Monday Miles : March 4 – 17, 2019 (28-9 Weeks Pregnant)

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Not the best two weeks for work-outs. Forewarning: I only had two work-outs for the entirety of this time. No excuses. I’ve just been wiped out. Then we had a big travel week for a job interview and I was sick and, well, continued to be wiped out. I’m still sick and will be doing 19.4 today. I’m hoping that my energy levels return and I quit being such a mucous monster, so that I can be as consistent as possible for the next several weeks of pregnancy.

I cannot express how much I miss running. It is not warm yet in Michigan, but there are signs of spring. I keep looking at training plans, race, and thinking about the future (post-baby goal: 50k). I miss those hours with myself outside, listening to music or a podcast. I miss that post-run feeling and the routine of a training plan in my life. I’m not sure how soon after baby I can expect to go back to that, but it is one of the things I am most looking forward to in the months to come.

3 – 4 : CrossFit. Every 4 minutes for 12 minutes — back squat – 5 @ 95 lbs., 5 @ 100 lbs., 5 @ 105 lbs. Despite my complaining about all the squats last week, they are still my favorite. My hope for today was to stay above 100 lbs. I did. I did hurt quite a bit the rest of the day and the next day, but dare I say it was worth it? AMRAP 10 minutes – 100 ft. kettle-bell front rack carry – 40 lbs., 20 lunges, 10 hanging knee-raises. I managed four rounds with an additional 50 ft. carry. Finished up with some Yoga with Adriene for the Psoas.

3 – 5 : My notes say I did not work-out this day because I was in pain. Rest.

3 – 6 : Rest.

3 – 7 : Rest.

3 – 8 : CrossFit – 19.3.

3 – 9 : Travel day.

3 – 10 : Travel.

3 – 11 : Travel.

3 – 12 : Travel.

3 – 13 : Return to Michigan.

3 – 14 : Sick.

3 – 15 : Sick.

3 – 16 : Sick.

3 – 17 : Sick.

Hopefully this next week is much better health and consistency-wise.

Onward!

 

 

 

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Tales from my first CrossFit Open: 19.3 Scaled

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Sorry to be so quiet over here, but it has been a crazy week! We took a long trip for a job interview which required a lot of preparation, so a lot of extracurriculars (like this blog) were put on hold while we prepared, packed, and traveled. I’ll post this week’s and last week’s “Monday Miles” next week — though, admittedly, this has not been my most physically active week. Aside for a lot of walking around, 19.3 is the last time I’ve worked out, which will make 19.4 tomorrow pretty interesting. Life gives you rest days and sometimes rest weeks.

You can see 19.1 here and 19.2 here.

19.3 Scaled

200 ft. dumb-bell front-rack lunge @ 35 lbs.

50 dumb-bell box step-ups @ 35 lbs.

50 in. elevated strict hand-stand push-ups

200 ft. bear crawl

10 minute time-cap

I went into this work-out with a better attitude than the last. I’m not sure if it was just better sleep or I was just feeling physically better. I went with more of a “let’s see what I can do” attitude instead of the “I can’t do anything and everything hurts” attitude of last week. I think it made all the difference.

The first 100 feet of the lunges were perfectly fine and went (for me) quickly. But after awhile, I kept doing that weird after lunge hobble and kept having to start my lunges back over for them to count. That Bruno, he’s a ruthless judge.

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19.3 4

After every 25 feet, I would take a break and a sip of water. My Braxton Hicks have been kind of nasty lately. I read drinking more water helps, so I would swig some, but they never acted up during the work-out and not too bad after. And unlike the many squats we’ve been doing lately, I did not have any pelvic problems. Thank goodness. I’ve never loved lunges before, but they may become my new favorite — they still hurt, but you know, in the normal way.

I thought the box step-ups were the hardest part. I quickly discovered my left leg is a lot weaker than my right. Huffing and puffing, I was pretty ready for it to be over at this point and my quads were on fire. When I realized I was going to actually get fifty box-step ups in — something I did not think I would be capable of doing — I went faster. Bruno yelled — I think something like “get mad at it, like it’s Bill Kristol or John McCain is back from the dead and wants to invade another country.” The things that motivate me.

