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Goodbye, plans! (And hello new ones)

“I think I want to wait until after Christmas next year to have another baby.” This was part of a conversation that I was having with my husband over breakfast the morning of December 5th. I had just received an email that StrongFirst was hosting a SFG 1 Kettlebell certification course in Seattle next September. […]

Too big? Says who?

“You’re too big for him.” Growing up I never gave much thought to this idea. That I was “too big.” Sure, I had insecurities and struggled with self esteem. I wanted to look pretty, have nice clothes and wished that some things about my body had been different, but I never really considered myself “big.” […]

The Top 3 Exercises that Directly Apply to #momlife

You’ve said it. I’ve said it. We’ve heard our other mom friends say it. “Chasing after my toddler all day is my exercise!” Isn’t that the truth? Those little rascals are always on the move and they’re quick! And Jack is no exception. He is on the move constantly, never content to just sit in […]

6 Ways to Get Your Workout in with a Toddler Around

Putting my phone, remote and keys as high as possible? Check. Bumps and bruises? Check. Crying when I take away the waffle iron that he just broke into small pieces and tried eating? Check. Mashed potatoes going everywhere on his body besides his mouth? Check. Yep. It’s been confirmed. We had arrived to toddler land. […]

Mom Guilt: The Definitive Guide to Mom Shaming

Motherhood. We don’t know any other aspect of life that brings on so many insecurities. When our baby makes his or her way into this world, we are suddenly faced with a very big and important job: caring for and raising another human being……and we really don’t want to screw it up. We walk around […]

How to Start a New Workout Regime and Stick With It!

When I was growing up I’d do my mom’s Jane Fonda workouts. Then I stopped. Later, it was Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. Then I stopped. Then, I was working out everyday at a gym for 2+ hours. Then I stopped. Then I started running everyday. Then I stopped. Then I did P90X. THEN. I. […]

Rediscovering My Identity: Life With Baby

Here’s the dirty truth: I haven’t really cleaned my apartment since my son was born 5 months ago. Not to say that we’re living in an unsanitary pig sty, but there is definitely grime. This weekend, my husband and I finally had no plans and decided to divide and conquer. One of us was on […]

Sometimes it Sucks! On How Being Vulnerable is Not Being Weak

It was late afternoon. Once again I felt those tiny hands on my legs and heard the ringing of his crying in my ears once more. My eyes were half open, my expression defeated. I was exhausted. This had been going on all. Freaking. Day. I could feel my patience failing and my temperature rising. […]

7 Things I Learned from Working in Rehab

If you’ve been following Movement Duets for awhile, you may already know that before I got into the fitness industry, I was an alcohol and drug counselor. I worked at a residential treatment facility for 4 years. It was one of the most challenging, rewarding, joyful and heartbreaking jobs I’ve ever had, and I’ve learned […]

Goodness In; Goodness Out: How I Treat My Body Matters

You know the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out?” Well, I’ll be bold enough to say that that is entirely true, although I like to think of it in more of a positive light: “Goodness, in, goodness out.” Early on in my pregnancy with my son, I had an extreme aversion to meat. This made […]