How do I still have energy?

It boggles my mind how I can still have energy to write this post after a full day of working out and household chores — not to mention running after the kids!

I had a hair appointment this morning, so I didn’t go running as usual.  But I had enough time to make it to the free “Under The Bridge” boot-camp workout my gym hosted down at Lady Bird Lake.  Some of my teammates were there — plus Zach — so it was a good chance to chat before and after the workout.

It was tough — but not as tough as the last one I went to.  There were lots of elements to it, but the main part was a partner WOD.

2 rounds w/ a partner
100 OVH squats (w/ PVC pipe)
100 push ups
100 sit ups
Med ball sprint

They initially told us 3 rounds, but Zach changed it in the middle.  Steph and I were in the middle of our 2 round of situps when he called time and told us to do our last med ball run.

It was pretty fun, and Steph and Beth and I lingered to chat before I ran off to the farmer’s market for veggies, meat and eggs.  Unfortunately — NO EGGS!  Ahhhh!  I was forced to go to Whole Foods.  We picked up 36 eggs .  “Enough to tide us over until Wednesday,” I remember telling Andy.

(Chuckle.)  We eat a lot of eggs.

A couple of hours after dinner, I decided to tackle my first workout of Week 4 of the challenge.  I know it’s a lot, but I’m counting on that rest day on Monday.  I value my rest days, and I’m not gonna miss them!

50 lunges
400m run
50 push ups
400m run
50 dips
400m run
50 squats
400m run

Time: 14:52 (Elite)

The push ups really got me.  I did a LOT of push ups this morning.  I just couldn’t do anymore on my toes today.  I had to go to my knees.

Now it’s late.  I should be working.  Instead I’m blogging.  And I have this hope that I’ll actually wake up early to work in the morning.

SLEEP.  It’s so valuable, and yet I still treat it like an inconvenience.  SIGH.  I wonder if my stubbornness will give one day.

It may be October, but the November clean up begins

Get out your pom-poms and mini-American flags, because it’s time to cheer: November is clean up month!

At least for me it is.  I’ve struggled to really commit to cleaning up my ice cream-loving, sugar-craving self for the past month, but no more!!  This time I mean it.  Might as well — I want to fit into my old jeans again and I start back at the gym next week.

And 1 day in — so far so good.  I’m trying to watch quantity as well as quality.  Definitely not easy.  Getting adequate sleep is als0 a challenge, which makes eating well and workouts tougher, but you do what you can, you know?

Yesterday I went for a 1.6 mile walk around Lady Bird Lake, while holding Mads in the sling,  It’s kind of like wearing a weighted vest.

Then I did a workout.  I threw in a 400 m run during the warm-up, then this:

5 rounds
15 dips
10 OH squats
5 pull ups

Time: 10:06

Full disclosure: I used the rebar instead of the bar for the squats.  That significantly reduced the weight, but I was more interested in form.  I’ve been squatting high for so long, I need to work on depth, which is really hard for me with such a heavy weight.  It’s also been months since I did pull ups, so I did those with the tightest band.  They were tough!!

I’ve been doing a lot of the cooking at my house lately.  Got to be honest with you — it’s such a thrill to use the majority of the meat and veggies in the fridge each week. And not because I feel they’re healthy.  It’s because we tend to forget about when we have and waste it, so I love actually using it!

Last night I whipped up some coconut curry, using chicken thighs, cauliflower and the eggplants we harvested from our garden.  I’m also the queen of salads, so I made a big one with greens, tomatoes and green beans from the garden,  cucumber, carrots and pecans.  Yum!!

From pill to playful

Luke did not have school today.  It seems like such a simple matter, but I was worried.  Andy would be going in to the office and I would be home with a newborn and a 4-year-old.  ALONE.

As it turns out, things went really well, and for the first time in… I don’t know — months?… I was: playful.

What does this have to do with working out?   I keep reading on Mark’s Daily Apple about the importance of playfulness, and through the last couple of months of being pregnant and the past month of recovery, I have definitely NOT been playful.

In fact, looking back, I’ve been a bit of a pill.  And I feel bad for everyone around me.  It’s so much more fun being around people who are joyous.  I can only imagine how my son must have felt when nearly every time he invited me to play he heard, “NO.”

Anyway, today was a big change for me, and it did wonders for my relationship with my son, not to mention my sanity.  I’m still tired and recovering, but I’m a lot better off than I was 4 weeks ago.

On Saturday I walked for a little more than a mile on the trail at Lady Bird Lake, pushing Luke in the stroller and carrying Mads in the sling half of the way.  Then Andy and I worked on some strength.

Shoulder press

Results: 45-50-55-55-60

The pistols started off sucking, but they got better.  I used a rope to steady myself, and I probably relied on it a little too much.

We skipped Sunday because we took the kids to the pumpkin patch and walked and walked and walked and walked.  Talk about lots of movement!  Then tonight I dreamt up what initially felt like some kind of torture.

One-armed DB snatch (20#)
DB Deadlift (2 x 20#)

Time: 10:53

A shower, which has become more of a treat than a habit lately, was thoroughly enjoyed after the workout.  AHhhhhhhhh…  cleanliness.

Return of the zombie

Sleep has been hard to come by lately.

It’s partly my own fault.  I just have too much I want and need to do — so I try to cram it all into the day.

But partly it’s.. well I guess it’s my own fault too.. but this time I blame biology.

I don’t remember feeling this uncomfortable at this point during my last pregnancy.  Maybe it didn’t happen.  Likely, I just don’t remember because I was in too much of a fog then to commit brain cells to memory.

The 3rd trimester of pregnancy can be as exhausting as the first.  The only problem is — even though I want to sleep, I just can’t.  I haven’t slept soundly for more than 5 hours each night in weeks.  The rest of the time in bed I toss and turn, get up for water (I am thirsty ALL THE TIME), a bathroom visit, try to find a comfortable position… you name it.  Add to it the heat, a 3-year-old who sometimes needs me to get up in the middle of the night and a general sense of restlessness, and you have the makings of an exhausted woman.

Yep.  That would be me.  You can spot me by my bewildered and dazed look.

So when I say I’m tired of being pregnant…  I mean it quite literally.

Exercise has helped to perk me up for a bit, although it always comes back to tire me out more. I have managed to put in several home workouts, but I did rest for 3 full days following the thruster WOD I did at Crossfit last Thursday.  Wow — talk about being sore.


Step ups
Back squats #45

Time: 11:10 at 45#

Tuesday (at Crossfit Central):

8 rounds
12 jumping squats
8 clapping push ups
12 DB one-armed snatch (M 55/W 35)

Time: 15:11

I used 20# DBs for 4 rounds and 25# DBs for the rest.  I also used a box to elevate my pushups.


Push Press #65
Push ups

Time: 8:10 at 45#

We planned to do a strength workout tonight, but Andy fell asleep hours ago.  Tomorrow.

Maybe I’ll actually sleep tonight.  Maybe.

Oh, Anjolie

It’s a good thing we did our Saturday workout in the morning — we did so much the rest of the day, I was toast by the time we were done!

“Anjolie” (from Crossfit Mom)
5 rounds
10 lunges
10 hang power cleans (20#DB)
10 dips

Time: 9:26

I think I should have tried to use my 25# DB.  I went fast through the cleans.

I’m a little sore today, but not too bad.  It’s strength day, and then — hours of yardwork ahead.  Definitely an active day here.