A Fitness Update: Working Out While Pregnant

Oh hi blog world! I haven't sat down and written in so long on here but really got this urge to write so I am sitting here typing this out.

If you don't know by now Dave and I are expecting our first child (baby girl!) in June and we are super super excited. It is crazy how much your heart can change so quickly towards a little person you haven't even met yet.

Today I wanted to talk about fitness in pregnancy. I've talked about fitness several times on the blog and you can read last year's post here about how I talked about doing all the hard things. And truth be told, Dave and I knew we wanted to have a family and I figured one of the best things I could do to prepare myself was to be fit. And I gave it 110% last year. I did the crossfit open, I did pullups (hooooray and finally!), I PR'd my half marathon, PR'd my deadlift and a few other crossfit lifts. Basically I busted my butt knowing I probably couldn't push it that hard while pregnant and for some time thereafter. BUT....I'm still working out while pregnant and wanted to share a bit about that journey.

The first trimester was tough to workout during but once I finally did workout I felt so much better. I gagged a lot during workouts but thankfully never vomited and I somehow managed not to hurl barf everywhere when people at the gym had BO. =)

I'm learning that pregnancy will make you feel like the strongest most amazing person and it will also humble you and make you feel like you have nothing in you to do a workout with. I'm learning that little baby J inside me will definitely tell me when she is getting smashed during a workout and I'm okay with backing off or just doing something completely different. Before I get into my workouts do know that my doctor approves everything I am doing. She said since I did crossfit before being pregnant I should keep with it. She said the recovery will be so much better if I stay active. The only thing she told me not to do was to lay flat on my back and do abs after 20 weeks, which I gladly will not do that. So, with that being said here is a summary of what I've been doing while pregnant:

Yes, I am still doing crossfit (Shout out to Crossfit Wichita for being awesome). In my first trimester I somehow managed to PR my deadlift with a total weight of 215 pounds and it didn't feel that hard or I wouldn't have done it. I was doing pretty much everything like normal in my first trimester but I was just huffing and puffing and was so incredibly slow. Actually, that is how I really figured I was pregnant. One day at crossfit, the new people were beating me and when that workout was over I went straight to Walgreens and got a pregnancy test and when that positive sign showed up it all made sense.

Now that I am in my 2nd trimester I can't do all the things. I tried to do a pullup the other day and that was comical. I told my coach I could still climb a rope (which I think I could....) but he told me in a very nice way that wasn't a good idea and he had me do ring rows instead. And I'm thankful my coaches are smart enough to tell me no and give me other options. My coaches at the crossfit gym are very supportive of pregnant people and they always find ways for me to modify a workout. Sometimes I cut a workout in half or some days I will look and see what the workout is and decide that isn't the best thing to do while pregnant.

I will say crossfit has been a saving grace for me during pregnancy. It is something I can still do I just modify and listen to my body and the support network there is incredible.

I was 13ish weeks pregnant in this photo and after this crossfit workout I went home and took a 2 hour nap. Keeping it real over here... =)

I wish you could see me eye rolling right now. Running is barely happening on my end. Apparently baby J sits really low and running just feels so uncomfortable. I finally bought a Gabriella belly band and that helped so much. In fact, I took off sprinting on a treadmill with it because I was so happy it finally didn't hurt to run. But don't worry, the sprinting didn't last long at all.

When I run I will jog about .10 of a mile and walk some followed by a .10 jog. That's just where I am at now and it's okay. I've done a lot of walking and that has a lot of health benefits too. I will admit it is hard and weird to not be able to just decide to go hop on a treadmill or go out for a run. I can't do that right now. And that's okay it's just different.

YMCA Classes: 
On the days I decide crossfit isn't the best idea for me I usually go to the Y and powerwalk or do a class. My two favorite classes are Barre and LesMills SheBam.

