Who Will You Be?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in CrossFit, CrossFit Mom, Fitness, Videos | 0 comments

I recently had the privilege of being cast in a commercial for Dick’s Sporting Goods.  I was the “pull up girl”.  Instead of being on the comfortable rig at CrossFit Austin, I used a rickety pull up system with a squishy and narrow grip.  Because of the set-up, I could only do strict pull ups, no kipping. Despite the filming taking place during my CrossFit moratorium, I had a total blast. I managed to crank out so many pull ups that I was sore for three days.  Although I was doing the work by myself, I was surrounded by cameras and the crew.  All eyes were on me, and because of that, I could push myself well beyond my limits.  Towards the end of the commercial, you see me grunting; quite loudly.  That grunt was completely authentic to my effort. Despite the fact that I had not really done pull ups in over a month, despite the fact that my adrenals were still on the mend, I could still find a way to dig deep and give my all. This commercial in itself is very well done and chock-full-o-motivation.  For me, getting to see how I pulled out a good show and left everything I had on that bar makes all the difference. I know that there is still fight left in me.  I will breathe fire again. This year I chose to not participate in the CrossFit Open.  I left my ego at the door and am back to the beginning to focus on form and technique while I get my lungs back to Fran-tastic condition. The words in this commercial ring true in my ears and spark fresh motivation.  Who will you be?  Get after it and find out.  I’ll see you at the finish line. For your viewing pleasure:   Wishing you best in...

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What’s a Wellness Coach?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Blog, Videos, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

I believe that there is a place for Western medicine.  I believe that in certain instances, real medical intervention is necessary.  I also believe, that many ailments and health issues can be remedied by our own actions and health behaviors. It is time for us as a society to focus on prevention and total body wellness instead of zeroing in on symptoms alone. Take this short fable for example:   WITH A TRADITIONAL MD Patient: hits hand with a hammer “Doctor, my hand hurts.” Doctor: “I see it is broken, let’s put a wrap on it.” applies appropriate dressing 1 Week Later Patient: hits hand with a hammer, again “Doctor, that helped a little, but my hand still hurts.” Doctor: “Let’s try something stronger.” puts a cast on the hand The Next Week Patient: hits hand with a hammer, cracks cast “That’s a little better, but my hand still hurts.” Doctor: “Your hand needs to be amputated.” Cuts hand off.   ALTERNATIVE OPTION Client: hits hand with a hammer “Coach, my hand hurts.” Wellness Coach: “I see you are hitting your hand with a hammer.  Have you tried not doing that?” Client: looks at hammer “But, I’ve always had this hammer.  I’m not ready to let it go.” Wellness Coach: “Ok. Let’s try not hitting your hand so hard this week and we’ll see how you feel.” 1 Week Later Client: taps hand with hammer “My hand is feeling better, but it’s still a bit tender.” Wellness Coach: “Great progress!  Let’s see if we can switch to a plastic hammer this week.  Keep lightening up on your hand.” The Next Week Client: “My hand feels better than it has in years!  I think I’m ready to put the hammer away for good.” Wellness Coach: “That was all on you!  Great job and enjoy that fully functioning hand.”   As a Wellness Coach, it is my  intention to work with you one-on-one to correlate your health concerns with your lifestyle habits.  Those habits may or may not be exacerbating some symptoms that can be remedied by your own actions.  I am not claiming to be a healer or magician, but an objective third party to help give you a new perspective on your health behaviors.  Together, we will discuss several options and alternatives that may just be the fix you need in order to enjoy your life to the fullest. Changing lifestyle habits can be exhilarating and terrifying.  As a Wellness Coach, I work with you step by step and offer support along the way to ensure that these changes become a part of your daily life. I am that voice that can help you see the nail that needs to be removed so you can remove it yourself.  (In the event that you...

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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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