Last night I got into a car accident.
I just remember thinking “Oh no. What just happened?”
A family had picked me up to babysit and we were waiting (for a while actually) to turn left into another subdivision. That’s when it happened. (I learned later that as we were waiting to turn left a car behind us wasn’t paying attention and swerved to avoid us, and because the car behind them was following too closely had no warning and hit us from behind.) There was a little girl (about 2 years old) in the back seat who we were worrying about, asking her if she was okay. The back of the car wasn’t too damaged, but it was enough that the car couldn’t drive any more. Thankfully she was in her booster seat all strapped up (and she only cried a little at first about her head hurting), but she was soon all smiles and happier than ever (just a little cold from the chill outside). After we the car across the lanes over to the side to avoid getting hit by another car and got out, I called my parents and let them know what happened. They asked me how I was doing and I told them I wasn’t in any real pain at the moment (except for the initial jerk when my head had hit the headrest).
I still ended up babysitting that night, but I made sure I didn’t do anything crazy – I made sure to take it easy. The initial pain had gone away by then, but later on I started feeling the whiplash of it and developed a headache in the back of my head (and neck later that night) where my head had the impact.
The back of my head and neck just ache right now. My parents, sister, and friends are going to watch me over the next few days to make sure I’m okay. I don’t think I’ll have any lasting injuries from this, but I’ve heard that the real pain comes days after it happens. I haven’t taken any pain medication so far (and I hope it won’t reach the point that I will), so I’m just hoping the achiness goes away throughout the next few days.
Having this happen just a week and a half before I head up to Idaho has really made me reflect on what is going on in my life and what could have happened. Right after the hit, I just sat there thinking to myself how grateful I am to my Heavenly Father for protecting me.
It could have ended up a lot worse. It may not have been a simple rear-end. Car accidents can be really dangerous. I am just so grateful for my Father in Heaven for watching out for me. Before I left to go babysitting, I had the impression to grab a jacket or sweater (because it is just starting to get cold here in Texas even though it is almost the 25th of December). But since I couldn’t find the one I wanted soon enough (and the family was here to pick me up), I put the thought aside. Later on as I was standing in the cold for over 30-40 minutes, I realized how much the Lord cares. He knew what was going to happen. Recently I’ve increased my scripture reading time and I’ve really seen a difference it has made in my life. I’m closer to the Spirit. I know that the Lord looks out for His children. I’m so grateful that I survived. Being in an accident is really scary. I know I’ll be driving with more caution now on…
In other news, I just finished ThisFitChick’s workout program. Week 11 I didn’t separate the weights and cardio, but I did mix the order of the workouts. Week 12 I kept the order I did them the week previous, but separated the workouts a depending on my schedule (and the workout DVDs that came through the mail via Netflix). I did have one cardio session left today, but because of the accident last night I decided what my body really needed was rest, so I skipped that session. My parents don’t want me doing any heavy lifting for the next few days, so hopefully by Christmas I’ll be feeling better.
But now that I’ve completed the program, I can honestly say I have enjoyed it. I have seen amazing results with it. I didn’t measure myself beforehand or anything, but I know I’ve seen a difference in the muscle toning of my arms, legs, and abs. I feel stronger inside and out. I can now do about 10 push ups on my toes. (I’m still working on them, but I hope to get to the point that they are full on-the-toe push ups.) My endurance has increased from the high interval training cardio. I have really learned a lot about my strength and possibilities. I never knew I could lift heavy. And I enjoy my workouts more than ever. I’m not just there to do the same ol’ same ol’ – I’m there to grow stronger. I’m there to make change. And I’m there to have a little fun. I would definitely recommend the ThisFitChick’s workout programs. They provide everything you need to succeed. The nutrition/meal guidelines are adaptable for all different kinds of diets, and Carrie is there to help you out the entire way.
I hope to get my giveaway post up this week (as Tuesday is my blog’s 2nd birthday), and I also have been able to bake and create a few lovely dishes and treats I hope to share with you. This weekend is a busy one for me, but I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing as soon as I can.
Have you ever been in a car accident? Any thoughts/tips on things I can do to heal and recover from it with more ease?
With lots of hugs,