Big, big, BIG news, guys.
…Well, maybe not that big, but I can’t resist a little drama.
I officially registered for my first ever blog conference!
I was thrilled when I first found out the location for this year’s HLS—it’ll be right next door in good old Minnesota, a simple drive away. It’s also a drive we’re very familiar with, since we have friends and family there, and we like to bop over and visit them all the time. (“Bop over” = a cute, completely inappropriate way to describe a 4.5 hour drive.)
Not only am I excited to join the ranks of the Conference-Going Bloggers (it’s like step 27 in the Legit Blogger Check List), but I’m also pumped to officially meet some of the lovely women I’ve gotten to know online, like Heather, Julie, and Katie.
So tell me: will YOU be there?
If so, let’s plan on getting a cocktail or 9 and becoming best friends. If not, what can I do to convince you otherwise??
In other news, I finally managed to log into my NASM online account (following a minor password snafu) and find their 75-day study planner. My plan is to start Monday and study 6 days/week, which should have me test-ready by mid-October.
So far I’m not a fan of their e-learning site (just kind of archaic-looking and unintuitive), but I guess I’ll get used to it.
I’ve been bopping all over the internet reading various advice posts from other bloggers who have been through the program, like Julie and Mary and Tina. There’s so much advice out there, it’s seriously overwhelming. BUT if you’re NASM-certified and have more tips for me, I’m still all ears!
Moving on to something you really care about, let’s discuss: my stomach! (Not my non-existent abs, but the organ.)
We have not been getting along lately, and I’m not entirely sure of the culprit (which means I’m blaming my go-to: hormones). My appetite randomly plummeted a few days ago, and everything I ate seemed to upset my finicky little system.
Last night, the situation escalated to new heights. I was babying the crap out of my stomach all day, eating extra clean and extra light and extra regularly, but it was still an angry, gurgly mess after dinner. I hit the treadmill, hoping a run would be soothing (I’ve had lots of stomachaches clear up post-run), but after a mile, I had to quit.
Which led me to Google this phrase: “yoga for stomach pain.”
(And to encounter this fine stock image, which I knew you’d want to see.)
One of the first hits was this Women’s Health article, which, interestingly, barely mentioned the stomach at all, and instead spent the whole article talking about feet.
As the article explained: “Learning to release anxiety at its base, in the feet, will ease the pressure your body is under while processing nutrients and in food.”
Following the article’s recommendations, I did both foot-focused poses (check out the article for instructions):
- Deep toe bend
- Foot cross
Both were pretty darn uncomfortable, which I figured meant I was doing them right. I didn’t even care if it was a placebo—I was willing it to work and telling myself that it was working, either way.
The idea, at least with the foot cross, is to put tons of pressure on a certain acupuncture spot on your foot. This diagram shows the spot you’re aiming for to relieve stomach pain—right there at 11, under the padded part of the foot.
(Please disregard the creepy face on the middle toe. I mean, why?)
I stayed in both positions for a long time, and I honestly felt quite a bit of relief when I stood up. The pain wasn’t completely gone, but it was no longer the throbbing knife-stabs of earlier.
To make me feel like I actually kind of did a workout, I topped everything off with Tara Stiles’ relaxing pre-bed yoga sequence.
I’m feeling much better today—I think, largely, because I finished up some freelance work that was stressing me out. The weight I felt lift off my shoulders when I sent that baby out the door was almost tangible.
HLS 2013: WHO’S IN??
NASM vets: study tips, GO!
Future NASM vets: please step forward, so we can become study buddies.
Foot work as a stomach cure: are you on board or skeptical?