Wow, so I have been going to CrossFit for 10 weeks now, and my goal is to keep at it for another 10 weeks in this pregnancy. I was able to work out until 34 weeks with Super Toddler, before going on modified bed rest for my blood pressure. With Super Girl, I ran 3 miles the day before I was told my blood pressure was too high and I needed to be induced (39 weeks). So if I can make it to 34 weeks again- great. If not, I am pretty proud of the progress I have made and am glad that I am doing something to offset my terrible eating habits this pregnancy.
I know that most CrossFit enthusiasts are into the Paleo lifestyle, and I am all for it, in theory. For some reason, this baby just wants CARBS. All. The. Time. At the beginning it was because my morning sickness was so bad, the smell of anything other than bread made me sick to my stomach. Then it became a convenience thing. It is just so easy to eat carbs. But the thing is, it’s really easy to just munch on an apple or banana. So I am not trying to make excuses. I am just a chubby kid at heart and I know I need to be more conscious of how I am fueling my body and the baby. Christmas, New Years, and last week’s (AMAZING) trip to Disney World did nothing for my attempts to eat healthier. But this week I have been craving healthier choices, in addition to continuing to crave Lindor truffles, Cheez-Its, and biscuits. I have cut out my Bojangles runs and pizza, and added in fruit for dessert every night. Baby steps right?
Anyway, enough about food. I’m getting hungry again. At the 10 week CrossFit mark, I have seen a lot of strength gains. I finally hit a body weight back squat (70 kg- yikes yes, that’s what I weighed two weeks ago). I know that there are a lot of people who can do 2x their body weight or more but I don’t consume enough protein or lift enough that that is gonna happen any time soon. I have no idea what my deadlift one rep max is but tonight we did 7 x 2 and I did 80 kg on my last few sets. So I don’t know if that is any good. My front squat leaves much to be desired but given that I have a large round mass pulling me forward, in addition to the weight sitting on the front of my shoulders, I am not setting my goals too high or trying to push myself too hard. I still HATE snatches. I am fairly certain this is a combination of my not being able to keep the bar close enough to my body and my fear of going to heavy overhead on account of my prior shoulder surgeries. So really, not too concerned there. It’s not like I am trying to compete in any competitions so if I can’t snatch, no biggie.
Pull-ups are still non-existent although I am down to one green band for high rep sets and one purple band for lower reps. We did clap push-ups during last night’s WOD. Wow, those sucked. I couldn’t figure out why they were so hard, until I realized that every time I try to explode off the ground high enough to clap, I have this giant baby bump pulling me back down toward earth. That’s the reason that I could only do two at a time before breaking right? Deload pushups are still not so bad, although going all the way down to the ground is getting a little awkward. My stomach hitting the ground before my chest makes regular pushups easier though :)
Running is really not that bad yet. I am doing it in much shorter spurts than with my other two pregnancies though. My longest run the last month has been 3 miles and I can stay at around an 8:15 pace. I just run around the neighborhood because I am at that point where I need to have access to “facilities” in a moment’s notice. Sorry, TMI. On Saturday, I did the “bleep test” during Endurance class. Basically, it’s a 20m shuttle run. The first round you get a lot of time to do the 20m. You can basically speed walk. There are several runs in that first round. Second round is faster, third even faster, etc. etc. We did the test about 10 days earlier but before that, the last time I did the test was when I was pregnant with Super Toddler. I managed to get in 9 rounds and 3 runs on round 10. Only one female in the class beat me. People were looking at me like I was crazy.
Actually, people look at me like I am crazy at almost every class. It felt good to do so well during the bleep test but it was also a little frustrating because I of course had to hold back. When non-pregnant, I go until I want to barf. That is probably not the healthiest approach to exercise. But I am obviously not going to push myself to that point while pregnant. So I really have to listen to my body and stop before I get even remotely close to that point. I may still be red in the face but I pay attention to my breathing and the rest of my body, and pull in the reigns when anything starts feeling off.
I am really so happy with the community I have found at Athletic Lab. The coaches are all really motivating, and the people I work out with are like-minded and supportive of one another. The coaches make sure I am not overdoing it and offer modifications for things I can’t do, like handstands. They also know that pregnant women produce relaxin, which causes the ligaments to loosen and makes you super flexible. But because you feel more flexible, you can overstretch and get injured, or squat too deep and hurt something else. So knowing that I am in good hands every time I step into the gym is a good feeling. Also, with the other two pregnancies, I just kind of felt like the running I was doing was to be able to say that I kept running. It was really uncomfortable at times and I took A LOT of bathroom breaks. With CrossFit, I feel that I am accomplishing something every time I take a class and I leave with a smile on my face. And some major pit stains. I may be singing a different tune when I am as big as Shamu but for now, I am going to savor these last 10 weeks (or longer if possible).