3 weeks in Post-Op Shoe

Well it has been 3 weeks that I’ve been in my post-op shoe ala doctors instructions. The swelling in my toe has gone down slightly but the lump has stayed there including the pain when pressing on it. I called to see if there’s a different boot to be put in, but was told that the next step is a MRI and then figure out the treatment.

So I got the MRI this morning which was fairly boring and left my foot feeling tingly. A technician did it, a radiologist reviews it, results come in about 24 hours, and the doctor then reviews the results. Unfortunately the doctors office is closed on Fridays so I will be meeting the doctor Monday morning to discuss it.

I had originally hoped that I would be given the clear to start running and doing yoga again, but unfortunately I haven’t been given the clear yet. This Sunday marks 7 weeks to my 10k that I wanted to PR in, and 8 weeks till the half marathon I had wanted to run in under 2 hours in.

It has been difficult to not get bummed about this, but I’ve still been meeting with my friend who is running the half with me and biking with her, and also my orange theory workouts which I’m on a bike, rowing, and lifting.

I’m hoping I don’t hear bad news on Monday, but at the same time I hope I didn’t just do the MRI to find out that I have soft tissue swelling!


Where does time go?!

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I’m going to try my very best to keep up with my blog! 😛 In my defense though my summer so far has been crazy busy. Here are some highlights:

I had a weekend getaway in New York visiting my sister for her birthday. We explored both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ate so much delicious food. I seriously don’t think I’ll ever eat that good of a chocolate croissant or muffin or taco or omelet or….. Seriously the food was amazing. We even ate at this amazing vegan tapas styled restaurant. I had vegetables cooked in a way I had never even thought about!

A couple weeks ago I started training for my half marathon in September. One hot and humid morning my too small socks caused gross blisters on my heels. And I’m talking gross, the kind when you remove your sock skin comes off. I played around with methods of getting it to heal and it wasn’t until I used a liquid band aid and regular band aid combo was it able to heal. I still have scab weirdness on my heals but at least they’re not open grossness!

Only two days after I got those gross blisters I ran a 5k. It was my goal to PR. I felt great during my run despite my heels, and just kept pushing it. People of all ages were passing me, and I thought oh well, I know I’m doing a good time for me I’m not going to worry about anyone else. When I finished my run I PR’d with an average of an 8:41 min mile!! I know for some runners that’s “easy” talk but for me that’s awesome! Just 4 years ago when I started running I had a hard time running ONE mile at a 16 min pace. I was unbelievably shocked to find out I placed 3rd in my age group! I was only 2 minutes shy from being 2nd, but I try not to think about that too much… 😉

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my toe. It had been 16 days of pain at that point actually, I had just been ignoring it. I first noticed it my last day in New York. My toe was crazy swollen, and painfully ached. I blamed it on walking about 7 miles every day in sandals, and figured it would go away. Since icing, elevating, 1-2 day rests, and an inflammation reducer pain killer didn’t help, I decided to go to an orthopedic sports medicine doctor. The result? A stress fracture. I was given a post-op shoe and told to use it for the next 3 weeks and hopefully by then I can start running again, but in the mean time be “creative” with my workouts. Cycling, rowing, and lifting are all ok, but bending my toes/foot and putting weight on it is not okay. It was frustrating news since I had just started my half marathon training, but I guess I’d rather get better early on then have to stop in the middle of training and not even get a chance to run it. I’ve had a week off of running at this point and I can say the pain has gone away and the majority of the swelling has gone too. I have been biking, rowing, and lifting mainly at OrangeTheory but some of the biking has been with my family or my friend who I have been training with. I ended up designing a new training plan, which I’ll share with you all later (#goals)!

A few days after the depressing news I got my hair done at my favorite salon (hello summer blonde hair), ate an amazing dinner for our 6 year wedding anniversary and went with David, the kids, and friends to the beach to celebrate our actual anniversary day!

If I’m not at work, taking care of the kids, or exercising I’ve been catching up on laundry, cleaning the house, painting the house, gardening, and a hopefully a soon finished fun yard project (again I’ll share with you later, #goals)!

My husband has about 50 more pages of his dissertation to write and I feel a bit bummed for him. I know it’s a lot of stress on him, and he’s trying to be an involved husband and Dad, but that is difficult to do when there’s a deadline. We keep telling ourselves, “graduation May 5, 2018”!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, enjoy your weekend!


Weekly Workout Review

Last week I managed to get another cold and ended up taking quite a few rest days!

Monday: SICK

Tuesday: SICK

Wednesday: SICK

Thursday: Gardening and Orange Theory

Friday: Gardening

Saturday: Rest (am I getting a sinus infection!?)

Sunday: Orange Theory and bike 13 miles on outdoor path

It’s Tuesday and I’m still wondering if I have developed a sinus infection. We will see!

Weekly Workout Review

Hey! Check it out! It’s another weekly workout review, let’s keep it up! ;P

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: (non-traditional exercise) house PAINTING! yes it’s true I worked up a sweat!

