Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and Stuff

Are you all tired of reading New Years posts yet? Great! Here's another, but a short one. As my facebook status says (and yes, I speak in 3rd person):




"has had such a great year without even realizing it. She has been able to rekindle her love of running and exercise, complete a triathlon, be accepted into graduate school, rescue animals, remain true to herself and LOSE 36 POUNDS! All while sharing in these experiences with her fantastic family, amazing boyfriend, a few loyal friends and sweet furbabies. Here's to 2012 and ringing in 2013. May yours be full of health, happiness, fun and life :)"



That pretty much sums it up. As you may notice, I did not reach the goal mentioned in this post. I did not lose 40 pounds this year. I'm disappointed but I'm mostly proud that I was still able to lose 36! If you round up that's totally 40. Aside from that, this year has been great...and on second thought, even missing that goal has been pretty great. As you know, I started using Daily Mile back in May and from May-today was able to log 503 miles which I think is pretty nice.


On a side note, I started training for my olympic distance tri today! I'm using a 20 week plan from Beginner Triathlete and also a Zero to 1650 plan to help me swim at my best. I never did much technical training when I started swimming and that was primarily because 500m didn't seem all that scary. However, 1500m is much more significant. I just did Day 1 today and already had to adjust. I swam the 700 but didn't do my 48 minute ride. Tomorrow I'm doing the Hangover Classic 10 miler and thought it'd be best not to start it on tired legs.


So Happy New Year everyone! Congratulations on your feats, Condolences on any downfalls and Confidence that you'll do bigger and better things this year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy Birthday to the VIV Sister!

Happiest of Birthdays to my very special, very AMAZING sister Alexis/Autumn! She is by far my most favorite person and best friend and she has done so much in her 20 something years! I'm incredibly proud to be her sister everyday and look forward to many more workouts, gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free desserts, lazy days, bad DVR'd tv show afternoons and of course RACES!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEXIS!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Snow and Christmas (Which did NOT go together this year)

I'm a little grumpy today. For those of you who may not know, I LOVE SNOW. I love winter. I love the cold. I love sweaters, hot drinks and space heaters. I love warm fluffy socks. I sometimes love that it gets dark earlier so I feel no guilt for getting ready for bed before 9 pm. I love the months October-March because they're supposed to be cold and snowy. The past few years, that has not happened. If this is not a sign of global warming, what is? I'm grumpy today because of this:

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I live in Louisville (duh) and as you can see, right on the line where the snow stops. WTF?! I want snow damn it! It's December! It's actually cold. So why is it still raining?! Even my winter-hating-nemeses agree that if it's going to be cold it might as well snow, or at least, might as well NOT rain. Nothing worse than cold rain. Guess what's happening outside? On the bright side, I am in the midst of planning my big SNOWBOARDING TRIP to Paoli Peaks! I'm also hoping to make it up to Perfect North Slopes at least once this year. I used to always say that if I were ever on MTV's Made I'd want to learn to snowboard. Well I wasn't on Made last year but I still learned to snowboard and absolutely loved it. I fell a lot, I was incredibly sore, it was wet and slushy because it was nearly 50 degrees (it never really got cold last year either) but I loved it. The Colonel prefers skiing which I also like but snowboarding makes me feel significantly more badass. Not sure why. Might be the lack of poles. Anyhow, luckily for me it does in fact snow in Indiana so the peaks and slopes currently look something like this:

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Paoli Peaks (from their Facebook page)

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Perfect North Slopes (from their Facebook page)

Enough of my well-off person complaints. How was your Christmas? If not Christmas, day off work? If not your day off work, how was work? I had probably the best Christmas in years because for once I knew what I wanted, was able to articulate it and in turn got what I asked for! I'm so excited and thankful to have new training gear, clothes that fit, a great new Live Veg bumper sticker and a family to share it with. Couldn't be happier! All of my kiddos also got gifts of course which Armani has destroyed, Chloe has ignored and TJ is afraid of. Silly kids. Enjoy the photos and enjoy the rest of your week!

P.S. - Did I mention I did my 8 mile long run last Saturday in 1:33:57?! Never thought I'd see the day that I could hold a pace under 12 min/mi for a distance like 8 miles. Hooray!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Final Thoughts

So just in case the world ends I thought I'd share some final thoughts on...you know...the world and living in it.

  • I think that if the world ends, we deserve it. I'm a tree hugging, environmentalist, go green, recycling, vegetarian. I think the state our planet is in and is going into is despicable and I think it's due to our own apathy and greed. The Earth is like our body and you get out what you put in. We can't continue to contribute nothing to the Earth and expect to keep reaping the same benefits. I hope that if (when) the world doesn't end we get another chance to do things right.
  • On a more selfish note, I hope the world doesn't end before I get a chance to lose 40 pounds of an eventual 60+. I'm a little off track right now for a variety of reasons and I hope I get more time to work it out.
  • If we do all explode or get engulfed in liquid hot magma, I hope we'll get to be reborn or at least pick up where we left off sort of. Looking back, I've made a lot of accomplishments in my life and don't really want to have to Lance Armstrong them all or start all over. (Lance Armstrong joke...too soon?)
  • Wouldn't it be kind of cool if everything was covered and preserved like Pompeii and we all got out just in time and then came back years later to uncover it all? Kind of like a time capsule? And then we could study the ruins of Old Earth to figure out how to keep New Earth fresh and new? You know it would be cool. We all want to be archaeologists.
  • This is a really uninspired post which is sad since it might be my last one ever. But I feel a little like I'm forcing myself into writing it as a just in case. Do you think New Earth will have internet? Don't we weigh less in space? I could enjoy that. What about the animals? Would they have little snow globe head helmets like us? Would we still have sunlight? Most pictures from space look really dark. Do space pics have better quality at night? Would we have to run with thrusters on so we wouldn't float? Or would anti-gravity sports become the norm? In that case would people be afraid of the ground instead of heights? You know, since we'd all be floating/flying around. I just wouldn't want to get all flabby if our muscles atrophied.

What about you? Any final thoughts for astronauts who uncover this stuff in a million years?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Not the First Time...or the Last

So once again my friends I've sustained a minor injury. Although my last injury of note was back in July about 5 weeks from my tri, I still feel like I'm injured a lot. I'm not. I'm actually very rarely injured enough to stop exercising for more than a day. My plantar fasciitis has been acting up again and since it's particularly terrible in my right foot, my right ankle has been having some residual issues. I think what happens is when I'm running, to avoid the plantar fasciitis I roll my foot out a little bit which has stressed the outside of my right ankle. Don't be alarmed! I tried to run Thursday after work but it was a lost cause so I'm resting until Monday. I also have acupuncture Monday so that will definitely be refreshing. I am however depressed by my lack of exercise but that's just how it goes. I have been able to spend some QT with my pup, blankets, couch and pillows though today and that's always worth it.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kaliwood Meets the Ville

ImageIf you aren't reading the musings of Kaliwood I suggest you go there right now. Far more fashionable than I can dream to be, it'll give you some tips on feminism and how to live your life outside of swimmingbikingrunning. You know, how to live in real life. If you're wondering why this shameless plug has been inserted, it's because on Tuesday I got to have dinner with this lovely lady who I have known since I was 18, naturally skinny, very mildly fashionable, and if you can believe it, a party animal. Even though we have a lot of differences, we are scarily similar when it comes to the important stuff like our careers and our lack of urgency when it comes to marriage.

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So again you ask, why do I care? You might not. But following in the footsteps of the Discom-BOB-ulated runner I thought I'd mention a little of what I'm thankful for this Thursday. I'm thankful for my favorite people. If we're being honest, I only have a small handful of favorite people. People are ok, but it takes a special one to be one of the favorites. I'm not an easy person to befriend and more so, I'm not terribly social so when one of the faves happens to live 70+ miles away the best I can muster is an occasional text, a quick facebook chat during the workday and when and only when the stars align, a dinner. I am thankful to have friends I feel like I can press pause with and no matter how long I leave it, I can always press play and pick things back up with. I'm thankful to have friends I haven't seen in years but am able to talk to and stay connected with through the internet (what?! the internet isn't the devil?!). I'm thankful to have friends who were merely acquaintances years ago but through some fantastic twist of fate we have found each other through a common goal. Yes, Team Awesome Jess, I'm talking about you. I'm thankful to finally have my sister back and living in the same town as me! I'm also thankful to now be just a bit older and able to recognize that the best friends aren't the ones who are nearby or the ones you see everyday. In my case, they're my pause pals. So now I will leave you with pics from the past. Appreciate your friends today and everyday!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Doing the Right Thing

Inspired by this Swim Bike Mom post, this will be an intense and possibly strongly worded a slight rant regarding my feelings on (you guessed it) doing the right thing. If you are easily offended, please just close this window and wait patiently for the next happy post.

