Connect with yourself and your tribe

I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love and support in response to my recent post on my postpartum experience. I was nervous about sharing, but the numerous messages from people who could relate in one way or another, made me very glad I did.

Mother or not, body image and creating a healthy relationship with food and exercise is something we all, to some degree, work through. You do not have to work through it alone

With the holiday season now in full swing, we'll be focusing on the importance of connecting: with yourself and with those around you. 

To kick things off, I'm embarking on 30 day ROMWOD challenge and I'd love for you to join me. For the month of November, I'll be making time to complete a ROMWOD workout each day. Romwod is an online platform that provides daily videos to improve range of motion, athletic performance, and promote recovery, healing and longevity (ROMWOD). It's designed for crossfit athletes to add to their training regimen to get #swoleandflexy. Check out their FAQ

Don't worry you do not need to be a crossfitter to use ROMWOD. Anyone and everyone can benefit from this programming!

Do you sit at a desk for the majority of the day?
Are your shoulders tight?
Do your hips hurt?
Are you ever stressed (HAH!)?  
Do you breathe on a regular basis?


I love it because it's quick, simple, inexpensive, and serves as a timeout to connect with myself for introspection. This is a far different intensity from your quick vinyasa flow or bikram yoga. Each workout is often less than 20 minutes and focuses on 3-5 poses, held for an extended period of time.

Think of it like guided meditation with yoga sprinkled in. 
Gotta love that right? 

The short time frame and the different intensity (read: not sweat inducing) make it a perfect midday break from my desk or as part of my bedtime routine. I started using ROMWOD while I was pregnant to reduce stress and improve/maintain my flexibility. It's also been integral in my postpartum recovery. Childbirth is one thing... but breastfeeding also does a number on your shoulders and back... 

Interested in ROMWOD? Go check them out! My friends at Intrepid Athletics in Portland are hooking us up with a 14-day free trial (that's a whole EXTRA week beyond the standard free trial!) After that it's only $13.95 per month to access their daily workouts.*

That's yoga for the price of two cups of coffee these days! What a deal! 

Bonus fun: for every day I complete my ROMWOD this month, my NTP and friend Lucia (aka essential omnivore) will send me a gif. She is an excellent gif curator, so I will be sure to share with you too.  



 *If you sign-up, Intrepid's awesome owners, Ruth and Sean, get a small kickback from ROMWOD. Your membership fee isn't impacted, but you do have the opportunity to support these fabulous folks if you sign-up via the link above!