33 WEEKS PREGGIE

February 27, 2012

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 33 weeks, the babe is still getting hiccups at least once daily. Also, he or she is still moving a bunch after I eat. Every so often the babe tries to stretch out and my belly looks like a football for about a minute or so. It’s hilarious!

My cold symptoms are gone. Yay! I am blessed to have the time and freedom to rest as needed during this pregnancy. I know that many women have to keep working up until they go into active labour and I am relieved to not be one of those women. I work, but it’s at home, at my desk, with no supervisors, near my living room; so I can take a nap when I need to do so.

On Friday night, I had an ache in the bottom right side of my uterus for about four hours. I wasn’t sure if it was the two to three hours of driving I did (unusual for me since I moved to NYC *and* since getting preggie) or if it was the half a mug of chamomile tea I had before I remembered that preggies aren’t supposed to drink chamomile tea (because it stimulates the uterus and can contribute to pre-term labour!)! I put a hot pad on the sore spot for 15 minutes and when I woke up in the morning it was fine.

FOOD

At 33 weeks, after a few days of low-ish carb and a few high-carb days, my poofiness is less fat and more pregnant. Whew! I’m going to continue to restrict carbs on a cyclical basis in order to maintain my health and to try to avoid a “too large” baby. My mother visited this weekend and she said that I’m looking lovely and healthy. She may be biased; but she’s always been honest with me about how I’m looking (for the sake of my own health and happiness, of course), so I trust her judgement. 😉

We had Oscar Night here last night and I had all gluten-free snacks, but they were not all paleo. Just being honest…

I started taking the Vitamin C for the cold symptoms and have continued because of my midwife’s suggestion (re strengthening the amniotic sack). I’m not yet at 34 weeks, so I haven’t started the Evening Primrose Oil (also her recommendation, to help ripen the uterus). I’m still taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules, Enzymes, Probiotics and an occasional dose of prenatal vitamins.

ACTIVITY

February 21, 2012

Today I did the Kettlebell Technique class again. I love it! Here’s what I did:

  • 400 m run => 2:45
  • 50 Goblet Squats FT w/ 18# => 1:32
  • 5 rounds FT of: 1 rope climb (mod) / 20 KB swings (US) w/ 26# / 7 pull ups (with green band) / 15 KB high pull w/ 26# => 14:40
  • 4 rounds of: 45 seconds of max effort rope stuff
  • 5 Turkish Get-ups, each arm (unweighted)

I got a Braxton Hicks contraction during the run. Oops.

I think I might have done 60 Goblet Squats; but I wasn’t going as deep as I should on account of my new pants that kinda restricted my range of motion. I won’t wear those pants anymore. Bad pants!

Regarding the MetCon: I was really happy with the fact that I actually *did* the modified rope climb. This is the first time since getting preggie.

And, this is the first time I’ve done Turkish Get-ups! Ever!! Thanks to Coach Iz for the brilliant idea to do them unweighted. Seriously. I hadn’t thought of that. Now I’ve done them. And I feel proud.

Also, thanks to Coach Iz for being careful with me today. As much as I put on a macho front, I am highly aware of what I can and can’t do and I appreciate you always checking with me to make sure that I’m comfortable.

February 25, 2012

Here’s today’s WOD:

  • For Time: 100 Jumping Jacks
  • For Time: 50 Squats (75/45) / 5 Rope Climb / 40 Squats (75/45) / 4 Rope Climb / 30 Squats (75/45) / 3 Rope Climb / 20 Squats (75/45) / 2 Rope Climb / 10 Squats  (75/45) / 1 Rope Climb
  • Axel Clean and Jerk: 3/3/3 (Max Effort)

And here’s what I did!

  • 100 jumping jacks FT => 1:27
  • 50 back sq / 5 mod rope climbs / 40 sq / 4 rope / 30 sq / 3 rope / 20 sq / 2 rope / 10 sq / 1 rope FT => 18:05
  • Axle Grip Clean & Jerks => (wu 3×25) 3×45, 3×60, 3×75
I didn’t really scale a thing! Sure, I was doing the modified rope climb but so were most of the other peeps. I felt like I could have done heavier Axle Grip Clean & Jerks (with the fat bar) but I didn’t want to tucker myself out. Still… Yay!

