20 WEEKS PREGGIE

November 28, 2011

This is a series on being a pregnant paleo/primal Crossfitter. I found out that I was pregnant in August 2011. My due date is in April 2012. I post each week about my Crossfit workouts, what I’m eating and various pregnancy symptoms. Just because I can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it; but you can use my blog as research for your own prescription!

I recommend checking out a few other blogs of women who are paleo and pregnant, or crossfitting and pregnant or both! Here’s a few favs: One Fit Mom, Joyful Abode, and Fitness Editor Blog.

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

At 20 weeks, I haven’t noticed many Braxton Hicks contractions. Fatique still hits around 9:30 pm. I could tell you without looking at a clock when it’s 9:30 pm. It’s fascinating. I’ve never been like that. I’ve only experienced the heartburn-without-the-burn once or twice this week. Wee! Constipation has lessened a little. Boobies are mildly less tender this week.

Even with forgetfulness and distractedness, I successfully navigated Thanksgiving week with in-laws in town and cooking the Thanksgiving dinner with in-laws and extra friends at the dinner table! #winning

The baby is kicking consistently. Each time s/he begins a kicking session, there are dozens of kicks to count. I’m very proud. 🙂

FOOD

Thanksgiving week. As I explained to a fellow Canadian at my CrossFit gym, the stress of trying to feed seven people a *tasty* gluten-free Thanksgiving outweighed the stress of having to deal with gluten exposure for myself. So I chose to prepare a traditional North-Eastern Thanksgiving dinner. My friend from Virginia brought corn pudding and orange jello dishes for which I have no reference (they seem like very strange additions to lil’ Canadian me). I had bought a pastured, humanely-raised heritage turkey from a farmer that I’ve met and farm-fresh veggies (potatoes, turnip, carrots, parsnips, and cabbage) and prepared those. Consequently, we had way too many veggies; but the turkey was perfect (and so was the lovely gelatinous broth we made from her!)! So too was both the butternut squash soup and the sweet potato casserole that I made from scratch!

Clockwise from Top Left: Corn Pudding, Sausage Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Orange Jello, Carrots & Parsnips, TURKEY!

Turnip, Cabbage, and Potatoes!

I did have some familiar food allergy reactions on my eyelids and fingers the next day but I know that they will subside with a week or two of clean eating. I also ate way too many carbs this week because it was Thanksgiving and because of having family in town. Now that we’re back to “normal” (as much as Christmas prep and short film prep can be normal) I’ll go back to a lower-carb diet (but one that gives our growing babe all the nutrients and vitamins and fats that it needs!).

I’m still taking Vitamin D, Enzymes and Probiotics as well as Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules.

ACTIVITY

I only got in two workouts this week as well. What are ya gonna do when family and friends are in town!?

November 21, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • 2 min max effort Double Unders; 2 min rest
  • 2 min max effort Row
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: K.B. High Pull (16/24kg) / Toes 2 Bar
  • Clean and Jerk – 1/1/1 @ 65% 1RM, 1/1/ @ 75% 1RM,  1/1 @ 85% 1RM, 1/1 @ 95% 1RM, 1/1/1 @ 85% 1RM
  • Hip Extension – 15/15/15 NFT
  • 1 min HandStand Hold / 1.5 min Ring Support Hold / 2 min DeadHang / 2.5 min Iso Air Squat / 3 min Plank (5 Plyo Push Up penalty for every break in posture 30 rep cap); 90 seconds rest between
And here’s what I did!
  • 2 min Versa Climber (max effort)

Sooo… Because I didn’t feel comfortable doing jump rope in general (bouncing my baby all around), Coach Iz suggested that I do the Versa Climber for 2 min instead. Ew. But it was a very reasonable swap in terms of heart rate and warm up. And even though my midwife says jump robe is okay, I just don’t feel physically comfortable when I did it. So I’ve stopped doing it.

