I haven’t written a post in weeks and weeks. Here’s why:
The paperback version of Don’t Just Sit There went to the printer two weeks ago, which means lots of proofing, and edits, and back-and-forth emails about proofing and edits. It will be out mid-September.
The digital package of Don't Just Sit There (an e-book, audiobook, and a lot of teaching videos) I did for Mark Sisson and Primal Blueprint went on sale last Wednesday. You can watch the commercial and find more details here. The entire package is $27 for another couple of days! I promise, the package does not consist solely of me making this face.
The final text file for my next book Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution to Abdominal Weakness and Separation was due last week. Which means lots of edits, writing, emails about edits, more writing, and one email saying HERE, YOU TAKE IT AS IT IS, YOU HEAR ME? We’re at the point where we’re dealing with images now. At over thirty exercises, there are a lot of images to shoot, cull, and organize, but at least the cover is done, and I love it.
Last week I flew to LA to film some new DVDs—a new “movement multivitamin” and a new “healthy pelvis” title. Shooting video is probably some of the most challenging work, because it involves dealing with a crew and team of over 20 people, wrangling a location, scripting and laying out all shots in the weeks (and even hours, in this case) beforehand.
There is also wardrobe, which is challenging, because I live in a place where there are few stores and no places that carry the items I need to wear in these videos. Like minimal shoes. Why didn’t I order everything beforehand, you ask? See the first part of this email, add an almost-3- and a 4-year old, daily movement session, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and laundry and THAT’S WHY. Luckily, I had a great stylist who knew what I needed and brought everything to my hotel the night before so we could pick the outfits.
The new videos are great because they don’t only included exercises, but lifestyle makeovers that give you more movement. I was super-stoked that Ergodriven brought a Topo mat, VersaTables brought a Zero Gravity Table, and Soul Seat brought a Soul Seat (as you'd imagine); all hand-delivered props for the shoot. Everyone on my team is such a movement geek, these “set items” ended up being used all day—even at lunch—because, well, we are just very appreciative of any company that takes the time to develop items that can improve the body of s/he who uses them.
Here’s a brief photo journal of the day:
The building containing the studio (on the 6th floor) from the outside. Gorgeous.
It's prettier on the inside, I promise.
Roland from The Fit Ink, rocking the Zero Gravity Table and the Topo Mat--two products we recommend in #DontJustSitThere.
Then we had Roland pair the Zero Gravity Table with a Soul Seat for a truly dynamic workstation. I love this shot.
In addition to being height-adjustable, I thought the coolest feature of the table was the height-programming capabilities. If you're sharing a desk with your family or co-workers, up to five people can program their preferred height. Or, you could also create a cross-training programming, where you adjust the table height over a day or week (1: 9a-10:30a, 2: 10:45-noon, etc.), keeping you working at different levels.
John from Ergodriven and me. No, I'm not an affiliate or being paid to endorse any of this stuff, I just think these products are very cool and this was the first time I got to try them out together. I know, I know, they're an investment. Talk to your office-equipment purchaser and see what's a possibility.
Jill Miller, my sister-from-another-mother, let me borrow her skeleton. He was super helpful on set (though weak, truth be known).
And THE BEST picture from the day.
Sad, #tinyhands for the win.
For those of you who don’t get our newsletter, I announced that I’d be consolidating and rebranding all the websites and social media pages (Restorative Exercise, KatySays, and Aligned and Well) as Nutritious Movement™ (read more on how and why here).
Make sure you’re following the new Nutritious Movement Facebook page! Dropping knowledge bombs all over that page like knowledge-eating seagulls, on a daily basis. It’s the best place to interact with me and those digging the Movement movement. YES, this means a new website design, but hey, it's not like I'm doing anything these days.
I have so many articles I'd like to be writing for you, and I'm keeping a list so I don't forget any. Once school starts back up, and this unnaturally heavy workload subsides, I'll be back in the business of posting regularly and moving, outside, with even greater frequency.
I hope you had a great summer!