a mile in my mind.

by Janetha on October 14, 2014

in meals,moves

well. it happened. i went to gold’s. for the first time this year… yikes. it was not as bad as i had expected… i mean, i’ve been putting it off for quite some time, milking my postpartum recovery for as long as possible. but i guess it eventually had to happen, right?

i ran a mile. scratch that, i jogged a mile. the first mile in 11 months.. maybe more.

it was quite the production to get my butt to the gym. first of all, i had to make sure my baby was fed and there was an adequate window of time for me to leave the house. then i dug up some gym clothes.. real stretchy ones. then i had to remember how to tie shoes with laces and make sure my gym membership hadn’t expired. then i had to replace the batteries in my headphones. after all that, i hit the road. folks, it’s not easy to do things that take time when your life revolves around a little, tiny 9 pound master. sure, i could pump and have marshall feed him.. but it’s just so much easier to feed him myself. so i live my life in blocks of 2-3 hours at a time.

once i got to the gym, i checked the time and realized i had 30 to 90 minutes, depending on when fox decided he wanted to eat again. i decided a jaunt on the treadmill was my best bet. i thought a mile would be a good place to start. here’s a little play by play of what was going through my mind.

0.00 mile – do i still have a gym playlist on my iPod shuffle? oh, yep.. there it is. sweet.

0.01 mile – okay.. (walking) wonder what speed i should turn it to. 6.0 sounds good. surely a ten minute mile is do-able.

0.03 mile – well, this isn’t so bad. at least i remembered how to move my legs briskly.

0.05 mile – omg. these milk jugs are NO JOKE. why did i choose this built in bra workout top?! i definitely need to be wearing a sports bra. maybe two of them. plus the built in bra top. these things are heavy! i wonder if the milk makes them heavier than just having big boobs. who knows. not me. i’ve never had big boobs. oh, gosh, i hate these things. 

0.25 mile – quarter mile in! i feel pretty good. although these boobs are really, seriously weighing me down. i can’t imagine going faster. ouch. i wonder if i look ridiculous with these things bouncing up and down. i mean, i FEEL ridiculous. and it’s kinda painful.

0.35 mile – whew. getting a little winded. my lungs kinda hurt. geez, how was i ever a smoker? sick. 

0.38 mile – starting to sweat. did i put deodorant on this morning?? that was at 4:45 AM i can’t remember that long ago. i think i did. i even showered this morning. showers are so much harder to squeeze in now, it’s almost like i shouldn’t work out on days that i have already showered. what a waste.

0.40 mile – i see no familiar faces. i guess that’s what happens when you take a year off.

0.45 mile – oh, wait, i know that dude. we used to talk about jump roping. OMG jump roping. that is something i will never do as long as i am breast feeding. these knockers couldn’t take the impact.

0.50 mile – yay halfway!  i kind of want to walk but that’s only because i am lazy. it’s a mile. suck it up.

0.51 mile – ugh.. my legs are HOT. i shouldn’t have worn these thick wunder unders. definitely should have worn shorts. but they are nowhere near as stretchy. don’t think i want to even attempt wearing those yet.

0.53 mile – wait a tick, i think i was wearing these same capris when i fell off the treadmill! i remember because they were so thick that they didnt get a hole in them when i fell. oh my gosh, that was ridiculous. and how was i ever going that fast? no wonder i fell off. 

0.56 mile – i fell of a treadmill. how in the world do women do this running thing whilst PUSHING A STROLLER. i mean the fitness aspect is one thing, but my lack of coordination is what would sabotage me. sorry fox, no stroller jogs for us.

0.65 mile – dang these are some good jams. i totally forgot about some of these peppy ballads. i think i forgot about the band shiny toy guns completely.

0.69 mile – but, wait, me first and the gimme gimmes? why did i think that was gym music? i put like nine of their tracks on this playlist. they definitely don’t make me feel like working up a sweat. what was i thinking? 

0.75 mile – woohoo! a quarter mile to go! it feels like i have been running for eight years. running is so boring. how do people do this for 26.2 miles? or 13.1. heck, even 5…

0.82 mile – is that elbow sweat? yeah, i think i feel a drip of sweat on my elbow. i mean the only other thing that feels like that on my elbow is breast milk dribbles from it falling out of fox’s mouth… and he’s not here.. so, yeah, must be elbow sweat.

0.83 mile – oh man. speaking of breast milk i bet he’s gonna want to eat sooner than later because he didn’t eat very long last time. i better make it home by 7 just in case.

0.84 mile – aww.. i hope fox isn’t doing anything ridiculously cute that i am missing!

0.95 mile – ok.. home stretch. good job for not stopping. 

1 mile – yay! did it. that wasn’t so bad, after all. i could probably do this again soon.

