Here I sit, the evening of February 24, 2014, and I just finished another 5K in my basement for the virtual 5Ks I lead at my “Sara Bown Use It 2 Lose It” Facebook page (search the hashtags #Week5 #13WksPostCsection #Workout#18 for tonight’s workout). It’s been 13 weeks since my C section to bring our third son into the world, and I am feeling GREAT!
As my story for Experience Life‘s May 2013 issue was being finalized, I found out we were expecting our third son. At the time, I was still moving along in my health and wellness journey, but felt ready to shift into maintenance mode. In October 2012, I had completed a half-marathon a month after my beloved grandmother passed away. I was proud of my achievement, but with the emotional loss, I took some time to pause and reevaluate everything.
I was in a place where I really realized how fast life can change, and I wanted to adjust my journey even more so that it wasn’t just a slice in time but me living a happy, healthy life, well, forever. I wanted to always give my best to my health in a balanced way.
During my first visit to the doctor for Baby No. 3, I was told I needed to be on a low-activity plan for my pregnancy, meaning no running and no weightlifting — exactly what I had come to love doing during my recent 80-pound weight loss. I was concerned about the outcome of that, but I was excited about the pregnancy so I went with the flow. I was growing a human and whatever my doctor said it took to keep him safe and sound is what mattered to me.
I will say, once I reached the six-month mark, I did start to worry a little as I knew the end of my pregnancy was coming. I wondered: Would getting back to working out be hard? Would I even want to work out again? Would I love salad again or would just the thought of it forever now make me sick? Even if I knew in my mind that I wanted to work out, when it came right down to it, would my body go along with it?
Wondering if I could or would was the biggest barrier to getting back into a routine again once I was cleared to workout post C section. The moment I started my first 60-minute workout, I was feeling so proud and so very much relieved. I was relieved that I proved to myself that this really is my lifestyle now and that the days of being a yo-yo dieter and emotional eater and “wisher” really are GONE!
Do I have work to do? Oh boy, sure I do. After 11 months of no weightlifting and no running, I have to build muscle again. Even thought I traded the muscle I had built up for fat over the last few months, I am still nowhere close to where I started.
This body of mine has carried me for 37 years in many shapes and sizes. It has allowed me to grow three amazing boys over the last 11 years, so I love my body at all sizes. It just so happens that I am getting back into pre-pregnancy shape (and will surpass it!) day by day, and I am truly loving that as well.
Half-marathon No. 2, here I come!