Sunday, November 23, 2008

Plateau

After having a baby, your body takes its (damn) time getting back to where it was before you got pregnant.

Duh.

You're tired, fat, just sprouted the DD's that you never wanted, your feet grew so now the only item of clothing that should fit you no longer does.

Thankfully there's that wonderful, inexplainable, heartbreakingly awesome love for your new little one that makes all the crap that comes along with pregnancy and childbirth so worth the hassle, however, there are a few other perks.

Every workout is better than the last. You're faster, lighter, quicker....EVERY DAY. And you could totally smoke your pregnant self. Daily, marked improvement....I love that.

You can lose 5 lbs, IN A DAY, with no liquid diets, shenanigans, etc. Easy. It falls off (for the first couple weeks at least.)

As great as these perks are....they don't go on forever.

Sadly.

They plateau. That is where you can find me now.

On the plateau.

All that water weight comes off.

Your workouts are no longer amazing and wonderful solely due to the fact that you aren't 9 months pregnant anymore. They become work again. Fun work....but work (some days).

You no longer run :30 seconds faster per mile, every time you run.

The improvements are harder and harder to come by.

It is like I was a superhero there for a a while (leaps and bounds!) and now I am back to my normal self.

Kate (not Peter) Parker.

Looking forward to starting Gulf Coast training. I need to get knocked off this plateau, probably right on my butt, but still better than standing still...

BTW -- Happy, happy, happy birthday to my mom today. I love you. Hope you had a great day, Mimi.

3 comments:

Mama Simmons said...

How long til the plateau? 3+ months? I'm still in the honeymoon stage... experiencing the massive improvements each day. So nice!

To get off that plateau you'll probably have to figure out how to get on a real 'training plan' rather than the 'fit in a workout, any workout, any time you can' plan that comes along with your newborn... when you figure out how to do that, let me know!!!

Alicia Parr said...

So now I've committed to racing with a new local elite tri team, which means that I'm definitely racing this coming year. Oh dear...I have a long way to go. But I keep hearing about this magic that happens around 6-7 months where weight falls off again. I look forward to that. You're closer to that point, so let us know how that goes.

Kate Parker said...

Will do. I am currently at 1lb below pre-pregnancy weight BUT was up about 5 lbs. from where I like to be....so have about 4 more to go.

I remember with Ella, that at about 8 or 9 month pp, for the first time in my adult life, I was (somewhat) effortlessly losing weight. Looking back, I am sure it was the nursing and half IM training that did the trick.

(A rare and somewhat strange combination!)