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i then proceeded to walk another half mile, rounding the big, bad workout to 20 minutes and 1.5 miles.

pre-pregnancy/pre-fox, i used to go into the locker room after my workouts and take a photo in the mirror so i could then post it here and tell you all about my workout. but there’s no time for that these days, i would much rather hang out with my baby than take gym selfies.

good thing i decided to keep it short and simple and head right home.. because he was ready for dinner sooner rather than later!

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after i fed him, marshall and i ate dinner. trader joe’s turkey meatball subs & spinach salad. so simple and fast and tasty. we are all about quick meals these days. this one was actually more nutritious than most nights.

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so, we just got done with fox’s bedtime routine and i fed him again and put him to bed. while i was feeding him and thinking about typing this post, i pondered on how quickly my priorities have changed. i mean, i have never been a super go-getter when it comes to working out. i like to get in and out and on with things.. but i used to always make sure i went 4-5 days a week. back before i found GPP, i was doing my own thing in the gym and would sometimes spend 60-90 minutes there. that baffles me. when i got pregnant, i was so happy to have a reason not to go to the gym. i thought i would be back on the wagon once i had my baby.. but i am now humming a different tune.

now days, i really don’t care about if i make it to the gym or not. YES, i realize the importance of it and the need for it. i am sure i will eventually get back in the habit because i know it’s good for my health, but, dude, i have a brand new baby. that is so much cooler than a workout and the gym will always be there. sure, workouts are satisfying and fulfilling. but watching this little guy’s face light up at a stupid toy bird or giving him a bath is wayyyy more satisfying and fulfilling.

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and since i am back to working 40 hours a week now, i really cherish those few hours after work to play with him before he goes to bed. plus i have to make dinner.. eat dinner.. hang out with my husband.. clean my house.. love on my dogs. there is not time for 60-90 minute workouts. i will try to squeeze things in here and there because i know i should.. but gone are the days of getting to the gym being near the top of my priority list.

and on that note, i gotta go to bed. because even though i don’t get much of it, sleep is very near the top of my priority list! good night!

Qs~

1. do you like short workouts or longer ones?

2. what is your favorite quick & easy meal? yes.. i want your ideas :)

xo. janetha g.

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Momma b October 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Perfect post again!! I was in stitches with your treadmill play by play! All so true!
I love you and you’re an awesome momma….Fox is a lucky boy.

Lizzy @ Fit Lizzio Fitness Blog October 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I used to do 2 hour workouts, but now I definitely don’t. I do 30-40 minutes usually and make it count. Get In, go hard, go home.

And that’s even without a baby! Haha

Erica October 15, 2014 at 12:13 am

Timing workouts when you’re breastfeeding a baby is crazy town. I remember having people come over to the house to sit with Kaylin while I ran around the neighborhood. I’d panic the entire run and when I got back Kaylin usually was fussing up a storm, ready to eat. Great job on your first one out! Oh and on pushing a stroller and running, once you get used to it, it’s not nearly as hard as you imagine ;)

Colleen October 15, 2014 at 4:34 am

Favorite easy meals:
Salmon – sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, dill weed and broil 15-20 min – serve with rice, veggies, topped with greek yogurt

Chicken thighs and a jar of salsa in the crockpot, BOOM done, just add tortillas, cheese and veggies.

Cube up a package of TJ’s maple apple sausage, 1 red onion, 1 apple, 1-2 sweet potatoes, and a tube of italian herb polenta, toss with olive oil and bake for 350 for 45 min.

You are doing exactly what is right! You can’t get newborn snuggles back, and if you focus on rest, nutrition, and figuring out your life, everything else will fall into place.

That said, I LOVE mytrainerfitness.com’s workout 6-pack cards. You get a six-day rotation of workouts for the gym, at home, or outside (I work out at home). Each day has two circuits that you are supposed to do for 15 min each, but it was super easy to customize according to the time/energy I had. I would put my son in his swing, and if he started to fuss, I would do a Dance with Baby cardio interval, Baby Overhead presses, Kettle Baby Squats, or Baby Weighted Crunches. Not ideal, but it got me moving again.

betty October 15, 2014 at 4:35 am

yes! shiny toy guns! I was thinking the other day how I completely forgot about them!

we love pita pizzas! and bbq shrimp and puréed cauliflower is now becoming my go to meal, since the shrimp take all of 5 mins, and you just have to steam the cauliflower in the microwave!

Teri || a foodie stays fit October 15, 2014 at 5:13 am

Hahaha I loved reading your running stream of consciousness. Good job!

