Minnesota Shoveling Tricks + Paleo Thanksgiving for 2

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Two funny pics I snapped of Minnesotans shoveling while we were back in our home state:

scraping car from inside of the garage

The first was Kevin’s dad attempting to clear the snow off of our car’s headlights from the safety of his garage. Hahaha. It was blustery!

my parents' shovel

When we arrived back in Wabasha, we discovered my mom shoveling with this beast of a man-powered snow plow. Nice!!!!!! Needles to say that we are very thankful for our garage and also don’t mind the fact that we don’t have a driveway (garage backs to alley). I also don’t hate that Colorado is going to be 50’s & 60’s this week! Hooray!!!

expectant mother parkingFinally got to take advantage of one of these! Because Minnesotans are nice!!!!!!

bloedow's donuts winonaAnd Kevin splurged on The Best Donuts Ever. I’m really not a donut person, but I am a Sprinkle Person so I had a few bites of one of the sprinkle long johns. Bloedow’s Donuts is so cute — I love their wallpaper! It’s been open since the 1920’s, and I feel like not that much has changed!

Now is probably a good time to mention that we went back to the gym last night….. after about 5 days off, a Thanksgiving dinner, travel, and a lot of Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle Kisses (the best)!!!

And this is the wod we faced:

RX: THE SEVEN (TIME)

7 Rounds of:
7 Handstand Push-ups
7 Thrusters, 135#
7 Knees-To-Elbows
7 Deadlifts, 245#
7 Burpees
7 Kettlebell Swings, 70#
7 Pull-ups
women weight: 95/175/55#

Nothing like jumping right back in! Both Kevin and I felt terrible during the workout. I did the RX women’s weight for thrusters (95), deadlifts (175), and kb swings (55), and those were kind of the easy parts for me. I modified the hspus to dumbbell strict presses — I used 25’s, and I was able to easily crank those out unbroken each time. One of those days where I probably need 30’s, but the jump to 35’s probably would’ve actually killed me. I did K2E to the best of my ability, and had to modify burpees for the first time. :( I guess I can’t complain — made it to 30+ weeks doing them as prescribed, but I just felt like it was going to be a safety issue at this point. I’ve grown rapidly since about week 27. I also modified pull-ups to ring rows. I did 2 pull-ups. I was going to do a few each round, but that didn’t work out due to logistical issues. I would’ve been okay during the wod, wasn’t really feeling that tired and was consistently able to do good sets. However, I was struggling with a little reflux which is just plain nasty when you are working that hard. The only cure is to drink a LOT of water which just makes moving more uncomfortable. I just kept on going. Very. Slowly. I finished in 43:17. Can’t wait to try this workout someday when I’m not pregnant.

The great news is that Kevin is really inspired to eat healthy again and even agreed to let me do a paleo Thanksgiving for us tomorrow. Trust me, we will probably never be able to pass up a traditional dinner with family. But since we already had one….

I pinned a few things here, but of course, we will also be having BACON and TURKEY.

paleo thanksgiving for 2We’ll most likely make a decent-sized turkey (although we’ve procrastinated on buying it!!) because we actually like the meat and leftovers!!!!! Kevin has also agreed to do a (slightly modified) 21DSD during December 1-21 in conjunction with our Concept 2 Holiday Rowing Challenge. Should be a lot of fun!!! We don’t have any trips or guests planned so it shouldn’t be too hard to stay consistent. I’m going to plan the whole menu this weekend and get super prepped. Plus it’s really good for our little baby boy and his parents!!!

Coming Up: I am so excited to announce that I have been working with Belly Dance Maternity so be looking forward to a post and a discount code!!!!

What are you MOST looking forward to cooking & eating on Thanksgiving? Kevin and I love the big three the best — turkey, potatoes, & stuffing! Okay, maybe he loves the desserts the best, but I’d rather pass on pie and have seconds!

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Wintry Wabasha Time!

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Hi! Happy Thanksgiving week!!!! Hope it’s a short one for you. I have the whole week off… just have to make it fair for my piano students since they all pay the same monthly rate. :) :)

We just got back from a super quick fun trip to visit family in Minnesota! I’m so happy we did it now…. I just think Christmas is going to be late as I am getting so big. It was already fairly uncomfortable sitting through the (short!!) flight and multiple car rides to get back & forth. I also got to have my first full-body pat downs since I decided to opt out of the body scanner at the airport. I know it’s supposed to be completely safe, but I’m ever the skeptic and will avoid anything that seems questionable and obviously hasn’t been reasonably studied. Especially when there’s an alternative that’s clearly safe. Of course, last time I traveled, I was ten-ish weeks pregnant and didn’t even think twice about going through the scanner… Just was not even in pregnancy mode yet!

