It’s hard enough to make it to the gym sometimes when pregnancy isn’t a factor, so add a growing baby bump to the equation and I’m fairly certain I should get an award for just getting in the car and heading that direction. (Another award should be given IF I’ve remembered everything I need on my way out the door and don’t have to do the mid-driveway stop and reverse tactic to run back in and grab either headphones or a bottle of water or run for an emergency pee.)
With that said – I’m not some crazy gym rat that despite being pregnant hasn’t missed a workout and wants a metophorical pat on the back. I’ve missed a slew of them. Too many to count. More than I’d like to admit.
I do however, make it to the gym. So there.
Whilst at the gym yesterday, some things occurred to me. A giant lightbulb went off!
My 1st Ah-Ha Moment:
I can only effectively and safely do about half of what I would normally do at the gym. Lately, I can (at times) only do a third of what I used to do. Why do I still have to pay full price?
AHHHH! Do you hear me LA Fitness?? Could you help me out a bit??
Now, I know that my argument of “pregnant women can only do a fraction of what their former selves could” would not settle well with feminists, unrealistic women who have not yet hit 30+ weeks pregnant, and men.
It is however just some food for thought. Munch on it.
My 2nd Mind Boggler was this:
Why am I the only pregnant person in the gym, ever?
Okay, maybe not ever, but I’ve only seen one other lady with a visible baby bump ONCE. Once. That’s it! (&& It was small enough that she could just be one of the unfortunate few who carry their extra weight in a most confusing way.)
Where are all the pregnant ladies that want to stay in some kind of decent physical condition? I can’t imagine how awful I’d feel right now if I had just stopped moving altogether once pregnancy was a part of my reality.
I feel like everyone talks about how badly they’d like to get their pre-preggo body back… but isn’t maintaining a bit of your physical endurance and conditioning while pregnant a large part of that puzzle? Interesting… yet another case of “we want all the results with no handwork”. This momma-to-be don’t play that. K?
That’s my soapbox…
I clearly spent too much time thinking while on the treadmill yesterday so that I could avoid reading the Closed Captioned episode of Dr. Phil that was on the monitor in front of me. YUCK. No. Thank. You.