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One strong mama

August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

I can’t believe my baby is almost 10 months old – he is almost a year and I have still not shed ALL of the pregnancy weight. I’m only 3kg off my pre-pregnancy weight but I had hoped it would have all gone by now. Alas :(

Hence the fact that I am exercising like a demon. I have been for months. But the irony is that while I might not be back to my original weight I am MUCH stronger than I have ever been and have noticed huge improvements in my strength and fitness in the last three months. Almost every gym session sees me hit a new PB (personal best) and I have never felt more… well… powerful I guess. Sounds a bit He-Man/She-Ra but it’s true.

Last week alone I managed to increase my 1 rep max deadlift by 12kg to 103kg!!! That’s lots! And it was damn heavy, but I did it! My 1 rep max back squat is sitting at 70kg too, which is more than I weigh so I reckon that’s quite cool too. Does it sound like I’m boasting? Cause I am! :) After all the hard work I’ve put in I reckon I’m allowed a little bit of a brag. It’s reinforced how much I love lifting heavy sh*t! :)

My eating has been almost 100% clean, apart from this damn sweet tooth that I can’t shake… that developed during the pregnancy and I don’t know how to get rid of it. My trainer suggests I go cold turkey for a few weeks, and I have tried, really I have, but then hubby brings home a slab of dark chocolate and I’m already sucking on it before I remember I’m supposed to be avoiding all sugar. Oops!

But I’ll get there.

It was so awesome watching the Olympics as well – especially the weightlifting. I have now been at Cape CrossFit for two years (although almost all of one of them was while I was pregnant) so while my Snatch and Clean & Jerk will never be anywhere close to the Olympic weights, it’s still cool to watch professionals do something you did earlier.

Anyhoo, I still have a lot of work to do because my brain has suddenly decided that it doesn’t “do” upside down which makes handstands almost impossible (and embarrassing to watch) so those need practice, as do many of my other moves. But fitness is a journey not a destination so I will just keep plodding along, practicing the things I suck at and enjoying the things I’m getting better at. C’est la vie, no?

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