ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 5 Months [or 22 Weeks] Post-Op (!!)

It’s October 20th- which means that it’s been exactly five months since I had ACL Reconstruction Surgery (and tomorrow will mark exactly 22 weeks). Honestly, that’s pretty hard for me to wrap my head around! I know that I say this in every post, but time has FLOWN! When I look back on that horrible day (of surgery) five months ago, I get chills. Man, it sucked… and I hope that none of you ever have to go through it! But- if you do- just have faith that time will pass quickly and you will get better.

While I still stand by the fact that I want a re-do of summer and am not at all ready for winter to come, the weather has (thankfully) been awesome here and perfect for playing outside (including lots of hiking with this guy!).

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One of the ski resorts out here has already opened and others will start following soon. I have still have very mixed feelings about skiing. On one hand, the thought of skiing again makes me terrified and furious. The other part of me wants to take what I learned from recovery and face my fears and be a badass on the slopes… within reason. I think that I will just wait until I’m ready, take it slow and play it safe all season. My surgeon advised me to wait until the end of December, always wear my knee brace, to stay away from crappy snow (ice) and to take it easy. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Now for the formal progress update:

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Bodypump 91 Review

It has been a loooooong time since I wrote a Bodypump Review, and I vowed to get back into doing so with the latest Bodypump release. Even though my gym launched Bodypump 91 almost four weeks ago, I know that most other clubs are just now getting around to launching. (My group ex manager decided to do it on the first day of fall to get into the “Fall into Fitness” thing.)

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Believe it or not, this is the first launch I’ve done since Bodypump 84- which was over a year and a half ago! There’s not nearly as much opportunity for Bodypump instructors here in Boulder and I was just subbing classes for the first year that I lived there. I’ve taught every release since I moved- but just haven’t been there for the actual launch day. It wasn’t until last April that I finally got my own class- and then was out for two months for knee surgery right after. So, because of the timing, this past launch was the first that I’ve gotten to do since moving- and it felt GOOD to be back!

Because of the early launch at my gym, I had to learn the choreography for Bodypump 91 FAST. In fact, I learned the whole thing while I was in Maryland last month for work- most of it in my hotel room at 6:00 am each morning before having to put in a full day Expo East! It was stressful and exhausting- but totally worth it in the end.

If you’re not familiar with Bodypump, here’s a quick description of the class from the Les Mills website:

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Creamy Delicata + Apple Soup

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As much as I've tried to hang on to summer (and make it last forever) I've decided to finally let go. Fall is here- and that's not a bad thing. Even though I'd forever state that summer is my favorite season, fall probably comes in a close second. … [Continue reading]

Currently: September 2014

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TGIF! Man, September has been a whirlwind of a month! Greg was traveling during the first two weeks and the day after he got back I set off for Maryland for a week and a half. I had to fly to Baltimore for work (for Expo East) but went a few days … [Continue reading]

Tipsy Peach Smoothie

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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 … [Continue reading]

ACL Reconstruction: 15 Weeks Post-Op

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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 … [Continue reading]

[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]