I wasn’t able to celebrate Global Running Day this Tuesday, but loved seeing the posts go by from people all over the world who were celebrating.

did go for a long walk after work…well, after an accidental nap I took while studying. I fell asleep sitting at the kitchen table trying to study the different types of joints that make up our skeletal system. And almost fell asleep again typing that out.

One of my favorite running routes is Eagle Lake, so my way of celebrating was to go out and walk around. It was a little hard not to pick up speed once I hit the tunnel 🙂

Something I’d never done before: walk on the trail along the lake. It’s not necessarily difficult, but there’s a lot of uneven, rocky ground so it took awhile just to navigate footing.

And as I was wrapping up, the sun did it’s thing.

This week I just went for some longer nature walks rather than trying to haul myself up a mountain. Symptom-wise there was nausea, fatigue, and a lot of moodiness, and walking helped all three.

Thursday night I parked at the Sand Beach Parking lot and hiked to Gorham Mountain via The Bowl Trail, and then back via the Ocean Path. A new-to-me route, and I think the last time I was on the Ocean Path I was 10.

Bumpin’ on the Bowl
Thunder Hole! Not so thunder-y here, though.

And here’s a look at this week in fitness:

Monday: Prenatal Cardio, PiYo Sculpt, Aqua Aerobics
Tuesday: Upper Fix Extreme, Insanity Pure Cardio (modified), 5 mile walk on Eagle Lake Trail
Wednesday: Active Maternity Second Trimester Workout, Focus T-25 Total Body Circuit
Thursday: Lower Fix Extreme, Prenatal Pilates, 3.5 mile walk (The Bowl Trail -> Gorham Mountain -> Ocean Path)
Friday: Cardio Fix Extreme, 30 minute Elliptical

Thoughts on Health vs. Appearance

At my last prenatal appointment, I was told I’ve gained 20 lbs so far (which is considered “on track” for me). I’m relying on the nurse’s info though, since my view of the scale is totally blocked 🙂

While being pregnant is an obvious reason why I gained 20 lbs. while working out consistently and watching what I eat, it did make me think about how we tend to value appearance over someone’s health (mental and physical).

On my walk last night I was listening to a podcast from Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoniette that discussed postpartum recovery and fitness. Something I thought that was interesting was the observation that women typically interact with one another by commenting on appearance- not necessarily in a bad way, but still.

Think about it, when you run into a woman you haven’t seen in awhile, how often does one of you say “You look great!”? It’s more or less suggesting “Who cares how you feel, as long as you look good.” Uhh…

Again, it’s not that people aren’t well-meaning, it’s just that we’ve been trained to interact with one another this way. I’m guilty of doing this to people before without even thinking, it’s basically a reflex at this point. And, being heavily pregnant, I get a lot more comments on appearance now than I used to. A lot of them are super positive- “You don’t even look pregnant from the back!” is common, and 80% of my wardrobe disagrees with that statement. Most of the time I don’t think twice about this type of comment, even though inside I may be all “BUT I feel like sh**, I get heartburn when I think about eating, I could fall asleep in the middle of this grocery store, and most of the time I can’t tell if I want to cry or rip someone’s throat out.” Who cares, at least I look good!

The other thing mentioned in the podcast was the post-partum bounce back, and the insane pressure women feel to jump back into their pre-baby fitness regimen or lose weight in order to get those Instagram-able comparison photos. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t contemplated what my workouts will look like after baby in order to get back into running shape. I even Googled “Is 2 months postpartum too soon to run a half marathon?” Yes, probably, especially since I haven’t done any running since March. Why not take it slow and see what feels good?

Being happy and healthy, especially after a massive life change, really ought to be the primary focus. I totally lose sight of this sometimes. And, while I workout quite a bit, it’s not as much to “maintain weight” than to have a healthy pregnancy, prep for labor and delivery, and to keep my mood elevated. Working out during pregnancy is generally recommended by doctors, and I already love doing it, but every one is different and that’s cool. I personally love working out for the sake of working out, and not everyone feels that way. The point of me sharing these workouts isn’t to shame people or pat myself on the back for my efforts, it’s simply to share what’s working for me- and that changes over time. There are some things I’ve been letting go of along the way- running, big hikes, high intensity cardio- as my body decides “Eh, let’s not do that anymore.”

So, yes, I workout, eat healthy, and have gained about 20 lbs. so far. My belly button popped out and it’s another reminder that my body isn’t really mine right now, but it’s for a little person that I care about immensely 🙂 I may “look good,” but more importantly, I feel good and healthy (well, as much as one can in light of third trimester symptoms 😉 ).

I also really enjoyed reading Sarah Koppelkam’s post on How to Talk to Your Daughter about Her Body. In addition to alternative compliments, she suggests this:

“Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.” (Source)

I think the takeaway is that there’s always more than meets the eye.

Did you do any workouts this week?

What are your thoughts on health vs. appearance?


Fitness Friday: How Working Out & Eating Healthy Helped Me Gain 20 lbs.
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