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I'm going to go from frumpy to fabulous.. 🙂

I’ve spent most of last week in the throes of migraine, so I haven’t felt like blogging lately.

Luckily I got a doctor’s appointment in a couple of weeks about my migraine. I really, really hope I’m a good candidate for preventative migraine medications like triptans. On the basis of what I’ve read so far, it’s possible my current meds are incompatible with migraine medications (or may even trigger them!). In that case I’d rather get rid of the medications or replace than suffer from migraines.

Migraine is a holistic experience. 🙂

I mean it f**ks every aspect of your life and makes it almost impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while it lasts. You certainly don’t have much control on your eating – you either won’t eat because of constant nausea (or vomiting)  or you have powerful cravings. For instance, during my latest migraine attack I either ate nothing because of nausea or craved ice cream, chocolate, orange-flavored sodas (I usually drink Pepsi Max, but during migraines I crave orange-flavored sodas), chips and salty liquorice (salmiakki). Top diet, no?!

Of course, exercise is also out of question. I can usually walk around and even do some light errands when I’m not in the active headache phase, but that’s it.


But enough of migraines already!

On Tuesday I received my copy of Rachel Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough (FMM). I’ve been reading it here and there for a couple of days.  Rachel Cosgrove certainly knows her fitness stuff. I found the following intriguing snippet on p. 123.

Most women are extremely quad dominant, meaning that they use their quadriceps much more than their butt and hamstrings. They usually have what’s called gluteal amnesia, which I first learned from strength coach Mike Boyle. Gluteal amnesia simply means they cannot fire their butt muscles when they need to – their brains have forgotten how to tell their butts to work. A common symptom of gluteal amnesia is the lack of a derriere. If you look at your body in profile in the mirror and your butt is what we call a flat pancake ass, you may have a case of gluteal amnesia. This can lead to overuse knee injuries… [emphasis mine]

I swear my butt isn’t a flat pancake yet, but it’s getting there. I have to confess I haven’t paid much attention to my butt lately.

I can’t wait to transform myself from frumpy to fabulous or as Rachel’s BITCH credo says: Becoming Inspiring, Totally Confident, and Hot. 🙂

Do you have recurring health issues that mess with your healthy lifestyle?


  1. Welcome back friend! Sorry to hear about the migraines, I totally know how much that stinks. Mine have lessened over the years but lately my knee issues have been flaring up again. Every time I exercise..then try walking up stairs OUCH.

    I’m getting ready to begin an 8 week challenge and I’m hiring an online personal trainer for that time frame too. Should be fun! And yes, I’ll be blogging all about it.

    Be well, Satu!

  2. Satu says:

    Hi Angie! Online personal trainer sounds good, I will be curious to find out what you get out of the experience.

  3. Lori says:

    Satu – I am sorry about the migraines. Hopefully you can get on the antimigrainous program. Those medications can work really well.

    I am enjoying Rachel’s book. I always work my hamstrings and glutes because biking is such a quad sport that I have to stay balanced.

    I am looking forward to the program having done NROLW. Her eating program is pretty much my 90/10 that I am trying to do, so that is nice!

  4. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! I’ve always wondered about your migraines, but figured that you knew much more about them than I do. The only migraine-like headaches I ever get is from caffeine withdrawal. So I don’t know anything more than that.

    Regarding butts: A person can do a lot of different exercises and somehow avoid exercising the glutes very much. I suggest balancing exercises for those glutes. After starting balancing exercises, my butt entirely changed shape from on the flat side to extremely rounded. <<This is a great topic, Satu.

    🙂 Marion

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