Saturday, November 1, 2014

Where has the Time Gone?

October 26, 2014

SIX MONTHS!! Where has the time gone?! I also have a bone to pick with whoever started the rumor that pregnancy was only 9 months long. If it was and I was 6 months, I would have only 3 left. Im due February 13... that would be 4 months from now. Ahhh right, 40 weeks is not 9 months, its 10!! All a bunch of liars!! Actually... I shouldnt complain, I CANT complain. The last 24 weeks have been better than I could have ever expected my first pregnancy to be. I feel great, I have had no sickness, swelling, aches, pains or anything to complain about really. My workouts have not suffered, I have been sleeping just as well as I was before pregnancy. All is good and its a wonderful feeling.

Here I am, 6 months pregnant after a full work day, embracing the bump in my sweater for the first time. Still in non maternity clothes but finally feeling like I am looking pregnant. I know, give it a few more weeks, kiddo is growing fast and furious for the next few weeks!! Grow Little Monster...grow! Mama wants you to be big and strong (just not too big!)

This week was great again... man I feel like a broken record. I am happy about that though because I dont want to be a pinball of emotion! Feeling great keeps me going and one things for sure, if I slow down I am going to have trouble speeding back up... not to mention, life is not going to slow down any time soon!

It was a de-load week, so the percentages were lighter for all my lifting and most of the workouts were fairly light. Sometimes I feel worse during a de-load, where I just feel sluggish, not sure why that happens. This week was not like that. I have had the ability to slow down most of my oly lifts and really focus on form. This is working wonders for my snatch form... and my clean pull from the floor. Both have had vast improvements and while it will be a few months, I cant wait to get back at it after I have the baby!

We had a 2K row on Monday. I really love rowing and honestly, while I didnt come close to my PR, I was very happy with my row. I feel really good while rowing and I am able to keep a strong pace, with strong pulls and control my breathing. Not hitting my pre-pregnancy numbers and times has gotten easier over time... not to say I am "ok" with it... but I have to be. I have something far more important to worry about right now, my back squat PR can come after the Little Monsters arrival!

Movements are all still as prescribed. I havent modified anything, even burpees are still to the floor, I just dont drop it like its hot, I walk it to the floor. I do lie flat with my chest on the floor and I can feel the little bugger in there more and more... but I get it done. Toes to bar are getting a little harder, just because of the kip, I cant seem to connect more than 2 anymore. My core is suffering (clearly). I still havent modified any weights from what has been prescribed to me in workouts... but I dont feel like they have been too much of a struggle to get through... so I just keep going. Again, I will talk to my Dr next week at my apointment, but since I am still completing the task at hand, I dont see it as a problem. I am keeping hydrated and making sure I am comfortable with everything. All is good!

The holidays are quickly approaching... hold on to your socks... here comes the hoopla! 

Refreshed and Ready to Go!

October 19, 2014

What an amazing weekend! Hubs and I had a fantastic time in Lenox, MA to celebrate our anniversary! This was all him... planning and everything and I coudnt have been happier with the outcome! We had a beautiful room in a little hotel with a hot tub and fire place! What isnt there to love about a weekend filled with alpacas, dessert for lunch, the Pats game from the hot tub, Mass MOCA, the best steak ever, ice cream while walking around downtown and takeout night to just be together alone. The BEST highlight of the weekend was Hubs feeling the baby move... perfect cap to a perfect weekend!


Sad to come home... 

The week at the gym was short for me, but I came back refreshed and really well rested. Yesterday at the oly session I was able to hit 125 for my heavy single snatch and 175 for my heavy single clean and jerk. I also hit all my percentages for each of those lifts. I must have really needed that break. Back squat and push jerk were also on par with my pre-pregnancy 1 rep maxes... so, all in all it was a great day!

Our first day back we did Elizabeth. I usually struggle with the dips (the workout is 21-15-9 of ring dips and 95lb cleans). I decided that I wanted to be sure I was getting full movement out of the dips and since I feel like I dont do that with a band on the rings, I used the GHD handles and did my dips strict with no band between two of those. Worked out really well... and boy am I paying for it on a soreness level! I love it! Havent felt that one in a while!

