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Friday, August 02, 2013

It's been a while since I blogged so I figured I'd update everyone. I've been keeping up with my walk training and the weekend mileage is getting bigger. My hip had started bugging me while walking and I didn't tell my ortho doctor because I didn't think it was important. Last week Thursday I went to Tae Kwon Do class. A head instructor from our main school has been teaching on Thursday nights and I have been going because she's an awesome instructor. We started out good and then started doing a set of front leg roundhouse kicks where you kick with your front leg and bounce on your back leg when your front leg goes up. Well, I was concerned about my hip (the opposite side as the knee I just had surgery on) and I landed on my left knee (the bad one), felt a pop and landed on my butt on the mat. It started burning and I knew I was done for the night.

I did put ice on it right away and was actually able to put weight on it. I went home and it was still hurting so I made the decision to go to urgent care (after eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for dinner because that's what my husband made since he thought I would be gone longer). Long story short, the dr. said it was a knee sprain (most likely ligament based) and I should use crutches if I had too much pain and call the ortho the next day.

Called the ortho and got an appointment for Monday morning. I decided I would have to take an entire week off of working out to help heal the knee and the hip. Last night was a week and I did go for a 3.4 mile walk but didn't work out today. It felt good but I did take it easy and walked much slower than I normally would have.

The ortho doc said he doesn't think I did anything major to my knee because it wasn't swollen and there was no fluid on it. He did a hip xray, which was normal, so he figured it was just overuse and I should dial back the activity for a bit and let my symptoms be my guide. I'm getting a bit used to not working out and I'm concerned but I think as soon as I feel well healed I'll be right back to it. I can't wait! He also gave me a different anti-inflammatory medication and that is helping a lot. So we'll see what happens. I think I'll still take it easy for a few days so I feel 100%. The hip and knee both still feel a little wonky.

We also went to get our new camper today! Here's a picture!

The good news is that it's a lot bigger than our old one, which was a popup camper, and also has a bathroom with a toilet and shower, a full size fridge with a freezer and room to sleep 8. The bad news is that it won't fit in our backyard for storage because the neighbors have a fence right next to our driveway and the overhang at the back of the house is right there and we can't swing it around enough. So now we have it blocking the garage and will have to find another place to store it. We go camping August 19th for 5 days and we're really excited!

So that's about it - farmer's market tomorrow and Brewer game with Ken's work Box (free food and drinks!) and the Wisconsin State Fair on Sunday. Should be a great weekend! Hope everyone else has a great one too!

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CELIAMINER 8/5/2013 10:28AM

    Glad you're taking time to baby the owwies, Chris! The wise body knows.

That IS a big camper! Hope you get years of joyful experiences with it.

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SCOUTMOM715 8/3/2013 11:04PM

    Hope your hip & knee are feeling better!! Love the new camper!!

p.s. Got the shakeology! Can't wait to start the challenge on the 15th.

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SONGWRITER8 8/3/2013 10:55AM

    Great camper ! You'll have so much fun with that !

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/3/2013 10:18AM

    smart move letting everything heal up! Take it easy before you put it under additional strain

And enjoy the hell out of the camper!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/3/2013 7:07AM

    Great camper and fab weekend plans!

I hope the knee and hip are doing better today.


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MSHEL7 8/2/2013 11:40PM

    Wonky, I love that word, I think my whole body has been feeling wonky for a while now. That's a super nice camper, I would love one like that, we have a pop up. Sorry about your knee and hip, this being down and out is really hard, but we can make it through. Sounds like a fun weekend planned.

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My New Toy!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We have been shopping ALL week for this and finally found one that works for everyone in our family! So excited!

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KNH771 7/8/2013 12:39PM


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LILYPAD12311 7/5/2013 1:46PM

    Very Nice! emoticon Congratulations!!!! These are great cars

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/3/2013 9:30PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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WUNMURRA 7/3/2013 5:34PM


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REBECCATKD 7/3/2013 4:07PM

    Yes! Very nice!

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    Wow, that's some toy!!! Looks great for camping and getting to out-of-the-way trailheads! Hope you get lots of enjoyment from it!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/3/2013 8:31AM


I like!

