Today, I had another session of physical therapy in the pool.  It was very similar to my last workout in the pool.  The goal is to be moving and it’s easy on the joints.  I did walking forward, backward, sideways, squats, step ups, knee lifts, hamstring curls, bicycling, etc.  It was my last pool session.  The physical therapist thinks that I might not need land therapy after this week.  That would be GREAT!

My knee feels so much better.  I rested it over the weekend and I can tell.  The lateral movement is still sore and sometimes painful, so it’s certainly still needs work, but it’s not painful all day and that’s HUGE!

Next up: “real” workout tomorrow.  I’m shooting for 30 minutes on the elliptical, physical therapy land exercises and hopefully some arms (biceps, triceps, lat pull down, row, fly).

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Today, I had yummy “overnight” oats.  With the heat of summer coming, I may be making these often.

In an almost empty jar before bed:
1/4c Coach's oats
1/2c milk
1 banana
1/2c raisins
whole wheat pizza w/mozzarella, red peppers, mushrooms, sauce
salad w/lettuce, chicken, red pepper, drizzle of honey, sunflower seeds blue cheese
Late Snack
banana bread

We enjoy eating fresh, local food whenever practical.

For the past couple of years, our family has participated in a local CSA.  CSA stands for community supported agriculture.  Traditionally, it has meant that farmers (or groups of farmers) sell shares of their crop to individuals.  The individuals pay up front and it allows the farmer to purchase seeds, marketing etc. before the season begins.  The consumer assumes some of the risk with weather etc. and receives a share of the crop each week during the season.  This model has morphed into many different programs all.

For summer 2011, my family is participating in two CSAs.  We love eating local foods and it’s good for us in many ways.  I plan to write about our our produce and how we use it all season long.

Geauga Family Farms is one of our CSAs.  You can read how they describe it here. We participated in this CSA last year.  This is a group of Geauga county farmers that combine efforts to provide us with mostly organic, seasonal produce for 20 weeks from June – Oct.  This year, we will be picking up on Tuesdays at Whole Foods on Chagrin Blvd.  We are looking forward to the start of the season.  The photo above shows the variety of items that we enjoyed in 2010.

Fresh Fork Market is our other CSA.  This one is set up quite differently from the GFF one.  Trevor Clatterbuck runs the program.  He partners with many farms and local producers to provide a variety of local produce and other products.  We participated in this CSA for the winter and really enjoyed the variety of items (including meat, cheese, grains, etc.)  We’ll be picking this bounty up at Beachwood High School on Thursdays this summer.  We’ll have a pick up for 22 weeks beginning this Thursday.

4 Kodiak cakes w/peanut butter, maple syrup
1c milk
salad w/chicken, red pepper, sunflower seeds, carrot, blue cheese, honey
Afternoon Snack
banana bread
wheat bread
potatoes, onions, carrots
Late Snack
banana bread
 Posted by at 9:23 PM

Today, we had another birthday party to attend.  We decided to ride our bikes.  Nick and Sally rode in the trailer that Stephen towed and I rode my single.  Our friends with the birthday girl live just over 2 miles away.  We had a great time at the party.  There were lawn games and birthday hats.


And of course, the birthday girl! (who was not at all interested in the cupcake!)


We left to ride home.  Even though it was starting to sprinkle, we detoured to Rite Aid to buy milk.  It’s a good thing that the trailer has a cargo area.  We dodged a bit of lightening on the way home, but the downpour came after we were all settled inside.  My computer on the bike needs a new battery, but I estimate that we rode a little less than 6 miles.  The knee feels worked, but good.

Next up:  no concrete plans for tomorrow.  Smile

banana bread french toast
Morning Snack
orange juice
1/2 bison burger on whole wheat bun
crunchy apple greens salad
Afternoon Snack
banana bread
Addie's birthday
3 corn tortillas, with taco meat(2), pork(1), cheese, sour cream
handful of chips
sip of juice
Late Snack
pineapple, banana, coconut water smoothis
 Posted by at 8:17 PM

Today, we had a birthday party to go to for a girl who turned 4 today.  The party was at our local park.  So, my activity for the day was walking to and from the party for a total of just over a 1/2 mile plus standing around at the party. Oh, and a few (not many) PT exercises.

Mostly, today was just about friends and family.  Enjoy the day in pictures.

Here’s Stephen on the bike with Nick and Sally in the trailer arriving at the park.


Sally sliding across with help.  Nick laughing down the slide.


Most of the kids at the party.


Time to sing!


The birthday girl enjoying her favorite pastime.


Next up: another party tomorrow and some more PT exercises.

 Posted by at 9:43 PM
2 Kodiak cakes w/grilled peaches & maple syrup
Morning Snack
cheese sandwich on my way to the birthday party
At party: melon, juicy juice
After at home: 2 whole wheat tortilla w/cheese
Afternoon Snack
banana, 1T maple syrup, 1 unsweetened chocolate square, 1T peanut butter
bison burger w/sprinkle of blue and shrooms on whole wheat bun
apple crunchy slaw
Late Snack
piece of banana bread, cup of milk
 Posted by at 9:15 PM
1/2c oatmeal, 1 apple, 1T peanut butter, cinnamon, 1c milk
Morning Snack
handful of cashews
whole wheat dinner roll
salad w/lettuce, carrot, red pepper, honey, blue cheese
2 eggs, corn, mashed potatoes
Late Snack
chocolate maple milk
 Posted by at 8:59 PM

Today started out like a regular day.  The kids and I headed to the J and I did a mostly rehab workout.

The workout:

  • calf raises, 2 sets of 15
  • single leg balance, 5 times
  • bridging, 12 times holding for 5-10 seconds each
  • step ups, 2 sets of 20
  • ankle pumps, 2 sets of 20+
  • quadriceps sets, 2 sets of 10 on each leg
  • straight leg raise, 2 sets of 10 on each leg
  • triceps, 1 set of 12 at 60, 50, 40, 30 and 20 pounds all in a row
  • biceps, 2 sets of 12 with 10 pound dumbbells
  • elliptical for 3 minutes (this felt “ok”, but I didn’t want to push it yet)
  • 20 minutes in the pool (water bicycling, etc. with a floatation belt)

I’m starting to feel a ton better.  My knee is most sore after kitchen work with the side to side motions.  As long as I don’t do lateral moves, it’s doing great!  Physical therapy works.


After our trip to the J (and a side trip to get Nick’s glasses fixed AGAIN!), we headed to John Carroll University to meet up with Lisa.  She writes a blog called Life After Losing at  She actually went to high school with my husband.  One day he said, I think you’d like this blog and the rest is history!  We enjoyed our packed lunch in the cafeteria with the kids.  We talked about FitBloggin’ and blogs and enjoyed our time together.

Next up: day off of planned exercises, but will try to do a few of the physical therapy exercises throughout the day