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300+ days….and overjoyed!:)

Sorry it has been ridiculously long since my last post…life got so busy and hectic between my new job and my husband finally coming home that I barely have had time to think!

The biggest update of course is…

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I am so ecstatically happy to have him home and safe! And so are the puppies…

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Other than that’s it’s been work, life, workouts, and yoga all nonstop!

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It’s a good life:)

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Days 272-288…a whirlwind of exciting things!:)

 

I have been so out of the loop recently because life has been one big crazy wonderful whirlwind! Ending my grad school and assistantship and internship phases of life, getting rid of some toxic people in my life, a mini vacation, and starting a new job!

So let’s recap through pictures!

Lots of fun hiking adventures with the pups…as always!  On this day, a random dog offleash ran up to us and Chloe monster head butted him with her muzzle on…she was pretty mad someone tried to interrupt her walk!

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On my last day at my assistantship, one of the supervisors gave me the prettiest rose bush!:)  I felt the love!

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I was so lucky to have so many friends come and visit me throughout my vacation!  A full house!

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Which included a fun girls’ beach weekend trip!:)  Just what I needed to destress after 2 years of grad school!

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…and yoga on the beach is always needed…

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Unfortunately, I had to kick out my roommate this month.  I tried to give her a chance to get her life together despite some tricky circumstances… let her live with me rent free for the year, was nice to her, tried to really help her out….then found out she was spreading lies about me, compulsively lying about many things, possibly wanted to break up my marriage and other nasty things.  I am generally very understanding, but REALLY?  That’s a little too much for me.  So I made the decision to cut her out of my life completely.  No hard feelings (or at least I’m trying to be all zen and harbor no bad feelings!), but bye-bye!

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AMEN!

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I’ve been thinking about getting a few tattoos since I’ve always wanted one and never gotten around to it…. I really want the sanskrit script for the yoga sutra 1.33… maybe on my shoulder? And I want to get “HOPE” possibly with a bird outline on my rib.  Also I’ve always loved the shakespeare quote “love all, trust few, do wrong to none”…maybe another rib idea?  I am really bad at making final decisions!

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With all the guests this week, the pups had a FIELD DAY!

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So many hiking adventures on my week off!

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And I got two more rooms painted!  Brought a fresh clean new energy to the room I had been “renting out”…made it a happy and inviting place!

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The pups helped by howling the whole time I was on vacation…

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I took an old ugly pink lamp from the 60s and spray painted it more modern looking!

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Am I on vacation or are THEY on vacation?

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I also painted my husband’s future “man cave” room!  So much brighter and serene!  Just ONE MORE ROOM to paint before I can officially say I repainted the ENTIRE HOUSE while my husband was deployed!!!!  Feeling accomplished!

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Been trying to keep up with my workouts and am feeling really strong and awesome!  I officially threw out the scale last month and have been focusing primarily on being and feeling healthy and strong!  Best decision ever!!!

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I LOVE spring time and flowers!

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More awesome hikes are always a plus!

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And a nice day full of painting!

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Literally I love being a crazy hippie who sits in the grass and paints!  I could do it all day!

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I also took advantage of the nice days to go for a few nice runs!  This part of the bike path was nice, but I did accidentally find some not so savory parts of town on my run this day…I turned it into a speed workout!

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So much fun laying out in the sun with my babies!

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We found the most beautiful hiking spot on an old farm when my friend and I went for a hike.  I cant even begin to describe how incredible this field of flowers smelled!  It was like heaven!

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I am obsessed with my crazy new yoga pants!  How were these on sale at TJ Maxx?  Did no one else see how awesome they were?

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Yes, that is just THREE paper chains left until it is JUNE!  I am in disbelief!  Still no exact dates for hubby to come home, but it’s almost the MONTH that he will be here!

