A life well lived

My work schedule is the opposite of most, which works out well since tourist season is kicking in and traffic is starting to make the idea of sitting at home a lot more appealing. Lately on my days off I’ve been spending a lot of time here…

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Mike + I took Bam to run around free like a hippie. Every time we get close to the beach where he can smell it, dude goes crazy. Whining, barking, pacing around the back seat in anticipation. He can’t even stand himself.

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I’ve been kinda impatiently waiting for the wildflowers to bloom in Pacific Grove. It seems like they waited a little longer than last year, but man are they worth the wait!! I’m plotting my next run right down this trail.

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Easy beach slogging with Mr.Knucklehead. I finally figured out how to get an action shot without it looking like a melted hershey bar.

Set your phone/camera/etc next to a rock, bench, or whatever is close by (the pic below was set against some seaweed) and take a video. Then pause it, take a screenshot and viola action shot.

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Between the beach days, I’ve spent some time in the pool. It was kinda sad to see it takes me 26 minutes to pool run 1 mile. But man, I’m happy to be able to move these days!

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Oh I finished Gilmore Girls. So sad it’s over but I started watching Parenthood. Oh my gosh, only 4 episodes in and I’m loving it. This new addiction is 100% Mike & Em’s fault.

Yep, a life well lived.

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Share some highlights of your life well lived lately!!

What are you currently watching? Any Parenthood fans out there?

Who’s running Boston? If not, is it on your bucket list?

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Virtual coffee date

Good Saturday morning to you!! I hope you have some fun + relaxing things planned for the weekend.

It’s been awhile since we had a virtual coffee date, so let’s have one today!

If we were having coffee here are some things I would share with you:

  • I am still digging aqua aerobics a lot. Like anything, it can be as easy or hard as you want it to be. I have found it to be a catalyst (along with PT) in regaining the range of motion in my hip post op and now building strength. Yesterday’s deep water class was OOC – the biggest I’ve seen so far.

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  • Is there anything the Garmin Vivoactive can’t do!? Well there is, it could have a wrist based heart rate monitor but it’s waterproof (pic below was taken underwater) so that kinda makes up for it. Yup, still loving it. Nope, not sponsored by anyone but Bam.

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  • It also has a golf feature where you can download over 38,000 golf courses and let GPS guide you throughout the course. You will always know distance to each hole you’re playing, keep score, know the steps & distance for the entire course and I’m sure a bunch of other nerdy stats.

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/<Okay end of nerd alert/>

  • “We are not an Apple family.” Mike, 2012
  • “I got a Mac and made it my own.” Mike, 2015

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  • I mentioned before that I ended my brand ambassadorships this year. It was one of the best decisions ever! While I’m very thankful and honored to work with some of my favorite brands, I am also very happy working with other brands now. One of my passions is photography, though my work is still amateur, I enjoy using my love for it to market products I love. Here is where yesterdays project led me. Not too shabby.

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It was for an Instagram promotion for Reebok kicks in case you are wondering.

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An outtake. Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, we can’t be friends.

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  • Bam thinks you need some Boom Chicka Pop in yo lyfe. #TWHS

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  •  Coconut Vanilla sugar is a total game changer in coffee. You are welcome for some of the best life advice.

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 Now, it’s your turn! If we were having coffee, what would you share with me?

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Don’t exist, live

Bracing myself for more bad news.

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Well that wasn’t the most positive way to start a post, was it? But that’s just how life goes sometimes.

While I am anxiously waiting for test results, lets talk about something a little more uplifting.

Lately I’ve been staring at my phone, worrying about stuff out of my control. Oh you know allowing stuff that really doesn’t matter take up space in my brain. Stuff that sucks the joy out of my soul. With time I can’t get back. For no good reason at all.

While driving home from the grocery store, a song I’d never heard before came on and I immediately loved it. The sun was shining, it was warm outside so I dropped the top, cranked the radio up really loud and drove down the 1 home.

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And just like that I realized the vicious cycle I’ve allowed myself to be in and my perspective changed. Things that have been clouding my mind lifted and I was enjoying just being the moment.

Man, it’s so easy to get caught up in mundane daily tasks, but that’s not the way life has to be.

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Sometimes we need a little reminder to just live. To enjoy the small things that surround us but we somehow don’t pay much attention to.

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So here’s a little reminder for you:

Don’t just exist, LIVE.

