• life

    Post Partum: What ‘SnapBack’?

    It took me a full year to get back to some resemblance of my pre-pregnancy size with exercising about three times a week and not following a diet post partum. I gained 43 pounds during my pregnancy. I exercised the whole time, but I certainly was not the marathon running, high speed type of pregnant person. I was huge, and I loved when people commented on it because I too found it impressive. And I kind of stayed huge after the baby came. After seeing so many women talking about snapping back, celebrities and real girls alike, I felt my story was important to add to the conversation. As a…

  • Wellness

    Stop Feeling Silly in the Gym

    Many people who embark on exercise as adults find going to the gym intimidating. Being among others who are possibly way farther along in their fitness journeys and around equipment that isn’t obvious to use can make a newbie self-conscious. Knowing that people have trouble feeling comfortable in that new environment, I have jotted some notes that I think will help prospective exerciser feel empowered at the gym. First, I have a confession: I don’t like working out that much. I even dislike walking long distances, like at a festival. I work out because I want to look good, and second because I like being strong, but certainly not because…