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Me hiding in the corner with my secret drinking problem, since apparently there was a roommate rumor that I was an alcoholic…because yes, an alcoholic can totally carry a job and a 3.95 GPA in grad school…dear lord…

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Three of our close friends came to help me complete my happy birthday/homecoming surprise for hubby!  A brand new floor and bedset!  It’s a whole new bedroom!  Goodbye to asbestos blue floor tiles and tropical sheets from college dorm days!

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I started my NEW JOB as a mental health home based clinician on Monday!!!!  What a super hectic week as I got thrown right into everything!  With my mental health background I am happy to feel slightly at ease with a lot of the situations and paperwork, etc….but this is now a MASTERS level job and I’m definitely feeling exhausted after the first week!  Even though it’s Friday, I still have a 430 intake appointment coming up before it’s officially the weekend!  And thank goodness its a three day weekend for Memorial day!

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I think my iphone wants to kill me….this is totally NOT what I asked Siri to remind me of, but somehow she came up with it herself…scary…

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After work, I’ve been trying to hike the dogs since they arent used to being alone all day…look at that smile!  I think she appreciated it!

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And just another reason I love my silly husband…he decided he wants to learn to play DRUMS when he comes home…so I come home from work to find a DRUM SET DELIVERED TO OUR HOUSE!  Hahaha…I dont even have words, but I’m excited for him to become world famous.

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Update…blue dress!

The blue homecoming dress option…

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Days 240-243…slacking off! (but not really)

I’ve been slacking off on the technology front!  But only because everything else has been such a whirlwind…finding out I got my new job and will start in May, figuring out how I’m going to fit in my last summer class, taking over for my boss when she left on maternity leave, juggling classes and portfolio work and finishing up my internship hours (only three left!!!), keeping in touch with hubby and realizing how soon he’ll be home, and lots of house projects!!!  And of course tons of quality time with my kids, aka the doggies  

Let’s start out with a gratuitous shot of the pretty new shirt my aunt bought me on my way out the door with tons of caffeine for internship…20130410-144921.jpg

I got a super creepy letter in the mail…

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Really “Greg”?! WTF?!?  I looked this creeper up and apparently he is a RI contractor or something so maybe he just tries to do real estate in a super unprofessional way?  Either way, a handwritten note seems pretty creepy Lifetime movie stalker of the week to me, so I was a litle freaked out for a while…

The dogs did plenty of weird silly things over the last few weeks…

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We are all SO glad it is finally nice out!!!  Tanning in the yard was a must!

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I got a new pair of Nike Airs…my favorite!  Well, a new old pair…these were an ebay find:)  And no, I’m not gross, I wash all the shoes I buy on there so it’s technically just me being a cheap broke grad student…

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Stairs are DONE!  These stairs have been an eye sore since we moved in…first with the puke green carpet, then with the mismatched scuffed paint and old carpet nails.  I finally had the time and patience to paint them to a beautiful welcoming entryway:)

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Looks like real wood!  Dont tell anyone I was super lazy and just picked a nice dark brown paint to look like wood. 

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Chloe got a bath…

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Puppies napped multiple times…

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Days 229-239…When it rains it pours! Oh April showers!

There has been wayyyy too much going on lately for me to keep up with daily blogging!  I’ll just fill in on the highlights of the ten day span that life got hectic!

First, my lovely husband sent me this fraken-box full of awesome gifts from faraway lands…

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Neat painitngs, scarves, a little lapis lazuli lion, another bracelet…I’m one lucky girl!!!

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I have been inspired by some positive and calming quotes the last few weeks…I loved this piece of art I saw online…I kind of want it as a painting in my house!

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I’ve been keeping up with my training to some extent…no super long runs, but a nice jaunt in the woods down to the water was a pleasant 4 mile loop.

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Following my run, I enjoyed some coconut blueberry yogurt and homemade granola!

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I really am enjoying my little ‘altar’ in my room…peaceful pictures, my little buddha statue, and nice candles…helps me relax before bed!

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Homemade granola oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the BEST invention.  Don’t judge me for making them the size of a small plate…

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The weather is getting SO nice…hiking with the puppies is becoming a much more regular occurence!

