Five on Friday! #2

Hi, everyone! Welcome back for a second installment of Five on Friday!. This week is another week of catching up with Carla. Let’s get to it. 


Five on Friday

It turns out that I do not have a hiatal hernia! Yeah! Maybe…I do have a hernia but it is called a epigastric hernia. Dr. Neff (my surgeon) is very much aware of how painful they are. and said he could repair it next week if needed. I told him that I have Bloggy Boot Camp on the 5th so we scheduled the surgery for the 8th. And the award for biggest SITS GIrls fan goes to….. I figured I could endure the pain another two weeks so I wouldn’t miss this. Luckily the recovery is short (one-two weeks) so I’m just going to take the rest of that week off from work and call it healed. 


Five on Friday!

I had a candid conversation with Dr. Neff about what keeps causing my hernia’s and he said that given my history he does not want me lifting weights any more. He said a 10 pound limit. That’s two five pound dumbbells. He said Yoga, Pilates, etc. are good for me. It puts a damper on my bikini competitor plans. I’m still doing research on how I can reach my goals without lifting heavy weights. I’m sure it will take me longer than my original goal but I’m not willing to take it off the table just yet. 


Five on Friday!

A couple of my on-line peeps are having a super event called A Healthy U in the New York area. I’m so excited for them! I would be in attendance in a hot minute if it was at all possible for me. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend you go. The agenda looks amazing and way more valuable than the $25 ticket. You should go to the link above and check it out. Then take tons of pics when you go and tag me on Instagram so I can see everything I’m missing. 


Friday Five!

I got the baladea system in my mail on Monday and I’m so freaking excited about it. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered. (see above, I’m not lyin’). I’ve read all the materials and watched the “Hello!” video. I plan on starting on Monday, taking a week off for the surgery, and then restarting. I know it seems silly but I want a little preview before I get going. I’m hoping that I can do a round (11 weeks) and keep you updated as I go. I hate to make any promises but I already had some thought in place about something I wanted to do to help me along to my bikini body journey. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not into making promises or big announcements. Something seems to blow up in my face every time I do that. I think I might be a make the announcement the morning it’s going to happen kind of girl from now on. It’ll keep me from lookin’ like a fool! LOL


FitFluential Is Fitness Found

Speaking of not making huge announcements, I’ve known for a bit but only said something briefly on social media. If you take a look at my sidebar you’ll see a new badge…I’m a Fitluential Ambassador! I wanted to wait until I got my second confirmation just to make sure I didn’t mess anything up. I’m hoping that this will get me more exposure to other bloggers and fitness professionals out there and just maybe bring something to you as well.

Check out DarciAprilChristina and Natasha‘s blogs for their Five on Friday!



Also be sure to head over to Jill Conyers and check out the fun there! 


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34 thoughts on “Five on Friday! #2

    1. Carla Post author

      Thanks, Amy! I was pretty thrilled about this one. Fitfluential seems a little more selective and they have some very well known people involved too.

    1. Carla Post author

      You should go! Even though there was a lot of beginning blogger stuff there was also a ton of new to me stuff. And great for networking!

    1. Carla Post author

      Thanks for the love, Karli! I can use it. :) The doctor says I can only walk for 4 weeks now so I won’t be able to start until the beginning of May. Crud!

    1. Carla Post author

      I’m for sure going to Bloggy Boot Camp again! It’ll be even better when I’m not in massive pain. :)

      I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Sounds like some good times with the family.

    1. Carla Post author

      I wish I could join you, too! And every time I see something else you guys have added more. Great job!

      I can’t wait to get more involved with the FitFluential challenges. First I need to heal though. :)

    1. Carla Post author

      Thanks, Brittany!

      I think higher reps and some body weight exercises should do it. It’ll just be hard because there is no one out there that I can find that did it this way. Nothing like covering new ground!

      Can’t wait to hear all about Healthy U!

  1. Allie

    I got all excited when I saw the Healthy U Conference pic and thought you may be going – because I am!! Bummer. Oh well. Good luck with the surgery. I had surgery to repair a hernia I had from being pregnant with the twins. They actually had to reconstruct my entire belly button! It was pretty painful for the first few days but healed nicely. I’m sure you’ll be fine and doing Baladea in no time :-)
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    1. Carla Post author

      I wish I could just swing up there! I won’t be up that way until my son goes to Connecticut for Navy School. Oh, gosh! to reconstruct your belly button! My husband had a belly button hernia that needed to be repaired. I looked at him one day and said there’s something wrong with your belly button. I bugged him about it until he finally saw the doctor and found I was right. My hernias are always higher up in the chest area. Sucks!

  2. Rebecca Jo

    Congrats on the FitFluential Ambassador. I got a thumbs down for it, but I’m new to blogging on fitness. Blogged for 8 years on other stuff – but my new fitness blog? on its baby feet :)
    Hey – I don’t ever lift more then 10 lbs anyways so I’d be fine with those instructions :) haha!

    1. Carla Post author

      I was pleasantly surprised about FitFluential! Keep trying and you’ll get there some day. It’ll have to be something I get used to. As a Pilates instructor, I think I can hone that it’s just a matter of meeting my goals physically so that I can compete.

      Welcome to the fitness community, BTW! Have you applied for Girls Gone Sporty? That’s a wonderful community as well.

  3. Tamara

    So sorry about the painful hernia. I hope BBC gives you a medal for making it a priority! I really want to go to HealthyU but I’m going to NJ/NY the weekend before so I don’t think I can swing it. Sad about that!
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  4. Kim

    Well, glad you worked your surgery around the conference – sorry that you can’t do any heavy lifting anymore.
    Congrats on becoming a FitFluential Ambassador – so exciting!
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  5. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    You are going to LOVE BBC! It will inspire you and overwhelm you all at the same time. When I went last year I wanted to change every single thing about my website, but the small changes that I did make were critical. I am so sorry about your hernia! Not being able to lift heavy sucks but I know you will find a way to get to your desired body. I remember reading once that you can lift small amounts of weight for longer periods of time to build lean muscle…but I’m no doctor.

    Thanks so much for the shoutout for AHU!! we really appreciate it :)
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    1. Carla Post author

      BBC was awesome, Nellie! I enjoyed it so much.

      I’ll figure out a way to work around my goals. I’m sure it can be done.



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