Tuesday

Even Small Changes in Nutrition Can Make A Big Difference!

Reading about nutrition and educating my clients is a true passion of mine.  I absolutely love designing nutrition plans thanks to the ongoing success that my clients and I have continued to see.  One of the most common phrases I hear from my clients is, "It doesn't even feel like a diet."  That makes me smile because it lets me know that they "get it."  I have collected an array of testimonials that I have not had the chance to share yet.  I will, however, begin by featuring one person at a time.  This month I wanted to highlight a fitness professional that started out on my program already lean and fit, which can sometimes be the most challenging.  She came to me because she wanted to be a little bit more lean.  We discussed that since she was starting with such a low body fat, her body might resist losing any more weight.  It's very common for people to lose a lot of weight in the beginning and then have trouble with the last 5-10 pounds.  Many people just give up and they unfortunately end up gaining the weight back.  When adopting a lifestyle that consists of an eating plan that works for YOUR life YOUR body will thank you for it.

I have had the opportunity to work with Dina Juve.  She is a true inspiration with what she has been through in her life (which she shares below).  Dina is a fellow certified kettlebell instructor (RKC) and a mom of 3 boys.  You would never know she is a mother of 3 by looking at her.   If you live near Fresno, I highly recommend looking her up at Kettlebells Of Fresno.

Before

Dina wrote a little background about herself so you can get a good idea of how being thin didn't come easy for her.  She had to work to for it!

"I have not always been thin.  I struggled with my weight from very young.  I come from a family with overweight genes.  I was not very active as a child since I was diagnosed with Juvenile arthritis at 6.  I experienced a lot of pain, my knee would swell up very large and I had to have it drained and injected on several occasions.  From 16-22 my weight went between 138-168.  At 22 I finally decided being overweight was not helping to decrease the aching I experienced so I finally took charge and started changing my eating habits... and would do buns of steel videos in my living room (funny huh I just aged myself).  So my weight loss journey has been long but steady over many years.  Every time I think my body is at the end it amazes with a new change :)  Like now actually seeing some ab muscles, wow.  I know people look at me and think I've always been thin and athletic but that just is untrue.  Every year since I turned 22 my eating gets healthier and I become stronger. I try to continue to learn and implement healthy habits and I love pushing physically in ways I never thought would be possible.  This is why I got into the nutrition and fitness industry."

"I started using Kettlebells 6 weeks after having Trevor my 3rd son (4th pregnancy).  October 2007.  I went through the RKC certification August 2008."


Prior to me working with anyone I need to see a journal and learn more about their lifestyle.  Dina emailed me her journal and I was very impressed with it, but not surprised.  She was very lean and fit to start with so I knew she was already on the right track.  It's always helpful to have someone look from the outside in because they can usually find room for improvement, even if they are only small changes.  We all know that small changes can often make a big difference. 

Here is what Dina had to say about the goals that she set before starting the nutrition program.

"My initial weight the day I started the program was 118.  My initial goal was to hit 115.  I had been bouncing between 121-116 for 2 years.  121 meant I was allowing myself a little to many treats.  118 was easy to keep but getting to 116 was tough and I couldn't hold it longer than a day or 2.  My goal was to get a little under the 116 so I could keep it down. 
I started your program on 10/20 and I hit 112- 5 weeks after I started it.  Didn't want to say anything until I held it for a bit.  I was not surprised by how fast I hit my goal of 115 because I knew I was missing something.  I also knew I couldn't work out anymore so I better look at my food.  I keep thinking I can have abs ;)  I was VERY surprised I hit 112.  I actually am between 110.4-112.  I have been amazed how my body has responded to just eating a little better.  Putting high quality food in my system.  I feel amazing from the inside out and not deprived of anything!  So thank you for this!!!  I am a plan person and I think it is wise to seek out others to help you push you forward to your goals. 


I'm very thankful I met you!!!



Dina Juve's Testimonial

Even though I am in the fitness and nutrition industry I’m not afraid to seek help from other professionals I think can assist me in becoming even healthier.  I feel it is important to continue to learn and grow.



I had been researching Lauren’s philosophy on nutrition for some time reading newsletters and Facebook postings.   I noticed her nutrition products offered on her website are made with natural ingredients.  I loved this!  Although I already ate very well I wanted fine tune my diet and start fueling my body with the highest quality nutrient rich foods.  After talking with Lauren I knew she would facilitate taking my nutrition to a higher level. 



