Pregnancy: Week 32

Team Leatherman

Team Leatherman

Little did I know I was in store for such an awesome week!

Monday we went to our monthly doctor appointment. From what he could feel, Baby L has moved into position. No wonder I’ve felt feet in my rib cage! All my stats are great; except the weight gain. I received another scolding and was told to return to strict paleo. Everyone I share that with is pretty shocked considering I still scare people when I turn around (definitely don’t look preggers from the back). I’ll try to curb as much as I can, but I’m also not going to stress about it. Probably means I need to hit the box more often.

Tuesday, I worked late and had a ton of errands to run before we left for San Diego on Wednesday. All day I received abnormal texts from the hubs (i.e. “I vacuumed the house.” “I swept the patio.” “I cleaned the bathrooms.”). I couldn’t figure out what got into him! The texts continued into the evening, asking my ETA and wanting to join me on my errands (say what?!). I complied and called him on my way home, having knocked out half the errands. When I pulled in the driveway and opened the garage door, my MOMMA comes walking out!

I was STUNNED (and subsequently confused!). No wonder Chad was doing chores on a Tuesday and begging me to come home – he had an awesome surprise for me! These two were conspiring for weeks and many of my Aunties, who I had recently spoken to, were also in on the surprise. Those stinkers!

Wednesday, after work, we headed to San Diego for a long weekend with family, friends and some beach time. It was just what we all needed. The weather was perfect all weekend long.

Frankie and friends

Frankie and friends

With momma

With momma

Enjoying the beach

Enjoying the beach

 

Profile of the bump

Profile of the bump

Frankie got an awesome afternoon at the beach and the dog park. He hunted lizards and played with his cousin Cami. Plus he got in some good sunshine sleeping.

Frankie checking out Cedros Ave

Frankie checking out Cedros Ave

Saturday, my Aunts hosted a beautiful baby shower for me. Chad and my Uncle hit the golf course, avoiding the ladies lunch. We were again showered with amazing gifts and fellowship with dear friends and family. The day was filled with fun games, delicious food and sunshine. Baby L is so lucky to have so many people already loving it! We feel so blessed.

San Diego shower hosts

San Diego shower hosts

Love my SD friends!

Love my SD friends!

Long-time family friend from Chicago

Long-time family friend from Chicago

Family!

Family!

Pooch got to party

Pooch got to party

Chad's glorious day on the golf course

Chad’s glorious day on the golf course

 

Week 32 WODS: As a result of our travels and surprises, workouts suffered.

Monday – Flow Yoga I – With the baby in position, so many more of the poses felt impossible and it wasn’t as enjoyable. Total bummer.

Food: As I mentioned, the doc wants me strict paleo again. I listened to a degree. I wasn’t going to turn down all the yummy food cooked for us in San Diego and at the shower. I just tried to make the best possible decisions and balance it all with a lot of fruit, veggies and protein.

Pregnancy: Week 31

31 weeks with Auntie Carole barking at Baby L.

31 weeks with Auntie Carole barking at Baby L.

This week, I suffered from a nasty cold and cough.

Being preggers and sick is awful. At week 31, I know I should be thankful this was my first encounter with it, but still, I’m already uncomfortable and really unable to bend over. Add a deep cough that hurt my baby belly and an apprehension to have medicine, and it ain’t easy! I called the doctor on Monday and was instructed to take Tylenol Cold and cough medicine. Life savers! The cough was terrible at night and most every night this week, I ended up on the couch so I wouldn’t disturb Chad and could sleep in a more upright position to prevent the coughing.

To top it off, I officially started at the new contract. I hate when people come to work sick, but here I was … that girl … because how do you call in sick your first week on the job when you have approximately 40 days to support them in the first place?! Cough drops and water helped suppress the cough, but I know I was making others uncomfortable with my hack.

Workouts were nonexistent because I didn’t want to perpetuate my cough and I didn’t have it in me to do much of anything, including walking pooch. Luckily by the end of the week, the cold was gone!

In other news, Baby L continues to move all over. We can now watch movement from the outside – it’s so wild to see and always leaves me laughing. Baby has most recently given me the joy of sticking something against my rib cage making breathing and coughing all the more exciting!

This week in baby preparations, we attended a pediatrician meet and greet. It’s a group practice not far from us. While we weren’t thrilled with the office aesthetics or the fact they don’t do hospital visits at the time of birth, we loved the founding doctors. One and done!

As most who CrossFit know, The Open launched this week.The Open is the first phase of three competitions that determine the fittest man and woman on earth. The Open is just that – open to any competitor worldwide to compete in WODs on the worldwide stage. WODs are announced every Thursday and athletes have until Monday to post a score. It’s a five week competition and in the end, the top athletes compete in Regional events (part two), which leads to the final competition series: The CrossFit Games.

