Barre Workout for Any-BODY

Barre Workout for Any-BODY

Do you have images (of yourself) that you look back on and just laugh?I've got to say, watching myself point at my preggo belly in this video makes me both cringe and giggle every time.In some ways, I feel like pregnancy allowed my inner dork to emerge more than ever… and in other ways, I KNOW it made me stronger than I ever imagined I could be. (More on that another time.)But my favorite thing about this workout isn’t that Mr. Max was in my belly (who at the time, we fondly called JoJo) or that I had felt him kick earlier in the week (I’ll blame his movement on my goofy smile).My favorite part of this workout is that this lower body series can truly be done anywhere at any time with anyone. Whether you’re six months preggo*, stuck in an office, wearing a baby, chasing a toddler or enjoying a unicorn moment by yourself, you can take advantage of...
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8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

The difference between these two? One year. Our bodies change DRASTICALLY when we have babies (DUH) but I have found that the shift within our MINDS can be even more significant. Just in case you're anywhere near where I was 3 months ago, don't YOU DARE settle for "I guess this is just how I am now." (As in cranky, tired, apathetic, giving up on myself, did I mention irritable?) HIDING behind cozy flannels, behind my exhaustion, behind my excuses was quickly becoming my new MO. GOODNESS, the shift did NOT happen all at once, but it DID take ONE simple but CLEAR "I need something to CHANGE" moment. That made THE difference for me. Start with nourishing food. Or start with empowering workouts. Or begin with a gratitude journal. WHEREVER you start, just make sure you begin. Because, life is too short, a year passes in a flash and the truth is: you DESERVE to feel your best. No matter what. YOUR BEST might not mean feeling comfy in...
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6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

Alright, Team NO Judgment if you continue to read. Deal? I hated being pregnant. Yes, OF COURSE it was worth it - OF COURSE. But we have the option to own or truth despite the highlight reel on social media and my truth is: growing this sweet peanut drained me mentally, emotionally and physically more than any other phase of life. So, this isn't about a "before and after." It's about the freaking journey. 40 weeks pregnant vs. 6 weeks post-Max TODAY I feel squishier and much weaker than I've been in a long time (just being real) BUT then I remind myself: You birthed a (pretty sizable) human being. You (somehow) feel energized again, despite that little sleep situation. You ARE strong, just in different ways than before. You are evolving simply by recommitting to yourself WHILE nurturing your baby. You get practice compassion with yourself by being consistent with your self-care. You survived the first six weeks. I'm one of those crazies who's excited to start moving again mostly because it...
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CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

I'm curious: how many things have you been cautioned about doing/NOT doing while pregnant... or while parenting... or while simply living your life? I'm finding that the debates are NUTS about what "should/shouldn't" be done and what is "wrong/right" for momma and baby. Clearly, I'm quite new to this scene, but I've been shocked at BOTH how fear seems to rule one's way of life AND how extreme distrust for "the system" forces people to ward off ANY recommendations. Historically, I'm no better; I've struggled with an extremist mind as long as I can remember, but this process {for me} needs to be far more balanced and grounded than the swings of extreme rule-following or extreme rebellion. Personally, the two ways I find the most peace, freedom AND safety in my decision-making process are through: • a range of research from a variety of sources • my own intuition ...and letting go of the fear & reality of judgment We're all doing the very best we can for ourselves,...
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