First Trimester Food Stuffs

Published April 10, 2014 by coachkatriel

I have a very weird relationship with food. I kinda feel like a toddler in that one day I’ll be totally cool with eating something and the next day, I’ll spit it right out. Breakfast is the hardest because I’m tired all the time and try to sleep in until the last possible moment and then just chug down a protein shake real quick before I head out the door. Nope. Protein shakes are not sitting well in my tummy at all.

Fried eggs were the only source of protein that sounded good to me AT ALL for the first month and a half. Fried eggs. That’s it. And I’d have the hardest time getting up to make them myself because I’d feel weak and shakey and sick .

I also have to eat super consistently. If I have fried eggs, I’ll have a little bit longer than 2 hours before my body demands more food. If I don’t have protein, it’s closer to one hour. And hunger starts as “Hmm, I think I’m hungry” and quickly escalates to “If I don’t eat now I’m going to pass out or puke” and then turns into me yelling and saying mean things to my husband.

I’m truly a pleasure to be around right now.

Whenever I start to feel stressed out or overwhelmed or icky, I like to go over to my sister-in-law’s house and hold her baby. He’ll just sit there with his cute little eyes closed and his mouth half open and his chunky cheeks going wherever gravity takes them and he’ll cuddle on into me. And I think about how little miracles like my nephew are the reason girls like me decide they want to get pregnant and experience morning-late afternoon and evening nausea. The human body is amazing and strong and capable. I feel super blessed to be carrying one of God’s angels right now.

I’m also super lucky and blessed to have such a supportive husband. He is so sweet and so kind to me. I’ve been a nightmare to be around and he’s been so good at supporting me and reminding me to be kind to myself. He’s also been really understanding when I haven’t made dinner for two months since the smell of food cooking makes me sick as well. We’ve been scavengers, but I feel like the sick part is almost over so we’ll survive. He’s such a sweetheart! I love that guy a whole bunch.

Strong is the New Pregnant

Published April 8, 2014 by coachkatriel

A little over three months ago when my husband and I were getting home from hanging out with his brother and sister on a Sunday night he said to me, “I’ve been thinking, we should start trying for a baby.” And I waited a moment to see if he was kidding. He wasn’t. I’m pretty sure he told everyone at the gym about it too the very next day,  made it feel even more real to me.

And then, about a week and a half before my period was due, I couldn’t wait any longer and took a pregnancy test. The pregnancy test said no baby. The one I took the next day in the morning agreed. I was a little bit of a wreck. I’ve wanted a baby for so long and was worried that if we didn’t get pregnant this time, that we’d end up postponing it and it wouldn’t happen for a long time.

A week later, I started feeling some “symptoms”…you know, tender boobs, some headaches, fatigue, bloating…all those symptoms meant one of two things: Either I was pregnant or about to start my period. I wanted to wait until after I’d officially missed my period to take another test, and the day I thought it would come, nothing had happened yet.

I’d ordered some pictures to hang up in my cubicle to be picked up at Walgreens and while I drove over there, I thought I’d just pick up one of the early response pregnancy tests to see if I could find out. I couldn’t get home fast enough.

I stared at the Pregnancy test for so long without blinking that at first I thought I was seeing the blue line because I was willing it to be there. But after blinking a couple times, I could see it clearly. It was pretty faint, but it was definitely there, staring at me, telling me something exciting is happening inside my body.

So here I am today, feeling pretty much just as dazed and excited and nervous as I did when I saw that first little blue line.

Assuming all goes well and this pregnancy sticks, my body is about to undergo a lot of changes. My body is no longer just my own, and now there’s a tiny little elbow macaroni shaped sesame seed sized organism that is depending on me for life. I talk often to my clients about how the human body is an amazing thing and is capable of so much and the more I’m reading in my birth books, the more amazed I am with the female body in particular. There is so much that has to go right in order for a person to come out with all the right parts with everything working. When I think about how the things I am eating are the raw materials that my baby is being built out of, it  makes me think twice about what I am putting in my mouth.

I’m accepting the fact that 2014 isn’t the year I’m going to deadlift 350. It’s not the year where I get those six pack abs. I’ll probably lose my spot on the leaderboard for a lot of my lifts and workouts. And that’s okay, because the next year of my life isn’t about me. It’s about this life I’m trying to help create.

