Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I have been really lucky that throughout the past 2 years, as I've been losing weight, I've been able to avoid any injuries. I am always really cautious, and try to stretch, do warm-ups and cool-downs. Unfortnuately, between my 2 new Jillian workouts, and doing HIIT where I'm running 7.5mph on the treadmill, I might have pushed myself a little to hard/far, and I've had some really bad cramping and I strained my right calf and quad.
It didn't hurt when I finished running yesterday, and I decided since I've been pushing so hard, to not shred last night. When I started Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism today, I started with the side kicks and sumo squats, and I felt like my muscles were going to rip apart - not good!
Luckily, my husband is an Athletic Trainer, so I texted him and asked him what to do. He said STOP, we'll talk later, so I stopped.
Tonight when he got home from work, he whipped out a TENS Unit, which admisters electrical stimulation, or stim, which helps to relieve any muscles that are in spasms, helps to reduce pain, and allows muscles to relax.
Here is a photo of the pads attached to my calf. I also had them attached to my quad, but I opted not to photograph that :)

It has little knobs on it that control the level of stim is produces. I'm extremely tickleish, so it tickles me, and feels like little pins stabbing in a rolling motion... it's an interesting feeling!
JJ said we'll do it every day if it doesn't get better, it might last a few days, but as long as I stretch and just work out until the pain starts, I'll be fine.
I'm really hoping this is a one day thing, because I've been working so hard and I'm really starting to see and feel some big changes again! But I also know how important it is to listen to Dr. J when he says to rest... ugh.

But I can't complain, it sure is nice having an AT for a husband! The pysical therapy office comes to me while I'm watching Biggest Loser!


  1. Aw, your poor leg! Listen to JJ- he knows what's best for you :-)


  2. Oh no! :-( I hope you feel better soon.


  3. I hope, hope, hope, you feel all better soon!! :D

  4. so I found you while Googling the Shred (and yes I voted! :)) and ended up reading through your whole blog. you are definitely a motivation - I even called my Beloved and told him I was motivated to grocery shop and work out because of you. so just wanted to say 'thanks' - and keep up the awesome work!

  5. Aww sorry Ashlee. Don't be hard-headed and over do it! Listen to JJ. I'm totally jealous you have a PT at home!!

  6. Hope you feel better soon!

    There are definitely days when I'm glad I work in my clinic. This past week I've had ultrasounds every day on my knees to help reduce the swelling and pain I've been having.

    Don't think that's not going to continue!!

  7. Hope it's feeling better soon! Injuries suck.

  8. I found your blog while surfing someone elses blog and I can't say how much you have motivated me to get back into my weight loss routine! You are truly an inspiration to me and I plan to read your entire blog this weekend to catch up and learn some tips/tricks. I love that you even post recipies too! Thanks for the motivation and keep up the fantastic work, you look fabulous!