Friday, November 21, 2008

Fitness Friday: Jumping on board

I've been watching Brenda's Fitness Friday progress over at The Family Revised, and debating whether or not to join in. Well, this week is "The Excuses Edition", so it's only appropriate that I share why I hadn't jumped on board immediately! 

Number 1 Reaso...Excuse: Nursing. This actually entails a few "sub-reasons". First, the time spent expressing milk led me to drop my usual exercise routine: a half-hour on the elliptical and a half-hour on the rowing machine at least 3 days a week. Even into my last month of pregnancy I had consistently kept up this schedule, usually going 5 days a week. But I simply wasn't making sufficient progress with my research and something had to go. Secondly, the energy. Making milk takes energy. Exercise burns calories. I do not have an infinite amount of energy. Thirdly (and this one feels most like an excuse), you're not supposed to diet while nursing. Err...yep, I know exercising and dieting are not the same thing... And, finally, I was losing extra pregnancy pounds just by eating well and nursing. 9 months after giving birth, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Unfortunately, that weight is not exactly distributed as nicely as it was before.

Number 2: Like Brenda, I find myself using the excuse that "it's not that bad". Sure, I'd look and feel better if I shaped up a bit and dropped about 9 lbs, but I'm not trying to be a model or anything. Whose counting 9 lbs? The point I need to remember is, if I don't make a habit out of getting and staying fit now, it's going to get a lot worse and a lot harder down the road.  

Number 3: I'm really stressed out and a glazed croissant with chocolate milk would make me happier. This is my biggest excuse in the food department. I never had a problem with a sweet tooth until I became a mom. It took me a while to figure out why I suddenly started craving treats....alll the time. I think I know: once you become a mom, about the only thing you have time to do just for yourself is eat something sweet! At least, that's what is going on in my case. I'd like to add here that I think we really should enjoy food. But a glazed croissant once a week is not the same as having a calorie-heavy treat every single day. And it's entirely possible to enjoy food that is good for you!

On the positive side, I just got the thumbs-up from our pediatrician to stop expressing milk and to cut back on nursing. So a lot of my excuses just evaporated! Monday morning, it's back to the gym.


  1. Great post, Megan. I can relate to number 3 myself. Of course, I'm joining JulieMom, so:

    DEATH to excuses!

  2. "Unfortunately, that weight is not exactly distributed as nicely as it was before."

    So funny--and true! I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight after my second daughter was born. But unfortunately, my pre-pregnancy weight was too much! And then (over-achiever that I am) I continued to gain!!!! I was skinnier after I had her than I am now 5 years later.

    Death to excuses! They aren't working for me.

  3. Definiely I would just be happier if I eat that. I have to stop feeling that! I have to stop equating food with happy.

  4. I am happier sometimes when I eat too. Definitely one of those things we have let go of, huh? Blessings! Glad that you have joined the crew!

  5. I can so relate to those excuses too! So glad you joined us! Good luck with the beginning of this new stage in your life! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Welcome to Fitness Friday!! So glad you joined in. Your post is SO true. I'm not nursing right now (haven't in five years) but I could use some of those excuses. :0)

    I think our new battle cry is:

    DEATH to excuses!! Long live....well, I'll think of something.

  7. How about "Long live effort!"? Trying to find an opposite "e" word...

    1st, you get props for just thinking about fitness as a new mom AND a grad student. I'm not a mom but I was a grad student a few years ago and yikeroo--you have a full plate! But the better you take care of you, the better wife/mom/student you will be. So welcome to the Fitness Friday club--I look forward to checking in next week, Thanksgiving and all... :-)