Let’s Talk Injury

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been dealing with a leg injury for about a year now.  I’ve had scan after scan, two rounds of physical therapy, and months and months of no running at all.  (Pause to stare, angrily, at the mangled muscles that used to be a hip flexor, calf, and hamstring).

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To say my fitness level has suffered would be the understatement of the year.

For months I made excuse after excuse for my weight slowly creeping up when, in reality, I had just wrapped myself up in running so much that I refused to try any other form of exercise.  After all that hard work to lose the weight and to find a physical activity that I actually enjoyed…just for it to be taken away…was a pretty tough blow.

Needless to say, that’s the primary reason for my absence from the blog.  I’m just not a public Debbie Downer.  I just couldn’t bring myself to post because, well…I kind of felt like a failure.  I gained 30 pounds (all in my gut – how does that even happen??) I had no running stats to report, and I just wasn’t thrilled with myself as a whole.  (Don’t get me started on all the hormones from IVF and some other health issues that I won’t discuss here (I’m fine though!).

Rather than concentrate on the fact that I’ve still maintained a loss of 170 pounds, I let myself fall into that pass/fail mentality for a really long time.

Fortunately, I seem to be over feeling sorry for myself and finally decided that it’s not too late to decide how this story ends.

The odds of us losing 500 pounds were so slim once upon a time…but we did it.  The thought of running a mile (let alone FIVE ENTIRE MILES without stopping) was laughable…but we did it.

Right now the thought of ever getting my fitness level back or getting to my goal weight seems impossible, but I know I’m capable of it.

I was finally able to find a new love for exercise when we bought our bikes (more on that to come).  I was dying for that “I am a total bad-ass Super-hero” feeling again, and I found it with cycling.  I also fell in love with yoga (ok, ok – I might have a little crush on Adriene, but come on!  Who doesn’t?)

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We’ve definitely come too far to turn back now.

 

I happened upon my old blog this morning, way back when we started in 2013 and I was using blogger rather than our own site, and I found this quote:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

True Fact, Carl, True Fact.

The More Things Change…

There has been basically zero change in our life in about four months.

That is not a complaint, mind you, just a gloriously stress-free statement.

While it isn’t great that our weight is among one of those things that hasn’t changed, no change means it hasn’t gone up either.  This July will mark our second full year of maintaining a 500+ pound weight loss!  While, lately, we’ve focused mainly on maintenance, I feel a renewed interest starting to brew in the ole workout part of my brain.

This could have a little bit to do with it:

bikes

Mine’s the blue one and her name is Olivia.

Cliff and I bought bikes about 6 weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier!  It was refreshing to finally find something that I enjoyed as much as running.  We were even brave enough to rent bikes while we were on vacation (recap below) and it was probably my favorite part of the trip.  I can’t wait to visit all our favorite cities on two wheels instead of four.

Now the important stuff.

Oh, West Coast, how my heart longs for you.

Cliff and I, along with my parents, spent seven glorious days in Northern California for vacation this year.  We managed to pack A LOT into those short seven days, so I’ll take a more efficient route to explain…plus, any excuse to use bullet points amiright?

Day 1

  • Landed in San Francisco and picked up our Chrysler 300 for a week…and now I require a sunroof in every car in my future.
  • Stopped at In and Out for lunch (cheeseburgers are ruined for me…for life).
  • Started driving south towards Monterey and picked up the Big Sur Scenic Byway.
  • Saw hundreds of elephant seals!
  • Accidentally discovered that I like iced coffee (thanks Dad!!)
  • Stopped at the most perfect little ocean side motel in Cayucos for the night.
  • Had the best chicken tortilla soup in the world for dinner.

Day1

Day 2

  • Made the track across the state towards Yosemite (so much farmland!)
  • Learned that not all vacation rentals are created equally.  Special shout out to the Comfort Inn in Sonora, CA.
  • Waterfalls, waterfalls, and more waterfalls.
  • Rocks, rocks, and more rocks.
  • Mountains, Moun…do you see a trend?
  • Baby Redwoods and Sequoias.
  • Giant rainstorms over the Valley.
  • Happy Birthday to my Love!

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Day 3

  • Impromptu drive through Northern California and into the Cascades.
  • Mount Shasta is HUGE!
  • Funny rest stop visits.
  • Watching rainstorms on each side of us but barely seeing a drop.
  • The question game (never a dull moment with this bunch)
  • Little mountain towns are the best!
  • Happy Anniversary to my Love! (Yes, we’re those people)

Day3

Days 4 – 8

  • Hello Pacific Ocean!
  • My very first Safeway.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat instant ramen again.
  • There’s no better way to see a city than on a bike.
  • Sunset over the Sutro Baths? – check
  • Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge? – check
  • Terrified of the hills in Sausalito and resigned to never going back? – check
  • Best hot fudge sundae ever (Ghirardelli)
  • The audio tour at Alcatraz may be my favorite tourist attraction to date.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is pretty amazing, but also pretty stinky.  Silly seals.
  • Having a gigantic park with a ton of museums inside is the only way to go.
  • Parking in San Francisco is a nightmare – I really missed the Prius.  Do yourself a favor and skip the rental upgrade.
  • Words can’t describe the weather/sunsets/people.
  • Another Botanical garden marked off the list.
  • We walked up the hill to Lombard Street. Seriously.  All the way.  It wasn’t worth it, but it felt damn good to be able to do it.
  • Nigh time strolls through Golden Gate Park are the best way to end a night.
  • Put 30,000 steps on the FitBit for the first time.
  • AirBnB is the best.  Hands down.

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Well, that’s enough updates for now.

And, just think…that’s only ONE trip in the past four months.  I would really like to know who passed down their sense of wanderlust so I can send them a bill.

Week 3 Review

I think the subheadings are here to stay.  Mostly because it makes for easy reading, but also easy writing – which is needed to save time now that Cliff and I have started playing another MMO.

I know, I know!  But I swear it won’t be like last time!

Well, not exactly like it.

Basically, what I’m saying is that all of my weekends and any spare time after work, exercise, and school will be dedicated to the sweet, sweet sound of FFXIV.

But that’s IT.  No other times. I have to draw the line somewhere.

This Week’s Weigh-In

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*I forgot my FitBit one day this week, but I still walked and I’m sure I was well over my goal of 8,000 steps/day.

I’m pretty pumped about all that.

I’m really thrilled with how I did this week. Not a single day over 2,000 calories and that included two 3-day weekends!  We had a pretty awful snow storm pass through early Friday and Cliff and I decided to stay home.

This Week’s Project

We finished up the gym last week, so the next logical step was setting up the craft room/office/sitting area in the other half of the gym.

This is how it looked when we moved everything down from upstairs.

IMG_1421This is how it looked once we got everything into one area that actually belonged there and adding a second bookcase.

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Since that time, we’ve added another table for the computer and Cliff took another bookcase from upstairs and made me a nice little reading area.

This week’s project is to finish unpacking EVERYTHING.  Wish me luck.

This Week’s Cuteness Overload

See?

Super Hero.  Duh.

I had to make a collage of cuteness this week.

Note:  Baby's first selfie.

Note: Baby’s first selfie.

This Week’s Quote

Kelsey is on a role!

Kelsey is on a role!

 

Next Week’s Plan

I just got home from the doctor.  My leg has been giving me problems for months now and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I’ve been told to lay off working out for a few days, on top of a round of steroids.

Terrif.

I did ask if I could walk and was told that should be fine as long as I don’t overdo it.  So, since the interval training worked out so well last week (as did my spin bike!) I decided to look for walking intervals that I can do at lunch and this one looks to be about perfect.

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I didn’t get a chance to prep anything fancy this week so it’s frozen meal and fruit week.  Today worked out since I needed something really quick.  My goal is to eat an apple every single day – can’t have too much fiber. 😉

My other goal is to not eat everything else in sight.

More luck please.

This Week’s Completely Random Thing

Snapped this shot on the way to work this morning.  Hello Moon.

IMG_1411And with that I have fulfilled my January goal!  Be on the lookout for a brand new HouseBailey!

 

 

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