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I finished the box step-ups at 9:50. I am really happy with that. I sat and huffed and puffed, making sure to drink more water. It was nice to end the week on a solid win and a solid work-out before the dearth of physical activity that happened this past week.

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We took a baby bump picture (this is 27 weeks!) and head out. Three out of five work-outs done and two left! I’m excited to see what will happen next. Hopefully, the positive attitude from this week will hang around for the next two.

Tales from My First CrossFit Open : 19.2 Scaled

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You can see 19.1 here.

19.2 Scaled

In eight minutes:

25 hanging knee-raises

50 single-unders

15 squat cleans, 55 lbs.

25 hanging knee-raises

50 single-unders

Needless to say, I did not make it beyond to the 12 minute, 16 minute, or 20 minute caps. And while I knew that would be the case, this is the first work-out that I just felt really frustrated with myself. I mentioned this briefly yesterday when I posted my work-outs for the week, but I am started to get tired of working out with no improvement. Or at least physical improvement. Yes, this is pregnancy. But I can tell myself that rational truth all I want, but it is still frustrating when one week I can do regular push-ups and two weeks later I am back to doing push-ups on my knees, when a few weeks ago working out didn’t phase me, and now I feel completely shot for the rest of the afternoon no matter how much I take it “easy.” When even when I try to do something simple like stretching yoga (I know real yoga isn’t simple), I can barely get through a whole video because ahem! someone is in my way. Once again, I add that I am happy, lucky, blessed to be having a very good pregnancy. But this is the honest truth: even knowing that, it sucks to see my fitness go bye-bye.

19.2

I think that about sums it up. 

I don’t know why this work out was exceptionally frustrating to me. I don’t know if I just walked in with a bad attitude or what. I had never squat cleaned before, so I was happy to just get through the 55 lbs., fifteen times. It was slow going, but I am happy to say I got them done, thus PR-ing 15 times. Huzzah! So it was not that. The hanging knee-raises were fine, especially when my coach advised that I spread my legs a bit. That made the raise motion not hurt so bad in my hip flexors, stomach, pelvis area. Jumping rope comes with some different problems, but it does not take me too long to get through fifty. The work-out part of the work-out actually went perfectly fine. I did more than I thought I could and that was what I wanted to accomplish.

But I left thoroughly frustrated and disheartened. I think part of it is jealousy. I’m jealous of people able to, you know, actually push themselves, hit PR’s, do things they have never done. I am jealous of people who can work out and hurt in the normal way, not in the “every time I squat it hurts because it is heavy but also hurts because I’m 27 weeks pregnant” way. I used to love squats. Now they are the bane of my work-out existence. I end up waddling the rest of the day and the next day because my pelvis does not feel so great during or afterwards. I’m jealous because I had about thirty seconds left after I finished the last round of jump-ropes, and I would have loved to try the next set of weight for the squat-cleans, even if only to fail. And fail happily, I add. But I didn’t, because I didn’t want to over-do it. A wise move I’m sure, but still frustrating.

I know I am whining. And, again, I repeat I know I am lucky. But I’m also being thoroughly honest. It can be tough sometimes.

My hopes for 19.3 — something arms, push-presses, push-jerks, push-cleans (is that a thing?), whatever. I just want a movement that does not involve me going below parallel wondering if I am going to be able to get back up. I also hope to return to the attitude of gratitude I want to have through not only the open, but through the pregnancy. Once again — I could not do any of this last year. At all. I am grateful to be able to do what I can for as long as I can.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Miles : February 25 – March 3, 2019 (26-27 Weeks Pregnant)

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We are getting closer to the end. My sister says I cannot officially countdown until I have ten weeks to go, but I have less than one hundred days until my due date which is startling. I am getting near the end of the second trimester and only have one more to go. In the last month, I have gained ten pounds and I look, well, a lot bigger.

Workouts have been still going good. I am starting to have a hard time with not being able to do some things. I miss running. And though I have been pushing myself, or at least it certainly feels like it, I really miss seeing the improvements that come with pushing myself. I feel more exhausted after work outs than usual and it feels like I am more sore too. The yoga helps, but for whatever reason no matter what I do my quads will not stop feeling like beef jerky.

