I know that if I take the time, accept where my body is at and focus on where I want to be that I will get there. Let me start off by telling you that having a baby does a number on your body. I really wish I had one of those bodies that just naturally bounced back post-pregnancy. During my pregnancy I worked out consistently, watched what I ate, and I still gained more weight than I had anticipated. After my daughter was born I thought that since I had put in quite a bit of workout time during pregnancy that the weight would just magically fall off and I would be back in shape and in my skinny jeans really quickly. That is so not the case! I also mistakenly thought that since I had worked out throughout the pregnancy I would regain the fitness level I was at prior to getting pregnant very quickly. But the truth is that my body has been through a lot and it takes time to heal. I have learned over the last few months that there is a huge difference between “can do” and “should do”. I have learned that just because I technically can do the workouts as written doesn’t mean that I should do the workouts as written. I have learned to listen to my body, dial down my personal competitiveness, and get back into shape safely. If I don’t listen to how my body is feeling then I put myself at risk for injury. So what does that mean? It means that I suck up what I think I should be able to do and workout to the level my body can handle. It means that I communicate with the other trainers on how I’m feeling and what I am able to do. My abs are still healing so I am forever doing planks instead of crunches. My body has days when I don’t feel I have recovered well, so when I work out it’s nowhere close to where I want to be. I have weeks (like this one) where I’m not losing any weight and I feel like a lead weight. It’s frustrating, but it’s a process. I will reach the day when I “can do” and “should do” the workout, as written, until I’m ready to fall over from exhaustion (I love that feeling by the way!). I know that if I take the time, accept where my body is at and focus on where I want to be…that I will get there.