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Finding a lump…& fire

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I felt a lump. Not the kind that takes your breath away on a breast exam (I‘m fine, YOU can start breathing now!) The kind that you know shouldn’t be on the back of your shoulder & definitely wasn’t there yesterday.  The kind that makes you stop in the middle of a soapy shower &…

Facing change

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It’s taken me far longer to write this week’s newsletter than usual.To say “it’s been a week” is an understatement. How can you write about pelvic health while the US is rioting, black people are being killed in the streets and by the way, did we forget about Corona Virus? I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed…

RIP Mother’s Independence Day

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It’s a distant memory. You might have celebrated it, but didn’t know it had a name.   You’d take the day (or at least the morning) off, the kids would actually get out of bed without an argument, assemble the 1st day of school neighborhood photo shoot, & drop them off with new backpacks & a crisp new…

Are you ready for everything to go back?

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Hi <<First Name>>, “Are you ready for everything to go back?” a friend asked. “No,” I replied. “I’m not and neither should you.” Let me preface this by saying this isn’t a statement on public health or political post on our rights as citizens. This is about the opportunities we’ve been offered in this crisis…

Workout ready

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Happy Tuesday! To Gym or Not Gym…seems to be a question lately.Gone are the water-bottle challenges of the 110+ days ago & whether you’ve decided to go back into the gym, keep doing driveway workouts with your new home-gym stash or take on parkour at the parks, there’s still some fundamentals you need to stick…

I don’t normally ask for this

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It’s a broken record. For years, women come to me feeling guilty, like they should’ve figured out their problem on their own.  Why did I lift so much?  Why did I workout so hard during pregnancy?  Why didn’t someone tell me not to run a month after my daughter was born?  Why didn’t I know sex…

Nature sucks

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“Nature sucks.” I really couldn’t disagree with her.“Honey, we don’t say “suck” in this house, but in this case you did use the word correctly.” Her grandfather was an English teacher. I had an obligation to recognize correct word usage. “Isn’t there something you can do about that?” My husband was alarmed by a sudden observation…

Coconuts in the street

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It makes no sense.A shattered coconut on the middle of a residential street on an April morning in Northern Virginia.  Admit it.  It’s weird.My 6 year old noticed remains of the coconut on our walk to the office during the 1st weeks of the pandemic.(She came to work with me twice each week for 14 consecutive weeks…not…

We can do hard things.

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Happy Tuesday!“Summer vacation” has never felt so strange!Yesterday was the first day of Summer Break. I’ll admit it. We were pretty lost and confused. Full credit to my kids, they rocked the pandemic homeschooling schedule we had set up in March. In one of his best ideas ever, my husband set up twice-daily Facebook Messenger…

What’s in your workout closet?

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What’s in your workout closet? There was a mad rush a few weeks ago to purchase workout equipment: Pelotons, weight sets & all the gizmos. Then, the rush of the waterbottle & bodyweight workouts on social media, then push up & balance challenges. This week, I’m seeing puzzles, puppies & a lot fewer workouts. Why?…

Resilience and strength

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Memorial Day was always special growing up.There’s a small rural cemetery in the hills of north-central Pennsylvania where at least half of the graves are my relations in some way, tracing back to before the Civil War. Every Sunday before Memorial Day, there was a small parade and ceremony. The local high school band filed…

Tips from Dr. Pooper

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Neither of them were paying attention.Our 8 month old Border Terrier puppy, Abby, had her nose to the ground, sniffing every inch of the parking deck. Her eyes wouldn’t even dart up to look at my son, aggravated that she wasn’t paying attention.He’d given up about 15 minutes into the obedience class. “How much longer?” he…

Getting uncomfortable

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Happy Tuesday! Has it been a little harder to workout on day 24 of the heat streak? Especially the past few days? Even if you exercise indoors? Me too.I thought I’d be the wiser one & head out for a long run on Sunday morning, new kicks (had a great & safe buying experience at Road…

I won’t give it up

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Run Carrie, run! Confession time.  I love to run, but…I don’t run every day.  I don’t read Runner’s World magazine like it’s the bible & a few years ago I finally branched out into exercise other than running.   (Crossfit, I know.  Not an expected move for a true die-hard runner.) Running is in my blood, but not…

Failed expectations?

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They were supposed to be blue.Blue is MY color (have you seen my logo?) Every spring I plant blue Morning Glory seeds; in mid-summer we’re rewarded with tightly wound buds, with a purple-ish hue, gradually bursting open into the most heavenly pale blue with the first morning sun.  The flowers are exotic and unique,  the complete opposite of the…

Sitting in discomfort

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It’s Tuesday again…Things have been uncomfortable lately. There’s more change going on around us. The next local COVID surge is imminent with good weather, protests and a desire to “get back to normal.” The protests would say otherwise, that “normal” is not something that we should want to go back to. I would agree unequivocally.…

It Takes 6 Weeks to Develop a Habit…Right?

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Hi <<First Name>>, 6 weeks to a habit right? By all accounts we should be well versed at this whole “stay at home” process. I was even feeling a little more confident in my daily structure last week. I headed out for the every-2-week grocery store visit which usually rattles my nerves. I was pleasantly…

Butt cramp in the name of science

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It was the worst a$$ cramp of my lifeThe things I do for my patients. I decided on a whim, to try out one of those newfangled electromagnetic pelvic floor chairs last year at the World Physiotherapy Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, where I was representing the US as a Delegate.It seemed harmless enough.The vendor asked…

Does Your Back Hurt?

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I’ve had to learn a lot of new things during the pandemic. No, I don’t mean how to do a sourdough bread starter, take up facemask making (my husband took care of that!), or making my own kombucha (store-bought for me all the way). I’ve had to learn how to sit more. Let me preface…

I’m no booty-shaking expert.

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I can’t dance like Beyoncé. I know, it’s hard to believe. I can hold my own on a dance floor at a PT conference once or twice a year but that’s the extent of it (maybe an impromptu dance party with the kids!) I watched Black King on Disney+ (not once but twice) this weekend.  Full…
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