Still, I am grateful to do what I can. I know I am not super woman. I just saw a thirty week pregnant runner on Instagram post about a ten mile run she just did. I felt insanely jealous. But at least I can move. At least I can still work out and do something. I hope that I will be able to continue that amount I am doing right now as long as I can, even if only to combat the extra brownies and ice cream intake that has been happening around here.

2 – 25 : CrossFit. Power snatch 6 x for every minute – 35 lbs (6 reps). Power snatch 6 x for every 30 seconds – 35 lbs (6 reps). 8 minutes every minute on the minute : 4 x 25 American kettle-bell swings – 20 lbs.; 4 x 15 sit-ups. Followed by Yoga with Adriene for Hips and Back when I got home.

2 – 26 : CrossFit. Partner WOD with Bruno. AMRAP 30 minutes — row 800m, strict Cindy – 5 pull-ups with green band, 10 push-ups on knees, 15 air squats. Bruno and I managed 17 rounds of Cindy altogether, with 3 rounds each on the rower.

2 – 27 : Rest.

2 – 28 : Rest.

3 – 1 : CrossFit. Open Work-out 19.2. I’ll write more about this work out tomorrow. It was…fun. Yeah, fun is the word. Hah!

3 – 2 : Rest.

3 – 3 : Rest.

Totals : CrossFit – 3 hours. Yoga – 22 minutes. 3 hours and 22 minutes total.

Onward!

Tales from My First CrossFit Open : 19.1 Scaled

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19.1 – Scaled

AMRAP – 19 wall-balls, 10 lbs. to 9 ft. target; 19 calorie row.

I do not cherry-pick my crossfit work-outs, but if I did there is one move I would avoid. I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but no movement in crossfit is more loathsome to me than the wall-ball: Hurl with all your might a heavy ball to a target, try not to get knocked down as it is making its way back. Do all this while squating and trying not to throw the ball like you are going in for a lay-up. It is a lot to think about.

So as you can imagine, when Bruno and I were watching the announcements for the first open work out (and our very first CrossFit open ever) last week Thursday evening, seeing AMRAP wall-balls for 19.1 initiated a special sort of dread in my heart. I think wall-balls takes a special sort of grace (actually, I think this about a lot of CrossFit movements). At 26 weeks pregnant, I have the grace of Pinnochio off-strings.

But, ready to embrace the challenge, I went to our gym Friday evening feeling pretty positive. I did not have any expectations — I thought, maybe four rounds, was reasonable. After trying a few practice wall-balls with the fourteen pound ball, I opted to scale. This turned out to be the right decision. The ten pound ball was heavy enough to get me struggling within the first one to two rounds.

I did not think it started that badly. Aside for constantly forgetting to squat on my first wall-ball and having to do another (see above about wall-balls involving a lot to think about), I was pleasantly surprised that I was quickly on the rower. But it hit me pretty quickly, the second round was less pleasant and by the third, I was taking a short breathing break after every five or so throws.

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Terrified of the target. 

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Be free!

There was a moment I looked at the clock and it said ten minutes left and I could not believe it. I felt as though I had been throwing and rowing plenty enough already. But I kept going. Every time I would start the wall-balls, I could not wait to get back on the rower. Every time I would start the rower, I would be ready to start the wall-balls. In this way, I actually really liked the work-out because even though painful and tough, it did offer frequent mental breaks.

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That moment where it has been on 18 calories for a little too long.

At a certain point, I lost count of my rounds. I thought I had maybe five when I was on my last 19 calorie row, where I actually almost began to cry. I don’t know if it was hormones or pain. I finished with enough time to do three more wall-balls before collapsing onto the floor when the timer went off. I was not the only one. I eventually walked elsewhere to get out of the way and put my legs up the wall.

