Be Gentle With Your Body

A few weeks ago I finished the T25 workout program. If you’re looking for something that will help you get in shape but is not super intense then this is a great option. The best part? It’s only 25 minutes. After having my 3rd baby, anything longer than that overwhelmed me and felt impossible.

Several people have asked how on earth I find time to exercise. I’m not going to lie. It is tough. But the hard truth is that I can make excuses or I can make it happen. Yeah, it sounds like a dorky slogan, but it’s true.  I make the time. It doesn’t happen if I’ve had a very long night or if we will be extremely busy that day. But I work out as much as I can.

After my third C-section I realized I needed something to help me ease back into exercising. T25 has been the perfect fit. I’ve come a long way since my first baby. After being cleared to exercise with Jackson I jumped into…

P90X.

Not one of my brilliant moments. My poor body had just experienced 41+weeks of pregnancy, a long induced labor, an unplanned C-section and I was nursing every few hours. But darn it – I WAS GOING TO GET MY BODY BACK! (Yes, I was a certified crazy lady).

Fast-forward five years and now working out is less about my looks and more about how I feel. I am a happier person when I exercise. As Elle Woods observed, “Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy! And a happy woman wouldn’t kill her husband!” So, to keep everyone around here alive and well…I exercise. It’s my cheap drug.

When the baby has her morning nap I have Kate (3) play in her room and I work out. Ideally, I would love to work out before the kids are awake. Being blessed with early risers (yes, that was said with more than a hint of sarcasm), and having a baby means early-morning workouts aren’t happening yet. I keep promising myself that once the baby consistently sleeps through the night I will get my booty out of bed earlier.

Finishing T25 has made me realize how far I’ve come in the past few years. I went from being utterly obsessed with returning to my pre-baby body in as short a time as possible to realizing that I need to be patient with my body.  I have not just given birth to my babies. With each child I had major surgery (aka delivery via cesarean).

Shortly after having Lynleigh, my friend Rebekah kindly encouraged me, “Be gentle with your body.” She knew my obsessive tendencies. My insanity. When it comes to working out I seriously have NO gauge for what is healthy and what is pushing myself way too hard. Finishing T25 at my pace was a step in learning patience. It was a step in building my strength gradually.There are many times over the past few months when I’ve been tempted to slip back into the “exercise-like-a-crazy-lady” mode. And then I hear her voice.

 “Be gentle with your body.”

 

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