  • 2 min row w/ Max Effort. => 459 meters
  • 21/15/9 KB / T2B => 3:44

I did the Rx weight on the KB and then did knee raises instead of T2B or K2E.

  • Clean & Jerks

65% was 1×55, 1×55, 1×55
75% was 1×65, 1×65
85% was 1×75, 1×75
95% was 1×80, 1×80
85% was 1×75, 1×75, 1×75

  • Instead of Hip Extensions => Good Mornings 15 / 15 / 15

My belly gets in the way on the GHDs (and when I move down enough to give my belly room, it HURTS my quads) so I did Good Mornings instead with the 45# bar.

  • Isometric Holds

All the ISO exercises were done with 90 secs instead of the increasing time. Coach Jess was patient and kind to my one other classmate and me. I did the pike hold no problem. The ring hold was with a blue band for stabilization and a small box for support. I did the plank on my elbows.

After all this I did 15 / 15 / 15 “cat-cows” (aka pelvic tilts) and 25 scaled ring push ups (for my penalty).

This was the first time I’d been in a class with Coach Jess, ever. I think she was more nervous about coaching a preggie than I was about her coaching a preggie. But she did fine. 😉

November 28, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • 500M Row; 3 minute rest
  • 400M Run; 3 minute rest
  • 5 min Hip/Shoulder Mobility
  • Hang Power Clean & Jerk – 5@ 60% 1RM, 3@ 70% 1RM, 2@ 80%1RM
  • Hang Power Snatch – 3@ 50%1RM, 2@ 70%1RM, 1@ 80%1RM
  • L-Sit- 3 rounds of 30 seconds (5 burpee penalty for every break in posture) 1 minute rest every time 30 seconds are accumulated
  • Skin the Cat- 5/5/5/5
Here’s what I did!
  • 400 m run NFT.

I did a nice light jog. I’d gone for a run earlier in the morning; just 3/4 of a mile. Jogging isn’t difficult, unless you have to poop.

  • 500 m row => 2:15

This was a PR! I guess this is the first time in a long time that I’ve done 500 m specifically. The last PR was 2:33 back in March.

  • Hang Power Clean & Jerk

WU 5 @ 35#
5 @ 60% 1RM => 50#
3 @ 70% 1RM => 60#
2 @ 80% 1RM => 70#

These felt good and mostly easy.

  • Hang Power Snatch

WU 3 @ 15#
3 @ 50% 1RM => 40#
2 @ 70% 1RM => 55#
1 @ 80% 1RM => 65# F!
1 @ 75% 1RM => 60#

I failed on the 80%. After completing the lift at 75%, I felt like maybe I should attempt 80% again, but I didn’t… I seriously think this was probably my first time doing Power Snatches (on purpose).

  • Pelvic Tilts: 3 x 30 sec holds

Instead of L-sits, I did Pelvic Tilts (aka Cat-Cows aka Angry Cats).

Then I did 5 burpees for solidarity with my class.

Then I laughed at the idea of a pregnant woman trying to do Skin The Cats.

Think about it…

P.S. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos from my workouts this week.

OTHER NOTES

Here’s a 20-week preggie photo!!

20 Weeks Preggie!

 


19 WEEKS PREGGIE

November 21, 2011

This is a series on being a pregnant paleo/primal Crossfitter. I found out that I was pregnant in August 2011. My due date is in April 2012. I post each week about my Crossfit workouts, what I’m eating and various pregnancy symptoms. Just because I can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it; but you can use my blog as research for your own prescription!

I recommend checking out a few other blogs of women who are paleo and pregnant, or crossfitting and pregnant or both! Here’s a few favs: One Fit Mom, Joyful Abode, and Fitness Editor Blog.

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

At 19 weeks, I’m getting Braxton Hicks contractions. Actually, I’ve been getting them for about four weeks now, but I didn’t know what they were until I talked to my midwife about them. No one tells you about the trifecta of 1) having to pee, 2) walking up a hill (from the subway to your apartment), and 3) having a Braxton Hicks contraction. I nearly soiled my maternity jeans!

