Awesome week and finally made it to Back Alley in addition to yoga and walking. Feeling excellent! I’m attending the 101 classes twice a week. This is allowing me to ease back into it and minimize any scaling. I’m also still wearing my heart rate monitor to now gauge my capabilities without a baby.
Some things I’ve learned in my short three months as a momma:
1. CrossFit is the best way to start shedding that baby weight. Shouldn’t come as a surprise, I know, but after just two days, I can see and feel a difference.
2. The minute you don’t have clothing back-up, the baby will have a blow-out. Thanks little miss for christening my come back to the box with a blow-out mid-WOD. Glad you’re comfortable in just a diaper!
3. That being said, less really is more! All of the sudden my car is full of stuff – bags of returns, swimming gear, workout gear, library books, a stroller, dog gear – and our baby is only three months! We love the Skip Hop pronto changing station. We now have three because they are totally genius. I keep mine stocked with diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, Advil, first aid kit, extra outfit. When out and about, I can easily just grab it to change her – in the car, in a random bathroom, at the box, etc. We have three because we keep one in each car and one with the stroller.
4. Drive-throughs are a mom’s best friend (and I don’t mean the McDonalds!). Thanks Starbucks for keeping me caffeinated and hydrated while I keep my baby sleeping in the back seat.
I’m sure it’s old news by now, but love that CrossFit HQ is finally giving some attention to all the awesome women out there who CrossFit while pregnant. Be sure to watch the latest video, if you haven’t already.
For a quick snack pre- or post-WOD, I recently made these no bake protein bites from HeandSheEatClean. Super simple to make and who can beat the no bake part?! I also made mine lactation friendly by adding in a tablespooon of brewer’s yeast. You can easily sub the peanut butter for almond butter for a more paleo-friendly option. YUM!
Katie Rounds and I met at Back Alley CrossFit in Phoenix, Ariz. She’s a smart, successful woman with two beautiful girls and an equally successful husband, Cody. They are expecting baby number three and unlike the first two, the gender is a surprise for this little one.
Katie started CrossFitting in March of 2012, at the persistence of Cody and one of her best friends, Katy. Katy and Cody were working out in Katy’s back alley garage. Subsequently, Katy and Cody now own Back Alley CrossFit with two other partners. A bit serendipitous, wouldn’t you say?
Katie and her family
Katie is due in June and has consistently CrossFitted during her third pregnancy. Here are her thoughts on the experience:
Why I started CrossFit: While I have always loved working out and have been a member at a gym since I was old enough to join, CrossFit wasn’t an easy sell for me at first. I was very hesitant about the financial commitment, childcare options and convenience of locations and class schedules. My husband, Cody, and friend, Katy, convinced me to work out with them in Katy’s back alley garage to see what it was all about and I obliged (it was really a stall tactic from agreeing to join a CrossFit gym). My “big box” gym membership was cancelled that same month and I can’t imagine my life without CrossFit in it now.
Kettlebell swings – prebump
Other exercise practices: I grew up through school always participating in athletics (volleyball, swim, track and cheer). I also enjoy hiking during the cool Arizona months, but with two kiddos always in tow, CrossFit has been my primary source of exercise for the last two years.
My goal in CrossFitting while pregnant is: To maintain my pre-pregnancy workout level (with modifications of course….superman core work on the ground just isn’t an option with a belly!). With this being my third pregnancy, I understand how important it is for my body to sustain a strong core to help minimize the third trimester back pain always accompanies my pregnancies. With each of my prior pregnancies, I have gained more than 50 pounds, and this pregnancy is on track to be the same. Being a naturally smaller person in height and weight, this additional pressure on my back and hips has been intense; maintaining that strong core has been my only way to overcome this.
What exercise advice did your doctor provide you? Did you follow it? My doctor is very supportive, as this was an exercise practice that I had been doing pre-pregnancy. There was no “limit” set on my heart rate, but was instead told to listen to my body and respond accordingly.
CrossFit and pregnant, where do you find support? The community of the Back Alley CrossFit has been supportive and encouraging. Having several others in our gym that are pregnant and CrossFitting at the same time also helps for modification advice for certain workouts.
Don’t drink the water at Back Alley CrossFit!
