On the road to success, it’s pretty common to find a bump in the road. You might even feel like giving up.
Sometimes it feels like a deep hole you don’t know if you can get out of.
This feeling may cause you to feel like giving up on your dreams.
Often times, it’s at the half-way point of your journey.
My journey through pregnancy to hold my new baby is officially at the halfway point. I’m officially 20 weeks pregnant.
It’s always been a goal of mine to stay fit while pregnant. When I was pregnant with my first, I worked out three times per week. I kept it light. I didn’t know my limits, but I listened to my body and paid attention.
Now, I’m halfway through my second pregnancy and even more fit than I was during my first. I know my limits and I have a great idea of what to expect. I’m reaching more and pushing myself more than I ever did during my first pregnancy.
All the while, I’m still listening to my body. It’s so important to know your limits and to only do what your body will allow.
I’m not going to lie. It’s becoming more and more difficult to commit.
How I’m Feeling On Week 20
This week, all my mind wanted to do was drift back into a deep sleep for days. That state of mind was shifted into awake mode after a little consumption of caffeine.
I’m feeling in better shape this pregnancy than the last one. I have BODYPUMP to thank for that. As well as my toddler. She keeps me moving, too.
Unfortunately, I have been fighting allergies and sinus congestion for months. It just will not go away. This makes me sleepier. I also tend to gag on the nasty clear flem. It’s so sticky. It just sticks in my sinuses until I gag or blog my nose. Yuck.
I’m also starting to really pop out as you can see in my Week 20 bump picture. This is making things uncomfortable.
For one things, Mylee has been accidentally kicking or putting pressure on my stomach this week. She doesn’t realize what she’s doing. I keep reminding her that her sister is in there and not to kick or shove sister.
She’s really trying.
Also, my stomach has stretched quite a bit this week. Stretching causes constant itching all over my stomach.
Baby girl is also stretching more and starting to put her little feet on my ribs. Ouch. Mylee did this, too when she was in there.
Let’s just say this week was pretty miserable for me. I’m ready for the next 20 weeks to go quickly.
How Were My Workouts This Week?
My workouts this week were very minimal due to travel. I usually use Mondays and Wednesdays as rest days.
I typically attend kickboxing class on Friday mornings. This morning (Friday), I decided to turn off my alarm and go back to sleep. I decided it would be best for me and my body to rest.
I made a deal with myself to go to Saturday Zumba. I’m NOT breaking that deal.
My Tuesday and Thursday BODYPUMP workouts went well. The class attendance was awesome this week, which really pumped me up. A good workout made me feel awesome, too.
What Made Me Stop And Think
After class on Tuesday, I decided to take my weekly bump progress picture. As I was looking around the gym for a good place, I saw the sign above the mirror.
The funny thing is, I see this every day I’m in the gym. It’s always there. I noticed it this morning because I needed the reminder.
I was looking for motivation. There it was. “When you feel like GIVING UP, Think about WHY you started.”
I did think about 5 reasons why I decided I would work out during pregnancy:
- I wanted to inspire others to be fit during pregnancy.
- I wanted to keep my body at a healthy weight.
- I love seeing my friends at the gym.
- Labor is a marathon. I’m training for the marathon of life.
- A challenge and discipline for myself to stick with it no matter what.
A reevaluation of my goals for working out during pregnancy is just what I needed at this halfway point. I know I can do this because I’ve done it once before.
My mantra from now on will always be “Think about WHY you started.” Giving up is not an option.
What part of your journey needs a reevaluation?