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 »

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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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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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How I Discovered I Needed Microfracture Surgery

last week i initiated discussions on cartilage defects with my post “Microfracture, and the One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For,”  today i will back-up a few steps to explain how my knee was acting, leading up to conversations regarding microfracture, the future of my knee, my lifestyle, my health, and my sanity.

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Odina Surf Bombora Bikini Top

it is important to go through the check list of requirements when searching for the ideal beach volleyball competition top:

1. comfortable

2. no adjustable strings to slide around

3. no pressure on shoulders

4. looks good

5. holds the girls in place

6. wicking material that can handle the sand and sweat

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lululemon’s Free to Be Bra

these days, lululemon is a household name. they have increased their market share within the fashionable fitness apparel industry by leaps and bounds in the past decade.  (surely my addiction to their product has been a big part of that.) it is with great enthusiasm that i present their products to fitness enthusiasts far and wide.  this week i am reviewing their “free to be bra.”

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Battling to the Center Court Finals

Last week was another successful week of volleyball.  It was a challenging week of volleyball as well; but how we fight through those challenging moments, is the greatest determinant of our long-term success.  And we pushed through our trials, all the way to the championship match.

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In the Money

this past weekend marked the beginning of beach volleyball season 2015 for my partner and i.  we kicked it off with a trip to seattle, a tournament at alki beach, and an undefeated record leading up to the finals match.

it was the first time either of us had competed at alki beach so we weren’t quite sure what to expect out of the competition, the beach itself, or the people.  needless to say, everything and everyone surpassed our expectations and we can’t wait to get back!

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Queen of the Beach

beach volleyball season, my favorite time of year.  and this year, i kicked the season off with a queen of the beach tournament in salt lake city.  the good people at wasatch beach volleyball host tournaments from may – september at their fantastic facility. this week was particularly spectacular as it was a sunny 75 degrees, but the wasatch mountain peaks in the backdrop were still covered in snow.  it was the perfect day for a tournament.

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Getting Sandy in New Orleans

for three consecutive years i have traveled to new orleans for work. there is a lot to squeeze in to any trip to NOLA, especially when my daylight hours are completely booked with meetings; but my volleyball outings will never be compromised in this great city. the facilities and people of the new orleans volleyball community are irresistable.