Update: Knee Surgery Recovery

by agirlandhermutt on October 20, 2015

Hi there! I’m all set with my lower body and ready to trade it in.

Despite that super cheery opener, I do have good news to report about my knee surgery recovery. I’m about 3 weeks post op. I progressed pretty quickly from crutches to a cane and now I’m just at using the cane when I know I’m going to be standing for quite some time or walk a lot. Luckily it is one of those collapsilbe canes that I can put in my backpack. Oh yea…I wear a backpack. I’m pretty much Dora the Explorer’s older sister.

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A quick breakdown: I have chondromalacia patella, which is a fancy word for cartilage damage. Part of my surgery was cleaning up all that cartilage so my knee doesn’t keep locking up and the other part was flatening out a wrinkle in my plica, a muscle under my kneecap. I think. It could be something else, but it was folded up a bit and was causing some serious discomfort.

So now I am in Physical Therapy two days a week. Fun! I can do almost all of the exercises with relatively no pain EXCEPT step-ups. I’ve never been good at step areobics so this shouldn’t have been a big surprise. I try so hard and I’m a sweaty mess after my 3 sets of 10 step-ups. Oh how the mighy have fallen!

Part of my therapy includes riding the bike. Originally, I could just do a half rotation. That ended up being SUPER fun because I do my PT on a bike in a regular gym so I don’t move fast enough to make the bike actually turn on. Instead it does that weird beeping noise and flashes “Pedal Faster” over and over and over at me. Way to both motivate me and really entertain my fellow gym go-ers. Just last week I upgraded to full rotations and can do that for about 5 minutes with no pain.

By the way, did I mention I signed up for a spinning clas next Wednesday? Ha. Good going Erin.

Overall, progress is good. I’m still experiencing a few issues but my surgeon wants to see how everything pans out over the next 3-4 weeks. I might still need to get a little cortisone shot. That will be festive.

Since I am not working out like I was before surgery I’ve been much more diligent about eating healthier. I’m down 10lbs since surgery so we are moving in the right direction.

Another part of my recovery is making fitness goals so that I have something to strive for over the winter. Obviously, my biggest one right now is to be able to walk down a flight of stairs. But after that I really want to be back in my spinning class. I miss that group atmosphere and Zumba seems like it will be a little further down the line.

I had huge visions of running a Disney half marathon. Specifically one where I could dress up as Minnie Mouse and my husband would dress as Mickey and have some stupid sign that says “I’m waiting for my Minnie!”. Heh. I’m not saying that will NEVER happen, but it won’t be happening in the very near future. For a variety of reasons really. 😉

What could definitely happens is for me to get more into biking. I’ve decided that next year will be the year of my bike. I was practically attached to it in 2014 and barely touched it in 2015. 2016 I WILL participate in a century ride. 100 miles of me and my bike. First, I need to buy a better bike. And also be able to ride for more than 5 minutes. Baby steps though!

Anyway, that is my update. I can’t lie…2015 has been a really tough year for me. Between getting sick, multiple surgeries and just the stress of every day life, I’m all set with 2015. However, I’m going to make these last few months count so that I can start 2016 on the right foot. And hopefully that foot is attached to a pedal!


Health & Fitness Update!

by agirlandhermutt on August 12, 2015

Hello there! It has been a few minutes since we did a Health & Fitness Update so I figured today was a great time to talk about what I’ve been doing (or not doing!), what my plan is going forward and how I want to get there.


Where am I now?

About the same as I was a few months ago. My weight has hovered around the same area for the past few weeks. It is a few pounds over my wedding/pre-surgery date. BUT! My body has totally reshaped itself. Everything just feels out of place. My arms aren’t as toned as they once were and my butt seems to be not paying attention to the whole “stay smaller” directions I gave it.

I wish I could say that I have NO IDEA how this is happening, but that would just be lying to me and to you. I have the exact idea why this is.

Ice cream and beer. And not working out as much.

There ya go.

I do go to the gym fairly frequently but not nearly as much as I was prior to my illness in February. I’m six months post op and can hardly blame recovery for my slowness on some days. But some days I am just TIRED.

