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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The best pizza of my life + my first post op appointment

Yesterday we went to San Francisco for my first post op follow up.

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Alcatraz from the top of a scary hill Mike had to drive up as I white knuckled the door. The City is pretty, but every time this small town country girl goes there my anxiety level is on high alert. Maybe one day I’ll get used to it?

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We got there extra early to have the best pizza of our lives. And I take pizza very seriously.

If you ever visit SF, you HAVE to go to Tonys International School Of Pizza. Yes, that is an order that you will send me love notes and unlimited amounts of coffee for life.

You are welcome. :)

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We had the New Yorker that comes with hand crushed tomatoes, house made ricotta & mozzarella, pepperoni & sausage. Basically all things good in life. Times 2.

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After another visit to Athleta (!) & Starbucks we headed to my surgeon for my first post op follow up.

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The appointment went really well. Dr. Sampson said I am way ahead of schedule and sent me to physical therapy! He said that doesn’t typically happen until week 4 or 5 so I am very thankful to be where I’m at.

I had a lot of questions about walking, increasing workout times & resistance and his answer was to let pain be my guide. If it hurts, ease back. Sounds simple to me.

There is still a lot of work ahead, especially on range of motion, but I am ready to get to work and get back out on the trail again.

On the way home I got an email about the new Fitbit Charge heart rate monitor that just came out!! Enter fitness gadget geek out status. They also have one with GPS just in case you are a nerd like myself.

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Anyone else geek out over fitness gear?

Where is the best pizza of your life at?

What gives you anxiety?

Athleta or Lululemon? Or neither?

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Do you have a $55K hip?

Today was my original scheduled surgery date. It also marks 3 weeks post op so I thought I’d do a little update on how things are going.

Moving the surgery date up was the best idea ever. Ever.

Overall I’m feeling great! Sometimes I even forget I had surgery, but then I’ll turn my left foot slightly to the left and am quickly brought back to reality.

My post op instructions for weeks 2-4 said to progress to full weight bearing, using a crutch until comfortable walking without. Also walk 15 minutes a day, adding 5 minutes as comfortable. We all know the crutches made it a whopping, 2 steps and were tossed aside. I can now almost walk normal, without doing the grandma shuffle.

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I have added more time riding the bike and even tried the elliptical the other day. Moving feels so dang good. I’ve been pretty good about following the ‘if it hurts, don’t do it’ rule very closely. Well minus that day I did some squatting while cleaning. That just sounds wrong…

Moving on, I have stayed below my pain threshold but I worry a little if I’m under doing it at times. Insert sitting to much watching Gilmore Girls stuffing my face with pretzels & oranges.

Pretty sure I set a new patience PR. For the first time, yesterday I felt like pushing it at the gym by riding the bike and wanting to try out the pool. Thankfully between common sense and the fact that I left my swimsuit at home I convinced myself to ride the bike 5 minutes longer & take my speed up a notch. 25 minutes & 5 miles later it went really well.

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No pain, just a little brief soreness after. Still feeling good, I walked to the farmers market. Why does going to the farmers market make me feel like my life is put together? Hey, a girl can dream.

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Anyway not wanting to push it too much, I made the trip short and caught this incredible sunset on the way home. I had to stop to take it all in.

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Don’t worry, I won’t tell you what our high was yesterday.

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I have a follow up with my surgeon this week and can’t wait to give him a high 5!!

I know everyone is different, so take this with a grain of sea salt, but migraines are WAY more painful than hip arthroscopic surgery & recovery. Maybe it has to do with my surgeon being one of the best (he invented the surgery he did on me), age or whatnot, but I feel like I just sailed right through this. Lets see how recovery continues to go. That could be a different story.

Just snapped this pic of the incisions today. Technology blows my mind.

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Oh because this blonde didn’t answer a question on the last update post...did running cause hip impingement?….here is the answer:

Yes and no. Typical chick answer, right? It was partly due to crappy genetics (thanks ma) and the fact that I have been active my whole life. I took dance & skating lessons as soon as I learned to walk, played all kinds of sports in school and now running as an adult. I can’t even hold a legit face writing ‘adult’. #nevergrowingup

Anyway there were a lot of factors, some stars aligned that gave me this. Juuuust peachy. Oh well, it’s a price I am willing to pay to be able to do things I love. I guess that “price” now includes a $55K new & improved grandma hip.