Since doing CrossFit while pregnant, I’ve learned: I’ve learned that many people who aren’t familiar with CrossFit can be quick to pass judgment that being pregnant and doing CrossFit “isn’t safe” or is “too intense.” Standing in my shoes and knowing what my limits were pre-pregnancy and what my limits are currently, I know that what I am doing is an incredibly healthy thing for my body and my pregnancy.
Handstand push ups
Biggest CrossFit and pregnant challenge I’ve faced: I am a very competitive person so it has been hard to force myself to step back, let others pass me and not push as hard as I typically would. Lifting lighter and slowing down has also allowed me to work on correcting form in areas that I may have been sacrificing before. I am hoping that being pregnant is kind of like working out with a weighted vest…once it comes off, everything that felt hard before will be much easier and I can finally beat Katy at something!
Katie and Katy – pre bump
Do you follow a particular eating lifestyle? We have followed a partial paleo lifestyle through most of our years doing CrossFit. Throughout this pregnancy, we have done less paleo with the introduction more dairy and grains (and coffee almond Haagen dazs ice cream bars!). The kids certainly enjoy this change. Overall, even when we aren’t following a paleo lifestyle, we are still eating healthy and balanced meals.
Best CrossFit and pregnant tip or secret you’ve discovered: Sit ups are still possible! I was doing regular CrossFit sit-ups until about six months pregnant, but when the belly started to get too much in the way, I used bands on the pull-up rig to hold onto and allow assistance up.
What have you found most valuable about CrossFit while pregnant? Besides the satisfaction and energy that comes after a CrossFit workout while pregnant, I know that my recovery post-baby will be so much easier and faster because of CrossFit.
Favorite quote: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Favorite girl WOD: Cindy (20 min AMRAP- 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats). I like small batches of things that I can do over and over again.
Three words that describe me: Multi-tasker (but really good at delegating; ask my husband!), determined, organized
When I’m not in the box, you can find me: Working full-time as senior development manager for a local real estate company, moonlighting as a wedding and lifestyle photographer for my photography company (Round Lens Photography), chauffeuring my two daughters around town to school, gymnastics, dance, t-ball, swim…you name it, we do it! Free time is a rare thing in the Rounds’ house but when we have it, I enjoy playing in the yard with the kids, taking naps all afternoon, catching up on good Netflix shows and extended shopping trips to Target without the kids!
Seventeen days post-delivery and I’m working on establishing a routine. We’re starting slow to make sure I don’t injure myself.
My daily routine this week includes walking 1-2 miles with pooch and stroller in tow. Then I’m doing sit-ups and push ups. Both my core and arms feel strong and I’m able to knock out 50 reps of each fairly easily. My stamina is in-tact.
I haven’t made the transition to strict paleo yet, but I’m working on it. Since I’m nursing, I’m trying to stay balanced and clean (yet I have enjoyed some ice cream sandwiches in this heat!). Again, I think taking it slow is the right recipe for me.
The more we’ve learned and heard from other couples about post-partum depression and weepiness, we are both so thankful for the placenta encapsulation. I experienced some weepiness before receiving the pills and I can’t imagine weeks of that. Instead, I’m emotionally even, have energy, and feel like I’m well on my way to full recovery. Highly recommend to anyone considering or who have experienced postpartum depression with previous pregnancies.
In other news … literally news, we’ve had some awesome coverage of the blog. A few we are proud of:
There has been worldwide coverage (a bit bizarre to see my likeness next to all sorts of language) and of course the Jimmy Kimmel spoof (thanks, I guess?!). We also have a few more interviews underway.
Lea Ann Ellison – God bless her. She endured the brunt of the negative commentary with her picture this past Fall. That made our media storm much more bearable and focused on the message Chad and I want to deliver:
Woman can and should maintain their exercise regime while pregnant. It’s not a time to throw all your hard work to the wayside. It’s a chance to embrace your new body, ease your pregnancy and delivery, and set a positive example for your kids.
With this attention, I’m hoping to be able to feature more athletes who are currently CrossFitting and pregnant or who have ventured down the path before. Leave a comment if you’re interested in participating.
Another week under our belts and no signs of Baby L.
Team Leatherman. Easter Sunday. 39 weeks.
It was fairly low key in our household. We enjoyed a quiet Easter and a quiet week. I finished work last Thursday, so I’ve been taking care of odds and ends, cooking and prepping paleo food for post-baby arrival, CrossFitting, and enjoying some pampering.
