A quick note to both encourage and celebrate you all...this has been an amazing process for all of you! As moms, we all have different stories; some of injury, some of illness, some of elation and bliss, some of bewilderment and all of fatigue! : ) As we get closer to Mother's Day and closer to your events remember this:
There is nobody doing it better than you are right now!
*YOU are true athletes who manage stress and chaos and physical challenges like a pro! *Honor your body and acknowledge both what it has endured through in pregnancy and now taking care of another human being. You are phenomenal and so is your strength!
Go get um, ladies and Happy Mother's Day to ALL of you!
Hey everyone, We are going to spice up the Who Wants to Get Active program with a blogging contest. Starting today we will be monitoring the blogs for volume, inspiration and creativity. The contest runs through March 15 and awards will be handed out for:
Most creative blog from Feb 18 to march 15
Most inspirational blog from Feb 18 to march 15
Most comments on other participants' blogs from Feb 18 to march 15
Most blog posts (from start of program to March 15)
Will each of you post a blurb about where you are in your training journey, where you feel you have succeeded and where you have met obstacles? Knowing each other's story helps to empower each other...
Sometimes in life, you have to "punt"...what does that mean? Well, you plan a birthday party for your daughter and she spikes a fever the day before, you plan a playdate with a friend and your mother-in-law pops in town for a visit, you are taking a Stroller Strides Class and where you planned on doing a exercise, there is a family reunion taking place, you strap your baby into her stroller to head out for a run and she blows out her diaper causing a 20 minute delay in your schedule...what do you do? YOU PUNT! Life is about making the best plans possible with the understanding that stuff happens. This is the most powerful message I can give you when it comes to motherhood and training! Be flexible, be creative, be consistent...As a mom, do you best to plan ahead and then be ready to "punt"!
First off, congrats for hitting the road in the cold! That's what it is going to take to get to your goal! The suggestions of hot tea or coffee and showers will definitely help. The main trick I have learned from training in the winter in Boulder was wearing a mask or neck warmer which I would put over my mouth as I ran. It's a bit claustrophobic ,however, it may help.
What a phenomenal picture of you and your little bundle! I applaud your resolve to not open emails or get "dialed in" for a little while. It is true that we all want to jump back into life and get our bodies back (so to speak) after we deliver, however, that time in those first few weeks are so special and multi-tasking is just not what you or your baby needs. Your bodies will get back...maybe even better than before, but coming back in a smart way is the key to getting results, changing life styles and staying committed.