Something that intimidates me at the gym & workout tights I NEED

Happy Friday!!

It is a proven fact that if you drink a lot of coffee, you will look like this…

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I do not recommend cutting back though.

It is also believed that men really do have PMS, but a walk here pretty much cures it. Well, that and I’m sure a beer wouldn’t hurt.

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I swear we could go down Scenic Drive in Carmel every single day and I would never get sick of it. Em, we are going to run this again one day! Deal?

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A few things I’ve been up to this week…Yesterday I went to PT (I go twice a week) and asked if we could work on my grandma gait. It doesn’t hurt to walk, so I’m thinking it’s a muscle imbalance. Since I have the best PT ninja ever, he enthusiastically agreed and came up with a game plan.

We did some gentle strength, balance & joint mobility work and at the end of the session, I was walking so much better. My quads were shaking so I’ll call it a success! Not 100%, I wouldn’t expect that but we are definitely headed in the right direction. I couldn’t ask for more!

After I hit up the gym to ride the bike before meeting up with Heather. Mike downloaded an indoor cycling podcast I listened to on my phone which was very helpful for this newbie. I am such a fitness gear/apps/gadgets nerd! #shameless

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Heather arrived as I was stretching & foam rolling so we did some ab work while we were there.

After we headed to the weight room for a bit. The weight room intimidates me, but I love going with a buddy. BTW, Heather are not allowed to move. Just sayin’

Check out her gun show!!

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Speaking of gear, workout tights with a cell phone pocket is pure genius!! I think she said they are from LUCY.

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After, we foam rolled. I kept eyeing what we called the porcupine roller. He stared at me with an evil glare, daring me to a torture session. Turns out it wasn’t too shabby. It actually felt good.

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Oh and I figured out a big reason I do not like to cook…

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Well with the exception of my special talent of burning water.

A few recommendations:

  • Alabama friends, go enter to win an entry into 2 races here!
  • Watch Despicable Me 1 & 2 now.
  • Make this copy cat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli soup. Mike helped me so it was edible.
  • If you make that soup, leave out or reduce the marjoram unless you want to know what a hippie might taste like.
  • If you find changing simple habits difficult, go read this post.
  • And this….

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Does anything at the gym intimidate you?

Any random things you recommend?

Do you prefer to workout alone or with a buddy?

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Sorry about my face & a Pinterest fail

This afternoon I went to PT where we did some light strength training & range of motion work. Recovery is a dream so far. I walk out of there wondering if one day I’ll hit a plateau and not see some sort of progress. Chances are, that day will come but until then I am just going to shut my trap & be thankful for where I’m at.

Before they kicked me out, I foam rolled my quads. The left (surgery side) is destroyed since they pumped 40 liters of saline during surgery. It has been my problem child from the beginning and stubborn just like yours truly. Sooo yah, it’s probably gonna be awhile before it straightens up and acts right.

Super sexy foam rolling face because I can never take anything seriously.

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Except for coffee. And wine. And pizza. And running. Okay I’m done.

Anyhoo I was roaming Pinterest and saw this super cute workout top from H&M.

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Since I am a total sucker for Lululemon esq gear for 1/8 of the price, I stopped in to try it on.

Holy Pinterest fail, Batman. Okay a little dramatic, but the fit was all wrong. The back was a lot lower than pictured and the thick band at the bottom was loose, didn’t lay flat and looked funky. Kinda like my face above.

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Maybe it wasn’t made for my body type? Maybe I’m desperately in need of a tan?

Oh well I ended up snagging this little number, so a trip there wasn’t a total loss.

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On my way home I stopped at Trader Joe’s for 2 things. Two. I swear that store is worse than Target.

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Although it should be noted that I made it out of the parking lot without murdering anyone at 5pm. #gome

Pizza was one of those two things on my TJ’s list, so you can guess what I had for dinner.

Does anyone else stare at food in the oven yelling at it to hurry up & git in ma belly?

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Dang, I really need to go back to work.

Anyone else have a Pinterest fail?

What store is worse than Target for you?

Besides TJ’s, Whole Foods & probably Costco.

 TJ’s shoppers, what was the last thing you bought?

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My first spin class ever & I need your advice

Do you ever feel like it’s been forever since you made progress on something, only to look back one day and think dang, I’ve come so far?