After I “recovered,” I looked at my sheet and realized I did six rounds plus three wall-balls (231 reps), not five. I’ll admit to being surprised at myself. After all, as I said, I thought I would only manage four rounds. Even with it scaled, I thought six was kind of out of the question — maybe five, if I could push it and I was not sure I could. Last year, I don’t think I would have been able to do that work-out at all, but this year I’m twenty-six weeks pregnant, I pushed myself, and I’m extremely happy with how I did.

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CrossFit Open 2019 — where every wod is a partner-wod

That said, I still struggle with wall-balls, but maybe, just maybe, now after that work-out I’ll feel less terror when they are on the program.

Bring on 19.2!

 

 

Monday Miles : February 18 – 24, 2019 (25-26 Weeks Pregnant)

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After the previous week’s “lost week” where everything was sacrificed to the dissertation gods, this week was more consistent. I decided last minute to sign up for the CrossFit Open and did my first open workout scaled. I’ll write more on that later, but it felt good to work out more than just two times. It also felt good to wake up and not work on my dissertation, but those two things are not necessarily related.

A big win this week was more yoga. I would like to thank Yoga with Adriene. Every time I try out a subscription service like Romwod or Jasyoga, I’m happy with it for a little bit, but Adriene has been my go-to for years. And most importantly, she is free. Even Bruno joined me for a yoga video on Friday before the open work out and asked, “So, why do we pay for these other subscription services again?”

2 – 18 : CrossFit. 7 x 2 power-cleans : 40 lbs., 45, 50, 55, 60, 70 (PR). AMRAP : 10 minutes – 20 alternate dumb-bell snatches @ 15 lbs., 10 no-push-up burpee box step-overs. 3 rounds + 11 alternate dumb-bell snatches. Romwod.

2 – 19 : Yoga with Adriene – Deep Stretch. I cannot believe this yoga video is forty-five minutes. It just flies by. There were some stretches I had to adjust because hello growing belly, but I think it really helped me this week to add this in to the routine.

2 – 20 : Rest.

2 – 21 : CrossFit. 5 Rounds for Time : 5 strict pull-ups with green band, 12 renegade rows with 10 lbs. dumb-bells, and 1 minute on the bike. 12 minutes 56 seconds. The work-out called for a 200m run, but I tried to do a 100m run in the warm-up and I just was not having it. Did you know I miss running?

2 – 22 : Yoga with Adriene – Deep Stretch. Yes, again. Bruno joined me this time around. We wanted to be all nice, loose, and limber for what was to come later that night. CrossFit. My first ever open work-out – 19.1 (Scaled) AMRAP 15 minutes 19 wall-balls at 10 lbs. to 9 feet, 19 calorie row. I’m going to write more on this work-out tomorrow, but I can tell you this: it hurt.

2 – 23 : Rest.

2 – 24 : Rest.

Totals : Crossfit – 3 hours. Yoga/Stretching – around 2 hours. 5 hours.

Onward!

 

 

Favorite Things: February 16 – 22, 2019

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Today is the day of the Open! I’ll admit 19.1 will already be a challange for considering wall balls are my least favorite CrossFit movement of all. We usually go at noon, but today we are going to go do the work out at 5:30. I’m excited and extremely nervous. It is about to be a sufferfest!

Other than that, there are no major plans for this weekend. Tomorrow is sourdough Saturday, so I’ll make some bread. I’m just looking forward to relaxing (which is what I’ve been doing all week) and getting the house in order. Next week, I’m hoping to get more on a schedule and actually do things instead of loafing around all day. Ah, the joys of Ph.D. life.

Here are this week’s favorite things:

If you need ideas for your morning routine.

Exercise recovery: I agree that there is probably a lot hokey products out there, but that does not necessarily mean that all exercise recovery is a sham. That said, I would still be interested in reading this book.

Idle time: recovery for your brain. Who is Jean-Jacques Rousseau? I don’t even know anymore.

In praise of the useless life.

Lessons learned from eight years of writing an adventure blog.

The myth of the overnight success.

Welcome to the machine.

Drinking out of one right now.

Eating healthy on the budget, or the joys of rice and beans.

Big plans for this weekend? Are you doing the Open? Do you share my irrational loathing of wall balls?

Have a great weekend!

