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The Hip, a Bazillion Pictures and Some Delicious Protein Balls

The Hip, a Bazillion Pictures and Some Delicious Protein Balls


How’s that for a title after I haven’t blogged in forever? I’m definitely losing my touch (even though I never really had it). Ha ha.

Honestly I was avoiding writing (and avoiding a lot of life things) until I had my deciding orthopedic surgery appointment which was last Tuesday.

My surgery date was yesterday. We decided to cancel it for the time being at my appointment last Tuesday after a very lengthy discussion. To keep a very long story short, my stress fracture has healed and my right hip looks great in the x-rays. I’m not in pain daily like I was for 2 months. I can do everything else without pain except run. I can do jumping jacks, burpees, I can finally walk up stairs and uphill (that was incredibly painful for about 8 weeks), I can do lunges, etc.

So……… given that I feel good and can do all these things without pain and am not showing huge symptoms of labral tear issues except the continuous popping, he decided to not go in and do an invasive surgery and have me on crutches for 2 weeks and totally out everything for about 6 weeks.

I’ve been instructed it’s too early to test out the waters and run, so there will be no running until 2017. If once I get back into running, the pain comes back or we realize the tear is causing more pain than it is now, we’ll do surgery then.

It was really a huge relief once the decision was made. I’ve spent these last few months kind of putting everything on hold waiting to see what’s going to happen and thinking I was having surgery this week, but now I feel at peace with the situation and am ready to just hold on to being able to do what I can.


My long distance racing might be done, but I always joked that this time would come (and I was told about 3 years ago my a hip specialist I had to change my lifestyle and go on a 6 month running hiatus). So, I’ve pushed the limit far enough and am finally ready to just accept it. I’m going to keep an open mind and see what happens once I am cleared to run again in the new year, but my main goal is to keep not only my bad hip (the hip dysplasia one), but my good hip (this one) in good working order. No more messing around. So if that means my running das are over, then let it be. We’ll find out when the times comes.

I’ve picked up like 5 more classes a week at the gym subbing for my friend that’s on maternity leave, so that helps to keep me busy and sub in some other things for running. It’s really nice to have to focus on strength training again rather that always putting it off to get my run in instead.



Okay, I said I was going to make a long story short and I didn’t really do that. Oopsies.

Let me make it up to you with this. Ha ha.

I guess I’m not going to stop there either actually. Here are some of the things that we’ve been up to the past couple weeks.

Lots of elliptical time.

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Lots of Frieda’s Stokes purple sweet potatoes.

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Lots of Vega Sport Protein.

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Lots of organizing around the house. I’m really proud of my new oil set up.

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Lots of protein ice cream eating in front of the TV with the boys on weekends..

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Lots of cat cuddles.

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Lots of doTERRA oil diffusing. This is in the workout room.

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This blend is currently in the kitchen.

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I  got my hands on the new Quest blueberry muffin bar and it did not disappoint.

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These On Guard Beadlets didn’t either. I have them on hand at all times when anyone feels like they may be coming down with a little something.

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Lots of SunButter and bacon and apple eating. It really is a good combination.

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I actually even tried NuttZo on a burger last week because someone else suggested it. It wasn’t too shabby.

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Lots of quality time with the boys. We’re spending our days going on new adventures and finding new places to go hiking.

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Speaking of the boys, they have such different personalities. Joaquin is the artist.

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Judah is the writer.

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Not only do I freaking love Kind Bars (especially this Black Truffle and Sea Salt one),

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but I love the whole idea they stand for about spreading kindness and looking for it everywhere.

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We’ve been trying to make our snacks a little healthier and this one is a keeper.

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Celery with a Laughing Cow Cheeses wedge and turkey wrapped around it. Mmm hmm..


I’ve also been adding Cinnamon Oil to my coffee every morning in place of sweetener.

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Baseball season has ended and as much as I wasn’t looking forward to the boys playing baseball, it was pretty darn awesome and they want to do it again in the spring. I’ll have to get myself ready for that, but nothing beats these smiles.

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The hubby was out of the country for work for over a week and man I don’t know how you mamas do it with traveling husbands or those of you supermoms who do it all on your own. It was a long week. We are all really happy he’s back.

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Okay, so if you’ve made it through this novel so far I really feel like I owe you a little something.

Like these balls.

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These are some amazing protein balls that I just have to share with you. I’ve made them twice so far. The first batch was for a SunButter blog post, the second batch was a revision without the honey and because we went through the first batch a little too quickly. Ha ha.

You can whip them up in about 5 minutes and keep them in your refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container for a quick grab and go protein snack.

STUFT SunButter Pumpkin Protein Balls

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1/4 cup SunButter (or not butter of choice)

1/4 cup melted coconut butter (I use Artisana)

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

2 scoops of protein powder (60 grams) (vanilla works well, but I also really like Quest salted caramel for these)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)

pinch of salt



Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Chill in fridge for 30 minutes or so.

Form balls using a tablespoon or just roll with your hands.

Return to the fridge for another 20 minutes or just start eating them right away.


Store leftover balls in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze in Ziploc baggies for a quick snack on the run.

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Oh heck yes, these are amazing!

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Have a wonderful day friends!

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  1. 1
    Heather (Where's the Beach) says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re finally not in constant pain and are able to do more, even if you can’t run. I hate that for you truly. Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. 2

    thanks for the update! please keep us in the loop – positive vibes and prayers coming your way for continued strength and healing!! i love protein balls and your version looks delish!!

  3. 3
    Laura says:

    I’m sorry you can’t run right now, but am glad you didn’t have to have surgery. You look BEAUTIFUL and have such a wonderful family. I have been re-reading your blog from the early days and it is awesome seeing your boys from babies to almost 7 year olds! I’m so glad you are able to keep exercising and pray your hip heals so you can resume running. Thanks for keeping us updated and have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. 4

    I am so happy surgery is off!!!! Yahoo & love the look of your life right now minus the hubby travel! 🙂

    I am sure if running does not happen, you will find something else…. a survivor!

    LOVE FAMILY PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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