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38 weeks! And my pregnancy athletic attire.

So, one thing about pregnancy that “they” don’t really tell you… The clothing is pretty lame. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a slave to fashion. Yes, my vanity will probably be all over this post, I apologize in advance. One thing about being pregnant is that if you wear something loose and flowy, you look 10x larger than you actually are. Or at least, I just feel like a huge whale in the non-fitted outfits. So with that said, I’ve opted for the stretchy, fitted, and long options.

I’ve realized how minimally I can live off of (as far as clothes are concerned). My mom, from the beginning, advised me to get a nice pair of maternity jeans. And to be honest, I wish I would have done this, but it got so hot so quickly that I chose to just do leggings when I wanted to wear “pants”. I can’t wait to get my legs into some denim after Max gets out.

My profession is in the fitness/health arena, so I have a little bit of freedom to wear what feels comfortable. With the weather being a little toasty, I have 3 items that I wear almost EVERYDAY.  The first being my little shorty short, stretchy, shorts. I love them. Yes they maybe a bit leg exposing, but I’m cool with it… These Lululemon Hot’N Sweaty Shorts are great, because the waist line is super flexible and they don’t leave a seam line at my waist (I’m a little particular about lines/seams and such..). I think I bought them around  5 or 6 months, because my run speed shorts were getting a little tight. These shorts have been fantastic! The strings on the legs are a bit weird, but I just tuck them in and we are good to go.

My second necessity has been these sweet racerback tanks. I didn’t purchase any new tanks, because I already had quite a few of them (Lululemon Racerback Tanks). All of them have been long and stretchy enough to fit over the belly. I talked with some women who worked at Lulu and they said that the stretchy material they use is elastic enough to not ruin the tank. The word is, that it will stretch out with the belly and will retain normal shape/size for postpartum. Sounds, pretty fantastic…. I’ll let you know how they fit post-belly time.

My last big purchase during this pregnancy was a good sports bra. I noticed that at about 6 months a few of my good Lulu bras were getting stretched out. I don’t know how big these knockers will get or what they will end up like, so initially, I tried to look  at the cheaper places for bras like wal-mart, target, dillards… but I maybe a bit spoiled by the quality of my Lulu bras.  The others were just non supportive and they seemed to come all the way up to my neck. Gross.. SO, I did splurge on a larger Lulu bra. AND I am so glad, I wear it almost EVERYDAY! I like the more minimal, lower cut ones (because the tanks are also a little lower cut), so I chose the Lulu Daily Bra.

Anyway, these are the few athletic clothing items that I’ve been so glad to have during this pregnancy.  On a side note, I’m sure ready for Maxwell to come out. This waiting game is a crazy one. I am still doing everything like before. Most days I’m pretty comfortable. So, it leads me to think that he may delay us with his presence. I was working out with the Saturday class and asked “how many deadlifts do you think it would take to induce labor?”. Completely joking, of course… but I think it made a few of the men in the class a little nervous.

This is a little candid shot of me in my daily attire.. Check out those sexy cankles…

Exercises: I surprisingly really love wallballs right now. They used to be my nemesis, but I’ve grown to love them very much. Probably because they are the last few exercises left in my suitcase. KB swings, airdyne, swimming, rowing, squatting, deadlifts, push press, pull ups, step ups… These are a few of the last things I’ve been doing… I did do a few clean/jerks the other day, not much weight, they were just fun to do.

Food: I love me some coconut/nut butter balls of goodness (I usually only use about 1 tbsp of honey, instead of the 1/3 cup it calls for), frozen blueberries, meat of any kind, pineapples, papaya, eggs, coconut butter…

The thing I am looking forward to the most: Holding Max, of course! Besides having a sweet little boy, I am ready to move normally. Just movement without the reminding restrictions of tight round ligaments, funny hip tweaks, or big belly stuff. I really just want to do a burpee. Am I weird?

OH! AND.. my mom is planning on staying with us for  a week after Maxwell’s born. I’m really excited about that too. My family just lives so far away, so it will be nice to have them closer when the baby comes.

Anyway, thanks for listening… I know a lot of this is just random thoughts on what I’ve enjoyed or that have found to work for me. Sometimes it helps to hear what works for others. If not, I hope you find some humor in my pregnancy rantings.

34-36weeks!