So far, this week was the first time I "passed" on something because of being pregnant. Friday had a max height box jump programmed and I thought maybe for the safety of myself and the Little Monster that it wouldnt be a great idea at 23 weeks to do that. I trust myself and I know I wouldnt do anything that would hurt either of us... but why risk missing the box or slipping off. I just know it would have been in my head the whole time. So, I spent the time doing a little extra  mobility and got ready for the workout.

Next week... 6 months!! WHAT?!

Manual Labor

October 11, 2014

Lots of great things happening this week. First and foremost, Hubs and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary... who would have thought these two crazy kids would end up married with a baby on the way 12 years after this picture was taken...

He certainly knows the way to my heart and is 100% there for me even when the going gets rough. I am not always the easiest person to get along with, live with... love. He surprised me Wednesday (our actual anniversary) with some beautiful roses and we are super excited for our get-a-way! We leave when he gets home from work today and I have no idea where we are going! He took the reins on this one and has planned 4 days of fun to celebrate and relax! 

My mom came up this morning and we painted the room that is going to be the baby room... I didnt have time to get through my entire workout and all the oly lifting, BUT my lifting session was much better than it has been the last few weeks. I think passing the 20 week hump, now into my 22 week, has been a transition. I am starting to show a little more, but I am feeling stronger again! I hit 115 for my snatch heavy single and 165 for my clean and jerk. Not even close to my personal bests of 140 for snatch and 195 for clean and jerk... but I havent been consistently hitting 125 or 185 in a while and those are the numbers I have been working off of for my percentage work... so thats where I want to get again. Today I was close and I am going to get back up there! Either way, this crazy lady and I got some work done today! We had a blast!

The week as I said was great. I feel amazing and am getting more used to the twinges and "feelings" that I am having while I am working out. I know that I should listen to my body and anything that doesnt feel right I should stop doing. So far, so good. I havent had to make any modifications yet aside from adjusting my 1 rep maxes for the front squat and clean.

I am feeling the baby moving lot more. Its certainly an interesting feeling. It comes and goes at this point. I was told I wont be feeling consistent movement till 28 or so weeks, so I am just enjoying it when I do and not really worrying when I dont. Seems as if the little bugger likes to get moving when I slow down... but than again, I dont feel much when I am moving because I cant concentrate on it. Sometimes after a WOD when I am laying on my back I feel a flip in there... kinda neat. Also... kinda freaky!

The highlight of the week at the gym was the mile run on Tuesday. Remember when they used to make you do that in gym class and everyone would go out to the start line and complain about how bad it was going to be... thats how I felt... but I was actually surprised. I do run more often than I ever did over the years so its not so bad... but lately, I have been having more issues with my breathing while running over the last few weeks. Anyway, I really didnt have a "goal" except to push hard and finish the damn thing in under 9 minutes, keeping in mind my best mile is only 7 minutes or so. I hit my goal... and so did the rest of the 5:30am class! It was pretty awsome that everyone was under 9 minutes!

Other movements this week... rowing, which still feels great. Overhead squats, also still right on track with no adjustments. Push presses, box jumps and snatches... all completed with no modifications. I am planning to talk to my Dr again at my next appointment just to clarify if I should be making any weight modifications... but until than, I am just going with my instincts which seems to be working out pretty well so far!

100% Indescribable

October 3, 2014

Let me tell you... I never ever in 10,000 years thought that I could be in love with something so much that I have never set my eyes on. On Monday, Hubs and I met at the hospital so I could have my ultrasound. The feeling that came over me when the technician placed the thing on my stomach and that tiny little silhouette appeared on the screen is absolutely 100% indescribable. Impossible to put into words, yet so hard not to try. I felt like I was having this crazy out of body experience... but no, it was actually ME and MY baby... holy shit. A perfect little face, arms, legs, spine, bladder, heart, kidney... everything. Perfect.

I am going to be a mom.


This week has been killer... and not in a really great way. Aside from Monday being probably the best day of my life I have been running on empty for the rest of it. Totally strapped at work, stretched to the max... and my tolerance for "annoyance" was at an all time low. I just put my head down (and headphones on at work) and pushed through to the end of the week. Finally, its come to an end and I am more than excited for my get-a-way coming up with Hubs to celebrate our anniversary.

At the gym the week was just as rough to be honest. I was there every day, but just not feeling strong. I didnt feel like I could catch up on sleep so the mornings suffered. We did Fran on Monday morning (before the ultrasound). It was another one of those times I had to suck up my "pride" and not pay attention to the clock. My time... not great at all. However, knowing I was about to see my Little Monster in just a few hours was enough to kick that mood right out the door!

