This may be the longest I’ve gone without posting, at least in recent history!! I’ve been so busy, between traveling to Saskatchewan last weekend and starting my new job this week, I’ve barely had time to breathe, let along blog! _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
- I am trying to train my bugz to go to sleep before 8pm, because starting Tuesday, we have to be up at 5:30am. So far, it isn’t working…
- I’m 6 days in to my 90 day challenge…but really only on Day 4 due to the blender that dropped its bottom out and ruined one of my shakes, running out of samples while I waited for my own stash to arrive in the mail, and being one shake short of 6 days anyway But my stash arrived today, and I am shakin’ it up! More info at MagzDHealth…
- I found myself getting bored this weekend and did what anyone else would do: I went and bought a quarter gallon of pink paint and painted a border in the bugz’ room.
- I’m addicted to the Kobo e-reader my parents gave me for my birthday. I love that it is small enough to fit in my purse so that I have dozens of books at my fingertips at any given time! And I may also love the fact that I can read cheap, trashy novels without anyone knowing…
- I had the opportunity to do some pelvic floor/prolapse coaching today. What an honour it is to be trusted with such an intimate problem – a huge quality-of-life issue that too many women ignore or are ashamed of. I am so blessed to be able to help women
- It’s raining, raining, raining still, with these tricky little breaks of sunshine that get your hopes up. Thank goodness for Vitamin D and my flower essence blend from My Nature Baby!!
- I’m heading to Key Lime clothing tomorrow to get a rain jacket, on that note!
- I love singing Rainbow Connection with my bugz at bedtime. It was their lullaby as babeez, and now it’s their bedtime song.
- I’ve slowly been restocking my non-workout wardrobe for my new job – thank goodness everything is on sale right now!!
- Speaking of new jobs, I went in to HR today to sign all the paperwork and get my ID card. It’s official!
- I went for a delicious run in the cool rain today. I don’t know where I find the strength or energy, but the fact that I can pull off 30-minute continuous runs after taking 15 months off amazes me! I think it’s the world’s way of telling me I was born to run.
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Something I need to forgive myself for: _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
And a lot happier than the last time we chatted! _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
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Here I am, typing away on my iPad like a woodpecker. A lot of people have been asking a lot of questions, and rather than reply to a dozen Facebook and Twitter inquiries, I decided to blog.
After all, blogging is what I do.
Yesterday involved several very difficult decisions in my life, none of which I’ve enjoyed making. Unfortunately, the first decision I had to make was to resign from most of my position at the dance studio. There were a lot of factors involved, and we tried our best to overcome the obstacles but eventually I had to choose my family’s needs over the studio’s. It breaks my heart because that is my happy place, and I love everyone there so much. I will miss my daily dose of squishy babies, but I needed to step up and acknowledge my responsibility to my family. I’ll still be teaching a couple of evening classes, but that’s all for now.
Leith and I had agreed at the outset that this would be my last attempt to make health and wellness a full-time career, outside of a position in a major, well-established institution. So with my choice came the consequence of now needing to find a full time position that provides enough income to support our needs, and also our child care needs that come from that. It seems ridiculous, but I have to pay so much in child care to be able to make enough to pay our bills in the first place. And keep in mind that we have already cut back and paired down every bill and expense we have by over a third…this is literally as tight as we can get.
So with the job hunt in full swing, I’m left with a beautiful HAWT mess. A full-time/daytime job means that I can’t run daytime HAWT classes this fall. I am utterly torn in my decision. I can’t think of a combination of scheduling that will work with our family, allow me to work full time AND give me 4 mornings off a week. My heart is breaking. HAWT is my life’s ambition, and it is finally gaining momentum. I have no idea where to go right now. Any idea I have sacrifices the key principles of HAWT, and I’m not prepared to trade my integrity or my vision for dollars.
And then, to top it all off, my MacBook died. The hard drive crashed, with all my life on it. It hasn’t been backed up since February. I can’t build a résumé or cover letters, or print anything. I sent last night at Sherrie’s and today at my parent’s house doing just that. Unfortunately, it takes a wee bit of planning and organizing. Sher has no Internet, Mom is in the city. Between the two, I was able to apply for 2 jobs today. There is a third I’ll apply for tomorrow, but I need to go to my mom’s first (Internet…printer…email…agh!). I did get a preliminary callback already for one job, so that is positive!
And then there is the stream of bills that have been held up during the postal strike that has seen fit to appear in my mailbox in the past 24 hours…I’m trying to keep my head above water, but every breath feels like it’s full of cotton and dust. I’m gasping, trying to physically breathe and keep the panic and anxiety at bay. For the first time in my adult life, it’s actually on my shoulders to sink or swim.
So I’ll just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
I’ve been laying in bed following a Twitter stream about my friend, Jen Banks’ recent post about her weight loss journey on MomNation. I tossed and turned with this post bubbling in my head, trying to decide if it belonged here or on my HAWT Fitness site. _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
Waaaaay back in 2000, I was a young, naive dancer with hopes for the world. I was enrolled at Grant MacEwan in their 2-year dance program with plans to transfer to the University of Calgary’s Kinesiology degree after. _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
A lot of life and worldly wisdom floats by me from day to day. When I’m caught up in a particular thought though, it seems that opportunity flies into every open window! _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
“…In creating the Pfilates program we have ventured to provide a plyometric (movement oriented) method of pelvic floor exercise that could be incorporated in to any regular fitness routine. Our neuromuscular research reveals that movements which engage the external hip rotators, adductors of the thigh, transverses abdominals, and gluteal muscles also facilitate, or induce, a pelvic floor contraction. This information has proven especially useful for women unable to perform an isolated voluntary pelvic floor contraction….”
The thing is, those contractions might induce a pelvic floor contraction IF the neuromuscular pathway between the brain and pelvic floor muscles is strong and well-used. Unfortunately, it isn’t in most people. Thus, those bully muscles that take over for the pelvic floor functioning get to show off again and further destroy the kinetic chain.
Oh, that hurts my heart.
Oh, the prolapse!! The incontinence!!
This is why I am leading my HAWT Revolution…to teach people about the importance of building up a strong foundation first, giving those phasic bully muscles a break and helping our bodies learn to function efficiently. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misinformed individuals (and professionals!) out there making it tricky for me
Do me a favour? Ask me how to properly activate and strengthen your pelvic floor. Your organs, posture, daily activity and sex life will thank me.
And remember: this is just my opinion. I’m always open to constructive feedback and corrections. Just don’t be mean and snarky about it
Oh, and Gramma? I’m sorry I wrote “sex” in a blog post. Please forgive me…
I got all freaked-out at myself, like I always do after a soapbox moment, and decided to delve even further and find some video examples of the Pfilates exercises. Here is a link to #5 – the Butterfly:
It really is as bad as I want to think it is. Working with many clients (both moms and otherwise), I know that holding the feet off the ground with the hips and knees flexed at 90 degrees requires a LOT of deep core/pelvic floor strength so that the rectus abdominis and hip flexors (psoas) don’t take over. How does one concentrate on multiple pelvic floor contractions in this dynamic exercise when their pelvic floor is being over-powered by such strong phasic muscles?
I rest my case. This program is NOT what a weakened pelvic floor need.
I kept my bugz home from the day home today. I don’t teach on Mondays anymore, and with a busy weekend behind me, I needed some momma-bug time. Last week was hard on me (it’s still hard, but it’s becoming normalized…) and I just wanted a lazy, lovey day. _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();