Took some pics when we were out walking with the kids! I finally let Kevin do his favorite pose of all time:

30 weeks pregnant corrie anne

I don’t know why, but he’s been dying to do this pregnancy pose since our engagement photos!!!!! 30+ weeks here!!!!

outtakesFunny outtake — I’m trying to kick my nephew who is insisting on photobombing us!!

nephews & baby sister

Hanging with the best nephews ever + my baby sister. Yeah, she’s about their size… maybe a little smaller. :) :) They are so much fun.

kids box jumping bench

Of course, I got the kids to box jump it!!! :) They were pretty good!! I love getting them to do tricks. I was telling my sister to do toes-to-rings on the playground and explaining to her how to do it, and she sassily turned to me and said,”Oh, you mean toes-to-bar?” Hahaha. I guess she reads my blog.

classic mn fun

More classic Minnesota fun!!!!

little free library wabasha

We even found a Little Free Library!

whiny kevin

Someone got a little whiny and cold without his winter coat. Waaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! We were really limited on what we packed since we shared a suitcase (checking bags is getting expensive, and dirty Frontier makes you pay for carry-ons too!! boo!!). I was lucky that my SIL had a jacket I could make work for the afternoon. My only exercise for the weekend was walking so I tried to make it outside whenever I could. And I always annoyingly prolong things by taking pics and suggesting challenges to the kids. That’s just good aunting for you!

outtakesBut we were cute. I’m sure I was just yelling at someone here, but I managed to look loving.

My sisters, sil, and mom also threw me a book shower (best kind!!!) while I was home so I’ll share about that another day when I get some pics. For now, I have to get to vacuuming all the dog hair that accumulated while I was away. And we HAVE to get into hard core baby planning mode now!! Oh, and back to the gym… that’s always a treat after a few days of being away!

Happy to be done with my travel — the airport was already starting to get crazy when we got in last night!!

Have a great week!

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Yay Rowing Season! + Week 28/29 Updates

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Well, our rower has relinquished its prime spot upstairs to the crib and has made its way to this stunning spot in the basement. But it’s (totally randomly) been in the single digits here in Denver so that limits my outdoor walking, and I really needed to get some sweat in this morning.

basement rower

 

Rowed a 2k warm-up, then 8 sets of 2 minutes on, 1 minute off.

rowing concept 2 results

More or less equivalent to jogging about 3.75 miles, but much easier on my pregnant belly. Running isn’t the funnest thing right now! I’m really excited to get back into rowing though, and prepare for the annual Concept 2 Rowing Challenge. This will be our second year doing the challenge, but it should be a lot easier with a rower at home!!!

holiday rowing challengeRow and/or ski 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters from November 27 to 11:59 p.m. ET December 24. You can sign up on the Concept 2 website here and log your meters.

snowy walk pippa

 

The row workout warmed me up just enough for a half mile walk with Pippa. Trying to get as much sunshine as possible!!!!

boyd loves snow

And then you have Boyd Bear who absolutely THRIVES in the snow.

puppy booties in the snow

 

Funny jostling puppy booties. Pippa still hates getting her paws wet and wants DESPERATELY to jump into bed immediately when we let her inside so she can clean them off on our sheets. We have to guard the door!!!

Baby Updates!!! 

whole foods apple juiceToday was the Big Day for my glucose challenge test. Haha. It’s the test for gestational diabetes, but at the midwifery they use these lovely organic juice boxes. Ugh. They were gross. And I had to try to chug them both in 5 minutes, but it could be worse. I’d rather have a Starbucks sweet drink!!!  Or gummy bears!! But I drank them and didn’t cry when they took blood so it was a good day. My blood pressure was fine again today so that’s good also.