I debated endlessly on whether I should sign up and decided not to. While I’ll miss competing against the worldwide whiteboard, I knew the minute burpees and pull-ups were posted (and I guarantee those movements will be included one of the five weeks),  I was a goner. Seeing the first WOD (14.1), I am so glad I didn’t register! 14.1 would have definitely had me input a big, fat 0 as my score because I have yet to master the art of double unders (and as I mentioned from Week 29, snatches are tough to maintain form around the belly). Here’s the 14.1 WOD:

So, while I won’t be competing, I will be in the box weekly cheering on the hubs and my CrossFit family.

Poppa killing double unders

Poppa killing double unders

Muscling through the snatches

Muscling through the snatches

Don't drink the water in the Back Alley!

Don’t drink the water in the Back Alley!

Lunch with the crew post 14.1. Photo credit: Risa Kostis.

Lunch with the crew post 14.1. Photo credit: Risa Kostis.

Paleo:

I’ve received a number of questions about being paleo. There are a ton of bloggers and resources readily available with a quick Google search. That’s how I started my journey.

I started eating a paleo lifestyle not long after I began CrossFitting. I was working out multiple times a day, constantly starving, and not seeing any results. While I had previously thought, “I’ll just workout harder to circumvent the pleasures of eating whatever I want,” I quickly realized I wanted to see results more than I wanted to eat just anything. Couple that with a childhood intolerance to lactose and a realization that grain causes me to bloat and there was no question what I should do.

All that Googling led me to sign up for the Paleo Meal Plan. I felt like the $9.99 per month was worth the guidance. With that monthly fee, I received weekly meal plans and a shopping list. Each email came with tips and blog posts, too. The recipes for the meal plan are all free and available on the the site. This took the guesswork out for me; I knew I was eating balanced meals (my biggest concern) and I wasn’t required to do any planning.

This plan also taught me how to make enough food at dinner to have leftovers for  lunch. My biggest challenge (and remaining challenge) is making breakfast differently. You can only have eggs so many times a week. When I have time and can prep in advance, I’ll make some paleo breakfast bread or try some of the other recipes, but typically the mornings are rushed and I end up frying an egg with bacon or some other breakfast protein.

I kept up the plan for about six months. Since then, I’ve subscribed on and off three or four times. I find it that useful. And I’m always on the site pulling recipes. Our CrossFit affiliate used the Paleo Meal Plan last summer to structure the paleo challenge, too. While Googling will lead you to a lot of various sites and “diet” plans, I feel like Neely and her team offer a realistic, easy approach. P.S. – paleo is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle. More on that in a bit.

While strict paleo calls for the truest of foods (organic, grassfed, yada yada), our grocery budget doesn’t lend itself to that every week. I get most of our meat from Costco. Because we cook so much, buying in bulk saves us in the long run. Costco also carries almond butter, almond milk, coconut oil, coconut milk, a broad selection of nuts, honey, and frozen berries. Again, while probably not the BEST (i.e. Whole Paycheck, I mean Foods quality), it allows us to buy large quantities of what we consume the most.

For some of the other basic shopping list items, I grew up going to Henry’s/Sprouts every time we visited family in San Diego. Since moving West, I’ve used Sprouts as my place to get specialty meats and bulk items, like almond meal, flax seed, and coconut flour. It’s the best price and I can get the actual amount we need. For those outside this region, I recommend finding bulk options, especially for the almond meal and coconut flour. I don’t do a ton of baking (and I’ve bombed a lot of paleo baking recipes), but it’s good to have on hand when a recipe calls for these items.

I’ve slowly acquired a few paleo cookbooks, but a lot of my recipes come from Google. If I want to try baking something, I Google “paleo banana bread” and read recipes for simplicity of steps and ingredients. I do love my Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook. It’s added some great recipes into our circulation. I also recently got a Paleo Slow Cooker cookbook. The crockpot is my best friend during busy weeks!

Diet vs. lifestyle. I say it’s not a diet because it’s not. Once I learned the basic principles and experienced how I felt, I knew it was how I wanted to look, feel and live forever. Pregnancy has screwed that up; and screwed with my mind for awhile, but I went with my cravings, knowing I would be back full-force quickly. And typically our meals during this pregnancy don’t stray too far from our typical paleo planning and preparation; it’s more of the snacks and sides I’ve included in meals, which Chad doesn’t eat.