My first goal was to limit sugar, go dairy and gluten free, eliminate processed foods and use organic.  I also needed healthy ideas for my long physical work days and when I travel.  My second goal (if it was meant to be) was to drop a few pounds to see if I could define my abs a little.  Since having 3 boys this has been a struggle. 



Lauren’s nutrition plans are not a diet but a lifestyle.  Easy to follow and come with a complete shopping list.  She customized my nutrition plan entirely in-line with my goals.  I made changes focusing on my overall health and well being, and did not have to count calories and remained consistent.



Within 2 months I actually exceeded my weight loss goals.  I went from 118 to 112.  I lost 6 lbs, can now see some abdominal definition and for the first time I was comfortable enough to take a photo in a half top.   The best part is I am putting the most nutritious food in my body and I feel amazing inside and out!



Small changes really can add up and even fit people can become healthier.   I would highly recommend Laurent to any of my clients, friends and family.   

Dina Juve   Fresno, Ca
RKC Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor
Battling Ropes Coach
TRX Trainer
Fitness section write for HiS Magazine in Fresno, Ca









If you are interested in having a  nutrition program designed personally for you, I am currently taking on one client per week.  I will only accept people who provide me with a minimum of a 3 day food/lifestyle journal, are serious about weight loss, and are ready to commit.  You can read more about my nutrition programs right here.  Feel free to email me with any questions.


Ultimate Body Sculpt with Kettlebells DVD - VOLUME 3

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"I received my Xmas early to my surprise I 



got volume 3 in the mail yesterday 12-20-10.  

I couldn't wait to watch it.  On a scale of 
1-10 its definitely a 10+ .

1). Scenery beautiful wish I was there
2). Production quality perfect must be HD
3). Music makes me want to put ketttlebell down and dance
4). Workout (Amazing!, Wow!, Great! you thought of everything!!!)
I did it this morning I couldn't wait any longer. Boy did I feel powerful and strong when I finish. I know I will finally get the six pack I always wanted now.
my hero Lauren.




Thanks again for another out of the box dvd"

Paddy C.
Chicago 


  









The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning Volume 1 got your heart pounding and left you completely drenched.  Volume 2 fired up muscles you never knew you had and smoked your entire body from head to toe (in a good way).  Now it's time to take your training to a whole new level.  By doubling up your kettlebells and adding some suspension training you will reach a new pinnacle of power and strength.  The workouts on this DVD will provide you with the necessary tools to become leaner and stronger.  What do all of Lauren's DVD's have in common?  They will all help turn you into an explosive fat burning machine and they never get old.  For suggested program ideas with any of Lauren's DVD's visit www.OnTheEdgeFitness.com.






VIEW TRAILER BELOW





DVD FEATURES

- Over 23 kettlebell and suspension training exercises.
- 3 Follow Along Workouts
- 1 small bonus section
- Modifications for different fitness levels
- Joint Mobility
- Motivating Workout Music throughout
- Easy Navigation and skip features (chaptering throughout the workouts, per request)


Lauren covers over 23 Exercises including:

Renegade Rows
Double Floor Press
See Saw Floor Press
See Saw Press
Sumo Squat Thrusts
Double Kettlebell Snatches
Double Windmills
TRX Single Leg Squat
Body Row
Suspended Lunge with a Kettlebell
Double Kettlebell Swings
Double High Pulls
Double Waiter Walks
Double Front Squat
Double Military Press
Double Alternating Cleans
Kettlebell Push Ups
Hip Press
Suspended Roll Out





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What if I don't have a TRX or any kind of suspension training apparatus?  Will I still be able to use this DVD and/or make modifications? 
There are 2 workouts on this DVD that do not include any sort of suspension or TRX training. The longer workout on this DVD does include the TRX, however, you can still make modifications using your body weight, kettlebell, or even a physio ball depending on the exercise. I can give you modifications for the exercises you need help with if you get stuck.  Just email me.


I love your DVD's, but not sure if I am ready for Volume 3 since it contains Double Kettlebell exercises.  Is it required to have 2 kettlebells? 
This DVD contains both Single and Double Kettlebell drills throughout. We provide modifications for most double kettlebell drills if you prefer to use just one bell.  For the exercises that we do not provide modifications for on this DVD, it's easy to just go down to one bell or use a slightly heavier bell than you are use to for most of the workout.  