  • Kevin felt the baby kick for the first time last night!! Hooray!! I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it, but I have an anterior placenta. Basically, because of the placement of the placenta, I can’t feel the baby move as early or as often. I try not to worry about it, but it’s a little disconcerting when I feel nothing for a few days in a row. I wouldn’t mind feeling him a little bit more as he gets bigger.
  • We started our Natural Childbirth classes last weekend. Scary!!! I don’t know why this is the first thing they teach you, but we talked about how to deliver the baby if he comes rapidly (like, in the car). Nothing like breaking us in!!!!
  • I know this might sound ridiculous if you don’t have rambunctious dogs, but I’ve been thinking a lot about how to prepare them for the baby. I know the whole dog smelling thing, and I’m not concerned about that. I’m more concerned about them knocking me over while extremely pregnant or (accidentally) jumping on the baby when they get a little too frisky in the house. I know everyone says that they will adjust naturally, but this is going to be a very tiny human and Boyd is very bull-in-the-china-shop!!!!! And Pippa is miss velcro dog who wants to sleep in bed. I don’t want this to turn into Lady & the Tramp. Haha. <3
  • Still CrossFitting, of course. I’m down to3-4x a week due to a combination of bad weather (I have to walk there if I want to go to daytime classes) and the fact that we have baby classes on Saturday mornings now. Pretty much holding steady with things, butburpees & push-ups are definitely on the outs. I did my push-ups this week with anabmat so my stomach wouldn’t hit the ground first.
    • Honestly, I’ve given up on pull-ups. I know, I usually never give up on anything. But the bar gets too cold to practice at home, and it’s just not a big enough priority right now. It makes me sad, but I’ll get them back. I could probably do one strict pull-up if my life depended on it… but it doesn’t.
    • On the plus side, every weight feels SOOOO light right now. I know pregnant women with barbells always look shocking to people who aren’t used to it, but I’ve literally been having to check my bar to make sure I have right weight on it because it feels light. I did a ton of power cleans @ 95lbs  on Monday and repeatedly would accidentally just muscle it up because it felt so light even halfway through the workout.
    • On a similar note, I’ve felt almost guilty that I’ve sort of accidentally hit a few pr’s lately. Some I wouldn’t consider true pr’s, for example, I hadn’t tested my back squat in over 6 mos and hit 205 last week. I did 2 reps of front squats 180 last night without even going close to failure. If you’re not familiar with testing 1/2 rep maxes, usually if you are truly hitting your max, you’ll fail a weight and have to bail. I’m not really interested in doing that right now (although I could do so safely) so I choose to do only lifts I know I can get. And I always have someone watch me when I get anywhere past like 75% to make sure I’m not doing any weird compensations. I also hit 145lb push jerk, and it felt great. Slowing down and being super careful has actually helped some of my lifts because I’m extra conscious of what I’m doing. Push jerk in particular, I’d always mentally struggled with, but I think I’m finally starting to get it. So basically overhead and squats feel great. Snatches and cleans, I’m totally backing down because they are my sloppiest to begin with and they both present more balance/belly/barbell path issues (for me). Double unders are still my jam. They are pretty much the easiest for me… practice paid off!
    • Again, my midwives are extremely supportive of this. In fact, they have it on my chart and ask me about it each time I go in.
    • The baby particularly loves front squats!!! Haha. I’m totally kidding but he was super active later that evening (a good sign that he wasn’t in distress at all), and that’s how Kevin actually got to feel him.

Here’s a timely article from BirthFit on pr’s in pregnancy.

  • I just have to say that this pregnancy is going so fast for me!!!  While I don’t love the whole huge belly thing, I (almost) want it to slow down. Especially since it’s the holidays, then the baby can come anytime after January 17. Technically, he could come before, but I have to make it till the 17th if I want to delivery at the midwifery so I’m going to try to keep him in there!! It’s getting more realistic every day, and while I still love girl stuff, I am pretty excited to have a little baby boy. It took me a few months to adjust to the whole idea, but I already have a fierce love for that kid. <3 Super Mama Bear. And also totally emotional… I cried through most of last week’s childbirth for no reason whatsoever. Just kept on tearing up. Haha. Poor Kevin. Now if only I had a name…. I had another bad night of sleep worrying about that!! Haha.

Time for some half-caff afternoon coffee. Lots of Thursday piano students, but they are my fave!!! :)

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Pregnancy + High Heels: The Higher the Heel the Closer to God

