I once considered myself a bit of an aerialist. I spent years perfecting my craft and enjoying most nights in the gym training, teaching and learning. I competed, performed and strived to get better and it was one of my top priorities. Then…..
Being pregnant changed everything as it usually does. My day to day life has changed drastically but also my body. I’m proud to say (even if everyone wasn’t thrilled about it) I taught pole and ran the gym well into my eighth month of pregnancy which as I said in a previous post made a big difference in losing the weight quickly this time.
Now at eight weeks postpartum I am attempting to get back into it. The weight is gone yes but a good portion of my strength has gone with it. Having a C-section my stomach has literally been taken apart and put back together so my core muscles are very different then what they were before.
I am prepared though, I am not as far behind as I had worried I would be and I am ready to take this on. I went to the gym yesterday nervous but ready to work on some static trapeze (one of the easier apparatuses) and boy howdy it was….interesting. I was awkward, slow, weak and a little scared. I had a great instructor helping me and making me feel supported which is the only reason I could do as much as I did but it was a far cry from before. I have thought a lot about it and as I sit here sore I have realized a couple of things that I would like to share.
- I am lucky to be able to do it again, I have no physical reasons I cannot so I have to be grateful for that.
- I have a loooot of support. My partner is very supportive of it as well as my gym family.
- It will be a slow process and it will be a great opportunity to feel like a new student again, learn things the right way and the compassion it takes to be a better instructor.
- I need to have little to no expectations. I am the kind of athlete that likes to have goals but with a new baby and five other children a competition or show may not be feasible right now and that is ok.
I encourage all of you to find that thing that is hard for you and takes you out of your comfort zone and just do it! A sport, travel, acting, learning a new trade whatever it is and know that that is how you grow as a person. Even if it is somewhat complicated and even though it forces you to make yourself the priority when it’s not always easy.