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The Beast…

You know what is way harder than you would think it would be?  Pushing a double stroller with two kids in it…up-freaking-hill!  My first competitive event (not all that competitive, but the perfect starting point) is this weekend: the Mother’s Day 5K.  I have been running two to three days a week in preparation, and last week thought I better take the kiddos in the double jogger, because that is how I will be running in the race.  Wow is it challenging!  The jogger weighs 49 pounds.  Stella weighs 26.  Augustus weighs about 10, and is in his 8 pound carseat.  That is a   total of 93 pounds to push.  I live in a very hilly neighborhood, so no matter what way I decide to go, I am going to have some serious hills to push that bad boy up.  What a great training tool complete with two training buddies who love to be outside.  Just don’t run with it up hill with a full stomach- you may run in to trouble!
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Along with the stroller issue, I have another issue.  It is more of a problem, really.  It is a Target problem.  Like most females age 3 days to 93 years, Target is like the Bermuda Triangle for your checking account.  I try to limit myself to visiting this beautiful place once a week.  However, we live about a mile and a half from one, so you can see where this problem is going.  This week I created a new rule: the only way I am allowed to go to Target is if I push the kids in the double jogger there.  I see two solutions with this rule: one: I will get better at pushing that suburban sized beast  up hill (and not letting it drag me down hill).  Two: you can only put so many items in the basket under the jogger, fixing the spending problem!  Boom!  How creative is that?

Now on to the nutrition and exercise update.  I have been working really hard to stay on track with Zoning, and am feeling great.  However, last week was not only my birthday, but my sister visited as well.  Having guests (and super fun ones at that!) definitely make things challenging with the whole “diet” thing. You don’t want to be the lame hostess who prepares a fun meal but then sits down with her grilled chicken and steamed broccoli in the corner, but you don’t want to loose track either! Lucky for me, my sis is a healthy eater, and was totally up for eating lean meats and a ton of vegis for every meal.  It also reminded me of how great the Zone Diet is because you can Zone anything!  For example, we went out for lunch a couple times, and I was able to Zone meals (the best I could).  I had hamburgers with  no bun, a side salad, and sweet potato fries (tho I only got to eat about four!).  I will not lie to you though, since it was my birthday last week, I went out on a hot date with the husband and enjoyed a steak with bread and dessert and it was INCREDIBLE (but gave me major stomach issues!).  Long story short, you CAN stay with the Zone when eating out, having visitors, and going to parties, just please don’t be the nerd in the corner weighing and measuring their 7 layer dip!  When there is a special event, like turning 30 (wow I am getting up there!), embrace it and eat a piece of cake, and make it a big one.

My workouts continue to feel better and better.  I do feel like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I squat though- I feel like every joint in my body is “snap-crackle-popping” back in to place as I descend hamstrings to calves and back up again.  I am still keeping my weights incredibly light and focusing on maintaining technique at all times.  It is crazy how revived I feel after spending some time in the garage gym, throwing around a little weight, getting my hands back in shape for gymnastics, listening to the hum of the rower as I jam out to “80’s Rock Radio” on Pandora.  Though I feel incredibly weak still, and am no where near where I know I am capable of being performance-wise, each day I am feeling my body slowly find it’s tempo again.  Each day I feel that fire deep inside of me slowly get brighter and brighter.  And you know what the coolest part is?  Watching both of my babies  nap on the video monitor as I work to be the best I can be again, and I am doing it for them, for my family.

This Sunday is the first test of my return to health and fitness.  Tanner and I are running the Mother’s Day 5K in downtown Denver Sunday morning at 9 AM.  Looking for some cheap entertainment?  Come watch me push the beastly double jogger for five kilometers! Any bets on my time?  My PR 5K (given it was in high school!) is 20:11.  I will give a big ol’ cyber high five to whoever can guess my time!  Have a great night everyone, KJ OUT!
runHere I am running!  Any fellow CrossFitters might be able to identify some of the amazing women in this photo!

Ready, Set, Go!

Random thought of the week: why is it that when you are pregnant, everyone runs to help you with doors, groceries, you name it, but when you have had the baby and are struggling carrying a car seat filled with said beautiful munchkin as well as a two year old beautiful munchkin, no one bats an eye? Pregnancy is the best fitting weight vest one can find, while post-partum, you are awkwardly carrying a variety of plates and kettlebells. I will always run to aid a mom now! (and a super pregger too) Just a random thought!

I can’t believe it has already been almost two weeks since Auggie was born. Even though chasing our daughter, Stella, around while carrying him is a workout in itself, I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to getting back in my garage gym during nap time! With my body slowly morphing back to its normal self (with a few new and improved “snap-crackle-pops”), I know the best way to start giving it a tune up is through movement. I have completed my first few weeks of programming my workouts, with full intentions of editing as necessary. My first week includes a beautiful symphony of light running, pull ups, push-ups, light kettlebell and barbell work, short box jumps, modified air squats (to a safe depth for my current ability), the ever-feared burpee, and my beloved, the rower. As promised in my first blog post, I plan on posting my measurements along with photos as I progress back to fitness. I plan on sharing this information (scary!) every other Monday, starting this coming Monday, April 14.

Here is my schedule of monthly athletic events I plan on participating in over the next six months:

May 11, 2014: Mother’s Day 5K, Denver, CO

June 15, 2014: CrossFit Cherry Creek Triple Threat Competition, Denver, CO (any takers on who would want to be on my team? This one is still up in the air!)

July 13, 2014: Missoula Half Marathon, Missoula, MT (I ran this race when I was 23, before I was a CrossFitter and weighed 30 pounds less than my CrossFit Competition weight. I am hoping to set a PR on this course!)