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Oh, the funny things I never expected people to comment on so incessantly as I become more obviously pregnant! I get comments pretty much daily over something I consider to be NBD — that I’m *still* wearing high heels.
kevin and corrie ballet 22 weeks
(You can look in the mirror behind me to see the height of my heels at week 22 – haha.)
It’s not like I’m going to go out and buy all new shoes just because I’m pregnant, and especially not my least favorite kind (flats). I wear heels mainly for teaching because I’m a firm believer in dressing up for my job. I’ve worn dark jeans on occasion, but for the most part I prefer dresses out of pure laziness (one piece and done!). Since I have my own business, I could wear pretty much whatever I want, but I think dressing well helps my students and their parents remember that I am running a business and there’s a reason they’re paying me so well! :) It also helps me feel better and be more focused. Now, do I have to wear heels to accomplish this? Of course not. But I have a decent collection, and it’s already enough work finding clothes that fit! If anything, it’s tempting to add my heel collection since shoes & accessories are the things that still fit!
typical work outfit pregnant heels
(Typical work outfit above at 26 Weeks)
Plus why on EARTH would I eliminate The Magical Nude Heel at such a time as this?! You know what I’m talking about! Since I wear heels to work, I often wear them out as well because I typically work until 7PM at which point we are already late for something! At that point, I’m not going to try to find a whole new outfit or ruin the one I have on by changing my shoes. I should say that I also don’t work for stretches longer than 3 hours, I don’t have to leave my living room, and I’m mostly sitting. So it’s really — like I said — NBD. Why am I still talking about this?
Anyways, I loved this clip from Live with Kelly & Michael where Kelly defines for the viewers what should be considered a true high heel…
ripa heels
6 inches or more!!!!!! Also her quote that “the higher the heel, the closer to God” pretty much made my day. <3
Final comments on this before one of the parents start commenting on this:
  1. My midwives are cool with it.
  2. I don’t care if my feet are ugly when I’m older. I’ll be old. I’ve never seen the logic in that reasoning as far as shoes, tattoos, etc. I am thankful to have zero feet problems despite having spent years walking probably thousands of miles in flip-flops prior to my high heel addiction.
  3. I’ve had about, oh, 16 years of practicing walking in heels. I started wearing them to piano competitions (and getting negative comments from judges…. hahaha… some things never change) since I was 14-15. I’m not going to jinx myself and say I never trip, but I will say that I’m more likely to trip in my tennies walking down Denver sidewalks. xoxo
  4. I know I’m probably going to have to take a little break when I’m carrying someone tiny and breakable in the winter. So maybe wedges would make a great baby shower gift? :) <3 Plus, Kevin can’t wait to carry the baby after I’ve been hogging him for the last 9 months!!! :)

So while we’re on girly topics!

rebecca minkoff hot pink harper

Just because I’m having a BOY doesn’t mean I can’t have something pink. So happy I found such a cute Rebecca Minkoff diaper bag on sale from Gilt (I’m not shilling for them, but Gilt does do some type of referral kickback). I think Kelly Ripa is a Gilt fan too…. just saying, we have a lot in common.

It was a little expensive, but I showed Kevin how expensive that Kate Spade bags were to give him some perspective. :)  Haha. I usually love KS, but the baby bags were too plain/neutral for me with just plain dots or stripes so we got lucky. Kevin will look really awesome carrying this bag, I know!!!!! But realistically we’ll have some sort of back-up bag that I’ll make sure is a little manlier for any father-son outings! :) :)

Heels: do you love or loathe them? Yes, it hurts me a little to live in Denver where hiking boots are a lot more common than a decent pump, but I was schooled in the DR…. high heels for life! <3 <3

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Homemade + Pippa’s Turn

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I’ve been feeling really domestic this week! During my Sunday Sewing Time (football games + DIY time for Kevin), I started working on this pillow for my friend’s birthday. I actually ended up totally scrapping my first attempt, but I tried again on Monday, and it turned out (pretty) great! If you don’t look too closely. :)

diy mountain pillow minkie

My project was loosely based on this DIY from Design*Sponge, but of course, I sew about like I cook — highly improvisational. The only problem is that I don’t quite have the sewing skills yet to make that work. I used a super soft minky gray fabric and a white fleece which were very difficult to sew because they are so thick, and it’s hard to see where you’re going! But I’m proud to say that I fixed every machine jam myself as well as replaced the needle! Of course, now I’m inspired to make more pillows even though it took forever!!

I also did some hard core baking yesterday for my gospel community group:

dutch apple pie brown eyed bakerBrown Eyed Baker’s Dutch Apple Pie!

paleo pumpkin pie bites from paleo leap

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bites with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream. These were definitely very easy, but I’ll warn you — on the tart side if you’re accustomed to eating sugar. I had to warn everyone so they wouldn’t be super disappointed when they bit into them. But then everyone said they liked them! Haha. Hard to say if they were just being nice. I liked them. I ate all of the leftovers on the way home.

pippa and cat on fence

Pippa Cordelia had an exciting day yesterday starting with this cute cat perched on the fence teasing her. Awwwa!!!

pippa sink bathThe second part wasn’t so cute… We were lying on in bed at about 10PM last night when Kevin realized that there was dog poop on the sheets. Pippa had stepped in some and gotten it alllllll over our bed and all over the house. Late night sink bath!!! Pippa absolutely hated the humiliation of it all. She wouldn’t even eat treats.

sad pippa in the sinkShe still tried to avoid getting her paws wet…. the poor prissy princess.

pippa snuggled in bedHappy to be snuggled up back in bed! But I’m still working on all the laundry this morning. Parenting practice, right?!

