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  • A Day of Hope

    11/16/2015 7:05:27 PM, by JPONCIN

    For the past 5 months, I have been blogging about my foot surgery adventure; it hasn't been fun, that's for sure! But it definitely has tested m... Read more

  • Something anything

    11/12/2015 4:34:38 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I set my alarm and i went to werq this morning at 5 am! I drank water with lunch, which I have been really slacking on. I walked to the... Read more

  • Chill out!

    11/10/2015 1:53:25 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Last week I hosted two birthday parties, so lots of food! I have 1 more party this weekend with coworkers and things should mellow a bit. I keep ... Read more

  • After / Before

    11/8/2015 9:20:05 PM, by JPONCIN

    Just to be crystal clear on the really horrible year I've had with this foot injury/surgery, I thought I would post before/after pics in a very d... Read more

  • Staying on the downlow

    10/31/2015 7:18:37 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I have been trying to take it easy and hit the pool more this week. Pulled back the dancing to 1 day this week. My feet weren't too much trouble ... Read more

  • Pain here there and everywhere

    10/24/2015 12:13:40 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    So starting a few weeks ago after work my feet started getting really sore. It first started when i would hit a dance class before work and then ... Read more

  • I'm So Impatient

    10/23/2015 9:49:32 PM, by JPONCIN

    Grrr. This week my foot doctor recommended that I go to a wound care center. It's been almost 5 months since foot surgery, and yes, the incision ... Read more

  • Sick = you can eat all the food in the house

    10/16/2015 1:29:48 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I have been sick for the past week and a half and when I'm sick i go straight to food to feel better about it. I'm not sure if it's allergies or ... Read more

  • Back to Work

    10/2/2015 11:57:34 AM, by JPONCIN

    I get tons of questions from students about my knee scooter, and I hate telling everyone all the gross details. So I just say I had foot surgery,... Read more

  • Back to my exercise

    10/2/2015 11:28:07 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I was released from physical therapy on Tuesday! Last week she told me to try running and I did 3 times. Started C25K over again for a 4 or 5th t... Read more

  • 16 Weeks After Foot Surgery Update

    9/26/2015 5:08:00 PM, by JPONCIN

    Happy Weekend! It has been another exciting week of firsts. :) I started walking without my cane about 3 days ago. I have quite a limp, but ... Read more

  • First 5K Since...

    9/13/2015 8:33:58 AM, by JPONCIN

    My running days are over forever, but I'm not upset about that because I can still bike and swim, and I really like doing those things more than ... Read more

  • Processed Food and Physical Therapy

    9/9/2015 11:17:31 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I started this blog 3 days ago.. I had been dieing to go to red lobster for years and we finally went on labor day with a giftcard. I swear ... Read more

  • A Week of Firsts

    9/7/2015 9:12:21 AM, by JPONCIN

    Happy Labor Day! We are spending it at the pool one last time before it closes for the season. I decided that next year, I won't be buying pool p... Read more

  • What a week!

    9/4/2015 9:34:12 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Well first off we were walking last Friday and I was telling Scott how Joel had been gone 2.5 weeks. I had put up 9 signs and called everyone I c... Read more

  • Dr Visit, Foot Pics, and More

    8/31/2015 12:58:41 PM, by JPONCIN

    Today was my 3-month visit, and I was sure my doc was going to send me to a wound center to get this stupid oozing scab healed. But no, he was TH... Read more

  • 12 Weeks Post Op

    8/27/2015 5:42:10 AM, by JPONCIN

    There's not much new to say today, but I am getting around more and more, and that's always a good thing! I'm going back to work next Friday and ... Read more

  • Time to dig deeper

    8/26/2015 10:13:01 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I'm still dealing with a running injury. Which means its affecting all aspects of my exercise life. I have been trying to lighten up on exercise ... Read more

  • Frustrating Stuff, Exciting Stuff

    8/24/2015 11:29:25 AM, by JPONCIN

    So my physical therapist basically let me have it for doing too much, too soon. I'm back to letting the gym be for now, and just healing this foo... Read more

  • Good intentions/Bad Common Sense

    8/18/2015 9:20:37 AM, by PSEYMOUR1970

    I went to the little IGA grocery store to get some essentials since I forgot to shop at the Aldi's on the way home and totally blew the budget an... Read more

  • The Bionic Foot

    8/13/2015 3:15:32 PM, by JPONCIN

    I worked really hard at PT today, and this afternoon I'm laying around with ice on it. It's been an exciting week of being able to do more with i... Read more