Barre doesn't look that hard but it really targets little muscles and BURNS! I also like that it is a great workout but low impact. SheBam is a dance class. I had no idea what to expect but it was really fun and I got around 5,000 steps in just from a 45 minute class. It's also a great low impact workout.

That sums up what I have been doing while being pregnant. People sometimes ask you what your "why" is for doing something. We were asked that at crossfit and I can tell you that now my "why" is labor, delivery, recovery and a healthy baby. I know me working out helps baby J too. I also think pushing will be like the biggest crossfit workout and marathon rolled into one and I can't imagine not training for it. So many people keep telling me that recovery will be easier if I workout so I am hoping they are right.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask. If you were pregnant let me know what you did while pregnant, I'd love to hear what worked for you and what didn't.


Macaroni & Cheese

It's been forever since I blogged so I figured I would make a comeback with a mac n cheese recipe.  Question - how does one actually spell mac'n'cheese? I can never figure it out. Help me out all you grammar peeps.

Yes, I took this photo in my car. Don't judge. ;)

Anyways, I came up with this recipe and it is super easy and delicious and kids (and adults) love it.

-1 package of noodles of choice
-1 can of evaporated milk
-1/2 bag of shredded cheddar cheese - let's just go with 1 cup
-1/2 pound of American Cheese cut up into cubes (I get this from the deli department and they cut me one slab of cheese and I dice it up at home)
-3 T. butter
-1/2 c. sour cream

Cook the noodles and set them aside. Next, in a sauce pan put all other ingredients in over low heat and stir until everything is melted. Then add the noodles back in and stir.

I like to serve mine right away because the cheese is all ooey gooey and so tasty! Another delicious alternative is to add chopped up sausage into the mac and cheese. You could also put Hatch Green chiles in there, which I plan to do next time I make a big batch of this.

Got a favorite recipe you've been making lately? Please do share!


Touring The Southwest Part 1 : New Mexico

Today I want to share more with you about our trip to the Southwest that we took in May. I wrote a little bit about it here so be sure to check that post out first. 

Dave and I were gone for a total of 8 days. We spent 5 days in New Mexico, 1 1 /2 days in Arizona and 1 1/2 days in Utah. And I can tell you, it wasn't long enough! We love love love that area and feel like we barely scratched the surface. We spent the most time in New Mexico because our missionary friends from Thailand were there and we got to spend time with them in Albuquerque and taking them around the state as well. We had a really good time. 

I will share as much info as I can but if you have questions please ask me! I think the SW is a very affordable place to travel. For 8 days, including lodging, gas, food, etc. we spent $1084.27 which is $135.53 a day or $67.77 a person per day. I think that could have been cheaper had we found a camping spot in Utah but they were all taken and we were forced to stay at a Motel 6, which oddly enough, is expensive in Moab. 

In Albuquerque we stayed one night in Uptown and the rest of the nights at this AirBnb. The AirBnb is up in the mountains and you take dirt roads to get there but if you are looking to get out of the city this is your place. If you want in the city we recommend staying by Uptown as there are lots of fun things around that area. Do check locations when picking lodging in ABQ as crime is a bit higher there. 

I plan to share ideas of places for you to go. New Mexico will for sure be my longest post because we have visited there the most. Each numbered item is a link so you can get more details and directions on that specific place. Holler at me with questions. 

New Mexico


I have been to NM so many times but had yet to go to Old Town. Old Town has shops, museums, churches, food and lots of local architecture. It was fun to walk around and see the sights in that area. 

Aren't these tea cups the cutest ever?! I found these in Old Town but just took a picture and didn't buy them.
2. ABQ Botanic Gardens
I must be 90 years old at heart because we always go to the gardens when we visit a city. The gardens in Albqueruque did not disappoint. They had everything from peonies to cacti and so much more.
3. Sandia Peak Tramway
This is a must if you are visiting Albuqueruqe for the first time. We didn't ride the tramway this time as we had lots of other times. I already wrote an entire blog post about that which you can check out right here.