Breakfast bread, paleo style
Food prep – one of the easiest things I can do, especially for the hubs, is whip up some paleo breakfast breads and freeze them to use once our parents leave. I made the following: carrot, zucchini, cinnamon strudel and lemon poppy seed. YUM! I also made two meatloafs (I seriously make a mean and flavorful meatloaf), three containers of spaghetti sauce, and marinated some pork tenderloin to freeze. Plus, I stocked the freezer with lots of grilling meat so we can easily whip up dinners.
As the temps in Phoenix have increased, sadly, so have my feet. I’m experiencing swelling, bruising and aching in my feet and ankles. No bueno. To help, on Monday, I had an awesome adjustment from the chiropractor. She applied some heat ultrasound therapy to my swollen feet and that helped to reduce the swelling. Tuesday, I treated myself to an amazing massage. He worked me from head-to-toe, but paid extra attention to my feet. I melted on the table it felt so good!
Wednesday was our weekly doctor appointment. While there’s no change in dilation, she said I was “loose” and she could feel the baby’s head. She told me to stay active, hydrated, and pampered. No problem following those instructions! As for my feet, it’s the time of year and point in my pregnancy, so she wasn’t surprised.
39 weeks with Aunties and Momma
My mom arrived on Tuesday and we hosted my aunts for a yummy dinner. Wednesday, we ventured to their house to enjoy the pool and another family dinner together. So fun having family around. Since babykins is staying put, they ventured north to enjoy Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Love that they are getting a mini-sisters trip out of this visit, too.
Week 39 WODs: It was a freakishly awesome week in the box. I set two impressive PRs – one in push press and one in deadlifts. My mom also joined me for her first CrossFit WOD.
Monday, April 21: warm up – 200m row
110# Push Press
strength: Push Press 6-6-5-5-4-4 – 110# x3 PR (Last week I got a PR of 95# x1)
metcon: 3 rounds – 14:44
500m row 200m run
15 pull ups ring rows
15 push press – 75#
Plus 2.5 mile walk with Frankie
Tuesday, April 22: warm up
strength: Back Squat 4×6: 125#
metcon:Instead of three rounds each set, I did two rounds. There was a 25 min time cap. I finished in 23:15. This was definitely a heart rate raiser!
25 wall balls (20/14)
1 min max row (totaled 200m)
2 min rest
25 box jumps (24/20) – step ups
1 min max burpees – I did on wall (20 total)
2 min rest
Ground to overhead (45/25)
1 min max toes to sky
Plus 2.5 mile walk with Frankie
Wednesday, April 23: Momma joined me!
Momma working on shoulder mobility
warm up: 300m row
Romanian Deadlift 165#
strength: Romanian deadlifts from 45# plates 5×6 – 165#
metcon: Did a modified WOD from what was programmed because my legs were bothering me.
KB swings (1 pood)
Romanian deadlift from 12″ box with 45# bar
Friday, April 25: warm up: 200m walk + 300m row
strength: deadlift 8-8-5-5-3-3: 215# PR (Previous PR was 205# x 1 rep in Sept.)
metcon: 15min amrap – 5 rounds
20 knees to elbow from ground from box
10 medball deadlift shrugs (20/14)
10 medball front squats (20/14)
Food: paleo + ice cream (and anything to keep me cool, really). Icees, iced tea and water are favorite choices.
I was a machine this week. It’s as though my body knows it’s preparing for a WOD of a lifetime. I’m in total training mode – mentally and physically.
I have gotten plenty of sleep. I am eating super healthy/paleo. I’m continuing to rock the whiteboard. It’s pretty freakish seeing some of the scores I posted this week. More on that in a bit … as for the week …
We had our weekly doctor check-in on Tuesday. Since I dropped dramatically in Week 36 and I had two friends deliver two weeks early, I was positive I would be well on my way to dilation. WRONG. I’m barely at one centimeter.
I got over it quickly, realizing this actually set my mind at ease and I wasn’t about to deliver any second. I still need to put my feet up mid-afternoon, but I could focus my energy on finishing my last full week of work and spending quality time with my boys and friends.
Afternoon snooze with pooch
On Monday, I picked up the stroller from REI. How awesome is this? The bike department put it together for me! Saved us such a headache. Thanks REI! On Thursday, we took advantage of the Phoenix Fire Department‘s awesome car seat installation service. I highly recommend seeking out similar assistance from wherever you purchase and/or live. Friday, we drove to the hospital during rush hour to test a route and see how long it took. Just another way to put our minds at ease and do our best to prepare.
