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Hovering over the toilet seat

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I found my spiritual writer twin, but we needed to have a chat.A few years ago I was asked to be a member of the Media Corps Team for the American Physical Therapy Association, a significant honor to stay the least. Being a spokesperson has been an incredible honor & I’ve had a ton of fun doing…

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?…

The ultimate multi-tasker

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Captain’s Log:  Week #2 of Summer Break! The kids are restless. Who would’ve guessed we’d miss the quarantine schedule? The list of things we’re “allowed to do” is growing, but the question remains, are WE ready yet? Is there such a thing as “not enough popsicles” in your house? Apparently there is in ours!“Wild America: Arlington…

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…

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…

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…

Bounce Back after Pregnancy

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A fit pregnancy will help you bounce back after pregnancy. Lots to unpack here, but let’s keep it simple.  Yes, it’s a great idea to stay as active as you can during pregnancy (for you and the baby).  Yes, it’s important to have a plan and support team to return to exercise postpartum.  But let’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How’s Your Pandemic Routine Going?

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You’d think after 5 weeks under a stay at home order & I’d have a handle on our family’s routine- I will give myself a B. We got our new puppy Abby a few weeks before lockdown & it took a little bit to train all of us & get her sleep in check. Fortunately,…

This is how my preparation and planning looks…

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I’m a planner. I like to be prepared & know what’s coming. Having my kids has helped with relaxing those needs. Having kids & running a small business in the midst of a pandemic has blown it out of the water. You can plan all you want but prepare for your plans to change &…
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