I Miss The Gym

Hey friends!

I’m not going to lie, it’s weird to come upon a Tuesday and not have an ‘official’ update for ya!

No pregnancy updates (after 41 weeks of those, I am sure you’re sick of them), and I’m just going to do 1-month increments of updates on postpartum & baby from here on out. (See the 1-week update here.)

In other news, I wore the Ergo yesterday to do chores with. She just snoozed away while I folded laundry, made myself some food (!!!), and did my hair (partially) and makeup (again, minimal).

I miss the gym

We then we used it to go out & walk in the sunshine-it was glorious!

I feel much more like myself when I can get some things done, be with Lily, and get fresh air. Can’t say enough good things about how the Ergo lets me do that. (And no, I’m not being paid to say that, I just really like it!)

And of course, I feel my best when I get some sleep too, so after babywearing for awhile, we both napped. Hello naps, we love you.

I Miss The Gym

K so I am going to be totally transparent here….

I MISS THE GYM. Like a lot.

I miss teaching my fitness classes.

I miss pushing my body outside its comfort zone.

I miss my muscles. (How are they already leaving me?!?!?)

I miss my people at the gym.

I miss motivating others to reach new physical limits.

I miss starting my day off with kicking butt.

I miss the physical high of having a fabulous workout.

*Note: I would NOT trade having Lily for any of that, but I am allowed to miss something during this transitional time! I’m only human.*

I love the snuggles I get from Lily, and I love being with her 24/7, but I’m not gonna lie, I NEED my time at the gym, and I miss it. I just do.

I miss the gym

You might think that’s selfish, but I don’t. I don’t really miss working my full-time job right now (yes, I will take maternity leave, thank you very much), but I miss teaching fitness classes & doing my own workouts.

My doc said I can go back when I’ve stopped bleeding (TMI?), so that should be really soon. Hallelujah!

Here’s the thing, don’t get me wrong here-I don’t really miss the gym because I know it will get me fitter or more toned again (although those are nice side effects), I miss it because it is a PART OF ME. And I can’t feel completely myself if that part of me that I love so much, and that I am so very passionate about, is missing.

Catch my drift?

Maybe years ago I would be all “I need to get to the gym and burn ____ calories because I just ate ____calories, and I am squishy!” But luckily that is not me today.

No, the gym means so much more to me than burning calories or ‘getting skinny.’

It is a place where I am ME. It is a place where I get the endorphins pumping, I help others feel that high, and I forget about life/issues for an hour or so. It is seriously a haven for me.

That may sound really weird, but whatever. I am weird.

In the meantime, until I get to go back (hopefully next week some time!), I am gonna keep snuggling Lily from sunup to sundown……annnnnddd all that time after sundown, because, well, she likes to party sometimes during that time. 😉

I miss the gym

Oh, and p.s. My fitness people at the gym?? They had better watch out. I am coming back with a vengeance.




I miss the gym

Her leg warmers?!? I.die.

Have a WONDERFUL day!! <3

How long was YOUR last gym/workout hiatus???! What workout are YOU doing today?!?! (let me live vicariously through you!) Last class at the gym YOU attended??! 

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  1. giiiiiirl you miss the gym?! itz been FOUR MONTHS FOR ME!!!!!!!! haha i actually went back yesterday and today and have just been taking it super easy. i feel ya, i feel ya! all in good time :)
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    • dude, I totally thought about you when I wrote this–I know, you’ve had it wayyyy worse than me. So I know a bit now how it feels! Glad you can get back to it!!

  2. You know I totally understand/feel for you! You will get there! Hang in there pretty lady

  3. Aww the gym will be there for you as soon as you are ready! I can imagine how hard it would be when you spent so much time there and now aren’t! That has to be hard, but like you said more because it’s apart of you, not for the calories or anything. Of course those are bonuses, but I work out because I love how I feel. I took a week break about 5 weeks ago because my body was just dead, and now I’m on another break as I had some surgery yesterday to have moles removed. Lots of stitches= no working out :(
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  4. Dotsie says:

    :) You don’t have to justify why you miss the gym! And you are NOT being selfish. You’re being good to yourself, your Lily, and husband. It is a win-win when Mom takes care of herself. Being selfish would be NOT exercising and eating junk and basically killing yourself. You’re a great role model for Lily, and other women. Maybe you can put Lily in the Ergo and walk on the treadmill or stepmill or something?! LOL!

    AS far as living vicariously thru your readers…my last gym “class” was a CrossFit WOD yesterday. Three rounds of 300m row while your partner did one-armed thrusters. It was fun!

    • Oh that does sound like a good workout!