Fatigue is still hitting around 9:30 pm. Nausea is long gone but heartburn-without-the-burn still occurs occasionally regardless of when I’ve eaten or how much. Sometimes it’s just there. Frequency of urination seems to have increased this week just a little bit more. Constipation continues. Boobies are slightly less tender this week. And… I don’t know what else, I forget. 😉

Most importantly, feeling the baby kick is amazing. Feeling the baby move around is weird like a sci-fi film, but still amazing. Watching my husband feel the baby kick is really amazing. 🙂

FOOD

One day this week, I craved fried foods. I was leaving a meeting in Manhattan and tons of pizza shops and fried chicken places were wafting smells into the air. Then, once I got off the train in Brooklyn, I had to walk past a pastry plant. I was saying to myself, “I don’t know what I’m craving, but I’m definitely craving something junky!” My husband knew none of this when I got home and he said, “I’m going to fry some potatoes to go with dinner.” We fry our organic potatoes in a coconut oil and lard mix. No bad oils for us! Yum. It was the perfect compromise. I had it with pulled pork (no sauce) mixed with mustard and sauerkraut (still craving sour foods). I’m still taking Vitamin D, Enzymes and Probiotics as well as Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules.

ACTIVITY

November 15, 2011

Here is the WOD:

  • 800 Meter Run @ 75% Intensity
  • Front Squat – 3/3/3 @75%1RM
  • 12 min AMRAP of: 3 Front Squats @ 75% 1Rm / 5 HSPU
  • 3 RNFT of: 10 each Pistols (advanced)
  • Standing Lateral Trunk Rotations – 10/10/10/10/10 (25/45)

Here’s what I did…

  • 800m run => 5:00

I’m getting slower. Blaming the baby. ;)

  • Front Squats: (3×35, 3×65) 3×75, 3×75, 3×75
These felt fine. I was nervous that I’d have to lower my weight but they were good. Seems I have better form on my front squats than on my back squats. Weird.
  • 12 min AMRAP: 3 Front Sq @ 35# / 5 Pike Push-ups => 8 rnds + 1

I did the pike push-ups with my toes on the ground and two ab-mats. I’m not going to risk falling off a box while I’m upside-down. ;)

  • 3 RNFT: 10 each leg pistols

I hate these. With all of me. I hate them more than goats. And spiders.

  • Standing Lateral Rotations: 25#

I was nervous about these possibly causing round ligament pain. But I was fine. They were easy.

No photos. But a fun workout!

November 21, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • 2 min max effort Double Unders; 2 min rest
  • 2 min max effort Row
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: K.B. High Pull(16/24kg)/ Toes To Bar
  • Clean and Jerk – 1/1/1 @ 65% 1RM, 1/1/ @ 75% 1RM,  1/1 @ 85% 1RM, 1/1 @ 95% 1RM, 1/1/1 @ 85% 1RM
  • Hip Extension- 15/15/15 NFT
  • 1 min HandStand Hold/1.5 min Ring Support Hold/2 min DeadHang/2.5 min Iso Air Squat/ 3 min Plank (5 Plyo Push Up penalty for every break in posture 30 rep cap); 90 seconds rest between postures

Here’s what I did!

  • 2 min max effort Versa Climber

Sooo… Because I don’t feel comfortable doing jump rope in general (bouncing my baby all around), Coach Iz suggested that I do the Versa Climber for 2 min instead. Ew. But it was a very reasonable swap in terms of heart rate and warm up.

  • 2 min max effort Row => 459 meters

Rowing is still easy for me. It was funny to see the shape of my belly change as I moved through the range of motion. Any other preggies notice that?

  • 21/15/9 KB High Pull / T2B => 3:44

I did the Rx weight on the KB and then did knee raises instead of T2B or K2E.

