A Real Pain In the Ankle

On Friday I got an email from my friends over at Bowflex asking if I wanted to take part in their Summer Strong challenge. I was super excited as I love cardio, but I really do enjoy working on my strength as well.

My favorite part of the challenge is that Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland designed the challenge to take only 5 minutes a day.

5 minutes day, people!


They are also sending me their Bowflex SelectTech® 552 dumbbells and a 30-day supply of Bowflex Body™ protein powder (which I already have some and have been creating smoothie recipes to share soon!).

Just what I needed to help with give this challenge my all!

Then this happened….


I was getting down with my bad self doing some skater jumps during the 21 Day Fix Cardio video. Nothing too crazy or intense, but I went to jump to my left foot when I hear a snap, crackle, and pop. I fall to the ground with a bunch of expletives coming out of my mouth.

I call Mr. B (and my mom) to say that I think I have sprained my ankle. I hobble to the kitchen, able to put weight on my foot with not much pain. I got an ice pack and by the time I got back to the living room, my ankle looked like the above. I continued to walk on it as I didn’t have any pain.

Mr. B came home and we headed to the walk-in clinic where they told me that I had broken my fibula. They gave me a lovely air cast and an appointment for the orthopedic doctor on Monday. Oh and strict instructions not to put any weight on it.

Not being able to put weight on the ankle was quite the challenge, but Mr. B was a HUGE help. And I found that getting around on crutches is MUCH more easy when you are a fit person. My right leg and arms are going to be huge! Haha.

Being confined to the couch and bedroom all weekend was a pain, but thankfully my family came over on Saturday to celebrate some birthdays. Oh and my sister and brother-in-law got a new corgi puppy, Franklin. Who doesn’t love puppy breath and snuggles?


So, it was nice to have the company and I did make it outside to enjoy a bonfire. All that activity caused me to be in pain a lot of Sunday. Mr. B was a great guy and even got up at 5:30 to get me some pain meds on Sunday morning. I spent much of the day in bed watching Mad Men and knitting.

Yesterday was the appointment with the orthopedic doctor, which I was nervous about. There was the chance that this injury could end up in surgery. Thankfully, the doctor had nothing but good news for me. He discovered that the ‘break’ was actually just a chipped fibula that could have been done when I was younger (I have injured my ankles multiple times). He took a few more x-rays to make sure that my bones weren’t separating. They weren’t, so he ordered a walking boot for two weeks and crutches for just one more week.


Not the sexiest boot I’ve owned, but I’ll take it over surgery! I’m glad that it is warmer weather out so I can wear all my dresses without worrying about having to work around the boot. And everything goes with black, right? 😉

Of course this means that my normal activity won’t be happening. This doesn’t mean that I can’t do other things though! I still have arms and abs that function!

This is where those Bowflex SelectTech® 552 dumbbells will come in handy! I also have the book Smart Girls Do Dumbbells which will be a great resource for strength exercises. And there is the 10 Minute Fix for Abs from the 21 Day Fix that I can do as well.

It’s not about being bummed about the things I cannot do, but finding the things that I can do. Any suggestions? I do know that I will be more than ready to get back to my daily walks! But healthy healing is more important that racking up the steps on my FitBit!

Will you be taking part in the Bowflex Summer Strong challenge? Click that link to head to their website, you can even win your own pair of SelectTech dumbbells!

Have you injured your ankle before, any tips? (I did discover that a plastic lawn chair makes showering MUCH more easy)

Love The Skin You're In Virtual 5k

A Dime From the Universe

I finally took a HUGE leap I chatted about last time we sat down for a spell. I purchased the needed materials to get my personal training certification! I cannot tell you how good it feels to finally have it purchased. Although, I must admit there was a lot of anxiety before doing so.

I sat down at the laptop last Friday morning and for the millionth time, logged on to the ACE website. I pondered over the packages that they offered, again as I had done a million times before. I picked the Premium Package and added it to my cart (not the first time I did that either). I even made it to the point where I needed to enter my credit card information.

Then the anxiety kicked in BIG time. The “what ifs” kicked in and took over.

What if nobody wants my services?
What if I fail?
What if this is a huge waste of money?
What if I hate it?
What if….what if….

I even cried.

Yeah…it was bad.