OTHER NOTES

Here’s a photo that I took myself…

Gilliebean at 33 Weeks Preggie!


32 WEEKS PREGGIE

February 20, 2012

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 32 weeks, I’m still trucking along! At my appointment with my midwife (in the comfort of my own home), my blood pressure was 98/66. Woot! And the baby’s heart rate was 150 (girl?). Also, my uterus measured perfect at 32 cms. The babe is still moving at predictable times and in textbook perfect ways. He or she is still head down and kicking near the top (obedient baby!). S/he gets hiccups almost daily and kicks promptly for an hour or so after each meal (after which I forget to pay attention).

This week I had my first few practice contractions that were NOT exercise/walking induced. I’m still getting the BH when I walk up a long hill, but the other day I got one while doing something innocuous in the kitchen. Pretty cool!

In other news, this week I’ve had cold symptoms, so I’ve tried to rest as much as I can and have increased my intake of Vitamin C and D, plus bone broth. My midwife suggested echinacea and elderberry, so I’ve got those coming from Soap.com. I feel like I’m on the mend already…

FOOD

At 32 weeks, I’m starting to get a little poofy. My midwife suggest lowering my carb intake to prevent a “too large” baby. I think that will also help me not get the third trimester bloat. I’ve done pretty well thus far and I want to finish strong! I want to be healthy for my baby *and* feel comfortable in my skin. It’s a tricky balancing act for someone with my history of extremist dieting and self-image issues. One thing I’ve done on purpose is not weigh myself. I know this is partially an issue because it’s important to know whether the baby is getting too big, but I feel that I have a check system in place since my midwife is measuring my uterus at regular intervals and it’s been right on target each time. If I weigh myself, I’ll get too neurotic and stressed about what I’m eating and that will be bad for me and baby. I just have to perceive of myself as a healthy, fit person that makes healthy, fit choices and I will more likely follow through with that than if I perceive of myself as a reckless, sloth that needs constant discipline and management. My cortisol will be through the roof in that mode. So I made a conscious choice not to weigh myself and my midwife was okay with it.

My midwife also suggested supplementing 1000-2000 mg of Vitamin C /day (to increase strength of my amniotic sack) and, starting at 34 weeks, taking Evening Primrose Oil (1200-1500 mg /day) to help ripen the uterus. I’ve been taking more Vitamin C this week just because of the cold symptoms. I guess I’ll continue that for the integrity of my bag of waters.

I’m still taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules, Enzymes, Probiotics and an occasional dose of prenatal vitamins.

ACTIVITY

After Saturday, February 18th, I didn’t workout at all because of my cold symptoms. It’s too bad because Monday, February 20th’s workout look super-fun.

February 14, 2012

Today our local CrossFit gym hosted a Couple’s WOD, but the class was full by the time I went to sign up so I didn’t get to WOD with my hubby. So I went to the KB Technique class instead. It was fun as usual! Here’s what I did…

  • FT: 200 m run / 100 KB Swings (USSR) w/ 18# / 500 m row => 7:27
  • 10 rounds FT of: 10 KB Split Cleans R-arm w/ 18# / 10 KB Split Cleans L-arm w/ 18# / 5 Single Leg Pike Push-ups (on box) R / 5 Single Leg Pike Push-ups (on box) L => 21:41
  • 3 RNFT of: 10 each arm Figure Eights w/ 18# KB / 10 each arm Halos (aka Around The Worlds) w/ 18# KB / 10 Ring Rows (modified)

This was a good class. My heart rate got up to 160 around round 7 of the MetCon, but as per usual, it came right down again once I was done.

Good class!

February 16, 2012

Here’s today’s WOD:

  • Row 500M
  • 12 min AMRAP of: 12 Box Jumps (20/24″) / 6 Thrusters (95/65) / 6 Bar Facing Burpees
  • For Time: 100 Ball Slams (20/15) / 100 Walking Lunges (50 ea)
Here’s what I did…
  • 500m row => 2:23
  • 12 min AMRAP of: 12 box steps / 6 thrusters / 6 baby burpees => 6 rnds + 12 box steps + 1 thruster
  • FT: 100 ball slams (10#) / 100 walking lunges => 10:45

For the AMRAP, I used the small 12″ box plus a 25# plate. I used 35# for the thrusters. And of course, baby burpees are one jumping air squat and one wall push-up.

