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.

Yoga and Your Emotions: Relish in the Release

First of all, let me apologize for the lack of posts here lately. Quite frankly, I’ve been a bit burned out. It happens to the best of us, no matter how well we try to navigate this journey called (The Soulicious) Life. I think mine stemmed in part from SoulDaddy being on the road and in the air quite a bit over the past few weeks which translated into lots of single momma time for me.

But I’m also burned out on PT (gee – after only 4 months!) and juggling a myriad of bids and contractors for a variety of large landscape projects, including a new fence, sprinkler re-design, and patio. Oh, and I still have that day job thing too.

So, finally, finally, finally, I made it back to yoga class this week, and got much more than I expected. Continue reading

Hard on the Body, Good for the Soul

I got a call this week from the surgery scheduler at The Steadman Clinic in Vail. It was followed by an email from the rehabilitation specialist who attached an eight (eight!) page document outlining my pre- and post-surgical PT approach.

This can only mean one thing: ten months of waiting for Dr. Philippon is nearly over. Hip surgery is lingering, staring me down from its place on my calendar just five weeks away. Continue reading