  • Clean & Jerks

65% was 1×55, 1×55, 1×55
75% was 1×65, 1×65
85% was 1×75, 1×75
95% was 1×80, 1×80
85% was 1×75, 1×75, 1×75

  • Hip Extensions => Good Mornings 15 / 15 / 15

My belly gets in the way on the GHDs (and when I move down enough to give my belly room, it HURTS my quads) so I did Good Mornings instead with the 45# bar.

All the ISO exercises were done with 90 secs instead of the increasing time. Jess was patient and kind to Yousef and me. I did the pike hold no problem. The ring hold was with a blue band for stabilization and a small box for support. I did the plank on my elbows.

After all this I did 15 / 15 / 15 “cat-cows” (aka pelvic tilts) and 25 scaled ring push ups (for my penalty). And then I stretched.

OTHER NOTES

Here’s a photo!!


18 WEEKS PREGGIE

November 14, 2011

This is a series on being a pregnant paleo/primal Crossfitter. I found out that I was pregnant in August 2011. My due date is in April 2012. I post each week about my Crossfit workouts, what I’m eating and various pregnancy symptoms. Just because I can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it; but you can use my blog as research for your own prescription!

I recommend checking out a few other blogs of women who are paleo and pregnant, or crossfitting and pregnant or both! Here’s a few favs: One Fit Mom, Joyful Abode, and Fitness Editor Blog.

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

At 18 weeks, ‘round ligament pain’ has begun to include the dull achy kind. At first I was kind of alarmed. I didn’t know what it was. But I looked it up online and called my midwife and she reassured me that it was normal. Whew! Fatigue hits about 9:30 pm each evening now. Last night I went to bed at 10:30 pm and woke up at 6:30 am. Strange for me, but true. Not getting nausea anymore (yay!) and heartburn-without-the-burn is infrequent (but still around). My frequency of urination hasn’t increased this week but hasn’t decreased either; but I am continually amazed by my ability to get up in the middle of the night, do my business and immediately fall back asleep. There must be some miracle pregnancy hormone that makes that possible. Constipation continues. Boobies are still tender. I’m still spacey, forgetful and clumsy. Awesome.

Also, I’ve been feeling the baby kick all week! I love it!! 😀

FOOD

Nothing much new to report on the food front. Still eating real food (full-fat raw or grass-fed dairy, grass-fed or pastured meats, skins and bone broth, lacto-fermented veggies, and home-made condiments). Still taking Vitamin D, Enzymes and Probiotics as well as Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil. On Saturday, I cooked a whole pastured chicken in my crock-pot and made broth from the bones afterwards. I can feel the goodness seeping into my body after a bowl of that broth! Yum!

ACTIVITY

November 8, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • 5 rounds of: Row 30 seconds (max effort); 60 seconds rest
  • 7 RNFT of: 5 Weighted Pull UP (10/20)/10 Weighted Push Up (25/45)/15 Weighted Squat (25/45)
  • 7 RFT of Cindy: 5 Pull UP/10 Push UP/15 Air Squat
  • 3 rounds of: Plank (Max Effort); 30-90 seconds rest between efforts
Here’s what I did:
  • Warm-up: 611 meters total (for 5 rounds of 30 secs max effort)
  • 7 RNFT: I only did 4 rounds.

I used the old black medium band for my pull-ups. I did ring pushups with a *very* easy angle and a pink band for stabilization because my belly has started to get in the way. I did the weighted squats with a 26# kettle bell.

  • 5 RFT of Cindy: 6:54

I used the green band for my pull-ups. I stayed on the rings for the push ups. I did regular air squats.

In related news, during my fourth round, while doing the pull-ups, my baby kicked me! I’m not sure if it was a complaint or encouragement! Ha!

  • Planks: instead of Planks (3/30 sec) I did Pelvic Tilts (aka Angry Cats)
I find planks difficult because of how my abs curve out now. They were difficult before, now they’re downright uncomfortable! So the pelvic tilts, that my midwife had recommended, were so much better!