That was me yesterday. Every day I see & feel a little progress post surgery, but yesterday was the first time I really felt amazing. No pain, minimal soreness and a lot of energy. As I sat on the couch last night I asked Mike a few questions.

Me: “Hey, do you remember when you had to help me sit down on the couch, and get in & out of the shower?”

Him: “Yup”

Me: “You didn’t even try and take advantage of me, thanks.”

Him: “At the time, you weren’t that attractive.”

Thanks Honey, great confidence builder.

Bastard!

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I encourage you to stop and take a look back at something you’ve been working on. Your progress overall just might surprise you. :)

Speaking of progress, Saturday I took my first ever spin class. Hope this doesn’t come across the wrong way, but I kinda thought running was a little more intense, thus being a harder workout than cycling. Um I was wrong. So so wrong. Please forgive me.

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Going in, I knew there was a chance my hip and/or quad would not let me complete the whole class, so I was prepared to call it quits if anything started to hurt. On a side note, do you know how hard it is to listen to your body instead of an instructor pushing the class to do more? She was amazing and I am certainly not talking down on her at all – she was fantastic! It just took a little more mental effort than I anticipated to listen to my body.

Foam rolling like a champ, possibly maybe most likely cursing like a sailor.

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I eased into it and kept my RPM’s a bit lower than instructed and felt amazing. The last 15 minutes or so, while the rest of the class stood up and climbed some major hills. One day I will join them. Hopefully soon!

I took it easy as if riding on a long, flat road, then spent a lot of time stretching & foam rolling after. So happy I was able to finish the class and felt amazing after! I seriously can’t wait to take another class or find a cycling workout to do on my own.

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Ooh in other super awesome news, I now have this range of motion. (Above) It’s still really tight & sore but progress is progress.

We lucked out with come incredible weather (okay when do we not, but still) it was 81 which means we went topless and naked all weekend looking for trouble. #nevermoving #ever #eveniftheresafire

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Now I need your help. I’m looking into upgrading to the fitbit charge HR or the Garmin Vivosmart fitness watch. Any recommendations are very much welcome.

I have been using my fitbit flex during recovery to help gauge progress. It has especially been helpful to pinpoint why, at times I’m in so much pain. Like the walk on the beach with Em last weekend. I was in so much pain the next day & could barley walk. After looking at the app, I realized it was the most steps I had taken since before surgery. Well no wonder.

I’m interested in a heart rate monitor, waterproof for pool running, counting steps & distance. Oh and really cool colors if possible. A girl likes color options, duh.

Do you have a fitness watch? If so, which one & please tell me about it.

If you don’t have a watch and/or are on the market for one, which ones are you looking at?

Anyone have a favorite spin workout or any tips for beginners?

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8 things I did yesterday and reasons I unfollow people on Instagram

I got up at the butt crack of dawn to do a little upper body strength training with Heather.

Went to physical therapy, worked on some range of motion and relaxed with heat/stim treatment for 20 blissful minutes. This is seriously the best part of PT.

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Argued with Mike on where to go for lunch. He wanted Panera, I wanted Chipotle. I lost. He wouldn’t even go for their chips + guac. The boy does not like Chipotle which makes my heart hurt for him.

Paid way too much for a prescription. At this rate a year supply will equal to about 20.7 pairs of Mizunos. It also confirms why I do not support Obamacare.

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Went to Whole Foods for my 3rd Serene Green smoothie this week. I blame Emily and WF for having a 20% off promo.

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Went to the beach and watched the sun dance on the water as the waves rolled in. One day I’ll have to pretend I am a responsible human and go back to work and won’t have all this time on my hands.

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But not today!!! Muhahahaha

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Made enchiladas for dinner. Sometimes I don’t mind being domestic.

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Interrogated Bam on why his new chicken toy was missing it’s legs. It’s safe to say he is not vegetarian or vegan.

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Annnd here are some reasons I will unfollow people on Instagram:

  • Those who post gross pictures of food and try to pass it off as ‘yummy’ or ‘delicious’.

  • Serial selfies. I don’t mind a few here and there but if I see a constant stream of them, it’s unfollowsville.
  • Those who post a gazillion pictures of cats. I do not like cats. Neither does Bam. Well, actually he does think they taste good.
  • You use the words nom nom. Stop it.
  • Sales pitches all.the.time.
  • You cry or bitch too much. #facepalm
  • The drippy sweet, sugar coated posters. A positive outlook on life is one thing, but we all know life is not that way. Be real.
  • The over posters of inspirational quotes, great life advise & always seem to have it all together. Then you actually meet them and their lives are a tangled mess. I walk away scratching my head thinking WTF?

