I am back and ready to go! On the 18th of August baby Marcel was born. Being a first time mum is not always easy, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. I am getting better at it though. Now that the baby is six weeks old, I am allowed to work out again. I am definitely out of shape, so I know I should take it easy in the beginning. That’s why I came up with a bit of a plan.
First of all, I need to look after myself. That means rest, drink water and eat healthy. That includes making sure I will eat (and drink) more proteins. As for exercising I will start easy. Just by going for a walk each day, but I want to add a 30 day challenge to my routine this month. Since I want my abdomen to get back in shape, I will start with a sit up challenge in October. Let’s see if I can get that done, before moving on to harder challenges.
Yes, I have read The Mortal Instruments. No, I am not referring to shadowhunters, werewolves and vampires today. What I am trying to say is that it’s actually true that once you start leading an active life, it will become easier every day. If you would have told me this six months ago, I would have laughed at you. I was pretty sure that my gastric bypass surgery would not change my lazy personality. After all I have always loved being inside, reading books and writing. I know that I was more active during my teenage years than I was in the past ten years, but somehow it felt like that active girl wasn’t the real me. I was wrong.
I am five months (and four days) post op from my gastric bypass surgery and I actually need to go outside at least once a day. Otherwise I get restless. I need to walk or cycle in order to clear my head and get more energy. So exercise has become part of my daily routine. How did that happen? I hardly noticed this change myself and yet it’s obviously there. I am surprising everyone around me, including my boyfriend Huib. The funniest thing that has happened so far was that he asked me to slow down a bit, because I was walking too fast. I turned around and told him he was slow then, because that used to be my line whenever we were walking together. Am I actually speeding up here? I never thought that could happen.
What I think happened is that I promised our exercise coach at the clinic that I would go outside every day, even if I didn’t want to. I was supposed to walk for maybe five minutes or until I wanted to go back. So that’s what I did. I started by walking to the supermarket once a day, just to walk those 200 meters there and back again. After a while I started to take little detours or walked to the city center by myself. I was surprised that it wasn’t that far away from where I live. I mean, I knew that in theory, but still it felt like it was a long walk. Now that I am more active I have noticed that sometimes I feel tired and before I know it, I have put on my shoes and I am standing outside. Feeling a lot better and ready to work again when I come back. In the old days I would have taken a nap. Believe me, I still do that sometimes, but most of the times going for a walk works just as well, or maybe even better.
So what’s the point of this story? If you want to get more active, just go out and do it. It will get better, it will get easier, but you have to start somewhere. And you have to do it now, or you will never start. Because, let’s face it, we all love being a little lazy every now and then. That’s why I really love the quote on the pictures, because it is so true. “There are seven days in a week and someday isn’t one of them!”
Weight loss: 30,8 kilo (68 lbs)
This week I have not been to the gym, but I have been active in other ways. First of all my brother and his girlfriend got the keys to their new house and I have been there for an afternoon to help them. On Wednesday I was at the cat shelter to do some volunteer work (which means: cleaning.) And on Thursday I went for a walk with my neighbor. It was supposed to be only 12 kilometer, but somehow I ended up walking 16,5 kilometer on that day. Something went wrong there. All in all this was still quite an active week.
The walking is something that I would like to do more often. My neighbor is searching for a walking buddy so we can do this more often, but I am pretty sure there are more people who would like to join me. At least I didn’t buy those outdoor boots for nothing. I will keep using them and who knows what will happen…