I’m having deja vu. In July I wrote a post about the stress of moving and how the gym took a backseat during that high stress time. Well, here I am in the same situation again. My second move in one pregnancy. The gym in the backseat. In July I was still in my first trimester (read: NO ENERGY), now in my third trimester I have better energy (most of the time) but it’s physically harder for me lift, bend over, and breath. I am exhausted after seemingly small tasks and come 6 P.M. I’m done. I keep blaming the time change for my early bedtimes, but the truth is that I’m just getting to that point in pregnancy that a full day of normal activity is enough for me. This has made making it to the gym all the more difficult. I’m accustomed to evening workouts and I’ve tried to stay with my usual workout times, mostly because if I go to the gym I like to be there with some fellow Miss Fits, however, the evening time just doesn’t really work for me anymore. There have been several times that I had the best of intentions to make it to the gym at 6 or 7 and once 5 o’clock rolls around I just don’t have the energy. As we have said many times before, sometimes less is more. My body is already physically taxed and adding more physical stress on top of it is not necessarily a good thing. I do believe that staying active and keeping up with workouts is integral to a healthy pregnancy, however, I have had to remind myself many times that I’m not going to be able to do the same things now as I was doing before being pregnant.
I am not a type A personality, far from it actually, as far from it as possible. I take after my Dad and inherited the Strode family traits of being quiet observers who go with the flow. My feathers don’t get ruffled easily and I can be so laid back, sometimes to a fault. This in turn means that I literally don’t feel stress like a lot of people do. Ironically, a lot of my closest friends are Type A personalities. I witness them turn into stress balls who lose sleep and obsess over small details. I don’t do that. I have had to learn how to recognize when my body is stressed by paying attention to very minute details. An eye twitch, a breakout, the need to be alone and zone out are all symptoms that can easily be overlooked in our busy lives, but that’s my body’s way of telling me to slow down and manage my stress. All of these symptoms have showed their face to me in the last week. So, yes, I’ve skipped workouts to lay on the couch instead. I have a feeling that if I used HRV like Suzanne and Jen, I would be in the red zone.
I guess I was naive to think that I could breeze through pregnancy and keep up with my workouts without missing a beat. I’ve been forced to slow down whether I wanted to or not and I’m starting to feel the physical effects of pregnancy on my body. Although the gym hasn’t been top priority in the last couple weeks I’m looking forward to getting back into it. Now that we are getting settled in our new house I’m hoping that I will have the time and energy to get a few workouts in a week. Although, I think a time change is in order, no more evening workouts. That’s what I love about Jim, he’ll work with me to accommodate a better time for my energy levels.