5 months 9 days & I’m trying out!

Last I wrote I was just just starting to get back on the grind. Bike, elliptical, battle ropes, single leg hops, all the good stuff. Since then, I’ve been running at least 3.5 miles and getting closer to my pre-surgery pace. Taking TRX classes and squatting till I drop. Seriously I actually have a booty now…

  • Squat walks, crab walks with the black band
  • 10 Single leg dead lifts- each leg (3x)
  • 10 hinges (bar & weight on your hips while your upper back is on the bench and hinge up 65 lbs (3x)
  • 10 back squats 75lbs (3x)
  • 10 box step ups 10lbs each leg (3x)
  • 10 box jumps (3x)

Basically any variation of squats, my PT had me doing. I am so thankful for physical therapist for pushing me to get to where I am now… And where am I now? I’m at the day I’ve been waiting for since I had surgery.

The goal was always to heal properly and be as healthy as possible. Right now I’m feeling strong, stable and optimistic. Only 5 months out and I’m terrified but extremely excited to be auditioning for the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors Dance Team. Prayers and positive thoughts as I start a new chapter in recovery to becoming a member of the dance team for hopefully my 4th season.

What I’ve learned from surgery is that life is too short to not live in the moment. My season last year was cut short and nothing was more heartbreaking than not being able to do my hobby and passion. Being out on court performing for the best fans in the NBA is nothing short of remarkable. The Warriors is my family and I want more than anything to share another season with them.

With that said- I’ve got my outfit rhinestoned, bod spray tanned 😉 make up brushes clean and knee taped for tomorrow. If you’ve been through ACL and meniscus surgery you know that 5 months might be a bit too soon- but I’ll regret this day forever unless I try.

Send prayers, luck and love my way ❤

xo CG

#claRicEHAB

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Happy ONE Month

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Looking back at the obstacles I’ve faced throughout the years, all that struggle brought me exactly where I’m at. Living and working in San Francisco, 2 1/2 years of dancing for the best team in the NBA, a loving family and the best of friends I could ever ask for. Life is good… God is good.

It’s been ONE month since my surgery and so much was put into perspective in that short time. Living an active lifestyle: running 5/6 miles a day, dancing, and walking up and down the hills of SF– it was hard to adjust to this new lifestyle. You never really appreciate your health and what you have until you experience it yourself. Every day I reminded myself that this is only temporary and I will get back to where I was prior to surgery. My heart goes out to those with disabilities and injuries- prayers are out for you every night. Even though I can’t do the things I used to do, I still wake up every day with a thankful heart and feel blessed to be where I’m at- regardless of this minor setback.

Okay okay, enough of the gushy life-perspective stuff. I just wanted to let ya’ll know that I’m doing just fine 🙂 NOW, updates on the knee…

Week 3:
rash1-WTF why is my knee pussing?! “Um hi doc, I know I’ve called you way too many times because I’m a little hypochondriacal but my incisions are pussing and I’m freaking out
-Antibiotics. Tried 3 different ones because I was getting an allergic reaction to the medication and started getting hives all over my body and swollen eyes
PT I was able to start putting weight on my foot!! So exciting to take my first steps WITH crutches
Calf raises and baby squats, super scary but so stoked to be doing something other than quad sets and leg raises
-Felt some badassery coming over me and walked with one crutch then slowly started walking without crutches 😀
-Went to the Warrior game and saw my sissies whom I haven’t seen since my surgery. Yes I walked in with my crutches #swag

Week 4:
-Officially walking WITHOUT crutches baby!!
-Went to the gym for the first time and just did upper bod of course
-Stocked up on Lenny & Larry protein cookies because they’re 3 for $5 at Sprouts
-Infection starting to clear up… here’s the narsty progression pics

-3rd picture is of this morning… scar is healing well and skin is looking better from the infection
PT worked on gait training since I’ve got a bit of a pimp walk, super confident in calf raises but squats are still a little bit scary
-I can put all my weight on my leg and extension is perfecto. Flexion is at 110 and is probably the only painful part for me but excited to be at 110!
-Now that I am fully weight bearing I can start going on the bike and headed to the gym right now to give it a try

All in all I’m recovering well. When I had my infection I was freaking out that I might be allergic to the screws in my knee. At that point I realized- I don’t care to be ahead or behind in recovery, I just pray that I recover properly and stay healthy. But if we’re being honest I’m recovering ahead of schedule 😉

More updates on PT soon. Can’t wait to start slowly jogging on the Alter G and to get back to that #fitlife. 

Love ya’ll and thanks for the constant support. Happy ONE month to me!! It’s been a journey but I’m getting through it with a positive mindset. The positive vibes are what help me progress so fast and strengthens me every day. #faith

Off to the gym to finally get a sweat in and bring up my heart rate. OH and I’m back in SF so let’s get lunch, dinner, or even better- WINE.

Besos.

xo
CG

#claRicEHAB

Warriors Dance Team Gallery Photos

Awkward narcissistic photo collage of myself…

Our Warriors Dance Team gallery photos are finally up! My teammates are GORGEOUS. Not only are the players killing it on court but my girls are too. Here’s a video of their performance last night. What an amazing group of women and I’m blessed to be a part of this family. These girls are working their butts off with rehearsals and games and their hard work shows out on Warriors Ground. Love these girls, this team, my coaches and the Warriors organization with all my heart. Missing every moment of it…

xo
CG

NBA Finals

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What a journey this has been! Wow, words can’t even describe how exciting this has all been. We have just a few more home games left on Warriors Ground and I am going to soak it all in!