Expressing Motherhood Challenge to Feel Better

Many time Expressing Motherhood performer Shannon Noel and I have started a challenge to ourselves to feel better.

Me and Shannon.
Me and Shannon.



We’re going public with it to feel ashamed if we fail.

Well not really. Really it’s just to help us follow through and have some fun with it.

Here’s my #exmochallenge start:

Since spending January 1st in the ER with a racing heart and being diagnosed with having an SVT I’ve been on a mission to figure out how to take care of myself better.


I tell all parents this now. Don't drive yourself to the ER. It's more comforting to have someone there with you and safer to have someone drive you. Breaking news, right?
I tell all parents this now. Don’t drive yourself to the ER. It’s more comforting to and safer to have someone drive you. Breaking news, right?


Of course we all know what to do. Actually getting it done combined with some new beta blockers I was taking that “calm” my heart, I’ve been trying to re-adjust myself.

My SVT is called AVNRT. Last Fall my heart started racing really fast for short intervals. Sometimes by just bending over to pick up a kids sock it would click and then it was off. You could see it trying to escape my body. The longest episode was for 30 minutes. My mom and husband and I sort of ignored it.

On January 1st I woke up really, really tired and dehydrated, much like other days. Plow through it, I said, only my body said, not this time. After 45 minutes of a heartrate around 170 I drove myself to the ER(I’ve learned that’s not a good idea now.) But with no family in town and 1 husband and 3 kids I felt foolish as if I were headed off to the spa.

Cut to a doctor ripping my gown off(OK that’s an exaggeration) and throwing an IV in my arm saying he was going to give me medicine to my heart that would make me feel like a chair would be pulled out from underneath me. Uh no thanks. I’d like to check out of this spa now.

I was scared to my core.

The medicine didn’t work until the third time and I had a feeling the paddles behind the increasing amount of nurses watching me were our next option. Turns out I was right.

Fortunately, I converted and my heart rate went back down to normal. I went home after asking for some “chill me the hell out” pill and crawled under my duvet and went to bed. Screw my mom guilt I obviously needed to take care of myself better.

I’ve probably had this all my life but there’s a probability that by me exasperating the situation of not sleeping, not drinking enough water and drinking too much wine combined with swallowing too much guilt, anger and sadness it just said enough.

The family fish jealous of my beer.
Herbal tea. Not as much fun as coffee. Fact.

I’m not overly concerned with fitting into my old jeans but I am concerned with being health, staying strong and having energy so I’m not so damn grouchy with my kids.

I’ve been inspired by a lot of fellow moms this year. MomsLA and their #MakeBetter Challenge for example, friends who have stopped drinking, my in-laws who are in their 70’s out hike me for fricks sake, past performer from our Boston show Julie Mudd has become a lean mean fighting machine over the last few years!

My in-laws are in their 70's and still bike the world. Literally every other month they do that.
My in-laws are in their 70’s and still bike the world. Literally every other month they do that.

It’s been 7 months of seeing two EP’s, my shrink, an acupuncturist, a regular doctor, writing about what’s been bother me and cutting back on coffee & vino to try and feel better.

Scenes from my acupuncturist office. I love that guy by the way. He really calms me down and says I can have 2 cups of coffee a day and drink moderately “Because what the body is denied, it craves.” Yep, he’s great.

And I have been feeling better. I’ve only had one more attack, strangely enough on a Sunday…I was able to convert myself at home after 30 minutes.

Now I want to try and push myself more. Because I’m still feeling too bloated, too cranky and I know I need to make even more changes, perhaps harder ones for me then making sure I make my acupuncture appointment.

I feel like a big part of this too is my battle with my guilt. I feel guilty spending time away from the kids exercising. Stupid. I know. I even feel guilty having to have spent that time going to all of the doctors appointments this Spring. Just plain dumb, I know, yet still I wrestle with it. I’ve told by all of them to exercise, eat better, relax and not be so hard on myself.

So last night I drank a lot.

Of Pellegrino.

I went to bed not having snacked and asked my husband “How do people go to bed without snacking or having a drink?” As I lay there sure I would never fall asleep.

I did and miraculously my kids slept until 6AM. I got 7 hours of straight sleep. My daughter, nearly 2 has gone through that phase where she wakes up obscenely early, think 4:30AM for around 3 months.

I’m tired. I wake up and put on my black stretchy pants but for some reason and not exercising and I find myself snacking far too much and drinking too many beers and wine at night.

Yesterday I woke up saying come on, no more excuses you have got to workout. I put on my black stretchy pants and began driving my 3 year-old to camp. Only he seemed tired and he wanted to do errands with me so I caved. We ended up staring at fish at PetCo among other things that did not include exercising.

I almost bought my scones along with a coffee from Starbucks but I said no, you’ve got to do this. So around 3:30 I took my boys into the driveway plugged in a speaker that allows you to play music from your iPhone and I did what I have always referred to as Lindsay Fonda. I made myself get sweaty hot, red in the face out of breath for 30 minutes. I felt terrible.


That’s a big part of this. I know that in order to keep limber and youthful I need to do this!

Friend and fellow Expressing Motherhood performer Shannon Noel and I have been sharing that we both have been feeling not at our best. We’ve both had recent health issues where we’ve realized we’re not getting any younger.

