Aside from the usual, not much is going on at Casa West this week. But I did want to share something that’s making me happy lately:

Bicknell Avenue

I’ve run hundreds of miles, back and forth, on this path. It’s where I trained for my marathon in 2006 and where I developed the chronic achilles tendonitis a few years later that plagues me to this day. For a few years, Mick and I ran this path together (well, separately, because he runs much faster than I do, but together because we were on the path at the same time). But when we moved to Venice we got out of the habit. The distance to the path, though not far, required a car or a bike ride, and instead I joined a gym nearby. Mick pretty much stopped exercising altogether.

But our trip to Peru and our Wayna Picchu climb were good reminders for both of us that it’s incredibly important that we do what we can to stay in shape. I want to be skiing down mountains when I’m 80, after all. Though by nature I tend toward laziness and inertia, I can’t imagine not being able to do the things I want to do because I’ve allowed myself to become too sedentary. It’s no longer solely about my weight or appearance, it’s about enjoying life as much as I can, for as long as I can.

I’m happy to say that in recent weeks, Mick and I have begun running this path again. It’s great to have regular access to a gym and its equipment, but running outdoors is something that just can’t be duplicated on a treadmill. It’s harder, but it’s so much more rewarding. I’m getting close to running 3 miles without stopping to walk, which is my first benchmark for being in some sort of shape. Mick, of course, can already do it, and is working on his speed at the moment.

Mick and Holly Run
We earned that sweat, yo

So that’s what we’re up to. Do you have any plans, big or small, for this summer?

One thing I love about serious traveling is that despite the amount of food/drink consumed, I never gain weight. Why? It’s the walking. So. Much. Walking.

Since February, I’ve been using the Fitbit Force to keep track of my activity. Normally, I manage to get my 10,000 step goal in about 75% of the time, mostly by utilizing a treadmill desk and twice weekly visits to the gym. But during our vacation to Peru, that number increased drastically.

Here’s a glimpse at my Fitbit dashboard for the week we were away:

Fitbit Screenshot


As you can see above, my weekly total for May 4-10 is 73,148 steps. During a normal week, I average between 55,000 and 65,000 steps.

Breaking down the numbers for the entire trip (May 1 – May 9):

Total Steps Taken: 102,083

Total Floors Climbed: 398

Total Miles Walked: 42.55 miles

Total Calories Burned: 21,828

The day we went to Machu Picchu was my most active by far. I took 18,318 steps that day and climbed over 200 floors. I don’t know, maybe that has something to do with the fact that I climbed this?

Waynu Picchu

When I found out I had to have ACL reconstruction surgery, of course I googled it, looking for people who had the same surgery. I found a few blogs about it, but I quickly found that reading them raised my anxiety level. Still, it was good to have a little information in advance from people who had been where I was going, so I’m going to pay it forward by writing about what happened to me. This promises to be a long, boring post, but hopefully it will help someone like me who wants to know exactly what happens when you have ACL surgery.

The surgical center I went to was Kerlan-Jobe in Los Angeles and my doctor is Dr. Daniel Kharrazi. So far, I’ve been really pleased with the treatment I’ve received from Kerlan-Jobe, Dr. Kharrazi, and especially the staff at Kerlan-Jobe.