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Promises of a Marisa Miller body….or not

Good morning!! I just wrote food morning so clearly we are off to a great start. Plus I woke up to RAIN this morning!! We need it, so it’s very much welcomed.

I had the day off work yesterday which was fantastic! I had a chance to get the house in order. I did laundry, ironed, washed the sheets (my absolute fav) did the dishes (my least fav) cleaned the floors and bathrooms. Heck Bam even got a bath, though he was sure I was trying to murder him. Knucklehead.

Waking up to a nice clean house is so calming.

Annnnd Mike just woke up and announced he’s sick. #notfun

Mail day!!

  • Perfect Fitness was created by former Navy Seal Alden Mills so it has got to be self torture worthy! Plus Bam told me this Perfect Multi-Gym and Ab Straps come with promises of the perfect Marisa Miller bod. I’m not sure about his claim because we all know he chews his butt, but I shall report back.

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  •  Red Fox Edge bluetooth wireless headphones {unpictured because Mike jacked them and refuses to give them back} Apparently that is a good thing because that has never happened. Guess he has to write a review on them for you guys. Muhahaha.
  • Luna Bar protein chocolate salted caramel bars!! These randomly showed up at my doorstep yesterday and I don’t even know how they got my address, but I am thrilled they found it!! (I have a PO box for the blog) If you like the caramel syrup at Starbucks, you will love these.

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  • I saw this super beachy & cute anchor bracelet from Pura Vida on Instagram and immediately ordered it. SO happy it fits my 5.5 inch linguine wrist!!

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Something random, but fun to share with you. If you want to have a nice high end dinner party or super swanky wedding reception at Pebble, the Beach Club is where it’s at. It’s considered the “cream of the crop” at Pebble. This picture doesn’t do it justice though.

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Your least favorite chore?

The last fun thing you got in the mail? 

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Graduation day!!

Good Monday morning!! I hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend.

I’ve been spending more time on the course lately as the season winds up. This office does not suck.

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Gosh it’s been awhile since I checked in and so much has happened, let’s catch up. Do you have a cup of coffee or tea? I’ll wait….

Okay lets get to it.

If you stalk me on Instagram, then you might know last week I graduated from physical therapy!! This is kind of a big deal since I started going in January. Mike pretended to be Oprah at their office saying “and I’m going to pay your car payment and I’m gonna pay your house payment…” Ha, thank goodness for insurance.

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Moi, Will & Mike

It was a bittersweet day. I feel like I owe a lot to Will who never gave up on me when 4 specialists said there was nothing wrong with my hip and that I should just keep running. Or the one who told me “maybe running isn’t for you.” That went over like a fart in church and made me even more determined to run again.

When we ran into many frustrating road blocks, Will stepped up and took the time to call around to find the best surgeon on the West Coast and quite possibly the world (so not joking), who ultimately got me back to doing what I love!

He even welcomed me to use the stationary bike at his clinic right after surgery because the parking lot at the gym was too far of a hike at the time.

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Day 2 post op

He is far too humble to accept much of the credit, but I am convinced he was the catalyst behind my return to running pain & injury free.

I’m thinking my mom has the same genetic condition, FAI hip impingement and has not had surgery to repair it. Today, she can’t work or do simple life tasks like put her shoes on because of the pain. I can’t help but think this would have been me if I chickened out on the surgery like I wanted to a million times. I hope she get’s this life changing surgery soon.

Most of all, Mike has been AMAZING and I could never thank him enough for his support. He did sign some paperwork that said something like “in sickness and health” but he still hung in there with encouragement, wise words, listened to self doubt on occasion and told me to shut my trap as needed. Gotta love a man who tells you like it is.

His support is immeasurable and now he prolly has a big head….

With that said, I am free like a hippie to run, walk, hike, ride and just LIVE!!!!!!

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To celebrate, I scored the new Garmin Vivoactive.

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It’s the first GPS based fitness watch –  think fitbit meets Garmin. It truly is a fitness gadget nerds DREAM!!!!

Side note: Monterey, Cali locals, Will Kramer is the owner of Ryan Ranch Physical Therapy and in my humble opinion is elite in his field of work.

**This was not a sponsored post, I just tell it like it is.

Of possible interest:

Fill me in on what’s going on in your life! Anything new & exciting? 

How was your Easter?

Fitness gadgets you can’t live without?

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This running thing is really making me fight for it

Happy Monday!!

Thank you guys so much for your sweet comments on my last post. <3 This running thing is really making me fight for it so it’s a good thing I love a challenge.

