It’s The Most Wonderful Time…

Today we hosted my husband’s sister and her family for an early Christmas celebration since we won’t see them on actual Christmas. I’m sure many of you also either hosted or attended Holiday parties… I just love this time of year! I do miss my family in South America though; that’s the bittersweet part. It was 2 years ago that I was there with them and my grandmother was still alive. Great memories that I’ll cherisfh forever ๐Ÿ˜”

ย Although we haven’t gotten a tree yet, I did manage to pull out a few decorations and cleaned the house a little bit to have our house look presentable. We’re in the process of having the house painted (almost done!) So it was great having some freshly painted rooms to hang out in.

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Last week I felt a big change in my energy levels. I was practically in bed all week, feeling oh so tired. Only made it to CrossFit on Monday and did one at home workout on Wednesday…or was it Thursday? Pregnancy brain has hit me full-on by the way! I’m super forgetful and can’t do math anymore ๐Ÿ˜•

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I did manage to do a mini at home WOD today using my dumbbells. Check it out:

5 Rounds of

12 bicep curls

12 strict presses

30 sec wall sits

30 side bends

10 pulsing lunges (each leg)

15 air squats

It’s all about taking it easy at this point, nothing heavy and no brusque movements. I’m focusing on keeping my core engaged as usual. I’m very happy that I’ve managed to only gain a healthy amount of weight of just under 20 pounds. Although it seems like I’ve been wanting junk food the past few days ๐Ÿ™ˆ so maybe that number will creep up over the next couple of weeks. Oops!ย 

Just a few more days of work this week and then I go on maternity leave. I’m hoping to post more often then.

Have a nice, relaxing Sunday!

Nektar Honey Crystals Review

Hi there! Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I want to talk about a new product I just discovered. Nektar Naturals makes these honey granules that are pretty “sweet”- pun intended. Not only is it a healthy, gluten-free, GMO free product, but it’s so great and convenient that they’re crystals, so you don’t get the sticky mess that usually comes along with honey. 

  
I love having a slice of gluten-free toast with almond butter and a few drizzles of honey as a snack- but I looooved being able to sprinkle some honey crystals instead. No more honey dripping everywhere! I received a free bottle from Nektar Naturals to review but you can pick one up at Whole Foods, Kings or Shop Rite among other health food stores. Give it a try. They have some great recipes in their website too: http://www.nektarnaturals.com. 

I’m currently 35 weeks- yay! Almost there ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been feeling great physically, still working out a few days a week doing what I can. Mentally though…I gotta say I have a bad case of “pregnancy brain.” ๐Ÿ˜

This was one of my WODs last week. Check it out:

50 ball slams (10# ball)

50 Double-unders

40 box step-ups

40 side bends (15# DB)

30 ring rows 

30 pregnant burpees

20 squat cleans (15# DB)

20 push jerks (DB)

10 single arm snatches (DB)

10 box push ups 

I kept the weights light and kept my focus on form. It was challenging but I felt awesome afterwards. My goal is to workout at least 3 times a week for the next few weeks. And I’m already thinking of possible races to run in the spring ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have a great night, 

Xoxo

WODing at 32 Weeks

It’s been great to be able to workout a bit more now that I’m back to “normal.” I made it to CrossFit twice this week and plan on going tomorrow as well. Very curious to see how far into my pregnancy I’ll be able to keep at it. Hopefully at least through the end of this month! 

This was Wednesday’s WOD:

20 minute AMRAP of-

10 power cleans w/15# DB

20 wall slams (10# ball)

200 meter row

I finished 5 rounds and 5 power cleans.

   
   

  
This morning I coached class which featured a fun little ladder of toes to bar, box jumps and dips. I miss doing toes to bar! 

Have a nice Saturday!

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30 Weeks

Happy Sunday! This little big bump is now 30 weeks-yay! It’s been a long week of working, learning and not a lot of working out- but that’s ok! My husband and I took a CPR class earlier in the week and yesterday we went to an all-day childbirth class at the hospital where I’ll be delivering Baby Hicky. They definitely helped in making me feel a little more reassured that I can do this ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I did make it to CrossFit on Wednesday and did the following WODs:

5 rounds of:

10 single arm DB snatches (15#)

100 meter row

Then after a break, 5 rounds of:

12 ring rows

12 box dips

10 back lunges (45#)

I’m now about to get ready to go celebrate my cousin’s birthday so I think I’ll take another day off from working out…or I might do a quick 10 minute circuit before I jump in the shower ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

Xo, 

Julia 

   

Breakfast!

Falling into fitness

I was just thinking about my first half marathon 4 years ago in Seaside Heights…It was an awesome, kinda crazy experience that led me to run 8 more half marathons and 2 full marathons. And I’m not planning on stopping. 2016 races, I’m coming for ya! 

Fall is a great time to kick it up a notch. The weather is more pleasant, the colors are beautiful- it just makes you want to get outside. Unfortunately I’m stuck indoors 99% of the time, but if you’re not in the same boat as I am, you should definitely be doing some outdoor workouts including running ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night at CrossFit we did one of the benchmark WODs, Cindy. Although I feel like it should be renamed “Frank” because my husband loooves it and is constantly trying to get more reps every time he does it.

It consists of a 20 minute AMRAP of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats. 

I used rubber bands for the pull-ups, but you can also do ring rows if you can’t do pull-ups. I also did push-ups on my knees. 

