Can I have more weekend hours? Please?

There’s too much to do on the weekends.  And during the week.  Seriously.  I thought that by cutting TV out of my life I would gain time.  What a crock!

The weekend was jammed pack, and by the time Andy and I got the kids to bed Friday and Saturday, we were beat.  Exhausted.  Spent.  No way was a workout happening.

We forced ourselves to follow through on Sunday, and while I did NOT want to do anything, at the end I felt rejuvenated and energetic again.  And I slept really great that night.


Results: 115-125-135-145-155

I’m still clawing my way back up the deadlift ladder, so to speak.  That 155# was hard, and it shouldn’t have been.

AMRAP 12 min
200m run
15 Back Squat
10 Knees-to-elbows
5 Push ups

Results: 3 rounds + run @ 55#

I went kinda slow on the back squats, but depth has been an issue for me, and I was consciously working on going low enough.  The knees-to-elbows were my strongest yet — I had my knees closer to my elbows than ever!  Come on, abs!  Get stronger!

Challenge: Can you beat me?

Here’s a great WOD to throw into your schedule:

3 rounds
400m run
Max-reps pull ups
50 squats
Max-reps knees-to-elbows

My time: 14:21

I used a band on the pull ups and had to scale the knees-to-elbows to knee raises (no abs — remember? 🙂 ) I averages 10 pull ups and 10 knee raises before I had to stop to rest.

What about you?  Can you do it?

Distractions and workouts

The past several days have not been all lace and doilies here in Brummerland.  Other than my completely normal physical feelings of being uncomfortable, I’ve also been incredibly distracted.  It’s hard to focus on anything that requires thinking,  and it’s a victory when I remember something important.

It’s also much easier for me to use how I feel as an excuse for eating ice cream or skipping workouts.  Sometimes that happens.  But for the past 3 days, I’ve tried really hard to stick with a regular workout routine.


“Baby Johnson”
AMRAP 15 min
9 KB deadlift (32 kg) (used 60#)
8 pullups (subbed ring rows)
8 ring dips
9 hang power cleans at 65# (used 55#)

Results: 5 rounds + 9 deadlifts + 8 ring rows + 8 ring dips


20 push press 65# (subbed 20# dumbbells to do this inside)
20 squats
20 knees-to-elbows (subbed side sit ups)

Time: 11:32


10 rounds
7 KB swings (M 2 pood / W 1.5 pood) (used 14kg)
5 burpees (subbed sprawls)

Time: 9:47

Extra work: 4 rounds of Tabata pushups

I was tempted to use the 1 pood, but I’ve been very cautious about anything that could strain my back.  My compromise was to drop it down to 14kg, but not 12kg, because that’s just too light.

Today I’ll find out what happens next with baby — planned surgery or wait until nature signals it’s time.  I’m thinking that’s what’s been distracting me.  Ya think?

Home stretch

Not long ago, Andy attempted to hum the them to Rocky.  You know — duh, duh duh-duh-duh, duh duh duh-duh-duh…  It was pretty bad, and Luke said, “What was that?”

Andy: “The theme from Rocky.  A movie”

Luke: “Andy, you’re silly.  You’re just making that up.”

Andy: “Oh yeah?”

So he went off and found it online and downloaded it, so that we now can listen to it in the car.  Lovely.

Of course, it is a great theme when you’re trying to pump yourself up for something, you know, like a WOD… or, perhaps, childbirth.  But that’s another story.

I took two rest days after Thursday’s WOD.  I was just worn out and sore.  I needed to heal.  But we jumped back into it on Sunday with a combo!  I love those:

Shoulder Press
Deadhang pull up


Push ups
Hang power cleans #45

The rest days helped, because I felt really strong all the way through.

Strength results: 45-45-50-55-60
(I would like to note that my max has been stuck at 65# for a while, so being able to do 60# in a 5×5 hopefully indicates I’m stronger now!)

Met-con time: 6:18

Yep, it was a quickie, but really good!  Did the push ups from my knees elevated on the deck, which seemed a little high.  Andy suggested doing future push ups on the parallette bars.

This morning we did this WOD:

5 rounds
10 pull ups
10 dips
10 knees-to-elbows (knee raises for me)
10 squats

Time 15:27

I did not feel so comfortable this time with the knees to elbows.  I don’t know how to describe it — my belly felt uncomfortable… stretched.

Of course, I’ve been feeling uncomfortable all day.  But, you know,  I’m not surprised.  Baby girl is growing rapidly right now, and it’s only about 2 1/2 months until her birthday.  We’re in the home stretch!

