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)

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?

Scenes from the Weekend

I love weekends away. Especially ones that involve visiting far away family, delicious eats, lots of laughs, and a cute baby.

Mr. B and I made our way to Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend to visit his cousin, wife, and their newly born son. This weekend was his baptism and we were asked to be his godparents. I guess that makes Mr. B the Godfather and me the Fairy Godmother. 😉

We flew down on Friday evening, arriving rather late. So, we made our way to a bar we had visited the last time we were there to catch the last of the Blackhawks game and grab some grub. Kickbacks was the name of the place and they have a great and fun menu, including a things like Hamburger Helper and PB & J sandwiches. They also have quite a few beers on tap. Perfect qualifications for us!


After some sleep, we headed over to meet Bronson & deliver the baby blanket I had been working on for ages. (And finished minutes before we had to leave on our flight)


We got our baby snuggles in with the little guy and had a tasty breakfast that Kayleigh made us. She made grits, which were quite delicious! I should have asked her what her secrets were, because mine never turn out that well!

John and Kayleigh had a fun and relaxing day planned for us on Saturday. We headed to the Riverside Arts Market, which was great. I loved seeing all the different arts and crafts. One of my favorite stands was from Fresh Jax. They had all sorts of spice blends,sauces, and vegan goodies. I’m a total sucker for anything cooking related and picked up some great looking spices.


The nice thing is they also have an online store! So, if we find ourselves in love with any of the things we got, we can order more! We also enjoyed the beautiful weather and some live music at the market.


We then headed to Blue Fish a restaurant that Mr. B and I discovered last year. They serve raw oysters and other delicious foods, so we went there for a light lunch. We also stopped at one of Kayleigh’s favorite cupcake spots, Sivada Cupcakes. I got the banana pudding one which was amazingly delicious!


John is in the Navy, so he took us for a tour around the base. It was my first time on a base, so I had no idea that they are like a mini-city inside the gates. We also walked around and looked at some planes they had on display. Bronson got to fly around like a plane as well. 😉


Saturday evening was spent hanging out at John & Kayleigh’s where we had a bon-fire and played a card game. It was nice to just hang out and get time with them. It was a late night, followed by an early morning for the baptism.

Mr. B & I put on our Sunday best and headed to church. Bronson was a champ and didn’t fuss too much, I didn’t catch anything on fire when handed the candle, and Mr. B didn’t drop the faith chest. So, I would say it was a great success! 😉

There was a little get together after the service, where Bronson was promptly changed into his Blackhawks onesie we got him for game 3 of the playoffs. Broson and Mr. B both enjoyed the game and celebrated a win. Not gonna lie, my heart was pretty much mush seeing this.


Sunday evening involved more family time, another card game, and not enough baby snuggles. We said our goodbyes and headed back to our hotel. Mr. B and I were both a little down to leave, as we really had a good time with everyone. We will see them soon enough and have already talked about starting a savings fund to visit John, Kayleigh, & Bronson while they are stationed in Spain over the next few years.


Yesterday was a long travel day, including a 4 hour layover in Atlanta. I made sure not to sit on my butt the entire time and walked the terminal while Mr. B did some work. I hit my step goal and also picked up a new book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I posted about it on my Instagram and got an over whelming response that it is a great read. I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think. 🙂

Today it is back to reality and I must get off here to head to the grocery store!

How was your weekend?

Have you read the above mentioned book?