Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Post #101

So i just realized that my last post was #100. Yay for me :)

So if you don't know me, I am a physical therapist. I see lots of interesting patients on a daily basis and get told all sorts of stories, which I always said that I need to write down because this is stuff you just can't make up. But this isn't about that.

I had a patient the other day whom I am seeing for low back pain from a sledding accident. I saw him a few times and he would get a little better but not completely. He was getting discouraged, I am trying to figure out why my usual course of action wasn't making a much progress as I expected. Then he came in yesterday and said, "I have something to confess, I didn't tell you everything." AHA! I knew there had to be something else. Well turns out he moved furniture last weekend and was significantly worse, but with the exercises I prescribed and ice the pain level decreased. The weekend before he sat in a camping chair while watching his son play baseball (not the best posture for prolonged periods of time). So we did more education on postures to avoid and how to modify what he is doing and he left with NO pain. We also tweaked the exercises a little.

I love these days when I feel that I can really help someone and I can say "I was a good therapist today." I must admit that there are some days that my heart just isn't in it. Tired. Burnt out. Not enough exercise. Hungry. But yesterday was a GOOD day.

PS. I ran 3 miles today while both kids were sleeping. It is gorgeous outside so I just ran up and down my driveway a few times. Yes, it is a long driveway.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

So, I like to think that I am pretty good at being ecofriendly and trying to do whats best for my family. We have used cloth diapers on both our kids, sometimes dry clothes outside, eat lots of fruits and veggies and limit the processed foods. I am not crazy, I do still like my sweets. So lately I have seen a lot of DIY homemade laundry soap on pinterest and it peaked my interest. There were many recipes but they all had the same main ingredients so I figured it was worth a shot.

I adapted this recipe by adding 1 bottle of Downy Unstopables for scent.

DIY Laundry Detergent
3 Bars of Fels-Naptha - grated
1 - 5 lb box Oxiclean
1 - 4 lb 12 oz box of Borax
1 - 4 lb box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing soda
1 large container of Downy Unstopables

 All the ingredients mixed in a 5 Gallon Bucket
 It made A LOT of laundry detergent. The jar on the left is a 1 gallon jar and the container on the right is a pretzel container. I have heard stories that this will last at least 6 months and sometimes longer.
Today was a lazy, rainy Saturday. We had planned on going to watch Wally in his bike race in Massachusetts then head to CT for a visit and some other to do list stuff. When I found out that we couldn't bring the dogs into the park where Wally was racing the whole plan changed. We had to bring the dogs because we were then headed straight to CT and you obviously can't leave the dogs home alone THAT long. I decided that it would probably be easiest if I just stayed home. Which meant that I had time to get Faelyn's 2 year pictures done. It is about 6 weeks late but thats ok.
 She loves coloring.
 Isn't he happy? He only let me get in a  whole 2 miles before he started crying. I will try and get back on the treadmill later.
  Happy Saturday!! Hope you enjoy your day :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

3 Things I Love - Running Edition

1) The new addition to our stroller collection ;)

It was bought mostly for Wally as a bicycle trailer. We bought the double before we were even pregnant with Walter knowing that we wanted to have a least 1 more kid. Faelyn loves going for rides with her Dad. She gets her helmet and climbs right in. I got to use this as a stroller for the first time last weekend at Wally's bike race. The large wheels are great on the dirt roads. I am currently using a Phil and Ted Double on our back roads and it is not as easy to push as my Mountain Buggy (which I LOVE) but it is a single stroller.

2) Road ID 

As I mentioned in the last post there was a very large crash at Wally's last bike race. We both have Road ID's and I was thankful for it at that time. Even though it was needed. You are able to customize it with whatever you want, important medical information, inspirational quote, phone numbers...

3) Foam Roller 
I think this is probably most athletes favorite tool, once they start using one. It definitely has the hurts so good type feeling.

These are just nice additions to the usual, shoes, socks, shorts, tank, headbands, and jackets.

What are your favorite running tools?

Monthly Update and DIY project

So I am really trying to get into the habit of this blogging thing again. Life has just been a little crazy over here in NH.

Little miss Faelyn is getting big. She turned 2 about a month ago. She got this bow and arrow for christmas and loves practicing with Daddy. She is getting pretty good at it and starting to pull it back on her own.
 Walter is just about 10 months old - he LOVES standing. He is pushing everything around the house and will walk while holding onto your hands.
 When the weather was nice for a few days we got to spend some evenings outside. This little girl did not want to come inside. I can't wait for the weather to get nice again. I really need to drag the patio furniture out from the basement so we can start eating dinner outside.

