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Workout Changes & Exciting News!

BIG NEWS

Hello readers!  

I have been thinking about this blog for a while and was not really sure until now how to structure the content. Last time you heard from me it was probably about the #6packproject, and today I am going to let you in on our big secret – I’m pregnant. We are so thrilled about the coming addition to our family in March of next year!

Most of you are probably aware that I have a little guy who is 4 years old.  I’m sure you’ve seen him in photos and on social media.  There was a long period of time that we thought he was our miracle baby and that he would be our only child.  He never asked for a sibling and our world was perfect as a family of 3, well 4 with #athenathebear.  I was focused on building the biz at CB South Fitness, and getting in the best shape of my life.  My diet was a complete 180-degree shift from the 36 years prior, and physically I’d never felt better.

Fast forward from July when I was in great shape, to right now…. the day after Thanksgiving, and 22 weeks into this pregnancy.  I have included a couple photos below so that I can prove the difference.  It’s a shock to even me.

THE #6PACKPROJECT

As you might have guessed the #6packproject is on hold.  What’s great about my efforts up until this summer is now I know the way that I am supposed to be eating, and training in the gym, to look and feel my best!  

When my extended family saw me in Maine this past August they told me that I needed to gain weight.  They thought I was too thin (“wait Gramp, can you please say that again?”).   The thing was that I was eating quite a bit, but my body was responding to food totally different than it always used to.  My diet (the 6 months leading up to our trip) completely changed how my body responded to food.  Muscle replaced body fat and I wasn’t needing so much food to feel satisfied - it was awesome!

REALITY

For now, I am eating what my body tells me it wants.  A combination of carb, carbs, and did I mention carbs?  I make myself eat the healthy stuff.  I don’t crave healthy white meat at all, and my old weekly favorite of salmon, has been seriously neglected and in the freezer for the last 4 to 5 months.  The one time I tried to eat salmon I couldn’t finish my filet.  Even though I know you are not supposed to eat for two (in a literal sense) sometimes it feels like that’s exactly what’s happening. Now that I am back on the carb train, and eating way more carbohydrates than I care to admit, I am literally hungry all the time.  I also think that it contributes to my low energy recently (although that’s definitely a combination of growing a human in my belly as well!).

I have confidence that after baby #2 arrives, that I can get back on track fairly quickly.  Depending on breastfeeding, it may not be an immediate jump back into the low-carb diet, and my pre-pregnancy clothing, and that’s fine – I know that it will happen. :)

NEW WORKOUT PLAN

Par for the course I have had to drastically scale back in my workouts.  Doctors’ orders are that I can go to the gym and strength train, but I need to limit myself to high reps and light weight – pretty much the opposite of what I was doing in my training before.  I can see my body changing drastically each week.  Not just in my growing belly, but the body fat I lost the first half of 2018 is back, and then some.  Hello old friend (but NOT really!).  I’m trying to keep weight gain to a minimum and so I work out almost every day to try and offset as much as I can.

I am still doing some interval training and running on the treadmill.  The intervals are slower, and not quite as graceful, and I’ll run as long as the ‘babe’ and I are both feeling okay.  This is a big deal compared to the state of my fitness 4 years ago when pregnant with our first – sadly, I didn’t exercise at all.

FUTURE FITNESS

This may sound strange to some but I am really looking forward to spring / summer 2019 when I can get back to heavy lifting at the gym – and especially getting back on the half rack.  I miss squats and Romanian deadlifts so much!!  They make me feel powerful and strong – it’s the most amazing feeling!  I’m definitely considering signing up for a half-marathon around that time to get myself in running shape again.  I won’t dilly-dally around like last time.  I haven’t run a half marathon in about 3 years, and have only done one since becoming a mom.  Setting goals is a great thing in the fitness world and life in general - it helps me accomplish more than I would otherwise and pushes me to my limits. It’s a win - win for sure!

I’ll blog more as pregnancy life continues.

Happy Holidays!

Kristin

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Officially Off Season!

Hi, I am Cooper Ott! I race professional enduro on the Trek/Honey Stinger/ Bontrager mountain bike team.  I spent my summer traveling to races in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and even British Columbia! 

This year my race season started at the beginning of May with a win at the Moab Enduro Cup and ended with a win at the Vail Outlier Enduro.  Although, the conditions could not have been more different.  Moab was warm and dry and Vail was cold and wet! The season had its ups and downs.  Suffering a flat tire at the first Big Mountain Enduro Series stop in Santa Fe, and catching a nasty bug just in time for the Whistler EWS were amongst the lows.  Winning the GoPro Games Vail enduro, and conquering my fears of drops were among the highs.  After a full season of bike racing it feels great to switch things up and incorporate gym workouts into my routine.  It is important to give my mind and body a rest from the bike but still be active.

Along with racing one of the highlights of my summer/fall was coaching for the Crested Butte Development Team.  This summer I got to coach an amazing group of middle school shredders and in the fall I switched gears and rode with the high school girls!  I am still in awe at some of the rides that these girls accomplished this year.  With rides like, Doctors Park, Deer Creek, and 401, the mountain biking world better watch out because these ladies shred!  

As I look outside my window and see the snow is piling up, I can’t help but think about skiseason.  I have recently started working out at CB South Fitness, and can already see a change in myself.  I may not see physical change in just two weeks… but I see a change in my mental attitude.  I am excited to switch up my routine of long trail rides to awesome gym workouts to keep me strong for skiing and fit and agile into the next mountain bike race season.  I am motivated to work on my weaknesses and continue to build on my strengths.

Now as a member of CB South Fitness, all I need to do is grab my back pack and bike two blocks over to the gym where I have a new workout and new exercises that will challenge me in a totally different way!  I am stoked! 

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