Outside of pregnancy, we do “cheat.” We love cheese. Chad loves circulating Greek yogurt into the mix for dessert every now and then. We still drink booze (not me while pregnant, obviously). We have coffee (I use coconut milk as a cream substitute; Chad uses almond milk). We love Mexican food, froyo, cheeseburgers. And when we’re on vacation, we do the best we can, but don’t limit ourselves from an experience.

But we also work hard to find alternatives. When we’re out to eat, I’ll order a burger on lettuce instead of a bun (but I’ll keep the cheese). We’ll order sweet potato fries instead of french fries. The restaurants that do sustainable cooking are obvious choices, but we also have go-to’s that we know we can have an enjoyable meal while honoring our bodies. It takes work and practice, but once we understood those principles, it got easier.

There’s also a primal paleo movement. Mark’s Daily Apple, one of the best paleo or primal resources, gives a good breakdown.

It’s interesting to note CrossFit HQ promotes the Zone Diet and even includes an overview of it in the Level 1 seminars. Many of the top CrossFitters work out so much that they need grain/carbs and calories to sustain. While CrossFit led me to paleo, by no means is it what all CrossFitters do.

If you have questions, feel free to post!

Pregnancy: Week 30

What an awesome week! Bulleted recap:

  • I got quality time at home with my boys
  • Got some great workouts in
  • I enjoyed the warm Phoenix sunshine and got a bit of color on my skin
  • I landed a new contract that will take me through Baby L’s arrival
  • I heard Sheryl Sandberg and other making waves kinda women speak
  • We hired a house cleaner to help me through Baby L’s arrival
  • Our Phoenix friends humbled us with a beautiful baby shower

Time with my boys / Phoenix sunshine

I’ve had the last two weeks off and it’s been glorious. In addition to having quality time in Nashville, I get extra time with my boys in Phoenix. This meant long walks with pooch, a trip to the dog park, running “critical” errands, and starting to nest.

Frankie running muck at the dog park

Frankie running muck at the dog park

It’s the perfect time to live in the desert (but don’t talk to me come summer!). It’s chilly in the morning and evenings, but blue skies and warm during the day. I took advantage of being home and spent some time napping in the sun and browning the baby bump. The only thing missing was a pool.

New Contract Great Future

A friend from my previous contract led me to a new opportunity with a start-up focused on hospitality. It’s a great opportunity to apply my consulting skills from Booz Allen and to make a big impact in a short window. The people are great and very supportive of my pregnancy. Since that was a real hiccup of mine in the first trimester, it’s reassuring to work with people who value professionals for their capability – even if it’s only available for a short time.

Lean In

Take the Lead

Take the Lead

ASU hosted Sheryl Sandberg and others for a Take the Lead kick off. While I was thankful to hear Sandberg speak, I was most impacted by Carla Harris. She had a charisma about her and her message on the importance of taking risks resonated since the past year has been a year of professional risks for me. Favorite Harris quote, “Failure brings you a gift – experience.” AMEN. And since I was called bossy as a kid, my favorite Sandberg quote:

I was called bossy

I was called bossy

I’m seeing a lot of chatter around a Lean Out or Recline movement. While I get what the author is saying that women shouldn’t forget to kick up their feet and enjoy life, I appreciate the efforts of Sandberg and the Take the Lead and Lean In initiatives to empower women in the workplace AND fight for pay and position equality (especially since I’ll soon be a woman learning how to balance having a family and kicking ass at work). I digress…

House cleaner

Courtesy of whattoexpect.com

Courtesy of whattoexpect.com

I love a clean house. The hubs is often frustrated by my OCD tendencies for perfection and order on the home front. However, this is nothing new, so he is super supportive (and understanding). Because I’m getting bigger and bending over now takes my breath away, I found someone with a price point that is allowing me to have her every two weeks. Not only does it free up time for us to enjoy the last few weeks together, but it also helps with that deep cleaning stuff that is cumbersome due to my new shape. #winning

Phoenix Baby Shower

CrossFit Baby and Momma

CrossFit Baby and Momma

Chad and I were extremely humbled by the outpouring of love and generosity from our Phoenix family and we primarily have CrossFit to thank for that. Many of our friendships here are fairly new and just coming together, so I was surprised when Whitney and Carole offered to host a shower for us in the first place. Then to attend a beautifully thought out and perfect day AND to be showered with the generosity of so many … I’m brought to tears every time I think about it. As Chad said, “it’s the power of the CrossFit community.”

Our awesome hostesses under their hand-crafted sign

Our awesome hostesses under their hand-crafted sign

Whitney’s parents graciously had everyone at their ranch. They have a gorgeous, rustic home on a great piece of property with two horses, two goats and two sheep. It was so fun petting, playing and feeding the animals all afternoon. The girls had all the details covered –  a frame for everyone to sign, a momma-to-be crown, mason jar mugs with chalk nametags, yummy food, a hand-crafted “Baby Leatherman” sign, AND an ice cream cake in our colors with an awkward baby on top. It was such a perfect day hanging out and spending time with friends. We are forever grateful.