      And I’ve totally thought about doing that on the treadmill–right now the weather is nice, so we take walks outside 😉

  5. Last night I went to kick boxing and tonight I’m heading to yoga. I’ll make sure to do a downward dog for you 😉 Soon enough, mama you’ll be at the gym!
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  6. CarolineO says:

    I totally wish I was one of your gym people. You coming back with a vengeance only means one thing… You are going to kick people into fighting shape. Move to where I live? Please :)

  7. I don’t think it’s selfish at all. In fact, I think it’s incredible when new mamas (and dads!) still have something for themselves. It’ll feel AMAZING to get back into it. The last gym class I attended? Well, I taught a bootcamp on Thursday, but I haven’t actually attended another instructor’s class in a while. I need to get on that!
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  8. I totally understand this!! It’s especially important when you’re a mama (I think). That time to yourself – whether it be exercising, reading, taking a bath, whatever – is so important! I’m jealous you you think you’ll be done bleeding so soon. It took my body 10 weeks!
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  9. I LOVE HER LEGWARMERS! Too darn cute!! I totally know where you’re coming from. When I got my wisdom teeth out, I couldn’t workout for 4 days (which I know isn’t much comparatively) but it drove me crazy! I just get bored at home. The gym won’t know what hit it when you get back! 😉
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  10. I totally 100% understand where you are coming from and completely agree. That is how I feel about teaching aerobics and BODYPUMP and running – time for me to de-stress, get some good endorphins going. and of course it doesn’t make you any less of an awesome Mom to Lily because of it – in fact, it will make you a better Mom!! :) On a separate note – I taught BP this morning -85 (tough!) and I usually teach at night, so I am TIRED!! 😉
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  11. It’s completely expected that you would miss the gym. Why would you NOT miss something that is such a big part of your life and that you love so much? I know what a passionate instructor you are and it’s REALLY hard to be away from it. And of course you wouldn’t trade that for the new love in your life… but it’s definitely OKAY to admit that you miss it. :)
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  12. I totally understand what you’re saying and I don’t think you’re selfish at all. As a single mother, it was realllllly hard for me to find a balance with home, work and the gym. I would feel guilty for leaving my daughter with my family for an hour or two while I ran. It took me many years to realize that I NEED to go to the gym. It’s part of who I am and it makes me happy and that is when I am the best mother. I have more patience, more energy, more happiness, etc. Plus, it shows here that fitness should be a part of your life, not just something you do. Now that she is getting older (8 this year) she likes to be fit with me. We’ll practice soccer, race home from the bus stop, she’ll bike next to me while I run. One time I read a blog post from this mom who got up crazy early to workout so she didn’t miss a single minute with her children. She made me feel guilty…..but what about the people (like me) who don’t have a husband or somebody to stay home while your child sleeps so you can workout. I think I’m ranting now, but my point was don’t feel bad, just do you!!
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    • thank you for sharing with me! You’re so right–it is not a thing to be guilty about, it’s taking care of our health, and ultimately our kids’ health too 😉

  13. Totally understandable that you miss your gym time. Especially since it was part of your job and lifestyle in general. It’s hard to not have that at the moment. At least this is only temporary and you’ll be back to your old self in no time!
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  14. Nicole says:

    I definitely don’t think it’s selfish for you to miss the gym. It’s part of who you are!
    Last gym hiatus was last year when my Mother passed away. I was there – physically – three or four days a week, but mentally, it took me nearly 10 months to get back in my groove.

    Today, I’m teaching BP at 5:30 p.m. (Release 85!) and doing some elliptical work. I have a half-marathon on Saturday, so I want to take it a LITTLE easy on my running this week so I’m not dying by mile 7!

    In the meantime, enjoy your walks, naps, and cuddle time with your little girl!

    • I am sorry about your mother’s passing <3 And I can totally get how it would take a lot of time to be mentally there.

      Hope BP went well! 85 is a fun one!

  15. I think it’s totally understandable to miss gym time. For me, workouts are my time to myself and away from other obligations, so who wouldn’t miss that?
    And yes, the legwarmers – do they make those in my size? 😉
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  16. My last hiatus from the gym was a week, but right now I’m working on a month-long hiatus from running. My knee is messed up and I can’t do it! It’s really tough to give up something that you consider a part of you for an extended period of time. You know you’ll get back into it eventually! Happy Monday!
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  17. I completely understand missing the gym. Not that you need anyone’s permission, but you’re totally allowed to miss it and I get the sense that most if not all of your readers get that feeling. I had to take some substantial time away a couple years ago and I was devastated – it was the endorphins, my social circle (hey group ex!), it was just… a part of my life and then, it wasn’t. :( On the plus side, you do get baby snuggles in its place. :)
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  18. I have the Baby Bjorn & it is the ONLY reason stuff gets done around my house when Dave is at work. Atlas pretty much insists on being held, so the Baby wearing is a lifesaver!

