Today marks the beginning of December which means it also marks the beginning of the month in which my little boy will be born! Preston and I are both extremely excited and anxious to meet our little guy, and can’t wait for him to make his grand entrance into the world! Though I’ve reached the point of pregnancy of being ready to not be pregnant anymore, there’s several things we’d still like to take care of around the house before he arrives.
November just wasn’t my month. Not only did I fall extremely short in meeting most of my fitness goals, but some pregnancy complications arose this month that led to a couple of emergency OB appointments as well as an ER visit. Without going into detail about all that happened, I’m just thankful that both the baby and I seem to be doing better now. I wound up being sent home from an emergency OB visit for one day of bed rest at the beginning of the month, and also had to take a day off from work two weeks ago after suffering from a migraine that just wouldn’t go away.
I know that I can’t be too hard on myself, and I’m certainly not disappointed that I didn’t meet my November goals. I’m now just weeks away from giving birth, and know that any working out that I can do is a success, despite the fact that reaching most of my November goals just wasn’t possible this past month.
1. Log at least 30 miles.
I walked and ellipticaled a total of only 17.7 miles. Between multiple doctor’s appointments each week, including some unplanned visits to the OB, and some long days of work, there were just too many days each week when working out had to take a back seat to everything else going on. I know that having a busy schedule might sound like an excuse, but pushing my tired pregnant body after being out of the house for sometimes upwards of 11-12 hours just wasn’t the right decision for me. I’m also not sleeping on a regular basis (just last night I only got four hours of sleep due to lots of trips to the bathroom as well as tossing and turning), and many days my body needs rest more than it needs to be active after a long day at work, especially if my day has also included a post work doctor’s appointment.
2. Work out at least three times per week.
Most weeks last month I was lucky if I managed to get two quality work outs in each week. I won’t repeat what I’ve already said, but rather I’ll emphasize that at this point my body needs more rest than it needs to be pushed. I also know that I’ll be very eager to return to a regular work out routine once my OB clears me after delivery.
3. Continue to listen to my body.
This is the one goal that I was successful in accomplishing last month. And now that I’m only weeks from delivering my baby boy, listening to my body is becoming increasingly important. (Okay, now I’m starting to sound like a broken record!)
With so many unknowns about the month ahead, the biggest of which is the burning question of when the little guy will make his big debut, I’ll be using my monthly goals as very loose guidelines. If I’m able to reach any of my goals, great. If not, then that’s okay too. But I’d much rather have goals to focus on trying to achieve as opposed to not setting any goals for myself and feeling lost when it comes to trying to continue my fit pregnancy regime.
1. Log at least 20 miles.
Based on last month’s mileage, 20 miles seems much more manageable right now than any higher amount. I’d rather focus on being realistic as opposed to completely dreaming.
2. Continue to listen to my body.
As I get closer and closer to giving birth, listening to my tired body is becoming more and more important each day. Some days knowing that I need to just relax on the couch in the evening is more important than trying to drag myself to the gym.
3. Give birth to a healthy baby.
My big focus and goal this month is to not only finish out my pregnancy as healthy and as strong as I can, but to also give birth to a healthy baby. While Preston and I have desires for how we’d like our birthing experience to go, we also know that we can plan all that we want and things likely will happen far from how we’d like them to. The top priority is making sure that we are able to hold a healthy baby by the end of the month.
QOTD: What are your goals for December?