Food spread and diaper cake!

Food spread and diaper cake!

Messages for Baby L

Messages for Baby L

Ice cream cake and awkward baby!

Ice cream cake and awkward baby!

Yup ... that happened!

Yup … that happened!

Feeding the goats

Feeding the goats

With one of the horses

With one of the horses

Showered with gifts

Showered with gifts

Week 30 WODs:

February 17 – 2.5 mile walk with pooch

February 18 – warm up + 315m row

strength: Strict press 5×3 (80#) then Push press 5×3 (100#) then Push jerk 5×3 (105#)

Split Jerk 105#

Split Jerk 105#

metcon: 10 min amrap: 6 + 25, heart rate 165

  • 15 air squats
  • 10 sit ups
  • 2 muscle ups (3 pull ups and 3 ring dips)
Ring Dips

Ring Dips

Ring Rows

Ring Rows

February 20 – warm up

strength: Back squat 5×3 (135#)

Back Squat 135#

Back Squat 135#

BackSquat (9)

metcon: modified Diane: 21-15-19: 12:13, heart rate 162

  • deadlift (115#)
  • strict press (subbed for handstand push up) (55#)

Food: nothing out of the ordinary. Continue to try to focus on paleo dinners.

Pregnancy: Week 29

Welcome to Nashville

Welcome to Nashville

We spent most of week 29 in Nashville visiting family and friends and enjoying some of the finest southern cooking and honky tonk music.

29 weeks - celebrating at The Stage

29 weeks – celebrating at The Stage

Honky Tonkin with CeeCee & Stache

Honky Tonkin with CeeCee & Stache

Prior to our departure, we attended a baby care bootcamp at the hospital. Super informative and useful, the class taught us what to expect with Baby L the first three months. From play to cues to sleep, to growth and general resources, the few hours we spent with other expectant parents was valuable. Our next major step is picking a pediatrician. Luckily, our OBGYN provided us a great list.

Chad practicing

Chad practicing

In Nashville, I was able to meet with a Lipscomb University student, Hannah, who is doing her Master’s thesis on CrossFit and pregnancy. Her focus is primarily post-delivery, and has received almost 200 responses to her survey “The Lived Experiences of Women Doing CrossFit During Pregnancy” from women around the world. So awesome and re-emphasizes the importance of women talking about their experiences since so much research is lacking. While I’m clearly not in the post-delivery stage, Hannah and I spent time chatting about my experiences – including my support group, how I regulate intensity and food. We also worked out together at CrossFit Talon – awesome group of people in Coolsprings; highly recommend!

With the women of CrossFit Talon

With the women of CrossFit Talon

Our Nashville stay ended with a shower celebration. My parents hosted a great evening of fun, games and food with friends. Baby L certainly is spoiled with all the great loot!

Baby L's cradle and presents

Baby L’s cradle and presents

Advice jar

Advice jar

Kobe protects the presents

Kobe protects the presents

Classic: grown men chugging beer from a baby bottle

Classic: grown men chugging beer from a baby bottle

29 weeks

29 weeks

Week 29 WODs:

Feb. 10 –

Warm Up – 300m row, stretching

Strength – Split squat 5×10 with 100m sprint between sets. I worked up to using a 1.5 POOD kettlebell; heart rate was at 160

Metcon:17:07; heart rate 175

  • 50 wall balls (8#)
  • 50 KB swings (1 POOD)
  • 50 air squats
  • 50 toes to bar
  • 50 sit ups (I did on bench)
  • Every minute on mint do 5 push ups

Feb. 14 (CrossFit Talon) –

Warm up – 600m run, stretching, calesthenics

Strength – Power snatch + Snatch: 5 at 65%, 4 at 75%, 3 at 85%, focus on OHS position. This was was difficult for me with the belly. I was pulling the bar out too far to make it around and messing with form. The coaches had me work on floor to hip progression instead.

Then every minute on the minute (EMOM) for six minutes two power snatch and one snatch at 70%. I used 45# bar and did one clean and two overhead squats.

Metcon: 5 rounds – 7:47, 170 heart rate

  • 10 chest to bar pull ups (ring rows)
  • 30 double unders (90 singles)

Food: Glorious southern cooking! Sweet tea, cornbread, pancakes, fried chicken, bar-b-que, we sampled some of the finest the south has to offer. No regrets despite the high sodium intake and over-indulgence we enjoyed. Definitely not a paleo-focused trip!

