This post came at a perfect time! I seem to have lost some of my enthusiasm for those tough workouts and even though I’m sleeping well (10 mnth old), I still feel tired. Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll hope I’m more back to ‘me’ with weaning too.

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36 Alex @ Kenzie Life November 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

It’s always great to have that workout motivation back! Congrats!

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37 Neil Butterfield November 4, 2013 at 5:34 am

Glad to hear that you back at it, exercise has so many benefits, especially for a mum of a small child. Well done and keep it up :-)

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38 rené November 15, 2013 at 6:39 am

lol congratulations to getting the workout motivation welcome back

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