And yes, there have been tons of hip/hipster/grandma/bitches get stitches/I busted that hip up jokes from the peanut gallery. Laugh all you want cowboy, because hips don’t come in sets which now makes Lululemon look very inexpensive.

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Visiting the Bay Area + a picture gone wrong

On New Years Day I hit up the gym to ride the bike. Surprisingly it wasn’t insane like I had pictured, so that was nice. I have been cleared to ride the bike and the elliptical since day 2 post surgery but have been a chicken about changing things up. I decided to give the elliptical a try so I alternated between the two. It went well, so hopefully I’ll build up the confidence to get back into the pool. Gosh I miss it.

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On my way out of the gym I noticed they sell Hot Pockets & Lunchables. WTH? I complained to Mike about how terrible that is and then ate cherry pie for second breakfast. #truestorybro

When I’m not at the gym, I have been chilling out on the couch under my electric throw (thank you Grandma Jo), watching Gilmore Girls & playing Suduko. Funny how someone who disagrees with math likes to play this game. Don’t ask.

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Then I snapped this and later realized it was freaking hilarious. Even Mike was impressed with my mad photography skillz.

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I made sure to take it extra easy all week because we had big plans to go to San Jose to see Em. She’s back from So Cal so that means it’s like Christmas all over again!!!!!

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After a little ** cough **shopping at Athleta **cough** we met up with her at the Yard House on Santana Row for dinner. The boy ordered a giant beer because he was outnumbered. Bam stayed at home. ;)

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I had this delicious BBQ Chicken salad in case you are wondering.

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There is never enough time to catch up but we always do our best. We haven’t known each other for a year yet, but it’s like Em and I have known each other forever.

Em did a little post dinner shopping where she scored this super cute coat because it has been freezing here lately. Our lows = 30’s.

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Don’t worry, I made sure to order a diet Pepsi with extra ice while shivering.

Classic J move right there.

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I am so sad the holidays are over and today life goes back to normal. Well kinda. I’m off until Pro Am so I guess it’s time to start planning some fun things until then.

Anyone else not ready for the holidays to be over?

What are temps where you live?

Any recommendations on what to watch after Gilmore Girls?

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My expierences with hip impingement & labral repair arthroscopic surgery

I have received some questions about my experience with hip impingement and/or FAI arthroscopic surgery lately, so I thought I would do a post (with pictures) about it. This is based on my experience, so please don’t take any medical advise from me. Actually, you probably shouldn’t take any advise from me. Unless it’s about coffee, yoga pants or running shoes….

Here are some common questions:

  • What is hip impingement or FAI? Was it caused by running?

There are some different types of impingement, for me the neck of the femur had a little too much bone which caused it pinch into the rim of the hip socket. This caused the labrum to wrinkle (not tear thankfully we caught it early) and the friction formed a tiny cyst.

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Range of motion was restricted and felt like my hip was ‘catching’. I had pain and a burning sensation in the front of my hip where my thigh meets the hip and top of the butt deep inside the joint. Oddly enough the first symptom was a shocking pain while running in my left hamstring right above the back of my knee. It was bad enough I could not run through it even if I tried. Long story short, my PT figured out there was an alignment issue between the hip, knee + ankle. He would align them and I would get a couple fantastic runs in, then be right back in his office with the same pain within a week or two.

  • How were you diagnosed? What symptoms did you have/how long?

A couple years ago when we lived in the Bay Area, my hip started bothering me a bit. Sitting, especially in the car would cause the back of my left leg to feel tingly/numb. Also the same shocking pain while running was intermitted. I saw an orthopedic surgeon, who sent me to physical therapy. My PT then, aligned the hip, knee + ankle and gave me hip strengthening exercises to do. I was fine for awhile, but again, right back to see him in a few weeks. When we moved to Monterey it started to worsen and was more frequent so I started working with a new local physical therapist.

I worked with Will at Ryan Ranch PT for most of 2014, trying several different types of conservative therapy. All of which failed. Finally on Halloween 2014, Will did some research to find the name of a specialist who is highly regarded, Dr. Sampson in San Francisco. After a Google search, I found that he actually invented the arthroscopic surgery he preformed on me.

I called that day and made the soonest appointment, December 4th.

On a side note: This was not cheap and my insurance didn’t cover the entire bill, but I plan to have hips (and run, duh!) for the rest of my life, so I picked up a couple extra shifts to help cover the cost of the best surgeon I could find. It was absolutely worth every penny, so far.

