Toe Taps, New Chunky Arctic Zero, Grandma’s Pork Chops, a Prayer and a Promise


I started the day with some resistance training at home. I used weights and a resistance band and did some of these toe taps (video link) here and there in between to keep my heart rate up.

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I hopped on the elliptical for an easy hour afterwards.

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Random breakfast eats in the car today were a roasted purple sweet potato with cinnamon and SunButter, egg whites, a chicken apple sausage and a low card tortilla with NuttZo and more cinnamon.

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I got to see snow today. From afar, but it was snow and I can’t remember the last time I saw it.

I got a fabulous delivery this afternoon of the brand new CHUNKY Arctic Zero flavors.

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I had heard a rumor that they were coming out with some really great new products and oh man they did. Check out these flavors.

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Everything is better with chunks anyway right? I controlled myself and didn’t get into them right away, but did try to get a good picture for you.

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Since it didn’t really show the fun cookie dough chunks I decided I was going to have to get into it later after dinner. Just so I can show you of course. Ha ha.

We took advantage of the only night this week we didn’t have anything scheduled to get in a family soccer game. I tried to capture a cool pic of the men behind me like the good photographers do.

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All it really is is a close up of my wrinkles and a scar where I had minor surgery as a kid above my eye. Lovely. That’s what over working and under sleeping will do to you. Consider this your warning. Sometimes department store sample skin care products can only take you so far. Ha.

These guys are getting better at their skills though (and at aiming right for the shins).

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Mom, STUFT Grandma as we now like to call her, makes the best pork chops and stuffing ever. I remember it as a kid and how good it was. I also remember her bringing it over as one of the first of many meals she made us when we had just gotten home with the boys from the hospital.

The other day on our long car ride I made her tell me exactly how she makes them because she still impresses everyone with them.

Here are the notes I took while she told me her secret recipe.

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Tonight after the big game I tried to impress all my men with it.


It was good, but not as great as Mom does it. She must have a secret. My chops got just a little dried out, but maybe it’s just my oven since pretty much everything I put in there gets overcooked or dried out. Or maybe I used convention when I should have just used regular. Oh well, let’s just say it’s the oven’s fault.

The men were still impressed though so it was definitely a win.


Oh and a huge thank you to Julie who told me that they do indeed make divided plates for adults from this post.


I tracked down the ones she suggested on Amazon and bought a set of six of these.


Obviously while the oven was on I decided to throw a couple purple sweet potatoes in for some roasting that I can have with my breakfast the rest of the week.


After dinner I couldn’t wait to dig into the new cookie dough chip flavor of the chunky Arctic Zero.

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Um yeah. It did NOT disappoint. It was so good and those cookie dough chunks in there made it just that much better. this could be a bit of a problem.



I had a good conversation with a friend today that brought me to tears. I told her that my prayers have shifted gears a bit from asking for healing and the ability to run again to just being at peace with whatever the future might hold with this hip business. Gosh darn it I want to run and I’m pretty sure I was meant to defy the odds and keep doing it for years to come even if it’s slow. But…….. if that’s not the plan and if I need to take a different route for awhile I just need the strength to accept that someone else has a much bigger plan for me.

That being said, I’m making a promise to myself that for the next 32 days until Easter I’m making healing top priority. I’d rather sleep more and write less, rest more and stress less, focus more on clean eating and healing rather than consuming enough coffee to get me through the day, and a few other things.

Yep, That’s my promise. I won’t go down without a fight and I’ve done a little too much of the “talking” rather than the “walking” and just hoping to get better on my own. Healing takes time, commitment, focus and sacrifice just like true training does. I’m giving it all I’ve got and if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be.

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I just found this little note right now while I was actually looking for a check. Still looking for that darn check I need to cash, but this note that came with one of my Erin Condren orders has some darn good timing.

Embrace your journey. Whatever it may be.


My orthopedic surgeon appointment is tomorrow and I have a surprise little adventure planned for the boys afterwards.


Have a good one!

