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Month: June 2016

Take Control of Your Life and Start Calling The Shots

Every day is a new day. A new day to become a better version of ourselves. A new day to charge and “call the shots.” It can be scary. It can be fun. With the new light of the day, take it and hold it tight. Bring it with you on your journey to being the best YOU.

We’ve all had those times in our lives when we let go of our idea, our voice, ourself. Due to the nature of our lives in 2016, it’s easy to lose ourselves or let things go. At one point we held the reins, we were in control and then something at some point deterred us. One song that really struck me recently is, “I Call The Shots”  What a great title, great lyrics, and great song by Voice contestant Hannah Huston, produced by Pharrell Williams. The moment I heard the song, I snapped out of my “fear” moment that I was experiencing from a business issue. I knew that I needed to take control of the way I was feeling and turn the whole situation around. The lyrics spoke to me then and it still does, even on the days that I don’t need the reminder. For any person who has ever had doubts in themselves, has lost some control, or struggles with “calling the shots” this message and song is the perfect song for YOU.

It’s about taking a stand for yourself. The  only way to succeed is to follow your dreams all the way no matter the obstacle. Holding onto our dreams and seeing them through is something that we all often drift away from due to the pressures of life. However, with thought, there is always a way over an obstacle. Challenge makes us stronger if we can rise above. If we understand that we ALL go through these ups and downs in life, then possibly we can all believe that we can come out on top more often than not if we take control and start “calling the shots.”

Some people that have definitely called the shots this year, that I’ve noticed, are:

The U.S.A Olympic Athletes

Kara Goucher

Sally Bergeson

Lauren Fleshman

Doug Evans

Anderson Cooper

President Obama

Bernie Sanders

Have you “called the shots” in your life, lately?

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A Journey to Being Incontinence Free

I’m a mom of two awesome, active boys who has suffered from incontinence for 7+ years. This is my story and my individual solution to fixing this issue that has plagued every run since October 2008.

At the end of May, I had TVT surgery for incontinence. For the last 7+ years I’ve lived in silent embarrassment whenever I’d run, teach class, coach, or play in the yard with my two boys.

I thought that I had done everything possible to fix or aid my leakage. When I was finally fed up, I went to see a Urogynecologist for help. After very little thought, I scheduled my surgery. I was sick of being wet. I was done dealing with it. After my surgery, the recovery was unlike anything I’d gone through. Having babies feels a million times more natural than having this surgery. It all heals in time and you do get your fitness back, slowly.

About 7 weeks post-op, I made the mistake of googling TVT surgery and recovery. I ended up reading horror stories! When I initially investigated the surgery, I was mainly looking to understand the procedure. After the surgery, I somehow ended up reading all of these horrific stories of the mesh becoming infected, detaching and dislodging into the uterine wall, or not even working, I freaked out. My doctor had warned me that there was a 1% risk of these things, but c’mon 1%?!

I soon became aware that this surgery was making waves that were crashing down on women who have already suffered. The worst thing I read was that the FDA moved the surgery from being medium risk to a HIGH RISK surgery. Why didn’t I know this before? Some other things that I came across were kegal balls, jade eggs, vaginal massages, physical therapy vaginal stimulation, AND Kim Anami! Kim Anami stopped me in my tracks! The things she can lift with her pelvic core muscles is jaw-dropping! As I attempted to get my body back in running form at weeks 6 and 7 week post, I wasn’t 100% fixed and I did wish I had found Anami before all of this. All that new information made the recovery even more difficult. However, because there is no turning back, I put the newfound knowledge aside.

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I ordered a pair of Dear Kates to take away the worry and any noticing of leakage on my runs. I’ve been told and also found out myself that Dear Kates are amazing! They feel great and you can’t notice if incontinence or your period is causing problems while you are being active, i.e. running, hopping, dancing, etc…

At 10 weeks post-surgery, I am getting my body back slowly and noticing an extremely little amount of incontinence. I used to spill over a Super Plus pad and now I use just a panty liner and am not even sure if I need it – that’s a great sign. However, due to the increasing number of horror articles and posts, I am not sure that I would recommend the surgery. I was terrified that I’d be the 1% and the 1% is scary! My job as a patient, is to continue to strengthen my pelvic core muscles and listen to my body on all other levels as I try to regain my strength and fitness.

My advice to anyone going through this, is to listen to your body. Try everything possible before you give a yes to surgery. In 2014, I had reached the point of trying everything that I was told do try. I didn’t know that in 2016 there were a few other options that could also help me. Exhaust all resources and then make the decision with a competent doctor. I feel extremely fortunate to have had Dr. Denman – her work is priceless.

 

 

 

 

 

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