Meet my friend Dawn. Dawn is a mom of 3 girls and her fourth baby is on the way. She is 8 months pregnant and totally committed to healthy living. Dawn truly inspires me. She has been following my updates on facebook about my exercise- particularly the spinning classes that I am taking and has encouraged me all the way. We were at a party together last month and she told me that she is still teaching a spinning class. At 8 Months Pregnant! February is her last month teaching and I promised that I'd come to one of her classes. I had to see this mama in action!
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This past Saturday I drove thirty minutes to the gym and entered her class. Her husband had kindly held a bike for me and water was waiting for me too! (He is a keeper Dawn but you know that after being together for a lifetime!). The room quickly filled and we all took our places on our bikes.
I have to say I love the bikes at LA Fitness. Unlike bikes at other gyms, the tension is in a lever right on the handlebars. This makes adding and releasing tension so much easier than reaching down to crank a dial as I am accustomed to doing. Anyway, sounds of music entered the room and Dawn encouraged us to start the warm-up. Our focus was on endurance and despite Dawn's low unassuming voice, she pushed us to get out of our comfort zone. I listened. I'd every once in awhile look up and see her at the front of the room riding hard with an 8 month belly and I couldn't help but be inspired.
Class was actually over quicker than I expected. The hour went by quickly, I felt both challenged and empowered by my workout. Dawn and I chatted briefly about her plans for recovery after having her baby. She is due early April and I asked if she planned on waiting six weeks after the baby is born to begin exercise. She looked at me sheepishly and said "last time I waited nine days." This is after a home birth folks. Dawn is no joke.
She is truly an inspiration! I figure if a pregnant mom can teach spinning classes and begin working out nine days postpartum, I have no excuses. Dawn inspires me to push myself even when I don't feel like it. I am so glad to have such an inspiring woman in my life.