To be honest life has been crazy lately! I started this blog post 2 weeks ago, hence the 34 week title. I am now at 36 weeks!!! I can’t believe it is already June! We have about 4 more weeks to go before we get to see sweet Maxwell. EEK! We met with our midwife yesterday. She was telling us, if we go into labor, we are in the “safe zone”. 36 weeks in the state’s eyes is term and we can have the baby safely at home. CRAZY!  I think it freaked us out just a bit… It was as if we hadn’t learned anything from our Bradley classes or books or meetings. We were asking questions like “How can you tell you are in labor?”, “Does your water break before labor?”… After leaving her office yesterday I was pretty sure she was thinking “let’s hope those Morchat’s get their sh*t together”. HA! I just think we realized that this sweet baby could come at any moment. We a really not guaranteed another 4 weeks to prepare.

So, with that in mind, Danny has been a CRAZY man. He’s torn down our kitchen wall, painted and painted more, dry walled, torn up the kitchen floor, he is about to re-tile… I mean with anyone else I would be a ball of stress, but he has been so sweet to clean up and make sure things “appear” normal.

Last week was the first week that my hips have felt a little out of place. Like the greater trochanter is out in some way. I scheduled an appointment with my chiropractor, who is A-mazing, for tomorrow. So, hopefully he can adjust me and relieve a little of the discomfort.

I’ve still been lifting (squats, lunges, deadlifts, presses, pulls are the main ones). I’ve still be doing some conditioning (wall balls, kb swings, swimming, rowing, airdyne, and such…). I’ve really loved swimming, BUT I’ve got a nasty case of the pregnancy mask. I look like a raccoon and it gets worse with the sun. So, sunscreen it is… This mask thing goes away, right?

Examples of swimming workouts:

  • 3 rounds (50m, 100m, 200m laps), rest 1:1 ratio
  • 700m swim
  • 7x100m laps, rest 1:1
  • Sometimes I play a game with some of the older men in the pool (they don’t know about it)… But I give them a 15 second head start and then I see how quickly I can pass them. I know, I know… I think I miss some sort of competition. Sigh..

Okay, on a different note, I wanted to write a little bit about supplements during pregnancy. Before we got pregnant there were a few things that I was doing to, in a sense, prepare myself nutritionally for pregnancy. It’s weird, maybe, but from all of my reading I kept hearing over and over that the health of a mother’s womb affects the health of the baby. So, one place that I dived into was Chris Kresser’s website. At the time, he had just had a little baby of his own so the timing was perfect. He was writing all over his blog about his experience and what he was learning through the process. He even created a program called “The Healthy Baby Code”. It’s pretty baller.

Anyway, I just didn’t want to take a prenatal vitamin and call it a day. Most prenatal vitamins I found had some gnarly forms of calcium and a lot of other byproducts that aren’t always awesome for someone to consume. So, I tried to find out what nutrients I could just get from food and what really may need to be supplemented in to my diet. These were the ones that I found maybe pretty beneficial for pregnancy. So, I chose to take these individually rather than with one big prenatal pill.

Supplements that I am taking/have taken during this pregnancy:

Fermented Cod liver oil/Fish oil: For DHA and EPA and the Vitamins ADK. I feel like this article does a great job on explaining why I take these oils. The good fats and Vitamins are key:

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/691/Be_Healthy_For_You_And_Your_BabyWhat_Beyoncé_Needs.aspx

Magnesium: Most people are deficient in this mineral due to stress and the soil of the plants our foods are grown in. It aids in countering stress hormones, helps to decrease inflammation, aids in the absorption of calcium, helps with sleep and recovery… there are many more reasons why I take this, check out the article below for more information.

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/669/MAGNESIUMThe_Anti-Stress_Mineral.aspx

Folate: This over folic acid is beneficial, because the folic acid tends to cause some oxidative damage to your cells, because it is not absorbed as well. You can get this from foods. The main source is liver… I think many of you know my love/hate/hate relationship with liver. It’s a great food, I know it is, but it is so stink’n hard for me to eat. So, because I know myself well, I knew my liver intake probably wouldn’t be what it should. I opted to supplement with Folate. Chris Kresser wrote a great article for this subject below:

http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

Vitamin D3: I take this mainly when the weather is gloomy and I’m not out in the sun. My intake of this decreases when I’ve been swimming a lot and during the summer months. This hormone aids in the absorption of calcium, increases immune/neurological function… and a lot more. This article lists out some great things that it also contributes to:

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/230/Vitamin_D3_BestSupplementEver.aspx

Things that I’m not so sure about, but have been using occasionally are Vitamin E & Vitamin C… My midwife recommended these, because lately she has seen more “rips” when mom’s are laboring. It would be awesome not to have a whole lot of trauma down in the business area, so I’m just trusting her on this one. She said that these two supplements will help with skin elasticity.