 How long are each of the workouts and what equipment do I need?

- Power Burn and Strength (Upper Body Emphasis) Workout - 18 min   (Kettlebells only, can easily be done with 1, but 2 of the same size is encouraged)

- Power Burn and Strength (Lower Body Emphasis) Workout - 14 min   (Kettlebells only, can easily be done with 1, but 2 of the same size is encouraged.)

- Kettlebell and Suspension Training(r) combo Workout w/ Core Focus- 28 min  (Kettlebells and Suspension Training)

- Bonus Core Focus Section (can be accessed separately, but apart of the KB & Suspension Training Workout) - 8 min

- Joint Mobility Warm Up or Cool Down - 5 minutes

- Quick Tutorial/ Demonstration Section - 23 Exercises are covered


What is the running time of the DVD?
86 minutes

When was your cover picture taken?
  The pictures used in this DVD were all taken the day of the filming.  This was filmed a month after I tore my ACL in my left knee.  We don't use photoshop or any air brushing.  And yes this was taken after I had 2 kids, which is obvious, since I have never had any cosmetic surgery.  Women need to know that they can still feel comfortable in a bathing suit after having children, even if they have scars on their bodies from the pregnancies.  It's apart of life.

Do you ship to the UK, Australia, Canada, or International?
Yes.  All of the On The Edge Fitness DVD's are shipped everywhere and coded for ALL regions.  We have shipped to all over the UK, Malaysia, China, Peru, Ireland, Turkey, Greece, Denmark, Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, New Zealand, France, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, Italy, and the list goes on and on.

Are your DVD's pressed?
All of On The Edge Fitness DVD's are high quality Glass Master Pressed, Coded for All Regions, and Shipped All over the world. We only use high quality DVD replication and guarantee all of our products.


How can I incorporate these follow along workouts with your other DVD's?
Very Simple.  If you ever have any questions on program design with rotating my DVD's just email me.  I answer all my emails personally and pride myself in that!

Can I use Volume 3 by itself to get to my goals?
Yes.  In fact, I have an 8 week progression program that I will personally send to you that you can follow with this specific DVD. 











If you have no place for a suspension trainer or TRX and do not plan on getting one, you can still use this DVD. See first F.A.Q. question above for details. 


More Feedback:





"Hi Lauren,
I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE the new DVD.  The background is gorgeous  especially as I look out my window and everything is gray and covered in snow.  The music as usual is bangin!!  Instead of doing “fast and loose” during the rest periods often times I find myself “busting a move” (lol)!  The workouts are killer but in a good way!  I love the variety I know I can do the DVD for months without getting bored.  Your cueing is on point, like with the floor presses when you were saying “think about pushing your body away from the kettlebells”, I never thought about it like that and when I tried it I immediately felt a difference. Of course you know it’s crazy challenging after my second time doing the DVD I still have to take longer rest periods after some of the sets,  but I think that is what I love most because it gives me something to work toward.  To sum it all up the DVD is hot!  You really did a great job on this one Lauren!  

All the best to you and your family in the year to come! 
Faith  

PS  I forgot to say you and Della’s bodies look AMAZING.  Please let Della know she looks great,  I remember her from the second DVD but it seems like she has gotten even more defined since then and it looks good on her!"

To read more visit On The Edge Fitness website. 


 Interesting combination of Kettlebells and T-rxJuly 7, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Canada
I love Lauren for giving such a great warm up with joint mobility. She makes you feel safe by giving such amazing form pointers. I love that you can use both pieces of equipment to get an really fun and motivating workout. A must for anyone who loves Kettlebells and wants something different.

 Great even if you don't have a TRXJuly 11, 2014
Reviewer: MSU from Monroe, NC United States
I had this dvd for months before trying it, as I was kind of put off by the cover and worried that without a TRX, I wouldn't get much out of it in comparison to other kb dvds. It has become one of my favorites. I love that it has an upper body emphasis section and a lower body emphasis section that do not require the TRX. They combine for a great workout and it isn't the same old same old.

