Sunday, August 26, 2012

Strength and Balance

Strength. This is something I am sorely lacking at the moment. I have not done any form of physical exercise since October. My second pregnancy has left me much worse off than my first did, and I am finding for the first time in my life that I am more concerned about how physically week I am than what size I am (which is not to say that I am particularly happy to be a size 14 right now, but that it takes second place to my concern that I feel like an old woman when I try to get up off the couch).
So right now I am slowly starting to get my body moving again. I look forward to the day when I feel strong enough to even attempt this yoga pose again. It will come, a little bit at a time. In the meantime, I will just have to remember that creating new life is a big endeavor, and that I shouldn't let these minor frustrations take away from enjoying my baby. The upside of the second time around is that I am a much more relaxed mommy than I was the first time, and that is a real plus.

I just read a great quote from Brene Brown in an interview on Kelly Rae Roberts' blog:

"I’m done with balance. For years it just felt like one more thing I wasn’t doing well. Now my goal is values alignment and clarity of choice. I want to live fully grounded in my values and I want to be clear about the choices I’m making."

I love this quote, because it sums up for me how I want to live my life. I don't want to beat myself up because I don't have perfect balance. The baby phase is all about imbalance. You can't do everything. Some days you can't do much of anything ;) But I can say for sure that right now I am doing exactly what I want to be doing, living life according to my values. And all the things that don't get done today, they will still be there tomorrow.


  1. Reminds me of the expression "You CAN have it all, just not at the same time." :) Hang in there - you will get stronger every day, in your own time...

  2. Ha Ha! That is exactly what my good friend said to me the first time I had a baby :)