Stroller is ready!
Big brother is ready!
Pooch enjoying the dry run drive to the hospital
Saturday was devoted to my girlfriends and it was glorious. We met at a local trail for a moderate 3.5 mile hike. Sweating on the mountain was the perfect way to start the day. That afternoon, we ventured to a local, swanky resort for pool and lounging time. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was such a nice, casual day focused on good friends and laughter. We all got plenty of sun and enjoyed poolside service all afternoon. The bump is now nice and brown!
Girls pool day!
I feel like I’m accomplishing all the pre-baby suggestions from everything have read. Chad and I had a day of pampering. We’ve splurged on a nice meal and many smaller ones. I read a book. We’ve gotten our financials and legal stuff in order. I’ve enjoyed a pedicure. We’ve spent quality time with friends. We purged and organized. We packed the overnight bag. We have slept. We updated our CPR certs. We have gone to mass often. I feel really good and will reflect on this time knowing we were well prepared physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Week 37 WODs:
April 7 warm up: 250m row
strength: overhead squats 20-15-10-5; ended on 90#
metcon: 12 min amrap: 6+18; heart rate got to 167
6 hang cleans (135/95) I did 75#
6 box jumps (30/24) I did 20″ step ups
6 wall walks I did shoulder work with 5# plates 3 moves 6 times each
April 8 warm up
Wedding week front squat with Kel – 115#
37 week front squat 135#
37 week front squat – 135#
strength: front squat, find 3 rep max. Sara and I got to 135#. Looking back in my journal, the last time I did front squat, 3 rep max was the week of my wedding with my bridesmaid Kelly. I lifted 115# on June 6. This week, I posted one of the highest scores on the whiteboard, despite having 30 extra pounds and a kiddo in the way. Like I said earlier, freakish!
metcon: 4 rounds for time (I did 2 rounds): 13:24
10 snatch balance (95/65) I did front rack lunges 45#
15 ring dips
That evening, I did a 2.5 mile walk with the hubs and pooch.
April 9 warm up
strength: deadlift x3. Worked to 175# with Sara
metcon: KAREN: 150 wall balls (20# ball) for time. Coach Melissa put a 10 minute time cap on it. I used a 14# ball and got 106 reps in 10 minutes. I really wanted to get to the 150 in 10 min., but had to keep breaking because my heart rate was going above 170.
April 10 warm up
strength: strict press/push press/push jerk 4×6 Got to 85#; strict became impossible around 75# because I was sacrificing form with my bump. Lifted with a visiting guest from CrossFit North Atlanta.
metcon: 21-15-9 completed in 13:10
chest to bar pull ups I did ring rows
power cleans (135/95) I lifted 65#
slam balls (25/15)
April 11 Girls hike. 3.5 miles in 40 minutes with Hadar, Sara and Frankie
At the top!
Food: biggest craving continues to be ice. A woman at an ice/water shop (it’s a thing in the Valley) told me it’s common in pregnant women and typically due to anemia. Interesting!
Officially the home stretch – four weeks and counting.
36 weeks. Hanging out with Auntie Hadar
We had a great week and continued to get a lot accomplished. Our box, Back Alley CrossFit, hosted an infant through adult CPR class on Sunday. My certification was up in February, so it was perfect timing, especially for the infant refresh!
Chad getting a CPR refresher
This week was also the hubs birthday. I stretched out the celebrations, cooking us a big breakfast after CrossFit that morning and reserving us a great table at the new hotspot, The Henry. We enjoyed a fabulous meal and quiet night. On Saturday, the celebrations continued with massages at our health club, lunch in the sunshine and manicures.
Thanks for the reminder, Facebook.
Happy Birthday to Chad!
Make a wish!
Saturday also kinda subbed as a babymoon, since we decided not to go anywhere. We definitely took advantage of a nothing-to-do kinda day. After our spa excursions, I read and napped while Chad enjoyed the Final Four games. We both wish we had been able to take a babymoon, but I bet that come baby #2, we’ll be exceptionally ready for a long weekend away together!
We had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and an ultrasound on Friday. During the Monday appointment, we were told I didn’t have any dilation, but since that appointment, I’ve dropped and had quite a bit of tension and increase in Braxton Hicks. The ultrasound confirmed the baby’s position and size (about 6# right now). Will be interested to know what changes have occurred in Week 37.