My “good” hip felt like it was on fire that entire night after my first run post op, but thankfully it quickly resolved the following day. But really, I rolled out of bed pissed that morning, made a cup of coffee and told Mike my running days are officially over, my body just can’t handle it. I’m just going to transition to cycling and that’s the way it’s gonna be, I said. He somewhat sarcastically nodded and said okay honey, whatever you want knowing that was a lie. Ha!

This man still believes in me when I’m questioning myself, so I guess I’ll keep him. :)

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Of course I still love cycling and plan to ride, but I think running will always have my heart.

This post isn’t a complete downer, there are some really good signs of progress! The paws are doing so much better, I’d say they are about 90% and the surgery side hip is fantastic as well. No pain but still pretty sore which I was advised it would take up to a full year for it to go away. I can totally deal with it!

Here are some random pics I found on my camera and they really made me happy. They were taken a few months ago when Emily came to visit.  She’s moving to San Diego soon and I will miss hanging with her here. Good thing Monterey has direct flights to SD!! Not that I looked into it or anything. Noooooope.

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We went to Brunch at Clint Eastwoods Mission Ranch, which is a MUST if you ever come to Carmel. I promise you will love it and want to send me a lifetime supply of coffee.

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I’ll always remember this time with Em for 3 reasons:

1) She gives Mike a warning when she’s hungry. It goes something like this: Lunch sounds good. Oh hey, that’s your first warning! Good thing Mike is married and totally get’s it.

2) She had bacon for the first time in years and loved it. (She was vegetarian)

3) My hip hurt so bad from overdoing it at the beach the previous day I was popping Advil with mimosas. It totally worked in case you are wondering.

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Post brunch cruise down Scenic Drive. Never.Gets.Old.

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That weekend ended with a promises to run here with her when the barn is rebuild.

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And I intend to.

Last distance you ran?

If I were to visit your city, what are your top recommendations? 

Do you give warning signs when you’re hungry?

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Not exactly the triumphant return I expected…

So this happened yesterday!!

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Welcome to my first run post op. It only took 14 weeks and one day. Not that I’m counting or anything…

I would love to tell y’all it was all sunshine and rainbows but really, it was not so much. These punk sesamoids are tough to heal. Some days I am absolutely positive they are on the mend, only to wake up the next day feeling like I took a few steps back. Will (my PT) assures me they are definitely much better so I just have to trust his expertise. He hasn’t failed me so far. :)

After a few exercises & adjustments, I stepped on the treadmill for my first run since November. A couple minutes in, the left foot started barking at me so Will pulled the plug on the run. I thought that was it for the day, but Will had another trick up his sleeve. He taped my foot and asked if I prefer to run on the treadmill or outside. Duh, outside!

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So he sent his assistant & I on a wog (walk/jog) to the chocolate shop down the street for their famous salted caramel candy. They are seriously the best unlike this pic below.

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We started out at about 25% effort then worked up to 50% so it was nice & easy. Plus it was 80 degrees which this beach bum now thinks it’s “hot”. Ha my family is probably laughing at me right now since I grew up with 100+ degree summers.

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The tape worked really well, though I still had some pain. On a scale from 1-10 it was like a 3-4 but it quickly went away as soon as I stopped to walk which I learned is actually a good thing.

This was not the triumphant return I expected since I was preoccupied with paying attention to body parts hurting or flying off so I didn’t allow myself to enjoy the moment. But all things considered it went well. The hip held up very nicely in fact, I would have never guessed surgery was 14 weeks ago if I didn’t know. It blows me away how well my recovery has gone.

Would it be bad if I woke up thinking about switching to cycling as my primary sport of choice? Yah, I totally did.

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He thinks he owns me

Good morning to you!! I hope your week is going swell so far.

Things are pretty much the same ’round here. Bam thinks he owns me and stuff.

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Don’t worry, Bam gets his fair share of tormenting as well. Too bad he can’t cry uncle.

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I’m still taking aqua aerobics, pool running and cycling. The hip is doing exceptionally well, in fact I often forget I even had surgery. Then I am brought back to reality because my quad is still really sore. I told my surgeon I don’t know why I didn’t believe you when you told me I would be sore for a long time. He just laughed.

The paws are still sore but feeling better. I have noticed on days when I’m in the pool they feel great the rest of the day. This is the same thing I dealt with last summer so crossing my fingers they quit their whining and get with the program soon.

