Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cross Fit Butt Kick

I have been working out quite a bit at the cross fit gym.  Luckily I have a couple awesome friends who know their Cross Fit and they help the rest of us stay in line!  I modify all of the workouts so that they are more pregnancy friendly.  And even with modifications I am getting one heck of a workout!!

Here are a few of the workouts we've done there lately:

7 minutes.  Sets of 3-6-9-12-15...
Squat Thrust

7 sets of:
9 dead lifts
12 push ups
15 box jumps

3 rounds of:
20 medicine ball cleans
15 knees to elbows

I do LIGHT weights {sometimes as light as a PVC pipe}.  I don't do deep squats or lunges.  I use lights medicine balls.  I do assisted pull ups and did those instead of the knees to elbows.  Its hard to be the slow wimpy one in the group!  The girls are ALL very encouraging though and help me keep perspective.  Oh my goodness I am going to miss these rock star women!!

This cross fit gym is AWESOME!  They are a lot more accommodating of our kids.  They let them play on the mats and the two ropes while we work out.  They are right close to where we are so we can keep an eye on them and keep them out of trouble.  There are rarely soldiers working out when we are there but I have to admit that I LOVE it when there is a group of them working out {usually combatives} while we are there.  Their energy is INFECTIOUS!!!  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Self Image

One of my biggest struggles in two words: self image.  I have ALWAYS struggled with feeling beautiful.  The last 18 months - 2 years I have felt like a million bucks!  I was far from the perfect image of myself that I have in my head but I felt beautiful.  Well, since moving to Missouri, I have lost that feeling.  That confidence that I had. 

I attribute that loss of confidence to two things.  One, lack of exercise.  I have had great stints of working out here but overall I have been slacking.  With exercise comes energy and confidence and w/o the exercise I have been losing the benefits that come along with it!   

Two, weight gain.  I lost A LOT of weight while Travis was gone.  I was about 8 pounds below my "dream number", you know, the number that you always want to be at whether it's realistic or not!  I got some REALLY cute tiny girl clothes and a knock em dead formal dress for the ball.  It was fabulous.  Well, in a short amount of time, I gained 20 pounds.  Now I will admit that even with that 20 pounds I am still within my healthy weight range.  And now I'm pregnant and have put on 5 more pounds.  No clothes fit.  Every day I have to fight those stupid "I feel fat" demons.  I HATE looking at pictures of myself.  AGH!  I hate being in a funk!!

Oh and my HAIR!!!  I moved away from my amazing hair lady and I want to cry!!  She came to my house because she knew it was easier than getting someone to watch my kids!!  She didn't charge me half a months salary!  She was amazing and I loved how she did my hair.  Well I went to someone here to color it and I thought the color was OK but she charged me A TON and she didn't even touch it with scissors!  So the last time it was trimmed was 8 months ago and it was a mess.  I didn't want to go pay someone to do it so I trimmed it myself.  It's much healthier now but it needs styled.  In a bad way.  And it hasn't been colored for 5 months and it needs it something fierce.  Ugh, I hate when I feel like I have an ugly mop on my head.

GRR!!  I hate when I get like this.  Sorry to complain.  I know nobody likes to hear complaining and I am SO anti-negativity.  I'm not looking for sympathy or compliments or anything, I just needed to vent.  I KNOW that I'll get my hair done soon {I have a killer hairstylist waiting for me when we move}.  I KNOW I will feel better with exercise {even if I'm not trying to LOSE weight}.  And I know that those numbers are just numbers.  I will find some clothes that fit {I'm sure they are in a box somewhere} and will soon feel more pregnant that fat.       

Monday, July 18, 2011


I have been making the efforts and sacrifices necessary to get to the gym.  Three times in a row actually!  And I will have you know, taking FOUR kids with you to the gym {where they are under MY supervision the entire time I workout}.  I dare anyone to tell me they can't make it to the gym, cause if I can with 4 tater tots in tow... well, you get my point.

At the gym I have been doing Cross Fit workouts.  They are tough workouts.  And I find myself feeling very self conscious next to my friends with their bigger weights and taller steps and whatnot.  I feel weak and embarrassed.  BUT. I am taking it easy with being pregnant and all.  I know I technically have been okay-ed to continue doing everything I was doing before.  But one can't be TOO careful right?!  So I don't do box jump, I do step ups.  I don't lift heavy weights {seriously, today was 15 pound dead lifts and Friday was nothing but a PVC pipe!}.  I try to listen very carefully to my body and not push myself too hard.  

I have also been walking on my treadmill at home.  I don't walk far and I don't walk fast, but I walk.  I have to admit that it is REALLY hard to not RUN!!  I crave it so bad!  But when I have ran {more like a jog}, my stomach hurts afterward and that doesn't seem to be a good thing.  So I walk.  I can actually read and walk at the same time though, something impossible when I'm running! 

I am at my most difficult time being pregnant.  The time when I don't actually LOOK pregnant.  But I'm too big for my clothes.  When people wonder, "Is she pregnant or is she just gaining weight?"  I am showing MUCH sooner than I have, at least with my boys.  I have gained about 5 pounds.  Recommended weight gain is 25-35 pounds and I can tell you that I have NEVER gained LESS than 35!!  In fact, with Tillie I gained over 80 pounds!!!  So I have reason to be cautious and concerned.  I am really hoping that staying active and eating right {I haven't caved in to my bizarre cravings as frequently as I normally would have} will help me gain fewer pounds but more importantly, get back quicker after delivery. 

Being pregnant has required that I make some modifications to both my exercise routine AND my nutrition.  I hope that it helps me exponentially in the long run!

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