 

I Signed Up For My First CrossFit Open

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I was on the fence all week about doing the CrossFit Open. It did not help that I have just felt exhausted and burnt out this whole month. I think that has more to do with finishing my dissertation and my doctorate than working out, but it added to the not-sure-if-I-should-do-this feeling. On Monday I was feeling pretty gung-ho about it, but after the work out my body felt so cranky that I felt silly to even consider doing the open as a second-to-third trimester pregnant lady.

But I was feeling bummed to have to miss out. And after talking about it with my coach, she said she thought as much. I know whatever I do is not going to be pretty or even outstanding, but as I told my coach today it still would be more than I was capable of doing last year. Seriously. I do not think I could back-squat over 45 pounds last year and now I have a one-rep max of 135. And I did that while pregnant.

So, what are my goals for my first open? I’m not exactly sure how to establish them considering that until tonight I will have no idea what the work out for tomorrow is, but I do have a few:

Establish some sort of base. Yeah, maybe that base would be better if I was not pregnant, but I still want something with which to compare next year. But it is not all about the future. I’m still fairly new to CrossFit, but I know I have made significant improvements and have done things I never expected to be able to do.

Do more than I think I can. Dangerous words from a pregnant woman, but I do want to have one “woah, I did not think I could do that” moment. Truth be told, I have those all the time. The day I was first allowed to use a bar in my over-head squat instead of a PVC pipe will always be a happy memory, but I want an Open moment too.

Community support. I do not know where Bruno and I will be next year. But I love the CrossFit we are currently at – I want to be able to share this. I want to be able to cheer people on. One thing I love about CrossFit is that I am so inspired to go work out and see people really pushing themselves hard. I love it when I see people suffer and push through it anyways. There are some amazing people there. I want to see them accomplish things they did not realize they could do.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll be able to give you tales from my first open, but I am truly excited that I finally signed up – and excited to do the whole thing as a partner WOD as well.*

*Me and the baby…if you couldn’t get the joke!

 

Monday Miles: February 4 – 17, 2019 (24-25 Weeks Pregnant)

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Two weeks behind, but there is not much to report….except….I’m a “doctor” now. “Doctor” in that it isn’t officially official until I have my diploma, but I still finished up all my requirements for my Ph.D. in politics. I passed my defense. The public presentation is over. I’m done. But more on that later.

It was not the most productive of work-out weeks, because everything was sacrificed to the dissertation gods and when I finished, I could not function for at least three days. I am back at it today, so that is good. The Crossfit Open starts this week and I plan on signing up at some point today. I’ll get back on a regular schedule, baby and body willing.

For the week of February 4-10

2 – 4 : CrossFit. 3 rounds for time – 10 calorie row, 15 push-press @ 45 lbs. – 6 minutes, 28 seconds. Strength – 4 rep max push-press: 55 lbs., 60 lbs., 65 lbs. Finished up at home with a twenty minute indoor cycle on the trainer. It was so boring.

2 – 5 : 29 years old today! CrossFit. Strict Cindy – AMRAP 20 minutes – 5 pull-ups (used assistance bands), 10 push-ups, 15 squats. 11 rounds + 5 pull-ups + 5 push-ups. I am very proud to say that I did not do a single push-up on my knees. Finished with 2 minutes total dumb-bell over-head hold, used 25 lbs. dumb-bells.

2 – 6 : JasYoga – Fluidity for Pregnancy.

2 – 7 : CrossFit. 5 rounds for time – 2 minutes on bike, 10 left-hand arm over-head squats with 5 lbs., 10 right-hand arm over-head squats with 5 lbs. – 17 minutes, 38 seconds. My notes say: “This was a sneaky hard work-out – I was not expecting it to be that bad, then boom it was.” Story of my CrossFit life.

2 – 8 : CrossFit. 29 birthday burpees. For time – 2 minutes 30 seconds double-under attempts, 5 x 20 seconds tuck-sit, 10 power-cleans at 45 lbs., 2 minutes 30 seconds double-under attempts. I managed 28 double-unders during five minutes of attempts. Woof.

2 – 9 : Walked. 30 minutes. 1.6 miles. I think I may have done a Romwod after — cannot remember for sure.

