Quad Update

I haven’t let my sore quad keep me from working out this week.  It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that I figured out that I was more than “just started a new workout routine” sore, so I had followed my plan to elliptical (yup, spelled it wrong) it up on Monday work out with Bob Harper via The Biggest Loser “game” for X-Box Kinect.

On Wednesday I had planned to workout with Bob again, but I didn’t think that I should do a full workout on the quad and I didn’t want to just do part of one.  Remember my verse for this month is Proverbs 31:17

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

so I sat on my exercise ball and lifted weights for a few minutes in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.  Following the RICE advice, I wore my biking compression pants all day Wednesday and the swelling and bruising is already much better.  Today I barely knew I had an “injury.” (I use the term injury very loosely, more like a minor setback.)  I’m amazed at what a little prayer, rest, ice, compression and elevation can do for the body!

And now for your viewing pleasure, here’s a picture of my sweet, sweet girl.  She & daddy picked out her outfit this morning–isn’t she just the CUTEST???  I made her scarf by cutting up an old t-shirt into loops, doubling them, then wrapping a spare loop around the whole thing.  Today’s the first day she’s worn it and I love it!

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RICE

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 :).