Tipsy Peach Smoothie

Prior to living in Colorado, I didn’t realize that peaches were something that the state was known for. Like many people, I automatically associate peaches with Georgia (although Maryland has some delicious ones as well!). I’ve come to find out that the town of Palisade, Colorado has some of the most delicious, juicy peaches I’ve ever tasted!

The first crop of peach trees in Palisade were said to have been planted around 1882, and other fruit crops like apples, cherries and apricots were soon to follow. However, Palisade quickly became known for its peaches and they have since remained the pride of Colorado. There’s a huge peach festival each August in Palisade along with other towns around the state (including Lafeyette- where I live!).

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ACL Reconstruction: 15 Weeks Post-Op

Happy (belated) Labor Day!

I am so not ready to see the summer end! On one hand, I’m glad that it went by quickly because I was not in the best of shape for most of it. But, I also feel totally ripped off! Now that I’m a lot more mobile, I want a re-do of summer! At least there’s still fall (which is the best for hiking, cycling, running and a lot of other outdoor activities!).

This Thursday will mark 5 months since I had my skiing accident. Time flies! Today is the 15 week anniversary of my ACL reconstruction surgery, and so much has changed over that period of time. In many ways, I’m pretty close to “normal” and can do just about anything that I could do before tearing my ACL. I’m also constantly reminded that I am still pretty far from normal and have a long way yet to go. I do everything a little bit slower, with less intensity. I’ve back been to teaching my group exercises classes for over a month now, but still can’t lift quite as heavy, crank as much tension on the flywheel or pedal as fast (I know that this will improve with time!).

Here’s the formal update on my progress…

Pain Level:

No pain (and very little swelling)! There is still quite a bit of tightness in my left knee, but it’s improved a great deal. I have just a tiny bit of pain and sensitivity in the area around my large incision, but nowhere near where it was even a few weeks ago. I can kneel down on the ground now, do a standing quad stretch and kind of get into child’s pose. All three of those were a very big deal and I celebrated each accomplishment! I often have numbness around my knee (mostly below the knee cap), which I’ve heard is very normal. It’s still very weird.

I’ve actually been having more pain in my right (non-operative) leg than my left, because I tend to bear more weight on it- especially when I’m running. All in all, the level of pain in pretty much non-existent and a million times better than it was during the first few weeks after surgery.

Here’s a photo of my knees today (directly after a run!):

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I wish my scars would start to fade a bit more (some people’s scars fade right away!), but it will take some time. My left quad muscle is definitely growing back and my calves are pretty much the same size now. My left leg is definitely still weaker than my right, but at least it’s starting to look similar in size.

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[Simple] Wellness “Life Hacks”

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Whether I'd like to admit it or not, I can't help but ignore the fact that I've let some of my "healthy habits" slide in the last two years. Back in my former life as a high school teacher, it was so easy to be pretty structured and organized when it … [Continue reading]

Currently: August 2014

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Hello! I'm heading out to Boston tomorrow and frantically trying to schedule everything for work while I'm gone, pack a suitcase and get my house in order before leaving. So I thought- why not sit down and write a blog post?? It's kind of hard … [Continue reading]

Silk Frozen Soy Latte

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Like most of the people that I know, my day pretty much always begins with a cup of coffee. I've certainly enjoyed my fair share of coffee over the years and love everything about it: the smell, the taste... and those few moments or relaxation that I … [Continue reading]

Balsamic, Rosemary + Sea Salt Roasted Almonds

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Oh, boy. I am very excited to share this recipe with you guys today! I'll start from the beginning... Back in 2010 (when I was still living in Maryland), Greg and I were enjoying our annual summer trip out to Colorado. We went hiking to … [Continue reading]

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Post-Op Week 10

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It's a little hard for me to believe that ten weeks have gone by since I underwent ACL Reconstruction surgery! Thankfully, time has flown by pretty quickly, thanks to my intent to stay really busy. I'm definitely happy to wrap up July and see what … [Continue reading]

Currently: July

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Hello! Dang... I am in a good mood today and just feel this sense of happiness that I haven't had in months. I taught my first Bodypump class (at 6:00am!) this morning since surgery! The last class that I taught was May 15th... that's a long break! I … [Continue reading]

Celebrating Three Years

Three years ago today Greg and I were married at a small vineyard in northern Virginia. Actually... we were technically married on a hiking trail in Maryland earlier that morning. (If you want all the details, feel free to check out this … [Continue reading]

Current Favorite Things

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Hello! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and were able to get out and enjoy some beautiful summer weather. Summer has always been my favorite season, but honestly, I'm wishing it would hurry up and get to fall. Of course, that's for selfish reasons … [Continue reading]