Favorite meat n' three: Swetts

Favorite meat n’ three: Swetts

Fact: Preggers love froyo

Fact: Preggers love froyo

Pecan pancakes from Pancake Pantry

Pecan pancakes from Pancake Pantry

Pregnancy: Week 28

It was a great week focused on yoga and long walks with pooch. My body is craving the yoga. The stretching and quiet time feels amazing on my expanding body. During shavasana, the baby gives me happy flutters. That makes up for the many poses I can’t do because of the babe’s positioning.

We had our monthly check up this week and met with one of the female doctors in the practice, whom we adore. She’s a realist and clearly loves her job. She walked through what I should expect in these final weeks and we also discussed my weight gain.

I’m up 26# and with the exception of my face rounding more, I’m primarily carrying all that weight on my front. The tatas are a heavy burden! We talked about how much I’ve grown in cup size; she was shocked at the dramatic jump and rationalized that as I was implying, majority of my weight is in my chest. Glad she agreed after the scolding I received last month from another (male) doctor in the practice.

While I haven’t really restricted myself of what I’m eating, I am conscientious to make sure I am consuming enough veggies, fruit, protein and calcium. I have definitely veered far off the paleo track, but our nightly meals are centered around our traditional paleo cooking. I’m having lots of yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and grain; more than I have in a year. It’s obviously going to take a toll on my weight, regardless of growing another human. The reassuring thing is that I know with strict paleo and heavy doses of CrossFit and hot yoga, the extra gain will slide off once Baby arrives.

My paleo sous chef

My paleo sous chef

This appointment was also the time for my whooping cough vaccination, Rh factor shot and my glucose blood work. I was poked and prodded from head to toe!

To ease the eczema on my face, I found my trusty bottle of Bio Oil. This stuff is magic! After using it morning and night for a week, the dryness has subsided and the dullness/patchiness isn’t as extreme. Bio Oil is also known for working wonders on stretch marks. I’m going to start using on my belly and chest to help.

We ended our week with a date night at our church. It was a great opportunity to spend some quality, spiritual time together and meet other couples in our parish. It was much needed time for us individually and together.

Saturday was full of “nesting.” We bought some awesome furniture from a new boutique – Twigs and Twine. Then it was on to tackling the garage, which was in much need of organization and sorting. We felt very accomplished by the end of the day!

Baby L's dresser

Baby L’s dresser

Awesome new chair

Awesome new chair

Week 28 WODs:

Feb. 3 – Flow Yoga with our favorite instructor. She provides lavender soaked wash cloths during shavasana. It adds such a nice touch to relaxation! I’m going to make sure we have some of her water soluble lavender oil on hand during labor since it has such a calming effect on me.

Feb. 5 – Centered Yoga, filled with hip and pelvic openers. Many of the poses will come in handy in April!

Feb. 6 – 2.5 mile walk with pooch, enjoying the gorgeous day, and deep cleaning the house. I mean deep; I worked up a good sweat!

Feb. 7 – 3 mile walk with pooch

Yoga with these gorgeous ladies!

Yoga with these gorgeous ladies!

Feb. 9 – Yoga with my lovely ladies, outside in the gorgeous sun. Can’t think of a better way to start the day!

Pregnancy: Week 27

It was another nutty week for us, but I managed to squeeze in some good workouts. Since the baby seems to love yoga and it feels amazing to stretch my expanding body, I’ve been more drawn to yoga classes lately.

I have definitely expanded through my belly, but am super thankful my backside isn’t widening. I’m also not swollen/showing signs of water retention. All great things.

Saturday morning, I treated myself to some much needed spa time. I enjoyed a body scrub, massage, and facial. Pure bliss! The baby was extremely active throughout the treatments; I wasn’t surprised since it loves everything else in my life that calms me (pooch, yoga, church).

Hospital Tour at 27 Weeks

Hospital Tour at 27 Weeks

Saturday evening, we went for a hospital tour. Since I’m new to the Valley and pretty unaware of the hospitals, I was thankful to learn that our hospital has a NICU and is Level 3 trauma. We also know some of the nurses in labor and delivery, which makes our lives so much easier!

Week 27 WODs:

Daily walks with pooch.

Family hike

Family hike

Jan. 26 – Hike with the hubs and pooch. Went 2.25 miles on one of our favorite trails. Definitely worked up a good sweat since it was a warm day.

Jan. 28 – Good Morning Yoga class focused on deep stretching

Jan. 29 – warm up

Deadlift 145#

Deadlift 145#

strength/skill: deadlift 5×10 Took our time and worked up to 145#. Probably should have worked in another 20#s.

