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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.

4 comments:

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.