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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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Week One of the December Beginner’s Yoga Challenge

This December, I made a commitment to yoga with the 2015 Beginner’s Yoga Challenge. This challenge is hosted by 2 professional yogis – BEACHYOGAGIRL and KINOYOGA – and one host/sponsor – MANTRAYOGA. As the name suggests, this is a yoga challenge for beginners. I have been working on the basic asanas in hopes of being able to further my practice in 2016. Every day a new pose.
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Getting Back to the Basics with a Beginners Yoga Challenge

this december, and in 2016, i am making a commitment to yoga. historically, yoga and i have had an unstable relationship; but the further along we get in our relationship, the more i’ve realized why i keep going back for more. i know where i want to go from here, and i have set some goals to help me get there.

to advance my yoga practice, i first have to take it back to the basics and master the asanas that are the foundation of the practice. from december 1 – 24 i will join a group of yogis in the Beginner Yoga 2015 Challenge. every day a new pose. i welcome others to join me.

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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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Gear Finder – Get Lost in Green

find the recommended activewear from previous post… “Get Lost in Green”

NIKE DRI-FIT RELAY TANK   *   LULULEMON IN FLUX JACKET

LULULEMON WUNDER UNDER PANT   *   BROOKS GHOST 8 RUNNERS

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Nike Dri-Fit Relay Tank

Purchase at www.eastbay.com for $27.99

Purchase similar, the Teaser Tank from Montiel Activewear for $28

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Good Exercise for Bad Knees

“just wait until you turn 30,” everyone said. “that’s when everything starts to go downhill.” i refused to believe them. i was the exception to the rule. i was in better shape than most.  i was fit. i was strong. and i took good care of my body.  but there was one thing i didn’t account for – my joints.  joint problems are a commonality amongst lifetime athletes; and although i had never had any orthopedic issues in my life, i celebrated my thirtieth on crutches, a week after having microfracture surgery on my right knee.  ever since i have been trying to replace all of the good exercises that were previously performed on my good knee, with good exercises that could be performed on my bad knee.

discovering exercises that were knee friendly was not a challenge.  but discovering knee exercises that were knee friendly and that i actually enjoyed was a huge feat.

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Live on Bloglovin

great news, thefirst2hours has finally linked up with bloglovin! You can follow my blog with Bloglovin by clicking here. and to celebrate this new community, i thought i would share a visual history of some of the goodies that have been featured on thefirst2hours in days past.

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My Best Workout Partner – the Stopwatch

many moons ago, while i was a collegiate athlete, i lifted heavy weights because i was trying to perform better on the court…. NOT!  of course i wanted to perform better on the court, but the truth is that i lifted heavy weights because my coaches forced me to. i definitely gained plenty of muscle with their weight training program (more than i would have liked to be honest); however i was completely uncomfortable in my own skin, and i did not notice any significant improvements in my game.

these days, i have changed my style of working out to better align with my goals. i traded in my olympic weight training platform, for a new workout partner – my stopwatch – and i have never once looked back. for the majority of the population whose goal is to tone and trim, i can’t recommend adding a stopwatch to your workouts enough.

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Gear Finder – The Bar Method

find the workout clothes from previous post… The Bar Method

FABLETICS OULA TANK   *   CHAMPION SEAMLESS SPORTS BRA

LULULEMON WUNDER UNDER PANTS   *   PUMALITE SOCKS

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