A New Kind of Strength

I’ve learned (partially the easy way and partially the hard way) that I’m developing a new kind of strength.  When I think of strength, I generally think of this kind:

fit-028.jpgOh how I miss my old fit self!

And if we’re talking about that kind, I’m definitely lacking strength right now.  I had been feeling a little soreness/tenderness/strain/something for the past few days in my inner-thigh area, but I have no idea how I did it.

On Tuesday, I made it worse by moving some furniture.  Bad Idea!  Listen, I don’t care if you’re bored or nesting or whatever, if you’re pregnant, resist the urge to move heavy furniture!  One loveseat, one wine fridge, one pub table, two pub chairs, one end table, and two leather recliners later…

Needless to say, I had to make a change in workout plans yesterday morning.  Leg day was swapped for my Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD (month 6).

tracyShoulders n’ Booty Work

The “new kind of strength” I’m talking about is the kind I’ve found during this pregnancy, not the kind I’ve lost.  It’s the kind of strength that comes from not overdoing it.  (aside from furniture moving… lesson learned)

fitI don’t think that tank will fit much longer.

I used to take spin class to shoot up my heart rate and burn major calories.  When I go now, I just get a little sweat going and jam to the music.  It’s hard to not push myself on all the intervals, to not go all-out on sprints, and to keep my heart rate in check, but this is the new strength I’m building.

I’ve taken all my workouts down a notch (or five notches), but spin is mentally the hardest for me.  Due to ligament pain, I’ve recently started to take some of the steeper inclines out of my treadmill walks, which is mentally hard too.

I’m building the strength to not beat myself up about it.

I know this post seemed really wordy and preg-focused, but it’s good for everyone.  Work out hard while you can if you can, but not every day is a muscular strength day.  Some days require mental strength – the strength to back off during an injury, turn it down during pregnancy, or just to take an active rest day here and there.

  •  Ever had a hard time backing off for an injury/illness/pregnancy/etc?

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14 Responses to A New Kind of Strength

  1. I’m going to go ahead and argue that this kind of strength is -way- harder to build than the physical kind. I’ve had to take time off for health related reasons as well, and holding myself back was a lot more difficult than giving it my all. But you’re doing great, momma :) You’re putting your little guy’s well-being first, which is one of the most beautiful things.

  2. Love this post! I went through the same emotions & experiences when I was pregnant (2x) and after my girls arrived. I used to beat myself up if I took an unplanned day off or didn’t push myself to the limit. But now I’m much more forgiving and much more likely to listen to my body. Being pregnant and becoming a mom definitely helps re-focus and re-prioritize! And you will become stronger in so many new ways!!

  3. i’m going to agree with amanda here and say the kind of strength you’re building is way harder than the physical kind. that little guy is lucky to have such a great mama thinking about his needs over her own. you look fantastic by the way!!

  4. It’s so hard adjusting our fitness from what we are used to and love! I miss sprinting SO much! I agree that being able to tone it back is almost harder than pushing it!

  5. Michelle says:

    I think I’ve gone through this with each of my pregnancies – and is actually one of the many reason I loved being pregnant. I feel so strong and empowered! I realize how awesome my body is for being able to grow life and still do a million other things (my husband’s opinion is that men would never be able to accomplish this…lol). I am struggling to keep this mentally now that the baby is born – but really the first year postpartum is the same deal. My body is adjusting, my hormones are still out of whack (I think they are actually crazier now), and the first priority is the baby. You’d think I would “get” this after already having 2 older kids – but it’s funny how quickly you forget. Thanks for the reminder :)

  6. It’s kind of crazy how hard it can be to back off. It sounds so simple!

  7. Oh gosh, lifting furniture while pregnant definitely doesn’t sound like the best idea. I hope you feel better!

    When I have an injury or are sick, I have such a hard time not doing some type of physical activity. It’s SO hard to resist the temptation, which ultimately leads to the injury/illness getting worse sometimes. So frustrating!

  8. You’re doing what’s necessary for your body and for your baby right now, which is the most important kind of strength, if you ask me. I’ve never had to take time off for a particular injury or illness, but I remember when I first started taking more than one rest day a week it was hard to manage. So, you’re doing awesome!

  9. It’s hard not to struggle with having to back off. Not being able to do what we want, or what we are used to… that’s enough to make anyone go crazy. You are doing awesome, and you will get there. You’re going to have that little one, and then forget all about how you had to “learn to back off”- you’ll adjust to new life, and adjust to getting back into things after. You’re going to be an awesome healthy role model for that little kiddo!

  10. Lisa says:

    I love this. I honestly think all the strength you’re building right now with mental strength is SO much harder than the physical stress. I truly believe that. I remember building up mental strength when I was ill was so dang tough, but the best part is you will be a stronger person on the other side and it’s so worth it
    It’s definitely hard to back off, but you’re doing what’s best for you and the baby which is the most important thing!

  11. Friend, that is the HARDEST strength for me. But you have a sweet baby to be not overdoing it strong for… that wine fridge can wait a few more mos. ;)

  12. Okay, first let me start with that this is my first time stopping by your gorgeous blog. You are one beautiful and amazing pregnant woman! I hope to one day glow as greatly as you do :) Fitness is important but you have the perfect attitude of how to fit fitness into a healthy pregnancy. It’s all about listening to your body. Your baby is the most important thing right now and I know you are doing the right thing by slowing down!

  13. I think there’s a time and place for going hard and every single day just isn’t it. Not for me anyway. I usually workout three to four days a week and the rest of the days I just relax. It’s all about balance, and I’m happy to hear you’re finding new strength inside of yourself.

  14. Tracy’s video has been on my radar for when I’m pregnant!

    Proud of you for listening to your body and doing what is right for you

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