The only other thing I really can’t get over or through my head is some chapters I’ve read on preparing pets. In one book, it said, “either start distancing yourself now from your pet or get rid of it.” UM, EXCUSE ME?! That was ludicrous and I can’t seem to get past it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I totally understand that life will change for all three of us, but when a new human child comes into the family, the parents aren’t advised to start distancing or get rid of child one, right?
Frankie has been a guardian angel to Chad and me separately and together. He’s also taught us a lot about life. On our other blog (that I haven’t updated in months), I wrote about some of the life lessons Frankie has shared. I’m going to share here, too. It’s our hope that Frankie will also be able to teach Baby L some of these during their time together.
Some days, when Frankie is playful and sweet, I’m struck by his unconditional love, patience and forgiveness. Those qualities are important reminders of what I need to work toward in life. There are days where I lack all three…But, then Frankie comes trotting in, squeaky toy in mouth to remind me there’s more to life; that it’s important to play, to rest, to seek adventure. To love those who protect and care for me. To never stop learning. Looking into those big brown eyes, I can’t be anything but happy and full of love.
A dog’s love and loyalty come so naturally for them and so much harder for their human counterparts. I’m happy Frankie is in my life to teach me and remind me of life’s simplest pleasures.
Frankie’s rules to life:
Play with enthusiasm.
Dress to impress.
Take leaps in life.
Try something you don’t like; you might just end up surprising yourself.
Family is everything.
Good friends are worth loyalty.
Share your toys.
Soak up the sun.
Eat your veggies.
Watch the sunset
Wipe your paws.
Life is short. Enjoy every moment.
Week 36 WODs:
March 31. This WOD was for my friend Brienne. Read more about her here.
strength: Back squat 10-8-6-4-2 Ended on 125#
metcon: 12 min amrap. I got through 4 rounds + 14 reps
12 wall balls (20/14) med ball cleans
12 burpee tuck jumps jumping jacks
12 deadlifts (135/95)
April 1. Happy Birthday, Hubs! xxxooo
warm up: 500m row
strength: push press 20-15-10-5 Ended on 85#
Push Press 85#
metcon: 4 rounds. I completed 2 rounds in 13:41 using 65#.
8 squat clean & jerks (135/95)
8 toes to bar (I do knees to armpits)
warm up: 250m row
skill: death by box dips (class did bear crawls)
metcon: Finished the following in 16:51. I cut what was programmed in half to be able to maintain a decent heart rate and be able to finish (so double everything for the programmed portion; I’m only listing what I did). Also had to sub in some movements for the sake of my belly. Was the right call; still got the heart rate high, but felt accomplished finishing.
5 hang cleans 65#
10 jumping jacks + 10 push ups (mod for burpees)
20 slam balls (25/15)
20 wall balls (20/14)
15 deadlifts 95#
5 step ups with squats
Food: pretty clean/paleo. Same beverage cravings apply from previous weeks. Appetite is waning.
Ahhhh…homeward stretch! This week, we made it to 30 days from our anticipated due date. Pretty darn crazy.
We’ve been working on the house; I guess in some circles this is considered nesting. We’ve been eliminating, organizing, consolidating – and it feels damn good. I’m definitely more on the organized minimalist side and a good dose of spring cleaning always puts me in good spirits.
All the elimination has also provided plenty of space to organize Baby L’s collection. Our friends and family have been so generous that there isn’t much left for us to buy. So, a huge public THANK YOU!
We did venture into the overwhelmingly large Buy Buy Baby this week to test “drive” strollers and car seats. Holy moly is that store full floor to ceiling! I am so thankful we didn’t start our registry there; I’m afraid I would have taken one look at all the stuff and turned to run. Registering for the baby was difficult to begin with; I can’t imagine dealing with the over abundance of options in Buy Buy Baby to put an actual registry together. For those curious, we registered on Amazon, which offers a super, user-friendly guide to walk new parents through the basics, and Target for ease in our daily lives.
My husband, being the savvy online shopper that he is, found our stroller (BOB Sport), car seat base and adapter through REI at $100 less than Buy Buy Baby with the same 20% discount + free shipping (score!). I have a feeling it’s going to feel much more real seeing those contraptions put together in our house.
