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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Stop, Drop & Roll

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Shut the door.  Get outside immediately.  Meet in the front yard. Remember the days when we had to make a plan & stick to it? If we didn’t, someone got hurt or lost or in really big trouble. Assembly time. In my rural childhood public school, the kind where Kindergarten & 12th grade were on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

My Rainbow Brite calendar comeback

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve spent a lot of time the past few months taking items off my calendar. I used to joke that my Google Calendar looked like Rainbow Brite threw up all over it (showing my GenX age here). We were busy, but wasn’t everyone? Everything had it’s time block because that’s when it was. There…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Returning to Exercise with Diastasis Recti

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I’ve been a women’s health physical therapist treating diastasis recti for nearly 20 years.  Ironically, after 3 pregnancies & 2 C-section deliveries, I diagnosed myself with diastasis recti.  I remember initially addressing it conservatively, not wanting to make things worse, wanting to follow the rules, and accept there may be things I wasn’t going to…

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…
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