The Hips Don’t Lie

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in CrossFit Mom, Fitness, happiness, manifesting, post-partum, post-partum weight management, Uncategorized, Videos, Wellness coaching | 4 comments

We learned in massage school that emotions are held and stored in our bodies.  Experiences, stress, fear, anger, anxiety, can get bundled up into a tight little ball and lock themselves in various places in our muscles.   Joints are sneaky places for them to hide, especially in our hips and pelvic region.  This can lead to all sorts of misalignments, aches, pains, stiffness (hello neck and shoulder issues!), and if not properly addressed, become bigger issues. I have some long-lasting tweaks from life and training.  Though I have spent years and lots of $$$ trying to “fix” them with chiropractors, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, Airrosti, essential oils, to name a few; I learned that in order to be relieved of something, you have to go through it.  Face it.  Release it.  What I’m talking about is slow, conscious, deliberate stretching.  These are perfectly demonstrated in Hatha Yin and Restorative Yoga.  Both modalities use props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to help our bodies release hypertonic muscles while holding positions.  As your body lets go, the props can be removed.  It’s amazing.  In the Hatha Yin class I take, we work on our postures for 2-4 minutes and move in a very fluid manner.  In Restorative Yoga, we tend to use more props and will be in a position generally from 4-10 minutes.  If you are interested, I go to Hatha Yin at Yoga Yoga and Restorative at Say Om here in Austin. Both are fantastic to get the parasympathetic nervous system to engage.  This is the Rest and Digest part of your body’s physiological stress response (the sympathetic nervous system runs the Fight, Flight, or Freeze; or for women, Tend and Befriend stress response).  When the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged, we relax, renew, heal, and regenerate.  We all need this reset in order for our bodies to function properly; especially at optimum levels.  (Momma’s, let me here you say, “OH, YEAH!”) I was in a packed Hatha Yin class the other day, and the instructor opened class with one of her recent experiences as a life lesson to share.  She reminded us of the option in confrontations to either Be Right or Connect.  When we choose to Be Right as in debating or arguing, the reactions build and build and the energy gets tense and stressed until someone either blows up or gives up.  When we choose to Connect, we instead open ourselves to new perspectives and possibilities and create a stronger foundation of energetic harmony.  Think close-minded vs. open-minded. Well, that morning, our instructor was taking her small child to school, and her kiddo started having a tantrum at drop off.  Instead of choosing to Connect, the...

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Taking On the Whole 30

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog, CrossFit Mom, Fitness, Gluten-Free, Goal Setting, Goals, happiness, manifesting, Mood Disorder, motivation, Nutrition, Paleo, post-partum weight management, Uncategorized, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

I used to eat strict paleo. I used to zone every snack and meal. I used to feel INCREDIBLE. My eating habits began to stray when I got pregnant, and I have used the excuse of the baby still nursing to not dial it back in for over 2 years. You know what? I felt like crap through most of the pregnancy and have been challenged with fatigue and hormone issues for the past 6 months.  All I want for my 36th birthday is to feel amazing again. I take way too many supplements for someone of my age and it’s time for me to dial it back in. While I will not Zone while Sterling is still nursing, I can clean it up. I can commit to Whole 30. My sister encouraged me the other day to give it a try and today a friend of mine was putting out feelers about it on Facebook. I immediately answered the call, and we have devised a challenge that we can take on TOGETHER. Operation Fill My Cup commences on Monday! From October 6th- November 4th, we are doing the WHOLE 30. We know how much of a challenge this truly is, so we are setting up a support system to keep us on track. We are inviting anyone interested to join us. A private group on Facebook is up to share recipes, offer support, and help keep the motivation strong. You can do this from anywhere! If you happen to be in ATX, we are putting together some meet ups for face-to-face support and a little yoga to keep it fresh. Here’s our FREE group: CLICK HERE Ask for an add, comment, or message me to get in on the action! liz@lcrwellness.com...