It’s all body-weight but man, you’re feeling out of breath by the 5th round with all that metabolic conditioning! 

So these are my last few days in my 2nd trimester…I can’t sleep very well and I’m starting to get anxious about getting stuff done around the house before baby’s arrival. Ahh! 

Hope you have a nice rest of the week ๐Ÿ™‚

Xo

 

Week 27 bump!

  
  

My first half at Seaside Heights ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Monday Mode

Happy Monday! I’m continuing my productive mode after getting a few important things accomplished this weekend. The hubby and I bought a car (2012 RAV4 Limited Edition), picked out and bought some paint for Baby Hicky’s room and visited the inlaws who gave us some stuff for the house. I got a lot of work done today so I’m feeling good! 

Here’s a simple workout I did late last week that’s perfect for a mama-to-be: 

10 lateral arm extensions (each arm)

15 dumbbell deadlifts 

30 sec plank 

40 side bends 

Then without the dumbbells do: 

10 leg kickbacks (each leg)

10 side leg lifts (each leg)

Repeat 3 times! 

Tonight I’ll be doing Revie’s workout below. Have you guys seen her site? She’s the super cute owner of an all girls CrossFit gym in Australia, CrossFit Babes. She also happens to be pregnant right now so I’m following her workouts closely ๐Ÿ™‚

  
I hope my workouts are to your liking. I’m already thinking of starting a home gym for when baby is here and I want to work out more at home ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the latest belly pic. I love the bright yellow sports bra I had on. It’s a great color and the fabric is very comfortable. It’s by Albion Fit and I actually won it from a giveaway they hosted a little while ago. But hey, funny how you can still see some ab definition…hopefully this means I’ll whip myself back into shape quickly ๐Ÿ˜‰

  
Xo, 

Julia 

22 weeks!

I was in a great mood yesterday . The weather was perfect and I was in much less pain than usual. 

I made it to the gym to do a nice circuit workout modified to be:

45 seconds on, 15 seconds off:

Side lunges

Push press (10#)

Rower

Plate rotations w/toe touch

Wall balls (10#)

Repeat 4 times 

I’m 22 weeks now and feeling Baby’s kicks even more. It’s such an awesome feeling, especially after our scary experience, to know he’s in there and he’s ok. I can’t wait to meet him ๐Ÿ™‚

  

Saturday WOD

Another Saturday morning of coaching and today I was able to squeeze in a sweat sesh myself. I modified the workout for myself to be: 4 rounds of: 10 20# dumbbell thrusters 50 mountain climbers 15 ring rowsย  200 meter farmers carry w/2 20# dumbbellsย  Those farmers carries were tough at the end. I’m glad I was able to get my 3 days of CrossFit this week. Running has been a little awkward- yesterday I felt tightness in my belly so I walked instead :/ Some weeks are better than others. We just moved into a new house so finding the time to get to the gym has a little tricky. I do what I can and try not to be harsh on myself.ย  Check back to see my workouts I do while on vacation in Punta Cana next week!

For Two Fitness

I’m so happy to let you know that I’ve been chosen to be ambassador for For Two Fitness! As I continue this wonderful adventure of becoming a Mom to a little human, while maintaining a safe level of fitness, it is a great privilege to have the support of an awesome company. Their high-performance activewear is not only super cute, and endorsed by fitness professionals and celebrities- but it’s designed to fit women throughout all trimesters. ย Although I don’t have a baby bump yet (but can’t wait!), I love wearing the tank I got recently.


If you yourself are expecting or have a friend who is,ย you have to check them out! http://www.fortwofitness.com. Stay tuned for exciting happenings with For Two Fitness!

My workout yesterday was:

5 rounds of:

5 kipping pull-ups

10 alternating dumbbell snatches (15#)

40 mountain climbers

Then, 5 more rounds of:

5 kipping pull-ups

20 alternating dumbbell snatches

40 mountain climbers

It took me just under 18 minutes to complete. It was quite a sweaty one!

An exciting time in my life…

Just a few days ago, I shared on social media that…I’m going to be a mommy at the end of the year! The outpouring of love and well-wishes has been incredible. 6 months is going to go by super fast! My due date is December 27th, so it could very well be a Christmas bebe that we get.

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing how I modify my workouts. The first trimester was definitely rough- I was tired a lotttt, so I didn’t work out as much. ย Now at 14 weeks, I have a little more energy, so I’m really trying to workout about 4 times a week. Unfortunately I haven’t been running as much, and I’m starting to really miss it! It’s just been tough because I get really thirsty and then I have to pee; it’s a vicious cycle. I’m sure other mama-to-bes can relate!

As of now, I’ve just reduced my intensity in all my WODs, making sure I’m getting sufficient rest and drinking water throughout the workouts. I’ve also stopped doing sit-ups and handstand push-ups and keep my weights lighter. I’m starting to wonder if I should stop doing kipping pull-ups- would it pull on my belly too much? The main point of exercising right now is to stay healthy and strong to be ready for the most important event in my life, which is toย bring a little human into the world ๐Ÿ™‚

My announcement on Instagram and Facebook

My announcement on Instagram and Facebook

Baby's First Half on May 17th at the Superhero Half in Morristown (8 weeks)

Baby’s First Half on May 17th at the Superhero Half in Morristown (8 weeks)

15 weeks. Waiting for the bump! Excuse my bedhead...

15 weeks. Waiting for the bump! Excuse my bedhead…