Several people have asked me how it feels getting back to working out after having a baby. Honestly guys, I am loving it. I can hardly believe that it’s been just over a year since I stopped doing CrossFit with competing in mind. Working out 2-3 times a day was so normal for me for almost 4 years. I practically lived at the gym and I loved training and competing. I still do, and there are definitely times where I miss those days… and my awesome training partners, but taking a break for life outside the gym has been a good thing for me.
Before getting pregnant, I imagined myself still doing a lot of CrossFit, but toned down… lighter, slower, etc. Funny how nausea and just general physical discomfort can change things! At times I felt guilty, but everything I did was uncomfortable and it was so darn hot last summer that all I wanted to do was either lay on my couch under the fan and watch the World Cup, or go swimming. Thank God for swimming… especially when I got huge!
Anyway, after 9 months of not feeling so great doing CrossFit and a few more months of recovery from pushing a baby out, sleeping less and feeling overwhelmed out of my mind… coming to the gym for one hour a day, a few times a week is amazing! I don’t even care that I’m not close to my old lifts or times, or that I have to use a band for pull-ups and do push-ups from my knees like my early days. It’s just glorious to move and to hang out with people, and I’m grateful that I can do what I can.
Something that I have been working on since I am in some ways starting fresh, is ignoring the little voice that tells me to go prescribed or do things that I know I’m not yet ready for, and focusing instead on moving well. I have always thought this is important (I am a coach after all!), but I will admit, in times of wanting to go faster or heavier, I would sometimes compromise good form.
As I get older (32… eek!) I am increasingly aware of how poor movement does eventually take its toll on the body, and since I am not focused on competing at the moment (and probably not for a while), I don’t feel much pressure to do anything but take care of my body. This means going lighter on my squats so I can keep my chest up, or going slower on my pull-ups so I can get my chin clearly over the bar each time. It means being much more intentional with my movements so that as I rebuild and get stronger, I do it the right way. It’s a whole other kind of challenge… still very hard and still fun!
Do I want to get back to competitive Lindsay? I mean, sure… I’d love to be at or better than the level that I once was, but I’m not in any hurry to do it. I am really enjoying where I’m at now and the new priorities that I have. I mean, that little boy is pretty cute right?!