    & I totally get the gym thing! I feel at my best (mentally) after a run. I feel relaxed, empowered & confident to tackle the day. I love Atlas & I hate being away from him (even while he naps), but once the dr clears me to run again, I’ll be in my shoes & out the door the 1st chance I get. Like you said – it’s not just something we do…it’s part of who we are….it keeps me sane. Ha
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  19. I can’t totally understanding missing the gym! I fractured my foot over the summer and had to take over two months off so I could recover. Boy was that hard! And by the way, I’m a Zumba fan too! It was SO difficult not to be able to go to my classes. Working out definitely has a big mental component for me that I never want to give up. It’s a great stress reliever and just helps me clear my mind. Luckily, I got the green light from the doctor to go back about 2 weeks ago and it feels great!

    Crossing my fingers that you’ll get to go back soon!!!
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  20. danielle says:

    don’t worry hunny bunny, you’ll be back at the gym in no time at all and i am excited for you, and for your students!
    years ago when i had a small business, i literally didn’t have time to workout for months.. it was seriously nerve wrecking but i had no time! i appreciate my time so much more now.
    you look so happy and gorgeous!!!

  21. OMG HER LEG WARMERS. TOO FREAKING CUTE! just you wait until her thighs get more chunky. they will be even cuter.
    she’s just so precious. but i can totally understand missing the gym time. everyone has their me time, their place where they feel POWERFUL. for some it’s the road. for some it’s the gym. for some it’s a studio. for some it’s even work, if they LOVE their job. it doesn’t matter where it is, it’s a part of you. you’ll get back there and who knows maybe in this time off from the gym you’ll find a new place of power too.
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    • you’re so right–the place that makes each one of us feel powerful is different….and that place for me is the gym & teaching fitness. You nailed that concept! thanks :)

  22. I’m teaching to BodyStep classes today, completing an upper body free weight routine and taking a circuit and ABT class (luckily the last two is more instructional than me participating!). You are not selfish, and I’d be exactly the same way. It’s your YOU time and it’ll come back before you know it. Can you do any at home workouts? Or do you prefer the gym atmosphere and everything that comes with it (I know I do!)
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    • I prefer the gym atmosphere 😉 But my own workouts at home could work for the next little bit too….it’s just not as fun. hah

  23. Your little babe is so cute!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you that you can get back to the gym sooner rather than later! I know I am going to miss it when I (finally) have my little one.
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  24. So glad you’re enjoying your ergo! Cuddling and getting work done is the best:)
    And Lilys leg warmers? I think I’m dying from a cuteness overload over here, definitely need to pick up a pair of those:)
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  25. I totally get you!! I felt the exact same way after I had my son. I was ready to get my muscles burning and sweat and feel that high from working out and running. I think it’s normal! You’ll be back in no time and until then just enjoy this time!
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  26. I so agree with you. Working out at the gym is a great stress reliever for me, and that’s where I achieve lots of things I never thought I could do! I love that you don’t see the gym as just a place to torch calories and look great, but as a place where you can just move, sweat, and have fun. I’ll be missing my intense workouts for a while since I have some issues I’m dealing with, but I’ll still be going, even if I’m doing low-intensity workouts. After all, any sort of fitness is a blessing.
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  27. OMG no more lemons, cabbages or watermelons in you belly!!! Now you just carry these things in your arms :)
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  28. Love this! And please, I don’t think this is selfish in the LEAST…especially since I’ve seen you in your element and couldn’t help but get in the groove right along with you…your energy is contagious woman and I love it! I haven’t gone on a long CONTINUOUS hiatus, but since my knee surgery, gym time has been hit or miss. Luckily, I’m on a hit right now and have been four days in the last week! I finally feel like I can do some stuff without having pain so I’ve been working on getting my range of motion back with lots of foam rolling and stretching. Just hoping to keep the motivation up and hopefully be able to get into some of my old classes after the new year! 😀
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  29. I’m sick and on antibiotics right now, so I haven’t been to the gym in over 7 days. I surprisingly don’t feel too guilty, especially because I’m getting over this sinus infection. I went for a walk this morning, though, and it made me feel so much better! Walks can do wonders!
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  30. I 100% get where you are coming from on the gym. I went around 2 weeks PP, even though I did the wimpiest workout imaginable. I just wanted to get inside the darn gym! I loved every minute of it (like 35 minutes probably), and then of course I raced home to my baby. I am counting down the days until we can take him to the gym with us, which we have agreed would be when he could crawl. Now I am missing the gym because my run schedule is so packed, I only have time for weights 2-3 times a week!

    PS. those itty bitty girly clothes are soooo much cuter than my little guys stuff. I would have spent a fortune if I had a girl!
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