During my pregnancy, I gained 61 pounds! Most people, usually ones that haven’t had children, will shake their head in awe at that number. I did myself. When I read Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy, during my first trimester, I was wide-eyed to read that Jenny McCarthy, a celebrity, gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy. I judged her and thought it would never happen to me. I assumed that I was going to exercise and stay in shape regardless of being pregnant, but the reality was much different. Now, 6 months after delivering the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen, I need to find motivation and encouragement to lose the Baby 60.
My pre-pregnancy weight was 146 pounds and I felt comfortable in my own skin. I was confident when I wore a bathing suit and I didn’t think about it twice. If you scroll through my blog, you will easily find several photos of me with a bikini, a bathing suit, or a short dress. I was healthy and active and never felt the need to cover up. It was a non-issue.
Between the morning sickness, or what I refer to as a big, fat lie and more accurately named it all day sickness, and the excessive tiredness, I quickly went down the baby 60 path. (You’ve heard of freshmen 15; well, this is the baby 60 where I gained over 60 pounds during pregnancy.) I learned one thing: lack of exercise leads to more lack of exercise.
Six month after her birth, I am now 164 pounds. The weight doesn’t bother me as much as the low energy. I want to be able to do everything with Athena. Run in the park, play sports, chase each other around the yard, swim, hike, camp… I don’t ever want to say, “I’m too tired.”
I started running daily again and there are a few things that have helped me along the way: the right attitude, the right clothing, and the right running shoes. I already talked about the right clothing but I didn’t know about the right running shoes until I found the Lowa Women’s S-Crown GTX Trail Running Shoe. The S-Crown GTX features a synthetic upper with mesh panels for added flexibility and increased air flow. A lace up front creates a perfect fit, while the lugged rubber sole makes short work of trails and pathways. I can no longer say, “My feet hurt too much to….” I have no excuse!
LOWA’s patented ‘STG’, Soft-to-Ground, midsole provides the correct combination of shock absorption, targeted cushioning, stability, and grip. The new Floating Tongue Construction further eliminates pressure points, and the waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX lining is prefect for North Carolina weather. With an arch stabilizer and an Ortholite footbed, the S-Crown GTX “walks the talk” when it comes to quality, performance and sustainability.
I could instantly feel the difference when I slid my foot into the shoes for the first time. I always know a good runner when it fits like I’ve owned it for years. Although I won’t be running a marathon any time soon, the S-Crown GTX runners are the perfect fit, encouraging me to continue exercising just a little bit more each day.
Just yesterday, I wore them to Carowinds Amusement Park. We ran from roller coaster to roller coaster with great anticipation and I expected to leave with blisters on my feet and aching toes. After six hours of park enjoyment, my feet emerged from the shoes victoriously. There wasn’t a blister or callus in sight.
Taking care of my feet is a worthwhile venture. An entire day can be ruined by wearing the wrong shoes or a run can be cut short because of aching feet. I want to exercise with a positive attitude and make it as fun as possible. It’s important for it to feel exciting rather than like work and that’s possible by wearing comfortable runners and appropriate clothing. I still have a long way to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m going to stay positive and find interesting, exciting ways to continue an active, healthy lifestyle. My S-Crown GTX Trail Running Shoes are a step in the right direction.
Wonderful post. Shoes make all the difference, don’t they? I’m still trying to find the perfect fit of athletic shoes for my long, skinny feet. Wish me luck!
Congrats to you! I have actually just hung up my running shoes – for a while at least. At my age, even investing in great shoes does not help with sore feet, so I traded for a pair of Pearl Izumi biking shoes and a new hybrid, and have been riding all summer. LOVE IT. So much easier on my body. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t wish I was riding. I never said that about running! Hang in there – it will come off. Just realize that each time, it comes off harder and takes longer.