And seriously Fox is so cute!!! I hope I get to Utah soon and can meet him! Love you!

julie October 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

sounds like you have your priorities in check – the gym will always be there but your baby is only that little once!!

everything we make is quick and easy cause we’re lazy and hate cooking :) crock pot anything – make on sunday and eat for 2-3 nights. our fave is a mexican chicken soup – 1lb or so of chicken, 14oz can chicken broth, 2c. water, 10oz can enchilada sauce, 15oz can whole peeled tomatoes (mash them up), 1 onion, 1tbs cilantro, 2-3 garlic cloves, bag frozen corn, 4oz can chopped green chiles, bay leaf, tsp cumin, tsp chili powder, salt pepper, cook on high 8 hours, shred chicken and boom done eat with tortilla chips and thank me later.
we also do one pot pasta (i’m sure you’ve seen it all over the ‘net), chicken broccoli and ziti using jarred (!!!) alfredo sauce and steamed broccoli, we used to make english muffin pizza a lot, tuna sandwiches (like i said…we’re lazy)…and frozen pizza. not the healthiest but it works and it’s tasty.

Lauren October 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

It’s crazy how much our priorities change. I feel the same way! I thought for sure I would be so so eager to get back into a routine workout schedule but I can’t imagine spending any more than 30 min away from my little one. The exercise I’m getting these days are the times we are together on walks or just carrying his carseat around. I swear I’ll get back in shape just doing that most days. :)

Glad you have such a healthy attitude about it all. You are entirely right! :)

Dalia October 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

Haha – that was hilarious! Loved the play by play.

Stacey October 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

Your comment about remembering how to tie your shoes made me giggle because at 25-weeks pregnant I keep thinking, am I going to remember to zip my zipper once I’m in non-maternity pants? I can barely remember to put on shoes and not wear my slippers to work each day… my ‘cows’ are surely to get out many times in the near future ;)

Oh and I double wear sports bras thanks to pregnancy while working out… can’t wait for milk boobs.

Courtney October 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

I love this post! I had a baby right before you so it’s been fun to read along and see the similarities. There are some bloggers who I just can’t relate to with post-partum fitness, they just aren’t realistic. You have such a refreshing, NORMAL point of view! I totally agree, watching my little guy kick his feet and play on his mat, or give me big gummy smiles during his tubby takes top priority over a whole lot these day. Keep up the awesome work, you are a great mama!

Janetha October 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

<3

and congrats to you :)

Lisa October 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

Nice to read something realistic instead of a portrayal of perfect gym body after baby! Priorities change! Love this post. Very healthy and Fox is adorable.

Sarah October 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

Love this post! A lot! I feel like I’m going to be in roughly the same head space as you come March/April next year, so it’s refreshing to see such a healthy approach to postnatal fitness. :)

My favorite quick meal is turkey taco salad. I usually buy the fattier ground turkey and cook it up with either a prepackaged spice recipe or my own if I have none on hand. I keep all my favorite toppings cut up in the fridge so I can just toss it together. Oh, and I shove a piece of dehydrated bread into my lettuce container to help keep it fresh.

Casey October 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

Haha this post was hilarious! And Iove the name Fox. It just fits him and is adorable :).

Stefanie October 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

I am a new reader and a new mom (well, 4.5 months), and I just want to say that I LOVE this post. It’s like I could have written it myself. Sometimes I lose perspective when I read other new mama bloggers who are consistently working out a ton, and I wonder why I am not doing the same. I start to feel down on myself, which is ridiculous. But you totally summed up why none of us should feel down on ourselves…we have wonderful new babies who take a lot of time and effort, as well as great partners who we need to spend time with as well. All the exercising can wait a while :)

cassy October 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

1. i’m on the crossfit bandwagon and its usually an hour max- which includes warm up, skills, WOD and lots of bs-ing. the shorter, the better.

2.all my quick and easy meals are pretty much yours! :)
but i do love:
http://paleomg.com/5-ingredient-bacon-brussels-sprouts-slaw/

3. you’re amazing (were before babe and even more so after babe!). i want to be just like you when i grow up.

Nicole October 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

That sandwich looks so good! Your baby is so cute! That is great that you did a mile! Keep up the good work!
-Nicole

MelissaNibbles October 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I cried reading this because I’m pregnant and VERY hormonal. Since being pregnant, all I have the energy for is long walks a few nights a week with my husband. I worry that I’m going to lose fitness, but then I look at my stomach and it doesn’t matter. I just want a healthy baby, not a 6 pac of abs or killer biceps. Your blog is so refreshing. I don’t know how or why other bloggers make staying in shape so easy or such a high priority when pregnant and postpartum, it’s so hard to relate to….I’m sorry im rambling, but this made me feel like I’m doing right by my baby when I has been feeling down . Thank you !