“Baby Angie”

It was Angie day at the gym.

Of course, Zach and I had already worked out what I would do, since 100 pull ups, push ups, sit ups and squats is a little beyond my abilities at the moment.  I did “Baby Angie.”

“Baby Angie”
45 pull ups
45 push ups
45 knees-to-elbows
45 squats

Time: 15:32

I used a blue+purple band.  I set up the low box and did push ups on it.  At first I tried from my toes, but I was having trouble going down to my chest, so I dropped to my knees and worked really hard to go deep.  It burned, but I needed it.

Honestly, it was a little easy for me.  Looking back, I think I could have handled 60 or 65 reps of each exercise with no problem.  Not that it wasn’t challenging, but adding the extra reps would have put it closer to my abilities.

It’s been a while since I’ve done full on pull ups, so I prepared for Angie with Monday’s workout:

Deadlift KB 32kg
Muscle snatch #45
Pull ups

Time: 14:47

I used the rebar on the snatch, since a regular snatch is hard enough with just the bar — a muscle snatch doesn’t give you the same momentum.  My time would have been less had my band on the pull up bar not fallen apart in the middle of round 2.  We had to stop everything to put it back up.  It was not funny at the time, but it’s pretty funny now.

Weight gain and ‘Helen’

Something’s been bugging me today that really doesn’t affect me.  It just makes me sad.

I’ve been part of the Facebook off-shoot called Circle of Moms, and today I decided to update my profile, add that I’m expecting, get rid of some groups and add a new one.  That new one is for moms expecting in September 2010, and it was one of the recent discussions that bothered me.

This mom was talking about how she was at 25 weeks (in the 6th month), had already gained 40 pounds, couldn’t afford to eat healthy (i.e. eat fruits and vegetables), had no time to exercise, was hungry all the time — every excuse in the world — and yet, wanted advice on what to do about her weight.


But then the comments — nearly EVERY woman that responded said she had gained 60 pounds, or 25 pounds, or some ungodly amount of weight.  One woman said McDonald’s was on the way to work — implying that she just HAD to stop.

Double wha?

That stuff just blows my mind.  I don’t even know how to respond to that stuff expect with my own experience.  Quit eating CRAP!


On a positive note, I’m very happy to report that I’ve gained a very healthy and manageable 12 pounds so far this pregnancy.  I feel strong, I feel good about how I look and Madeline is kicking like crazy, so she must be good, too.

That doesn’t mean things aren’t changing, though.

This morning, we were told to run three laps around the building during the warm up.  I quit after two.  I needed to stop.  Zach started to fuss at me that I have to communicate with him, but I told him, “That’s what I came in here for!” 🙂

We decided it was time to sub rowing for running from here on out.  Running has become too uncomfortable for me to continue for the longer distances.  Although, I’ll probably still try to do some of the 200m runs at home for a while longer.

That meant today’s WOD was modified:

3 rounds
400m run
21 KB swings (M 24K / W 16K)
12 pull ups

I rowed the 400m and used a 12K KB for the swings.  I’m still using the blue band for pull ups, and my kips feel pretty good, but I tired out pretty quickly and had to take breathing breaks every 3 to 6 pull ups.

Time: 14:28

Extra work for today was pretty cool, even though I was really worn out:

25m lunges (I think it was 25m — from the green box to the cars in the parking lot and back)
20 pushups
20 sit ups (knees-to-elbows for me)
20 box jumps (step ups for me)
25m lunges

Don’t know the time — I stopped when Zach told us it was time to stretch.

I was sweaty, and I felt good.  Awesome WOD today.

Some WODs with the Oly bar

Did I mention we extended the “Brummer Belly Challenge”?

Yeppers.  We did it when we bought the Oly bars and plates.  It goes until the end of July I think.  I’ve been having a hard time being true to my goal of primal eating.  Ice cream has been my downfall.  Fortunately, I only indulge once a week or so — not every day (even though I want to).

Andy and I have some birthdays coming up.  Andy’s comes first.  We went out today to pick out his gift.  I wanted to get him a pair of 45# dumbbells, but he wanted 45# plates.  Well, it IS his birthday.

We’ve been enjoying the new Oly bar set in our recent workouts.  Here are the recent WODs:


Kettlebell deadlift (32kg)
Good mornings (45# bar)

I finished this workout in 8:58 with 65# on the homemade KB, knee raises and the 45# bar.


