I worked hard to stay fit during my pregnancy (I wrote about how I worked at it in this previous blog post). I was sure it would help me have a smooth delivery and bounce back into shape post pregnancy. And it did!
Yet, what I didn’t expect was how long it would take me to get back to where I was before I got pregnant. I’m still not there, and that can be rather frustrating at times. I’m still working on nailing crow pose in yoga class, which used to come pretty easy to me. I’m slowly improving my pace per mile on my runs. Somedays I stick that pose, while other days I can’t keep my balance through the entire class. Somedays I hit a great stride on my run, while other days I am doing well to just put one foot in front of the other.
One piece of encouragement I share with each of my clients as they each work towards their best health is that there will be times of forward progress and times of setbacks. It is part of the journey. Celebrate the successes, extend grace during the setbacks, and keep going. The key is to understand that it will take time. In understanding that, you can find freedom in the process and strength to stay on the journey.
I am learning to apply my own advice.
It is a challenge for sure! I have a deeper understanding of the frustrations that come with working toward a big health goal, for I am experiencing my own in my journey. Yet, I am determined to keep going for I want to be in my best health so I can continue to do the things I want to do. Whether that is sticking a handstand in yoga class, running another marathon, playing soccer with my little girl as she grows up, or having more children.
You may be experiencing similar frustrations. You may be trying to lose weight and feel like every time you lose a few pounds, you gain one back over the weekend. You may be trying to reduce your cholesterol medication by implementing a solid exercise routine each week, but had a major setback after being sick so you feel like you are starting all over again, You may working on changing your body composition but can barely make it through the entire 30 minute HITT class.
You can get there. It may take time, but you can get there. That's what I am telling myself too.
So as you focus on those big goals for your health, my encouragement to you (and to me) is to celebrate the successes, extend grace during the setbacks, and keep going.