I went to the gym today for the first time in much too long. I have never, ever been a fan of the gym, and have frequently struggled to go consistently. Needless to say, I’m not in great shape and I weigh too much. Simple dissatisfaction with myself hasn’t seemed to be a strong enough motivator.
I recently realized that it’s been almost a month since I’ve had a soda. Which is rather amazing, given how very much I love a good Coke. I’ve tried to quit before, with little success. But deciding I should stop drinking soda because I’m trying to conceive seems to have made it possible. And although I still yearn for a Coke after a difficult day at work (seriously, I think we’re talking addiction here), it has seemed easier than I would have guessed.
So here’s seeing if I can make that same sort of motivation work for exercise. What to Expect When You’re Expecting tells me what I already knew: being at a healthy weight improves my chances of conceiving and decreases my chances of pregnancy complications once I do conceive. Apparently, exercising during pregnancy is also approved of and expected. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has exercise during pregnancy all explained here.
I still don’t like exercising, but I guess I need to do it anyway. If it helps me get this pregnancy show on the road, that would be excellent. I’ve only been trying for a little over a month, but I am an impatient person, and I want to get on with it.