I’ve really been enjoying the summer and traveling and just having a good time. Unfortunately, that anything goes is what got me to my starting weight.

Untitled Heh. How funny is that before photo?! I have a fun squishy face. I remember see it and thinking I looked pretty good. It is amazing what tricks your eyes can play on you!Uh, no thank you.


My plan going forward?

To actually follow a plan. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers kind of half assed. Some weeks I’m really on my game and others, not so much. That isn’t the way the plan works. WW works if I do the work. I like to do a lower carb version of the plan and not put such an emphasis on “free” foods. That is where I get into trouble. Eating two bananas a day is not going to kill me. But eating two bananas on top of other “free” or “0 point” foods along with all the foods that actually have a points value will. Those free foods are great for adding a little umph to a meal, but I have to use them sparingly. I don’t mean vegetables. I mean the fact that you can have some cool whip for 0 points. Great. But what if you dip your spoon into the cool whip on 3 different occasions? Tracked one at a time they always come as 0 points, but tracked as one bite and now you have a 2 point food.

That is just an example. I’m not pigging out on cool whip. We don’t even have cool whip in the house. But you should get the idea of what I mean.

Then there is my workout life. This is a tricky one. On one hand I have to really be careful of my knee. I’m having surgery on it in September. I was scheduled for February but getting sick threw that schedule out the window. I’m nervous, but excited all at the same time. I’m ready to get this done and then get back down to business.

However, that surgery isn’t until the end of September. That is more than a month from now! So I just want to keep it consistent. I am into a mix of classes and body part specific weight training days. I’d like to get in a few spinning and yoga classes before my surgery too.

Honestly, I’ve never really tracked my activity points in WW. I totally should. Is aiming for 5 points a day too much? Too little? I know I have some WW experts in my reading group. School me on how that works! My meeting group is mostly walkers and don’t really do the whole intense exercise thing.

I also have some long term fitness goals to help keep me motivated. I’ll talk about those more in the future. :)


How am I going to get there?

So basically, I just want to KISS. You know…Keep it simple stupid. Drink my water. Eat my vegetables. Keep my grains and dairy to a minimum (I bloat like whoa). Track those free foods. Easy peasy, right? Sure. 😉

Ideally, my fitness schedule would look a little like this…

Monday- Spinning
Tuesday- Kettlebell Class (Fully Body)
Wednesday- Zumba or Pure Barre
Thursday- Rest
Friday- Zumba or Spinning
Saturday- Total Body Melt (Fully Body)
Sunday- Arms

It is probably a little heavy on the cardio, but it is all fun things that I will really miss doing after my surgery for a bit so I’m just going to enjoy them for now.

I’m also going to keep on tracking. I’m a big tracker. Both electronically and on paper. I know some people have serious issues with tracking and daily weighing, but I’m not one of those. I love having the historical info to look back on when I hit a plateau or just to even see how far I’ve come.

I’ve mentioned my love of planners (blog post about my Erin Condren and sticker love coming soon!) so I’ve been trying to use a planner to keep track of my workouts.

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I think that covers it for an update! Not really anything new, but more to let you know I’m here. I’m working. I’m trying. I’ll get there. :)

See ya soon!


Currently: June 2015

by agirlandhermutt on June 18, 2015

Just when I think life is going to go into a little less hectic mode, something comes up and proves me wrong. Fortunately, this time it was something fun. Karen’s Bachelorette Party! If you know me in real life, you know Karen. If you know me on the blog, then you have heard of Karen. She is one of my wonderful friends and also the amazing lady behind my fun showerette weekend back in October. This time it was her turn! Along with her best friend, Tina, I planned an old school sleepover. We had games. We drank. We laughed. We ate. A LOT. And we went to a fun fitness class!<—More on that tomorrow. Seriously. I already wrote the post!

With the end of the Bikini Series and party planning, I thought this would be a great time to do a Currently post. I took a look back and realized that my last Currently was around Thanksgiving. That seems so long ago!

Let’s do this.


