An Open Letter to Moms Stressing About Their Bodies and Bellies

Earlier this week on social media I posted the photo below to show what my belly looks like when I’m ovulating. For me, this is rounder than other days, recently. Here’s that photo. The constant is that our bodies and our bellies change. Throughout the day, the month, the years. THIS IS NORMAL. Let me repeat that:…

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Are you a bum tucker in exercise?

Friendly PSA today: you can squeeze your glutes (your bum muscles) without thrusting and slumping your hips forward under your body in every exercise. In the 5-minute video below, I coach you through the difference between a ‘bum tucked’ position and a ‘stacked body’ position in squats, deadlifts, and KB swings. It’s us, not you.…

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3 Big Missteps in Workout Programs For Moms

Optimizing workout programming for moms is something that I’ve been thinking about and working towards for the past decade. And, I’m still learning more every single day. These missteps below? I’ve made ’em all and I want to help you not make them, too. There are so many factors to consider and so many boxes to…

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6 Strategies to Take The Focus OFF Fat Loss For Moms

Inevitably, whenever I tell someone that I specialize in coaching pregnancy and post-pregnancy fitness, their initial response is that I must, “help moms lose the baby weight.” And, a really interesting comment recently was, “Oh, so you have to keep your body fit all the time?”. No. I really don’t. In fact, it’s not the…

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10 Fast Facts About Diastasis Recti

Today, I want to give you a rundown on 10 fast facts regarding diastasis recti, or abdominal muscle separation. In full disclosure, I use the term ‘facts’ loosely. In March of 2017. Ha. This all will continue to change, be researched further, and become much more well understood in the future. 10 years ago when…

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6 Glute Exercises To Do During Pregnancy

Keeping the glutes strong in pregnancy can be so key for warding off achy hips and low backs, supporting your belly to your bladder, and setting you up for a more comfortable (physical) postpartum recovery. The glutes are a big (and beautiful) muscle group and are important for helping to stabilize your entire body through…

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Why I Quit Saying “This might be TMI” And You Should Too

There’s a rule with my coaching clients in the To Pregnancy & Beyond program that we don’t preface anything we might say with, “This might be TMI, but….”. Nope. Nope. Nope. I get it. It can be total habit. You don’t even realize you’re saying it. In so many scenarios, we’re taught to keep our bodies…

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“I don’t want to get pregnant because it’ll ruin my body.”

THOSE ARE ACTUAL WORDS I ONCE SAID. Ok, in full disclosure, not just one time. Like, a lot of times.   Ughhhh. Somewhat embarrassing to admit that, but also a great reminder of where I was and where I am now in terms of mindset and my relationships with FOOD and FITNESS. In my early twenties pregnancy was…

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Please Stop 21-Day Fixing Yourself

I used to thrive on lots of intense exercise. Rather, I thought I was thriving. 5-6 workouts per week. Every week. If I missed, I went into the cycle of guilt + food weirdness + ‘feeling fat’. You know those feelings? I used to be a person that all or nothing’d workouts. And food, too.    …

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Coming Back Home

A couple days ago I was out by myself running some errands. I had finished up at the last store, got in my car and texted my husband to tell him I was on my way home. Something about that felt right in a lot of different ways. The ‘coming back home’ bit. 2016 was a LOT…

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