Last week while riding my buddy asked if I had a repair kit on my bike. I said nope, I just have a lotta faith. Well that went over like a fart in church, so I am now the proud owner of one.

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I’ll have to snap a picture of my bike since Mike put everything on it while I was at work this weekend. Now I just need to learn how to use all of this fancy pants stuff.

In other news, I’m selling my Garmin 220 GPS watch. Thought I’d give you first dibs before I post it on ebay. I bought new it a year ago and maybe used it half that time since I’ve been the queen of injuries since. It looks new, no scratches and works great.

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It’s $200 via PayPal with free shipping to a US address, tracking number included. I’m willing to ship worldwide, but you will be responsible for shipping fees. If you’re interested, email me skinnychickblog @ gmail .com

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What exercises are you currently doing?

Cyclists, what’s in your kit?

Does anyone have a pet that does NOT try to take over your life? Does this even exist? 

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Cycling with sesamoiditis

HAPPY SPRING!!!!!!!

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I hope warm weather, sunshine and flowers are headed your way soon!

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I went to physical therapy yesterday and told them I started riding outside but didn’t think it did my feet any good. These dang sesamoid bones are stubborn little punks. My PT recommended I try moving the cleats back on my cycling shoes and taped me up to try riding again. Enter Frankenstein cyclist:

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Unfortunately that didn’t work. By mile 5 (the halfway point) my foot felt like a pokey ball sticker was stuck inside. This injury is like a nagging wife that won’t shut up.

It’s been over a month dealing with this. Some days I feel like I’m on the mend and others feel like I took a giant step back.

Oh well at least the views were incredible.

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I absolutely love living in an active community!! It’s something I appreciate every single day.

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I have a few more things to try out before giving up on cycling like adding metatarsal pads to my shoes, trying dancers pads, looking into new shoes or if I get really grumpy just cutting a dang hole in the insert to take the pressure off. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.

In other, more happy news, Pineapple rocks and should totally become a mandatory post ride treat! I just need to remember to buy it more often.

I told Mike I have have killer pineapple picking skillz. He just rolled his eyes and looked at me in disgust. He obviously has no idea he married a genius and prolly wishes I looked at him like I do pineapple. Or not.

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Here are some other random pics I snapped this week. It’s sort of my personal apology for the beauty face app not doing it’s job in the above pic.

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Now you can’t say you’ve never seen a California sunset. :)

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Any suggestions for sesamoiditis?

Favorite fruit?  

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Rebuilding confidence after surgery or injury

Yesterday morning I hit up the gym for an aqua aerobics class. It was the shallow water class which is always fun. We used pool noodles to cycle in the pool. Supa fun! I think my favorite is the deep water class. We use buoyancy cuffs around the ankles which takes some core work to keep the body upright in the pool. Sometimes we pool run with them which is challenging and so fun!

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The workout is fantastic for joint mobility and a lot of stretching which I didn’t expect, but feels amazing. If you are recovering from an injury or just need to take it easy, maybe consider an aqua class.  

Yesterday afternoon a friend spontaneously asked if I wanted to go for a ride. Oh heck yes!! I was a bit nervous because I haven’t been on my bike outside post op, but decided to go for it. It was more of a lack of confidence than anything else. Falling off a bike would likely be detrimental to my hip surgery but lets try not to think about that. So I dusted it off (literally) and headed to the trail under one condition: I refuse to climb a hill I can’t ride down. So we had a deal.

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Where we ride…

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There were hills, flat parts, slow inclines, steep inclines (at least for this beginner) that really challenged us. I had to walk my bike up 3 times but overall I felt pretty dang strong all things considered.

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I can’t say the ride did the punk ass sesamoids any favors and it left us feeling like there is a lot of work to do, but we are stoked to take on that challenge. The sesamoids need to straighten up and act right.

You have no idea how much I needed that confidence boost. Heck, I had no idea I needed it that much either. We have 15 miles in the books!

1 sidenote: There are lots of squirrels everywhere on these beach trails. My buddy told me if I hit one, just keep my wheel straight, that way I don’t land on my hip. By the way, if you wanna see what happens, google image search, squirrel bike accident. Poor little fellas were never the same.

Oh and just in case you were wondering if Bam lost his watch….

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The time change threw him off a little, but somehow he figured it out.

How do you build confidence when training?

Does anyone else take an aqua aerobics class? Or swim/pool run etc?

What new to you fitness class would you like to try?

Aqua yoga in the hot pool. Oh yeah!

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