Thought of the day: Isn’t a weighted air squat, just a squat?

Here’s some photos from today’s WOD:

Weighted Air Squats: Doesn

Ring Push Ups: This really is the best angle I can do…

Ring Push Ups: Workin

November 9th, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • For Time: 100 Double Unders
  • For Time: 30 Plate Burpees(25/45)
  • PVC Shoulder Mobility
  • Hang Squat Snatch- 3/3/3/3/3/3/3 @ 75% 1RM
  • Snatch Grip DeadLift- 1/1/1/1/1/1/1 @ 100% Snatch 1RM
  • 9 minute AMRAP of: 10 Ball Slam(20/15)/10 Ring Row/10 Tuck Jump
Here’s what I did:
  • Undetermined number of single jumps with heavy jump robe…

I just did 5:00 min of singles with the heavy jump robe because my DUs have gone to sh!t since becoming pregnant (I am not the only pregnant woman to have complained about this! See here: 1, 2, 3 and these are women who are definitely still strong!). So, I think I might just continue this plan for the remainder of my pregnancy: singles with the heavy rope. Cool?

  • 30 Plate Burpees FT (25#): 3:55

I did a modified push-up but I used the Rx weight. I’m pretty proud of this.

  • Hanging Squat Snatch: 7x 3×40
Because I don’t trust my stabilizer muscles (they’re not in the same place as usual!), I feel the need to back off the weight with this one. My 1RM is 80# so I should have been doing 60#. But since becoming pregnant, either my stabilizers have gone fuzzy (because of baby bump) or I just don’t trust them, or both. So I did just 40#. And I had better form because of it.
  • Snatch Grip Dead-lift: 7x 1×80
I can still do regular dead-lifts, no problem. But a snatch-grip dead-lift causes the bar to end at a higher place on my body, and it was hitting the bottom of my belly! So I narrowed my grip by just a tad in order for the bar to NOT hit my belly. Otherwise, I was able to nail the Rx for this movement.
  • 9 min AMRAP: 5 rnds + 15 + 13

Because I don’t feel comfortable with tuck jumps (and not with knees-2-elbows either), Tammy suggested that I just skip the tuck jumps and do 15 ball slams and 15 ring rows per round. Ring rows were modified with an easier angle.

In the middle of this MetCon, Iz reminded me to check my heart rate. I did and it was about 140 or 145. Good! Seems like I’m keeping my “perceived exertion” in check. :)

That’s it for today! Here’s a photo of the Hanging Squat Snatch:

Hanging Squat Snatch: I got deeper on previous attempts. This was my 5th or 6th set of 3. I

November 11, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • 2 rounds of 1 minute max effort: Row/Double Unders/Burpees; 60 seconds rest between rounds
  • 5 min of: Shoulder/Hip mobility
  • Power Clean – 2/2/2/2/2 @ 85% 1RM
  • Hang Clean – 3/3/3/3/3 @ 65% 1RM
  • Front Squat – 1/1/1/1/1 @ 65% 1RM (focused on speed out of the bottom)
  • 5 min AMRAP of: 3 each Racked Lunges (65/95)/4 Push Press (65/95)/5 L-Pull Up
Here’s what I did…
I did the full warm-up but I didn’t keep track of reps, calories or meters rowed. I did single jumps with the heavy rope (instead of DUs) and my burpees were very slow and careful. ;)
  • Power Clean: (WU: 2×15, 2×45) 2×75, 2×85, 2×85, 2×85, 2×85
  • Hang Squat Clean: 3×35, 3×40, 3×40, 3×40, 3×40
  • Front Squat: 1×45, 1×65, 1×65, 1×65, 1×65

For all three movements I kept the weight at or slightly below the recommended weight. I’m not trying to push myself strength-wise. I’m just maintaining. Also, in my condition (I hate that phrase as it relates to pregnancy), I’m more concerned with proper form than pushing big numbers.

  • 5 min AMRAP: 3 racked lunges, 4 push press, 5 pull-ups => 3 rnds + 3

Lunges and push press were at 45#. Pull-ups were with the green band. I did this with a challenging weight but I did it *very* slowly. Heart rate felt great the whole time.

November 14th, 2011

Here’s the WOD:

  • Tabata – Sprints
  • 5 min Hip/Shoulder Mobility
  • Grace => 30 RFT of: Clean & Jerk (95/135)
  • Hollow Rocks – 15/15/15/15/15
  • Good Mornings – 15/15/15/15/15 (45/75)

Here’s what I did…

  • Tabata – Running

I did the Tabata but I didn’t sprint. I just ran strong and worked on form.

  • Grace @ 55# => 4:21
Here’s a video of my Grace @ 55#…
I think I could have gone faster but I don’t wanna get the heart-rate up too high, ya know? I’m reaching over to my notebook every five reps to keep track of my reps. I lose count real easy these days…
  • Hollow Rocks Sub => Hollow Hangs…

I’m not sure these are any better for me than Hollow Rocks. I think I’m gonna stick with Cat-Cows (aka Pelvic Tilts) for ab work.

  • Good Mornings: 15×35, 15×45, 15×35, 15×45, 15×35

I supposed I coulda done 5x15x40, but I had 35 on the bar and grabbing a 45 bar was easy, so I just switched it up.

OTHER NOTES

I checked my resting heartrate last night. It was 58.

Also, here’s a photo!!

18 Weeks Preggie!




17 WEEKS PREGGIE

November 7, 2011

This is a series on being a pregnant paleo/primal Crossfitter. I found out that I was pregnant in August 2011. My due date is April 2012. I post each week about my Crossfit workouts, what I’m eating and various pregnancy symptoms. Just because I can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it; but you can use my blog as research for your own prescription!

I recommend checking out a few other blogs of women who are paleo and pregnant, or crossfitting and pregnant or both! Here’s a few favs: One Fit MomJoyful Abode, and Fitness Editor Blog.

PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

At 17 weeks, I’m feeling mostly normal again. Fatigue still hits about 9 pm each evening or mid-afternoon if I got up early. But I’m continuing to sleep at least eight hours a night. Still getting the occasional random headache, heartburn (without the burn) and very mild nausea. My frequently of urination has increased this week yet again. I’m still kinda constipated. Boobies are still tender. I still get the odd ’round ligament pain’ and twinge from the uterus growing. I’m still spacey and forgetful. Focus requires concentration. Also, clumsiness has made a sudden arrival – my kitchen floor has never seen so much action!

FOOD

I’ve decreased my carbs a bit and I haven’t noticed too much nausea from that; so I feel comfortable with that choice. I haven’t noticed any lack in energy but I have noticed that my baby bump is getting bigger!

I ate grass-fed beef liver this week and have increased my egg consumption. Yay! I’ve only noticed very very mild reactions to the eggs so I’m going to keep eating them but only at about half the rate as before the allergy showed up (like, only 4-5 per week instead of 8-10). The fish eggs are way too salty, so I’m taking two fermented cod liver oil capsules per day and calling it done. No fish eggs for me. I ate a few portions before I got pregnant, so I’ve already got some of that goodness into me.

I’m still taking Vitamin D, Enzymes, and Probiotics. My CrossFit coach noticed an article about the validity of taking up to 6000 IUs of Vitamin D daily while pregnant. I take 2000 IUs daily, plus the cod liver oil, plus I get regular sun exposure.

ACTIVITY

November 1, 2011

Today was our gym’s Olympic Lifting Total. I warmed up with an easy 500m row. Here are my totals:

  • Snatch: 70#
  • Clean + Jerk: 85# (PR!)
  • Clean: 110# (PR by 20#!)

TOTAL: 265

Feels good to be strong! 🙂

In other news, I hit myself in the nose with the bar while I was warming up my C+Js. Ouch! It was still sore days later.

Finally… So because in November, we’ll be focusing on our Olympic Lifting Total, this video from One Fit Mom will be my motivator…

November 2, 2011

Here is the WOD:

  • For Time: 800M Run
  • SDHP- 5/5/5/5/5/5/5 (55/75);60 seconds rest after each round
  • 1 HSPU every thirty seconds for 10 minutes
  • For Time: 100 Squat Jumps
  • 100 RNFT: Hollow Rock/SuperMan’s
Here’s what I did…
  • Warm-up: 800m run => 4:23

That’s only 11 seconds off my PR.

  • SDHP: (5×15, 5×35, 5×45) 5×50, 5×55, 5×50, 5×50, 5×50, 5×50, 5×50

I wanted to work on delaying my pull, like Kurt and Dan keep hammering into my head. Using the 50#, I was better able to control that form issue.

Also, I was dealing with my thumbs which kept hitting my boobs on the way down. OUCH!

  • 1 HSPU every 30 seconds for 10 minutes

I did floor-pike push-ups with a folded yoga mat.

  • 100 jumping air squats FT = 5:52

My target was the second lowest bar on the cage. The one that sticks out. My heart rate hit 170 for a few seconds towards the end of this one.

  • (Modified) Hollow Rocks => 55 in 5 minutes.

Due to growing baby, I couldn’t do these with my feet fully stretched out. My knees were bent and my arms were stretched forward instead of above my head. I still felt it in my *not hollow* abs. Also due to growing baby, I couldn’t do SuperMans. I tried balancing on two wall-balls (one under hips, the other under chest) but because of the leverage, that mod doesn’t actually work the muscles that SuperMans are supposed to work. So I just did Hollow Rocks.

At the time, I didn’t know what I could do as a substitution for SuperMans but someone at my gym suggested “Good Mornings” which I think is a good suggestion. I might try that next time.

In the video I’ve linked to, she said Good Morning is more advanced than SuperMan. So perhaps it’s the right sub?

November 3, 2011

I walked a little over two miles.

November 4, 2011

Today, I jogged one mile.

November 7, 2011

Today I walked one mile.

OTHER NOTES

On Thursday morning, I checked my resting heart rate. It was 55. I think that’s good, right?’

Also, I had my second meeting with my midwife. Among other things, she checked my blood pressure. It was 112/68! Yay! 🙂

I asked her about the tightness that I’ve been feeling in my uterus after walking a mile or two and after some CrossFit WODS. She said, “Congratulations! You’re feeling Braxton Hicks Contractions! That’s normal and that’s good that you’re noticing them!” Yay!

Another really cool thing about my meeting with my midwife was all the helpful info I got from her about scaling some portions of my workouts!!

  1. Squats: Sometimes, when I squat deep I get a mild pain on one side of my crotch. My midwife said that that pain is just where the round ligament attaches. She said to not push the weight too high when I squat, but not to worry about that pain if it’s minimal and goes away quickly. Also, I don’t need to worry about squat depth. Good!
  2. Abdominals: I demonstrated the Hollow Rocks for my midwife. My midwife said that anything that pushes the belly out is dangerous (like Hollow Rocks; even the modification I did), because now that my uterus is pushing my abs outward, they aren’t being held inward. So any abdominal movement that pushes the belly IN is good; because we’re trying to keep the abdominals from separating. She suggested Angry Cats.
  3. Jump Robe/Pike Push-ups: I’ve been wondering if doing double-unders or pike push-ups is harmful to my baby. My midwife says no. The baby is well cushioned and protected inside my and doing a few double-unders is not going to harm him or her.

Finally, tonight after my midwife appointment, I was sitting eating my dinner with my hubby when I yelped! I had just felt a distinct little thumb on the inside of my uterus! My babe had kicked me! I put my hand down and felt a little movement, but then it stopped. I’ve since felt the little thing move several times since then! YAY!!

Also, here’s a photo!!

17 Weeks Preggie!