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And the crocuses have started to come up!!!

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I had a few yardwork days, including starting a bonfire to burn off some scrap wood we had laying around!

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The pups indulged me with some photoshoots, as usual.

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Trying to get Chloe to pose for a cute picture…she said NO I WANT TO BITE YOUR HANDS!!!!

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Saturday I went for a nice long run at a new park near Providence (well new to me!)  I dont know how I’ve lived here so long and never found this place before!!!!  So cool!

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There were swans!!!

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Well…it’s almost half way to the distance I’ll need by April 28th…this isn’t going to be my best half marathon ever, but I’m glad that I am still commiting to just get through it.  I think it’ll be a good motivator to keep up my training, and also such a great milestone to get me to May and graduation!

 

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PS I love how McDonald’s advertises on the mapmyrun app…REALLY?! 

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I am obsessed with my ProCompression socks!  wore these after my long run the other weekend and they are AMAZING.

More puppy spring weather photoshoots of course happened after my run!

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Later on both dogs decided they HAD to sleep on my lap…no one at a time crap, both needed lap time RIGHT NOW!  Oh, pathetic attention hungry pups…

 

 

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We enjoyed yet another hike at the sand dunes…love this place!

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I absolutely love collecting little positive affirmations, especially regarding healthy body image…I found this gem on tumblr the other day and had to share…  I love this message, I have recently stopped weighing myself.  I am still focusing on eating healthy and working out every day, but I realized I was placing way too much importance on the number on the scale and for no reason.  No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the numbers I wanted, and it seemed the only time they changed was when I wasn’t even trying.  I decided it was time to put away the scale and just focus on how I feel and how I look.  I would rather be strong and healthy and doing all the things I love than be at a lower weight and be tired, miserable, and obsessive. 

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My mom and aunt visited and brought up our little foster who they adopted…three amigos back together for the weekend!

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Ultimate doggie fighting matches ensued lol…

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We tried to relearn some basic obedience, but my mom has definitely spoiled him!

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Many yoga adventures were had…and I got a new yoga shirt!  Time to play around with some balances!

 

 

 

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Kindle decided that since he is big and strong now, he would play with a TREE BRANCH.

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The deployment paper chain gets shorter and shorter…I feel like I’m climbing the walls!  It is so close yet so far away…I am just restless and a mess right now!  I know I need to focus on the small landmarks along the way…the half marathon, graduation, my new job, etc…but it’s hard to not just fixated on that homecoming day!!!!

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Just for fun, a crazy chloe picture…

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I decided to plant some flowers when I got out early from my internship…a new rose bush, azaleas, and some lavender!!

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I’m hoping since they are hardy plants, I can keep them alive…I’m not the best at the whole gardening thing haha.

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My big project has been redoing our stairway…phase one complete…check back for phase two!

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It was in the 70s this week!!!!!!  Tanning on a blanket was a must!

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And of course the epic Jack joined me…in all his epicness…

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Days 215-221…yogafit level 4 and getting cleared to run again!

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Do I always start off my posts with pictures of the dogs?  ….yes, yes, I do…

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Nothing beats sunny days and puppy kisses!

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And cute puppy naps!

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I am SO excited to run our yoga mala 108 sun salutations event tomorrow!  We are going to bring in the spring and hopefully get the warm weather back since we had a freak snow storm Monday night!

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I made a quick whole foods stop on my way home before yoga Wednesday night…needed to buy lots of yummy food to prepare me for my 4-day YogaFit Level 4 training in Boston!!!

Day 1:

A beautiful view from our conference room…

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Love me some free shirts:)

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The training was at the Boston Hyatt Harborside and the views were amazing!

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I really really enjoyed learning basic Sanskrit for the pose names.  I forgot how much I LOVE and excel at learning languages.  I would really love to learn even more Sanskrit and am once again dedicated to relearning Spanish and at least one other language in my life.  I am having so much fun going over the pose names in my head and learning the unique pronounciations.  I am excited to bring some of them to my classes as well!

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My dog sitter sent me this funny series of photos that totally sum up the pups…

Chloe’s stick…

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Jack’s stick…

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I got home from the 2 hour drive around 830, made lunch for the next day, then slept and woke up once more at 5am to beat the traffic and get there by 7…

Another lovely day!

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Delving into the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras…LOVE love love the yoga philosophy part of teacher training.  I have always been drawn to sutra 1:33, “MAITRI KARUNA MUDITOPEKSANAM SUKHA DUHKHA PUNYAPUNYA VISAYANAM BHAVANATAS CITTA PRASADANAM.
By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”  Now that I can pronounce the Sanskrit, I am really considering getting the script for this as a tattoo…I feel like it is such an important lesson to remember every day…

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I absolutely loved the vinyasa classes each day!  Day two was the day of backbends…my specialty!!!  I may not be able to do handstands or headstands or crazy hip openers, but give me a chance to drop from standing into wheel or flip a downward dog to wild thing and I’m there!

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Day three brought another 5am wakeup, and I made it to the 7am bonus class!  Day 3 also brought the need for some extra caffeine…

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I’ve had these malas hanging up in my room for I dont know how many years…I dont even remember where I got them from!  Sadly they are somehow missing one bead, so they are a 107 mala!  Oh well, I still think they are pretty and I love the mysterious aspect that I have no idea where they came from!

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Watching the sailboats on the harbor took up my afternoon…

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More Sanskrit!  So much fun!

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During break we took a little walk on the water…so gorgeous out, even though it was pretty cold…

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I have a problem with taking too many pictures!

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Of course I needed to do some crazy yoga poses while we were outside…who doesn’t do yoga in the 30 degree weather?

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Onto day 4!  It was amazing how fast the weekend went by.  A 4 day training seemed so daunting, but it was the last day before we even knew it!  This had a lot to do with our instructors, Tracy and Lisa…they were truly amazing and inspirational each step of the way!

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Day 4 is inversion day…and with orthostatic hypotension, I can’t really go upside down.  But I totally love this halfway up modification we learned in level 3, so I stuck with this for the practice.  All the benefits of an inversion without the passing out lol.

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Another photo shoot followed lunch…my friend Ashley and I had way too much fun coming up with crazy poses to do in front of the city skyline…

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Fun partnering poses!

….annndddd TADA!  My Level 4 certification!  Now I just have Level 5, retrain level 1, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga Back , and I think one other one-day workshop and I will have my 200!  I’m getting there!  It will happen:)

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Now onto other random things from this week…

Runner’s World sent me this great article on strengthening exercises…this one for shin splints looks awesome and I definitely need to build more lower leg strength so I can’t wait to try it!

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First day back after Level 4….I was planning on an easy day with some cardio, but my friend needed a last minute Pilates sub, so I jumped in!  With some green tea, I was ready to go and it was fun to incorporate some new moves into the class I had learned this weekend!

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I had such a good idea on carrying multiple yoga mats for our event on Monday night…I felt like a genius…

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I don’t know why I got such a laugh out of this, but I paused the Biggest Loser finale at a random moment when Allison Sweeney looked like a zombie and texted it to my friend Katie and we laughed about it for a good ten minutes….

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Freak snowstorm …really?!?!?!

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I’m trying to make an effort to eat REAL dinners most nights of the week.  Usually I just eat a snack for dinner, but I am trying to incorporate more healthy proteins into my dinner now.

 

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This picture summed up my entire day…

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Wednesday came with a trip to the orthopedist to make sure I wasn’t developing a new stress fracture in my leg (yay I wasn’t!)  The doc helped me to figure out how to change my gait to avoid putting pressure on the outside of my leg and how to stregthen around my knees to avoid the pain I’ve been getting.  I’m hoping I get through the half in April with no injuries!

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