• Waiting for the perfect time to get started isn’t the perfect solution

    It’s a new week. A new month. A new season.   This blog post is a transcript from a Facebook Live video I recorded on 6/5/18. To view the video, click here It’s finally summer, yay! For a lot of moms and families, our schedules are about to shift due to school being out. There’s a great divide with that: some of us are getting ready to gain a ton of time temporarily because we work in at a job that slows down some this season. Some of us are about to be super-stressed out trying to figure out what the heck to do with our kids for the next…

  • Getting back on track after a long weekend

    How to “recover” from a long weekend: from the family cookouts, the ice cream, the alcohol, the lack of working out.   This blog post is a transcript of a Facebook Live video I recorded on 5/29/18. To view the video version, click here I use “recover” loosely because personally, I think having to “recover” from two or three days of indulgence is a little extreme. It’s kind of interesting, though, in the gym this morning I heard a few moms talking about what they did this weekend and how they were there to “undo the damage” – to do a ton of cardio, to sweat, and to essentially “burn” off…

  • “You don’t even look like you are pregnant” (& other comments that aren’t actually compliments)

    “You don’t even look like you had a baby” “You’ll lose that baby weight in no time” “You’ll drop weight really quickly while breastfeeding” “You’ll start losing weight really quickly once you stop breastfeeding” “You’re about to pop!” – 5 months pregnant “You don’t even look like you are pregnant” Someone once told me that if you don’t like the conversation, change it. The conversation I’m talking about today is commenting about the bodies of moms, but really any woman/man/person. Because we’re WAY past due on changing this conversation. The thing about bodies, especially those of moms, is that they are freaking amazing. And freaking unique. There is no cookie-cutter…

  • Tore up from the (pelvic) floor up: why postnatal physical therapy is a must for all new moms

    The more I learn about pregnant and postnatal exercise, the more I wonder why pelvic floor physical therapy isn’t a standard of care for all new moms. But more than that, I wonder how in the world I lived 30+ years without even knowing that this was an actual thing until having a kid myself. It’s kinda crazy – whenever we experience any other type of physical trauma or pain: broken bones, surgeries, neck and back pain, sports injuries, etc. it’s understood that physical therapy is a part of the recovery. But having a baby isn’t. Why is that? Because good lord, a lot of things happen to a woman’s body…

  • Returning to exercise after having a baby

    “I exercised throughout my entire pregnancy so getting back to it will be a piece of cake” – me, 8 months pregnant. HA. PAUSE. I woke at 5am so I could start writing this before Tommie woke up. I wrote that first sentence…and then he was up. Here I am 2.5 hours later. I’ll try to get a few words out before something else happens. Y’all. Every day, I’m learning new lessons about letting go of any and all expectations. Anyway, back to the whole exercise thing. Yeah. As a “fitness person” I was under the delusional impression that I’d be able to jump back into a regular workout routine…