September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
So the count-down to my maternity leave has begun as I come into my 35th week of pregnancy. Only one more week to go and then I will be keeping very close to home for all fitness-related activities just-in-case baby decides to make an early appearance. I have had a chat with him though and I’m hoping he honours my wishes to bake just a LITTLE longer…
This week’s exercise routine was marred a little by this ongoing cough I have left-over from my chest infection. The infection has gone and the antibiotics are finished but apparently the cough didn’t get the memo that the infection had left the building. It’s now squatting illegally in my chest making for some very unpleasant and noisy coughing fits that draw looks ranging from horror to irritation to “OMG is she going to cough the baby out?”
It is also a very violent cough which leaves me shaking sometimes and has been nothing short of a full-body workout for the past 2 weeks. I have also spent the GDP of a small African country on tissues in the last 2 weeks.. and my poor tattered nose is ready to admit defeat and head for the hills.
HOWEVER, I have still been exercising. And despite what the nay-sayers may say, it’s been the only thing that has helped me feel better inbetween the bouts of coughing. And since I am no longer on antibiotics it is considered ‘safe’. Mentally though it has done wonders for me.
I only got back into it with Preggi Bellies on Tuesday and although I was initially a bit nervous because I know how harsh the cough sounds and I didn’t want to be barking in the corner and upsetting all the other ladies. But they’re all quite awesome and much to my surprise I didn’t cough much during the class at all. And I slept better than night than I have in ages – thanks mostly to the cardio loosening up my chest and all those ‘little- pulses‘ and lunges exhausting my body.
It’s amazing that after just one week of not exercising at all how much harder I found everything. It’s not like taking a week off when you’re not pregnant, that sometimes helps you come back stronger. But when you’re preggers there is SO much that happens inside your body in a week that you can really feel it when you take a break and go back. Ouch!
I took some pics before class to show y’all what Preggi Bellies is all about as well and Sonja the instructor took some during the class too.
Some of the other pregnant chics at Preggi Bellies.
The instructor/slave driver (but we love her) Sonja on the floor in the middle.
Spot the ginger…. some of us doing dips. Its not so easy with a built-in weight belt and as the belly gets bigger the legs have to spread wider.
Lunges… no-one loves them but if our bums all go back to ‘normal’ or better, it will all be worth it….
The plank position with a ball… and we all know how good my balance is on a GOOD day
Anyhoo, I felt SO unbelievably good after that class I suddenyl felt less like a sick pregnant woman and more like a normal person who jsut happened to have a big belly and a bad cough – if that makes sense….speaking of which, check out this pic of my belly hubby took at home before class. I only ever see my belly from the top, so I was shocked to see just HOW FREAKING BIG it is from the side. I look like I’m trying (unsuccessfully) to smuggle a watermelon…
So after the high of that class I decided to carry on and hit CrossFit the next morning. It was quite a workoutand looked like this:
Hang power snatch (skill) 3-3-3 – I didn’t push the weights and only made it up to 18kg. It’s kinda hard swinging the bar around this watermelon-smuggling outfit.
and the workout was the ‘Baseline’ workout that you do when you sign up to test your fitness. When I first joined I did it in jsut over 7 minutes. Then a few months later I did it again and did it in just over 5 minutes… THIS time? SIGH, jsut over 8 minutes and modified with knees-to-hips instead of sit-ups and push-ups on my knees.
As quickly as possible, perform:
- 500m Row
- 40 Squats
- 30 Sit ups
- 20 Push ups
- 10 Pull ups
Then on Thursday I saw the CrossFit workout for the day was a demanding team workout and I didn’t think anyone would want the coughing pregnant chic on their team so I waddled over to Virgin Active instead and did a CrossFit Mom workout there which was actually really tiring too -and drew a lot of strange looks!
It consisted of:
- 250m row
- 20 squats
- 250 row
- 20 push-ups
- 250 row
- 20 pull-ups
- 250 row
- 20 knees-to-hips
Then this morning I headed back to CrossFit and did this workout:
Front squat best of 5 - I felt strong like bull today and managed to do a whopping 38kg. Not too shabby!
Workout: 5 rounds with 2 min time cap on each
- 10 Pull ups – I used a green band
- 15 Push ups – on my knees
- 20 Sit ups – I skipped this one cause my hands were already taking strain from the pull-ups and I would have had to do knees-to-hips on the bar
- 20 Squats- only one I didn’t modify!
So that was my week. I m still coughing like a MoFo but the doctor has now said there IS a cough mixture I can safely use (Expigen apparently) so I’m hoping that helps. SOMETHING has to help!
Anyhoo, enjoy Braai Day tomorrow peeps and think of me as you crack some chilled wine or a cold beer… in fact, have one for me – I INSIST!