Madeline October 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Love reading your updates! My little girl is 2.5 weeks old and right now we are all about walks around the neighborhood in the Boba wrap (also because it is a surefire way to get her to take a nap!). I am excited about getting back to my morning runs, but as much as I want to get back into it, I can’t imagine getting started before my doctor says it’s okay and before this little girl and I get a little more on a schedule. I’d be so worried that she’d be screaming for my boobs the whole time I was gone!

Purelytwins October 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

girl you know we love short workouts, the shorter the better! great job with the mile!!
and I know I always have to plan my outings since I usually nurse Madison every 2 1/2 to 3 hours so time is precious :)
and oh Gary has sent text like that before, too funny!
as soon as Madison starts crying anytime – Gary looks at me and is like – what do I do? Is she hungry? haha too cute. He is getting with understand that she just cries and needs to be loved and soothed to calm down.

xoxo
Lori

Kelsey October 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Going on month 14….and I still feel the same way about my little guy! Nothing better in the world! Loved your post and honesty!

April October 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

My super lazy meal fall back is tuna. I have the packets even so just rip those open, add some tomatoes, olives, pickles, S&P and eat with crackers. Satisfying and takes a minute or two.

Becky @ TheBexFactor October 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

The end of this post speaks to me so much. I feel so terrible that my workouts have fallen to the way side but it’s just so hard! I also work 40 hours a week and I’m a single parent. By the time I get home from picking my little man up after work, I only have a couple hours with him before bed and it’s spent making and eating dinner, bath and bed time. By the time that’s all said and done I’m usually ready for bed myself but I have to tidy the house, do some blog work, and once in awhile I have friends that pop by to visit. It’s so hard to fit in a quick workout in that small window after my son goes to bed. Do I miss Crossfit and going out for a run after work? Absolutely, but I don’t want to sacrifice the little time I have with my son just to continue going to the gym. It’s not worth it right now, even though he’s 2. They grow up so fast and I don’t want to look back and regret not spending time with him because I was working out instead.

Can someone please create just a couple more hours in a day so I could fit more in???

Marissa October 16, 2014 at 9:12 am

I love how real your blog is. Not pseudo new mom I can handle it all! I’m mom to a toddler and a 4momth old and I love how I can relate to your posts :) you come off as honest not whiny or braggy which I find in a lot of other blogs. So keep up your writing style!

Jessiker October 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Elbow sweat lmao

marie October 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

“Tell him” was my favorite part of this whole post! <3

When I was pregnant, I couldn't wait to be able to work out hard and run again, and then the day the baby was born, I forgot all about it. (Now I do want to run again, I just suck at it.)

Kristen October 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

It took me a few years to get back into any sort of regular exercise after having my daughter. Now, I like shorter workouts OR, even better, workouts that feel short but actually take a long time. Those are the best, when time just flies. Too bad they don’t happen often enough.

My favorite quick dinner? London Broil and Asparagus. Prep the steak while the broiler heats up, prep the asparagus while the 1st side of the steak cooks. Flip the steak, put asparagus in the microwave. 5 minutes later- done.

Linz @ Itz Linz October 18, 2014 at 5:49 am

lol I LOVE THIS POST!!!!! i can so so so relate (well not to the running part cuz that is yet to happen)… but the big milky ta-tas, wondering what the babe is doing, etc. and easy meal? crockpot lasagna! SO easy and will give you LOTS of meals – we’ve made it almost once a week since we discovered it http://www.foodfitnessandfamilyblog.com/recipes/?recipe_id=6050043

Bonnie October 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

Loved hearing your thoughts! And although your priorities have changed (as they should, and will, I can only assume!), I’m still proud of you for making all that effort to get to the gym! Well done. :) I look back and think about how much mine have changed and that stuns me a bit…I can only imagine how having a baby alters everything! Love seeing that process with you and Marshall.

Easy meals? Hmm… I normally do eggs when I want something quick and easy! Love buy pre-sliced turkey or chicken so that I can make fast sandwiches or throw it on salads for an easy, no cook meal.

Carly October 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm

It took me until 12 mo post partum to finally start working out! LOL My twins were in daycare until they were 11 months and I just couldn’t give up any of my little time with them for exercise. Once I decided to stay home with them and they got on a reliable and predictable nap schedule, I finally was able to work out again. Then I joined Stroller Strides and it has been AMAZING! The boys come with me and I meet other moms :) Enjoy EVERY single moment you have with Fox, it goes by WAYYYYY too quickly. I would give anything to cuddle with my boys, but they are just tooooo busy for that anymore ;) And Fox is just too cute, BTW!

Jena October 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Just wanted to say I love reading all these posts about new Mommy-hood and how you aren’t feeling the workouts yet. It’s refreshing and real, and so much better than a post workout selfie- that just wouldn’t seem real for post baby you. Thanks for sharing these:)

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