Writing these recaps gives me goosebumps! A year ago I was so humbled, proud, excited, and a bit exhausted as I wrote about the wild ride that was our first year at the new studio! I never thought we could top those 365 amazing days! Well, looking back, I think we’ve done it! Here are the significant moments of our sophomore season!
Although he wasn’t on our team, the Big Man really inspired us!
Once again, if you are reading this, THANK YOU! I know you’ve heard it before, but we wouldn’t be able to pull this off without you! We have never worked harder than we have in the last two years; but you all make it worthwhile! Much love to you: the badass, loving, generous, positive, and overall high-quality people we call our clients! We look forward to writing the next chapter with you all!
Once again, my favorite yearly mini-vacation was full of movement and exploration! Block Island is the perfect place for Active Relaxation! In fact,! I hope to organize some retreats there next summer! It’s only 10 miles into the Atlantic yet you feel detached from the real world and can explore your wild side! Here’s a recap of this trip’s activities:
After a short run to the beach, and looking both ways, I swam across the channel. This took 2 minutes but for some reason I lost my cool for a second out there. I’m blaming it on the fact that it was my first open water swim of 2014. For some reason I thought I was being pulled by the current, but I ended up right where I hoped. Oh well, I made it. In case you didn’t know, open water swimming is definitely mental! After hitting land on the other side I attempted to run the beach but it was way too rocky. Although I am confident in my “fast feet” technique, I didn’t feel it was worth turning an ankle this early in the adventure, with about 7 miles of beach running to go. So I walked and took in the scene where I’d never been before, and ran when the beach allowed. At times, I tried not to touch any sand by balancing on driftwood and jumping from rock to rock: The plan was to swim across Sachem Pond near the end of the Western beaches but I’m pretty sure it was fenced off and there were so many seagulls around the area that I just kept running until I passed the North light. I came across a make-shift nautical monument and decided to climb: After reaching the top end of the Island I hit pavement for a little while before getting on the Clay Head trail. On my way to the trail was a decent hill that always seems to take people off their bicycles. Since I’m no stranger to hills, I ate it up! Running on sure footing up a steady hill was so easy that I passed a guy on his bike. “This is a good incline, eh?” he observed. “Yeah, pretty good.” I didn’t want to make him feel bad and didn’t have the time nor desire to give him directions to Neuty. The Clay Head trail took me to Pots & Kettles beach. From there I headed South to the Pavilion, about 2 miles of sandy beach running, to my checkpoint at the Town Beach Pavilion. The 16 mile journey took me 2:25. After meeting up with my family and taking Luke into the Atlantic, I got kinda bored and decided to make this a full lap of the Island. So, after about an hour break, I ran down the rest of the beach before hopping back onto pavement and took it back to the house (about 1.25 miles). Gear for this adventure: vivobarefoot ultra pures (best summer shoes ever!), camelback, mountain bike, goggles, GoPro. I wore the vivos on the bike, on the really rocky beach sections, and the pavement. They were perfect for this journey!
Swordfish, Tuna, Kale with Onions & Garlic
I already miss RI’s own paradise! Two days later and the only memento is the soreness in my shoulders and tender sits bones from those first swims and rides of the year. We’ll see you again next year!
We have been having a blast celebrating birthdays with kids of all ages! Typically these parties are 2 hours of intense play! Here are the details to consider for your kid’s (or your own) birthday party:
These parties are also great for field trips, scout groups, sports teams, etc! Contact Ryan for more info!
We’ve tried to bring you fun moves with our Movements of the Month (MOM). Although they haven’t been published on here much, we’ve been practicing them diligently at the studio. Now we bring you our Challenge of the Week (COW)! These challenges will be done by our personal training clients at the studio, but can also be done at home or outside!
Here’s our inaugural COW:
Do 5 rounds as fast as you can while maintaining good form!
Here are some videos to help you out:
It’s back! Although all of our classes are awesome, nothing beats a hot summer night at Neuty!
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What does it look/feel like to run the hills/trails at Neuty? See below:
Trotting down from the Summit:
Up and Over the Natural Marine Hurdle:
If you do this training, you will be in the best shape of your life!
Don’t think you can handle this? Explain why to this guy!
A couple weeks ago I prepared one of the most satisfying meals I’ve ever made! I stole this idea from one of my favorite dishes at my favorite new restaurant, Public Kitchen in the Renaissance in Providence! The owner is a client at LbF and we talk a lot of shop during our sessions. The chef there is into the WAPF philosophy and makes his own fermented dishes and broths, among many other amazing items!
The dish is called bacon and kimchi and came highly recommended! It lived up to the hype and now it’s a staple whenever we dine there!
I decided to make my own. Here’s what I came up with, from bottom to top arranged in a nice big bowl:
As I said this was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever eaten! I believe the fact that I was probably 20 hours fasted and came from Neuty had something to do with it, but I’ve made it again since and it was still awesome!
The day after my official due date, Ryan and I chatted about how it could be a while and we agreed not to stress about our baby’s arrival. I went to bed around 11 pm that night but couldn’t fall asleep. About 90 minutes later I started having contractions. Right away they were 4 minutes apart lasting about a minute. We stayed in bed for the first couple hours and then moved downstairs for the rest of the night. We walked around the house and moved in all kinds of positions to manage the contractions. I tried laying down but that did not help at all, what did help was when Ryan squeezed my hips – a technique we learned in one of our classes.
I went through a period in between contractions where I would get the shivers because I was so cold, but then would get hot and start having convulsions – they SUCKED! Oh yeah and to make things even worse I got sick a couple times! :) Eventually that all passed and around 7 am I decided that we needed to get to the hospital! As soon as we got into the car the song “Best Day of My Life” by the American Authors came on!! :) Things became surreal and intense! I told Ryan that we had waited wayyyy tooo long!!! (In other words, I was in “transition!”) As I walked into triage my contractions were about 2 minutes apart!