I closed the laptop without purchasing and went to the bathroom. When I walked out, I heard a coin drop on the ground. I looked down and saw a dime on the ground.

Now this may not seem like a big deal, but a couple of Sundays ago I was at a paranormal/psychic expo. At that expo, my friend and I listened to the ladies from Divine Goddess Radio talk about listening to your intuition and signs from the Universe. During this talk they mentioned how pennies and dimes are a huge sign.

I took that dime as my sign from the Universe to just do it. I picked up the dime and ran up the stairs to talk to Mr. B. Through tears I explained how anxious everything was making me, which he of course calmed me down and told me just to go for it.

So, I went and did just that. I entered my credit card information and finally completed the purchase. I sat in that fear based thinking for quite some time and I must say now that it is done and over with, I’m fine. Let’s try to remember that the next time we are fearing something so deeply.

The materials showed up yesterday and I’m not going to lie, it feels overwhelming.

My @acefitness materials showed up today! Not going to lie, I'm nervous about tackling this. #icandoit

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Overwhelming, but exciting as well. It has been awhile since I have had to actually study for something. I actually enjoyed school, so I don’t see the actual studying part being difficult. What I find being difficult not letting myself procrastinate! I’m super good at that! Ha.

I know that I’ll need some structure to be sure that I’m getting my studying done. So, I picked up this to-do list printable from The Nifty Planner over on Etsy.

I’m hoping that it will help me stay on task with not only this, but other areas of life as well!

So, here’s to a new adventure and the next step in my pursuit to be my version of Jillian Michaels! 😉

Have you studied for you CPT before? Any tips?

What fear have you tackled lately?

Love The Skin You're In Virtual 5k

Love The Skin You’re In Virtual 5k

It has been a year since the whole Shape magazine debacle. If you’re not sure what in the world I’m talking about, it started with THIS, which became THIS, and the final product became THIS.

As I sit here and reflect on the time, I can’t even really put into words what it all means to me. I never thought that standing up like I did would lead to such an amazing outcome. Never in a million years did I think it would all turn out like it did.

Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud.

But, I always have felt that I could do more. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do.

Then it hit me the other week, why don’t I raise money for an organization that empowers girls and helps try to change the face of media. Both things that I truly can get behind and feel like help make the world a better place.

After some research and a call out for help, I found 2 organizations that fit the bill!


Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. (source)

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.


Beauty Redefined is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, UT, that is dedicated to taking back beauty for females everywhere by promoting positive body image online and in person through research, activism, and speaking engagements. (source)

Beauty Redefined is dedicated to promoting positive body image and resilience through teaching people to recognize, reject and resist harmful messages about female bodies in media and cultural discourse. We do this through speaking engagements in a wide variety of settings, offering online education through our website and 8-week online program, and continuing the conversation through social media. (source)

Talk about two great organizations doing some great things to change the world we live in! When I read what they were both about, I knew that I needed to do something to help them out. Which is where the thought of a virtual 5k came in. I figured that would be fun and a great way to raise some money.

What is a virtual 5k you ask?

Well, it is just like a regular ol’ 5k, but you do it on your time. There’s no getting up early, no dealing with parking, and no crowds to battle your way through. Heck you don’t even have to do it outside if you don’t want to!

So walk/run/bike/swim/skip your 5k and at the end of it, I’ll send you a medal!

Easy peasy, right?

Oh, you probably want to know what you’re earning, don’t you?


That’s the medal I will be sending your way when it is all said and done. Isn’t is awesome? I’m pretty much in love with it!

Here are the details for the 5k:

* Sign-up begins May 4th, 2015 and ends on June 20th, 2015
* Cost is $25 (this covers the medal, shipping, and other fees. Any profit left over is donated to above mentioned organizations)
* Open to US residents only
* You can complete your 5k whenever it works out for you!
* Medals will be shipped after June 20th

All transactions are made through PayPal (no account needed), it is important that you enter the correct address as it is where I’ll be shipping your medal. (If you do have a PayPal account, make sure it is up to date!)

You may also order more than 1 if you are wanting to complete the race with a friend or family member. When you go to the order page, just change your quantity.

Click the image below to sign up! I’d love to have you do this 5k with me!

Also, use #lovetheskinyourein5k on all your social media so I can keep tabs on all who are doing the race!

Love The Skin You're In Virtual 5k

Will you be joining me in my virtual 5k?