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Trying to pretend we are an acro couple πŸ˜‚πŸ€”πŸ˜„ not bad considering we had no idea what we were doing .
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One of the biggest changes I have made at home during my recovery would be the way I lift a washing basket. πŸ“· Left pic: I was lifting with my back after surgery because my core wasn't strong enough and this was the "easier" option. It very quickly became a bad habit which I have only recently corrected in the last 4 months πŸ“· Right pic. This may seem like a 'small change' but if you are anything like me and constantly lifting washing baskets... it will quickly add up to have a really big impact on your life and/or recovery. .
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#lifeaftersurgery #chickswithscars #postpartum #laparotomy #csection #life #homeworkout #mumlife #bbgmums #bbgmoms #bbg #bbgcommunity #mum #fitmum #fitspo #daily #washing #scarredandstronger

Heavy photo alert!
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If you follow @life.after.surgery.project you may have seen this post last week but I wanted to share it here too as a lot of you following me could potentially relate.
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The picture on the left is me right after my car accident. I know scary photo to see ☹️ They induced me into a coma so I wouldn't move my neck. I remember when I first found out I fractured my neck. I didn't really understand the severity of it. That seems ridiculous I'm sure, but I was on a lot of drugs! As soon as everyone explained that I fractured my neck where Christopher Reeve's had, I started to have a clearer understanding.
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Thankfully I survived and was able to come back and continue playing volleyball. That picture on the right is me playing after my accident. I may not have come back as physically strong and finished my career on a high note, but I'm stronger mentally and emotionally because of it.
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Physical strength is powerful, but the mental strength is something that you can apply in all aspects throughout your life.

"If your life was no less than the Olympics,
You came out no less than a Champion!" πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ† Requesting everyone to spare 6 minutes of your time to watch and share my video (Link in Bio) and help support my fight against physical abuse! #ScarredandStronger #ScarredandStrongerRevolution #fightdomesticviolence #physicalabuse #assaultsurvivors #philanthropy #motivationalvideo #inspiringwomen #beinghuman #humanity #supportmyprotest #believeinyourself #shareforhumanity #spreadthemessage #iger

Getting the curls braided tomorrow! Which of the two styles should I try? Style 1 or 2 (Swipe πŸ‘‰πŸ½) #naturalhair #naturallycurly #type4naturals
#naturallyshesdope #kinky_chicks1 #kinkychicks #keloids #keloidawareness #scarredprincess #scarredforlife #scarredandstronger

Today is #SIAD - self injury awareness day and I wanted to share a part of my life with you all that I haven't before; I've thought about posting about this few times but there's something about it that makes me feel vulnerable. I know I'm not alone in my experience though and it's important to raise awareness.
As a teenager I suffered with depression and self harmed for a number of years. I was miserable for a long time and I hated myself. I drank heavily between the ages of 15 and 22 which more often than not made any feelings of depression or self loathing so much worse.
Honestly, I had no idea why I was doing this at the time but I guess I can now say that I used self harm as a way of punishing myself and to feel in control.
I used to hide my scars from my family and friends because I was ashamed. I spent years being embarrassed and I suppose to an extent I still feel that way now. As I've grown older I've learnt to talk about my feelings and to handle my emotions and situations in my life differently. This period of my life doesn't define the person I am today but it has had an impact.
Occasionally I get questions about my sleeve and what the tattoo means and the simple answer is that I got it to cover my self harm scars and gain closure. The scars are still there if you look closely but it's allowed me to wear short sleeves without the fear of being judged and put this period of my life behind me. I suppose I'd never want my scars to disappear completely because I've now accepted that they are a part of me and a reminder of how far I've come.
Now it wouldn't really be fair of me to share this story without also sharing the fact that I've relapsed twice in the last 7 years. Once 4 years ago when I was suffering with extreme anxiety and the second last March when I was drunk which is why I haven't touched a drop of alcohol since. In a moment of intoxicated madness I caused intentional harm to myself for no reason and have no recollection of doing so. This angered and upset me - it felt insulting to my younger self and undid so much hard work as it's very visible, even with my tattoo. (Continued in comments...)

To be human is to love even when it gets too much.. You're never ready to give up... #selfportrait #tobehuman #tributetoww #tributetosia #tributetogal #instagood #instadaily #scarredandstronger #blackandwhite #monochrome #iphonephotography

Katrin Davidsdottir telling it how it should be πŸ‘Œhuge inspiration... "Everyone's talking about competing against others. You're put against others, you're put in a line and told who can go the fastest. And they think that to be the fastest you can be or to be the best athlete you have to go faster than other athletes. NO. You have to go as fast as you can go and that has nothing to do with anyone else. That's only to do with what's inside of myself. I want to be the best me" πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ŠπŸ€™πŸ‹πŸ˜preach girl - if you haven't already watch this movie on netflix πŸ‘Œ "Fittest on Earth: A decade of fitness"
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#katrindavidsdottir #fitspo #inspo #inspiration #crossfit #crossfitgames #legend #bethebestme #life #gym #movie #bbg #lifeaftersurgery #stronger #scarredandstronger #chickswithscars #fitness #life #quote #motivation #fittestonearth @katrintanja