2 – 10 : Rest.

Totals : Miles – 1.6 miles, 30 minutes, Biked – 20 minutes, CrossFit – 4 hours. Four hours, fifty minutes.

For the week of February 11-17

2 – 11 : CrossFit. For time – 12 power snatches at 35 Lbs., 20 wall balls at 10 lbs., 9 power snatches, 20 wall balls, 6 power snatches, 20 wall balls, 3 power snatches – 10 minutes, 3 seconds. JasYoga – PreNatal Reset.

2 – 12 : Frantically getting things ready for my dissertation defense.

2 – 13 : DEFENSE DAY. Celebrated with CrossFit. 3 rounds for time – row 500m, 21 knee-tuck crunches, 12 push-jerks @ 45 lbs. 13 minutes 37 seconds. 3 x 100m farmer/waited walk with 20 lbs. dumb-bells with one minute rest.

2 – 14 : Basically catatonic. Prepared to give my public lecture. Gave my public lecture.

2 – 15 : In a state of shock that I was done.

2 – 16 : Still in shock.

2 – 17 : Shock. Still.

Totals: CrossFit. 2 hours.

Onward!

 

 

 

 

February 2019 Goals : The Year of 1% Better

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I officially have 364 days left of being in my twenties. Yes, yesterday I turned twenty-nine. I celebrated by taking the day off any dissertation/Rousseau-related/job search work. I read books on the couch, did my first Cindy wod at CrossFit, and Bruno made crab cakes for dinner and homemade brownies for dessert. I was in bed by nine — a great start to my 29th year.

If you’re new here, or if you just need a refresher, I declared 2019 the year of 1% better. You can read January’s goals here and how I did here.

And now we are in the second month. January seemed to go on forever, but we already only have around three weeks of February left. I assume, because it is a big month for, that it will fly by.

Here are the goals/things I want to work on this month:

GET MY PH.D. I defend my dissertation next week Wednesday and give a public lecture on my dissertation research on Thursday evening. I’m not sure if that makes me “officially” a Ph.D. or if I still have to use Ph.D. candidate until I graduate, but one thing is for sure — if all goes well, I will be finished with my requirements for my doctorate. As with last month’s goal to submit my dissertation, this is the most important goal. All else can go to pieces, but this, this is years and years of work about to come to an end.

DIGITAL MINIMALISM. I am reading Cal Newport‘s new book, Digital Minimalism at the moment. I have always had struggles with social media. I’ve never been a Twitter person, but I can find myself sucked down the facebook, instagram, and just web-searching wormhole too frequently than I care to admit. I have failed too often in my battles against the internet, so I’m hoping to use some of the advice from this book to help. For now, the goal is to keep my social media use restricted to Saturdays — so far this has been working. I have not even been on facebook to see my birthday messages. Look ma, no facebook or instagram on my phone!

BIKE 20 MINUTES/WEEK. I know in the grand scheme of things is not very much, but as with running and swimming I am not sure how my hips and pelvis will react to time on the trainer. I’m starting here and if it goes well, next month I will increase. I suspect this also for mental training, because in case you did not know, cycling on a trainer is one of the most boring things you could ever do. It makes running on a treadmill seem like an entertaining time.

WALK (OR RUN) 30 MINUTES 2X WEEK. Like I said, trying to be moderate in my expectations. Some days I feel great, some days I really do not. I would really like to start running again, especially after I defend, but I am just not so sure if it will happen. Walking, at the very least, will get me outside.

PRE-NATAL YOGA 2X WEEK. Jasyoga has a few prenatal videos that I need to be more consistent about cycling through. I am hoping that if I hold myself accountable maybe, just maybe, those ligaments will start to feel better.

CathLIT2019. I am still working through some of the suggestions on Carrots for Michaelmas’s Catholic reading plan. I am currently reading Jesus of Nazareth by Benedict XVI and I love it. The one book a month plan is working out well for me thus far, but we will see what happens when baby gets here.

I think those are goals a-plenty for the month I’m planning on completing my doctoral requirements. What are your goals for February?