Truth: Outdoor Time Sometimes Stresses Me Out

boy riding bike
Outdoor time is so important… but sometimes it can feel tedious when our kids are very young.

I know, right? Me? The mom who blogs about the importance of taking your kids outside? Yep.  My kids are young (3 years old and baby), and I know that it won’t always be like this.  In a couple years I’ll open the door and say “go play,” and they’ll be running around in the neighborhood until dinner time.  But for now, pretty much all outdoor time requires hands on parenting and supervision.  The preschooler wants someone to play with, but the baby just wants to eat the grass.  It’s hot, and I can’t draw another stick figure on the sidewalk.  Sometimes playing inside is tempting because it’s… well… easier.  There I said it.  But yet I know outdoor time is important, I love the outdoors myself, and I don’t want to discourage their desire to be outside.  So what to do?  Read on. Continue reading “Truth: Outdoor Time Sometimes Stresses Me Out”

My Crossfit Pregnancy: Workout Modifications

Every pregnant mama is different!

What many don’t realize about Crossfit is that it is possible to modify any workout!  I learned this first hand when I continued to Crossfit while pregnant with my daughter.  This post is pretty technical and specific to Crossfit, so it won’t interest everyone, but I wanted to follow up my previous post on why Crossfit during pregnancy was right for me, with some more details on my workout modifications.  It’s hard to find authoritative information on what’s safe and what’s not.  I can’t claim to have an expert opinion, but I want to share my experience.  In this post I’ll break down what I did, and what I modified or eliminated, in each trimester of my pregnancy.   Crossfit mamas, read on! Continue reading “My Crossfit Pregnancy: Workout Modifications”

“Is That Safe?” — Why Crossfit During Pregnancy Was Right for Me

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Doing Crossfit at approximately 25 weeks pregnant.

“Is that safe?”  Every time I mentioned Crossfit during pregnancy or posted a picture, a well-meaning friend would inquire as to whether such activity was acceptable.  It’s an understandable question.  For me, I believe it was.

While exercise during pregnancy was discouraged long ago, today doctors generally agree that it is beneficial to both mother and baby, and should be encouraged in uncomplicated pregnancies.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that “regular physical activity during pregnancy improves or maintains physical fitness, helps with weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, and enhances psychologic well-being.”

Okay.  But what about intense exercise like Crossfit? Continue reading ““Is That Safe?” — Why Crossfit During Pregnancy Was Right for Me”