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August Success Story

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog, choice, Fat, Fitness, Gluten-Free, Goal Setting, Goals, manifesting, motivation, Nutrition, Paleo, Uncategorized, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

Witnessing the success of my clients tends to get me misty-eyed.  The other week, I walked into my appointment to find a recent client looking FIERCE!  Six weeks ago, a couple of friends of mine sought me out to get lean.  They have been on a solid fitness plan for over a year and were not seeing results.  I gave them some information about nutrition and had them journal their food intake for 6-weeks.  Each week, we would meet, and I would offer new strategies and suggestions for their food choices and supplements.  I am so proud of them.  As the great Gymnastics Coach Tucker says, “The proof is in the pudding.”  While he has chosen to remain anonymous, I cannot share before and after photos. What I can offer is his testimonial that my program, “made [him] aware of what [he] eat[s] and how it affects [his] everyday”. After 6 weeks under my program, he dropped 3.8% body fat (from 23.9% to 20.1%)! These are blood test results before he started my program, and 5 short weeks into my program.  By choosing better options for his body, the inflammatory response was lessened to the point the his cholesterol dropped by 85 mg/dL!  This took him off the red flag list and well into the ideal range!  Additionally, his fasting glucose was scary high when we first started, and by the end of my program, it dropped by 54%, 115 mg/dL!  Not only is he no longer danger close to developing type 2 diabetes, but he’s thinking clearer, more energized at work, and lowered his dose of medication for vertigo. BEFORE Cholesterol, Total: 259 mg/dL  (ideal 125-200) HDL: 68 mg/dL                            (ideal = or >40 mg/dL) Triglycerides: 156 mg/dL           (ideal < 150 mg/dL) LDL: 160 mg/dL                           (ideal <130 mg/dL) CHOL/HDLC Ratio: 3.8              (ideal < or = 5.0) Fasting glucose: 211 mg/dL       (ideal 65-99 mg/dL) Free Testosterone: 221 ng/dL   (ideal 241-827 ng/dL) Hemoglobin A1c: 10.8%             (ideal <5.7%)   AFTER Cholesterol, Total: 174 mg/dL  (ideal 125-200) HDL: 66 mg/dL                           (ideal = or >40 mg/dL) Triglycerides: 120 mg/dL          (ideal < 150 mg/dL) LDL: 84 mg/dL                           (ideal <130 mg/dL) CHOL/HDLC Ratio: 2.6            (ideal < or = 5.0) Fasting glucose: 96 mg/dL        (ideal 65-99 mg/dL) Free Testosterone:...

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CrossFit and Kundalini?!?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog, Chakra, CrossFit, exercise psychology, happiness, manifesting, post-partum, progesterone, Uncategorized, Wellness coaching | 1 comment

If you have been following my posts, you’ll know that I was really getting into competing in CrossFit when I became pregnant with my baby boy.  I stayed active throughout my pregnancy, and kept my diet relatively clean.  After the natural birth of my little bear, I took appropriate time to rest, and slowing reintroduced CrossFit back into my fitness regimen.  While it may look like I “bounced back” on the outside, my body underwent significant changes from pregnancy and childbirth.  I never quite felt like my “old” self, but have learned to embrace the “new and improved” version as a result of mommyhood.  Sterling is 18 months, and is still nursing a bit.  Relaxin still flows through my veins, I cannot Zone, and I cannot get on a super-pumped supplement plan.  My body is experiencing a crazy shift in hormones, and I am very sensitive to the changes. My girlfriend, Andrea, was in a town a couple of weeks ago.  I love Andrea.  We have this amazing bond and though we only see each other every few years, we always pick up right where we left off.  We can talk for hours in comfort and stay focused on our conversations.  Not to mention, she’s hilarious!  During one of our chats, she told me about how she has added a Kundalini Yoga practice to her life. What enticed me was when she said that it not only works directly on your nervous system, but also on the endocrine system (HELLO HORMONES!!).  The morning before I took her to the airport for the next leg of her travels, we hit up Yoga Yoga for a Kundalini class with DeLora.  It rocked my world.  I knew DeLora from the Austin Area Birthing Center, so it felt like a good transition into the new practice. I have been doing Kundalini for about a month, and I’m hooked.  I’d like to share why I feel Kundalini Yoga fits in a CrossFit lifestyle.  Keep in mind, I’m a newbie, and may mess up a few of these terms. 1. You have to “go there” in your mind.  As many CrossFit workouts push you to keep a continuous pace for a specified amount of time, Kundalini includes kriyas (exercise movements) that generally last 3-7 minutes straight.  You have to relax your body except for the parts engaged and keep them moving with fluidity and purpose to get the endocrine system going.  There is a lot of focus on breath and mantras.  What I have found during many of these is that just as I start to feel that burn and desire to quit, a clarity blossoms in my mind.  A shift happens in my thinking.  I...