Things that make me want to follow folks:

  • Runners & fitness geeks. Especially those who love the latest gear.
  • A sense of humor – self deprecating is my fav.

  • Folks who are REAL and true to themselves. If you had a craptastic run, I want to hear about it. If you scored a PR or a BQ, I also wanna hear about that as well.
  • Those who are unapologetically themselves.
  • Folks who are passionate about life and what they do. Even if I don’t agree with all of their views, I appreciate seeing their love for it.
  • Beautiful pics of where they live. I enjoy seeing places I might never get to see in my lifetime.
  • Folks who are not easily offended.

What are some things you did yesterday?

What makes you unfollow folks on social media?

What makes you follow folks? 

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This post might make you hate me

It’s a good thing I had some really good memories from last weekend to get me through a dentist appointment yesterday. Sooo not fun. Anyway let’s rewind to the fun stuff.

Em found a super cool spot to watch high tide crash against rocks & the stairs. She was less than thrilled to snap a pic with me as the ocean crashed below us. Hence the little apprehensive look on her face here. Ha!

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Then Mike told us to wait for a wave and well, this is what we got. Em’s O face and soaking wet.

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Our day was made before 9:23 am and we feared it peaked too early because nothing would top it.

Then we went for a drive and that was a game changer.

Views that require no filter or alterations of any kind.

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I swear I am still a small town, backroads country girl who loves the simple things. But. Weekends like this have to be documented. Like brunching with Clint Eastwood…

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Another thing that has to be documented is that Emily had bacon for the first time in years. REAL BACON. We are horrible a influence.

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It is a proven fact that if you overdo it a little on your ole grandma hip, 3 Advil & a mimosa at brunch will cure you.

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And we ended up taking off our shirts and flashing our impressive guns. Might be the 1/2 a mimosa or the 70 degree day in January. But this is why all of you that are snowed in this time of year probably hate me…..

 

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And this is how many F’s were given to that.

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Green juice, beach time & randomly signing up for a race (!)

Good morning!! I hope your day is off to a great start.

I woke up relaxed which is a bit surprising after all of the pain I was in yesterday. I just sat on the couch, had breakfast and played sudoku while drinking coffee. It’s been really nice.

Lets switch gears and rewind to Saturday!

Emily came to visit for the weekend. Her only request was green juice and beach time. I love it when friends & family come to visit and have special requests.

She had a kale, mango & coconut smoothie & I had a wheatgrass shot with an orange juice chaser. Both were delicious! Plus they were 20% off at Whole Foods. Double score!!

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After, we hit up the beach. Snowed in friends close your eyes. I can’t be sorry for days like this. If it’s any consultation, between the cost of living & California taxes, we will probably never be able to retire.

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It was a perfect sunny & 65. I snapped this pic of Em enjoying the view.

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We walked really slow to take the warmth & salt water all in. I am convinced that water, in any form is magically healing.

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I had a blast watching Em climb rocks while resting the ole hip. Nothing beats seeing friends & family truly happy and enjoying the moment.

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Post beach time, we headed back home to hang with Mike & Bamstagram. We enjoyed some wine while talking about life before heading out to dinner. We shared this wild mushroom risotto as an appetizer and it was pretty much amazeballz, so it had to be documented.

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Oh and no weekend can be complete without randomly signing up for a race!! We are doing the Pinkest Run in Santa Cruz in March.

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I was kinda bummed to miss out on one of my favorite races, but then Mike & Em reminded me I could walk it. Then Em offered to run the 10K, so that was that! Is anyone else running it?

I’m pretty stoked to have a little goal to work towards during this long recovery.

Have you ever walked a race?

Smoothie, freshly pressed juice or wheatgrass shot?

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Doing the Captain Morgan & he’s like herding cats

Good evening!! I hope you guys have had a great day!

I had big plans to write a blog post this morning, but this happened…

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Pretty sure Bam has close to zero life regrets. Unless you think chewing his butt counts as one?