I also had an MRI and X Rays looked at by 4 specialists, all of which said everything looks fine, go run. Or the worst one, ‘maybe running isn’t for you, have you tried cycling?’ Yah, that went over like a fart in church.

Maybe it’s just me, but I am assuming getting a proper diagnosis is rather difficult, at least from my perspective.

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Stitches just a few days post op. Apparently Bandaids + I don’t get along.

  • How did surgery go? 

According to Dr. Sampson, it was ‘text book perfect.’

I was surprised at how well I felt after. I was up walking that night, but more on that below.

  • Will you be able to run again? If so, when?

Hell to the yah!! The current plan is to start PT at weeks 4 or 5 post op and hopefully ease back into running around week 12. I was warned it might take up to a year to be completely pain free, but I’ll take it.

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  • What did you dislike the most about surgery and/or recovery?

The waiting game in pre op. That was the most stressful/anxiety inducing time in all the land. Pretty sure I was one step away from needing enough Xanax to put a horse down or quite possibly half a step away from a divorce.

Poor Mike had the difficult task of trying to keep me calm which was like trying to herd cats. I thought the worst part would be laying on the operating table awake waiting, but when that time came, I was actually relieved and just ready to get it over with. That was, until the anesthesiologist walked in and started working behind me. My heart rate went from the 70’s to the 150’s in seconds. I told him I was anxious, he looked up and said heck yah you are, this will help and within seconds I was completely calm. I have no idea what that calming juice was, but I am sure it is what dreams are made of.

 

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Day 2 post op doing the grandma shuffle into my PT’s office to use their stationary bike. They are super awesome for letting me use it because the walk from the parking lot to the gym was quite a hike.

  • After surgery did you use crutches?

This is sort of a sticky area. I was instructed to use crutches for 1-2 weeks and slowly transition to one and then none. The night I got home from surgery, Mike carried me to the couch and handed me crutches. I took 2 steps with them and the forward swinging motion hurt way more than doing a grandma shuffle, so I threw them away.

From day one, I followed the ‘if it hurts, don’t do it’ rule of thumb very closely. I asked my surgeons PA about not using crutches and that was pretty much her advise as well.

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When can you start working out again?

Day 2 post op I did 10 minutes on the stationary bike. I took it really slow with zero resistance and it felt amazing to move around.

I am now 16 days post op and up to 20 minutes on level 3 resistance. My range of motion has drastically improved. Looking forward to my first post op appointment next week. Crossing my fingers I’ll be able to bump it up a bit.

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  • How was your pain level post surgery and how did you manage it?

My hip pain level was about a 5-6 waking up which for me I was fine with and didn’t need additional pain medication.

But my knee hurt the most. The swelling was insane but we didn’t realize how bad it was until we got home. They did tell me Dr. Sampson uses a lot of saline solution and this would likely happen. Good thing is the swelling in my hip, knee + foot went away within a few days. My doctor & I swear wearing compression socks helped speed up the process, but I’ll never know for sure.

They prescribed me Oxycontin and Tylenol with Codeine for pain. I have never taken any type of narcotics so I started really easy with a half an Oxy the night of surgery to stay ahead of the pain. The dosage was to take 1-2 but I don’t ever play by the rules. I also took the other half in the morning with breakfast but honestly, don’t think I even needed it at all. I did stick with the Tylenol with Codeine for a few days which totally threw my intestines into a tizzy fit. Coupled with the normal IBS issues. Yah that was not my kind of party. Guess I’ll have to take what I said about the worst part (above) back because that was was without a doubt the worst part about the surgery so far.

Oh and I took 1 full Oxy by complete accident one night. Holy smokes, I took a trip without a tour guide and it was the best thing ever, but that is a completely other post. Ha!

I will have to do a post op/follow up post later. This one was wordy enough and I really need a coffee refill.

Any other questions?

Has anyone else had hip surgery? Share your experiences. 

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Embracing recovery

Happy New Years Eve!! Do you have any fun plans to celebrate?

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We are having some friends over for dinner and probably going to watch a movie, and sip a little bubbly, but I have no plans to stay up till midnight. This grandma has zero desire to dream that big. Heck, if I told you what my bedtime has been lately, you would die. Laughing that is.

