january coffee date: new year new me

I know that “New Year New Me” is a bit a trite, and of course, I’m really just the same person I always was. But I’m not the same person. I’ve sustained what we have to call a “life changing event” and while my chances at full recovery are super high, I can’t deny that I am very different.

Join us for this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date. After reading here, head on over to visit Coco and Deborah, our awesome link-up hosts.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I am starting the year with tea! What? I had the chance to try this loose blend from Modest Mix, and it was so delicious. I especially love that it was called “Badass Babe”, because I need some of that kind of empowerment in my life right now. The blend was green-tea based with fresh notes of ginger and fennel, making it both bold but also so smooth. You can save 15% on your order with code PUGLIFE if you want to give it a try – there are so many great blends with fun and irreverent names, perfect for you or a tea-loving friend.

I have partnered with Modest Mix Tea through FlipperSplash. I was gifted the tea, filtered straw and cleaning brush in exchange for my promotion. All opinions are my own.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I have watched so much television since my surgery. Ugh. I am usually way more of a movie person, but it seems like I ran out of movies (or was too fuzzy from meds to focus on the movies I like). We recently canceled our DirecT and went to all streaming, so I’ve started watching all kinds of shows. So far, I’ve competed The Mandalorian, Jack Ryan (season 2), You (seasons 1 and 2), The Witcher and now I’m on to The Boys. Any suggestions?

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Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I have been getting out a little bit more, and it’s been hard. Everything is too busy, too loud and too fast and I almost cried in the middle of Chick-Fil-A because I was so overwhelmed. I’ve spent so much time inside and alone that it’s hard being out and exposed. It’s really hard to convince myself to get up and leave the house. I’m sure we can all agree that this is not like me at all, and I’m fighting a hard battle to get back to my normal, adventurous self.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That my last PT session was absolutely amazing. My PT was really pleased with most of the range of motion in my ankle and we started working a bit more on my strength. I have four more sessions until I go back to the doctor for X-rays and hopefully get approval to lose this boot. He encourages me to start putting more weight on my leg, and I confess that I am so afraid. It’s just not second nature anymore, and relearning use of that limb is going to be so hard.

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Over coffee I would tell you

That I am a little afraid of being alone again. The boys will be going back to work and school and that leaves me here to fend for myself. I have work and books and puzzles to distract me, but I will miss Mr PugRunner taking me out for a quick Starbucks run or having someone around if I’m not feeling well. As an extroverted introvert, I was always so very ok with alone time, but this is very intimidating.

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I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, other than to remain healthy and to get better. That being said, I don’t have much of a choice but to embrace this “new year new me” mentality as I find a new normal and figure out where my recovery journey will take me.

What about you? What would you tell me over coffee (or tea?)

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32 Responses to january coffee date: new year new me

  1. I also remember being afraid to be alone after my injury and surgery years ago. You are getting stronger everyday and you will be ok alone. Netflix I have a few check out the show “you” watch season 1 first. The imposters (3 seasons) was so good! Hope that helps
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  2. Laurie says:

    I am not a tea drinker but I would drink that tea just because I love the name! 🙂

    If you have Amazon Prime, I would recommend Mrs. Maisel. We loved it!

    I can understand your reluctance about being alone. You will be OK, though. You are a runner, strong and determined. You got this! Remember, company is just a blog post away. Your running blogging community is here for you!
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  3. Wendy says:

    I second Linda’s recommendation–we devoured Mrs Maisel! Now we’re watching Fleabag. So many shows!


  4. I can certainly understand your hesitancy to being alone – I felt the same after dealing with major surgery a couple of years ago. You are getting stronger every day – you’ve got this and we’re all cheering you on!

  5. Darlene says:

    Yes you know I understand. And I was so much worse off. So if I could, you can.

    I hate running I’m pain. But I hate not running more.

  6. Kim G says:

    That’s great that your PT sessions have been going well. Really seems like you have been kicking book at your sessions!

  7. Marcia says:

    I can imagine it would be so weird and scary to start to put weight on that leg again. The healing time is SO short…probably doesn’t feel short to you though. I hope you do just fine when your boys go back to work/school.

  8. Coco says:

    So sorry you are struggling. I think once your husband is back to work and you realize you can handle it, you’ll start getting that confidence back.

  9. Recovery is empowering, but also quite scary. I totally get it. You will find, though, that the scariness fades as your confidence returns in doing all the normal things you once did before 🙂

  10. Catrina says:

    I imagine that feeling of abandonment and loneliness when everyone is gone is the worst. You mentioned friends that are visiting you – would they possibly be available?
    It would be great if you or someone else could organize some kind of rotation of visitors. That’s what we did with a friend with a broken leg here and it worked very well. Sending a lot of good wishes for 2020 your way. It’ll get better!
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  11. Farrah says:

    I’ve also recently finished season 2 of You and also The Witcher. If you have Amazon Prime, I’d super super recommend The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! I finished the most recent season of that last week and loved it. :]

    I’m glad your PT session went well and I hope you get to take off that boot soon! <3
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  12. That tea sounds amazing! I love tea.

    I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to be laid up for so long, and the recovery is so daunting, too. Someday, though, you’ll look back on all this.

    You’ll get back to your old self, it’ll just take time. And you’ll probably be even better!

    The fear of reinjury is absolutely, totally normal. You’ll get past that eventually, too.

    Here’s to a great 2020!

  13. I am a huge tea fan so I am going to give that a try! I am glad that you are getting stronger and getting out more now. I know it has been a rough road…so i am sending all positive vibes your way for 2020!!

  14. Renée says:

    While most people know me as a die hard coffee person (well, because I am haha) I LOVE tea. If I’m up really early and NOT working out (which is still sometimes the case) I have tea before breakfast and coffee. And always something “interesting” and definitely not standard. My current fave is a ginger mandarin orange blend.

    I definitely understand the fear and the feeling of not quite being yourself anymore. I am quite afraid that I will suddenly have that back and groin pain again and I just don’t want that. I think that’s why I’m not quite going full steam ahead yet. Cautious steps…

    wish I was there, I’d totally bring you coffee and keep you company.

  15. Cari says:

    Nthing Mrs. Maisel
    Good luck with the transition back to the guys being at school/work and congrats on the amazing pT
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  16. I’m sorry you’re struggling. You’re really doing great though, so make sure you acknowledge the gains as well as the lows. I know you’ll back to your old self, and hopefully soon!
    I’ve been watching Handmaid’s Tale, but it’s very dark. I don’t recommend in your current state! Will agree with whoever said Mrs Maisel above. I find it hilarious, but it also reminds me of my crazy Jewish family.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I saw season 1 of the Handmaid’s Tale. I loved the book and I loved the show. I don’t know if I’m in the headspace for season 2 without reading the sequel. I’m weird about watching stuff, and I don’t love funny things either LOL! I could probably use some humor in my day.

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