Random Food and Answering Some Tumor and Hip Questions


This morning’s workout was half an hour practicing new KettleWorx choreography for tonight and 45 minutes of some sporadic intervals on the spin bike.

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Yeah, I had to relocate the clean clothes to an empty laundry basket first. Ha ha.

Tonight I taught KettleWorx and a HIIT class at the gym.

On my way home tonight it occurred to me that I didn’t take any pictures of anything all day. so I took some random food ones when throwing together a dinner snack plate type thing.

I thought I’d try out sardines for the first time ever tonight. I got these ones form Trader Joe’s recently.

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I was so wrong. I couldn’t do it. I opened it, freaked out a little at what I saw, had a little nibble and then fed some of them to the cats.

How do you eat them? Whole? With crackers or something? I’m just really confused and failed miserably at trying to be cool and eat them.

I tried to make my own bone broth once a long time ago and failed miserably at that too. I haven’t tried again since, but recently discovered this on Vitacost.

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I’ve been drinking a cup of it daily just plain or with a little ginger and turmeric added in.

This thin cakes are awesome and I’ve been eating them daily. They have different flavors on Vitacost, but I got into these corn, quinoa and sesame ones tonight.

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My two favorite condiments lately are guacamole and this spicy hummus dip from Trader Joe’s.

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I got a couple questions about what my warning signs were with the whole pituitary tumor thing. I touched on it in this blog post (which also has one of the best videos of the boys ever in my opinion).

I have not yet been back for a follow up visit with my doctor since I’ve been put on replacement hormone medication to treat the tumor and to normalize my hormone levels.

Specific issues I was having that made me go to the doctor were dehydration issues and sever sweating (which may or may not have had something to do with the tumor). I just felt like things were off. I’ve had extremely low hormone levels and issues for a very long time that didn’t really have any obvious side effects that I noticed, but now that the tumor was discovered, that might be the underlying cause.

I wish I knew more and had more answers, but the truth is I just don’t. Pituitary tumors are different in everyone and they affect different people differently as some are prolactin-secreting tumors and some are growth hormone-secreting ones.

Mine is neither. The doctor actually just had me do the brain scan to rule out the possibility of me having a tumor and then, hey, what do you know, we found a teeny tiny one.


The other question I had was about my hip. The whole hip dysplasia thing. I had leg-calve-perthes disease as a kid that was discovered at age 6. I need to find some pictures of me in my casts that extended down both legs with a stick holding my legs apart and the brace I had to wear for over a year when I was in first grade.

In this specific article from Mayo Clinic that describes it, it says this about possible complications.


By Mayo Clinic Staff

Children who have had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease are at higher risk of developing hip arthritis in adulthood — particularly if the hip joint heals in an abnormal shape. If the hip bones don’t fit together well after healing, this can cause the joint to wear out early. Hip replacement surgery eventually may be required.

In general, children who are diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes after age 6 are more likely to develop hip problems later in life. The younger the child is, the better the chances for the hip joint healing in a normal, round shape.


Yep. That’s me. I’ve got an arthritic hip and Mom reminded me that doctors told her a long time ago I would need a hip replacement. Fingers crossed that it’s not that time just yet, but we shall see. I have an appointment with the same orthopedic surgeon I visited two years ago on Wednesday.

My hip hurts a little at all times. Not awful, but it’s bothersome. I can do everything though except I have to be careful when doing anything on just one leg and the only real activity that really hurts is running. Running is so uncomfortable and each step has a stabbing pain in the groin area. Lovely, yes?

I keep hoping to just wake up and have it be gone, but funny how that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Oh life…….


Anyhoo. That’s all I’ve got for now. The one thing I can do is make sure I get enough rest so I’m off to bed at a decent hour so that 4:30 am alarm isn’t too brutal in the morning.

Have you ever had sardines?

What’s your favorite hummus? (Random, I know, but I’m curious since I’m stuck on this spicy one from Trader Joe’s).

What issues or injuries are you currently dealing with if any? (I know so many of us have our own and it’s nice to know others are struggling with something too. Don’t feel like you have to share with me. I’m just an open book. Ha.)


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