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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.” […]

Could Our Pregnant Bodies Take Down the Diet Industry?

A few weeks ago something miraculous happened.   As a trainer working with mainly women, I spend a LOT of time talking with women about loving their bodies. I routinely talk women down off the ledge of self-flagellation through starvation and over-exercising. I’ve made it my mission to empower women to love their bodies. But […]

“She’s just a little girl!” – Breaking Gender Stereotypes

“She’s just a little girl!” the man kept yelling. I had joined up with my family for a camping trip at the Coast over Labor Day weekend. Our camp site was at an organized family camp, which means there were lots of other campers and a lot of family activities planned. One of those activities […]

What To Do About Diastasis Recti: Four tips to getting your mama body back, and it’s not what you expect!

When I had my oldest son, I had never heard of diastasis recti (DR). It took a while before I really came to understand what it is and how it affects my mama clients. But lately, DR has become an epidemic. The new scary way for your new mom bod to fail you! You only […]

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 Two Moms Made Time For Themselves and “Got Their Bodies Back”

They say a baby changes everything. And that is so true! When our children enter this world, we feel our hearts explode with a love we have never felt. We have never been so excited about little (huge) achievements like smiling, eating, rolling and walking. We have never been so in awe of the miracle […]

A Letter to the Old Me Before Mom: I Still See You…..and You Still Matter

Dear Old Me, I still see you. Sprawled out on the couch with two pillows under your head. Binge watching Parenthood and Orange is the New Black, pondering what you will be doing that day. I see you quietly sitting, sipping on some coffee and working on a blog that you’ve been at for awhile. […]

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. […]

The Glorification of the Pre-Baby Body

Our culture has a nasty habit of setting impossible aesthetic standards for women.   Beauty in America is a constant cat and mouse game highlighted by airbrushing and shame. Be thin, be curvy, be muscular, be perfect. It is a constant changing game of chase and anytime we, women, choose to play, we lose. We […]