The last few days, I have been pushing it a little too much and overdid it, so yesterday I made a point to do as little as possible. It was soooooo nice.

We went with Mike to get his eyeballs checked, then I made a grilled cheese + tomato sammich the size of my face and changed into pj’s & super soft, fluffy socks and parked it on the couch under my electric throw to watch Dumb & Dumber and Tammy. For the ENTIRE afternoon.

BEST.IDEA.EVER.

Lu took the Christmas tree down and cleaned the floors while Bam & I did our part by staying out of her way. She has been so helpful, per usual and I am thankful to have her around. Plus she takes my side when Mike gives me crap. :)

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Before surgery, I thought I would dread not being able to do much, but I have embraced it. This was the perfect time of year to relax + recover.

Thankfully the ole hip is feeling better today, so I am looking forward to hitting the bike at the gym. It is key for range of motion during recovery right now. Plus I started a new post gym tradition of getting fresh green juice. Hey, those 39 calories I burn need to be replenished dang it.

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I was released to get back into the pool and use the elliptical but that makes me nervous. Guess I’m just a little overly cautious. So I’ll stick with the bike for now.

I wish you a safe, happy & healthy New Year!!

Share your proudest moments, biggest accomplishments and/or something that made you happy in 2014.

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Lets see how long the OCD lasts…

Happy Monday after Christmas!!

Hopefully it’s not too hard for you to get back to the norm. Well, just in time for New Years Eve + Day. Bam and I are soaking in the last few days of having our Christmas tree up. Let’s see how long this lasts before the OCD kicks in.

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Here are some things we have been up to this weekend.

Eating all the noodles. Yup, noodles with a side of noodles. Two days in a row babe!

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The Noodle Bar in Marina is now my current favorite restaurant. I also heard there is a bakery shop close by it that is completely dedicated to cheesecake. If this is true I will go all Templeton status in there and refuse to leave. I’m not huge on dessert, but cheesecake is my absolute fav.

Santa brought Lu a .22 Rifle with a scope and girlfriend is in heaven. We took her to the shooting range and she is such a natural, she nailed all of the targets.

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My grandma gave me these blue + white towels for Christmas and I LOVE them so much! That night I got out of the shower and told Mike I wanted to completely redo my bathroom to match them. So Mike + Lu repainted it and put up shelving. The color before was a deep chocolate/plum (aka looked better in the store).

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The new side table was a perfect fit. Score!

Also I thinking about getting another shelf to go above this one for more storage/ to put pretty stuff on.

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There are a few touches to add, but I love it so much I want to live in it. Totally normal, right?

**On a side note, I have been getting some questions about FAI surgery and figured I’d put together a post about it. So if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments on this post or email me at skinnychickblog @ gmail dot com

Tell me about your weekend!

Any fun NYE or NYD plans?

What was the last thing you ate?

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New year, same me

There are no plans to ‘start the year off right with small changes’ or dust off my juicer to be ‘the healthiest I’ve ever been’ or ‘increase my willpower’.

Gah these ads kill me.

Why the heck would I want to torture myself like that? I am a huge advocate of ‘you do you, I do me.’

Do what makes YOU happy. Don’t complicate it.

It is really that simple.

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The only thing I plan to change in 2015 is to run more simply because I freaking LOVE it.

Injury free would be a super schweet bonus but, I will take what I am given and be happy about it.

Usually every new year I like to set goals, but this year, I am just going to continue to do what makes me happy. 2014 was probably the happiest year of my life for many reasons, so 2015 is all about leaving well enough alone. And by saying this, I know life can {and probably will} throw crappy things my way, but I am going to enjoy the ride and deal with those things as they happen.

 In 2015 I will continue to:

  • Drink all the coffee.
  • Eat all the pizza.
  • Eat all the fresh produce. Because I love it.

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  • Throw lead down range.
  • Feel okay with sitting on the couch for hours getting to know Netflix + Chromecast really well.
  • Not feel like my house needs to be neat + perfect all the time.
  • Continue to do what makes me happy, screw what everyone else thinks.
  • Oh wait, I already do that.

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  • Do things I am truly passionate about.
  • Enjoy my sweet spot in life, not feel the need to do more.
  • Continue to turn down opportunities that seem super awesome, but I don’t feel passionate about.

I’m not saying I am perfect by any stretch of the imagination. *Que the sarcastic husband comments.*

It’s just that….I kinda like me. I like my current lifestyle. I like how things are going. I am freaking awesome.