4. Albuquerque Rose Garden
The ABQ Rose Garden was a place I literally, ran into, while I was running near Uptwon ABQ. It was amazing and is definitely worth the visit!

5. El Pinto Restaurant
If you go to New Mexico and don't eat Hatch Chiles you might as well have not visited at all. The best place to experience culture, food and the most amazing sopapillas that you fill with honey is at El Pinto. And oh my word my mouth is watering right now!

6. The Balloon Fiesta
I can't recommend the balloon fiesta enough. It requires planning though and you MUST get up super super early or you will miss it by waiting in traffic. Do your research before heading there but do head there. It's worth it. You can read my post on that right here.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is the Capitol of New Mexico and is full of charm, sights and tourism. It's about a 45 minute drive from ABQ or if you don't mind walking a bit you can take the Road Runner Rail to Santa Fe. Here are a few things we did while there:

1. Visit The State Capitol
Not only is it is a beautiful building that you can tour but it really is neat to see where history is made. Our missionary friends were so fun to take because where they are from (The Philippines) you aren't allowed to tour places like this. They even let Reu sit in the Lieutenant Governors chair and he thought it was incredibly neat, which it is! I just take it for granted because we are used to this. It was neat to be reminded that we really do live in an awesome county where we can be a part of our government.

If you visit Old Town you will basically see a massive area of Santa Fe. We love visiting that area. 

The Oldest Home in the US. It's Adobe with a teal door. Super cute and fun to see.
There are three big chapels you should check out there but my favorite is Loretto Chapel because it has an amazing staircase that they still don't know how it was built. You can visit San Miguel mission too. It's supposedly the oldest church in the US. I personally just really loved all the flowers by the churches. =)

5. Frito Pies! 
You better believe it! You can go to the Five & Dime store in Santa Fe and eat a Chili Frito Pie supposedly invented in Santa Fe. We took our friends from the Philippines there because it's just classic American and fun. We also ate at little food stations around the Plaza. It was much cheaper than a sit down restaurant.

6. Photos! 
Santa Fe is so incredibly beautiful! I love walking around and taking photos and I highly recommend that. We also drove to this lookout and really enjoyed the pretty views. 

White Sands

We drove from Albuquerque to White Sands, which I believe is a 3+ hour drive. There were some fun stops along the way so the drive wasn't as long and boring as I had thought it would be. Here are a few of the stops:

Valley of Fire is on the way from ABQ to White Sands. It's literally a huge valley filled with lava flow. It's beautiful and fascinating. You can also see White Sands way in the distance from these fields. 

This is right off of the highway. Seriously, you can't miss the world's largest pistachio. ha! All jokes aside, this pistachio farm is really fun. I had no idea pistachios grew on trees like they did. There is a large store here where you can sample all kinds of flavored pistachios and they have a Blue Bell Icecream bar inside, which is super nice in the New Mexico heat. 

We love White Sands! I've mentioned this before but if you plan to visit a few National Parks go ahead and buy the yearly pass. They are $80 and pay for themselves very quickly. Our NP fees for this trip was well over $80.

White Sands is literally like the name. Big white sand dunes! There is also a military bomb testing sight here where planes practice dropping bombs so some days the park is closed. Be sure to check the White Sands NP page for details. 

You can hike the dunes, run down them, sled and just look at them. They are fascinating. Now, hot New Mexico sun reflecting down on white sands will dehydrate you before you know what has happened. If you plan to go, go early! Drink 2-3 times the amount of water you normally drink and be smart. I don't really recommend visiting this place in summer. We went in May and it was too hot to hike. People have died from the heat here so I'm not just exaggerating on this one. All the scares aside, we love the White Sands! It's definitely worth a visit. 

That sums up New Mexico (for now). =) If you have any questions about any of these places let me know. I also plan to share about Utah and Arizona but they won't be as long as this post.