One of the things I really like about Lauren Brooks' dvds is that each dvd builds on the previous dvd. She finds a way to make each dvd more challenging than the last. In this dvd she increases the challenge through double kettlebell work and trx exercises. Once you get acclimated to single kettlebell workouts, you will want to increase the challenge so your body does not get accustomed to doing the same exercises repeatedly without increasing the workload. Adding another kettlebell, as Lauren does in this dvd, will increase workload tremendously, your heartrate will sky rocket, and you will burn tons of calories. Plus it's fun, and you will feel like a bad---. However, if you are not ready for double kettlebells or don't own two of the same size, it's totally easy to modify these exercises so as to use only one. So anybody can do this dvd.

Lauren has 3 different workouts on this dvd: upper body, lower body, and a trx/kettlebell workouts. The latter workout is the only one that uses the trx so if you do not own a trx, you still have two workouts to do on this dvd. I was shocked by how tired I got just doing one of these short workouts. They're quite short workouts so you can do one workout twice through if you want.

This one definitely has the best production values of all her dvds, and it also has the best setting. It's filmed in front of a glistening pool. The guy in this dvd doesn't always have the best form, but that's my only real criticism. All in all, it's a great addition to my ever-expanding collection of kettlebell dvds.
By Maryjane on June 4, 2013

Awesome DVD & I downloaded it onto my new Android phone because it was 15% off through her website. Kick-ass workout & I'll never get tired of it.




Monday

The Truth About Bottled Water

This article appeared in the October issue of My Mad Methods Magazine.  Click on the image to read. Enjoy!



To read more about how good water has changed our lives you can view an older blog post right here.

Saturday

Lauren Brooks Interview in MyMadMethods Magazine

I was recently interviewed for a new magazine called MyMadMethods.  It's an awesome magazine filled with cutting edge information including workouts, articles, nutrition tips and more. Contributions come from some of the most widely respected trainers around. Below is my interview that appeared in the magazine.  In this issue I also wrote an article about "The Truth About Bottled Water".  I will try and get permission to post this one up as well, since I feel it's necessary for everyone to read.   You can purchase hard copies of this magazine online at mymadmethods.com  Click on the image to read this little interview.



Wednesday

We always welcome Feedback

Happy Holidays! 

First I'd like to thank everyone for the continued feedback we have received.

You can either email your comments directly to Lauren@socaltrainer.com, leave a comment below,or you can leave feedback/comments/testimonials in any of these areas when you send your email. 



Workout DVD's (UBSC Vol. 1, 2, 3, BabyBells, or Workshop DVD)






Thank you!


Happy Thanksgiving Fat Blast Workout #2 (Under 20 minutes)

Video is now up.  Here is the simple, yet very effective fat burning workout also written out for you.  Expect to burn up to 20 calories per minute!  This workout is NOT designed to teach.  Be sure you have the proper kettlebell technique down before performing any online workouts.  Perform at your own risk!!

If you are just learning how to jump rope or are not good at it, this is the perfect way to start.  Jumping rope is a very efficient way to increase your metabolism, build stamina, and condition your whole body.  You can start as slow as you need to.  For those who are experienced practice speed jumping as fast as possible and/or even perform double unders during the short duration of work.  If you do not have a jump rope yet, you may do Jump Squats with or without your suspension trainer for a modification.  I personally like the ultra speed cable ropes from http://www.buyjumpropes.net/

Suggested Kettlebell Sizes in kilograms not pounds for this particular workout.

Female Beginner (12kg for Heavy Swing and 8kg 1 arm Swing)
Intermediate (16 or 20kg Heavy Swing, 12kg 1 arm Swing)
Advanced      (24, 28, or 32kg for  Heavy Swing and  16kg 1 arm Swing)

Male Beginner  (16 or 20kg Heavy Swing, 12kg 1 arm Swing)
 Intermediate     (24, 28, or 32kg for Heavy Swing and  16kg 1 arm Swing)
Advanced         (40 or 48kg for  Heavy Swing and  24kg 1 arm Swing)



Timer or Gymboss set at 15 sec of work, 15 sec of rest. 

Jump Rope

Heavy Swing 

Jump Rope

1 Arm Swing (Right)


Jump Rope

1 Arm Swing (Left)

Take 30-45 seconds of rest and repeat for a total of 5-6 rounds.