 She started to really love the dogs. She started giving them hugs. She helps with feeding them too :)

 She is also obsessed with climbing this big rock in our front yard. It is the prefect size for her to try and climb it. Last year, Wally would just sit her on it because she couldn't get down on her own.

Wally's race season has officially started - we went to MA for his first race. It was definitely an adventure. It was supposed to be a 20 mile race which would have been 4 laps. Just as the pack was coming around for the finish of their 2nd lap half the pack didn't come around. There was a HUGE crash. Luckily he did not get hurt. He ended up on top of someone. Once he got up he started pulling bikes off of other people to help them. There for 3 major injuries. It took quite some time for him to ride back to the finish. I was getting really worried and actually packed the kids up in the stroller to start walking to find him. I just couldn't imagine what I would have done if he was one that was lying in the street unable to get up.

In the mean time we had a great time running around and playing while Daddy did the little bit of racing he did do.

My current project is going to be this -
DIY Laundry Detergent
I will let you all know how it goes and how it works. I have heard great things about it so I am very excited to try it.

The kids are making easter crafts in daycare today, can't wait to see how they turned out. I am very lucky to have found such as great woman to watch me kids.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Upcoming Races

At the beginning of every year I always get excited about the race season and which races I want to run. I say "race" but really I am just out there for fun. I am not anywhere near fast enough to be competitive, especially in my age class.

So this year, I have already run a 3 mile race and did AMAZING (for me at least) and felt great 27:53!!

I haven't really decided on what else I am doing EXCEPT one big one.

HOOD TO COAST in Oregon.

This is a 199-mile relay with 12 runners in 2 days. I am so excited. One of my old friends contacted me when she got in the lottery and of course I couldn't turn down this opportunity. I am sure it is going to be one of the hardest things I do but totally worth it. This isn't until August however training starts NOW.

I have been working on strength training and I have realized that this race is all about running and even though my 5K time is significantly faster I need the endurance that only comes with practice.
Which means run, run, run.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Happy Monday,
~ Katie

Friday, February 14, 2014

3 Things I Love Friday

So, I really am trying to get on this blogging thing more than once a month. So, I am following in Lauren's footsteps with 3 Things I Love Friday.

1. Quinoa - I have been making a lot of it recently. It is so easy to pair with anything that you are making; chicken, fish, pork, steak. I have added sun-dried tomatoes, craisins, roasted red peppers, and whatever type of cheese we may have. Goat cheese works great because it melts and gets creamy.

2. Coffee - lets not forgot I am a Mom, and Walter is still getting up about once a night. But I can't really put all the blame on him. I have always enjoyed coffee and drink 1-2 cups a day even when I was pregnant.

3. Vacation - We are leaving tomorrow for Florida. This will be our first flight with both kids. I am just a little stressed because I have not packed yet, but I have my list ready for when I get home from work tonight. I am super excited to be getting away and relaxing. I can't wait for Faelyn to see Mickey again. I hope she loves it.

Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Walter - 7 Months

Walter is 7 Months Old.

I can't believe that time has gone by so fast.

He is 27 3/4 inches long and 16 lbs 15 oz.
Likes most foods; sweet potatoes, apples, avocados, french fries, pizza crust. I think you get the point.
He sits and plays with most of his toys.
He does not like sharing with his sister.
He pulls himself up onto low toys or my legs when I'm sitting on the floor with him.
He just started crawling 3 days ago.
He has dark hair and blue eyes just like mine. He looks so much like my brother's baby pictures.

People told me that boys were special and I have to agree. I love my daughter but there is something about this little boy that melts my heart. The way they look you in the eyes and have such a genuine smile. I just can't get past it.

As for me - 7 months post partum. I am 5 pounds from my goal weight, which is also my pre-pregnancy weight. Most people will say that you won't lose that last 5 pounds until you stop breastfeeding however with Faelyn I was back to my normal weight at this time. Not to make excuses but I also had 2 babies 15 months apart. I have been working out. A little running. But my main focus has been P90x.

So why P90x? Well, because we have it. I started it before getting pregnant the first time and really wanted to finish it. I am currently on the 10th week of the 13 week schedule. I must say that I am much stronger and leaner than before. I am not following the nutrition/diet plan mostly because I want to make sure I get enough calories with breastfeeding. I must say I am really enjoying it. Just when I am starting to get bored with the workouts it changes.

I can't wait for what the rest of the year has in store for our family. It will certainly be an adventure.