***stepping off my soapbox now***

But really, if there comes a time where I am no longer happy, I will make changes when/if that happens. Life is too damn short not to make adjustments when you see fit regardless of what day or year it is.

I encourage you to do the same.

Share some thing(s) you are not planning to change in 2015.

Share highlights from 2014. Brag babe!!

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“I hate the holidays”

Good morning!! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas!!

Didn’t mean to pull a disappearing act, but I just didn’t feel like blogging or opening my laptop, or even taking pictures. Instead, I snuggled with Bam on the couch, got to know Netflix + Chromecast really well, spent some time with good friends Christmas Eve eating Chinese Food while watching Frozen, and enjoyed seeing family + friends on Christmas.

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Oh and I sat on a display bed at Macys with coffee in hand while Mike brought me potential gifts to complete our shopping. Hey, being partially crippled has it’s advantages.

We just did a day trip to Fresno for Christmas and were back home (in our own bed!) that night. Major bonus, Lu came back with us for Christmas vacation!! For newish readers, she is Mikes daughter and my little sidekick. AKA she ROCKS!

We picked up the Lu, saw Mikes father, then my BFF Ronda, then spent a few hours at grandmas where she fed us turkey and all things good in life – BACON.

2014-12-25 12.20.19Funny story about my uncle. He is a grumpy man with a huge heart. While sitting around the table enjoying Christmas supper and giving him crap about it and he said “I’m not grumpy” in a totally grumpy tone. We laughed so hard, even he was laughing.

After awhile we moved the party to the living room where we exchanged gifts and Mike + I were sitting on ‘his’ couch. We heard him mumble from the kitchen “I hate the holidays”. My dad, Lu + I heard it and started busting up laughing. I don’t think he knows we heard it, but now we are joking about it. #idie

Some people are just that way, and we don’t take offense, we just laugh it off because it’s just too damn funny to be mad.

Santa brought Lu a suped-up .22 Rifle. The kid is stoked! So we are off to throw some lead down range and probably find some more trouble to get into.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend as well!!

Tell me about your Christmas!

What did Santa bring you?

Any funny Christmas/family stories this year?

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How to double your grocery bill + making progress

It’s Christmas week!! I can’t believe how fast it snuck up on me this year. I feel like I didn’t experience the season to the fullest, good thing there is still time to make up for it.

I have been feeling pretty good until yesterday. I felt off all day but still managed to do a little Christmas shopping with Mike. Well, he did most of the shopping while I sat on a bench at the mall. I didn’t mind at all, it was really nice to be out of the house, catching some fresh air.

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Mike has been incredible the last few days, picking up the slack, doing stuff he probably hasn’t done in years like laundry and grocery shopping. He picked up everything on the list I sent him then managed to double our usual grocery bill. Ha! I’m really happy he found some new stuff to try like a ginger beer (which he is obsessed with) and different kinds of cheese.

Typical dude, beer, meat + cheese. I like it, especially when he placed this plate of deliciousness between us while watching Breakfast At Tiffany’s on Netflix. Would you send me hate mail if I told it was my first time watching it?

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Pretty sure I am setting a new PR for sitting on the couch, watching movies and doing a whole lotta nothing. I actually look forward to it. Who am I?

Speaking of resting, my new Pro Compression socks came at the perfect time. I got these ones  and LOVE them in case you are wondering.

My doctor recommended I wear them to help reduce swelling in my leg. Yah, like I needed another reason. Mike said the night we got home from surgery my knee was 4x bigger. Sexy, I am not. Major bonus, besides hiding cankles they glow in the dark.

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I made it to the gym for another 10 minute cycling session. Today I can go up to 15 minutes and after Christmas I am cleared to get back into the pool. Thankful is not enough for how I’m feeling right now.

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Oh and apparently I am allergic to Bandaids. Who knew?

How are you spending Christmas?

We are driving home for the day and bringing the Lu back for a week!! I miss that kid so much I can not wait.

Things you currently obsessed with?

Netflix, Christmas, fresh fruit, counting down the minutes until I get these dang stitches out, printed yoga pants.

Are you allergic to anything? What?

Apparently only Bandaids. But theres only one way to find out the others. Mike on the other hand is allergic to cats, bees, mold, grass and doing the dishes. Or so he says.

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