The rest of the week had a 1K row followed by 50 burpees, in which I could feel my belly as I walked down each burpee to the ground. I just kept the pace and kept on moving.. made it through with a pretty good time. Next up was "DT on Roids." DT is my favorite WOD of all time. Its 5 round of 12 dead lifts, 9 hang cleans and 6 push jerks. Typically this is done at 105lbs for women, this week we did it at 155. I was a little "worried" at how well the hang cleans would go, and of course knowing my usual DT time.. but I just pushed the clock watching to the back burner and decided to just set my goal at finishing under the 15:00 time cap. I did. So that made me happy.

People at the gym are starting to comment that they can "see" the belly. Its still not really too obvious and certainly not to people I work with or my clients. I have been dressing to pretty much hide what looks like I just ate too much from people in my professional life. Soon enough I will get into the "embrace the belly" mode... but for now. I just look pudgy I think.

Id say week 21 was a success. Closer to being a mother than I am to never being pregnant... yikes!

Twenty weeks... Twenty Pound Wall Balls

September 26, 2014

Holy moses... I have made it to the 20 week milestone, half way. I cant really believe how fast time is going by. Seems like I just found out I was pregnant. Amazing how things have changed with my body and mind in this short amount of time.

This morning was a lot of fun at the gym. I found it kind of ironic that the WOD called for 20lb wall balls to be used in the metcon... 90 of them actually! I was pretty happy with that, and my performance. I am still not having any trouble with my movements though my cardio still seems to suffer. I have a hard time catching my breath and since I am trying to control it a little more I have no choice but to slow down a bit. I am not really too focused on the "dont get your HR above 140" that people like to say. I have talked to my Drs and they tell me that as long as I feel good and am not doing anything I wasnt normally doing before pregnancy, I am ok. So thats what I am doing. I feel good and I push a little more. If I start to lag behind a little, thats ok too.

It was a deload week for my weight training, so I was able to get my mind back into the right place by not failing reps without adjusting my 1 rep maxes. I really needed it. I am getting myself back on track and next week will be more successful with a little bit of a break.

Tuesdays workout was great! It was a 10 minute EMOTM (every minute on the minute) workout with 3 dead lifts, 3 hang cleans and 3 push jerks all at 125lbs. This is a workout I would have embraced 100% prior to pregnancy but for some reason that day I was timid to do it. Almost afraid I wasnt going to be able to complete all 10 rounds without a break. I surprised myself and made it through all 10 with time to spare on each. That certainly put a smile on my face. I dont know why I was worried honestly.

The most insteresting to do so far at the gym has been burpees. Its actually kind of funny. Since I am not showing really yet, its still not obvious that something is in my belly... but when I do burpees and I am flat on my stomach I can actually feel almost like a bowling ball in there. Such a strange feeling to know that there is a tiny human in there! Also wondering how the Little Monstr is going to pay me back for waking it up doing burpees at 5:30am! I am sure it will be grand!

Anyway, here is a glorious pic from this morning after the workout. Twenty weeks... Twenty Pound Wall Balls!


The other awesomeness (yes, thats a word) from this week was the Little Monsters first Patriots Game! I was fortunate enough to go to the home opener vs the Raiders with Hub and some of the best friends around! Gillette is definitely one of my favorite places on earth!!  Who says you cant have a good time if you cant drink! 

Kick Your Feet Up

September 20, 2014

I have said it before, but I will say it again. Not many people can wake up every morning and love what they do and who they work for... I am one of the lucky ones. We, as a company, spent the last two days on the Cape in Brewster MA at my bosses house. It was relaxing, fun and a really great trip for all of us at my office.

Here we are at our morning meeting...

This was my view for my lunch...

A little play time after lunch...

Why not have a massive clam bake for dinner...

And it was all topped off with a gorgeous morning run on the beach Friday morning...

I have to admit, it was a nice few days to relax and have fun with some of my work peeps. We had a great time and were able to cover a lot of really interesting topics and forecasting for our office for the next 6 months.

I am feeling great still physically. Mentally, I am still working on this whole "your going to be responsible for a tiny human soon" thing... I am still not showing, so anyone who doesn't know I am pregnant wouldn't. I am not really uncomfortable in my clothes or doing anything out of the normal for lifestyle. Just sort of going with the flow so to speak and hoping things continue to go in this direction.