I’ve had a rough start with feeling sick and feeling tired and with mad cravings for everything chocolate and processed. I talked with my mom the other day about writing my vision statement for my pregnancy to help motivate me to exercise and eat healthy even when I really don’t want to.

The thought that came to my mind was “Strong is the NEW Pregnant”. I want to be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually strong because I think those are traits that will help me throughout my pregnancy, through childbirth, and through raising a child. I wrote that statement up on my white board at work and I’ll probably write it up on my bathroom mirror at home and use that to structure my choices and behaviors going into these next 6 months. I want to be strong in those areas, and in order to be strong in those areas I have to make the choices to strengthen me in those areas. One of those choices is going to be making it to the gym tonight even though the workout is not one that plays to my strengths at all. Strong is my new pregnant.

Do Something Healthy Today

Published January 7, 2014 by coachkatriel

Now is the time of year where people are writing and sometimes share their resolutions for the New Year.  I think New Year Resolutions can be awesome because they help people to think about and identify some ways that they’d like to improve. I also am one to make grand resolutions that are broken in a manner of days, or sometimes hours. One problem with that is many of us have an ALL OR NOTHING attitude. EITHER I will 100% follow my resolutions, OR I will 100% go against everything I originally resolved to do. If I say, for example, I will not have any ice cream in 2014, and then I have one bite on accident, then I might as well eat the whole bowl or carton and buy another one since I’ve already FAILED.

And I hate that.

That failure word.

I was talking to someone who was coming off a rough week of eating poorly and missing workouts, and she told me she felt like a big loser. And I asked this question: If one of your friends came up to you and said they had a rough week with eating poorly or missing workouts, would you tell them they were a failure and a big loser and they should just give up? I sure hope not! We should give ourselves just as much love and respect that we would give to someone that we cared about.

You can’t fail unless you’ve stopped trying. 

So this year, I am resolving to do SOMETHING healthy each day. Not to do all things healthy or to do only healthy things. Not punishing myself with new diets or ridiculous exercise routines if I do something unhealthy. Focusing on the good things I DID do, learning from the slip ups along the way, and striving to do something healthy every single day. 

Seth’s Birthday and Getting Back on Track

Published January 3, 2014 by coachkatriel

Seth turned 27 on Sunday, and I get some worst wife ever points because 1. I didn’t order his birthday presents until the Friday before and 2. We woke up at 4:30 on his birthday to catch a plane home from Seattle 3. I didn’t have anything planned to celebrate his birthday when we got home. Didn’t have the stuff on hand to make his favorite meal (or actually any meals, to be honest, since we didn’t stock up on groceries before we left town) and I didn’t have a cake. I felt like a big loser. While he said it was totally fine, I still felt awful but I hoped his birthday presents would make up for it.

Seth's Birthday-All From Rogue Fitness

Seth’s Birthday-All From Rogue Fitness

His presents arrived today, which was awesome since I wasn’t expecting them until Monday. I got him a couple shirts from Rogue for Christmas as well as his very first ever pair of Nano3.0s. He’s been stuck in the Nano 2.0s since Christmas last year. One of the reasons I put off buying his presents for so long is I’d hoped the black and grey ones would come back in stock in his size-those are his favorites. But these ones are his second favorite. And we just heard that the Nano4.0s are coming out in October of this year. I sincerely hope Reebok puts out a new pair of CrossFit shoes every year so I’ll always score when buying a birthday present for Seth. Happy birthday sweetheart!

After a couple weeks of being off track with my eating, culminating in a weekend in Washington eating the many delicious creations that my Aunt prepared for my grandparent’s anniversary, my weight is up about 10 pounds (which is up 20 pounds from where I got it during the Paleo Challenge..bummer). I’ve been trying to refocus on eating vegetables and lean proteins and avoiding treats. One thing we have been doing very religiously is starting out each morning with a scoop of protein and a scoop of Green Vibrance. Green Vibrance tastes kinda like rabbit food smells, so the trick is to drink it really quickly and then try not to gag. I think I’m slowly getting used to it. Seth said everytime I have Green Vibrance in the morning, I’ll lose a pound of fat, which I’m sure is super accurate.

Coming up in the next couple days, Seth is going to guest post his tips on getting shredded as we’re both trying to cut down a little before the CrossFit Open starts on February 27th.

What are some things that you’re doing to get your nutrition back on track after the holidays?

2013 Year In Review

Published December 31, 2013 by coachkatriel

In January, we participated in WODsomniac.