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Manifesting Your Desires- An Intro to the Chakra System and Goal Achievement

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Blog, Chakra, Goal Setting, manifesting | 0 comments

I am now in my 17th week of pregnancy, and it has had some profound effects on my creativity.  Our brains undergo “rewiring” during pregnancy, and for some reason, the right side of my brain has been experiencing a super-charge!  So far, I have taken up knitting, painting, and a pottery class.  To satisfy my continuing education credits for my massage license, I took a Reiki Level 1 class (Level 2 is coming up soon!). One area of sparked interest for me right now is the Chakra system.  I have had some training in this area during massage school and now with Reiki, but I wanted a better understanding.  I have been exploring a fantastic book by Anodea Judith, Ph.D to become more familiar with this, and found some interesting information to share.  (I highly recommend this book if you want to gain a greater knowledge of this area.) Charka 101-What is it? First of all, chakra, means wheel.  The basic human chakra system is composed of 7 wheel-like energy centers working interdependently to form a union of mind, body, and spirit.  An imbalance in any chakra can affect the others.  One amazing consideration is that each of these charkas correspond to nerve ganglia as well as glands of the endocrine system.  This is not to conclude that they are synonymous to these physiological systems, but is a consideration for health and vitality nonetheless. Starting from the bottom and working up:Chakra 1  (Root), Location- Base of Spine (perineum), Endocrine gland- Adrenals (testes for men), Association- Survival and Physical attainments, Element- Earth, Color- Red Chakra 2 (Sacral), Location- Lower Abdomen (sacrum), Endocrine gland- Reproductive organs, Association- Emotions, Sexuality and Union, Element- Water, Color- Orange Chakra 3 (Solar Plexus), Location- Solar Plexus, Endocrine gland- Pancreas and Adrenals, Association- Personal Power, Will, Self-Esteem, Element- Fire, Color- Yellow Chakra 4 (Heart), Location- Sternum (heart), Endocrine gland- Thymus, Association- Love, Element- Air, Color- Green Chakra 5 (Throat), Location- Throat, Endocrine gland- Thyroid and Parathyroid, Association- Communication and Creativity, Element- Sound, Color- Bright Blue Chakra 6 (Brow), Location- Center of forehead, Endocrine gland- Pineal Gland, Association- Clairvoyance, Intuition and Imagination, Element- Light, Color- Indigo Chakra 7 (Crown), Location- Top of head, Endocrine gland- Pituitary Gland, Association- Knowledge, Understanding and transcendent consciousness, Element-Thought, Color- Violet/White I could expand further on this, but it would take pages beyond what a blog reader would appreciate.  Now for the really cool part: Chakras and Goal Achievement. As stated earlier, these chakras work interdependently of each other.  How?  They are like gears on a watch, as one turns, the next turns in the opposing direction, and so on.  Two currents of energy have been shown to represent this flow through...

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