The challenge for me this week at the gym was Isabell. The workout on Monday. I have a pretty good history with this workout and my best time to date is 2:59 for the 30 snatches at 95lbs. That day I had to face Isabel with a much different approach than ever before. I couldnt look at the clock. I had to focus on my form, making sure to correctly snatch each rep and control my breathing through the whole workout. Not an easy task when my "typical" mindset is to go at this benchmark WOD balls to the wall and beat my best time.I ended with a whopping 3:43.

First response... "well that was shitty." Second response "ok, not too bad for 18 weeks pregnant. Third... "I am here. I am working hard... I am doing everything I can to stay healthy and in shape through this pregnancy." So, I thanked my lucky stars that I felt well enough at 19 weeks to keep moving forward and faced the rest of the week with a smile.

Here I am now, just turned 19 weeks yesterday. I am feeling great. I had a great few days with my company and I cant wait to see what the next few weeks bring. A far as weights I am feeling a little weaker with my front squat.. couldnt hit 205 this week so I am going to work on that. Pretty sure thats mostly psychological at this point, but it "could" have something to do with my expanding abdomen and lack of core strength. I keep collapsing forward. I will keep trying. Ill get it!

Other than that, this week included the snatches on Monday, handstand pushups, running, rowing, overhead squats (hit 165 for 3), dead lifts (in a workout at 105), double unders and pullups... these have all been business as usual.

Looking forward to that half way point next week!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mama's New Shoes

September 12, 2014
Here I am, one more week into this new adventure. Hard to believe that I am 18 weeks today.

Things have been going pretty well so I haven’t had much to post about. This week I have really noticed my cardio endurance slipping. I get winded much easier than normal… even before pregnancy my endurance wasn’t very good… so this is getting tough. I am doing my best to keep my eyes off the clock and just keep pushing forward through he workouts. I do have to admit that it is much easier said than done. I am still really enjoying all the lifting. We are in an Oly cycle at CFW right now so I am hoping to come out of this with some improved lifts.

As far as adjustments I haven’t made many. When we are working on back squats through this cycle we are focusing on high bar back squat so my weight is much less than my 1RM to begin with. I have been sticking with that lower number to use for my percentages, still squatting below 90. For my snatch and clean and jerk I am doing the same. I have stuck with a number that I was consistently hitting through the first trimester rather than my true 1RM to base my percentages off of. I want to keep getting better with my form and technique, but strength is not necessarily something I am focused on right now. Achieving a new 1RM can wait. Hopefully my strength numbers will not change much once I get back into training when the little monster has arrived.

All week I felt great. The workouts included wall walks, toes to bar, chest to bar, dubs, deadlifts, pistols, burpees, thrusters, running… am I missing anything? I have made no modifications made to any of my movements thus far. However, even though I know that the baby has plenty of cushion in there, I walked down my burpees because for some reason I am not ok with slamming to the ground for each one. This sucks because it certainly makes me use my arms more tired on every burpee, so going from burpees to wall walks… not too much fun. But, I made it. I have noticed  all the pulling of my body weight movements are a little more challenging with less core strength and a little more wight on my body. Again, I am just pushing (or pulling) through. No real complaints aside from being out of breath after a 400m run during the warmup!

For me, my mindset has played a huge roll in this pregnancy thus far, I think. I mean, I know I have been pretty lucky to not have had any sickness that lots of women endure through the start (or all) of their pregnancies. My life feels like it is where it should be. Hubs and I have been super positive and we are trying to keep the momentum moving forward with all walks of our lives, from work to the gym and at home. We are smiling a lot, laughing a lot and just enjoying each other and our lives. Yes, there are suck ass moments, but that’s a part of life.

I think its important to feel good about myself and try to keep a positive attitude. Right now changes in my body are the toughest part of this whole thing. Admittedly, it is hard to grasp the fact that some of my clothes don’t fit or not being able to wear my favorite “go-to” top… but not actually “look pregnant” yet. So, if that means I have to buy a new pair of shoes to feel great in an outfit for a wedding… or get my nails and toes done… than that’s what I am going to do.  My goals are to keep my body and mind as healthy as possible through all the changes it is facing. I think I am doing an ok job of it so far! The health and growth of my child are number one to me right now…  and well… for the rest of my life.

Mama's New Shoes & Fancy Pedi!