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GRAMMY_22 7/3/2013 5:58AM


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MSHEL7 7/3/2013 1:37AM

    Wow, that's great. I love new toys. We bought our first brand new off the lot car in 2011, I still love it. I just know you will enjoy yours for a long time to come. Congrats.

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SCOUTMOM715 7/2/2013 10:43PM


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DANCINCAJUN1 7/2/2013 10:43PM

    Congratulations ..... nothing like a new set of wheels to perk us up !! Mine is 4 years old and I'm still so proud of it ..... Roc

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LALMEIDA 7/2/2013 10:42PM


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Last Night's Hike and Combat Today!

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm so glad my knee is letting me tolerate exercise again - especially today.I have REALLY missed doing an intense workout and working up a great sweat. :)

Last night my youngest son had a Cub Scout "hike" which consisted of going to a local nature center and walking around their little 0.15 mile trail to talk about the stations and things in nature. We got there early so we could walk a little before the scout event since it didn't start until 7 and I didn't want to be out too late. I needed to walk 4 miles. Ken, Paul and I walked out on one of the trails about a half mile and then walked back so we could have at least one mile in. When we figured out the "hike" wasn't going to be very long or much of a workout I told my husband I was going off on my own. (with an evil grin, I might add).

So off I went. The majority of the trails are in a concentrated area and aren't too long so I started off on the red trail. It went through the woods a bit and then started to loop back to the beginning so I took off on the green trail where we were before the scouts got there. The green trail went up a hill into a meadow with beautiful views. Photos:

Then the trail came upon a sign to the Nature Trail that was WAYYYYYYYYYYYY down at the bottom of the hill (huge hill I might add!). With a little grin to myself, I hesitated and then turned to go down the hill. I was only at 2.5 miles so it couldn't hurt to go farther, could it? Naaahhh! LOL! I was having a blast! The cool thing about this place is that each trail has something different on it. There is a meadow, a pine forest, a regular tree forest, a boardwalk over wetlands - it has it all and there are tons of different views. Here are photos of the nature trail and observation deck:

I didn't get to do the whole trail because Ken and Paul were done and wanted me to come back but the coolest thing I saw was the bridge - it looked COMPLETELY different going over it one way than the other. Here are the pics:

It was beautiful and I keep realizing with every hike that Wisconsin is definitely a beautiful state that we take for granted. The nature center is about 5-6 miles from my house. It's amazing and it was an awesome walk.

4 miles DONE!

Today I broke out the Les Mills Combat DVD's and did the Combat 30 workout to see what it was all about. I watched the basics DVD on my computer to see if I thought my knee could handle it. I decided to try it. It ROCKED! It totally got bonus points from me because there was one person who did the workout modified for low impact so I was excited that I could follow her.

It was hard and my knee got tired, but it held up pretty well. I didn't do any of the jumping so that helped a lot. But since I haven't been to Tae Kwon Do since the night before my surgery it was really nice to do a martial arts type workout.

Anyone who is interested in Beachbody workouts, let me know because I'm now a coach and can hook you up! AND they just announced last night that they came out with a VANILLA flavor! I'm so excited and can't wait to try it! Love it!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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KNH771 6/24/2013 2:10PM

    Looks like a beautiful walk!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/24/2013 9:13AM

    I started the Combat workouts. That's about it. I started it and then decided I wasn't ready for it. I should have started with Insanity. Vanilla? Nice! I still have half a bag of the vegan fruit one. I started a 20 day detox over the weekend. I should dig out my Shakeology for breakfast! Love the pics! You're an awesome blogger!!! emoticon

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MSHEL7 6/23/2013 10:51PM

    What a beautiful place to hike, I love the pictures, thank you so much for sharing with us. Glad the knee is doing well.

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OHMEMEME 6/23/2013 6:27PM

    Love the pics and the knee update. You do motivate me with your commitment to health and just everyday ordinary life! Thanks for Sparking! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 6/22/2013 12:29PM

    Some of my favorite runs & rides are when I take off & don't know exactly where I'm going. Like today, though my 13.5 mile bike ride was through neighborhoods. Still, it was fun to not knowing exactly where I was and having to use my mind to find the next major street, etc.

It sounds like you had a great day with two workouts! I've been struggling to get my workouts done because it's summer & my daughter is home & I also have an injury (my foot). But, thanks for the reminder that I can get it done. For one thing, I have plenty of DVD's & there are more on the internet!

Have a great weekend!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 6/22/2013 8:15AM

    Awesome photos! Congrats on a great hike and your knee feeling better.

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SCOUTMOM715 6/22/2013 1:23AM

    What an awesome walk & great pics Chris! I agree, Wisconsin is a beautiful state that we take for granted. Just love walking and taking in nature. Woo Hoo on doing the Les mills combat - glad your knee is doing well. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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STARPESCADO 6/21/2013 11:31PM

    Great pics - glad your knee is feeling better :)

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/21/2013 9:35PM

    Very cool pix! Looks like a great place to go fro long walks!

What's with the Beachbody Vanilla stuff? Are they protein shakes?

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MAN This Was an Exhausting Weekend!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Friday night I came home from work and finished cleaning my house to get ready for my wellness workshop Saturday morning. Made my homemade granola bars a day ahead since they taste better the second day. Then we went grocery shopping at Woodman's, which is a HUGE grocery store with 2 full aisles of just Gluten Free items and a huge variety of every flavor of every brand of everything imaginable. Took us 2 hours!

Saturday I got up early to finish getting ready for the workshop. I got the ingredients for the granola bars ready in containers so I could show everyone how to make them like a regular cooking show. :) Everyone got here and we got started. I did the Circle of LIfe exercise with everyone where you figure out what areas of your life need work, showed everyone how to make the granola bars and then talked a little about health coaching and what it can do for people. Then my friend did a presentation about Arbonne, which is a cosmetic company that uses all natural items in their products and she did a mini facial with the guests. After that, my friend talked about massage, essential oils and a little reflexology. It was really fun and I had a great time teaching. I will DEFINITELY do it again!

After that, we went to a graduation party for our neighbor's daughter. We had a fun time but the park double booked the shelter and she booked it over the phone without paperwork so we had to move. The other guy had the paperwork and his name was on the shelter. She was pretty upset. After that we went to church and then went to dinner with my sister and brother-in-law. Ken and I still had to do our 3 mile training walk so we decided to walk home and my sister drove our car and my daughter to our house while we walked. :) It did start to rain a bit but not too much and it was a good walk.

This morning we slept in but then Ken and I went about 40 minutes away to a state park to hike. We had 8 miles on the schedule today so we started off. It rained a lot last night so we expected it to be muddy but there were several spots where it was FULL of mud and they had little wood planks over it. I hate mud and am still a little unstable because of my knee still recovering from surgery so I was not too happy but it was tolerable. Until we got HERE:

I mean REALLY!????!!!! Logs over a RIVER??? As part of the trail? Jeesh! This did NOT make me happy. Luckily, it wasn't that way for too long after this part and it got MUCH better later on as far as the mud goes. But then the HILLS started! YAY! I actually love hills. My fitbit says I climbed 81 flights of stairs today because it includes hills so that ROCKS! What I DON'T love about hills is actually walking DOWN them. Frankly, it hurts my knees and today was no exception. There was an observation tower there and the view was totally worth it. But that was what killed my quads and then we had to go down hill for quite a long while. That was the worst part but it was very beautiful. Here are a few pics:

We got the 8 miles done, exhausted and hot but feeling successful. After the drive home we went to Ken's brother's house for Father's Day and just got home a little while ago. Today's weather was FANTASTIC and it was really awesome being outside!

Now I'm tired and ready for the week. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

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LILYPAD12311 6/19/2013 1:18AM

    Beautiful pics! thanks for the share,,,, it looked like a good challenge but the reward at the end was amazing!

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KNH771 6/17/2013 6:13PM

    That workshop sounded great! I would have loved to attend something like that. I got a fitbit when I upgraded my phone last week and have just started using it. So far I really like it. The sleep info. is what is really fascinating me right now. Thanks for the recommendation.