HAPPY THANKSGIVING 
and safe traveling from On The Edge Fitness and BuggyBellz




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Monday

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Get your choice of soft and stylish workout tops or hanging around attire right here.  Show off your love for kettlebells with any of these tops.  







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Sunday

Almond Flour and Oat (Pumpkin) Pancakes or Apple Pancakes

Here is the recipe for these delicious, healthy and easy to make pancakes.  These can be plain, banana, or any sort of fruit you would like.  You can also substitute the coconut water with regular water, almond or hemp milk.  If you are gluten free be sure to use certified gluten free Oatmeal.  This fed myself, husband, and toddler girls.   The almond flour is packed with protein, fiber, and good fats to keep you full.  We used a little bit of dark maple syrup to dip the pancakes in.  Since I posted this on Facebook, I've received quite a bit of positive feedback about these.  My family has definitely seen them several times since as well!



Pumpkin Pancakes




1 cup    Organic Oatmeal  (Blend in my blendtec to a fine powder)
1 cup     Almond Flour       (certified Gluten Free)
3           Eggs  or  Chia seed gel to make it Vegan
1/3 cup  Pumpkin or an apple cut in 4
1/2 cup  Coconut water, Hemp, or Almond Milk
1 tsp        Vanilla
1 tsp        Baking Powder
1 tsp        Pumpkin/Cinnamon spices

1.  Blend Oats in a blender or food processor to powder.
2.  Add the rest of the ingredients to blender or food processor.
3.  Heat Large Pan or Skillet with Coconut or Olive Oil on medium to high.
4.  Press "batter" button if you have a Blendtec. Otherwise blend on low speed making sure all ingredients get mixed well.  You can also hand mix if needed!
5.  Pour on to heated pan to desired size.  It will not bubble like flour pancakes. Check them frequently and flip when golden brown. 
6.  Enjoy!




Wednesday

My Final Decision on ACL Reconstructive Surgery

It's been almost 11 weeks since my knee injury.  Since getting the MRI results of an ACL rupture, I decided to see a different Orthopedic doctor for a second opinion.  He just so happens to be an avid snowboarder, which is right up my alley.   In fact this Dr. works with mainly athletes from basketball players, rock climbers, martial artists, to skiers.  Just the person I needed for this.

Today he tested the laxity in both of my knees for the second time with an Arthrometer.  Apparently the torn ACL does have a slightly higher degree in laxity, however, not a huge difference compared to the typical tear.  He attributes this to the kettlebell training I continued to do throughout the whole process.

I showed him a few kettlebell exercises I was doing along with the full range of motion squats I've been working on.  He was impressed that I was able to do as much as I could and encouraged me to keep doing it.  We discussed how important it is for me to be able to snowboard and safely start Krav Maga again.  After some deep discussion of all the possibilities, we made an educated decision together that concludes with no surgery at this point in my life.  This doesn't mean I can go out and do anything I want, since I still have a tear.  No pistols for quite some time. If I had the surgery, no pistols for at least 6-12 months anyway.   Kettlebell training, body weight/ stability exercises, and the TRX has been my savior.  I have also had some help along the way with my friend Elise who specializes in M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Technique).  This has been such an amazing combination for rehabilitation. 

Time will only tell of what the future may hold.  For now I'm just enjoying all the things my body is slowly allowing me to do.  I want to make you fully aware that I never did any exercise or workout that caused me pain or could potentially make it worse.  I only focused on exercises that felt good during and after.  If something felt wrong or I felt a little twinge of pain, immediately I stopped and found something that felt good.  I don't believe in working through pain.  Your body is giving you a signal that something is wrong.

Naturally I am very excited to know that I am not facing surgery right now.  I'm even more excited because I have been given the green light to snowboard this season!  I have come to terms that I need to be more careful, however, I really do feel lucky right now.  I feel the need to celebrate!

(To read about how the injury happened here is the post)

Tuesday

Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies ( Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo, Egg Free)

This is for all of you who have been asking me about the cookies I made for my kids to celebrate Chloe's 18 month birthday and Lyla's first day at preschool.  I didn't have a whole lot of time to spend and I have an abundance of Almond flour and Agave that I wanted to use up.  So I looked through Elana Amsterdam's cookbook to find a simple cookie recipe.  This cookbook is called the "Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook" which can be found at Elana's Pantry website. She has wonderful gluten free recipes for the whole family.

