Busy is an Understatement
I have to apologize to those of you who may started reading my blog for the running related posts. This pregnancy has not allowed me to stay active like I wanted to and therefore I have nothing running related to share with you. I promise running stuff will pick back up probably late February or early March so please bear with me. 🙂
I have been going to PT (physical therapy) for the last 4 weeks and those sessions can be tortuous! It sounds like the majority of my issue lies in the fact that my left leg is shorter than my right leg and it’s obviously a big enough difference that it affects my right hip. My therapist also suggested the possibility of bursitis in my right hip. It also sounds like I’m going to have some level of pain throughout the remainder of my pregnancy and the true test will come when I start running again post partum. At least if things flare up and I’m having issues, I already have my foot in the door and I can go back to my physical therapist (who is awesome!) and hopefully find ways to deal with it. Needless to say, working out is on the back burner and probably will be until after I give birth and that really upsets me. The most exercise I’ve been getting lately are my hip stretches & sporadic family walks that have really started to bother my lower belly. Even during short walks I cramp up really bad and my pace resembles that of an old woman. I’m hobbling around and I’m only 26 weeks. I can just about imagine how hard it’s going to be to get around near the end of my pregnancy. I realize it’s not the end of the world and it’ll all be worth it in the end but I can’t help but feel guilty that I’m not giving my baby as great of a start as I wanted to (ie: regular exercise = good for baby). Although, as a mother, there’s usually always something you have ‘mommy guilt’ about. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.
To keep myself busy, I’ve taken on the task of decluttering, organizing & cleaning our house from top to bottom. My original plan was to have everything done by Thanksgiving but it’s taking a lot longer to get things done with my hip problems and our hectic daily schedule so I’m hoping for by Christmas. If I surpass that deadline, definitely by my due date. Our house isn’t super huge or anything but my husband is a major pack rat and getting through everything is taking forever. Plus, with him working steady nights, I’m basically doing this alone and it takes a lot longer. It’s coming together little by little and hopefully the end result will be worth it. I can tell you in the areas I have *almost* finished, cleaning those areas doesn’t take as long as it used to so I’m hoping for the same effect throughout our house. I’ve also started writing out daily task lists with time limits and I’m finding that I’m actually getting more done by doing this. It seems a little OCD/neurotic lol but it really has been working for me. There’s just something about crossing things off of a to-do list that makes me feel accomplished and keeps me motivated to get more stuff done. I know I started this as a running-only blog but if anyone is interested in seeing the declutter transformation unfold, let me know and I can either post updates here with my very embarrassing before pictures *shudders* & pictures of the finished product, or perhaps I could start a new blog for it. Let me know!
Time to get on my to-do list for the day. Happy Friday, everyone!