Tuesday, October 16, 2012

36 Weeks Down 4 (or less) to Go!

With a month or less of the pregnancy left, I'm finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.  My hospital bag is packed, we have instructions on what to do if I start going into labor, and I'm seeing my Dr. on a weekly basis to keep an eye on the progress. 

I cannot wait to meet our baby! 

One of the cool baby items I got at my Baby Shower was the Baby Bullet.

It's basically a food processor that processes, steams, stores, and prepares homemade baby food which is the alternative to buying it already jarred.  I did some reading and some jarred baby foods are good up to 3 years!  WTF. How is that even possible?  The explanation is that the food is heated up so hot that nothing bad can grow in it, but at the same time it kills anything good in it.  So the hope is that with this machine and the recipe book, I can give baby healthy homemade fresh food. 

It also says that you can make a good amount of baby food in small amounts of time (making some, freezing some, and mixing things up) which sounds good to me.  Of course this would start only when baby is READY for said food, the hope is to breast feed as long as possible before moving on to foods.

However, I feel good that I want to start baby's life out right by avoiding foods that have preservatives and that potentially have been processed. 

How have I been doing lately? Ha. ha. ha. Today on FourSquare I unlocked this badge:

This little piggy almost caused me to have a mental break down today at lunch.  FourSquare is an APP that when you go somewhere you "check in."  It doesn't serve any real purpose but to keep track of where you've been and they have fun little badges you earn for going to certain places. 

The "Porky" badge, innocently enough, just recognizes the fact that I've been to a few different BBQ restaurants, it has nothing to do with how large I am, but remember people I'm on emotional overload here!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

35 Weeks Down 5 (or less) to Go!

35 weeks and 35lbs later, I am at the last 5ish weeks of my pregnancy and I couldn't be more excited to finally meet the little baby that has been taking over my body.

I had all intentions to continue my Crossfit career throughout the pregnancy but at the end of the 1st trimester it proved to be just too hard (for me).  I read articles of "Crossfit moms" and woman doing Crossfit up until delivery, but that just wasn't me.  I was sick, I was tired, and laying down and resting just seemed more important to me than going to a WOD. 

Maybe it's because I'm an average person, maybe it's because this was my first pregnancy, or maybe it's because I didn't have the energy to do so.  Whatever the case is, I know that post baby I will bounce right back into the swing of Crossfiting and eventually get to and exceeding where I was physically. 

I've had a lot of time to think about my Crossfit/fitness goals while pregnant and a lot of time to reflect back on how far I had come since joining the Crossfit Cult.  The one thing I haven't lost during the pregnancy is my want to be the best version of myself.  As my belly grew during the pregnancy, I started to have the same emotions about my body as when I had extra weight (but not pregnant).

I was quickly growing out of my clothes so I'd have to buy bigger sizes and/or it would take me multiple outfits before I found one I was "comfortable" in. 

When I sat down I felt the "overhang" of my belly which is gross.

I'd get quickly winded after minimal physical activity.

If I ate something unhealthy, I felt guilty about it, but still ate it. 

Obviously some of these things can be justified now because for goodness sake I'm growing a human!  But those emotions were very similar to how things were for me before I found Crossfit.  I cannot and will not go back to that!

I know it's going to take a while to adjust to all the new things that are in store for me and it will take me a while to get back to where I was, but the main goal is to never go back to where I was before Crossfitting. 

I'm not asking to be the Crossfit Games 2013 Winner, I'm just expecting to get myself to a level where I can feel good about hitting new PR's, doing a few road races, and feeling comfortable and confident in how I look. 

I have all the tools to do this and even with a baby, I'll make it work.  If I want it bad enough, I will make it work. 

I'm aiming for a January 1st "re-start" to my Crossfit training which gives me plenty of recovery time after baby is born (hopefully sometime in early November) and just in time for the New Year. 

What I've planned to do is, just like the picture on my blog, I will document my physical appearance at the same week marks as I did while pregnant and hopefully get back to where I was pre pregnancy.  I like to think of it as the "Reverse Baby Bump" project. 

I will take pictures on the first day I start back Crossfitting and then at weeks 12, 20, 27, 35, 37.  I will match them up with my pregnancy pictures of weeks 12, 20, 27, 35, 37 (coming soon), and last day pregnant (coming soon), pictures for comparison. 

Hopefully I will have the same success I had in 2010, 2011, and early 2012.