  • Stuck, stuck stuck

    8/12/2015 5:36:49 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Ok so I made it 9 days in my non eating out venture. Then my period came and all hell broke loose. So I have been running and few weeks ago I sta... Read more

  • Update on new house and my health

    8/12/2015 11:04:15 AM, by PSEYMOUR1970

    Well we bought the house on the 21st of July and I finally have everything unpacked and put away. It was very stressful and exhausting, which lea... Read more

  • Y'All Will Get Sick of Hearing From Me

    8/10/2015 11:44:56 AM, by JPONCIN

    This morning my daughter who suffers from insomnia drove me to the gym very early, like at 4:30. This past weekend I got my bike and trainer set ... Read more

  • Weight- Bearing...Yikes!

    8/8/2015 6:06:25 PM, by JPONCIN

    At my last PT session, I started putting partial weight on my new foot, and it has been very WEIRD!!! I'm using a combination of parallel bars, c... Read more

  • First Week of PT and Graphic Incision Pic ;)

    8/6/2015 9:23:19 AM, by JPONCIN

    It's been a pretty exciting first week of PT! I met my therapist on Tuesday and I like her. She is about 10 years younger than me and has a baby ... Read more

  • Baby Fat

    8/3/2015 1:33:12 PM, by MUTEDCALICO

    Time to take back my body after pregnancy. Working to feel better and hoping to control my back and hip pain with stronger muscles and joints. I'... Read more

  • No eating out for August

    8/2/2015 11:05:57 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I came up with the brilliant idea while running this week. No eating out for August. Eating out gets me in a tailspin and I think. Hey well if I ... Read more

  • Heart Disease

    7/27/2015 11:26:54 AM, by JPONCIN

    It is rearing its ugly head again, this time with my dad. My dad is a pretty awesome guy. He is an engineer and can do complex mathematics in his... Read more

  • life changes

    7/21/2015 9:50:45 AM, by PSEYMOUR1970

    Well...lots of changes happening since my July 7th post. My daughter (21 year old) and I have decided to buy a house together. We close on it tod... Read more

  • Blog 2 in a week

    7/19/2015 9:37:53 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Monday: Run....didn't happen Tuesday; Dance and lift: check Wednesday: Run, check! Thursday: Dance and lift....nope...water aerobics inst... Read more

  • 6 Weeks Post Op Update

    7/15/2015 9:10:10 PM, by JPONCIN

    Well I am still Non-Weight-Bearing for a couple more weeks. It has been a crap summer so far!!! Yesterday, I hit the emotional bottom after my 3r... Read more

  • Blogging is what I need right now!

    7/14/2015 2:47:22 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I think I am done taking pictures of my food and trying to stay close to a group. It seemed to work for me for awhile but I think what really wor... Read more

  • Ended relationship

    7/7/2015 11:41:43 AM, by PSEYMOUR1970

    Well, I found out that the man I had been in a ltr with (fiance) for over 2 years has been lying to me about everything. I caught him cheating on... Read more

  • Trip to the ER

    6/24/2015 1:19:37 PM, by PSEYMOUR1970

    On Sunday/Monday 1:30am I was awoken from sleep by severe pain on the right side of my stomach. I thought it was severe gas (from all my veggies)... Read more

  • Finding a groove in all areas of life

    6/19/2015 11:31:54 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Slowly slowly moving down. Last weigh in I was at 187.4, down 34 lbs since pregnancy. I am also down to nursing only two times a day so that has ... Read more

  • Post-Op Fear, Nausea, and Relief

    6/7/2015 3:30:08 PM, by JPONCIN

    Well, I did it! It was terrifying, and I spent almost the entire week prior, trying to talk myself out of it. The one thing that kept me from run... Read more

  • Good days

    6/2/2015 8:38:39 PM, by PSEYMOUR1970

    I will say that I am in a much better mood than I have been for a while. My weight is not dropping as fast as I would like it to, like it was in ... Read more

  • Foot Surgery Countdown and More

    5/28/2015 7:58:48 AM, by JPONCIN

    I went to my anesthesiologist appointment on Tuesday and found out that I can't have ibuprofen or Aleve from now until after my surgery, because ... Read more

  • Making headway!

    5/15/2015 9:59:48 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    It's been awhile since I wrote last. I feel like I am finally getting somewhere. I was down to 191 last week and I am changing my weigh in day. I... Read more

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