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Thursday, January 12, 2012

A triumphant return (and my babe is 4 weeks already!)

On Wednesday, I returned to that oh-so-fun treadmill boot camp at the gym. I was so excited and slightly nervous to go back. I really feel like I’ve been pushed back quite a bit in the 6 weeks I took off from running so I wasn’t sure how I would do. I ended up doing not too shabby – logged 4.35 miles in 52 minutes, which included 10 speed intervals and a REALLY difficult hill workout. Whew! But it felt so great to get back and have I mentioned it’s really nice to be able to push myself for the first time in 10 months? I’ll be back every week for sure… I love this class and it’s going to get me back into running shape quickly. The woman that teaches the class is also going to be my personal trainer once I get the OK at my 6 week follow up appointment.

Exercise has been great this week. I went for a 2 mile walk on Monday, ran 1 mile/walked 1 mile on Tuesday, and then running on Wednesday. Today I might do a workout video to give my body a break from running (feeling a little sore in the nether regions after class last night). Unfortunately my eating has not been great, so I haven’t lost any weight so far. But I haven’t gained any, either, so I guess that’s a plus. Fortunately all of the holiday goodies are out of the house now and I’m finally feeling a little more in control of my eating.

Yesterday, Kate turned 4 weeks old. Where has the past month gone? In some ways, it feels so much longer than 4 weeks… in other ways, not so much. She is going 4 hour stretches at night now and so the sleeping really isn’t too bad. We put her to bed between 9 and 10 p.m., and she is usually up between midnight/1 a.m. and 4-5 a.m., then back down until 7 or 8 a.m.  She has good days and bad days with fussiness (which gas seems to be the biggest culprit for that, or being overly tired and over stimulated from people holding her), but most days, she’s pretty laid back still and just kind of goes with the flow. She’s grown a LOT! We’re not quite sure how much she has gained – her 1 month appointment is next week – but she has grown almost 2 inches and her head has expanded 1.5 inches! She’s definitely putting on weight… I’m guessing she’ll be close to 7 lbs now by her next appointment!

4 weeks

9 comments:

Karen@WaistingTime said...

CUTE!!!!

Sunnydaze said...

I'm so glad that things are falling nicely into place for you with getting back into a normal routine with exercise and baby. Good for you for taking time for yourself for the class (remember to keep your identity as Anna, too ;) )

Katie is beautiful, she looks SO SOFT! :D

Becky said...

She is so cute!!

Congrats on that hard workout. You'll be back to where you want to be in no time!

LoriV. said...

You're amazing to be back running so soon!! Woohoo! And what a cutie Kate is! Love her name also!

Suzie Thomas said...

This extreme core workout forces your muscles to work in a more functional and realistic way, especially if you're involved in sports. Take a look at a lineman in football, or an MMA fighter for example, their core is always engaged, pushing, pulling and or rotating against resistance.

Laura705 said...

I'm glad everything is going so well and you're back to running. Glad Kate goes with the flow because pretty soon you'll have her out in the jogging stroller with you!

beerab said...

She's gotten so big in 4 weeks it's amazing! She looks a lot like you :)

fancy nancy said...

Oh she is so cute!!! Way to rock the mill momma!!!!

Tish said...

First things first--she's beautiful! Makes me smile. Now, good for you for getting right back into things. I'm proud of you! I can just picture you pushing that jogging stroller while you chalk up several miles on saturday mornings.

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