Lately there has been some controversy about the use of agave.  I am on the fence and may give it a rest once I finish my stash.  At the moment I am using Organic Raw Agave minimally.

Elana has also been getting some feedback from people concerned with using Agave. So she came up with this recipe below to substitute the Agave.  I have never tried Yacon but I think I will look in to it and give it a try.  Here is the recipe that she has on her website for these cookies.  Since I am always trying to cut sugar, excessive amounts of oil and a little salt, I will show you the changes I made in the recipe below in red. I have to say the cookies still turned out incredible!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Yacon  from Elana's Pantry.





Chocolate Chip Cookies with Yaconprinter friendly
2 ½ cups 
blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon 
celtic sea salt ( 1/4 tsp of Himalayan Pink Salt)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup 
grapeseed oil (I used 1/4 cup of Olive Oil (ran out of grape seed oil and 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce)
1 tablespoon 
vanilla extract
½ cup 
yacon syrup ( I used 1/4 cup organic Raw agave)
1 cup 
dark chocolate chips 73% cacao ( I used 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips 73%)

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Form ½ inch balls and press onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes (I ended up cooking mine for almost 13 min since I didn't flatten them to much.)
  6. Cool and serve



I highly recommend you check out Elana's website and cook book.  Elana is very creative with her recipes and so far the ones I have tried have all been delicious.  She has also starting using coconut flour which is a new favorite of mine as well.  With any recipe you can always make plenty of modifications.  For special dietary needs you can easily lower the salt, lessen the sweetener, and even use a different type of oil, etc..  Most of her recipes are Paleo and Primal friendly. She even has vegan recipes.  Don't be scared to play with it and create something for yourself that suites your personal health goals. 

Enjoy!  

Time To Face A New Challenge (Part 2)

Continuing on...     August 4, 2010      JUST RECEIVED THE NEWS
(I added this in the post below, but here it is for those who got confused on the date and who are still asking me what the prognosis is)

Yesterday I had an MRI but left with no answers.  This morning I woke up feeling hopeful since the swelling in my knee was a little bit better.  I spent the morning playing with my 17 month old.  We played, then she watched me do some weighted pull ups, push ups, pistols on my right leg, seated presses, and seated rope waves.  Hey I am trying to make the best of it.  I was feeling pretty good.

Okay so I have had quite a few emails from people so far with words of encouragement.  Thanks so much to all of you.  You guys are amazing.  Also many of you wise ones mentioned that if it's a meniscus tear it's a fast recovery.  If it's the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) which is the primary stabilizer of the knee,  it's a very LONG recovery, 9 - 12 months until I can do everything again. 

Today the doctor looked at the MRI, brought in a skeleton knee and immediately started discussing  Reconstructive Surgery.  That's right folks I have a COMPLETELY TORN ACL! Not the words I was hoping to hear.  Am I surprised?  A little.  I did hear and feel a pop.  I was hoping it was my imagination, but it was real.  He said when athletes use the term "blown out knee"  this is it.  I have a blown out knee and will be needing surgery at some point in the near future.  I guess there goes my plans for wakeboarding then dancing at the clubs on my birthday, no snowboarding this season, and definitely no Krav Maga for awhile.  However, I will be able to do some modified kettlebell exercises which is a good thing as long as I'm super careful.  Next week I was scheduled to film Volume 3 of my UBSC DVD series.  This one was suppose to be the best out of all of them.  I have the most amazing location, coolest set up, and best workouts planned for this.  So the question is do I do it anyway and just modify the exercises I can't do? And have my workout partners do them instead?  Or do I wait several years to do this after I go through the surgery and rehab?  I'm aiming for sooner than later and doing what I can since I've been very anxious to get this DVD out for my peeps.  ;-)  Hopefully that wont be a problem for people.


This is definitely going to be quite an adjustment for me. The fact that I can't do what I am use to doing has not quite settled in yet.  Once this all hits and I adapt I will try and keep everyone posted.  Be well and be healthy. 

Lots of Love,

Lauren

Monday

Time To Face A New Challenge (Part 1)

It's a bit ironic how the last blog I posted, I wrote how thankful I am for having a pain free, mobile, and strong body.  Now I sit here a little sad because I can't say the same.  I can say that I am thankful to have the inner and outer strength I have.