My legs are gonna feel this workout tomorrow. They were burning at the end.

February 18, 2012

I joined Ryan and our friend-from-out-of-town, Jack, today at the 11:30 am free class at our CrossFit gym. What fun!

While everyone else was running around the block with med-balls, I did a 400 m run with my mini. ;)

  • 400 m run => 2:53

This includes the time it took for me to stop and speak with two men who asked how far I was running and then said, “God bless you!” Ha!

  • 21/15/9 of: Ball Slams w/ 10# / Baby Burpees => 5:27

Baby Burpees are: one jumping air squat plus a wall push-up. I’m gonna be sad once I have to do real burpees again. Baby Burpees are awesome.

  • 1/2 Tabata Box Step Ups => 10 / 10 / 9 / 9

I used the 12″ box plus a 35# plate.

  • 1/2 Tabata Cat-Cow Holds
Basically I just did four 20-second cat-cow holds.
  • 30 Wall Ball FT w/ 12# =>1:14

I felt good about this one. If I’d done five more, that’d be a respectable Karen time. Amiright? 😉

OTHER NOTES

Sorry. No photo this week.


31 WEEKS PREGGIE

February 13, 2012

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 31 weeks, I’m sleeping less now. Either the babe wakes me because of movement or because of the movement I’m more aware of my need to pee, I get woken up and stay awake. Thankfully, I’m able to nap at will, so I’ve been making good use of our lovely leather love seat during the day. I’ve started also having pain in my hips when I wake up. They tell me this is normal.

FOOD

At 31 weeks, I’m still eating liverwurst, braunschweiger, grass-fed nitrate-free beef hot dogs, grass-fed ground beef, compassionately-raised pork, sustainable and low-mercury fish, antibiotic-free chicken, and the occasional compassionately-raised duck. As far as veggies go, I’m trying to follow the Whole 9 seasonal veggie guidelines. I include limited rice, corn and potato in my diet when I’m super hungry. I’m starting to have way less room for food and really becoming convinced that I have low stomach acid – something for which I am grateful during my pregnancy, but will seek to address after I’ve delivered the babe.

I’m still taking my Vitamin D, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules, Enzymes, Probiotics and an occasional dose of prenatal vitamins.

ACTIVITY

February 7, 2011

Here’s today’s WOD:

  • For Time: Row 500M
  • OHS: 3/3/3/3/3 (Max Effort)
  • 6 RFT of: 1 Rope Climb / 2 Wall Walk / 3 Broad Jump / 4 Plate Burpees (45/25) / 5 Plate Push Press (25/45)
Here’s what I did!
  • 500m row => 2:12 PR!
  • OHS 5×3 => WU@35, 45, 55, 65 (fail on 3rd), 65, 75 F, 70
  • 6 RFT of: 1 Strict Pull-up (Green Band) / 2 KB Row w/ 12kg / 3 Walking Lunges / 4 Baby Burpees / 5 Plate Push Press w/ 25# => 11:10

Re the rowing PR… I wish I knew why this keeps happening. Perhaps being pregnant is just good for rowing? Will my times go back up after April? We shall see… Regardless. Happy for the PR. :)

Re the Met Con… I still think 1 strict pull-up is hardly a fair replacement for a rope climb. I’m willing to do 3-5 reg pull-ups or ring rows as a replacement. But as they say in Newfoundland, “What odds!” I did four rounds with strict plate presses until Coach Tami reminded me it was supposed to be push presses. Oops!

February 9, 2012

Here’s today’s WOD:

  • Run 800M or Row 1K
  • DeadLift – 5@50%/3@70%/2@80%/1@90% of 1 RM
  • 3 Rounds of – 1 min Max Effort: Hang Power Clean/Push Jerk(65/95); 1 min rest between efforts (5 Burpee Penalty every time the bar touches the floor during round)
 Here’s what I did…
  • 1000m row => 4:40
  • Dead Lifts => (WU 5×45) 5×95, 3×130, 2×150, 1×165
  • 3 rounds of: 1 min max reps power clean/push jerk @ 55# / 1 min rest => 8 / 10 / 8
 The 1000m row is much more exhausting than 500m, but still felt doable. I had to pace myself but I don’t think my form broke down.
The dead-lifts were fine. Coach Jacinto tried to get me to have a narrower stance, but then he took a look at my belly and realized that I couldn’t. My feet have to be a bit wider for the dead-lifts for the time being. I was working off a 1RM of 185#.
I found the clean & jerks a little tiring but I’m still able to get the bar around my belly. I don’t think the bar-path is too compromised. 😉
Good workout!
February 13, 2012
I didn’t like the WOD on the site today, so I did my own at home. Here’s what I did…
21 /15/9 NFT of:
  • KB Swings (American-style) w/ 15#
  • R-Arm Plank Row w/ 15#
  • L-Arm Plank Row w/ 15#
  • KB High Pull w/ 25#
  • Goblet Squats w/ 25#
Felt good. Maybe I’ll do the WOD at the gym tomorrow, depending on what it is… 😉

OTHER NOTES

Here’s a photo!!

Gilliebean at 31 Weeks Preggie!


30 WEEKS PREGGIE

February 6, 2012

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 30 weeks, back aches in my lower back are getting common now. Especially in the morning. My boobies are getting tender again (to be expected?). I’m feeling hungrier these days and more fatigued. BabyCenter tells me that my babe is about 16″ and 3.3 lbs. That’s pretty long and skinny! I guess s/he is about to put on a bunch of cute and squishy baby fat! Consequently, I feel less like I can easily carry this uterus/baby and more like it’s a weight upon my bladder. FWIW, vaginal discharge is pretty much the same.

I keep getting woken up in the middle of the night by the tiny human that lives inside me. Party for one at 3 am!

FOOD

At 30 weeks, I’m starting to wonder if the antigens / antibodies that my body creates in response to my food allergies are going to passed along to my babe in the breast milk. I asked my ND in California what he thought and he said that it’s unlikely. The babe is more likely to develop food allergies genetically (so there’s nothing I can do now!). However, I’m still skeptical. Consequently, I’ve been thinking that I need to be *really* strict in these last few weeks with avoidance of my food allergy triggers so I can phase out my antigens/antibodies so they don’t show up in my breast milk – at least until my babe’s gut lining has closed (around the 6 month mark). This would include all gluten grains, eggs, all milk and a few spices and veggies.

Do any of my readers have any thoughts on this?

I’m still taking my Vitamin D, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil capsules, Enzymes, Probiotics and an occasional dose of prenatal vitamins.

ACTIVITY

February 2, 2011

Today I stayed home and did a kettle bell workout.

21 / 15 / 9 NFT of: American KB Swings (15#) / One-arm High Pull (15#) / Goblet Squats (25#)

Then I did 5 x 15-second hold pelvic tilts (aka angry cats aka cat-cows).

Hopefully I’ll get to CF tomorrow. 🙂

February 3, 2012

Today I went into CF, but I didn’t do the WOD. I joined the KB Technique class with Coach Dan. I love KB Technique class. 🙂

Here’s what we did…

  • WU: 2 min easy row => 413m
  • Tabata: Fwd / Back Traveling KB Swings

Used 25#. These are fun. Do you know what they are? I didn’t. Basically you take a step forward, alternating legs, with each up swing on the odd rounds. And then you take a step back on the even rounds.

F12 / B12 / F9 / B13 / F11 / B12 / F14 / B12

  • Tabata: Lateral Rope Undulation

Basically, for this you do crab walks left and right while undulating the rope. It reminded me of high school basketball practice. My heart rate went up to 150-160 or so. But it’s only four minutes; so it’s okay. 😉

  • 10 each leg x 5 rounds: Backwards Tactical Lunge

Used 18#. This is a weird one. You do a back lunge with the right leg and pass the KB under your left leg to the left hand. And back. Then repeat with the opposite leg. I couldn’t get the pass-thru the legs thing because of my belly. So I stuck to doing lunges and alternating the KB in front of me.

  • 3 rnds of 1 min each: Figure 8 Hold / Alt Arm High Pull / R-arm snatch / L-arm snatch / Rest

Used 15#.

OTHER NOTES

No photo this week. I’m sorry! Next week I’ll be sure to have a photo. I promise!