So Shannon and I are starting something we are calling the ExMoChallenge. Because it’s making us be held accountable and it is more fun with a friend. Last night as I stood gazing at my wine bottles and food cabinet I thought of her.

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Hard time not to snack for me.
Hard time not to snack for me.
Opening cupboard just looking at the food.
Opening cupboard just looking at the food.

Thus I was able to shut the door and walk to my room and read a book, turn off the lights toss and turn, turn on the light and watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Turn off the lights thinking that shit makes me want to drink. Then finally fell asleep.

You can read about Shannon’s 30 day detox here. I’m going to go for 30 days too. But I’m going to go a bit more French about it…..I’m just a person who does better in moderation.

But I do need goals so here are mine:

Exercise 5 days a week

No alcohol for 30 days(eh my least favorite)

Eating more protein and not snacking after 6PM

Water, Water, Water.

I’m no professional, obviously, but now it’s out there and I have more pressure. So here we go. Join us if you want and use the hashtag #exmochallenge

I’m feeling too self conscious to do a real before photo. Besides I’m looking for and inside and outside feeling better.







Expressing Motherhood Chicago, Girls Trip Info

I could not be more excited that most of my closest college girlfriends will be coming to see Expressing Motherhood in Chicago.


Whether it’s via plane or car these ladies are getting it done and I’m thrilled to see them.

I’m also thrilled to have coffee and read the paper in the mornings….uninterrupted…woo-hoo!

So thrilled that I already booked us a table at 5PM on Saturday at a restaurant that is close to the theatre. Stage 773 has a site that suggests nearby restaurants.

If you are looking for a room look into the Hawthorne Terrace or as it should be called for the weekend, The Expressing Motherhood Hotel. It’s going to be all about the pump and dump ladies. Or just get a room and go to bed right after the show and sleep in, that too is pretty dreamy. Don’t forget to mention the “Expressing Motherhood” deal!

Getting a room without kids means you don't have to drink in the bathroom after they go to bed before you. #awesome
Getting a room without kids means you don’t have to drink in the bathroom after they go to bed before you. #awesome

Tickets are on sale now for all 4 of our shows.

Thursday September 19th @8PM

Friday September 20th @8PM

Saturday September 21st @2PM AND @8PM

Tickets are $30

Purchase your ticket here.

Get to know our Chicago cast here.

New, amazing, shirts and sweatshirts along with swanky new coffee mugs will be rolled out for the Chicago crew.


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Our super cool designer Agnete Oernsholt and good friend to boot.
Our super cool designer Agnete Oernsholt and good friend to boot.

It’s a great excuse to get some friends together and meet up in the city, watch a show and stay up late talking and talking.

At least that’s what I did in NYC when we took the show there. I was pregnant and stone cold sober but so excited to see old friends who flew in or re-connect with friend who lived there I’d stay up late just catching up with them.


It was so fulfilling and fun.

Let us know if there is any information you are needing to make your girls weekend a go.


Expressing Motherhood Gear On Sale

Looking for a cute, unique gift for a new or old mom?

How about an Expressing Motherhood shirt?

(we have will have maternity shirts for sale any day now!)

Check out our organic, made in California t-shirts, yes they run long, we know what you want.


We also have a boxier cut, think Flashdance. Just a few of those and a zip up hoody available.


Please email if interested, we’ll shoot you a Paypal link.



Morning Cup of Inspiration

A few months ago I went and saw past Expressing Motherhood performer Elizabeth Aquino read from a passage that was included in a new book from Barbara Abercrombie. Barbara was promoting the book “Kicking In The Wall” “A book filled with a year of writing exercise, prompts and quotes to help you break through your blocks and reach your writing goals.”


I was inspired by the small handful of writers there and by Barbara.


The book is filled with many great quotes from writers and one of which shouted out to me by Richard Rhodes. It read as follows:

“We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle.”

I ended up emailing him and asking him if Expressing Motherhood could use that quote to put on a some coffee mugs we are going to have made up to sell at shows.

To my surprise, he said yes.

It’s a beautiful quote and I like the string of events that got me to him and I adore being surrounded by passionate writers and am thankful Elizabeth got me out of my home that night to hear her share her writing.

The eclectic small group of LA women and a few men made me feel like my journey to LA was a good choice for me and that once again this city which gets such a shallow rap is deeper and more interesting then it’s  given credit for being.


Buy Your Ticket Here

We have no current tickets for sale because we haven’t set our next show yet. But please check back frequently and follow us on Facebook so you will know when we open up our submission process.

Thank you,

Lindsay & Jessica

Giveaway: “Motherhood Comes Naturally” (and other vicious lies) by Jill Smokler

Expressing Motherhood was lucky enough to be included in a fun Club Mom Me Event in Brentwood a few weeks back. We were asked to be on a panel that would be discussing the myths of motherhood. Something we have been talking about since 2008!

It was a delight to meet the author of “Motherhood Comes Naturally” Jill Smokler.



We have a signed copy of her new book just waiting to be mailed out to someone, like you! Simply leave a comment about a saying you are interested and a random winner will be chosen on Wednesday night.