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: Orange Theory (and a sweaty house painting session)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Orange Theory (and attended a GI Yoga workshop)

This week felt pretty chill as for workouts go. I don’t have any long runs coming up, and so I’m taking it easy as for the workouts. This weekend I started getting sick, and so I didn’t want to workout at all but forced myself to get out and exercise. Today is a bring-out-the-violins-because-I-feel-so-sick kinda day! Bummer I know… So let’s hope I get over this quick and move on with my week!

Branding: The Good and the Bad

Alright, I’m going to be honest here and this honesty may not have anything to do with anything, but I felt it was something I needed to share.

About 3 years ago I started blogging under “MiddleCoastMommy.” The idea was to document my life being a Mom, and what I found is that most people liked my posts on health, fitness, and food over anything else I posted like DIY crafts or mom life. I started learning more about blogging which led to learning about branding which somewhat fascinated me. One of the main things I discovered about branding is that there needs to be consistency, such as even if you write a “lifestyle blog” it needs to be about a particular part of life-it can’t be about anything and everything involving your life mainly because that starts to get messy.

So I developed this current blog with the idea of creating a focus on health, fitness, and food which would hopefully strengthen my “brand.” In addition to that I thought about how my blog looks, how I write, and even how I look-do I look like the “brand” I have created (and honestly I don’t think my “look” reflects my blogs “branding”)?

Brands can be totally neat, don’t get me wrong, but “branding” people I think is honestly impossible. And sure you can totally argue with me on that thought, but here’s why I’m thinking that. People change constantly. Yes we are essentially always our selves, but branding limits who you could become based on personal development, tastes developing, etc. Branding makes you recognizable, makes people feel comfortable because they know what to expect, but it also limits who you are and can be.

One thing I struggle with the idea of branding is that my life involves so much more than what I blog about as do all other bloggers I’m sure. Some of my life I have thought about blogging about but then stop because I think…. hmm… that’s not part of the “brand” of my blog, which has made me wonder if that’s when you create a new blog on that particular subject matter. The problem with that is in a way it makes you feel like you have a split personality creating two different “brands” based on interests, because they don’t always overlap, and if you overlap them you perhaps may create too narrow of a niche to get anyone interested in what you write.

Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings, and if you have any information for me that may make this clearer by all means please go ahead and enlighten me (being said in the most unsarcastic way)!


Weekly Workout Review and May Goals

So here’s to combining two blog posts into one but hey I have confidence that I can do it! ;P

Anyway, thought it’d be fun to recap with you what my workouts were last week (and hopefully this will become a thing-sharing my weekly workouts):

Sunday: Half Marathon

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 3 mile run

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Orange Theory

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Rest day (was planning on running a 10k event but I didn’t have the drive to run in the 30something degree rainy weather)


Alright and now here is for the doozie! I decided that for the month of May that I will not be on Facebook or Snapchat at all! The only form of “social media” I will continue using are my two Instagram accounts (the fit one and the pretty one). I decided to keep IG just because I like looking at pretty photos and being encouraged by certain accounts. Then the OTHER thing I’m doing this month is not drinking a drop of alcohol. It might not seem like a big deal for some, but I have gotten into the habit of ending my nights with a glass or two of wine and I want to stop that. I believe I don’t sleep as well after I drink and I don’t wake up as clear headed as I could plus the whole toxin to the body thing.

So here’s to “cleaning up” my month of May both body and mind!

Fit Faux Pas

I tried to ignore it when I saw the magazine covers, but when I overheard two young adult ladies talking about it the other night I just couldn’t help but get on top of my soap box.

(Step up onto soap box) Ahem, if I can have your attention please!

The other night I heard one lady say to another lady:

“Hey! Did you hear about Khloe Kardashian’s new Revenge Diet? She looks so good now!”

“Oh I know! She looks so much better than before!”

Sure this may sound like a compliment, but here are the two things wrong with this:

  1. Revenge Diet
  2. Looks better

And why is that a problem?

Well first off no one should ever do a “revenge diet.” We should never go on a diet to make someone jealous or envious. Why waste your energy on that, but instead if you are going to go on a “diet” (which in reality I think there should be no such thing as diets-but rather healthy eating/living for good) you should do it for your own health and how you feel! Then the other thing saying that she looks better now implies that she didn’t look good before. Health and fitness should not be about “looking good,” but again about feeling good and in general being healthier. Sure there are plenty of people out there that associate thinness or fitness as being more attractive but part of that attractiveness may be about feeling confident in your own skin and also literally feeling good. There are plenty of people who may be thin and fit but are mean and rude, and those people no matter how “good” they look they’re probably going to be remembered for being a mean and rude person.

Here is an example about how being thin or fit doesn’t neccessarily make you a more attractive
person. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 98 year old yoga teacher who is a very attractive person. Her attractiveness isn’t due to her thin and fit body but rather due to her smile, her spirit, the energy she gives off. She is someone who you want to be around!

Here is a second example: Jessamyn Stanley is known for her “curvy yoga.” She is a very beautiful woman and she is not “thin,” she is curvy and fit at the same time! Once again her smile, confidence, and humor makes her an attractive person.

Obviously this is all my opinion and you may have a different opinion than me, but I guess my point is that we should be nice. Don’t take any action to make someone else feel bad, and simply be encouraging and kind.

(Steps off soap box)

Do you have another example of beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes?