Thursday, November 12, 2009

Changing Plans

Well I just have to say, thanks for the support on this pregnancy thing. I know a lot of people don't think you should make it public for like 13 weeks or so but you know what? There's no way I could keep this to myself for so long. In fact, I think just putting it out there for everyone to see really helped me accept it. You just can't be in denial when everyone knows.

I think my challenge with all of this is that I am a planner. And this wasn't in the plans. And now all my plans have to change. I hardly slept at all for several nights after I found out because my little brain was just frantically trying to process all of this... and re-plan 2010.

In good news, I got back on my bike yesterday! If you remember, I wasn't biking because I was marathon training. But now I am not marathon training. So I am freed up to bike. Yay! I enjoyed the heck out of myself for about 90 minutes yesterday pedaling my two wheels all around town even though it was through crazy swirling winds and a bit of rain. Last time I got pregnant I gave up riding almost immediately. I think my biggest fear was being hit by a car and for whatever reason I just thought pregnant women should not be riding bikes. But this time I am going to keep riding until it's no longer comfortable for me to sit on my bike seat and pedal. I don't know when that will be, but until then, I think I'll ride once or twice a week for like 90 minutes or so. I'll let you know how that goes.

My priority right now though is actually going to be lifting weights and staying as strong as I can for as long as I can. I'm not a big fan of that 'soft' look we pregnant women get- you know, that layer of fat that covers our whole bodies. I know I am going to get it, and I know it will go away after I give birth, but still... I'm fighting it for as long as possible.

I went to the gym again this morning and came up with a new goal for myself. Ready for this? Pull-ups. Usually I do 2 sets of 10 pull-ups on the assisted machine. It's been a while since I've tried to do them unassisted. But today I tried. I wanted a baseline. So here's the deal. Right now, I can do 5 unassisted pull-ups. My goal, 8 months and +30 lbs from now, is to still be able to do ONE. Seriously, how classic would that be to see a big pregnant lady doing a pull up?

I swam this afternoon with Nalani and told her about my pull-up goal. She told me she could not do an unassisted pull-up. But she's working on it. She said her goal, by the time I give birth, is to be able to do one unassisted pull-up. So, cool. Nalani and I still have one goal in common. Originally I was trying to talk her into getting pregnant with me next year so we could be the two pregnant ladies tearing up the pool but then I went and screwed up that plan by jumping the gun. But now we have the pull-up thing.

So here's the deal. I don't know how realistic this is, but I swear, if it's possible for a pregnant woman to do a pull-up when she's ready to pop, I'll be the one. And I will get it on video and post it on You Tube. You heard it here first.

18 comments:

Molly said...

OK, I already can't wait for this video :)

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Wow, good things! And preggers doing pull-ups, fun!!

Rebecca DeWire said...

This post is great! We all need goals and yours is a good one, I am so looking forward to the You Tube video.

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

um, ok Ironwoman, if ANYONE can do a pull up 8 months pregnant, it certainly will be you!!!! CONGRATS on the pregnancy!!!

Running and living said...

I love this! Yes, go for it! Oh, and I can't do one pull-up either...

Regina said...

I LOVE that!! What an great goal! I consider myself to have a pretty strong upper body, but still can't do one unassisted pushup. Unless my status is raised to Super Hero not sure when I'll need that skill, kind of like calculus, organic chemistry and physics (I actually do need geometry, can you believe it?).

I'll be first in line to view that video!

ADC said...

Yep, that would be great to watch.

The Chapples said...

Can't wait to see the video!

IronMatron said...

What a great idea! I can't wait for the video... Meanwhile, like Nalani, I will make it my goal to do one unassisted pull-up before baby simmons #2 arrives. I can't do even one either!!
Have you been feeling sick at all?

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

I keep meaning to write you a little note and congratulate you!!! I saw your blog title of your announcing post and I was going to be mad if it wasn't alluding to you being pregnant :) YIPPEEEEE

...and the pullups would be priceless!!!

X-Country2 said...

Following you through all this is going to be awesome. I can tell already.

Katie A. said...

So, since I am unoriginal and all, I am going to make it my goal too, to be able to one pull-up by the time you give birth! Hahaha! And that video is going to get so many hits!
So, I guess the marathon is out now, right? Or is it? :)

endurancegirl said...

i love to read that some people don't consider pregnancy a disability and reason to not go about their everyday lives! love the challenges you're setting for yourself!

N.D. said...

haha, what a great goal. That's awesome.I don't know that I can do a pullup so 5 sounds amazing. I am sure you'll be doing them 9 months out :)

Clare said...

i want to see that video! i rode until the 3rd trimester, the worst part was that i had to pee much more in that position!

Charisa said...

Awesome on the pull ups!

Ange said...

I am Impressed! 5 pullups!! I can't do them either. I'll shoot to catch up to 5 in 2010!
you're going to be one strong mama!!!

Katie said...

I love the goal... and the image of a "big pregnant lady doing a pull-up" :D

I rode my bike til about 24 weeks, when I started thinking that if I got hit, the baby would be hurt (because that was when I got big enough that she was really showing). But I still ride on the trainer, which, while boring, keeps my quad strength up more than otherwise! Looking forward to hearing how it goes!