All About My Abdominoplasty Surgery!

All About My Abdominoplasty Surgery! Surgery Blog….Finally! It has taken me forever to write this blog partly because my recovery took so long, and I wasn’t in the mindset to write it. However, mostly it was because I don’t want to pretend to be an expert on this surgery or for you to think that the […]

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know You don’t know what you don’t know!  There is no magic social media account that is going to have all of the answers. So much of the information out there is trying to get you to buy something with a promise for a quick fix. It is so […]

What you can learn from my story to change your own.

What you can learn from my story to change your own. Have you or do you feel fearful or incapable of doing the physical things that bring you joy? I lived that way for years. Life after having my first son was a fear and panic of searching for answers and guidance from doctors and […]

Who “needs” surgery?

Who “needs” surgery? Who NEEDS Surgery? Do I? Do I have a “functional” core?  I am alive with minimal athletic restrictions and doing well at the gym. However, what implications would there be 30 years from now? Would it be healthy to have my organs unsupported my whole life? Insurance apparently believes I am fine […]

3 Things You MUST Know Before Returning to the Gym After Having A Baby

3 Things You MUST Know Before Returning to the Gym After Having A Baby Here are the 3 Golden Rules that you need to know before returning to the gym, Yoga, CrossFit, Stroller Strides, Pilates, OrangeTheory, Zumba, home DVD workouts, running, weightlifting, bootcamp, spin class, or any other fitness routine after having a baby. This […]

My Surgery Date is Scheduled!

My Surgery Date is Scheduled! 5 more months and then bye-bye to this stomach!!  Gosh you guys! I was so nervous for this appointment. It think it was more about what it represented than the actual appointment. Sure, I had a few more questions left but just knowing I was scheduling the actual surgery date […]

There is so much HOPE!

There is so much HOPE! Consult One Part of her initial email: I’m 3 months PP from a c-section that took place after 55 hours of labor with 10 hours pushing (it was hell).  I have been going back to the gym (spin, Pilates, yoga, and lifting) but I’m afraid that I’m making or could […]

The more we share, the more we help other people heal!

The more we share, the more we help other people heal! Below is my old co-worker’s journey that I had her write up for me because I feel like it represents SO many people’s stories that we just don’t hear about. I keep sharing in hopes that you’ll share your story, too.  I’ve been pretty […]

Will you accept this rose?

Will you accept this rose? This doctor gets it. So I gave him my rose and asked him to be mine today. Then I got naked and took those damn stomach pictures. Glad this is the last time I have to take those “before” pictures at a plastic surgery place. This doctor is easy to […]

Antony Lo Coaching Consult

Antony Lo Coaching Consult This week on “as the pendulum swings” I did a strict L-sit pull up & GHD sit up to parallel. ….and it feels like all a dream.   So, after a few minutes of freaking out accompanied with many coaching cues by Antony,  I performed a strict L-sit pull-up, a GHD […]

Plastic Surgery– Take 4, Kinda!

Plastic Surgery– Take 4, Kinda! So I found my plastic surgeon, but she is in Arizona…..here is what has happened the past few days. First, I listened to Diane Lee’s interview on the Birth Healing Summit 2018. This was exactly what I needed when I needed it. I have no question that I am a […]

Plastic Surgery…Take 3!

Plastic Surgery…Take 3! Well, you guys…this one started out well and then took a sharp turn for the worst. When he walked in I got a really good feeling from him. He seemed warm, and when I told him about my physical therapy he perked up. I thought, omg! This might be the guy that […]

Practice Brave

Practice Brave I had to take Chase to get his 4 year old shots yesterday. Oye. I am now convinced it is harder to take a 4 year old because they can say things to break your heart. Plus, I can’t stick a boob in his face and make it all better anymore. I told Chase […]

What I want you to know about my stomach!

What I want you to know about my stomach! I decided to write this blog for my own sanity! Every day I end up ignoring my kids to write long post to a stranger on either the Diastasis Recti support group, CrossFit mom group, or Mom2Mom group. I just want to be the person that […]

Plastic Surgery, Take 2!

Plastic Surgery, Take 2! Plastic surgery, take 2! I was way more calm than the first time around but still totally nervous.  After getting checked in and chatting with the receptionist about the terrible potholes, the first person I saw (after the nurse) was a medical student since the University of Michigan is a teaching […]

On a Tuesday.

On a Tuesday. Normally on Tuesdays I go to my parents. I drop off Dean, take Chase to swim, come back to their house, and then go to CrossFit. My dad had a little tummy bug so we didn’t go over there today, which meant I brought Dean with me to swim class. I figured […]

Collecting Data – First Plastic Surgeon Appointment Update!

Collecting Data – First Plastic Surgeon Appointment Update! I went to my first plastic surgeon appointment. What a ride. I am writing this blog as I am online ferociously messaging other moms in Michigan that had this surgery and are also CrossFitters. After searching all day, I finally found one other woman that doesn’t live […]

My Story

My Story In July 2013, I found out I was pregnant with my first son, Chase. My husband and I started trying the weekend after CrossFit regionals, and it happened pretty quickly. I felt lucky, blessed, and excited for the new chapter. As usual, I got some flack for working out pregnant as many were […]

Bouncing Forward

Bouncing Forward Seeing Julie Wiebe was amazing. I got some new strategies and have some more healing I can do on my own.  Unfortunately, it seems some of my fascia is unresponsive, and I have an umbilical hernia- just as my local PT, Nancy, had concluded. If I want to CrossFit the way I want […]

Chasing Strength is Making Us Weak

Chasing Strength is Making Us Weak Something hit me a few weeks ago after reading comments in a CrossFit mom Facebook group. During pregnancy and postpartum while chasing strength, we are only making ourselves weaker. Both CrossFit and competitive CrossFit changed my life in so many amazing ways. I am beyond grateful for those experiences […]

The Silent Majority

The Silent Majority Anyone that knows me, knows I have been Crossfitting for a really, really long time. I don’t plan to stop. I love it. However, as in anything in life you need to question and be critical of the things that you love the most. Lately, there has been a lot of push […]