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Why Breaking the Rules helped my Diastasis Recti

I was supposed to have been broken by the movements but I wasn’t. Doing hard things helped. I had rounded my back when I lifted but my back had not broken. I had performed sit-ups where my abs domed but core had not stopped working. My gap hadn’t reduced despite my best efforts but my back pain and incontinence were gone, and my belly was flatter. I had broken the rules and I was still progressing. I began to question some of the information I was reading and began wondering if it was not my body that was broken but maybe the rules were.

9 Things Diastasis Recti Has Taught Me About Life

Pressure is not a bad thing, it’s how we respond to it that affects our growth. Pressure is a constant in everyone’s life and can create motivation and balance. But it is important to find healthy habits to cope with the pressures of life.

Prolapse, diastasis, and hernias (oh my!) & other things they don’t tell you about being postpartum

I've never seen a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist (PFPT). I drove to the appointment not knowing what to expect. I have carried three babies to term, had 3 vaginal deliveries, tears to my perineum, experienced urinary incontinence, diastasis recti (DR) and have an umbilical hernia. I was the prime candidate for assessment. After my second child I … Continue reading Prolapse, diastasis, and hernias (oh my!) & other things they don’t tell you about being postpartum

9 Things Diastasis Recti Has Taught Me About Life

Pressure is not a bad thing, it’s how we respond to it that affects our growth. Pressure is a constant in everyone’s life and can create motivation and balance. But it is important to find healthy habits to cope with the pressures of life.

10 Tips to Fight Postpartum Depression

I remember standing there looking out at it and imagining my own funeral. I wondered what people would say. I wondered if they would judge me for ending it. I thought about how easy it would be to take a few steps forward and allow my body to crash through the full length second story window bringing my misery to an end. I thought maybe that way it would look like an accident. Maybe they would never have to know how truly sad I was. …

Fat Shaming is Not Fitspiration

I’m getting pretty sick of the fat shaming; negative body image endorsing posts by those in fitness masquerading as concern. Today, I read a post shared by Cassie Young regarding a fitness trainer reaching out to her via Twitter, after she announced her engagement, to offer his services to help her lose weight for her big day. … Continue reading Fat Shaming is Not Fitspiration

Why No Excuses is Ruining Women’s Bodies

In the 5 years between leaving university and having my first child I lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle. In February 2011 I had my first child, and in January 2013 I had my second child. After having my second child I noticed my belly remained distended postpartum. I had always been naturally skinny, and never … Continue reading Why No Excuses is Ruining Women’s Bodies

Facebook and fairy tales

  Social media: It's a lot like a family picture. The final product I shared with all my friends was of a happy, smiling family. No struggles, just this perfect little snapshot of life. But that was one picture. And it took us a while to get there. We have a lot more of these … Continue reading Facebook and fairy tales

This Is Not Health…But I Look Good!

They asked me what my excuse was. They told me they had kids, a 6 pack and no excuses. They challenge me to be accountable for the way I looked. They told me I didn’t look healthy enough. "So what does it take to have a 6 pack?" I asked myself.

More than a Hot Body

As women we receive a lot of subliminal messaging that our value and worth is based on our physical appearance. You can be educated, well-spoken, and dignified but in the end you also have to be "pretty enough". You are not your body, and I want you to stop defining yourself by your body. Do you know why Lions are kept behind cages at zoos? Because they are powerful. You are a lioness.