JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 252 :: wearing the wrong bra

9 Sep

Tonight Jaynane reminded me of something…. I am just 6 weeks out of surgery. It really hasn’t been that long. Which leaves me amazed. At all of it.

But especially this one little fact is amazing to me: I have been wearing the wrong bra size my entire life! 

Last week I visited Victoria’s Secret (thank you Laura for the gift card!) and I was properly sized. What I found out was this … I am not a 34. Which means I have never been a 34.

I am a 32!
Who knew?

Well now I do. And for the cup size?  Drum roll please…

Yup! Never seen double before, in any letter. I have to admit they don’t seem all that big for a DD sizing, especially since I am so tall.

But believe me I am content. To have the surgeries behind me, the healing begun and some new bras!

Size doesn’t matter.
But being on the other side of all this does. 

More tomorrow. 


 {what are you grateful for?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 251 :: pilates surprise

8 Sep

I officially started Pilates today. And I’m sore.

In the spirit of peak performance I am surprised at how sore I am… the moves were so simple, yet so powerful.

The session started off with a body assessment. Stretch this way. Lean that way. Touch your toes. Bend at the knees. I learned a few things about my body:

1. My arms and chest and shoulders are so very tight from the surgeries
2. My left leg appears to be longer than my right leg!
3. My left calf muscle is larger than my right

And most important, I learned that all too often athletes overuse their muscles. To the point of exhaustion which then turns off the power of peak performance.

(There is in fact a way to overtrain to the point of no results.)

Which means small moves are big.

Hard to remember in a world of bigger is better, faster, stronger, more, more, more! Sometimes you need a professional to remind you of something so simple… and yet profound.

To slow down. To breathe. To focus on tiny moves.
I think it’s a good lesson that goes beyond the reformer, or the mat, or the court. It’s a reminder for any playing field or that big game of life for that matter.

And it’s a good mantra for me as we begin the last part of this year of peak performance.

Small is big.

More tomorrow.


 {what small thing will you do?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 250 :: sunday, football, sunday

7 Sep

Fall is officially here. Well at least football is. And that makes somebody I live with VERY happy.

It also makes me think about the game of peak performance. Strategies. Training. Game Day. Rinse. Repeat.

Peak performance is an every single day thing. Not just a Sunday ritual. (Although the Sunday thing makes it worth it).

As my high school coach would say — “Practice Makes Permanent.”

Are you ready for some football?

More tomorrow. 


 {what does peak performance mean to you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 249 :: blackberries and persistence

6 Sep

I have learned a few things since moving to Oregon. First, bright neon green and yellow are indeed a fashion statement, even if you are not a “Duck.”

Second, blackberries taste amazing. But they are never, ever, ever a good thing to have in your garden. Or yard. Or fenceline. So sweet and so good but SO bad.

I’ve been told many times now that “blackberries take over” and at first I felt sort of sad for the sweet berries. But then we found a vine in our garden. And our yard.  They popped out of the ground, out of nowhere. And now we must remove it.

Tonight, we picked a bunch of blackberries from a patch of vines near the river. They will be turned into a sweet something that we will enjoy.

Tomorrow we will remove the vines from our yard. Isn’t it ironic?

I know they will return. A vine will just POP up out of the ground. Out of nowhere. Unexpected. I am convinced that underneath the entire state of Oregon is a layer of blackberry vines.

They are persistent. But I have to respect that. And I almost wonder… is it a lesson in peak performance?

More tomorrow.


 {how are you persistent}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 248 :: portland in the sun

5 Sep

Last night I shared the night, today I share the sun. Just a little bit of beauty tonight from Portland during the day. 

Enjoy simple beauty, pause right now.

More tomorrow.


 {happy weekend}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 247 :: sunset beauty

4 Sep

Just a little bit of beauty tonight from the hills of Portland.

Enjoy simple beauty, pause right now.

More tomorrow. 


 {what beauty did you spot today}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 246 :: short and sweet

4 Sep

Travel day for me. 
So a short and sweet note tonight. I know peak performance means showing up…. even if it’s really late.


More tomorrow. 


 {night night}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 245 :: the power of persistence

2 Sep

I swung a tennis racket today. For the first time in a long time, well since my surgeries. It felt soooooooo good. It also has me thinking about peak performance.

I am SO far from physical peak performance these days. But there is one thing I know that is very true — muscle can rebuild. Bodies can change.

Now it’s up to me to add a little persistence to this peak performance promise. And if there’s something I know something about… well, it’s persistence…

…she says as she writes blog post #1, 340.

Oh, yeah… and you can do anything.

More tomorrow.


 {what will you add persistence to?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 244 :: take a hike and climb a summit…

1 Sep

The summer may almost be over but the journey has just begun.  Today I took my first baby steps, a re-entry of sorts, into exercise. A hike.

But not just any hike. It was an uphill climb. I was out of breath in the first five seconds. My butt cheeks are still screaming at me. It was ALL uphill, until of course, we reached the summit. That’s where I saw a view I haven’t before: our little town in the valley below.

It looked so peaceful and beautiful and green.

But what made the hike more significant was WHO I was with … my new friend and fellow BC survivor, Sarah. We have both been on an uphill climb this year with our diagnosis and surgeries.

The best news is that we find ourselves on the other side of that particular summit. And, yes, breast cancer, you can just go take a hike.

Sort of fitting, I suppose,  in this year of peak performance.
So here’s to many more happy, healthy days ahead.
And really beautiful views from above.

More tomorrow. 


 {what summit have you climbed this year?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 243 :: the final haul of summer

31 Aug

So the summer is almost over. It’s quite hard to believe. And yet, I am so relieved to be on this side of a long hot summer. Literally and physically and emotionally and spiritually …and surgically. 

Tonight as we brought in the garden’s gorgeous goods I wondered…is this the final haul of summer? Will there be more?

And what’s next?

There is something beautiful about the season changing right before my eyes. The last flowers hanging onto summer’s brilliant colors remind me of where I’ve been. The leaves starting to blow up and out of the trees rev up something inside of me about where I’m going next.

I suppose that’s what makes the season changing so thrilling.
Not really knowing what’s next, only anticipating what’s to come.

More tomorrow. 


 {what’s next?}

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