It's been quite a year. A year ago I was gearing up to train for my next big running challenge. Nearly a year ago we found out about our surprise pregnancy and our world (and my body) began to change.
I was so sick and exhausted at the beginning and off and on throughout the pregnancy. I didn't exercise heavily. I gained around 30lbs on top of the 20lbs I had put on while marathon training in 2014.
Three plus months after giving birth, I have about 35-40lbs I would like to shed to get to where I want to be. Slow and steady weight loss has always been my way to go, and this time around is no different.
However, what IS different this time around is the need to be careful not to restrict too many calories lest it affect my milk supply and nursing relationship with my daughter.
I have to be honest and say that from time to time I catch myself feeling disgusted with the extra weight I'm carrying around at present and my super slow weight loss progress thus far.
At those moments, I remind myself that I have been gifted this amazing little being, my daughter. I got to carry her in my womb and I continue to nourish her through my body.
I am blessed. This is a relatively short season in my life and I'll gladly snuggle my daughter and continue to provide nourishment for her for as long as I'm able, because I'll miss this time when it's over.
For now, I am ok with carrying around a few extra pounds, and you can be sure that I'll send that inner critic packing any time she has a harsh word to say about this body of mine!
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