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IVF – Round 1 Reflection and Round 2

July 04, 2021    IVF Got This - Round 2...... So this blog was started a few times, then deleted, then edited....and I did not really know how to write it. There is this weird bubble that you live in between cycles. You know there is so much good ahead and excitement...

Week 7 & 8 – Waiting and Wondering 2WW

Week 7 - Waiting and Wondering The first week of the 2-week wait leaves you on a cloud - this feeling of strength, of excitement and of fear.  The day of transfer was a moment we had been waiting for 2 years, finally - this day was the closest we had come to starting...

Graceful Aging Pilates

Benefits of Pilates for EVERY BODY at EVERY AGE                         We truly believe that pilates is an exercise for EVERY BODY of EVERY AGE! This is why we created our Graceful Ageing classes for all out 65+ community...

Pilates, Yoga & My IVF Experience

Pilates, Yoga & My IVF Experience As I am sitting drinking a tea 5 days into my 2-week wait, I have only just been able to get back to my full exercise regime. Last week was so limiting, challenging, painful and an experience I do not wish for any couple. When I...

Week 6 – From Medications to Retrieval

June 16, 2021  What a change this week has been - and I am not sure where to start. It is only Wednesday and this week feels like it has been around twice already. This week has been much more difficult than I thought it would be. I generally feel strong and always...

IVF Journey Week 5 – Meds, Bloods & Scans

Hello Week 5 - the Week of Medications        I don't know how this week has arrived already, it feels like I have been waiting and waiting! This week has felt like a truly special one and the excitement continues to build. Monday morning meant early bloods to check...

IVF Journey Week 4 – Starting on the Big Meds

June 03, 2021 HAPPY FIRDAY - AND HERE IS YOUR FERTILITY FRIDAY READING. What a week it has been! Once again, I felt I was left with more questions than answers, but I did not let it get me down. I have been feeling this growing excitement this week for the process...

IVF Journey Week 3 – Meeting our Nurse Specialist

IVF Journey Week 3 – Meeting our Nurse Specialist

May 20, 2021 Well this is the end of Week 3 and I am yet to find the "oh my gosh I am so excited" phase. I really would like this phase to arrive, I have been told by other ladies (young and old) to "sit back and enjoy the journey", "just relax, it will happen" and my...

Let’s talk about Balance (Work – Life – Personal)

Let’s talk about Balance (Work – Life – Personal)

I have spend the weekend leading into our 3rd week figuring out this Work-Life-IVF Balance and really trying to apply it. One of the only things that really kept me balanced were numerous cups of herbal tea and my fitness classes. This is only the beginning of the soul-searching but there are some VERY GOOD life lessons here.

A Favourite Yummy Tummy Elixir!

A Favourite Yummy Tummy Elixir!

May 14, 2021 I gave up Coffee --> I swapped to Earl Grey Tea --> these new meds have left me finding another warm drink!! This is when I found the Tummy Elixir and made my own yummy tummy drink. I decided to find this drink as I have been feeling weighed down...

IVF Journey Week 2 – The pathway down fertility treatments

IVF Journey Week 2 – The pathway down fertility treatments

So in a previous post - I finally shared the news I have been keeping to myself .... we are an IVF family. These blogs are my way of sharing our need to embark on a strange (kind of exciting) but mostly terrifying journey to get the family we have been waiting for for...

We are an IVF Family!

We are an IVF Family!

Writing this still feels like an actual twilight zone, I am not going to sugar-coat it. I am talking about random infertility and IFV. And the reality that I never thought it would be us! This blog is about our journey – and how fitness is saving my body and sanity!

Stretching – We know we should do it but why?!

When in doubt ... Stretch it out!  All too often we hear (or are told) that we need to stretch out more! This may be to fix our posture, lengthen a tight lower back/hamstrings - or better yet - be able to touch our toes!!! Stretching is one of those activities that is...

The Tips & Tricks of Active Wear

The Tips & Tricks of Active Wear

Over the past few years of teaching hundreds of pilates classes including mat, reformer and tower as well as gym fitness classes this blog post has been manifesting in my head. I have written a blog about this previously but felt the need to freshen it up. There are A...

Happy, Healthy Holidays 2019

Happy, Healthy Holidays 2019

As the holidays approach we seem to get a little busier before we allow ourselves a chance to stop. During the holidays it is important to disconnect from the outside world and allow your mind, body and spirit to relax. Time away from work, chores and errands allows...

Tea Time – the benefits of tea for our mind & body

Tea Time – the benefits of tea for our mind & body

Then someone says tea...I think of warmth, relaxation and a sense of well-being. I love tea and I love my tea drawer at home. Peppermint, oolong, white, green, black or earl grey they all have a time and day and all make me feel amazing. The link between tea and our...

Let’s Get OILY!

Let’s Get OILY!

This meme has been around before - and it is one that makes my husband and I laugh - because I am that person. I was first introduced into essential oils when I was working as an OT assistant with Queensland Health in 2015. At the time I was working 8 hour days,...

Let’s Get Oily – PART 2

Let’s Get Oily – PART 2

Here is Part 2. This is the blog where we talk about specific oils. I have learned bits over the years and from workshops. I have experimented and tried numerous blends (and not all were good - trust me!) and I have read the book Modern Essentials a few times. I learn...

Our Wrists & Our Mat

Our Wrists & Our Mat

At AWPilates are are all about keeping happy & healthy during this time, particularly when we do not have access to equipment classes or gyms like we are use to. We all know that Yoga & pilates are a common practice that benefits our physical, mental and...

Our Lymphatic System – and why I need to care for it!

Our Lymphatic System – and why I need to care for it!

The Lymphatic System: What It Does — And How To Keep Yours Healthy! As an Occupational Therapist this was a system we studied, but never gave more than a lecture or two too. However, this was a system that fascinated me then; and does now! The power and strength of...

The Principles of Pilates

The Principles of Pilates

Ahhhhh - the 8 founding principles of Pilates as introduced by Joseph Pilates. I first learned about these principles during my Pilates training with Studio64 & the BASI method. Till then; I had not heard of them despite having attended numerous Pilates classes...

Breathe In & Breathe Out

Breathe In & Breathe Out

Breathing is one of the fundamental principles of Pilates. As Joseph Pilates stated, “Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly.” Breathing can have a profound impact on both our mental and physical...

Does Pilates REALLY help you to loose weight?

Does Pilates REALLY help you to loose weight?

Pilates as part of a healthy lifestyle program and help maintain a healthy body weight. It helps burn calories but not as many as a cardio based class which will increase the heart rate a lot more. Pilates is my all - time favourite and a very popular low-impact...

5 Myths of Pilates

5 Myths of Pilates

Pilates and yoga are the same thing First of all, yes, pilates and yoga focus on many of the same goals however THEY ARE DIFFERENT EXERCISE REGIMES! They both work on strength, flexibility, postural alignment and stability (which is amazing; and what I love to teach)....

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