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Drawers!

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Hi! Hope you had a great weekend! I spent most of my Sunday working on a (fairly unsuccessful) sewing project and listening to TED Talks… I’m sort of addicted and I couldn’t resist checking out the ones from Modern Mrs.Darcy’s list this week. The bad news is that I’m going to have to scrap my project. The good news is that I learned a lot and also that I saw it coming and bought plenty of extra fabric.

Kevin spent the day pouring cement in our old bedroom/new baby-ish room. Isn’t that weird? He ripped out the final piece of carpet yesterday (HOORAY!!!!!!!!! Pippa was not as house trained as the shelter told us when we first got her….), and the floor has to be leveled before we switch it out for some laminate type wood flooring. Obviously my only participation in this is getting him water and snacks. But, in my defense, I did help move a lot of furniture last weekend…. Haha. My husband goes to the gym with me so it’s hard to sell him on the pregnancy excuse unless it’s something that could legitimately be dangerous.

Check it out — drawer of cute baby boy clothes!!

drawer of baby clothes

They are MUCH harder to find than cute girl clothes, but I’m all about the plaid, the Brannan Bear stuff from Baby Gap, and obviously baby skinny jeans! There are also some camo pants and a preppy little sweater outfit tucked in there.

Not as cute, but:

drawer of grassfed beefHappy to have replenished our supply of grass fed beef. So helpful to have on hand so I’m not as tempted to make a meal out of sweet potato fries. :)

Week 27 Wod Recaps That Only I Care About:

wodify results week 27 pregnant crossfit

Made it to CrossFit 5x during week 27. I can willingly admit that I am feeling less and less motivated to go, but I still feel much better when I do. Monday’s dirty little row/run wod was the wod I quit — although I still did 4 rounds. Tuesday I totally hemmed & hawed about going to do thrusters & burpee bar hops, but in the end I was glad I did. I “pr’ed” my thruster by 10lbs for 125 thruster. I say “pr” because I hadn’t really ever tried before – I had done 115 a while back at home but hadn’t tried any higher. 125 went up easy, but I had no interested in trying anything heavier. Sadly, my clean is the limiting factor. Haha. It gets a little sloppy after 130-135, and now really isn’t the time to work on it. I was shockingly able to bust out the burpee bar hops. My burpees are now go down to knees (however!), push-up, then back up. Haha. Ten times slower. Put that on the list of things that used to be my favorite but are now the worst!!! People keep asking me how much longer I’m going to do things… until my belly is in the way or at risk in any way. As long as that’s under control. Nasty Girls on Thursday wasn’t so bad because I had to sub ring rows & parallette dips for muscle-ups. I’ve never been even close to getting ring dips — so hopefully the pregnant weighted training will help them? Haha.

On Friday, I hated the wod: amrap 15mins
200m run
15 deadlifts @ 115/75#
12 toes to bar
9 shoulder to overhead @ 115/75#

So running short distances and t2b are the worst (after burpees) so about half the workout was stupid for me. I can’t exactly do t2b at this point. I could probably do one, but it takes some strategizing to get my toes around my belly so it’s not going to happen in a wod. I actually did 95lbs (the RX+) for the deadlift and shoulder to overhead movements, and those were still clearly the easiest parts for me. 95 is NBD especially when I can’t go super hard. Saturday is my day to just get to the gym and move a little… although I did get stuck with a 16lb wall ball because of the enormous class size. It actually felt about the same. Haha. Good training, right? Hoping to keep going 4-5x as possible. One thing that will also slow me down is the weather— if I want to go on a Tues./Thurs. I have to go during the day which means I have to walk. So if it gets too cold or gross, I’ll be at home.

I did 25 heavy doubles during Open Gym with my new CrossRope. So fun!! Now I have to figure out how to string two together. It’s hard to get that kind of momentum going!

pipperdoodles snoozingPipperdoodles snoozing on the body pillow a friend gave me to snuggle during pregnancy. Haha.

