May 3, 2012

= inFrequently Asked Questions
in case you were wondering, my inbox is not flooded daily with reader emails.  during a heavy week, i’ll get a handful, and some weeks my blog gmail account pretty much lies fallow, save for a few bulletin board updates + twitter alerts.  when i do get questions/comments i always [i hope] respond, but sometimes it takes me a few days.  i’ll still respond, but i’d also post a few recent Q&A in case others were wondering.

plus, to be completely honest i’m not sure how many minutes are left during this nap and this should be a quick post!

1.  what do those cryptic letters mean in your workout plan?

E = easy [for me, currently 10:20 – 10:30 pace.  i know — i might break the sound barrier soon.]
W = walk

so, 2W / 4x (8E + 1W) = 2 minutes walking, then repeat the following set four times –> 8 minutes easy and 1 minute walk

these workouts are from the fitness section of daniels running formula, which is one of my favorite training guides.  i knew i’d have to put myself on some kind of plan to avoid increasing too quickly.  this will hopefully rein in my enthusiastic intentions and allow me to build up speed + endurance gradually — and safely.

2.  all of this motherhood stuff — is it what you would thought it would be like?

for the most part, YES.  in part, i wonder if this is just because had plenty [and i mean plenty] of time to think about it.  and ruminate on it, wish for it, and obsess over it.  if anything, i’m actually less exhausted than i thought i might be — but that is just because annabel tends to do pretty well at night.  [again — FOR NOW!].  
the days do go faster than i thought — it’s amazing to me that i can look up and BAM it’s nearly 2 — like right now!  i haven’t really done much all day, although i’m thrilled to have been able to fit in a workout and some laundry [and some lunch, and this post!] during her current nap.  but i basically had her chained to my chest all morning to earn this little break.  
i think the hardest part is going to be feeling alone.  josh’s work schedule has just started to pick up, as he’s now the on-service fellow again.  and as of today, my parents are gone — so on nights that he works late [or doesn’t get home at all . . . ] it’s going to be 100% me.  every feed, every diaper change, and every response to every cry.  it hasn’t been too bad yet, but i can already imagine that this is where things are going to get challenging.  but — it’s not that i hadn’t anticipated this before!  i knew what we were getting into.  and i will be thrilled when josh goes off service [lighter schedule, fewer moment-to-moment responsibilities] a month after i go back to work.  

3.  what do you mean return maternity clothes?
[from yesterday’s list]

someone asked me this and i realized i might have given the impression that i was headed back to the store with a bunch of unworn [or worn!?] gear.  i borrowed a TON of stuff from my sister-in-law and her best friend, and want to send it back — i’m dying for the closure and the closet space!  they’re in miami so hopefully by the time i get pregnant a second time [assuming . . .] i can just pop over and borrow them again 🙂

4.  i’m trying to get pregnant and currently run XYZ miles/week.  my BMI is healthy but on the lower end.  do you really really think that this makes a difference?  what if my doctor doesn’t agree?

i am just a case study, and the truth is i’ll NEVER KNOW if perhaps i would have magically ovulated with letrozole [femara] with higher mileage and a lower BMI.  but there is certainly some evidence that ovulatory dysfunction is much more common in habitual exercisers and may be affected by body fat stores.  as i’ve written before, i think it’s a very variable thing from person to person.  however, i am not the only one that shares a similar story — with a happy ending.

i do know that i could care less from this vantage point that i had to make those changes, and i’d do it again in a heartbeat.

SO.  100%.  worth it.  


  • Reply Sarah March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I am really relieved to hear you say motherhood is going so well. It scares the crap out of me when new moms talk about how hard it is, and I appreciate your realism (acknowledging things could get harder) but also your optimism! Seems like things are going really well for you and Annabel. I’m so impressed by all you are able to do (workout, mother, blog.) I hope when I am eventually in that role, I will be able to balance those things with such a good attitude too. You give me hope!

  • Reply Lisa March 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    ahh I had been wondering what the "e"s and "W"s were too – makes so much sense 🙂

    I too found it challenging when Mr BBB went back to work – not necessarily because I was caring for C all day / evening by myself – but because I missed his company!! We are just trying to make the most of weekends etc when he is not at work 🙂

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  • Reply Lee Becknell March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Haha, I dont think I’ve ever got a reader question in an email!

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