Adjusting to Motherhood – Exercise Routines
Its chilly out! It looks like a blizzard outside my window!
All this snow is giving me a case of the blues.
I’m an outdoor person and I feel like I’m being held captive inside my house! I can’t even watch my beloved Today Show because of the LIVE SNOW COVERAGE! Ugh!
Being stuck inside my house has brought a lot of pent up feelings to the surface. I think it might be because I can’t “exercise” my feelings away.
To give you a little history about me… I’m a classic Type-A. I like structure and I like routines. I thought I was doing a good job adjusting to motherhood, but its harder than I thought. Everything feels jumbled inside my head and I’m trying to organize it all.
Before I was pregnant I practiced Bikram Yoga at least 3 times per week, and the days I didn’t do yoga I would go on a nice 6 mile stress relieving run. All this was done before 7:30 a.m. Working out in the morning worked for me. It started my day on the right foot. Exercise was my therapy.
I love love love my daughter more than anything…. but my routine is gone. I’ve been struggling to try to get it back, but can’t.
Another factor is my husbands job. He works a very demanding job. He works very long hours and travels.
I have become a slave to his work schedule.
I use to be able to do as I pleased, go where ever I wanted to, and get my workout in.
There’s been weeks where he’s out of town and she’s sick and can’t leave the house, and I’ll miss a whole week of working out. I’ve tried doing DVD’s, but they just don’t work for me.
I miss my routine.
Another issue is my work schedule. I was fortunate enough to be able to go back to work part-time. I thought this would be the perfect balance between being a stay at home mom, and working. The problem is I haven’t found that balance yet.
Right before I had my daughter I received some great advice from a close friend who has three kids.
She said the biggest problem with new mom’s is that they try to go back to the person they were before they had kids. They try to go back to their old routines. She said its impossible to do that. She said I have to let go of the “Old Estela” and focus on being the best “New Estela” I can be. She said I have to let all my old routines go. She said “Focus on being the best “new you” you can possibly be.”
I guess my issue is that I haven’t let go of my old routines yet. I’m still trying to go back to them, and not getting back into my old routine is what’s stressing me out so much.
I have to let it all go.
I have to focus on being the best “New Me” I can be.
What I’m realizing is how hard this is. I thought it would be easy, but its not.
So from here on out, I will focus on being the “Best New Me” I can be! Even if that means having to workout in the evenings:)
Question of the Day?
If you’re a mother, how did you adjust to your new routines? Or, how did you adjust to letting go of your beloved old routines?
I’m still trying to figure this one out 😉