After coffee, waffles <-{yes, I am actually changing things up and the Type A is adjusting well} and yelling at the news we decided to join the world and do something productive. Costco was first on the list but didn’t open till 10. Why Costco, why? So naturally we drove along the coast. Yes. Again.

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Salty hair, salty teeth.

Eventually we made it to Costco aka the exact time I realized it was a bad idea for several reasons…

1. The boy was hungry. This reason alone is enough to not walk inside the warehouse of awesomeness.

2. There were no samples. Again why Costco, why?

3. Turning Mike loose in there is like trying to herd cats.

4. We pay to spend money there. What the what?

5. Why is my husband reading the label? I mean there was a picture on the front, usually that’s enough for him. Okay wait, now I am deeply concerned about his mental health.

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Anyway we made it out of the $100 minimum store spending less than $100. Boom!

Home->unload the car->grab a Fage peach yogurt <-my current fav and head to physical therapy.

At my first post op check up, my surgeon said it’s amazing what the brain will allow, when the body is ready. That kinda stuck with me & came to realization today. Connecting the mind + body is so intriguing.

I mentioned to Will the muscle(s) where the top of the thigh meets the hip (I’ll have to figure out the technical term) have been a tangled mess since surgery. This is probably the reason why I still have a little gangsta grandma limp going on. Anyway he untangled the knots & gave them a gentle stretch and before I knew it, he was pointing out with excitement that I now have this new to me range of motion. Something I haven’t had in years!

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Okay I’m going to geek out for a bit right now and say that I was really stoked that Mike home after PT so I could share my excitement over this with him. Yes, I am totally that person. #sorrynotsorry

Mike & Melissa  have been calling this form the “Captain Morgan” all day. So that is now a technical term.

Celebratory coffee in the sunshine was in order.

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As much as I am enjoying all of this down time, I’m REALLY looking forward to going back to work. In the meantime I’ll just keep harassing Mike, snuggling with Bam, dream about the magical day I’ll be able to run again and drink way too much coffee.

Share something epic that happened to you recently!

Anyone else loose your mind at Costco?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Em is coming!! She has requested green juice & beach time, who am I to argue with a guest?

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Not doing that again & dumb questions I hope you will answer

Yesterday morning I was itching to go for a walk and somehow talked Mike into going with me. Food was involved, so it was a slam dunk. :)

We walked 45 minutes and it felt so amazing to be out on the trail & beach with folks running, cycling, out on a walk. Mike even took a picture of my mug. I’m sorry world.

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We stopped a lot along the way, mostly to give the ole hip a break and for Mike to skip rocks into the ocean. #nevergrowingup #ever #eveniftheresafire

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We had lunch on Cannery Row since it’s the off season for tourists. Soon, they will all be back and we will start going to our secret spots. For now we are enjoying the more touristy spots. Like the drive along the ocean from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. We grabbed hot coffee, put the top down & enjoyed the sunny, salty air.

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Turns out that long walk probably wasn’t the smartest idea. I felt great all afternoon – even thought about riding a bike at the gym or going to the farmers market. It’s a good thing I talked myself out of all of that, because last night I was in so much pain. With every wave of shocking, aching pain from my hip all the way down my leg I thought ‘lesson learned’ ha!

I’m feeling back to normal this morning, but it was a long night.

So that was that.

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Pop quiz time!! Which basically means I get to ask you a bunch of random questions, answer them myself & hope you don’t leave me hanging. :) Here we go!

1. What are some words or phrases you often find yourself saying?

Awe snap, Bam stop chewing your butt, cowboy can you pee for me, one day (when I see a runner), dude that’s so cool, what do you want for lunch, can we go to Starbucks.

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2. Planners: pen & paper or electronic?

Pen & paper for lyfe.

3. The kitchen isn’t clean until_________________.

The counters are disinfected & wiped down.

4. Shows you are currently watching?

Gilmore Girls (duh!) & Lilyhammer.

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5. Favorite running distance? Not racing.

10 miles. One day. :)

6. What is your current favorite quote?

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist.” - Oscar Wilde

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7. Least favorite exercise in the world?

Pull ups. Gah.

8. One thing you do every day that makes you super duper happy?

Love on my boys & drink coffee. Hey, I made this game up, I can change the rules. ;)

9. Least favorite chore?

Dishes. I do them as quickly as possible because it’s therapeutic to NOT look at them.