Sometimes you can't take yourself so seriously.
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Before my accident, I was more light hearted and a goofball. After my accident I felt like I wasn't fun anymore; I just felt like a part of me died inside.
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Fast forward 6 years later and I feel like I'm the most go with the flow I've ever been. This mentality allows me to have more fun and joke around.
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The biggest change for me from now to then is now I actually talk about my feelings. Either putting my feelings to paper and writing what's going on in my head or talking to my therapist, I don't let these things fester. I used to just sweep everything under the rug. Ignored my feelings and tried to act like they didn't exist. This is NOT beneficial for you or for the people around you!
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If you're going through a rough patch, try talking it out with someone. A family, a friend, a therapist, a coach, a teacher. It will get you so much further than letting than locking those feelings up.
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If you're looking for someone to talk to, feel free to message me. πŸ“Έ@justinfrancesconi

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Trying to pretend we are an acro couple πŸ˜‚πŸ€”πŸ˜„ not bad considering we had no idea what we were doing .
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#acro #acrocouple #fun #acroyoga #gym #workout #fitness #fitspo #lifeaftersurgery #scarredandstronger #chickswithscars #coupleswhotraintogether #love #yogi #yogisofinstagram

"If your life was no less than the Olympics,
You came out no less than a Champion!" πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ† Requesting everyone to spare 6 minutes of your time to watch and share my video (Link in Bio) and help support my fight against physical abuse! #ScarredandStronger #ScarredandStrongerRevolution #fightdomesticviolence #physicalabuse #assaultsurvivors #philanthropy #motivationalvideo #inspiringwomen #beinghuman #humanity #supportmyprotest #believeinyourself #shareforhumanity #spreadthemessage #iger

Katrin Davidsdottir telling it how it should be πŸ‘Œhuge inspiration... "Everyone's talking about competing against others. You're put against others, you're put in a line and told who can go the fastest. And they think that to be the fastest you can be or to be the best athlete you have to go faster than other athletes. NO. You have to go as fast as you can go and that has nothing to do with anyone else. That's only to do with what's inside of myself. I want to be the best me" πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ŠπŸ€™πŸ‹πŸ˜preach girl - if you haven't already watch this movie on netflix πŸ‘Œ "Fittest on Earth: A decade of fitness"
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#katrindavidsdottir #fitspo #inspo #inspiration #crossfit #crossfitgames #legend #bethebestme #life #gym #movie #bbg #lifeaftersurgery #stronger #scarredandstronger #chickswithscars #fitness #life #quote #motivation #fittestonearth @katrintanja

πŸŒΈπŸ’• let tradegy become your strength. Quote - @j.l.wyman

Would love some advice from anyone who might know why my left shoulder seems to pull first and take more of a lead than my right side. And, is there anything I can do to improve it? πŸ€”πŸ˜Š @vinnierehab
@dr.nickpapas @balancehealthperformance @dr.jacob.harden @roydianchan @theodore.lim @hartrehab @joerehab @strengthcoachtherapy
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#pullups #chinup #fitness #fitspo #lifeaftersurgery #stronger #scarredandstronger #chickswithscars #neverdone #rehabtraining #rehabilitation #rehab #help #bbg #gym

You determine what you are capable of - make choices that will push you closer towards your goals... not ones that will pull you further away πŸ’ͺ watch this space .
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"Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and perservere. Stop saying "I wish" and start saying "I will". Your only limit is you."
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Exactly 1 year today since my last surgery ( 3rd laparotomy to stitch my abdominals back together with 140mm of surgical mesh) πŸ™ˆπŸ˜βœŠπŸ€™I remember laying in the hospital bed on that day wondering what my body might be capable of in 12 months time... I didn't think I would ever get my core strength back. My body has definitely proved that anything is possible. In just 12 months, my body has completed every goal that I have set and I can't wait to challenge it even more.... next long term goal: Get this girl back on a wakeboard πŸ˜πŸ€™
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This is the equivalent of using a foam roller but for the traps πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜… It isn't pleasant but it is so effective at releasing the muscles which can be quite awkward to get to. Sit on a bench sideways and put your trap under the bar. Slowly (really slowly) roll the bar along your trap and stop/hold anywhere that is super tight. Make sure you don't lift or tense your shoulder up
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"That girl inside you... she needs some air. She needs some sunshine. She needs moments that will make her smile again and believe in the magic of living. Nurture her every now and again. Slow your day down and have a dance together. Because she will always be a part of you. And forgetting what's inside us is why we stop believeing in magic" - S.C. Lourie .
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Tip for eating smaller portions: use a smaller plate πŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ€”πŸ˜ I found that I was always serving myself the same portions as my husband and eating all of it (feeling so full afterwards)... so I changed my plate to a smaller one and it's the perfect amount. Plus, you don't feel like you're eating any less because your plate looks so full! πŸ€—
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Have confidence in your own ability and believe in yourself - because if you don't then how can you expect anyone else to πŸ€™β€ something my husband brought up with me yesterday...and it really made me think about what's holding me back and how I can push past my negative thoughts to be stronger (mentally & physically) and happier than ever πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• . I have come so far already
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