This past weekend I went through a vigorous 6 hour Krav Maga test.  It was serious, nerve-racking, with tons of adrenaline.  It was one of the harder mentally and physically challenging events in my life.  To make matters worse I over rotated on my knee doing a round house kick.  My front foot was suppose to pivot allowing my whole body to turn.  However, that's not how it happened.  My entire body, including my knee turned with great power to kick the pad, but my front foot stayed planted.  "Pop"is what I felt and heard.  My left knee was blown out and I came crashing down to the ground during the "serious" part of the testing phase.  I gave out a yell and laid on my back in disbelief holding my knee shaking.  I slowly got up with some help and tried to keep myself together. The last thing I wanted to do was quit, not finish this test and let my partner down.  I was given the okay and encouraged from the instructors to test at another time, since they saw I was hardly able to stand in my fighting stance any more.

I had no intention of quitting.  Even if it meant I would fail the test, I still felt I needed to try. If I were in a real fight and blew out my knee, I don't think the attacker would give a shit, so the only way to survive would be to keep on going.  Am I wrong?  Needless to say, I jumped back in to the testing but my strong focus was definitely gone.  I had so many emotions going through my head and body that I didn't know how to control it.  With my knee not working, all that was going on in my head was all the events, my video film day coming up, and workshops that I was going to have to cancel.  It was time to do inside defenses and I was so focused on my knee that I let my partner punch me in the face.  I didn't even feel the pain since I was more focused on the fact that being in my fighting stance was hardly possible .  My life revolves around my body being mobile and healthy, so I was devastated.   I am not a person who cries often.  The only times I have cried in the past few years were over death and births.  So once the faucets of tears turned on it was a huge challenge to turn them off.

Now let's get to the good news. The good news is I still passed the Krav Maga test, with one working knee.  I have an MRI scheduled tomorrow so I will have a definitive answer by Wednesday or Thursday.  From what the doctor felt on my knee he is 90% sure I have a Meniscus tear and 70% sure that I also have an ACL tear, which mean surgery.  So with all of this happening I have to delay many events and plans I have had in the near future.    The bright side of all of this is I will become great at weighted pull-ups and seated presses.  Once I see the MRI this post will be continued......




Continuing on...     August 4, 2010      JUST RECEIVED THE NEWS

Yesterday I had an MRI but left with no answers.  This morning I woke up feeling hopeful since the swelling in my knee was a little bit better.  I spent the morning playing with my 17 month old.  We played, then she watched me do some weighted pull ups, push ups, pistols on my right leg, seated presses, and seated rope waves.  Hey I am trying to make the best of it.  I was feeling pretty good.

Okay so I have had quite a few emails from people so far with words of encouragement.  Thanks so much to all of you.  You guys are amazing.  Also many of you wise ones mentioned that if it's a meniscus tear it's a fast recovery.  If it's the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) which is the primary stabilizer of the knee,  it's a very LONG recovery.

Today the doctor looked at the MRI, brought in a skeleton knee and immediately started discussing  Reconstructive Surgery.  That's right folks I have a COMPLETELY TORN ACL! Not the words I was hoping to hear.  Am I surprised?  A little.  I did hear and feel a pop.  I was hoping it was my imagination, but it was real.  He said when athletes use the term "blown out knee"  this is it.  I have a blown out knee and will be needing surgery at some point in the near future.  I guess there goes my plans for wakeboarding then dancing at the clubs on my birthday, no snowboarding this season, and definitely no Krav Maga for awhile.  However, I will be able to do some modified kettlebell exercises which is a good thing as long as I'm super careful.  Next week I was scheduled to film Volume 3 of my UBSC DVD series.  This one was suppose to be the best out of all of them.  I have the most amazing location, coolest set up, and best workouts planned for this.  So the question is do I do it anyway and just modify the exercises I can't do? And have my workout partners do them instead?  Or do I wait several years to do this after I go through the surgery and rehab?  I'm aiming for sooner than later and doing what I can since I've been very anxious to get this DVD out for my peeps.  ;-)  Hopefully that wont be a problem for people.


This is definitely going to be quite an adjustment for me. The fact that I can't do what I am use to doing has not quite settled in yet.  Once this all hits and I adapt I will try and keep everyone posted.  Be well and be healthy.

Lots of Love,

Lauren