Saturday, September 4, 2010

Prenatal Yoga

Before I ever got pregnant, I always imagined I'd be in the best shape of my life, would eat healthy, and go to prenatal yoga at least twice a week.


And now that I'm actually in those shoes? Welllll... my stamina sucks. I could barely "jog" a mile pre-preg, and I've done the prenatal yoga DVD 4 1/2 times now. I will give myself credit and say the only fast food I've had is Chick-fil-a (sorry for all you northerners who aren't fortunate enough to experience this sweet, sweet heavenly fast food). To me, CFA is like the upscale dining of fast food. I will pat myself on the back and say that I haven't had any Mickey D's. Really the only time I've indulged in the infamous nugs anyway was in college at 2am after the bars; which, if you knew me in real life, you'd know that only ever really happened a handful of times, seeing as I'm the Queen of Homebodies.


BUT.... I've come to learn that saying you're going to do something when you're pregnant in the future, and actually doing it once you get there, are two completely different things. I'll be the first to admit, shamefully so, that I judged other pregnant women before I was initiated. I'd say, they're eating crap-ola! I'd never do that! Or, they just sit on the couch all day? Why don't they get up and do something?


Yeah.Insert.foot.in.mouth.


The truth is, you see, you never know what you're going to be like til you're actually there. In the beginning I swore to myself [and maybe out loud a time or two]... if I wouldn't feed it to my baby outside of my belly, then I shouldn't be feeding it to her when she's on the inside. Well, easier said than done. When that box of Cheese-Its and brownies are staring you down like a lion in heat, and you absolutely want to vom at the thought of anything that could been seen on Veggie Tales, those pre-meditated thoughts disappear faster than Houdini. 


At first I felt terribly guilty. And people would say, well you're eating for two. It's okay. Yes, but not two 110-lb people.


But back to the yoga. Like I said, I always imagined myself going regularly throughout my pregnancy. It's not like yoga's foreign to me. In college, the yoga instructor picked me to assist him in the class. I "modeled" in the front while he went around helping people with their form. I would do this 5-6 days a week! So to say I'd go to prenatal yoga was not a stretch by any means.


But have I gone to an actual class with a real-live teacher? 


Nope.


However, my hips and lower back/butt have been pretty painful at times lately, so I decided to give the DVD another go. And lookie who decided to join me:


He does this every.single.time.
I love my little yoga buddy :)

*I highly recommend doing prenatal yoga. I really do feel better and more relaxed after. I can honestly say I wish I would have done it from the beginning. And while I can't say what a "live" class is like, the DVD gets the job done and if you borrow it from a friend, it's always free.
**Thank you, Ashley for letting me borrow the cheesy DVD! :)




7 comments:

  1. your pup is too cute!
    there is a woman at my Bikram studio that was pregnant and she kept on doing it till the day before she delivered. it was crazy. that being said, she was in amazing shape when she delivered, and her labor was under 3 hours. (!!!!)

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  2. You are welcome! :) You might have done the DVD more times than I did through my whole pregnancy by now... Glad you could see beyond the chessiness!! :p

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  3. Umm, change 'chessiness' to cheesiness...

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  4. I like the, "I'm ready for down dog." super funny. good for you to take up prenatal yoga! Keep it up girl!

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  5. I totally hear you girl! Exercising never came easy to me since I kind of, well, hate it! I was just hoping I would exercise at least a few times a week while pregnant, but I'm almost in my third trimester and the whole time I did ONE prenatal cardio video this entire time. Sad, I know!

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  6. Oh I will be one of those people who will be eating my own words I'm sure! I was laughing hysterically when you were talking about the Cheese-Its, brownies and Veggie Tails! I think the fact that you are doing something rather than nothing and being conscious of what you are eating is a lot better than most people!

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  7. omg I just found your blog. loving it! the downward dog photo made me laugh my head off. HILARIOUS!!! and we have chik-fila in ohio and it is MY FAVORITE EVERRRRRRR!!!!

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