CrossFit Games Athlete Lindsey Valenzuela Trusts the Postpartum Process Let’s #flashbackfriday with Lindsey Valenzuela. Lindsey is a longtime friend and first pro athlete who let me help guide her pregnancy and postpartum athleticism chapters. (Follow the P&PA coaches and athletes at @pregnancyandpostpartumathleticism and Lindsey on Instagram @liftlikelindsey). We didn’t actually start working together as coach/athlete until the beginning of […]
I have (mostly, uncomfortably, incredibly anxiously) decided to get an abdominoplasty early next year. I can’t believe I am writing this, nevertheless committing to even considering it. It feels heavy, embarrassing, complicated and overwhelming to share, but it’s important for me, and maybe for you. Before you read the last chapters of a long, long […]
Recently, my “value” was questioned. It hurt my feelings and made me reflect a lot. This prompted me to do a writing assignment for my processing and evidence. It was really rewarding to write down the change in trajectory that often gets forgotten when we are so busy building and withstanding.
4 years ago I laid on the operating table, helpless, terrified, trying to stay conscious after close to 30 hours of unmedicated labor and a baby who’s heart rate had dropped dramatically. I was told if they didn’t get him out immediately, he would suffer from brain damage or death. I held my […]
I didn’t blog much this year. Most of my writing was on Facebook and Instagram, but since this whole thing started as a “dear diary” blog nearly 8 years ago, I’m writing this today so I can look back on this phase of motherhood, career, family and change. It’s important to me to keep this […]
When I was pregnant, I was praised for being healthy and fit. I was continually told how easily I would “bounce back” because of my training. I was told (and believed) that listening to my body was enough during this phase of life. The message of “keep doing what you’ve always done” played in my […]
A couple months ago, this (also pictured) went viral. Like, OMG, people get it. They wanted to give me virtual high five, thank me, ask questions, get coaching and guidance, maybe get a little defensive, but whatever…this made an impact. The message I’ve been screaming, the topic I had become SO passionate about, seemed to finally […]
Alright, this blog has been formulating for over a year now. Drafts, rants on Facebook, in my classes and certainly in my never ending brainstorming. Before you send me hate emails and defensive comments, read the entire blog please.
I’ve written about Diastasis Recti for a few years now! Thankfully there’s more awareness, but with this, there’s even more misinformation, which is so easy to fall victim to! For a while, I documented my own struggles and frustrations with the lack of information, conflicting information and unqualified professionals. I saw my share of professionals […]
I gave a 2 hour seminar on women’s health and fitness, with an emphasis on pre and postnatal health. This post is for those who missed it or a summary for those who want a mini, ok, maybe not mini, recap on the event and the info in general. A lot of the information can […]