I feel like an old lady. Every muscle in my body aches. I hesitate and grimace every time I have to stand up, sit down or, heaven forbid, make the treck up or down the stairs, especially if carrying a 17 lb baby is part of the process.
Why? Because I have inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on myself. You see, there is this thing called "baby weight" that likes to hang out with me well into the toddler and preschool years. It's just the pesky 7 pounds of "maternal stores" from carrying a baby around for 9 months that think they need to hang around a little longer....like forever, just in case. Yet, when you do decide to have another baby, lo and behold, your body decides it needs to go ahead and create 7 more extra pounds for "maternal stores," never mind the fact that you still have those maternal stores hanging out (quite literally, sometimes). Well, when you add up those 7 stubborn pounds from the past 3 babies....it's not a pretty picture.
So, I am now taking action....and lots of it. I have been taking Zumba classes for the past month that I really enjoy. It is a good workout and it's a challenge. However, we only have class 2 or 3 times a week and I needed something more. So, I also started the 30 Day Shred this week. Wow! After Day 1, my legs felt like Jello and I honestly didn't know if I could walk up the stairs to get the baby. And then, the next morning....could not move. Every muscle ached. Quads. Biceps. Triceps. Hamstrings. Muscles I didn't even know I had and don't know the names of. Day 2 of the Shred I toned it down a little bit, mostly because my quads refused to participate, but then I still went to Zumba later that night, where we focused on Abs. So now, my quads and abs are mad at me, and letting me know it. I'm starting to wonder if I will ever walk again without a chorus of "ouch. ouch. ow. ouch." with every step.
So, for now, I am continuing to suffer, continuing to work out, and waiting....waiting to see some results and to finally say "good-bye" to some pounds that should have left months (ok, years) ago.