August 16, 2014: Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Denver, CO (because who wouldn’t want to attempt throwing a caber in a kilt?)

September, 2014: Fall Frenzy Sprint Triathlon, Parker, CO (I am absolutely TERRIFIED to swim 500 meters- I definitely need to wipe this one off the list!)

October, 2014: CrossFit 307 Throwdown, Casper, WY (I did this last year when I was 17 weeks pregnant and it was a blast! CF307 did an outstanding job programming and running this event- I can’t wait to do it again with my super team)

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That should certainly be six months of motivation and trying new things! If anyone knows of any fun events you think I would like to challenge myself with, please list them in the comments below and I will try to throw them on the schedule if they are doable and not too pricy. Also, if anyone would like to join me in a competition or for just a WOD, please comment or e-mail as well!

One more thing- I have failed you all in posting recipes regularly! Here is a copy of my favorite “Paleo Banana Bread” recipe. It is from the Mark’s Daily Apple website and has never failed me! I have switched out the bananas for an equal amount of applesauce before for a fun change and it is delish. You can also crunch the numbers and fit it easily in to a Zone friendly meal as it is mostly fat and carbs! Let me know what you think!

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Paleo Banana Bread: Gluten, Grain, and Dairy Free!

2 cups Almond Flour (I like to just toss raw almonds in the food processor for a grainier texture)

¼ cup Flaxseed Meal

2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

2/3 cup Chopped Nuts (pecans or walnuts are delish)

4 Ripe Bananas

2 tbsp Honey

4 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

1-      Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2-      Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

3-      In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.

4-      Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Normally with breads or muffin recipes, you don’t want to over-mix, but since there’s no gluten here, mix to your heart’s content. The muffins won’t get gummy or icky.

5-      Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini loaf pans, or big loaf pans about ¾ full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6-      Let cool slightly and enjoy with a pat of almond butter, coconut oil, or butter. Yum!

Augustus is here!

It has been an exciting week. Last Monday, March 31, I headed in for my 37 week check-up. My in-laws have been in town, so I brought some errands to my appointment with me- a couple things to exchange for my MIL, and a Costco grocery list. Little did I know, ten minutes after checking in for my appointment, I would be sitting at the doctor’s desk, listening to him call over to Labor and Delivery, telling them I was on my way over! Twelve hours and a lot of excitement later, I was holding our brand new baby boy in my arms. What an incredible feeling. But you know what was even better? Two days later, when I was up at five in the morning, nursing this brand new baby in one arm, and holding my almost two year old in my other arm. I don’t think my heart could me more filled with love right now. I am one lucky lady to have such a wonderful husband and two beautiful children!

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Now I know I promised last week I would share with you all of my plans for the summer and fall for fun athletic events! However, since Auggie (our handsome little man) arrived this week, I thought it would be better to share with you my short term plans for my recovery time and slowly stepping back in to some exercise while it is fresh in my mind. Auggie was born April 1 at 12:13 AM, so since I promised my husband I would take a solid two weeks to recover before hopping back on the exercise band-wagon, I plan on starting Monday, April 14. Keep in mind, I completely lucked out and had a very easy labor, so for any mamas out there who weren’t so lucky, please plan on taking more time off and listen to your body! April 14 is my goal, but if I am not quite ready, I fully intend on waiting a little longer.

First performance goal post pregnancy: 5K Run

So while shopping around for some fun activities to do in the Denver area post baby, I stumbled across what I thought would be my perfect first event. It is something I can train for with my kids, and I knew, if I didn’t have a C-section, it would be something I could reasonably do. And the most exciting part? I convinced my husband to do it with me! We are participating in the Mother’s Day 5K, May 11. It just seemed too perfect to not sign up for. My goal is not to PR my 5K time, but to simply run the entire thing. The race is six weeks after little Auggie was born, so with two weeks down time, that gives me four weeks to prepare. I am pumped, and the best part is, we will be doing it as a family, as our super-awesome double jogger showed up last week. More details to come on how the preparation and race go!

First nutrition goal post pregnancy: Getting back on THE ZONE!

I love to eat, and I mean really, really love it. I have a huge weakness for cheeseburgers and cocoa puffs. Not together, you crazies! That is just plain weird. I love cheeseburgers any time, but cocoa puffs are definitely the best midnight snack, even more so when you are up nursing a brand new little munchkin in the wee hours of the night. My plan is to start zone proportions of food the same day I start back at training. If you have never heard of the Zone Diet (it is amazing), I am adding some links to information about it at the end of this blog post, please check them out and shoot me any questions you have! I normally eat 13 blocks per day while training, but since I am nursing, I am going to start with 15 to make sure I am getting plenty of nutrition to keep up my milk supply, and will adjust as needed as I go along. I plan on eating “real food” (anything without an ingredients label), plus a small amount of dairy (I have a Greek yogurt and cottage cheese problem), rice, and bread. I just don’t have the time to sit around chewing vegetables all day while chasing around two little ones! I will start photos and measurements two weeks post-partum as well, so my body has some time to heal and get rid of all the crazy fluids we build up during pregnancy and labor.

I promise next week to release my schedule of intended athletic events I plan on participating in over the summer and early fall. If you know of anything fun you think I would enjoy or be challenged by in the Denver area, please shoot it my way! I would love any help from you guys. Also, if any of you would like to join me in any event, please message me, I would love that! Hope you all have an awesome weekend, please feel free to leave me feedback in the comments section, I would love to get your input and experiences here! This is for all the mamas out there!

Zone Resources:

CrossFit Journal Article 21:   http://journal.crossfit.com/2004/05/zone-meal-plans-crossfit-journ.tpl

Zone website: http://www.zonediet.com

The Zone Diet explained: http://crossfitimpulse.com/the-zone-diet-explained-edited

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