UPDATED – Long Overdue Injury and Rehab Update

Hi you guys! Thanks for stopping by today. I haven’t posted for awhile on my recovery, because I haven’t really known what has been going on. I was doing really well, and improving to the point where I got to try running on the AlterG. After the second time, my right side started getting aggravated again. It bothered me so much that I had to stop. (This is probably 3-4 weeks ago.) Since then, things just have not been right. I am having some of the same pain I was having before the surgeries, and anything I did that utilized the hamstring muscles would cause it to flare up. LaRissa suggested I go to an ortho here in Scottsdale to get another opinion, because we just knew there was still something significantly wrong.  

To make a long story short (my famous last words, always haha!!) I had to get another MRI before I could see this doctor. **UPDATE 10/24**-I will be going back to California to see Dr Guanche. He is one of the top hip surgeons in the country, and the ortho here will not see me because of it. I was hoping to be able to stay in Phx for any further issues, but I will have to travel again to see the best :-). These were the results:

To sum things up, I have a labral tear and a partially torn gluteus medius muscle on the right side. Was this missed? No one knows. I just know that it’s never felt the way it feels right now on the right side. I don’t know why on earth my labrum is still torn when i just had it repaired. We’ll likely need to do an MR arthrogram to see in detail what’s actually going on in the hip joint itself. I am still fine working and everything for now, so thank God. I have no idea what the next step is going to be at this point, because I am still processing the information myself. I am currently waiting to hear back from Dr Guanche’s office to figure out when I can go out to LA and be seen. 

Thanks so much to all of you for your support through all of this. They say God gives his toughest battles to His strongest soldiers. There are people out there with way worse things than this, so I am going to stay positive and take things one day at a time. I will keep you all posted. 

Pardon any typos or grammatical errors, as I am typing this very quickly right before leaving for work. 

Y’all have an awesome rest of the week, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Pie Muffins

I got 40lbs of honeycrisp apples a couple of weeks ago with my bountiful basket. Now I love these apples, but even little old me with her huge appetite hasn't been able to finish them all off yet. (I eat one if not two per day, easily!) I wanted to get creative and make some healthy muffins using the apples before they go bad. When I was at the store on Saturday, there was a special display with caramels that caught my eye. Caramel apple anything sounded just incredible! So I found a recipe on Pinterest that sounded perfect, modified it to make it a little bit healthier, and added a little surprise in the middle :-).

To make them healthier, I substituted applesauce and 3 tea coconut oil for the regular “oil” that the recipe called for, used two egg whites and one egg instead of two eggs, and substituted half of the sugar with Stevia in the Raw. I also added 3 tbsp of ground flax seed for some omega-3 fatty acids. The only ingredient that may not be GF is the caramels. It didn't say on the bag whether they were or not, so I just assume they're not. I cut those in half, too, so there would only be a little bit of sinful treat in the middle :-).

Here is what you'll need:

3/4 cup oat flour

1/2 cup GF all-purpose flour

1/4 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup gluten free oats

1/4 cup turbinado sugar

8 pkts of Stevia in the Raw

3 TBSP ground flax seed

2 tea baking powder

2/3 cup of almond milk

1/2 cup applesauce

3 tea coconut oil

2 egg whites + 1 egg lightly beaten

1 tea vanilla extract

1/2 tea salt

Cinnamon to taste (I added about 1.5 tablespoons)

2 cups of diced apple (1/4 inch cubes)

6 pieces of caramel (gluten free if that's a concern for you) cut in half

 

Here how you make 'em:

Preheat your oven to 400F.

In a large bowl or your bowl for your standing mixer, add the flour, oats, flax seed, sugar, stevia, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, minus the apple. Make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients, and mix until uniform. Add the apples, and fold them in evenly.

Line a muffin pan with muffin cups, and spray with non-stick spray (I used coconut oil spray.) Fill them up halfway with batter, and set the caramel pieces in the middle of each cup like this:

Then fill the cups up the rest of the way, throw them in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes until done!

These are great as an on-the-go breakfast or a quick snack. They taste just like apple pie with caramel drizzled on top! I hope you guys are able to try this recipe and like it! Let me know in the comments below if you do!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week! I'll be back soon with a post on some OOTD and EOTD pics that I've collected from the past few weeks.

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

September Ipsy Bag Opening Video

Since I showed you guys my Birchbox, it's only fair for me to show my Ipsy bag, too. Ipsy Bag is another $10/month cosmetics and beauty bag that was created by Michelle Phan. (Super famous and successfulYou Tube beauty guru.) If you'd like to see what it's all about, check out my latest video!

I'll be back with more blog posts and videos very soon!

Happy Trails!

Stacey