What a week! I am still getting so much support and feedback from my post about rehab. It has felt amazing. Rehab is currently just as hard as when I wrote the post last week, but I continue to strengthen and manage the pain created by my cranky and lazy muscles. I had no idea how hard rehab would be, and it is a huge physical and emotional effort. I am exhausted just about all the time! My physio has been stressing recovery days for me, and my over energetic and antsy disposition resists them 100%. Working on resting and relaxing inbetween higher training days is crucial…it is a challenge to say the least.
When I am not walking, hiking, practicing cycling, or doing my exercises, I: bake, read, shop, and listen to podcasts. I recently read Clara Hughes’s book Open Heart Open Mind. I would recommend this book for anyone! I am really into reading memoirs, especially ones written by young women. Her book chronicles her incredible athletic career, as well as her struggles with anxiety. She seems to be a person whose main coping strategy is exercise…which I relate to ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I feel like I can’t even be anything without physical activity, that’s one of the reasons my injury has been so devastating.
Check it out!
I also listened to a very touching podcast from NPR’s Fresh Air. It is an interview with a man who wrote a book about his wife’s battle with Leukemia and eventual passing away. They had a young daughter, too, and he talks about how his daughter really gave him permission to resume living his life, although heartbroken from the loss of his love. It is an equally beautiful and heartbreaking story of love, loss, and continuing on. Many people have similar stories in their families. 5 years ago my uncle passed away from Leukemia, and it was extremely sad, but oddly a relief to see him finally at peace. What is so interesting about this author’s story is that he didn’t feel relieved, he felt sad, and like his wife still had so much to offer. Our stories of loss are all so unique, and beautifully sad in their own ways.
Alice and Oliver Novelist on Marriage, Cancer And the Pain of Uncertainty
Fresh Air got me through some of the toughest times of my down period. The insight and stimulating conversation this podcast provides is almost unparalleled. Love it!
Onto cake! I am obsessed with baking bundt/pound cake. It’s also very Spring-like out, so I have been using light citrus-y flavours. I was trying to figure out what kind of cake I wanted to bake and I settled on Lime and Coconut. Coconut is incredible, and lime is lovely. You can’t go wrong with this cake.
Coconut Lime Pound Cake
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (you can use butter if you have no coconut oil)
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups self rising cake flour
- Zest of Three limes
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cup shredded/dessicated coconut
- 1 cup icing sugar
- Zest of a lime
- 2-4 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf or bundt pan.
2.) Soften coconut oil and beat on high until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla and lime zest. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
3.) Juice the limes and alternately beat in the lime juice, yogurt and cake flour. When combined, beat in shredded coconut.
4.) Bake for 45-50 mins, or until a cake tester comes out clean!
5.) Glaze when cake is cool.