Now that I've revealed my pregnancy here on APP, I feel like I can finally let you all in a little point of contension for me lately. Mainly, these Bridal Fitness posts. Over the past year and a half, since I first started the Bridal Fitness on Paper blog series, I've tried my best to encourage and inspire all of you brides out there to try to get into the best shape of your life for your wedding day. It was an easy subject for me to write about every week, because I had a particular passion for working out. I can honestly say that I was in the best shape of my life (so far!) on my wedding day, and more importantly, I was the strongest that I had ever been. I look at my wedding photos with pride, and that feeling is irreplacable.
Now, I'm just about 18 weeks pregnant, and I am at a point in my life that requires an entirely different kind of strength. Sure, you would think that physicality has a lot to do with growing a little person inside you, and it does, but I've learned that it is so much more than that. Being pregnant has challenged me in ways that I never knew possible, and it has put a lot of things in perspective for me. Early on in my pregnancy, someone told me that the hardest thing about being pregnant is realizing that your body is no longer your own, and that statement really hit home for me. The hardest thing about being pregnant was watching my body and behavior change and morph in ways that continue to be completely unfamiliar to me. Once more, my energy level totally plummeted. I mean, I used to be the queen of P90X, and suddenly, I could barely run an errand!
My first trimester was incredibly challenging for me, and a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was sick for almost two months straight. Haha...for a while there, I was seriously writing these Bridal Fitness posts from my couch; hardly able to move. This might sound selfish (because it is), but I hated being pregnant those first few months. Each day was a challenge, and I constantly had to remind myself why I was feeling bad, and what I was doing it all for. I was lucky if I had the energy to take a walk or do a light workout at the gym once or twice a week. The huge loss of physical strength and energy was, and continues to be a daily struggle for me.
Now, having come out the other side into a much better second trimester, I've been doing my best to really appreciate how lucky I am and enjoy this pregnancy. I've been aiming to go to the gym at least three times a week. But when I do go, my goal is not to burn calories, hit that 3 mile mark and sweat through my t-shirt, it's simply to get moving for my baby. I'm constantly having to remind myself of this fact, when my breasts are just too ginormous (excuse the poor vocab, but it's accurate, trust me) to jog, and I'm fighting the urge to pee with every step on the treadmill. When I'm working out, all I want to do is work harder because that's what I've always told myself to do at the gym, but I just can't. I immediately feel like I'm weak and not trying hard enough, but I have to remind myself that I'm doing well just by being there, and that these nine months aren't about me and my personal fitness goals.
Despite my change in fitness goals, I intend to continue writing my Bridal Fitness post. I just felt the need to let you guys in on how I've been feeling as a big 'ol pregnant lady these days. Because my workouts have become less intense, the workouts that I share here might lighten up a bit, too. Haha...but be prepared, they'll definitely get more intense after my pregnancy! Gaining weight has definitely been hard for me...you spend your whole life fighting the pounds, and suddenly, you're supposed to gain a pound a week! It's bizarre! I feel guilty if I don't gain weight, and guilty if I do! That, and I am definitely not the kind of girl who just gets a little bump when she's pregnant. I've never been a little girl, and I certainly will not be a little pregnant lady! I'm just hoping that I stay within the healthy range of weight gain (25 to 35 pounds), although I have to be honest and say that I don't think that I will! =/
All I can do is my best though, for myself and for this baby. I bitch about my weight and not being able to work out 100 percent, but I can't even begin to express how incredibly grateful I am to have had a healthy pregnancy thus far. And now, I thought I'd share one of my favorite treadmill workouts at the moment. I love it as a pregnancy workout, specifically, because I get to jog a little bit, but it's not enough to make myself miserable. That, and I think that the speed and incline recommendations can be easily tweaked to be easier or harder to suit your personal fitness level and goals.
Bridal Fitness on Paper - Hills and Valleys Treadmill Workout
Level of Difficulty: 3 out of 5 rings
|Time Commitment: 32 minutes|
Bridal Fitness on Paper is a weekly blog series posted every Monday, where I share and review a wide variety of cardio and resistance training workouts, both inside the gym and out. Bridal Fitness on Paper is meant to help guide brides along their weight loss journey all the way to the altar and beyond! All of the reviews posted are based on my own experience; I am not a fitness or nutrition professional, and am not liable for any injuries incurred while trying any of the workouts that I share here on A Paper Proposal. If you're curious about a specific workout, and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.