I'm a rule follower. I always have been. That doesn't mean I don't question rules and authority sometimes but as a whole, I understand and respect the need for rules in society and in life. This way of thinking and living doesn't always make me a lot of friends but I don't care much about that. One downside, and there are many, of being a rule follower is that we find ourselves more often than not in the minority. Rarely is the rule follower applauded for doing the right thing, rarely are we the cause of accidents yet perhaps too often we are chastised when those who are being careless or just not paying attention are hurt by our doing the right thing. There's a quote that goes "Well behaved women rarely make history." and thought I appreciate it, it has always bothered me a little bit. Why not? Why can't we respectfully challenge convention instead of being loud and out of line and more so, misbehaving? When you do the right thing as a kid you're called names and teased by classmates but often acknowledged by teachers and adults. Why does that change as you get older?

Here's the thing, the lovely Swim Bike Mom was in a bike accident caused by someone else's carelessness and as someone who is seriously training for her Ironman and has faced training setbacks in the past, she's rightfully angry at the rider she hit for making a u-turn in the middle of the road without any warning after SBM had called out an "on your left". She feels bad for losing her cool and I feel bad that people who follow proper etiquette are made to feel bad for getting angry at others who can't follow instructions. My biggest flaw is that I'm inflexible. I like to set routines and have a strong sense of right and wrong. I don't have a high tolerance for mistakes or accidents. I have high expectations for others and even higher ones for myself. I know it's a bad trait and I'm working on it. But I'm not sure that it'll ever go away and quite frankly, I don't want it to. I like following rules and I (for the most part) think people who don't should have consequences. If that makes me wrong, so be it. It shouldn't be of any concern since it'll be a lot harder for us rule followers to "get ahead" in life anyway. But please don't berate us for how we choose to live. We're not "sheep" for following rules, we're not just "going along" with things, we're trying to do the best we can with the way things are and I'll be damned if I applaud someone for their bad behavior. In the case of SBM, she's allowed to be as angry as she wants. Just like someone who is in a car accident at an intersection because someone didn't know or didn't follow the rules. If a person is hit by a car, the car is always wrong, even if the person crossed against the light. If my bigger dog who is on a leash attacks a smaller dog who is off leash and running at her, my dog is wrong because she's bigger (true story, although she doesn't attack because I'm a responsible owner and she's a nice dog). If someone throws a tantrum, they get their way. How many of us have done something for someone "just to shut them up?" I know I have, and I've done it a lot. And all that does is reward bad behavior. (geez, I sound like somebody's mother.)

There are exceptions to the rule of course. But that's the way with everything. I may read this post again in 2 years and cringe at how naive and ridiculous I was but for now, this is the 24 year old point of view. Not all rules deserve to be followed but how about changing them so they aren't broken. Agreed?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Big News

Not sure if you remember this post where I briefly previewed some life changing news I was waiting on. Well the decision was handed down and I'm super excited to announce that I will be going to graduate school! I'll be going back to the University of Louisville as a graduate student in the department of anthropology and will be starting in January. Not yet sure what this means for triathlons except that I'll still be doing them, but maybe not much faster than before. SBR is still my preferred form of exercise so it'll be no problem to keep it up, there are just some unknowns still on the scheduling end. Regardless, I'm really excited for this opportunity and I'm sure you'll all be hearing more about it for the next oh I don't know...3 years.

On a side note, this crazy weather has really been messing with my allergies so I'm not getting much sleep since I can't really breathe. I'm running a lot and cross training so being tired is no issue but staying asleep has been a little tough. Not sure what's going on but I hope it fixes itself. I've been neglecting you! Here are some parting photos from the past few days.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

So Much for the Mommy Gene...

I just re-posted this on facebook because it is completely accurate in my brain.



Yeah...so much for that Mommy gene...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Mommy Gene

First of all, I just did my measurements and am down 4 1/2 inches from my waist, 2 inches from my thighs and an inch from my arms. One of my fave bloggers, Swim Bike Mom tends to discuss her "butt pudding". I have arm pudding which basically means, I have fat arms. I hate my fat arms. I'm pumped to be making progress. Unfortunately I'm a terrible weight loser and forget to record minute details like the date of said measurements. I guess it doesn't really matter how long it's taken to make that kind of progress, only that I'm making progress right?

But now, back to the point. I apparently have a Mommy Gene. I know this because it was confirmed by a real live Mommy today. Last night I came home from work and almost gagged because of the smell. I assumed this meant my dog had had an oopsie in her crate. I walked over there and the smell was certainly strong but there didn't seem to be anything in the crate. Long story short, over the next hour she ended up vomiting 3 times. To the emergency vet we went! Turns out she has an intestinal bacterial overgrowth infection called clostridium. It luckily isn't the same strand that causes tetanus or botulism and is easily (ish) treated. That meant last night was spent feeding her pedialyte through a syringe every 15 minutes for 12 hours. That meant no sleep. So as a good Mommy would do, I stayed up. All. Night. Long. I watched tv, I read blogs, I did everything aside from folding laundry because even with 12 hours to kill I don't like doing that. (Not so Mommy-ish now huh?). In addition to being a good Mommy, I was also a good blogger. See photos below:


My sick little girl



A bowl and syringe full of pedialyte



Sleeping in front of her space heater



A page full of instructions



This little guy hung out with me all night


I'm happy to report that pup is doing much better today and hasn't had any further intestinal issues. In fact, she's begging for food right now. Staying up all night made for a really rough day today but it was worth it and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Apparently, caring like that is exactly what The Mommy Gene is all about.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Um, Winning!

I've scored a couple of major wins lately. Not sure why I haven't been sharing them! There has been a bit of turmoil in my real life and I'm hoping to have a life changing (sounds dramatic, but it's true!) decision handed down by the end of this week so that will relieve some stress and tension regardless of the outcome.

But anyway, back to winning.

First of all, my workouts have been on point this whole month. I mean, consistent yet varying the actual activity which has bad me feel Bad. Ass. There has been a lot of running, a lot more than usual but that's all thanks to that little Half Marathon coming up. And thanks to acupuncture I'm actually running relatively pain free! I'm not cured by any means but the improvement is incredible which also may be due to the weight training and variety but who can really tell for sure?

Next, I only need to lose 4-5 more lbs by the end of the year to reach my amended goal! I don't know if I ever officially announced my initial ridiculous weight loss goal. I decided I was going to lose 60 pounds...in 90 days. So once I smartened up a bit I changed it in January/February ish to 40 lbs by the end of the year. At that point I had been losing for a little bit but it was pretty slowly, even for just starting out. But I've kept at it and wouldn't you know it, I'm down 35! And that's a solid 35 which means it's gone away and never come back which is awesome. I've had some haters but I'm not letting that get me down.

My final win is a bit of a secret. So all I'm going to say is that it's a ballsy move and I haven't made one of those in quite a while. It's a revival of a project I started working on last year and it involves lots and lots of clothes. Some of you are probably aware of what the project is and if so, don't tell! But I'm excited about it. Majorly excited!

So all in all, November has been a pretty good month. I even had an almost completely meat-free Thanksgiving and for that I'm very proud of my family. My mom put sausage in her signature stuffing but that's it. And I hate stuffing! So it was easy on me and I'm proud of her for eating acorn squash for the first time as a main course. In closing, take a look-see at my training log for the month! Nothing about the distance or time is impressive, but the consistency is!

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11/27/12

Weights


0

00:30:00


0

11/27/12

Running


4

00:44:54

11:13

571

11/26/12

Swimming


0.5

00:25:02

50:21

226

11/25/12

Running


2

00:22:15

11:07

285

11/24/12

Running


5

01:01:03

12:12

792

11/21/12

Weights


0

00:30:00


0

11/21/12

Cycling


3

00:10:00

18.0mph

113

11/20/12

Running


3

00:33:02

11:00

428

11/19/12

Running


5

01:11:35

14:18

922

11/18/12

Running


2.02

00:23:54

11:49

298

11/17/12

Fitness


0

01:00:00


0

11/15/12

Weights


0

00:20:00


0

11/15/12

Running


3.12

00:39:26

12:38

506

11/14/12

Yoga


0

00:20:00


0

11/13/12

Weights


0

00:20:00


0

11/13/12

Running


2

00:26:31

13:15

337

11/11/12

Running


2.25

00:38:56

17:18

493

11/10/12

Running


6.79

01:26:45

12:46

1117

11/09/12

Running


3

00:33:41

11:13

428

11/06/12

Running


3

00:36:32

12:10

467

11/05/12

Weights


0

00:20:00


0

11/05/12

Elliptical


2.28

00:28:00

12:16

0

11/03/12

Running


3.11

00:34:01

10:56

441

11/01/12

Cycling


16.93

00:50:00

20.3mph

568
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Scrooge is a 24 Year Old Woman

Let's play the honest game. Honestly, I don't like holidays. The only thing I like about holidays is that I don't have to work. I am a creature of habit and my biggest flaw is likely that I'm inflexible.  I really don't like anything that disrupts my routine and holidays are the biggest disrupters of all! There's no mail, stores are closed, my eating schedule is altered, sometimes the gym is closed, sometimes the outdoor running paths are busy, I decide to take naps. In general, things get weird. It's also safe to say that I have food issues. Not like eating disorder issues, just general issues. First of all, I don't eat meat (obviously) so days when we celebrate the mass slaughter of indigenous peoples with the mass slaughter of genetically altered turkeys aren't really my idea of fun. Secondly, I don't like to overeat. Especially not now that I've gotten things under control more with my weight more or less. Something about holidays encourage people to push food into your face at all times and I hate that. If you've read my tagline you also know that I'm a honey-eating vegan. I'm not a vegan. I consume a lot of honey and occasionally cheese. But I don't eat eggs which means I also don't bake with eggs. Holidays are full of baked goods which are then pushed into your face and I have to say "No thank you" which leads to questions and I either have to explain that I'm watching my weight (which never goes over well) or that I don't eat eggs which inevitable leads to the "What do you eat?" questions. That question runs wild starting November 1st and through New Year's. "You don't eat meat? At all? What about on Thanksgiving? Do you at least eat turkey? What about ham? What about a roast? What about meatloaf? What about *insert any other type of meat here*?" It gets exhausting. Particularly because it's not like I meet a slew of new people every year. A lot of them are repeats. Do you really think I'm going to say, "Well you know what? After last year when you told me it was a sin not to eat a roasted yet still actively rotting carcass that you set in the middle of the table and put on my plate anyway I decided that this year I'm still not eating meat but turkey/ham/meatloaf is ok." That's not going to happen. Even as a little omnivorous girl I never liked turkey and generally had a plate full of cranberry sauce, mac and cheese and bread. Unfortunately my experience isn't just limited to Thanksgiving but I also get it throughout the Christmas season. *sigh* Thus, I am a Scrooge. I love Christmas music and will play it Thanksgiving night. I like putting up my Christmas tree and have even been known to cruise around random neighborhoods looking at lights. I considered (and am still considering) getting Armani a Christmas dress. I bought TJ a Santa hat one year. It didn't go well but he was my only kid at the time and had to suffer through it. I am two-thirds finished with my Christmas shopping already. I love giving gifts and can't stand keeping secrets and tell everyone what I'm getting everyone else. So why do I proclaim a hatred of holidays. Simply for my food issues. Regardless of my personal feelings, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! Stay tuned for a picture of Armani's inevitable Christmas pageant dress.

But now that that's over. Here are some pictures from the past couple of days. I'm getting good at remembering to photo-document my life for your viewing pleasure.

Autumn and I went to JoAnn's to find a knitting machine (?) for my mom for Christmas. We have no idea what a knitting machine is but while perusing the aisles we came across two of the most terrible stamps I'd ever seen. One was a stamp for a kid's birthday but included on the stamp was some other kid's name. Bizarre. The other was a label. Just a stamp of a label...also bizarre.





We then journeyed over to Kroger where we found two of the biggest sweet potatoes EVER. GMO's much?



Yesterday we went for a run, outside, in shorts and a tshirt, the week of Thanksgiving. I was happy for the run and the weather but bummed that's it's not cold for Thanksgiving like it should be. You all don't know this yet, but I love winter. And last winter fell in love with snowboarding. And only got to go once because it never really got cold last winter. Sad face. Fingers crossed for this year.



And since no post is complete without a picture of my dog. Here's how she tucks her cute little back feet when she lays down.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's Been a Weekend?

I think today was my weekend. But it went by too fast for me to recognize it. For those of you who may not know (I make a lot of assumptions of my 5 ish readers) I work on Sundays which means that I don't get 2 day weekends. Pretty much ever. Thus, my weekend consists of Saturday and I also get Mondays off but that doesn't count as a weekend to me.

Anyway, on Friday I went to acupuncture for the first time for my shin splints and plantar fasciitis. I left work a bit early and rolled up to Meridian Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. I'm a big believer in herbal, natural and holistic healing techniques ever since I met with Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Jo Matson earlier this year. She helped me turn tea and honey into a full on allergy cure which is amazing to me. But back to the point. I didn't really know what to expect but my shins and feet have been bothering me for so long that I was really to the point where I just wanted to feel better. I was so far gone that I even forgot to ask how much it would cost! Acupuncture is really relaxing and goes hand in hand with massage so it's no surprise that the room I was in literally looked like this:

  Photo Credit to Meridian's website


I did think of you all while I was there and considered taking pictures. But that's not really acupuncture friendly. It's more about healing and relaxation so I'm not sure how a camera phone would've fit in. I was also afraid to move. My practitioner sat and chatted with me first about my overall health and then specifics about why I was there. Everything was normal and fun aside from her looking at my tongue and drawing a picture. Not sure where that fits into the treatment but hey, I'm a team player. From there I laid on my back on the table and she got to work. There was some light pressure as she found my "channels" and then in went the needles. I really don't think it's fair that they're called needles because it's nothing at all like getting a shot or a tattoo. I also don't find either of those things particularly terrible so I may not be the best source. There were 2 spots however that were slightly unpleasant, the inside of my ankles and the arches of each foot. But even those were as unpleasant as a finger stick. A quick "Ouch!" and then that's it. I laid on my back and after 15 minutes or so she came back to take the needles out. I flipped onto my stomach and got to put my face in that great soft head hole that only massage tables have. I got more needles in my back and that's when she got my feet. Another 10 minutes or so and I was finished. The whole appointment was about an hour and I felt pretty good when I got up but not hugely different. Friday is an off day for running so I wasn't really in pain to begin with. She also talked to me about herbal teas to compliment the treatment. I'm a sucker for herbal teas. So much so that I have serious plans of opening my own tea room one day. But I digress. She said she'd get a batch whipped up for me that I could pick up Saturday. And when the time came to pay I was very pleasantly surprised! My life is full of expensive habits (ahem, triathlon) so I was happy to see a bill for less than $100. Even if I hadn't gotten the fantastic Yoga on Baxter discount (thanks Kristi!) it still wouldn't have been so bad. And quite honestly, it's worth the money to feel good. I love the idea of preventative medicine and can only imagine the possibilities of training pain free. Later that night I got home and after sitting and relaxing on the couch for a bit got up to grab some water. Oh. My. Gosh! I got up with no limp, no foot cramp and no crippling shin pain! I just got up and walked into the kitchen like a normal person with 2 completely functional legs! Now she was honest and said I might feel great for 2 or 3 days but that the pain would probably come back since I'd only had one treatment. She recommended I drink the teas (one mason jar a day) and continue treatment once a week for 4-6 weeks. After that my body will start to respond better and I'll get longer lasting results. I'm excited for my new tea and will start tomorrow.



Darker tea than I'm used to...



Mmm Mmm...hopefully



List of ingredients for your googling pleasure


My ridiculously busy day today included my first pure barre class at Pilates Village (can I say ouch?), Christmas shopping (yes, I'm an early bird and in fact, I'm just about finished), picking up my tea then a holiday fashion show for the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies where I used to intern. My role was to escort one of the kids onto the stage and just make sure she didn't wander or get distracted. My little girl was 9 and in a wheelchair though she was learning to use a walker. She was adamant about using her walker and walking onto the stage for the first time (she'd been in the show for 3 years already). A few minutes before it was her turn her therapist helped get her up with her walker and we got her legs under her. She did great! She was so excited and I made sure she practiced her princess wave ahead of time. She walked out and posed for pictures then made her way back. She was so cute! We all know I'm not a kid person but kids with special needs are so amazing to me and I absolutely love them and surprisingly have all the patience in the world for them! Here are some not so great photos.




I'm the red blob on stage


And after all of that, here's how I feel...



I love my dog.