Food: With the stress I’ve endured, my appetite isn’t as strong (which definitely isn’t keeping me from gaining weight – I promise!). I love eating greek yogurt with granola and still find the greatest satisfaction from comfort foods. I always attempt to make a casserole paleo, if I can figure it out. Drinking lots of water, but still love coffee in the morning. My face is definitely showing signs of dullness and eczema so I’m hoping my increased water consumption will help.

Pregnancy: Weeks 19-26

Phew. I am worn out. Hence my dramatic, lengthy absence from the blogging-sphere.

It all started with work. I’ve been working two jobs and try to work in a third whenever I can find time (which hasn’t been often lately). Some days, I work both jobs. Week 19 was a mess of hours, which left no time for WODs, yoga or blogging. All I managed to squeeze in was walking the pooch. At least I have pooch to get my heart rate up a bit!

All that rolled right into the hectic holidays. This was the first time we didn’t travel, but that didn’t mean we weren’t running around town seeing family, friends, and holiday spectacles. It was a great time. Pooch was completely into unwrapping gifts; that will be fun next year when we also have an eight-month-old!

Since then, my window for WOD opportunity has been narrow, and typically sleeps wins over working out. I’m definitely not proud of this. In fact, I’m extremely disappointed in myself. I’m trying to self correct by attempting for at least one yoga session, two CrossFit WODs, and a very long walk or hike with pooch a week (in addition to our daily 20-30 minute neighborhood walks). It’s improving with time. It also helps that I have another CrossFit preggy friend meeting me in the box – all about accountability!

I do miss having the bar in my hands and the power of lifting. It’s definitely not lost on me that I need to maximize my time while I have it.

Highlights:

  • Leslie gave birth to a healthy baby boy during my 19th week. They are adjusting well and Les is working her way back into the box. She’s definitely an inspiration!
  • Baby L started moving Dec. 22 and hasn’t really stopped. It’s one active kid!
  • Baby L is most active when we go to church, do yoga, or pooch is snuggled next to me. I think I’m growing a world peace advocate!
  • All the ultrasounds have been reassuring – we counted 10 toes, 10 fingers, saw the inside of the cranium, saw multiple organs and watched it move.
  • Food has balanced out. And now, during week 26, I am much more focused on paleo again. Still definitely need carbs, but haven’t had as many cravings.
  • Now that I’ve truly popped, the best clothes were acquired at H&M. Fashionable and cost-effective; what’s not to love?! I also found some great dresses from Gap and Nordstrom; J.Crew also launched its maternity pant line, which helps for work-wear. Still trying to work in as much of my regular wardrobe as possible.
  • We set up our registries at Target and on Amazon. Thanks to valuable input from a number of my mommy-friends, this task was still daunting, but we had awesome direction. We’re using the KISS methodology and trying to focus on the absolute necessities.
  • As I mentioned above, I got back into yoga and it feels amazing. I’m sticking with gentle yoga or centered yoga. As much as I love power yoga classes, the rooms tend to get too hot and at this point, I couldn’t keep up.
  • I’ve had to scale back my make heart rate during the metcon. Instead of pushing 165-170, I’m keeping more in the 150-160 range.
  • When I do get to the box, I’m still able to lift quite a bit of weight. Yay!
  • The chiropractor has kept my overall health and wellness stable. As I’ve grown, it’s been nice to have bi-weekly and now weekly adjustments to reduce tension and ease my joints. Highly recommend!

Progress pictures:

Ring dips with Baby L; 19 weeks

Ring dips with Baby L; 19 weeks

The awesome Coach Melissa

The awesome Coach Melissa

20 Weeks

20 Weeks

21 Weeks

21 Weeks

22 Weeks

22 Weeks

23 Weeks

23 Weeks

24 Weeks

24 Weeks

 

25 Weeks, with Poppa after he finished the Phoenix Rock n' Roll Half Marathon

25 Weeks, with Poppa after he finished the Phoenix Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy: Week 18

What a crazy, fun week of thanks! We are thankful for this journey and the opportunity to share our experiences. Thank you for joining in on the fun!

Early in the week, we drove to San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. We manged to get some great workouts in along the way.

Coronado Dog Beach with the Darrells, who sent us my awesome belly stickers

Coronado Dog Beach with the Darrells, who sent us my awesome belly stickers

I’m definitely getting bigger and the bump is even more obvious. Everyone thought that I grew during our time in San Diego (perhaps it was from all the yummy food we consumed!).

Team Leatherman on Thanksgiving

Team Leatherman on Thanksgiving

Highlights from our trip: CrossFitting at my old box, CrossFit Elyisum, running Fr. Joe’s Turkey Trot 5K, and spending time at Coronado dog beach.

