On The Mend: My Lessons Learned from Surgery

A few months ago, I joined a team of moms with LiveWell Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring healthy eating and active living in Colorado. Although Colorado is often touted as America’s “leanest” state, we are, unfortunately, not immune to the growing health crisis of obesity.

In fact nearly 58 percent of Colorado adults and 25 percent of our children are overweight or obese. And we’re getting worse. LiveWell Colorado was formed to take a leadership role in tackling the complex problem of obesity and realizing the vision of all Coloradans embracing a healthier lifestyle.

The LiveWell Colorado mission is right in line with my healthy living spirit, and I am proud to join a group of local moms who share a common desire to help influence healthier choices across our home state and beyond.

In the spirit of sharing, I’ve posted an article on their site that shares my holistic approach to surgical recovery. I fully credit these steps with getting me back on my feet and hitting the trails, not once, but twice. It’s an amazing journey to look back on and one that has only made me stronger.

On The Mend: My Lessons Learned from Surgery

Like many active Coloradans, I take every advantage to get outside and play. I have three bikes hanging in our garage: one for the road, one for the mountains and one for cruising with a toddler. On lazy week nights, I let our two dogs walk us around the well-worn paths near our house. On weekends, I look forward to longer family adventures.

At 37, few would guess I’ve endured two major orthopedic surgeries in less than four years. Though both grueling six-to-twelve-month-long recoveries tested me physically, mentally and emotionally, I’ve come back – even with a pregnancy tossed in! And you can, too.

Please continue reading the full post over at LiveWell Colorado.

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Why Not to Multi-Task

According to a 2011 study by Careerbuilder,  nearly half of employers (45 percent) think workers at their organization are currently burned out on their jobs. Although this was a survey of employers specifically, the word “job” easily extends beyond the office to include parents and bloggers. After all, those are full-time positions for many, part-time for others. And what about those of us who are juggling all three?

Sound familiar? Continue reading

Conquering versus Recovering

I’ve had a few questions lately about how PT is progressing for me, what kind of exercises they have me doing now, etc. Well, last week my physical therapist sent me a new workout, and I was totally excited to get it in a new online format that not only illustrates the exercises, but also animates them with step-by-step, printable instructions. Super cool, and helpful too!

I thought some of you might enjoy seeing exactly what kind of torture strengthening moves Brad is putting me through these few weeks. 

I count a total of 150 lunges. On both sides.  Continue reading