"I want to do it because i want to do it."
- Amelia Earhart
I have one main question for you to consider today:
What if you are just hungry?
What if your late night binging, your belly bloat, your mushy muscles, your puffiness, your mood swings, your endocrine stuff, your metabolism, your diastasis recti, your achey back ...
What if you are just hungry?
Tis the season that I get to watch incredible humans give their health authority over to fitness freaks.
Yes, I am talking to the incredible human that is YOU. I know you’ve seen an uptick in your sponsored ads over the last few days, with dreamy six packs and die-hard burpee-ers and snazzy leggings. And I KNOW you’ve been like, maybe this year, maybe I’m ready. MAYBE. Which means that you then fall into one of two categories of New Year Strength Finders:
I tried to save a baby squirrel two days ago, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey.
I found him in the mud, right below his nest in an oak tree in my backyard. His big paws and and fluffy tail were submerged in the liquid muck, making him appear an aquatic creature. With the help of my daughters and an amazing comrade in my life, we quickly delivered him safely into a box as we googled, “How to save a baby squirrel.”
I decided this summer to make my experience of motherhood visible. This was sort of a big deal, as I had 6 clinics scheduled back to back (Houston, Seattle, DC, Boston, NYC, and San Fran). During those clinics, in each location, I was also needing to be available for a multitude of important media and meetings, all parts ...
When I was 24, just a few months before I got pregnant with my first kiddo, I traveled to Ecuador to live with the Shuar tribe in the Amazon jungle for a couple of weeks. It was through a college course, designed to focus on non-Western modalities for healing.
I learned a lot.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. While the rest of the fitness world continues to workout because they’re hoping to birth their inner toned goddesses, I’ll be over here working out so that I don’t lose my sh*t.
When the whole world goes YAYYYYYYYYYYYY and Instagram pictures get all beachy and drinks get cold and ... guess what? You, dear momma, are like, “Um, wait. Dishes? Boogers? Interrupted sleep? Where’s my summer break?”
I always feel like summertime is a colorful ferris wheel ride of fun that never has a seat for me.
5 years into this here fitness business and, holy moly, nothing like growing up in public to make you want to crumble in any pursuit. "Failure is beautiful, blah blah blah blah," they say. Yeah yeah. It is. However, it still hurts like crazy. And I don't blame anyone for ever calling it quits when the going becomes a Groundhog Day of Failure Overload. But, I will say that one of the greatest gifts of still being here is that I've been able to witness firsthand some really powerful "myths versus truths" about the pursuit of human wellness. Here's 5 of the top ones. I hope they blow your mind a bit, as they have mine:
Aw, dang, these guys were such troopers for our first ever Can You Swing It episode! They are tough, they are strong, they were curious, and they were willing. I encourage you all to not forget how essential these members of our community are and how incredibly hard they work in unpredictable situations, often with little to no sleep. Three cheers to them.
If I were to make a sweeping and assumptive generalization, I would argue that there are 4 types of pregnant women: