Results, Not Excuses

This week at the gym I saw a man dancing in between his sets.  Dancing maybe an understatement, he was rocking out to his routine and having the time of his life doing so.  People started at him, and he was unfazed, in the zone, enjoying every minute of his workout, breaking a sweat, and enjoying himself.  I was able to work out out until the week before I delivered my baby, and found it kept me feeling like myself despite the growing belly I was carrying.  Now three months post postpartum I’m enjoying the challenge of getting back in shape, and regaining my body.  Getting back in shape is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and I’m enjoying the mental challenge of pushing myself and proving to myself that I can. It’s a challenge to find the time to workout, and to stay motivated to keep going, but as the title of this post says, “Results, not Excuses”. It’s printed on my husband’s high school baseball tee shirt I’ve slept in since our college years, and a saying which translates both in our personal and professional lives.

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As I’m getting my groove back I tried something new with my girlfriend Anna, we headed to Swerve Fitness in NYC. It’s different from any other cycle class I’ve ever been too as it’s setup to be a team inspired cycling studio. Riders are divided into three teams that compete against each other.  The studio uses tracking technology which displays your personal score, however only the team average and top riders each sprint or hill are displayed.   You receive points based on how hard you push yourself, they use the phrase, motivation without intimidation.   My stats are displayed below, I pushed myself as hard as I could, and I think for my first time cycling post baby, the results were pretty good! Once I got the hang of it, and figured out that the more I pushed myself the more points I got, the more I challenged myself.  As a college athlete, I’m an overly competitive person, and seeing my bike number on the screen as “winning” numerous sprints the second half of the class really motivated and pushed me to work harder.

FullSizeRender (5)I loved the class and the social aspect of receiving my stats is an added bonus.  Now that I’ve got the ability to track my performance over time, I can’t wait to come back and work harder to reach my personal best! If anyone is interested in trying it out let me know, the studio does a great referral program where we’ll both receive $50 credit towards future classes, I’ll gladly send you the link, just email me.

Whether you are dancing around at the gym or cycling and singing out-loud to the beat always remember to have fun and commit yourself.  To get inspired you need to remind yourself of the end results of your labor, whether it be working out, or achieving another goal in your career, and to do so you must change your thoughts to change your world.

Results, Not Excuses Folks…

Plugging back in…as a mommy

Everyone encouraged me to enjoy every second with my baby and advised that time would fly by quickly. I unplugged and disconnected from the digital world as much as possible, I enjoyed spending time cuddling with my baby boy, Lucas Emet Pick.  We’ve done so much in the past three months, it’s hard to believe.  Not only did we welcome Lucas into the world, but we packed up & sold our co-op in NY and moved into our new house in NJ and settled in with a newborn.  I can’t believe how quickly three months have passed, my maternity leave has come and gone, and I’m heading back to work in the Big Apple tomorrow.  On the eve of my final day at home, I wanted to reflect upon my three month hiatus and share five thoughts.

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1) You’ll be amazed at what your body can do.  I’ve always been someone who needed extra sleep to function, so before Lucas I was anxious about how I would react to the sleep deprivation that comes along with being a new parent.  It’s amazing at how little sleep you need to actually function and how quickly your body adjusts.  In the early stages of feeding Lucas, every few hours I would always hold him tight and get a chill of the excitement that I would be able to sooth my child and give him what he needs.  Even during his early growth spurts he would flash a smile that would make my heart melt. It is all worth it.

2) It’s okay to cry, a LOT! Right after birth, the nurse laid Lucas on me, I couldn’t stop crying.  I was waterworks central the first two weeks, but my hormones adjusted.  I remember our first “long” car ride from Long Island to New Jersey for Lucas’ bris, sitting in the back seat of the car next to his car seat sobbing for no reason.  It was the first time I had to get myself dressed, packed, and get him organized and out for a few days, and it totally wiped me out.  Over time I developed a rhythm, and doing things became much easier, just as my mother said they would.  Sometimes I cry just because, and guess what, It’s okay!

3) You can’t imagine the love you will feel as a parent until you actually become one.  Okay this sounds silly and cliche, but it’s really true.  I didn’t expect to feel a bond with Lucas so quickly, but the second the nurse handed him to me, it made my heart melt into a pile of mommy mush, and to this day, I fall more in love with him every second of every day.

4) Enjoy the Experience. The past three months have been the most exciting three months of my entire life.  I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Lucas and I’ve fallen more in love with my husband seeing him as a father.  We’ve tried to soak up every moment together as a family and I’ve never felt so grateful to be surrounded by so much love.

5) The best advice I would like to give any new parent is to ignore everyones advice.  Every family member and friend seemed to have advice or thoughts that they loved to share, all of which we appreciated. However, there’s no parenting guide that is a one size fits all model.  In the end you have to adapt to what works best for you, and ignore everyone else.

Welcome to the World Lucas Emet Pick

39 days ago on October 6, 2014 our little boy Lucas Emet Pick joined the world at 7:04 A.M. At that moment our entire world changed, it was no longer about us, everything now was about Lucas, and the love we felt was deeper than anything my husband and I have ever experienced before.

It’s been an amazing five weeks with Lucas, and I’ve enjoyed unplugging from the digital world (as much as humanly possible) and enjoying every second with my baby.  Every day he’s growing, changing, cooing, smiling, and soon hopefully he’ll be sleeping!

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I’ll be back and blogging shortly, but wanted to share this very important update with my followers 🙂