Do you know what RICE stands for?

Why do you think we’re talking about RICE today??  I’ll tell you: because Satan wants me to fail.  He doesn’t want me to exercise, he doesn’t want me to be strong and healthy.  He doesn’t want me to grow closer to God and my family.  He wants for me to feel pain and self-loathing.  He wants me to be fat and unhealthy.  Ultimately, he wants death for me.

He picked the wrong girl to mess with.

During my very first workout Sunday, I pulled my left quad.  Unbelievable.  I knew I was sore yesterday when I woke up and throughout the day, but I pushed through and worked out both yesterday morning and today.  Today, my right leg is still a little sore–but it’s that “I’m doing something good for my body” kind of sore.  My left quad is pretty painful, though.  I did what I always do–I googled it, figuring I was just being whiny.  According to what I read, if a quad has been pulled, they’ll be a knot in the muscle where the tear took place (check) and possibly some bruising from the broken blood vessels.  When I got home from work, Matt confirmed what I was pretty sure I already knew: my quad is indeed pulled.  The bruising & swelling are at a minimum and my plan is to spend this evening with leg elevated and to ice it down good this evening.  According to what I’ve read, I don’t need to stop exercising, I just need to take it easy on that particular muscle group.

Of all the people in the world setting “resolutions” this time of year, I’m delighted that Satan picked me to attempt to discourage.  Because I won’t be. Last year I let him get the better of me when a sinus infection interrupted “get into shape”  plans.  This year, I’m already “in shape,” and my main focus is living a “Proverbs 31” existence–the exercising is just a little added bonus.

My plan for tomorrow is to get up just like we did today (more on that later) and continue exercising to strengthen my arms.  I will, however, be taking it easy on my quad for a couple of days :).


Armed & Dangerous–Day 1

Half the fun of working out is getting to see the before & after pictures.  I started a program in June of last year and have seen some amazing results, as is noted in the photo below.  Also, this is my first attempt using PhotoShop–not so bad, eh?


I’ll post more about my transformation from the girl on the left who had to pray the zipper on that dress closed to the girl rocking the skinny jeans on the right some other time.  I lost 40 pounds, and that’s awesome, but it’s a story for another day.

Since the whole point of this “her arms are strong” activity is to see results and make changes, we’re going to need a baseline to make a comparison, so without further ado……

From the front.

From the side.

According to what I read when I was picking out the program, “Armed & Dangerous” focuses on the upper body and core.  I completed my first workout yesterday.  Keep in mind, I said “focus on the upper body and the core.”

My legs are SO SORE.  It had me doing lunges and some other leg work in addition to planks (which I hate–seriously, who thought up planks?!), and some early kick-boxing moves.  I’m really, really bad at the kick-boxing.  Maybe if you’re really nice to me, I’ll post a video of just how bad I am.  I’d need some convincing, though :).

This morning I got up and ran on my elliptical machine (which, by the way, I cannot spelling “elliptical” every time you see it, know that I’ve spelled it wrong and had to right-click on it to get the correct spelling, which is more of a hassle than it sounds because I’m typing on a MacBook Pro and there is no right click). Tomorrow will be my first day of getting up early to be “Armed & Dangerous,” so we’ll see how that goes. If all goes right, I should be finished with all three of my goals (Proverbs 31 verses 17, 15 & 22) before 7 am tomorrow morning.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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