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This picture is the “After Photo” from the Murph Challenge I participated in this weekend at our relatively new Absolution CrossFit Gym. (I’m in the middle with the green headband) It was my first CrossFit workout since I found out I was carrying twins. It felt great to be back in the swing of CrossFit. Even though this is a new community to me, the familiarity of the workout and the support and encouragement from all our coaches and other participants made me feel like I was back where I belonged. This picture says it all right? All smiles after completing one of the hardest workouts the devious minds at Crossfit have ever designed. The Murph Challenge consists of running 1 mile, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats then running another mile. Since this was my very first work out back I decided not to go too crazy and do a “Half Murph”  which is: you guessed it,  1/2 mile (which I rowed instead on ran due to doctors orders) then 50 pull ups, 100 push ups, 150 air squats then another 1/2 mile. This was against the advice of my husband and head trainer to do a 1/4 Murph. Not having done more than walk for exercise over the last 9-10 months, this was of course sound advice, but I felt the half was the least I could do to honor our fallen soldiers.



Cranking out some assisted (of course) pull ups.


Then taking a breather before jumping back up there.


I’m not gonna lie, at one point I felt dizzy and little nauseous. But nonetheless. I finished the Half Murph. Thus, the smiling photo above. Jump forward to the next day…..holy soreness! I wandered back into the gym to stay loose. My husband Brad and I did a tabata together and afterwards I felt pretty good. Jump forward to the next 2 days, bending my elbows and lifting my little baby girls was REALLY painful. My poor triceps!!

So lessons learned:

  1. Take it easy! Jumping right in won’t hurt me in the long run but in the short term it makes staying consistent early on pretty tough. I did it, but I didn’t enjoy it. If I weren’t experienced enough to know the soreness really does get better the more often you go,I might have made the mistake I made when I first started CrossFit. That mistake was letting the soreness keep me from the gym. When you do that it takes a lot longer for your body to get accustomed to the work and thus a lot longer for you to feel less sore after each workout and less often.  I should have let my body ease into the work. I just had major abdominal surgery! And  after carrying 2 babies around in my tummy for 9 months! Yeesh!! 
  2. Get ready for the increased appetite! This should seem like common sense but for some reason it caught me by surprise. When you are more active, your body will crave more food! In my effort to continue my post baby weight loss naturally and easily, I neglected to prepare myself for the sudden increase in appetite and the cravings for carbohydrates.  This is why the “whole calories in/calories out” mind set doesn’t work. The more calories you expend, the more calories you crave. At some point you will hit a bottom line and you will stop losing or even begin to gain weight back. Which leads me to lesson number 3.
  3. I need to become fat adapted again. While I was pregnant I increased my carb intake. I felt I needed it and I felt better with the increase. However, now I need to take the time to let my body and my brain become fat adapted again. This takes a little bit of time. When your body and your brain are accustomed to tapping into to carbs for fuel, it can take up to 3 weeks for fat to become the preferred source of fuel again. An increase in calories when I am taking on a heavier exercise load is normal but the source of those calories will make a difference if I want to lean out. This can be a tough transition so for those of you trying a low/lower carb diet on for size and find you lack energy for a period of time. I promise it does get better and you will find you have energy to spare once you become fat adapted, Solution? Have lots of healthy fats around to munch on. Like eggs, olive, avocados, nuts, nut butters, coconut oil, coconut butter, butter, fattier cuts of well raised meats. If you are eating enough healthy fats the transition will be much easier.
  4. Get enough sleep! This is of course tough for a mom of newborn twins, but with the increase in high intensity exercise comes the need for enough sleep for my body to recover. I am working on this one and am napping and sleeping as much as I can but it is not enough….yet. Once the little stinkers are sleeping through the night this will get a lot easier. For those of you taking on CrossFit or any other high-output exercise regimen and not adjusting your lifestyle to include more sleep are not doing yourselves any good in the long run. I promise you. THE EVENTUAL IMBALANCE OF ENERGY EXPENDED VS.ENERGY RESTORED WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU!

Stay tuned for more lessons learned on this adventure. Getting back in shape is challenge for anyone. I hope some of these lessons can be helpful for those of you taking this adventure on with me. Stay with it! Get Strong! Stronger people are harder to kill!!

Until Next Time,

~ Laura, MGP



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2 Responses to “Jumping Right In! The Comeback Part 1”

  1. Hi! I am so glad I found your blog! I actually found your blog just by googling gestational diabetes + paleo diet and yours was one of the articles that popped up at the top. I am currently not pregnant but hoping to start trying in the next couple months and want to be able to continue to eat paleo through my next pregnancy. I had GD with my son and had to do the insulin shots and everything, it was miserable. I also had not discovered the paleo diet either so I was just following the SAD which looking back was not healthy at all. I am going back and “pinning” all your pregnancy/paleo/GD posts and saving them for later. I am so glad you started blogging again! It sounds like you are keeping very busy and you look great (by the way)!!

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Lindsay!

      Thank you so much for your comments! I didn’t have GD with my first 2 so I was stunned when I did with this last pregnancy. When I was diagnosed I was completely unwilling to believe it then I realized with my age and with twins (twice the hormones) the insulin probably wasn’t doing its job properly. The funny thing is that as long as I stuck with my Paleo diet and stayed low carb my blood sugar was totally fine. I’m interested on knowing if it really does work if you carb load for the few days before your test (Paleo friendly carbs) if that would help your insulin response for testing purposes. Please let me know how it all goes once your pregnant again. Good luck! And thanks again got your comments!

      ~ Laura

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