7 rounds
7 pull ups
7 Overhead squats (65#)

Andy and I warmed up with the rebar to practice the OH squats, but it was a little heavy for the Burgener warmup.  Next time, I’ll pull out my staff.  Andy decided to use the rebar on the workout, since he’s still working on OH squat form.

My time: 11:35

I used the 45# bar for the squats (Andy tried it and called me a ‘bad ass’) and a band on my pull ups.

I checked out the Crossfit Mom site today to see what they have to say about the 3rd trimester.  The dos and don’ts included not squatting anything more than bodyweight and not lifting much weight overhead.  I have already been making sure I squat no deeper than parallel and staying away from jumps and stuff where I could lose my balance.  Pull ups are growing more difficult, because the band is rubbing my belly.  It’s probably also time to start doing push ups on a box or the wall, because I can’t get my chest to the floor anyway.

Honestly, I’ve been thinking a lot about the next benchmark at my gym, which is Angie.  Crossfit Mom has a “Baby Angie”, and I think I’m going to ask Zach if I can do that instead.  I feel strong, but I don’t think I’m up to 100 each of pull ups, push ups, sit ups and squats.

The Camel

So, seriously, Andy said I’m like a camel now.

The weather has been warm and sticky in the mornings, and I’m drinking water like crazy.  This morning I drank a huge glass before even setting foot outside for Crossfit.  Then I drank my entire giant water bottle before we even started the WOD.  Thank goodness there’s a water fountain so I could fill up, because I almost finished the fill-up before getting home — all in 1 1/2 hours.

Here’s what we did this morning:

Turkish Get-ups


For Time:
1000m row
50 swings (M 24k / W 16k)
30 thrusters (M 95# / W 65#)

The Turkish get-ups were awkward.  Zach assured me I could do them at this stage, and he was right.  We started with a light kettlebell and then used a 12kg KB.  But the move itself is technically challenging and it will take practice.  It was much harder on the left side than the right.

For the WOD, I stuck with the 12kg KB and pulled out a 45# bar for thrusters.  It took me a little over 5 minutes to finish the 1K row.  I broke the swings up into 2 sets of 25 so I could catch my breath for a few seconds in between.  The thrusters were brutal as usual.  I had to do those in sets of 5.

Time: 11:15

Last night, Andy and I did a “belly challenge” workout that we didn’t get to on Sunday because of how tired we were from yardwork and gardening.

I did:

“Baby Barbara”
5 rounds
6 pull ups
8 push ups
10 knees-to-elbows
12 squats

I finished in 12:17. Andy actually took on the full “Barbara,” which is:

5 rounds
20 pull ups
30 push ups
40 sit ups
50 squats

He had finished 3 rounds and 10 pull ups when I called time at 25 minutes.  Yay Andy!  His pull ups are looking great, although he says he needs to practice his kip, because he’s using his back more than his hips.

Rest week

My Crossfit gym is off this week, so I’ve been a bit more relaxed about nutrition and workouts than I normally am.

That’s not to say I haven’t been working out — I’ve just been trying out new stuff.  On Monday and Wednesday mornings I took advantage of some of the free programs my gym offered.

They brought in Sanieh, a yoga instructor, to teach a class called Yoga for the Crossfitter.  I really liked it, and I wish I had the cash to add yoga to my routine more regularly.  It was definitely not easy, because there was an emphasis on strength and fluidity using your own bodyweight.  I definitely felt like I had worked out later in the day.

On Tuesday, I did a Crossfit Mom WOD with Andy:

30 push ups
30 pull ups
20 one-armed KB swings
30 knees-to-elbows
30 burpees

Time: 13:44

I had to modify or scale most of the exercises — push ups from the knees, pull ups with a band, 20# DB for KB, and I tried pregnant burpees for the first time.  Still not easy.

I rested today, and celebrated tonight with some very unclean food that was incredibly delicious.  Got to get it out of my system now — the Brummer Belly Challenge is just 2 days away!

Light at the end of the day

I just LOVE Daylight Saving Time.  I love that it’s not dark when I get home.  It’s like I actually have a life.

To mark the occasion, Andy and I did a quick and easy workout outside.  It wasn’t very intense, but it was a good skills/stretching workout, because my hamstrings and shoulders are really tight.

4 rounds
15 Good Mornings
15 Knees-to-elbows
15 Overhead squats

I know I could have gone MUCH heavier than I did, but I really wanted to practice form with a bar, not dumbbells, and the only bar we have is re-bar — which feels like about 10 pounds.

Andy and the stopwatch don’t get a long, so the timer didn’t actually start to see how long it took.  That’s OK.  It was nice to have more of an active rest day.