I am almost 33 weeks pregnant with twin boys now, and it's amazing how much they have helped me set more normal exercise expectations for myself. I still exercise more than most medical professionals would probably suggest for a woman this far along with twins, but it's nothing tremendously intense any more. I do a lot of walking, but my pace has slowed a bit and I've learned to be okay with that and not drive myself as fast as I can - I'm not trying to bring on contractions here! And I still go jogging, but very slowly and carefully, and I take walking breaks after each mile or so. A year ago, I would have cried if my pace was what it is nowadays (12 min/mile, MAX, and frequently a bit slower) - I used to run more like 8-8:30/mile, and I could go for 10-12 miles, instead of the 4-5.5ish that I limit myself to now. But again, I'm not trying to get myself into preterm labor! Twins are a "high risk" kind of pregnancy as it is, and they'll likely come a few weeks early just because they'll run out of room. I don't need to encourage them to be any earlier; I don't want to have them spend any time in the NICU because they were born really premature!
So they have already done an amazing service for their mother, and they're not even out in the world yet. But they have helped rescue her sanity! I know now that I don't have to be working out as hard as I can every day to stay healthy. A slow, easy jog is just fine - it doesn't have be a full-on RUN for two hours!
Again, I'm still struggling a bit - I can't ever take a rest day where I don't do *any* exercise, and the more I've done in a day, the happier I feel about it even though I supposedly ought to be sitting around with my feet up more...but it's still so much better than it was even the last time I posted that things were getting better.
Thank you, babies!
Fitness Minutes: (171,908) Posts: 7,209 3/2/13 12:18 A
I am getting a little better, but still struggling; I get really uncomfortable when I take a cardio rest day, even if I still do an 80 minute yoga DVD or something. My first thought whenever my husband and I make plans to go somewhere or hang out with someone is, "Okay when will I be able to exercise that day and what should I do? Are we eating restaurant food? If so, I should probably do something higher intensity to make up for the splurge." I am going to be forced to slow down for medical reasons soon, and I don't know how I will handle it. It scares me a bit. I don't want to lose my physical fitness after working so hard to gain it!
But still - I truly am better than I was a few months ago. Progress!
Fitness Minutes: (171,908) Posts: 7,209 11/29/12 9:30 A
Here's another thing - my work performance suffered. To be honest, I spent hours each day sparking and tracking food and exercise and so forth. I took extra-long breaks to get in extra-long walks. I didn't accomplish nearly as much as I could have, and while I never failed to finish a specific assignment, I also didn't give myself the chance to seek out additional projects and expand my experience. I'm now moving due to my husband's job transfer, and while I don't have a new job yet, I'm hoping that when I do, I will be able to make more of it than I did with my most recent job. I hope the compulsion won't drive me to neglect everything in my life but exercise!
Edited by: ILIKETOZUMBA at: 2/5/2013 (00:04)
Fitness Minutes: (171,908) Posts: 7,209 9/29/12 5:04 P
One thing I only realized in hindsight is that I had become almost constantly irritable. Especially with my poor husband. Anything that got in the way of my exercise plans was THE WORST THING EVER, and anything that disrupted my planned eating was terrifying. Dogs barking at me on my runs - just barking! - made me actually angry, because I'd gotten bitten pretty badly once and I didn't want any more "stupid dogs" slowing me down on my runs again should they decide to come after me. I had very little patience with anything - traffic on the way to work (I need to hurry up and park so I can squeeze in a walk before work!), traffic home from work (I need to get home so I can exercise!), people chit-chatting with me (I've got food to track! sparkpoints to earn! exercise to prepare for!)....etc. I snapped at my loved ones a lot. I was just miserable to be around, I think. Once I started eating more and exercising a bit less intensely, I started feeling better, and I realized how my mental outlook had been affected by my compulsion.
I still struggle with irritability and impatience sometimes, but it's vastly improved now that I'm making efforts to reduce the compulsion.
Fitness Minutes: (171,908) Posts: 7,209 7/19/12 3:26 P
I thought it might be interesting to collect the stories of anyone who might join this team to create kind of an ongoing list of symptoms and problems and issues to watch out for when it comes to compulsive exercise in our individual lives.
Obviously, I'll go first! Though I'll have to come back and post later, when I have more time. :) [Not like anyone is reading this anyway, because I have very strong doubts anyone else will join this team!]
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