Foods that I’ve tried to increase since being pregnant:

Bone Broth – This stuff has just great minerals for my own bone health. One thing people have told me throughout this pregnancy is that the baby will get what it needs, even if it leaves the mother lacking. I’ve had a wrist fracture that at certain times during pregnancy I can physically feel it weakening. So, I’ve tried to have enough of this in my diet for those times.

Probiotics – Sauerkraut, pickles (the good stuff, that has just cucumber salt and water), kombucha… For my own gut flora. If you’ve ever taken a general anti-biotic, you should probably take one of these or eat something fermented on a regular basis.  Anti-biotics kill everything, not just the bad stuff, but the good stuff too. So, it’s beneficial to rebuild that gut flora for basic digestive needs.

This was kind of a lot… I tried to write a little bit on each, but each one can be it’s own blog post. So, for the sake of keeping it short and sweet, I just posted a few articles you can read more on.

Is there anything you researched that you chose to increase during pregnancy? Please feel free to post what you did!

pressing on

Food is one of the greatest pleasures that we are all given. It involves every sense: we see it, we taste it, we smell it, we touch it, and we can even hear it!

With every pleasure we are given we have the opportunity to do it well or to use and abuse it.

I don’t have all the answers when it comes to food. I can tell you what WILL make you feel, look and perform better, but for some people there is just more to it than the science. For many, food can be a huge mental game and when you start messing with people’s addictions, baggage, apathy… it can get ugly.

All this to say I encourage you to press into areas of your life that make you want to run away. When I mention eating paleo or cutting out grains to some people, I can see their face turn towards that door. Instead of running away from the things that scare you or make you work, try pressing into those areas.

Think of it as a wound. Would you let a deep cut bleed out? NO! You would die. Instead, you press into that wound until the bleeding stops, you tend to it, you care for it, until there is complete healing.

If you knew that you were sick, wouldn’t you do the same? And if you know me, when I say sickness it isn’t just people who are in the hospital. Sickness is much more than a diagnosis. If you eat in a way that causes systemic inflammation (aka if you eat grains, dairy, legumes… this is you), you will be sick eventually. Also, think of the emotional and mental attachment you have to food, if you look at it real closely, would you say it is a healthy relationship?

Press into, tend to, and care for those areas that need healing  and you will be healed.  Find people who will also press into you. Do you need a coach (i know a good one 😉 )? You need to know that you deserve this, you are worth the extra work. Not for anyone else, but yourself. Start treating yourself well.

RIBS

To all those who live in the greater BCS area: HEB has 99 cent/lb spare ribs!

This weekend I bought a rack of ribs for less than $5.


Ingredients:

BBQ sauce (enough to cover the meaty side)

-we used Kentucky BBQ sauce (from the Kalaher’s pantry)

Recipe:

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Place ribs in pot (make sure water covers all ribs). If you need to cut the rack in half. Allow ribs to boil for ~30 min or until mostly cooked.

Preheat the grill to medium heat. Place ribs on pan and with a rag/towel blot out excess water from ribs. Cover ribs in BBQ sauce. Place ribs on grill for 5 min on each side.

* Sorry there is not a picture for this one. We were very hungry last night.

Back in the game of Oly Lifting

Today Danny and I maxed out on our Olympic lifts. It has been quite some time since our last oly session. With the insanity of moving box locations, coaching the rugby team, and juggling everyday life it has been hard to find the desire to lift heavy. I get a lot of my motivation/strength from people. I need that little voice from the opposite platform to tell me to put more weight on the bar. Even if it isn’t verbal. The fact that someone else is picking up more, I want to do it too.

To try.

Even if I fail. It is encouraging to know that I tried. I know what it feels like to miss heavy and in turn I know what it feels like to stick it.

Let me tell you that today no one PRed, but it sure was a lot of fun!

Danny:  Snatch 75 kilos

Clean and Jerk ~97 kilos

Jordan: Snatch ~30 kilos

C&J      ~41kilos

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(estimated on kilos, majority of plates are in lbs)

The past few mornings I have been using all of our too soft (too late to eat) apples for our delicious scrambles. Praise the Lord the ladies have been laying eggs.

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Sorry for the partially eaten pic. I can barely control myself when I get hungry.

Ingredients:

5 eggs

1/3 of a Hill Country Fare Sausage roll

1/2 apple sliced/diced

1/8 onion diced

2 strips of bacon

1/2 avocado

Recipe:

Cook bacon strips until preferred crispiness. Set aside. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Seat aside. Cook sausage in bacon grease. Once sausage is mostly cooked (only slight hints of pink) throw in onions and apples. Allow to simmer until sausage is fully cooked. Place eggs over mixture and allow them to cook.

Plate bacon, avocado and eggs onto plate! ENJOY!