We are having a BABY!!

Okay guys, I am back from the crazy world called life. I, honestly, was not intending on picking back up with writing on this blog. Mainly, I’ve been spilling out my mind into http://www.blackboxstrength.com, but new news has recently presented itself…. WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!

With this wonderful news, I’ve decided to pick back up with blogging on this site. It’s more for documentary purposes and my mom has requested updates on the baby bump. I’ve also wanted to write about my experience for other moms, who may be in a similar life situation. Once I found out I was prego, I searched all over the web for fitness and nutrition information. I came to a conclusion, there is not a lot of substance to most of what people/organizations recommend for pregnant women.

I’ve also come to realize everyone’s pregnancy is very different and even every pregnancy from the same woman can be different. So, this is just my story. I’ve eaten unweighed/unmeasured Paleo for close to 3 years. I’ve trained pretty hard for the past 3-4 years. During this time, I’ve been on a consistent CrossFit program, Olympic lifting program, or strength development cycles. I’ve competed in a few CF competitions and Olympic Lifting meets (nothing too notable to mention, but I just wanted to give a little info on myself). This is just a little of my recent background.

It is always best to start any fitness program PRIOR to pregnancy. I’ve written a little bit about it here on the BlackBox Blog. I think the main point of my pre-pregnancy blog is: “If you are wanting to become pregnant or if you are even considering that one day you may want to host a fetus, it would be wise to get your shit together TODAY!”.  Once you are pregnant, life is pretty unpredictable. I’ve had it pretty easy compared to most (no sickness), but I was unprepared for the complete exhaustion and slow recovery (from workouts) I experienced in the first trimester.

If I hadn’t had really good eating habits or consistent workouts prior to pregnancy, I do believe life would have been VERY difficult. I believe if you develop good habits now, when life gets tough it’s easier to continue to do the things that are normal (like eating well, sleeping well, and exercising). These things were very easy to do during the first trimester, because they were so engrained in my natural everyday life. This is not the norm, for most women, but they will make that first trimester easier. I’ll explain more in another post. But I really do believe if you eat well, sleep well, and exercise appropriately the all too common symptoms of pregnancy don’t have to be the normal for you!

Okay, enough of my ranting, I really could go on for a long time… So, in this blog, I am in no way saying that my word is greater than a Doctor’s. So, if you are here and you are prego and things that I say also conflict with what your Doc says. My advice would be listen to the Doc. I would also recommend listening to your intuition (this usually doesn’t lie). Get a second or third opinion, do your own research, question the why behind the what…. It’s your body and your baby, so ask questions and make sure your not just doing something, because you’re being told “this is how it’s done”.

10 Weeks

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17 Weeks


I still do all of the lifts, although the weight is a lot lighter (maybe at 85/75%). My abdominal muscles don’t seem to want to stabilize as well as they used to. The only movement that I’ve cut out of the equation is box jumps. They just make me a little nervous. I still jump, double unders are actually one of my favorites right now.  I still do handstands/cartwheels, mainly for fun. Also, sit ups (which are recommended to be cut off in the 2nd tri) are still great and feel comfortable (we will touch on a few movements that people say to avoid and a little of the why, a little later).

A good rule of thumb, if it feels weird, funny or uncomfortable, stop it and do something else!

Cravings: Mustard (like on everything, yum!) and Sunflower Seed nut butter on bananas!

Sleep: normal, sleep throughout the night.

Sex: Yes, please… HA! No, just kidding. We find out the sex of the baby on Wednesday (tomorrow!). Pray for the little one to be spread eagle, so we can get a good look!

Websites I love:


http://chriskresser.com/  (specifically his baby code)

www.onefitmom.com (this is really the only website I’ve found by another pregnant woman who has been consistently active and eating well. It’s very encouraging)



This present moment is all we have. If we do not live and recognize what is the present, we waste it. Our thoughts of the past or future have the potential to cloud what is now.

Take a breath, create some space between your thoughts and your mind. Within that space be conscious.

Be present.

This too shall pass…



Here is a fantastic recipe that gets better every time I cook! ENJOY!
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2 # ground meat (preferably grass fed or wild game)
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tbs chili pwd
2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1 can diced tomatoes or 1-2 whole tomato diced
1 tbs cocoa pwd
1 12oz jar salsa
2 1/2 cups chopped celery
salt/pepper to taste

Sauté over medium heat the onions, celery and garlic until onions are translucent about 3 or 4 minutes. Then you add the meat, cumin, paprika, oregano and chili powder. Stir while this cooks for about 5 to 6 minutes. Then pour in the salsa and tomatoes.