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REBECCATKD 6/16/2013 11:04PM

    Great pictures! Which park were you at? That trail looks like a huge challenge and the view is the reward. We should go hiking some time!!

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MSHEL7 6/16/2013 10:15PM

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend. Congrats on the hill climbs. Love the picts.

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Why Will I Be a Great Health Coach?

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Because I know how it is to feel hopeless and that I would never be thin. I still struggle with that image sometimes. I weighed in at 158.2 this morning. That's 11 pounds up from my lowest, which was right before my Mom died just this past April 7th. I've been gentle with myself and a lot lax in my ways, to tell you the truth. I need to get back on track but I have to get my thinking back, too. I have to remember that I'm healing and I need to get back to eating to feed my body and not my emotions. In gaining that amount of weight back I think I look like this:

But what I really look like is this:

You can't see very well, but my face is still thin and I really look fine. This was taken today. Do you see what the mind does? I get it. I know where you are or where you have been because I've been there. My focus is on weight loss and my target market is women who are struggling to lose weight because of a distorted body image. I can help you because I went through it and I still go through it every day even though I'm in size 10 pants and look just fine. Even though I only gained 10 pounds through a tragedy and knee surgery and still can't do the activity I was doing just three weeks ago. I get it and I can help.

Now tomorrow starts my Beachbody Challenge Group and I need to set a good example as the head of the group, a Beachbody Coach and soon to be Health Coach as soon as I find the people who need my help.

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LILYPAD12311 6/3/2013 10:20PM

    The loss of your mother was a really tough blow,,,,, but you are pretty amazing and you do look amazing,,,,,,,, YES, I know that you are going to be a great health coach,,,,, I am rooting for you!!! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/3/2013 9:13PM

    I think you'll be a great coach too! Get your mojo back and get to motivating others in your beachbody group....I feel best about my abilities when I help others improve theirs

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KNH771 6/3/2013 1:04PM

    Does your beachbody group focus on a specific program or any of the programs? I bet you'll be a great coach...

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REBECCATKD 6/3/2013 12:08PM

    It's all about perspective, and you have an honest one. I think your clients will appreciate that you acknowledge how life happens but you don't use it as an excuse to let yourself slide forever. It's okay to take a few weeks to work through a tragedy -- it's never okay to give up.

Thanks for your post!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/3/2013 11:12AM

    There is a lot of pressure on leaders to model the behavior for their team. However, being perfect is not the answer. How you deal with problems is just as important a behavior to model.

You are human Chris and Kids. You are going to make a fabulous coach because you care. It is so evident in your writing.

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CELIAMINER 6/3/2013 10:38AM

    No one knows like someone who has been there, and you have been there. Congrats on setting the goal to become a health coach and then following through with the work needed to achieve your dream. And you're do look fine!

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GIANTMICROBE 6/3/2013 7:42AM

    You have a beautiful cat. I have a white one myself. So gorgeous!

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COMPUCATHY 6/3/2013 7:08AM

    It's true! You will make a great health coach because of all these things. They are the "bitter ingredients" that are a part of your great health coach recipe. I'm sorry you have gone through the bitter life experiences...and I'm proud of you for recognizing the good that they are bringing for you...empathy for others who are struggling and going through the hard stuff. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MSHEL7 6/3/2013 1:38AM

    Great blog and I do think you will make a great coach. I have already seen what you can do to help others. In helping others it will in turn help you. You are doing great for all that you have been through the last few months. And, you look great. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/2/2013 9:57PM

    I'm sorry you're struggling, but it really is understandable. I totally get how you see yourself and "that girl." I see her all the time, especially when I gain a few back. Don't worry, she's nowhere you, promise!
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LADYMARCIA1 6/2/2013 9:34PM

    Sorry for the loss of your Mother. emoticon

Congrats on your weight loss emoticon

Good luck on your Beachbody Challenge Group, I know you'll do a emoticon Job!!!

Keep up the great work.

emoticon emoticon YOU CAN !!! YOU CAN !!! emoticon emoticon

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