Week 18 WODs:

Nov. 25 warm up 500m row (152 heart rate) + pull up progression

Strength/skill: deadlift 5×5 at 80%; 175# (went beyond 80% because it felt good!)

Metcon: Ran 1.25mi with Frankie (165 heart rate)

CrossFit Elysium's Coach Paul

CrossFit Elysium’s Coach Paul

Nov. 27 (CrossFit Elysium) warm up CFx1 + hip/ankle mobility

Strength/skill: Back squat 6×2 at 80%; 130# (went beyond 80% because it felt good!)

Metcon: “Karen” – 150 wall balls for time; 12:30 with 10# ball (heart rate 168)

Team Leatherman prior to Fr. Joe's Turkey Trot in Balboa Park

Team Leatherman prior to Fr. Joe’s Turkey Trot in Balboa Park

Nov. 28 Fr. Joe’s Turkey Trot (5K). Felt great to run with my boys! We opted not to do it timed, but managed to finish in 38:54 (which included a potty break!). Heart rate to 165.

Took an afternoon walk (~1.25 miles) with the family after dinner, taking in a lot of hills.

Nov. 29 Walked Coronado Dog Beach

Nov. 30 Walked 5 miles around Miramar Lake in 75 minutes. My quads were shot from the first part of the week, so felt great to just walk on a flat surface for a long distance.

18 weeks

18 weeks

Athlete Profile: Leslie Spector

Leslie, Meghan and their bumps

Leslie, Meghan and their bumps

When I first started writing this blog, one of the first women I reached to was my friend Leslie. We met at our current affiliate and she was more than willing to share her experience. I’m so impressed by her dedication to CrossFit, while balancing being a wife, mommy to a toddler, full-time educator, and preparing for baby #2. And you guys, she looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I hope I look this fit when I’m 30+ weeks into pregnancy.

Leslie: 30+ weeks and lifting strong, while looking amazing!

Leslie: 30+ weeks and lifting strong, while looking amazing!

Leslie’s story:

Leslie pre-pregnancies

Leslie pre-pregnancies

Phoenix, Ariz., native Leslie Spector began her CrossFit journey September 2010 in an effort to train for Ragnar 2011, a 200-mile team relay race and to medicate her recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder, naturally (i.e. sans drugs). CrossFit, in combination with paleo eating, did the trick, shaving more than two minutes off her mile time and balancing her moods like never before.

“Unfortunately, I suffered a hip flexor injury during the race, earning me three months of physical therapy and rehab,” said Leslie. “Shortly after this I became pregnant, exercising very moderately. Despite being healthy and active, my body decided it needed a reset and after only a few weeks, I miscarried.”

Following the devastating loss, Leslie suffered some depression (understandably!) and self-medicated with “laziness in combination with deliciously gross food.” She became pregnant again almost immediately and was terrified of everything this time. The result? A sedentary pregnancy and a total of 70 lbs gained.

Leslie & Sophie

Leslie & Sophie

After an emotional roller coaster of a pregnancy (she chose to go without medication for her bipolar disorder) and the somewhat traumatic birth of her daughter, she was determined to get healthy again. And Leslie wasn’t merely focused on her physical health; she wanted the full mind, body, spirit health. After walking, then running, then a round of Insanity, she craved more and found Back Alley CrossFit, a Central Phoenix Box, in October 2012. She was able to shed those 70 pounds with CrossFitting Rx, until pregnancy #2 happened.

Now, at the end of her second pregnancy, Leslie has maintained her CrossFit and paleo lifestyle, feeling better than ever and more relaxed for baby Spector #2 to arrive.

30+ weeks pregnant

30+ weeks pregnant

More on Leslie:

Other exercise practices:  When I am not CrossFitting I love to hike, run, and do yoga.

My goal in CrossFitting while pregnant is:  My first pregnancy was less than healthy and resulted in major weight gain and crazy mood fluctuations. My goal this time around is to continue to CrossFit since it is truly my medication. My goal is not only to make healthy weight gains, but to also maintain a healthy mental balance.

What exercise advice did your doctor provide you? Did you follow it? I love my doctor! He is very liberal as far as doctors are concerned.  He seems to follow the latest research and keeps his recommendations up to date. I have been totally honest with him about how active I am and he fully supportive. At my very first visit this pregnancy he began rooting me on as far as exercise and CrossFit goes. He has continued to be supportive even through my own fears when things feel off. His best advice has been to listen to my body and I do it every minute of every day and especially in the box!

CrossFit and pregnant: Leslie

CrossFit and pregnant: Leslie

CrossFit and pregnant, where do you find support? I have a friend who CrossFitted through her pregnancy and she was the first call I made. She sent me to CrossFit Mom and there was lots of great information there. I also lean on my own coaches, CrossFit buddies, and of course the amazing, Dr. Harris.

