These Old Bones Prove a Happy Life

i have recently gone through the 5 stages of loss and grief. what did i lose, you ask? my young joints and invincibility. i have kicked and screamed my way through each stage to finally come to accept my new physical self. i had to get back to that place where activity solved all of my problems, where all of the weight was taken off my shoulders, where i could let go and do something for myself and myself alone. and i have arrived. i have learned to embrace my new physical self that is a result of years of (what many would call) abuse; but i now choose to refer to as, a happy life. Read More »

The 6th, Unmentioned Love Language – Activity

many of us have heard of the 5 love languages – the book, authored by Gary Chapman, and the concept, now commonly referenced in relationships world-wide. it discusses how we love others and how we want to be loved. it tells us there are five methods through which people express love: physical touch, acts of service, quality time, receiving gifts, and words of affirmation. but i would argue that there is one very significant love language missing from this list – activity.

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30 books in 2016

when it comes to new year’s resolutions, some struggle to set goals and put them in ink; my struggle tends to be quite the opposite. an old friend, coach, and boss, has always told me that i was a paradigm of “having too many irons in the fire.” in years past, i laughed at him when he said that to me. but now that i am all the older and all the wiser, i completely understand what he meant, and how being that person can also be negative. in contrast to those individuals who may not finalize their goal setting, i tend to set so many resolutions that the degree to which i can extend myself in any one of them is limited. in 2016, i am recognizing that fault, and making a change. i don’t need to do everything, but everything i do, i need to do well.

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A Look Back – My One Year Blogging Anniversary

in january of 2015 i decided to launch a blog. i did so with a brief post, and some photos of the destination that inspired me to finally go live – Lake Tahoe. in the past year my blog has molded into a healthy living blog that encourages others to be active, to be outside, and to be themselves. in celebrating the one year anniversary of thefirst2hours, i thought i would share some of my favorite posts from 2015.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Healthy Goal Setters

today we are 4 days into 2016. i have been to the gym 3 of those 4 days, and every time it has been packed!!!

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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Christmas Run

one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during the holidays, but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy holiday traditions. last week i discussed one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine – cutting down our family Christmas tree. another healthy holiday tradition one can begin, is a holiday fun run.

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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Tree Hunting

during the holiday season we are surrounded by unhealthy choices: egg nog, Christmas cookies, lazy days, alcohol, football watching marathons, overeating, and more. it is difficult to make healthy decisions during the holidays, but it is doable. one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during this special time of the year (which i personally believe one SHOULD do in moderation), but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy traditions. one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine, is cutting down our family Christmas tree.

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The Benefit of Hiking with Dogs

there are few companions in this world i enjoy taking to the mountains more than my pups. everyone knows that dogs are (wo)man’s best friend; but did you know that dogs are (wo)man’s best hiking companion? let me give you a few reasons why.Read More »

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My Knee Microfracture Surgery Recovery Timeline

recently, i have written about knee pain, cartilage defects, the symptoms that led me to discussions regarding microfracture, and how i made the final decision to move forward with the operation. once that decision was made, the inevitable next questions i asked (and all athletes ask) pertain to the recovery process and timeline.

physician provided information is limited, and ambiguous. every person has a different knee. the size of their cartilage defect varies, as does the exact location of the defect within the joint. all of these differences impact the outcome of the operation, and therefore the timeline for recovery. due to these unknowns, doctors are reluctant to provide microfracture patients with any specifics.

much like the physicians, i can’t promise that others’ recovery will follow the same timeline as mine; but i’m hopeful that by providing others with this history of my recovery, that it will give them a better idea of what they could expect.

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Life, Simplified

living a simple life is easier said than done in our modern day world. so easily we get caught up in our work, our social calendars, our “todo” list, money, responsibilities, etc.. every obligation creates a greater sense of urgency and stress.

and then once in awhile, we find ourselves in a place like this,

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