What’s there to know about me? I’m starting my third decade in this crazy world, and trying to build a loving family by surrounding myself with positive people. I’ve been CrossFitting since January ’09, and CrossFitt-ed through two pregnancies. I’ve never really been athletic. I’m the girl that had no gymnastics background (I can’t even do a cartwheel!!), no strength(couldn’t do a strict pull-up), and no stamina(14 minute mile during P.E.). Yes, I was that girl in grade school, and thank god we didn’t have any rigorous P.E. activities in high school because I went to a small all girls private high school.

My BFF started Crossfit about a year before I did, and she got amazing results, and when I tried it I was hooked. It’s a wonderful atmosphere to surround yourself with, because everyone is rooting for you. No one cares how heavy you are going, they care that you finish the workout without cheating yourself. At first I started at Crossfit Silicon Valley, and then moved to Crossfit Palo Alto. I can’t imagine my life without Crossfit, and wonder what I’d be doing if there wasn’t Crossfit. Would I be the chronic cardio type girl, who is afraid to get “bulky”? Probably. But I’ve learned that being “Strong is Beautiful”. Not only physically strong, but mentally strong, and that is what this type of conditioning trains you in. Pushing you to your limits, without even realizing that it’s possible.

7 Responses to “About”

  1. DS at 10:13 am #

    Hi there. How far along are you? I just found your blog while doing a Google search.

    I have been doing CrossFit for year and a half. I used to live in Menlo Park and was a member of Prometheus CrossFit until I moved to the city in March. I’m now a member of CrossFit Potrero Hill.

    I found out last month that I’m pregnant with my first. Since I started CrossFit, I’ve been doing WODS 3 – 4 x a week. My plan is to do the same (scaled and modified) throughout my pregnancy.

    Anyway, I’d love to hear about some of your experiences. It’s so nice to read about CrossFitting and pregnancy online. Especially hearing about those experiences from someone who is local!

    • stle57 at 10:30 am #

      Hi! Nice to hear from someone local too. I am 32 weeks right now, and it’s my second Crossfit baby. You should continue doing Crossfit, and just listen to your body! If you are tired, take it easy, but if you feel fine, then just give it your all. I’m sure your coaches will be supportive of you.

      Honestly, Crossfiting while pregnant keeps my energy up while pregnant, and I’m sure it does for others too. There is also a Crossfit Mom(crossfitmom.com) website, with scaled workouts depending on where you are in your pregnancy.

      Sometimes my hips get sore from doing too many KB swings or pull-ups, but that just last for a day. Then I’ll know to scale it down the next time we do any of those movements.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck with the pregnancy!

  2. DS at 1:36 pm #

    Wow! Your second CrossFit baby? That’s amazing and inspiring.

    I’ve had to take it easy this trimester because I’m so tired and queasy.

    My WOD times have gone down a little bit. But, not by much. I’m also still lifting as heavy as I can – I managed to do 68 lbs overhead squats yesterday.

    I’m so glad I found CrossFit a couple of years ago. It’s so nice to be able to do this thoughout my pregnancy.

    BTW – I do notice that staying active (especially doing CrossFit) has really helped with the nausea.

    Most of the time, I’m not feeling so hot right before I do a WOD. But, I totally forget about how lousy I feel during and after the WOD.

    Keep up the great work on the blog. You’re truly an inspiration for me and my first pregnancy!

    Thanks for your inside scoop on CrossFitting and pregnancy. I will let you know if I have any other concerns or questions in the future!

    Good luck!

  3. I stumbled on your site though nom nom paleo. I had my baby 4 months ago and blogged my progress with wods and general pregnancy stuff. It seems like there is a big community in the states of crossfitting mum’s (excuse my english). Its nice to read another mums experiences. I have just started paleo and am kicking myself fo not doing it earlier.

    • stle57 at 8:26 am #

      Yes, CrossFit is gaining a bigger community by being able to scale workout for pregnant mom, and post-partum moms. Thanks for reading, and keep it up with Paleo. I truly believe that it’s a lifestyle change. I’m still learning everyday about it, and doing what is best for me and my body.

  4. beautifullystrong at 11:07 am #

    hello! I came upon your blog on twitter…so glad I did! We have very similar concepts…as far as we both started crossfit as THAT unathletic person our whole life…got hooked, and then started a blog about it 🙂 I aspire to be more like you in that I definitely want to be a xfit mama, and eventually my kids be Xfit Kids 🙂 Looking forward to reading more about you…check my blog out too 🙂 http://www.thebeautifullystrong.com

    • stle57 at 12:03 pm #

      Hey! Thanks for reading. It’s always great to connect with people who love CrossFit as much as I do. Nice blog BTW! 🙂

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