I wrote this blog’s inaugural post almost two-and-a-half years ago.
I was heavily into CrossFit, weightlifting, trail running, snowshoeing, yacht racing and The Paleo Diet. I was also 14 weeks pregnant, and struggling to find information to support my view that I could, for the most part, continue to maintain my healthy and active lifestyle during pregnancy.
At the time, I was able to find only one solitary blog detailing a woman’s experience of CrossFitting and eating Paleo throughout her pregnancy. The blog was deleted a short time later, long before Oliver was born. The only other existing resource was the CrossFit Mom site, which has weathered the test of time and is still around today.
Other than that, it seemed I was on my own. So I set out to create the blog that I wished existed before my pregnancy. The blog was mostly for me — a place to document my pregnancy journey and work through some of the unconventional ideas I had. I didn’t know if it would continue beyond the pregnancy. I didn’t know if anyone would stumble upon it — and if they did, whether they’d even be interested in reading it.
For the first few weeks, my blog stats showed that I had precisely two regular visitors: J and my mother. Then, about five weeks later, Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple kindly included my blog in his “Weekend Link Love” feature, and it all took off from there.
In the two-and-a-half years that have followed, I have seen dozens more Paleo-CrossFit-Pregnancy blogs emerge in the blogosphere, which is incredibly exciting to me, because it means that this stuff is becoming mainstream! Women all over the world are refusing to blindly follow obsolete guidelines, and are instead making their own well-informed decisions about their pre- and post-natal health, and how they want to raise their children.
Through blogging — and reading other peoples’ nutrition and fitness blogs — I’ve learned a lot about how to critically analyze information, especially when it comes to the methodology used for research studies, and the often faulty conclusions that are drawn.
Looking back, many of my original prenatal diet and exercise posts were a little heavy on “anecdata” and light on supporting references. Three of my top five “all-time” most viewed posts (which, interestingly, were all written in the first month of this blog’s life) fall into this category: Pregnancy Myth #2: No Heavy Lifting; Pregnancy Myth #3: No Sit-ups After the First Trimester; and Pregnancy and the Paleo Diet. I’d like to start rewriting some of these posts over the next few months — making them more informative and well-researched.
In other news… yesterday, my blog’s Facebook page reached 1000 likes! This is a huge milestone that I never imagined I could reach.
But actually, that’s not the exciting part of this post. For that, I will defer to my son, who is a far more entertaining deliverer of news than I could ever hope to be:
Just like when I first began OneFitMom (then called “PaleoCrossfitPregnancy”), I am currently 14 weeks pregnant!
It seems like a fitting opportunity to return to this blog’s roots and do some more writing about the topics that originally drew people here: nutrition and exercise in the context of pregnancy. Of course just because I am pregnant doesn’t mean I get to stop parenting my toddler, so there will still be plenty of posts along those lines, but it will be interesting for me to revisit what I thought during my first pregnancy, and see if it still holds true.
Here’s to new adventures :).