Exciting news! There’s been a tiny baby-boom in my little world. Eleven family members, friends and clients have all given birth in the last 2 months with more expected to arrive very soon! Although anyone can download my “roadmap to recovery” by signing up for the Skoogfit newsletter, I’ve decided to share it on my blog as an easy-access… read more
well, that was fun. i mean, that whole summer thing. as i write this, i’m staring at my bare legs shiny with sweat in the hot September sun on my rooftop. for me, summertime is all about letting go. especially in august, when all rules go out the window. i eat whatever i want, whenever i want. i skip workouts like nobody’s business. i spend money like i… read more
A Fresh Take on Tuna Salad!
On a short break between clients, I came home completely ravenous. When I squeaked open my fridge, my cupboards, I saw nothing: no ready-made food, no leftovers, no quick grab-n-go’s. Frankly, we’ve been so spoiled with leftover Thanksgiving veggies that I forgot to prepare meals this week! I needed to eat something – so I scavenged my way… read more
Losing the Baby Weight
For many women, pregnancy is a time to “eat anything” because cravings must mean that “the baby needs it.” This attitude has led many tearful women to my doorstep after childbirth in search of quick, magic weight loss. Unfortunately, every extra pound gained during pregnancy is a pound that new moms will have to work… read more
T-Day 2014: A coping strategy
Thanksgiving 2014. I know, right? Balls, this year flew by! I lead my post with this quote: For people who are already overweight, the holiday weight news is worse. Although the average gain is only one pound, people who are already overweight tend to gain a lot more. One study found that overweight people gained five pounds or more during the holidays. Woah!… read more
A letter to my Dad
I live more than a thousand miles away from my pop but we might not have been this close had I not moved away. I guess distance does make the heart grow. Dad and I communicate via email through my mom and shout at each other on the phone (his hearing is dwindling). I send him books for Christmas, cookies on his birthday and New Balance running sneaks for Father’s… read more
Part 2: Getting Sexy Back
Getting your body back after childbirth can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve experienced a tough labor and delivery. Many women wonder where to even start. After properly stretching and lengthening tight muscles (featured in yesterday’s post) I recommend performing the following strength exercises 2-3 times per week. 1. Seated 1-arm… read more
Post-Childbirth: Getting Sexy Back Step 1
After the final few months of weight gain during pregnancy and then childbirth, it’s no wonder my clients have so many joint issues, muscle aches and pains! Consider that new moms spend most of their time caring for their newborn in a seated or hunched-over position for weeks at a time. With very little (or no) time to correct imbalances, motherhood can… read more
It’s not about you.
In the last few weeks since the Biggest Loser finale (in which Rachel Frederickson loses 155 pounds in 7 months), clients and friends have asked me to weigh in. “Did she go too far? Do you think she’s too skinny now? Is she anorexic?” I don’t watch the show. In fact, I had to do a bit of research to get the facts on this one. My opinion is this:… read more
Help! Diastasis Recti!
After giving birth, it’s time to get back to the gym, bust a move and get that pre-pregnancy figure back STAT, right? Let’s get sexy back!!!!!!! Welllll, not so fast there, speedy. Approximately 70% of new moms develop diastasis recti at some point in their third trimester. This common problem is the separation of the abdominal wall, specifically… read more