Workout Motivation- How I Stay Consistent

Just in case you haven’t heard me say it enough… being pregnant is hard. Actually, it sucks.

You can’t workout the exact way you want, you can’t push yourself like usual, your food preferences are all out of wack and to top it all off you feel fat- no matter how much or little you’ve gained.

It’s not exactly fun.

But just like everything else in life, sometimes you just need to suck it up.

As I type this, I am currently 6.75 months pregnant (or 27 weeks to be exact). So coming up close on my third trimester. Why is this relevant? Well, because I am still working out 5 days each week.

Yup, that’s right. Full on, sweaty, hard, rewarding workouts.

Workout 24 weeks

Most people question my sanity (though they did that before I was pregnant too..) and wonder why I am still pushing so hard.

Aside from the obvious answer: that it will benefit me during labor and help the baby adjust to stress etc the real reason I have continued my workouts is this: it keeps me sane.

Seriously.

At the end of my workout, tired as I might be, I know I can get through the rest of my day. No matter how crappy the workout is, I’ve done something just for me- let’s face it, pregnancy isn’t really about the mom at all- and it feels awesome.

Don’t get me wrong, starting my workout sucks. Hard.

I am whiny, and tired and would much prefer to lay on my couch outside in the sun and nap. But I work out anyways.

And yes, some days getting through my workout requires more mental dedication than I could have ever imagined. Hell, getting off the couch some days makes me question if  I really have to. But I know that at the end of my workout, pushing through that last rep I will feel amazing. And that’s what keeps me going back.

26 weeks pregnant and killing it

26 weeks pregnant and killing it

There is always an excuse not to workout. Hell, there is always an excuse not to be generally active. And more often than not, that excuse is simply laziness. And I promise, I feel deathly lazy some days. I’ve gone from teaching 15-18 pole sessions each a week to only personal training clients.

But I will not, no matter how lazy I feel or how comfy the couch is, miss my workouts.

It is my “me” time.

The one hour a day where I can turn off my mind, forget that I’ve gained 16lbs and my chin ups look like I’m trying to walk vertically, challenge myself, push myself and know I’m doing something amazing for my body.

That’s it. That’s how I get through keeping a five day workout split while almost seven months pregnant…  to quote Nike here: I just do it.

There’s no magical motivation pill. Simply a desire to get through it and know I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.

So pull up your big girl pants, find your zone and do something physical. If the pregnant lady can do it.. so can you 😉