After checking in, I was asked if I still wanted to go to the Alternative Birthing Center. Here is where I paused. I knew in my head that I wanted to do the ABC but if I was only a few centimeters and I was experiencing this much pain, then there was no way in hell that I was going to go through with it. BUT if I was further along then I would go for it. When the nurse examined me she announced that I was 8 cm!!! “Whoa!” or “Holy Sh*t!” Not sure what I said…“Call my mom!” I told Ryan.
It felt great that we stuck to our plan of laboring at home for as long as we did. Now in the ABC I was checked again and measured at 9 cm at 7:45 am! I was so excited and thought “ha this kid is going to be pushed out of me in no time!” WRONG!!!! I then stalled to the point where my contractions were up to 10 minutes apart. Until about 10 am I was in the most pain I had ever experienced in my entire life. I screamed and yelled and prayed. I asked for an epidural, drugs of any kind, and then for a c-section, because I didn’t care how he came out at this point I was just in so much pain! Lucky for me I had a great nurse who never coddled me. She gave it to me straight: if I did get any medication, it would either slow things down or might not even kick in before birth. So medically I received nothing, just a lot of encouragement and support.
Finally it was GO time! After 1.5 hours of pushing harder than any kettlebell workout imaginable, Luke came into this world! The funny part here was as his head (finally) emerged, his eyes were open and he was facing Ryan. At this moment Ryan was supposed to help with the delivery but froze in awe and had to be reminded of his duties by the midwife. I wish we got a picture of his face at that moment! Luke was placed on my chest immediately. At that moment I felt only love, absolutely no pain at all!
I am proud of myself for getting though it (even though there were times I didn’t think I could) and am SO PROUD of my husband! With the love and support Ryan gave me I was able to deliver our child. I honestly could not have done it without him!
As I mentioned in the previous post, I feel the classes Ryan and I took with Kaeli Sutton were the best thing that we could have done. As she stressed in class, it was my/our birth and we should decide how things were handled. While her class helped prepare me mentally, I believe that staying active in my pregnancy enabled my body to deliver naturally. Now 2 weeks postpartum I feel great! I have tons of energy and our little man is eating and sleeping like a champ! I’m hopefully not speaking too soon because we will never know what Luke has in store for us! All I do know is that we are very lucky!
Thank you everyone again for all of your help, support, and most of all the outpouring of love that we have received! We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people like all of you!
Where did the time go? It seems like I just posted that I was “knocked up” and now I am about to pop! The last 39 weeks have been awesome and I cannot wait to meet our little one! I just want to know if it’s a boy who will be climbing anything/everything and lifting heavy things or a little girl, who I’m sure will take on some of the heavy lifting and climbing, but hopefully want to do her hair and nails too! :)
I passed on the pre-natal vitamins and went with Juice Plus, Cod Liver Oil and a iron supplement (from whole foods). I also started to introduce a B-complex and Isotonix OPC-3 based on Ryan’s recommendations after I was dealing with some back pain. I have noticed that I have a lot more energy and the pain went away! I always take them in the morning before breakfast which is usually a cup of Ezekial or sprouted grain/flax cereal and a little whole milk (raw when we can smuggle it). I’ve also been doing raspberry leaf tea at night in the hopes that it strengthens my uterus, among other benefits.
As far as skin care, I’ve been using coconut oil to keep my skin supple. My belly is definitely out there at the moment but stretch-mark-free:). The uses of coconut oil for mom and baby require a separate post altogether. Stay tuned!
As far as education, the books that I liked the best were: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (a great break-down on the birthing process as told by well-respected midwife, Ina May Gaskin, Thanks Lynn!), Baby Wise (sleep training, Thanks Rick!) and Baby Bargains (compares every friggen baby product known to man kind and lets you know which is the best for your money, Thanks Gina!).
Reading is great, but we also wanted some practice. My midwife gave me Kaeli Sutton’s name. Kaeli is a Duola, a massage therapist, and yoga instructor who teaches a unique birthing class to help prepare couples for what lies ahead. We took three semi private classes with her and I think it’s the best thing Ryan and I could have done! We feel as confident and ready as we can to get this whole birth thing under way. She taught us about the different stages of labor and what the mother goes through, breathing techniques, and different positions for the mother to labor in to help manage the contractions.
We hope to stay at home as long as possible while I labor and then go to the Alternative Birthing Center at Women and Infants. Who knows what will happen? One of the take-home messages from working with Kaeli was that this is my birth! Come back to the breath during challenging moments and ultimately do what I feel is best for me and the baby! So no matter what happens, I hope to walk away feeling like I did my best and I (or we) was the one making the decisions.
I also want to say thank you to everyone for all of the well wishes and kind words! It means so much to us to have you all in our lives! We will keep you posted!
Another post for the simple not easy archives! With an exorbitant amount of information concerning diet and exercise, it’s easy to be confused/frustrated/apathetic/etc. We’re here to simplify things for you. The latest LbF guide to healthy living is detailed below:
Move like Kids!
When did you move the most in your life? When did you enjoy moving the most in your life? For most of us, these questions conjure up fond memories of recess, making forts or obstacle courses, or playing until the street lights came on. Why do we get away from that? Why do we always complicate things? Kids are the best movers around and they don’t even think about it! They move fluidly, intuitively, and often. Let’s be like them!
Eat like Adults!
Usually I’m against “growing up” but in this case it’s called for. We all know food is the most significant factor in our overall health, yet so many of us eat like we’re still in the elementary school cafeteria. We don’t have a 9 year old’s metabolism and by now our digestive system has some wear and tear. Let’s do as we say kids should do: