Month: June 2019

040: Ask Us Anything…


Amber and her husband, TJ, are back on the podcast together to address a variety of questions listener’s have asked. They spill their secret for how they go about supporting each other’s goals, which has gotten them where they are today- TJ being a doctor and Amber running a successful business.

 

Highlights:

  • What do you do if your husband has no desire to eat healthy? (2:07)
  • What did your husband think about you counting macros?  (8:07)
  • How do you handle the subject with your spouse when they are starting to get a belly? (14:05)
  • How to survive residency as a wife when it requires everything of your spouse? (18:15)
  • How do you find time to work out with a busy schedule? (22:10)
  • What is the biggest thing we should focus on to be a healthy family? (26:10)
  • How have you supported each other in your professional and personal goals while balancing the responsibilities of raising a family? (29:45)  

 

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039: Raising Confident, Healthy Daughters with My 12-Year Old Daughter Kate Brueseke

Amber’s twelve-year-old daughter, Kate, comes on the podcast today to share her perspective. She talks about what it’s like to have parents who track macros, weigh food, lift weights, and what it is like to have her mom run a business out of their home. She has great advice for all the mothers out there who are wondering how they can better connect with their daughters (or sons).

Highlights

  • What do I do for work? (2:25)
  • What has been your experience seeing dad and I track macros? (3:10)
  • Do you feel like seeing us weigh our food has negatively affected you? (5:10)
  • What are some of the things we have taught you about nutrition? (5:30)
  • What do you think about my job? (6:15)
  • What do you think about your dad and I  lifting weights? (8:15)
  • Do you like weight lifting and do you think it is something you will do in the future?  (9:00)
  • Did you dislike going to the child care at the gym? (11:10)
  • How was your first year of middle school? (12:45)
  • Do you feel like you are a confident girl? (14:30)
  • Do a lot of your friends talk about dieting or not eating sugar  (15:50)
  • Do you think the way we eat as a family is different than other families? (17:30)
  • What are some of our family mantras? (24:45)

Take away:

It is important to lead by example. If you want your kids to be active, healthy, confident, or anything else- you must be those things first.

 

038: What Fear Really Means


That pit in your stomach, your sweaty, hands, and you feeling scared doesn't mean what you think it means. Listening to this episode will change the way you think about fear. Amber teaches you how to reframe fear, and how to use fear as a way to grow and becomes something better. You will learn how fear is holding you back from the results you want in your life.

Highlights

  • When you stay safe, you stay stuck.
  • There is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone.
  • “I feel fear, so I must do it in order to grow”
  • You must make decisions based off what you want to happen and where you want to go- not your current circumstances.
  • What are you putting off because of fear?
  • Fear keeps us from action.
  • Things are always going to be scary; fear is not going anywhere. New level new devil.
  • Four lessons from completing a fear challenge:
  1. Getting started is the hardest part
  2. The anticipation was way worse than the actual event
  3. It gets easier over time.
  4. Doing something scary alongside others makes it easier.

Take away: Stop seeing fear as something that means you shouldn't do it, and start seeing fear as something that means you SHOULD be doing it.

 

037: The Awkward Truth About Your Pelvic Floor with Dr. Taylor Brueseke

Amber brings her husband, Dr. Taylor Brueseke- who is a urogynecologist, on the podcast today to talk about pelvic floor disorders. This topic is not your typical dinner-table conversation, as there is a huge stigma around it, but it is something that affects a large number of women. And, although these disorders are very common, it does not mean they are normal. If you are someone who is impacted by pelvic disorders, there are treatments and steps you can take to improve your quality of life.

Highlights

    • What is the pelvic floor and why should we care about it? (12:00)
    • Common pelvic floor disorders: (13:30)
      • Urine leakage
      • Constant urge to use the bathroom
      • Painful intercourse
      • Pelvic prolapse
      • Bowel leakage
  • Steps to correct stress incontinence. (leaking urine when you cough laugh or sneeze): (16:45)
    • Kegel exercises (the same muscles that make the urine stop flowing are your kegel muscles) Increasing duration or time of contraction. Squeeze and hold as long as you can. Increase force or strength of contraction.
    • Empty bladder often.
    • Pelvic floor physical therapy
    • Poise Impressa or Pessary
    • Surgery
  • How do you know if you need surgery? (33:00)
  • Just because things are common does not mean that they are normal.
  • Pelvic floor conditions are a problem when they bother you- which will be a different level for everyone.
  • The majority of americans are under muscled. A little bit of strength training can go a long way, even in the pelvic floor.

Take away: Dispel the stigma. Be willing to talk about pelvic floor disorders so people know that they are not alone and will feel empowered to seek treatment.