In February, I got my Wisdom teeth Removed.

In March, I got crafty at Color Me Mine

In April, my little brother was Called to Serve

In May, we learned we were expecting….a baby nephew.

In June, we went on lots of bike rides and watched my other little brother dominate at a track meet.

In July, we went to the CrossFit Games in Carson CA.

In August, we took a mini vacation to Park City when I turned 22 and we competed in WODsomnic again.

In September, we celebrated our 1st anniversary by treating ourselves to an Olympic Lifting Trainer Certification.

In October, we traveled to Washington DC for my brother’s wedding.


In November, we were sealed for Time and All Eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.


In December, I welcomed back my best friend from her mission and we went to Washington to celebrate my Grandparent’s 50th anniversary.


2013 was a big year for us with a lot of changes and a lot of learning. Grateful for the experiences and looking forward to our adventures in 2014. After trying to comb through this last year for visual aids for the post, one of the things I’m resolving to do in 2014 is take more pictures.

Thanks for following me through 2013, and I hope you stay with me in 2014!

Smiles of the Week

Published November 15, 2013 by coachkatriel

1.  Couple workouts ago, we maxed out on consecutive Pull-ups. I started filming a little bit late, but caught Miss Julia getting a PR at 49 reps! That’s the most consecutive pull-ups I’ve ever witnessed so I was very much impressed.

2. I decided on a family Christmas tradition for the hubs and myself when we start having kiddos. Red Dropseat Footie Pajamas. With customizable Dropseats. Here’s the picture from the website:

3. Last Saturday, we had the very first ever Yoga class at our box. Our yoga instructor is THEBESTEVER. She’s super cute and fun and does a great job. I’ve been looking forward to our next Saturday session ever since.

4. We also saw Thor: The Dark World  this past weekend. I absolutely loved it. I thought it kept up a good pace and had good energy and I loved all the little quotables. I saw the first Thor movie in theaters with Seth before we officially were dating. I hadn’t slept very much the night before and had been at my CrossFit certification all day and actually ended up falling asleep. We were watching it in 3D so I atleast had those little glasses on, and when he didn’t say anything after the movie I thought I might have gotten away with it. But I totally didn’t. He called me out about it later on into our relationship. I stayed awake the whole time during this Thor though and would totally watch it again. Unfortunately, Seth doesn’t like watching the same movie twice over, so we probably won’t watch it again.

5. This picture from my brother’s wedding. Josh's wedding fountainWe were lining up all pretty when a big gust of wind blew water from the fountain at our backs. They had a couple photographers and I’m glad one of them thought to capture this shot. I can’t help but smile every time I see this picture.

What things made you smile this week?

Paleo Ice Cream

Published November 7, 2013 by coachkatriel
Ice Cream Maker!

Ice Cream Maker!

So, as I’m approaching the end of the Paleo challenge, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to continue going forward. I’ve decided I’m definitely not going to be as strict Paleo, but I am going to stay about 80% paleo each week with about 15% of the things I eat being still what I consider healthy but not quite paleo, and then limiting myself to one cheat meal a week.

One of the things that I like to indulge in every once in awhile is ice cream, and even the almond milk or coconut milk ice cream at the grocery store has soy in it as well as other weird stuff that is technically not Paleo. I figured if I can make my own ice cream with Paleo ingredients-every once in awhile, NOT every single day-it’d help me with my sweet tooth and help me to avoid some of the bad stuff more easily.

I’ve done a lot of searching on The Google to find out different options for Paleo Ice Cream. The simplest one that I found had only 4 ingredients: Full fat coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa, ripe bananas, and raw maple syrup. I can’t remember where I found that one, so I can’t link it for you. I added some crushed walnuts to mine when there were only a few minutes left to go. As I was stacking up all the ingredients, the hubby commented that there would be just as many calories if not MORE in the paleo ice cream than in a store bought ice cream. I argued back that yes, it probably would, but it would have more nutritive value with the healthy fats and the vitamins. I didn’t measure anything so the bananas and the maple flavor dominated the chocolate flavor, so it didn’t really taste like chocolate ice cream. It was still pretty tasty and the texture was awesome. We ate all of it as soon as it was done and absolutely loved it. If I remember where I found that one, I’ll definitely link it to you.

Have you ever made your own ice cream before? What ingredients would you say are key to getting the texture and consistency of homemade ice cream?


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