My Post Pregnancy CrossFit Comeback (MPCCR)
The idea of going back into the gym after giving birth was something I never thought would happen to me. After all, I had been doing it so long that my body was used to it.
However, since becoming pregnant with our second child, I have found myself not only needing to get back in shape again but also wanting to do things that were once out of reach before. I am no longer just talking about weight lifting or running. I mean things like working out at all!
I remember being in the middle of a workout one day and my husband came home from work to tell me that he had gotten a call from the doctor saying that we needed to come in right away because my water had broken while I was exercising. At first, I didn’t believe him until he showed up with some other doctors and nurses.
They immediately rushed me into surgery where they removed part of my stomach and put in a bag to hold fluid.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Was it possible that I could go back into the gym? Would I feel better if I did? Could it hurt anymore than it already did?
All these questions kept coming up in my mind during the next few days while they worked on fixing me up. I was so busy recovering that I didn’t have to worry about going to the gym for a full week.
As I found out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact, it was actually helping me get back into shape a lot faster than expected.
I think it was mainly due to the fact that I was just so happy to be alive and with my family again that any doubts or fears I had were long gone.
It took a few months before I went back into the actual gym to start lifting again. It felt weird at first as you might imagine.
I couldn’t even lift half of what I used to be able to do. But as I kept going back in and pushing myself, I slowly got back to my old strength.
That’s part of the reason why I wanted to make this post-partum comeback journey blog series. There are a lot of women out there that feel like they will never be the same again after having a baby.
And it’s true, you won’t be the same. That’s a fact of life. But what I want to stress is that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You will gain so much more than you could have ever imagined and don’t let anyone tell you different.
As for me, I felt so much better being back in the gym again. It wasn’t just a place to go work out and get buff anymore.
It became a place where I found myself again. Where I became stronger than ever and gained a new appreciation for life in general. There is so much more to it than just being some he-she gym rat that works out all the time. it’s about finding a place where you can let out all of your worries and focus on yourself. It’s not just a place to go work out and get buff. It’s so much more than that.
I don’t think I could ever truly express how much the gym means to me. It’s a place where I have always been able to let out all of my anger, frustration, happiness, and sadness.
It has always been there for me through the good times and the bad times. The people may change but the weights and machines are always there. They are never-ending and will always keep their solid stance no matter what. It is this consistency that I find to be so comforting and why the gym will always be my home.
You don’t grow in the gym. You grow afterwards when you’re back in the real world.
It’s your responsibility to take what you’ve learned in the gym and carry it with you throughout life. This will determine how successful you become in whatever it is that you want to do.
So many people go through their days with a certain level of mediocrity. They go to work, do what they’re supposed to do and then come home and fall into a routine that doesn’t really push them to be better than they currently are.
That’s not how life is supposed to be lived. You should always be pushing yourself to be the best that you can possibly be in everything that you do.
This is the resolve that you need to live your life by.
This is how you should approach your gym time. Every set, rep, exercise and workout is an opportunity for you to challenge yourself and become stronger in both mind and body.
This is your time to shine and if you’re like most of the people I’ve trained over the years, you’ll get out of it exactly what you put into it.
You’re either competing against yourself or you’re competing against everyone else in the gym. If you go into each workout wanting to do better than you did last time, then I promise you that you will never plateau and you will reach a level of strength and development that you never thought possible.
The mind is a powerful tool and should not be undermined. It should be pushed to its limits and beyond so that you can achieve things that others only dream of.
Strive for greatness.
No matter how strong you get physically, always remember that the strongest people are not those who can lift the most, but those that can control their minds and push past the pain no matter how great it may be. If you can master your mind, then you will be well on your way to mastering your body and life as a whole.
Always remember this.
Finally, always be humble. There is always someone stronger than you no matter how great you may be.
This can be applied to anything in life. Always be humble and stay grounded in reality and I promise you that you will have an amazing life.
Life is a one-shot deal my friends. You might think you have all the time in the world to achieve your goals, but you don’t.
You could be hit by a bus tomorrow. Life is precious and should not be wasted.
Make the most of every single day and always strive to be the best that you can possibly be.
Always live life with a dominant attitude.
Always be strong.
Always be proud.
Always be humble.
Always be faithful.
Always give it your all.
Always persevere and above all else,
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, NEVER GIVE UP!
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indominable will.
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