This recipe is great, because I like to change it depending on what’s in the fridge! Be creative!


Sun-dried Tomatoes

Okay, I will confess I have not yet made these, but my friend Mary Jo has and they are super delicious! Try it out and let me know what you think!
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Homemade Sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1-2 boxes of the cherry tomatoes
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • shallot or garlic finely chopped.
Pre-heat the oven to ~250-300. Cut the tomatoes in half and add desired amounts of oil, salt, pepper, and garlic/shallot. Leave in the oven for ~1:30-2 hours.
These aren’t exactly like the sun-dried tomatoes you would get at the store. They are still a little juicy and they taste super fresh!  To be honest, I like them much better! These are on tonight’s to do list. I bet they would be fantastic over a NY Strip… Yum!
If you find a better way of doing this let me know!



Okay so I have a slight obsession…. with brussel sprouts.

Yep, I’m in love. Yesterday I had about 3 bowls of these delicious little green delights. Afterwards I was very full and very happy. The only recipe I had involving brussels for a while was one with bacon. So, I just figured it was the bacon that made them so yummy.
After some experimenting (sans the bacon), I found the brussels’ true deliciousness.
Baked Brussels (I’m currently obsessed with these!)
  • brussel sprouts cut into 4ths-6ths
  • oil ~ 2 tablespoons
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sliced almonds (optional)
  • pomegranate seeds (optional), I’ve also use blackberries
Pre-heat the oven to ~350-400. Take the sliced brussels and place them on a baking pan. Pour the oil, salt, almonds and pepper. Mix well and bake ~15-20min or until desired brown/crispness is achieved. Pull pan out of the oven and pour pomegranate seeds over the brussels and mix well.



Looking for a Christmas gift for your meat eating friends?

I love cook books, but with almost every recipe book I have I find myself changing the ingredients to fit our family’s nutritional needs. Sans the dairy, sans the sugar, sans the gluten…. I am super excited to get this book! I look through this woman’s website at least once a week.

I’m glad the internet is so speedy and always at my finger tips, but there is just something special about having a cook book in front of you while you’re cooking. It makes me feel less techy and more earthy.

Everyday Paleo!

soap box and sweet science stuff.

Sometimes I read things and feel like I need to immediately tell someone about it or I will spontaneously implode. This post is just that, mainly because my husband is at work and Dutch is in Ft Worth. So I’m here “talking it out”. I am imagining a virtual conversation with you on the other side of the computer screen.

I’m pretty sure you know where I stand on supplementations. If not, I really dislike them. It is hard enough to get people to eat real food. The idea that a pill or powder can replace whole food is in my opinion just an example of an apathetic “quick fix” attitude and it’s ridiculous and it makes me want to drop kick something.

I hope you enjoy. Sorry for my soap box. I just like standing on it every once in a while.

The ENS is a part of the Sympathetic Nervous System (remember your fight or flight response), which is also apart of your Autonomic Nervous System (unconscious actions: breathing, heat beats…). This article is touching on the subject of how people can exercise till the sun comes up, but still not lose wt, gain muscle, or have great performance measures. There are a lot of things that play into an imbalance in your Autonomic Nervous System. Food is huge.

“The greatest majority of the ENS neuron population resides within the small intestine as the myenteric plexus and submucosal plexus. This region of the body has intimate contact with all consumed foods, liquids and any of the toxins, chemicals or parasitic organisms that may enter during consumption. It is for this reason the ENS not only communicates to all major control centers, but may produce very powerful influences over mind, mood, circulation, energy levels, capacity for exercise and response to exercise. The enteric nervous system’s role in regulating our overall physiology, and even psychology, should make it clear to you that what you put in your mouth may be even more important than how you choose to exercise. After all, most people only exercise 3-7 hours a week (if that!), yet they generally eat three meals a day. When you consider that each meal influences your physiology for between 55-72 hours under normal conditions and you’re doing this at least three times a day, eating has a much greater capacity to alter your physical, mental and emotional capacity than exercise done only a few times per week! The days of personal trainers feeding their clients packaged and processed impersonations of food will have to come to an end if we are to help people in the new Millennium.” ~p. chek

Moral of this article: eat well and you will look good, feel good and perform good.