Showing posts from June, 2015

Baby Steps: My First Run Back!

A few weeks ago, I posted about a climbing injury. At the time, my doctor told me that I had torn my meniscus, meaning that both running and climbing were off the table for the foreseeable future. However, after two weeks on crutches, my doctor ordered an MRI and discovered that my meniscus was not the issue! I had a deep bone bruise (which, as he explained, is basically like breaking the inside of your bone).

Although it was still a pain have to sit on the sidelines for a month, it was ultimately good news. Bone bruises heal on their own, so that meant no surgery. It also meant no physical therapy, so I didn't have a whole lot to share on here. Time is the only cure for bone bruises! He told me that I'd have to use my best judgement and go back to running when it didn't hurt anymore.

So, a little over 4 weeks post-injury, I decided to test the waters and see how my knee held up on a short jog.

Running shoes laced up and ready to go!
I decided to start off with a simple 2-m…

My 5 Favorite Apps for Healthy Living

Confession time! Despite working in the tech industry, I'm actually not very into mobile apps at all. Aside from the basics (Google Maps, Twitter, Lyft, Instagram), it's very rare that I actually take the time to download and keep an app on my phone. However, there are a few that I absolutely love and, in my opinion, play a major role in living a healthy life.

1. SleepCycle. I downloaded this on a whim (it was the featured app on one of the Starbucks free download cards!), but it has become one that I am constantly recommending to people! Using your phone's accelerometer, SleepCycle keeps track of your movements while you sleep, then wakes you up at a point in your sleep cycle that is least disruptive. I'm not a morning person, so I'll take just about any help I can get when it comes to waking up in the morning — but its benefits go beyond that. My doctor likes to check my SleepCycle stats when I go in for appointments to make sure that my symptoms aren't due t…

June 2015 Birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox filled with surprises :) This month's theme was adventure, which I thought was fitting for the start of summer. It's the perfect time of year to find new and exciting things to conquer!

This month, every Birchbox included eyeliner. Although their preview video had said it would be from Eyeko, I received a Marcelle one instead. I already own an Eyeko eyeliner (and am not overly impressed with it, despite its good reviews on Birchbox), so I wasn't too disappointed by that! They also included a headband as a bonus sample.

In this month's box... Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel Tocca Isabel Eau de Parum Pura Vida Lace Headband
Despite getting a fragrance sample (I hardly ever end up using them!), I was overall very happy with my Birchbox this month. Even though I don't use headbands frequently, it was nice getting a bonus sample. I hav…

Birchbox + Gap Party in San Francisco

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend one of Birchbox's events celebrating their partnership with select Gap stores. They held these at a few different locations around the USA, but the concept was the same in each: build your own Birchbox bars, champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to try out all kinds of Birchbox favorite products. I dragged my friend (and frequent running buddy) Whitney along with me to the event at Gap's flagship San Francisco store.
Our first stop for the evening was the build your own Birchbox bar. Whitney is not a Birchbox subscriber, so it was all new for her. As someone who has subscribed to Birchbox for almost a year, it was pretty exciting nonetheless. They had a lot of fan favorite products available for people to select, including my all-time favorite Birchbox product, Klorane dry shampoo.

As I've expressed before, fragrances are among my least favorite Birchbox inclusions. So, when I found out that you had to select a fragrance to i…

On the Road to Recovery: First Day of PT

I'm officially on the road to recovery!

I had my first physical therapy session the other day after several days feeling more than a little stir crazy inside the house. Although I wasn't able to do much exercise-wise (they mainly just showed me a few little movements to keep my quads strong while I'm off my feet), it's nice to know I'm at least making some positive progress.

For my first session, they were primarily assessing the extent of my injury. That meant a few uncomfortable tests (they move your leg around in all kinds of interesting ways) but nothing too painful. They wanted to see how I was walking on my crutches to make sure I supporting myself properly. They had me straighten my leg out and pull it back in, measuring my flexibility along the way. Before my physical therapist left the room, she taught me a few basic exercises to do on my own (and encouraged me to keep doing crunches and other ab work at home as I've been doing).

The session ended with…

7 Pro Tips for Making Life Easier on Crutches

As I mentioned the other day, I tore my meniscus while bouldering recently. That means crutches for at least two weeks (possibly even more if I have to get surgery). One thing I've learned about crutches over the last few days is that they are not fun! Between bruised armpits, the fact that it takes forever to walk anywhere and an inability to carry anything, they make life a little challenging. However, there are a few little things I've noticed that seem to make crutch life a little easier. So, here are some of my (kind of) pro tips for making life on crutches just a little easier.

These guys are controlling my life right now...
Do not be afraid to ask for help! There are just certain things you cannot do when both your arms are working overtime to keep you mobile. At my office, I've had to ask my coworkers to do everything from carrying my laptop into meetings to getting my coffee. And as someone who likes to be self-sufficient, I hate having to do that! But, taking your …