While on the subject of registering, I had a revelation this week. So many people are surprised we haven’t found out Baby L’s sex. Going to baby prep classes, we’ve learned we’re in the minority because everyone wants to be able to “plan” and “have control.” However, what I’ve found is that it’s given us more control – we have received almost 80% of what we registered for in the colors we like (green, yellow, gray). I having a feeling many people who announce gender automatically get all pink or blue, but that’s just not our thing. And I love the way Baby L’s space has come together – focused on our colors and theme (dogs!). So, for those of you out there thinking you lose control and the ability to plan, think again!
The other fun project I tackled this week is a wreath for the front door. I wanted it to be spring-time/Easter focused, but the one I loved on good old Pinterest didn’t come with instructions and I was struggling to find coral colored felt in the local craft stores.
Spring rabbit wreath … without Pinterest instruction
So, I created one in Baby L’s colors (mustard and gray). The most difficult and time consuming part was wrapping the foam wreath with yarn. I loved making all the felt flowers (based on tips from Paper & Stitch) and took three nights to make them. Three nights because I just kept adding to it. I’d hang it on the door and mull over it; add more. I think it turned out pretty perfect!
Our front door is ready for Baby L!
Leslie was fired up last week about the way my nurse practitioner responded to my breast reduction. She reached out to a Facebook mommy group and was directed to a website dedicated to women who have had reductions – Breastfeeding After Reduction. I haven’t spent a lot of time on there yet, but love Leslie’s passion and appreciate her doing some legwork for me!
The other thing I’m strongly considering to help with milk production and overall postpartum recovery is placenta encapsulation. I’ve had a few friends reap the benefits of this and I figure that it can’t hurt! I’m now seeking someone in the Valley that’s reasonably priced and convenient. Recommendations welcome! And if you’ve had any experience with this, would love your input.
Week 35 WODs:
Wednesday, March 26:
Strength: Overhead squats 6×3 Sara and I got to 90#
35 weeks, overhead squats, 90#
Metcon: we did a modified Nancy – 5 rounds for time of
15 over head squats at half of what we lifted in strength portion (45#)
It was a chest burner! I finished in 18:22.
Saturday, March 29: I dedicated this pregnancy version of the CrossFit Games Open 14.5 to Doyle, who we lost a year ago today. It was a tragic loss for my entire family and a day doesn’t go by where I don’t think of him or one of his funny sayings/words of wisdom. Never in my life have I met someone more selfless or stoic.
With Mimi & Doyle – July 4th – 2012
During his funeral, the first reading was from the Book of Micah:
Since then, that verse has become the Team Leatherman family creed.
Even a modified version of 14.5 was a chest burner and exceptionally grueling. I powered through in honor, ending my rounds at 9:45, with Micah 6:8 on repeat.
CrossFit Open 14.5
I did 21-15-9-3 thrusters at 65# and step-ups instead of burpees (my belly is too big at this point and I tend to slam myself down during burpees anyway). My heart rate almost got to 170, so I had to take a few water breaks to trim it back, but felt good finishing!
Crossfitandpregnant version of 14.5
Coach Melissa determined the modifications and got both Sara and me through it.
Meghan and Sara with Coach Melissa!
Food: I’m craving iced tea, which is unusual for me outside pregnancy. I’m still drinking coffee and I love a nightly ginger ale. Ice is also a weird craving. I love all my drinks to be overflowing with ice. Totally random. Food has been fairly paleo. We’ve been starting our day with a fruit & greens smoothie, ever since our San Diego trip. I’m at the point now that if I don’t have one, it effects the rest of my day’s energy and focus. I do eat Greek yogurt and still love ice cream (but that’s definitely always a craving, pregnancy or not!). I’m not trying to be strict paleo or beat myself up over anything. Just focused on 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies with good doses of protein.
Feeling: My hips are definitely expanding and are tight. The extra weight can be felt if I have to stand for any length of time. The weekly visits to the chiropractor is definitely relieving a lot of my discomfort. It gets to a point where I can tell I haven’t been in a week to see her. The heat ultrasound she gives me on my shoulder blades reduces a lot of inflammation and pain. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
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
Enjoying the beach
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
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
Love my SD friends!
Long-time family friend from Chicago
Pooch got to party
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.
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
Muscling through the snatches
Don’t drink the water in the Back Alley!
Lunch with the crew post 14.1. Photo credit: Risa Kostis.
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.
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
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.
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
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.