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10. Fitness trackers: yes or no? Which brand/website/app/etc. & why?

I used to think they were dumb but now see the fascination. Before surgery it was a fun way to challenge myself and beat my records, earn badges, etc. Recently it has helped me gauge my recovery.

Not sure which brand I want to try next but I’m digging my Fitbit.

Your turn!! Feel free to steal these questions or add your own and post it on you blog/social media/ write it in the sky.

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More wise words from Bam & dumb games we make up

If there’s one thing Bam knows (besides chewing his butt), it’s how to live a solid life. Sunday morning Mike wanted to take this little knucklehead to the off leash dog beach in Carmel so he could run around like a crazy man.

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Funny thing is Bam isn’t all that interested in the water. He loves to climb rocks and roll around in washed up seaweed. He smelled lovely after this trip. NOT

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After our beach trip, we went down my favorite road around, Scenic Drive. And then straight to the pet store for a quick bath. Sorry buddy, if you want to live with us, you have to be clean.

“If you have the means, I highly recommend this lifestyle”. – Bam

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Gosh I love being outside so much. It made me a little sad the weekend was over and now I’m kinda on my own. The good news is I can drive my car again!! It’s a 6 speed so using the clutch made me nervous but I tried it out and all was well. It’s all about the small victories, right?

I also started PT yesterday! This makes me incredibly happy to know this is another step in the right direction to RUN again.

Will massaged the left quad & IT band which were really tight. It hurt so good.

Come to find out the reason my thigh hurt so much & knee was 4 times it’s size post op, was because they used 40 liters of saline water during surgery. Yes, 4-0.

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I also did a little gentle stretching & 10 minutes on the bike before calling it a day. It always feels so good to move. I even hit my biggest walking day in over a month!! Don’t be jelly.

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Now I kinda wish I wore my Fitbit the days after surgery for a good laugh.

And for all of my cold/snowed in friends…

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What is the high where you are at today?

What is you favorite chocolate bar?

Mike & I play dumb games all the time and this was one of them. I won’t even tell you how long we talked about candy bars. Ha! He said Payday and I said Reeses PB cups. That totally counts, right?

 

Share a small victory.

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Humble

While Mike was driving home from my first post op appointment, I happily sent a text to a close friend about my great progress report. The healing process is going faster than usual and I was headed to physical therapy 2 weeks early!

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His response was ‘excellent, but don’t get too cocky.’ At first I was a little taken back. I have been very diligent about following all of the post op rules (my surgeon confirmed if I felt fine, crutches were not needed – whew) taken it very easy – hello serial watching Gilmore Girls while stuffing my face with pretzels and oranges, taken every single anti inflammatory pill for 3 whole weeks and eased into cycling. Heck, for awhile there I felt like I was under-doing it.

But. Then came the realization that he was right and thanked him for the reality check.

Although I have come so far in a short amount of time, I still have a long road ahead. At least 6 weeks of physical therapy, no running or impact sports at least 2 more months and I’m sure a few other bumps along the way. I was also warned by my surgeon that it can take up to a full year to be completely pain free.

Fast forward to last weekend when we took advantage of a beautiful, sunshiny day and went for a drive along the coast. Mike stopped so I could take in the salty air and snap a few pictures. I’ll never forget how amazing it felt to be outside, enjoying the beauty with him. It felt like the first warm day after a long cold winter when you want to soak every little thing in.

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We drove a little further and stopped to watch the waves crash against rocks. We played a guessing game on which wave would be the biggest and which one would fall flat. Mike threw an empty crab shell at me. Typical. We talked about how lucky this gull is to live here. About how lucky WE are to live here.

I didn’t realize how much I needed to feel tiny and humble until I stood here.

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And just like that, I felt grounded again. The phase I am entering into might be the toughest yet. There will be times when I really want to push it, but healing the body takes time dang it. I need to focus on patience (shut it Mike) and allow my body to heal in it’s own time, embrace it and be humble throughout the journey.

Dang that just made me sound like a hippie. Don’t worry I just washed my hair so that evens things out….right?

I’m really in tune with my body already thanks to IBS + being perpetually injured, but this is a very pricey surgery I do not want to undo. Heck, even my bank account will shed a tear if that happens. So for now, I will be happy to find a nice balance between working hard in physical therapy and just being still.

Where would we be without friends who keep us humble and grounded?

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