FriYAY

Really glad that it’s Friday! The hubby is currently busy painting Baby’s room and I’m so so excited to see how it will turn out. I’ve been helping by doing a little online shopping… I still need to find the right curtains and a rug, but I think I’m on the right track.

Speaking of shopping, do you guys use Ebates? In the past year, I’ve gotten over $200 cash back by using their site every time I shop online. I love it. Basically you type in the name of the store, for example Reebok, it will show you how much cash back you get (currently 5%), and you go to their website through the Ebates site, shop, and then get money back. Click here if you’d like to sign up and start using it too. It really is greaaat. 

I haven’t been working out as much this week because the pain increased a little bit :/ But here’s  a good one I did the other day using a Bosu ball- great for keeping your core strength.

Do 4 rounds of:

30 second side plank on floor, switch sides 

30 second plank on Bosu 

40 butt kickers on all fours

30 seated side bends 

I’ll be at CrossFit this weekend- hopefully I’ll be able to get a WOD in on Sunday…

Bump update is below. I’m almost 27 weeks and up 11 pounds. 

   
 
Cheers, 

Julia

Throwback to Puerto Rico

I was reminiscing on a fun trip to Puerto Rico that the hubby and I took (see some photos below) It was in early February, right after the Holidays. We escaped winter for a little bit and recharged our batteries. We enjoyed delicious food and drinks but also went for runs and used our hotel gym. It was a great way to kick off 2015 and the many extraordinary things that  have occurred this year. 

Let me tell you about my workouts this week…yesterday, I was feeling good and relatively pain-free so when I saw overhead squats in the WOD I told myself I’d try them but with the lightest barbell. 

It was a 15 AMRAP:

6 OHS (35#)

8 Push Presses (35#)

10 Preggo Burpees

I was able to do 8 full rounds with a couple of minutes to spare.

Tonight, I stayed home and did a quick 3 rounds with my 8# dumbbells:

20 biceps curls 

25 squats

8 tricep extensions (each arm)

40 side bends 

The workout above would be perfect for someone easing their way back to working out. Simple, but effective movements. 

I hope to continue feeling better! Please wish me luck 🙂 

Here are some Puerto Rico pics:  

    
    
    
     
  

My weekend SWOD (scaled WOD)

Hi all! Wanted to share the super-scaled workout I did yesterday. Let me clarify though, that even though it was a scaled version of the original, it still left me pretty breathless. 

Cash-in: 250 meter row 

21 dead lifts (95#)

15 pregnant burpees (basically you use a box, you jump down into a push-up position on it, then jump back up)

9 box dips 

Then 9 deadlifts

15 pregnant burpees

21 box dips 

Cash-out: 250 meter row

I’m feeling a little sad that I’m not training for any fall half marathons but on the other hand, I’m enjoying the extra rest 🙂 

I hope you all had a great weekend. Have an awesome/inspiring/blessed Monday! 

Xoxo 

  

Weekend Recap

Things haven’t been easy the past few weeks. I’ve been in a great deal of pain, discomfort and frustration due to the stent and I’ve pretty much been stuck at home every day. I’m trying to be optimistic that the doctors will give me some news- either something else that’s safe for the baby that I can take, or perhaps removing the stent altogether. I’ll do whatever is safest for Baby Hicky!

I made it to coach the Saturday morning classes- it felt good to step foot in the gym! The WOD was:

21-15-9

Power cleans (65/95#)

Back squats

Pullups 

This was followed by a 10-minute ab circuit.

On Sunday, I went to do my own workout (it had been a while ):

16 min AMRAP:

10 ring rows

10 ring push-ups

200 meter farmer’s carry (40#)

12 step-ups

10 calorie row

I think the rower will likely become my new best friend over the next few months as it gets my cardio going but it’s still pretty low impact. 

I bought some 8# dumbbells over the weekend at Walmart so that I can at least do some arm work during the week while I’m at home. You can’t stop me! 

Happy Monday everyone 🙂   
   

A scary hospital stint :/

I haven’t been able to write these past few days as I’m still recuperating, most emotionally, from a big scare. I spent 5 days in the hospital, 3 of them in ICU, getting treated for a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). Things got very complicated, I got to get a stent procedure, and many blood tests and X-rays later we discovered that it had not spread anywhere. Our baby boy is healthy and safe, thank God, and I just pray that there are no more bad surprises. 

My workout routine will be on hold for a bit. I may workout occasionally until I feel a bit more confident and less uncomfortable. 

I hope all mamas are doing well and staying healthy. I’m now learning how sensitive  pregnant women are to UTIs, which sound like not such a big deal, but like in my case can get so complicated. After what I went through, I will need some time to get “emotionally fit” again- but I’ll get there, because thinking of this little guy makes me want to keep being strong in every way! 

Punta Cana Part Deux

I’m back in NJ and back at the old routine once again. We had a great time in DR and there was talk of plans for next year already…this time including another little person 🙂

Some of my other gym workouts at the Hard Rock consisted of:

Do 20 burpees and then with 2 8kg dumbbells do:

15 lunges (each leg)

15 dumbbell rows 

15 seated presses 

Then do 20 burpees and 50 mountain climbers. 

Also:

5 minute treadmill warmup

5 rounds of:

20 Kettlebell swings (don’t remember the weight)

15 side bends (8kg dumbbells)

10 dumbbells curls (each arm)

15 Kettlebell sumo squats

I’m 18 weeks and officially in month 5. Time is going by really, really fast! My energy is still up but I’ve had to modify many movements such as burpees (no more chest to ground) as well as push-ups and pullups.  

This little baby seems to be doing his/her own workouts in my belly because I’m feeling movements all the time! Ha! I’m starting to gather ideas and inspiration for the nursery which is actually really difficult. I’ll get there! 

Do you think we’re having a girl or a boy? 🙂

   
    
    
 

Punta Cana Adventures

Part of my family and I are currently on vacation in Punta Cana, DR. We’re here celebrating my uncle’s 60th birthday and had a really nice, surprise dinner- including a mariachi band- for him last night. It also worked out perfectly as a babymoon for Frank and I! I’m 17 weeks and feeling the belly although I may not be showing that much still.

On Wednesday, I did the following workout with Frank and my cousin Patricia:

5 minute warmup run on the treadmill.

Then 3 rounds of:

10 thrusters

15 push-ups

10 pullups

On Thursday, I counted all the walking around we did- to breakfast, to the pool, etc as part of our workout. Any little bit counts! I also got Patricia, her boyfriend and Frank to do the water aerobics class they offer on a daily basis. I’m telling you, I was feeling it in my arms! And it was super fun 🙂

Today, we didn’t have much time in the morning so we just did a quick 3 rounds of:

20 sit-ups (v-ups on a bench), 20 push-ups and 20 air squats. I had to drop down to my knees for the push-ups as I’m starting to feel a little awkward tightness in my abdomen.

It’s beautiful here at the Hard Rock resort so I’m welcoming any opportunity to walk around. I’ll post again soon with more photos!


  
  

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 rows  200 meter farmers carry w/2 20# dumbbells  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.  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.  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, 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.  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 to bring a little human into the world 🙂

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…