CrossFit and pregnant, where do you find inspiration? I work out with some amazingly fit women. I find inspiration every time I step foot into Back Alley. I know the more I do while pregnant and the more consistent I am the faster I will be able to catch back up to everyone else I am ogling during my slow, paced WODS now.

Since doing CrossFit while pregnant, I’ve learned: That exercise of any kind is even more mental than I thought prior to doing it pregnant. There are times when body can do way more than mind will let it and there are times when mind wants to keep pushing through and my body is screaming slow down. When I can control the mental side of CrossFit, I find the most success.

Biggest CrossFit and pregnant challenge I’ve faced: Hands down, my biggest challenge has been slowing down and scaling back. I am competitive by nature and strive to always beat my own best. Being pregnant, the recommendation from around the CrossFit world and the mainstream is to slow down. The easiest way to do this is the “talk test.” I should be able to maintain a conversation throughout the WOD.This is not a time for getting better or pushing toward PRs, but rather a time to maintain. It has taken great mental dedication to follow this recommendation, I mean, when is the last time you could carry on a conversation during a WOD?!

Do you follow a particular eating lifestyle? As far as eating during pregnancy my goal is balance. Nothing has been eliminated, but we definitely lean towards a paleo-ish diet…with ice cream. We definitely indulge in ice cream!

Best CrossFit and pregnant tip or secret you’ve discovered: Just show up!  You can scale and modify any WOD to make it work for your ever-changing body. Throw expectations out the window and listen to your body.

What have you found most valuable about CrossFit while pregnant?: I have proven to myself with this pregnancy that no matter how much exercise and diet balance I maintain, my body will gain weight to support my pregnancy. However, CrossFitting while pregnant has given me energy and mental balance, which in my situation is far more priceless than hot preggie bod.

Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Ghandi

Favorite girl WOD: Honestly, none stood out and I had to look them all up to pick a fave. Kelly is fun one; I like when running is incorporated.

Three words that describe me: Dedicated, neurotic, fun

When I’m not in the box, you can find me: At home with the fam!  They are my world!!!

The bump, getting pumped!

The bump, getting pumped!

If you have a CrossFit and pregnant story to share, email meghan@backalleycrossfit.com.

Pregnancy: Week 16

It was a great week. Back in the swing of everything after our cross-country trip and CrossFit Level 1 Coaches Seminar.

I’m quickly out growing my clothes, even the clothes I saved from my heftier days. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to dress for work everyday. Luckily I’m in a pretty casual workplace where leggings are acceptable.

We had our monthly doctor check up this week. This visit, we met with another doctor in the practice. In the event our doc isn’t available during our delivery, the office recommends we meet with everyone to familiarize ourselves. Lucky for us, we LOVED this doctor and I would feel very comfortable if she ended up as our delivery doctor. She was impressed I haven’t been sick and that I’m still CrossFitting.

We heard Baby L’s heartbeat again – a rate of 155 – nice and steady! I’m tracking where I should be with weight gain and all my vitals are healthy (thank you, CrossFit!).

Week Sixteen WODS

Nov. 10 (second day at CrossFit Level 1 Coaches Seminar)

Strength/skill: The day focused on perfecting the final fundamental moves: the deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull and med ball cleans

Metcon: 8 min AMRAP – 8 push ups, 10 med ball cleans (20/14), 12 sit ups – 6 rounds

Nov. 13 warm up 500m row (150 heart rate)

Strength/skill: strict press 5×5 – got to 75, failed after third rep

Metcon: 3 rounds – 10 power cleans (135/95) – I did 65#, 15 hspu, 20 box jumps (24/20) – I did step ups, 100m run – 10:46 (heart rate reached 170 at height of workout. Was easy to pull back to lower it).

Nov. 14 warm up 2 min row (390m)

Strength/skill: tabata slam balls (25/15), sit ups – didn’t keep track of reps every round

Metcon: 20 min clock. 200m walking lunges. Remaining time: 5 weighted squats (45/25), 10 ring dips, 10 kb sumo deadlift high pulls (2/1.5 pood) – I did 1 pood – made it six rounds. Heart rate hovered around 165, which is my max.

Nov. 16 Family hike almost 3 miles in about 45 minutes. At the peak of the incline, I was breathing pretty heavy and needing water. Otherwise felt great and was awesome to be outside again now that the temps are normal.

Bump - 16 weeks

Bump – 16 weeks

Food: Pretty paleo with some sort of bread at meals. Loving lemonade and ginger ale when not drinking water.