Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Lipedema Fitness 2022 FDRS Presentation Replay

Thank you to FDRS for another amazing Lipedema conference (this time in Cleveland, OH), and for always sharing the presentations once edited, so everyone who could not attend can be part of the education and connection with our Lipedema Community…

If you have been patiently waiting, the replays are up on YouTube!

You can find every presentation, from every conference - from patient presentations, to the top medical professionals.

It was such an honor to be part of the 2022 event, and presenting on ways to find physical and emotional balance when navigating a chronic condition.  We are already looking forward to next year’s event. 

If you have a chance to participate in a future event, I highly recommend it! It is one of the best experiences and the friends you make are for a lifetime.

#lipedema #lipoedema #lipolymphedema #lipedemafitness #lipedematightrope #fdrs2022 #fdrs 

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Feeling Strong with Lipedema

These are a few of my favorite things ♥️

What is your favorite way to feel strong when #lipedema tries its level best to make you feel it controls your life?

One of the ways I fight the fear of living with a chronic illness and the what ifs that can creep in, is with strength training. 

I learned early on that the training helped my body feel stronger, and helped me be able to move it, but I also learned that by taking action I felt better emotionally, too. 

Like I was taking back my life one tire flip, battle rope hit, sledge hammer swing, olympic lift at a time.

Living with Lipedema is all pretty overwhelming at times, but I can always can go back to moving (in any way I’m able) to regain some strength physically & emotionally. 

From tire flips to kitchen sink push-ups - it all counts! #allorsomething 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Fear is a Heavy Load

Lipedema is a very physical, and emotional journey. 

Fear can seep in, and when it does, I find I have to do my best to fight to not stay in that vulnerable place of fear, or it only grows and holds me captive.

It is not easy to validate what is causing the fear, and not letting it hold me. But it is a must.

I use all my tools - deep breathing, making art, meditation, singing, dancing, moving my body in a loving way, and above all being kind to myself.

Losing my mobility due to lipedema is an example of one of my fears. When I acknowledged it is a founded concern, and then went deeper about what I could do to offset that, I came to making my body stronger. 

That began my post diagnosis fitness training, and it continues ten plus years later. Even doing ten standing push-ups goes a long way to making my body feel strong. 

The physical aids the emotional, and vise verse.

Some days I am stronger physically, some days I am stronger emotionally, it is like a great relationship, it ebbs and flows as I need it to.

Fear will continue to show up, but finding tools to acknowledge it and finding things to offset it are key for me.

What do you find helpful when fear shows up?