A Story of Whiplash

Here’s a little story for you:

Once upon a time, I got rear ended.  Pretty hard.

It sucked.

I felt like I got hit by a truck the next day.

But I got my car fixed eventually and went on my merry way.

I felt alright, some body and neck soreness and headaches.  But I figured it was just from working out so hard.

I figured I had whiplash, but that a little heat and ice would surely make it go away.

Fast forward to a month later.

Headaches more often, but I brushed it off as sinus allergies.

As I was leaving the gym, there was a free chiropractor screening.

I thought, “ok, let’s see how bad my neck really is”.

The first thing the woman asked after the scan was if I had been in a car accident recently.

Why yesssss….

Because, she said, I had pretty bad whiplash.

Crap.

A few vertebrae in my neck had been knocked out of place, a few more in my upper back were twisted, my neck’s curvature was practically non-existent (though that isn’t necessarily from the accident) and I had dislocated a few ribs.

Here is what the normal curve of the neck should look like.

Here is an x-ray similar to what my neck looks like. (source)

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The worst part has to be the dislocated ribs.  Anytime I sneeze or laugh or yawn or take a deep breath, there’s a sharp pain in my back.  I always forget ribs go around the back too, not just the front.

Of course the anatomy nerd that I am, I was thrilled by the anatomy lesson my chiropractor gave me about my spine and how it affects the nerves that go to all parts of the body.

Let me just say this: I was pretty skeptical of the chiropractor. I’d never been to one and kind of assumed they were a lot of bogus.  I think like any medical professional, there are a lot of misconceptions.  I really didn’t understand what they did until I visited myself.

The chiropractor I visited is actually really great, which is good because I’ll be spending a lot of time there.

Needless to say, he’s told me to take it easy for a little while so that my adjustments will stay in place while the muscles and ligaments heal.

So where does that leave LiveFit?

Let me say this: LiveFit works.  I’ve definitely seen my hard work pay off already.

However, since I lost a few days after my accident and here and there from debilitating head/neck aches, I wasn’t able to keep up with the workouts as much as I would have liked.

My plan for the last couple weeks has been to go back to phase 2 when I’m more on the mend.

And don’t worry: I am on the mend. 🙂

The final stretch

Um, hi.

I was gone the week before last.  And then I had intentions of being back.  But for some reason (cough*sucky internet* cough) it didn’t happen last week either.

Well, not gone, I was at home.  Or at the gym.  Kind of the same thing these days.

LiveFit has taken over my life.  But I’ll get to that.

 

Let me give you a quick run down:

Jax is still a cutie but is becoming a bit of a mischief.

We went to dinner and I ordered this fabulous jalapeno tilapia.  Too bad my body is much too used to my super clean eating diet and it was too rich.

I had the Cesar salad because it was my cheat day.

I made an amazing egg white salad with fat free greek yogurt, onion powder and s&p.

Jax gets a bath about once a week.  He always manages to roll in, er, the yard.

Chicken burger (with mustard and ketchup added later), sauteed spinach and acorn squash.

 

We went to Joe’s crab shack last weekend.  I heart crab.  My husband always eats faster than me.

Crab is the only exception.

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As for LiveFit.

This is the other reason I haven’t been blogging.  Week 9 was tough.  And I was sick for two of the workouts.  Yes.

As in last week was a 9 out of 10 (only because I only wanted to puke— but didn’t).

This week has been easier.  I recover quicker, cursing working set + active rest (do the first exercise, and then instead of resting, perform the active-rest movement (for example, jump rope). Immediately repeat the first exercise.  As in 2 exercises, back to back, three times in a row.)  Superset + active rest combo?  (two exercises back to back, then an active rest of mountian climbers or burpees or some other form of torture and repeated 3 times without stopping– theoretically.)

Atleast I can say I’m learning quite a lot.  And becoming a little tougher… I’d like to think.

I’d say it’s been 8 out of 10, if only because I started the carb cycling portion which is a huge pain in the butt.  Counting calories is mind numbing enough, but low carb days make me just plain stupid.

I can gladly add fitness model to a list of careers I never want.

I’m actually surprised I’ve survived 3 low carb days.  It’s probably because I have no tempting carbs (read: bread) in the house at the moment.  The apple cinnamon protein bars are actually quite good!