CURRENTLY: June 2015

Current books:

I’ve been on a bit of a reading bender lately. I got a new Kindle with a backlight and it has changed my reading life. Over the past few months I’ve read:

The Selection (1-3)
The Lighting Thief
Allegiant (Divergent #3)
A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2)

So just in case you aren’t familiar with any of these books, let’s just say that they aren’t exactly hard hitting works. They are fun reads that sometimes make my brain feel like mush when I read too many of them. I enjoyed all of them, but needed something a little different. To counteract that mushy feeling I have started The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. He is also the author of Cloud Atlas, which I really enjoyed, so I’m excited to get into this book more.

Current music:

Karen’s bachelorette sleepover had an 80s theme.

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Current guilty pleasure:
Cheese. Specifically, Cabot’s Everything Bagel Cheddar Cheese. There is something magical about this cheese. It is indulgent, salty and love in one big cheese stick.


Current nail color:
A mismatch of tester colors. I was trying to find the perfect neon color for the party and ran out of time to paint my nails. So now I have a hot mess of colors on a few fingers.

Current drink:
Water. Like major water. I ate and drank my way through the weekend and have been trying to get hydrated ever since. H20! H20! H20!

Current food:

I finally roasted a whole head of cauliflower and I’m in love. I’ve roasted cauliflower pieces before, but never the whole head. I decided to give it a try the other night. I mixed together a 6 oz. container of greek yogurt, Slap Yo Mama seasoning and a little S&P. Then I just smothered the cauliflower with the mixture and roasted it for about 40 mins in a 400 degree oven. Easy peasy!


I ate half a head in one night and then had to ration it for a few days after that.

Current favorite show:

Ok, so I’m on episode 7 of Games of Thrones. Stop the presses. I’m finally catching up! I started watching it a few months back and then just stopped. It was so overwhelming. But now I get dirty looks when I say I don’t watch the show. So BOOM. I’m back on it! So far, so good. I should be caught up in about 3 years at the rate I’m going.

Current wish list:

Jeans that fit my waist AND butt. Why is this so difficult?! And these antique lace birks. I’ve been lusting after them for a few years but I already have a few pairs and I can’t bring myself to buy them.


Current needs:

As always, a nap. Seriously. Why isn’t this part of the work day?!

Current triumphs:

A really successful bachelorette trip!

AND I completed the TIU Bikini Series! I lost a total of 8.5 lbs during the series. I wasn’t perfect, but I kicked butt and stuck with it. This time last year I was the most fit version of myself because I was training for my triathlon. Unfortunately, my illness and surgery at the beginning of the year really put me down for the count. To compare me now to how I felt last year is just nuts. In addition to having a hard time getting my energy back after my surgery, I was really just really emotional and down. I felt like I was back at square one with my fitness. I had gained a few pounds and just didn’t feel good. The Series allowed me to get my mojo back. I got my eating back on track (along with the help of WW) and getting back into the gym. I’m not totally back to where I want to be, but I’m on the right track and that feels really good!

Current bane of my existence:

Birds. They keep crapping on my car and all over our house. Ugh.

Current celebrity crush:

Still Chris Pratt. Jurassic World style now!


Current Indulgence:

A new Erin Condren planner. Rose gold planner coming soon!

Current blessing:

Being alive. Plain and simple. Pitbull said it best,

“This for anybody going through tough times
Believe me, been there, done that
But everyday above ground is a great day, remember that”

Current slang:

I don’t have anything right now! I need to work on that one!

Current outfit:

All leggings, all the time. The weather has been all over the place and so has my fashion. I go through phases where I love my clothing and other times where I don’t. Right now I have a few key pieces that I love but could burn the rest of it. I don’t because I know in a few weeks I will love them all again. It is tough being a female sometimes!

Current excitement:

Beer & BBQ! Tomorrow night I’m going to a fun beer-y event with a few friends and we are going to enjoy some beer and bbq. Doesn’t that sound so summery perfect?!

Current mood:

Motivated. I’m working on keeping up with my fitness, my eating plan and just staying organized. I want to enjoy the summer and feel good about myself!

Current link:

Buzzfeed. I’m addicted to their YouTube page!


It is always fun for me to look back on these Currently posts and see how things have changed or stayed the same. Thanks for reading!

See ya soon!

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