The biggest thing that held me back was that my daughter didn’t sleep through the night until she was almost a year old. She was a very clingy sleeper and we co-slept for most of that first year. It wasn’t until she was over a year old that she started sleeping on her own in her own bed all night.
1) Wake up, drink coffee and see my husband off for work.
2) Nurse baby.
3) Change into workout clothes, bundle up baby, and head out with stroller.
4) Go for a run around the neighborhood.
5) Get home, nurse baby, and then shower while baby is sleeping in bouncer.
6) Have a snack.
7) Go on with the day!
So, some things I WISH I had done differently:
1) I wish I had done more strength training. I did virtually none besides carrying around DD all day long. Some weights would have really helped me get back into the game a little quicker.
2) I wish I had focused on eating real, nutritious food. I so often ate processed junk because I figured something was better than nothing (true) BUT I should have grabbed a banana or apple those times instead of a cheap granola bar.
3) I wish I had pushed myself a little harder. I got out there, but I took it easy.
All in all, I am so thankful I had running post partum. I look back and regret not working harder, but at the same time, I wouldn’t take away the time I spent with DD just bonding and enjoying our snuggles together. I won’t get that first year back, and had I focused on getting faster, I would have missed a lot.
Now that she is a toddler, running around the place, I need to get stronger and faster so that I can keep up! More on that, later!