Here are a few more baby/pregnancy updates:

  • I had an appt at the midwifery this week. As tempted as I am to complain about an appt for no reason, it’s only the third time I’ve been there in about 7 months…. sooo….. I’ll shut up about it. The good news is that I got a perfectly fine blood pressure reading. I knew it!!!!!! I’ve randomly gotten some high readings I think mostly due to random anxiety, but this midwife thought it was probably only due to cuff size… I have muscles, don’t constrict them…. Haha. Anyways, 120/70. I’ll take it.
  • My next appt is for my glucose test. The midwifery gave me two organic apple juice boxes from Whole Foods…. haha. I’m not thrilled about the whole process, but it’s better than what I’d get at a more traditional clinic!!!
  • I’ve made the baby a few playlists. Actually, I did it a long time ago, but it came up this week with Kevin and he acted so surprised. I don’t know why?! I am a music teacher after all! Also — babies learn a lot before they’re born! He can recognize the music after he’s born. Maybe I’d better stop listening to Shake It Off! Hah. Never.
  • We still don’t have a baby name. Just can’t commit! I did get another fun book from the library that’s a reverse dictionary based on meaning.
  • I have some beautiful Pinterest Boards —Baby Boy Clothes That Are Actually Cute,  Baby/Kid RoomsMaternity Clothes, & CrossFit Moms.
  • We had pizza (Pizza Alley — yay!!) on Halloween because I just was not up for any of the tacky pregnant Halloween costumes. Maybe I’m just a whiner, but the baby hates pizza. The junk food hangover was unreal. I probably could’ve handled a piece, but why would I eat one when I could eat 3? Haha. It’s going to be a while before that happens again.

Have a great week! :)

Do you have a favorite TED Talk? I mainly listen to the TED Talk Radio Hour when I’m walking Pippa, but I like watching them too. I always recap them for Kevin over dinner — they make great conversation starters! :)

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My First Big Quit

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Like anyone else, I can be guilty of sharing only the positives so I thought I’d share this! Last night I just totally straight-up quit my CrossFit workout for the first time ever due to pregnancy precautions (otherwise I can’t really imagine ever quitting). We were doing 5 rounds Row 500m then immediately run 400m. Pretty much a 4.5 minute sprint. The first few went okay, but I ended up getting a wicked double side ache during the fourth and walking it out. I’m sure I could have physically done one more round and finished the workout, but trust me, if you’re pregnant, side aches freak you out. I actually think it was probably just because I try to drink a lot of water, especially on days I CrossFit to avoid dehydrating or overheating. But it got the best of me with this one. I still got a really good 20 minute workout, and I’d rather be a hero to my baby than a hero at the gym any day of the week.

my first big quit

Here I am at 26.2 weeks. If this was a marathon, I’d be done!!!! Haha. And no I don’t like to totally flaunt it in clothes that are tight on my stomach. Maybe when I hit 38 weeks or so, and I have no choice! Haha. That and, I keep noticing that heels are much easier to put on than shoes with ties these days!!! I wore dresses a lot before I was pregnant, but now they are definitely the most comfortable thing to wear. Plus I always dress up for teaching so it’s just convenient. This was a Gap maternity dress that I got on the 40% off sale and miraculously fit my arms!! Usually dresses with sleeves just don’t happen for me, but I think maternity clothes are a little more forgiving in every area (except skinny jeans are still too skinny for my calves).

crossropes all-surfaceBut this cheered me up! I got my new CrossRope All-Surface Set! I am sooo excited! But this heavy rope scares me!!! I’ll be honest — I haven’t attempted a double with it yet! I’m so happy because now I can practice on my patio without the annoying mats, and I can travel with it! Yay!!!!! The set also came with a lighter agility rope. It still feels extremely heavy compared to my regular Rogue rope, but hey it’s like they say train heavy, compete light! I’ll post a video when I get my act together, but it’s a fun new toy for me and something I can actually do when I’m 26 weeks pregnant. I know jump rope is not something most pregnant ladies want to do extra training with, but for me it’s easier than running because I practiced my little heart out last year and got pretty efficient with my jump. Also I’m to the point where I can’t/don’t want to do max effort weights and my bodyweight skills are going downhill fast, so it’s fun to have something new that I can actually work on. Otherwise it just gets boring just getting worse at everything!! Haha. Triple unders in 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you ever quit workouts? What skills are you focusing on right now? I’m also trying to stockpile as much sleep as possible. :)

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