Monday, August 29, 2011

The Reality of Reality

My daughter's first birthday is this week. It's gotten me all nostalgic.

Last summer, as I hobbled around as a huge pregnant whale, I did my best to stay active. I knew what I could and couldn't do, and was determined to be as "in shape" as I could be.
I even hung out with Beachbody CEO, Carl Daikeler...

There were things I knew I couldn't do pregnant, but could do *later*- running (I had to stop at about 5 months because it was just too uncomfortable), dieting (!!!), and a few other things. I got used to seeing my weight go UP rather than down.

I gained about 40 pounds.
This is me the day I gave birth.

I promised myself that, by the time my daughter was 1 year old, I would be in the best shape ever again.

I was so silly.

I had forgotten what it's like to be the parent of a newborn. I had no idea what it would be like to be the parent of TWO children, and working full time.

I didn't know that my emotional eating issues would flare up even more, now that I had almost NO alone time (except for workouts). Standing in the kitchen, shoveling peanut butter in your mouth is a lot easier than cutting up salad when your baby won't let you put her down.

So, even though I'm *pretty close* to my pre-pregnancy weight (I have about 3 pounds to go), I'm looking back on this past year with HUGE pride. I'm not where I want to be physically, but I have accomplished a lot.

I completed the Country Music Half Marathon.
I worked at my outside job (the one that isn't parenting).
I kept the kids from hurting each other.. most of the time.
I survived.

And even though I'm not where I want to be, I am on my way. And that's really the point.


sharon said...

Wow Sarah you look like you were all baby in that pic. How much did she way. Good for you on your achievement this past year!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Love the belly pic! Great job on all you have done. It is hard work and so satisfying! :)

BabyWilt said...

I think you have done a fantastic job of surviving your life and getting to within 3lbs of prepreggers weight .... my youngest just turned 5 and I'm still a good 15 kgs away from my pre kiddie weight :-(

Happy birthing week to you and birthday to little one xx

brooke said...

Honestly, I think survived is the key point there. Happy birthday to the wee queen.