ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Post-Op Week 10

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 new “abilities” August will bring. I haven’t seen my surgeon in a really long time and am excited about going in for my 11-week check-up next week. Hopefully he’ll be pleased with my progress and tell me I’m on the right track.

Just like I did for my last post, I’m doing a little breakdown of how things have been going during over the last few weeks:

Pain Level: I very rarely feel pain in my actual knee- more in the muscles surrounding it. Although the scar in my large incision is definitely starting to look better, I still feel some pressure and soreness there from time to time. My quads have been sore a few times (after a lot of activity) and I’ve pulled a muscle in my left hamstring twice (which sucks!). There’s definitely still quite a bit of stiffness around my knee in general, which is a constant reminder that I am still very much on the mend. I still can’t kneel on the ground because it causes great pain to my operative knee (and the large incision)- and can not wait until I’m able to. It’s amazing what I took for granted before this whole injury thing happened.

Here’s a close-up of my knees yesterday:

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And to compare, here’s a shot from week 6:

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Currently: July

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 was excited (and a little nervous) to go back, but I had no idea just how much I missed teaching until today. It was great to see everyone and be welcomed back and I’m happy to say that I survived the entire hour of teaching. I had just about forgotten about the feeling I get from teaching a class until this morning. It’s just one of the best feelings in the world- a combination of endorphins and a sense of accomplishment- I’m so glad to have it back in my life.

Okay, enough gushing about Bodypump. (Except one more thing- the latest release, Bodypump 90, ROCKS.) Here’s what’s going on in my world, currently:

Currently: July

Current books: I’m about to pick up a copy of my friend Kelly’s second novel, which was just released this past Tuesday!

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She’s had two books published in less than a year (here’s the first)- I’m so proud!! If you’re into Young Adult Fiction, check this book out!

Current music: Bodypump 90 ALL THE TIME. I was cramming to learn the choreography this past week!

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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]

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: Post-Op Weeks 5&6

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Hello! Summer is definitely in full swing here and the last few days have been hot. Luckily, the humidity is still relatively low so it's not unbearable (and it's cooled down a lot today!). Isn't talking about the weather fun? Time for another … [Continue reading]

Les Mills Presents The Project: Immersive Fitness

There are many, many things that I love about Les Mills programs. I became a certified Bodypump instructor in 2011 after falling in love with the format and classes. Les Mills offers a multitude of different exercise programs and there's literally … [Continue reading]

Jamaican Ten Speed [a.k.a. the "Two Sipper"]

In general, I'm not much of a cocktail drinker. When given the choice of an adult beverage I'd pretty much always choose beer or wine. However, if a restaurant or bar is known for it's amazing cocktails (like this place), I'll have to give one a … [Continue reading]

A Knee Update [4 Weeks Post-Op]

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Well, I pretty much failed at writing an update on my ACL reconstruction surgery each week. I really wish I had so that I could look back at where I was each week and track my progress easily... but life/work/Blend got in the way. So, I'm going to do … [Continue reading]

Blend 2014

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It's still a little hard for me to believe- but this year's Blend Retreat has come and gone. This was the third annual gathering for Blend (and also the third year that I've been in attendance). I helped out in some capacity during planning for the … [Continue reading]

Red, White and Blue[berry] Crepes

Hello! I got back from spending five days in Park City, Utah last night and have a lot of catching up to do. I was there for the third annual Blend Retreat, which was (once again) and incredible weekend! I'll be back to tell you more about it later … [Continue reading]