Friday, June 5, 2015


First of all, I want to give a big shoutout to my superwoman of a mother. She has come with me to just about all of my doctor appointments--she is, as many of you know, a wonderful human being. We all just want our moms when we are injured or sick, and I am grateful to be with her as I recover.

This week marks the second week of physical therapy. I was warned that it would get worse before it got better, and that's been true so far. We're working on muscles that haven't been working properly for about 5 months, so they're pretty sore. My physical therapist said that I "jammed up my left side pretty good," so we are focusing on my shoulder area on my left side as well as my neck and lower back.

The muscles we are focusing on right now aren't the "showy" muscles (muscles people usually see, i.e. six pack muslces). We're working on deeper stabilizing muscles.

Sometimes I wonder if we are focusing on our "showy" muscles--the things that others can see-- or our deeper stabilizing muscles--the things that truly matter. Are we focused on living a life that looks good or living a good life?

I think that we all should do ourselves a favor and stop worrying so much about what our "showy muscles" may look like, and instead, focus on our "core". Focus on what matters most. I love this quote from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf (a leader from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints):


  1. Your mother IS a superwoman and an amazing person, as are you Nikki! I pray for a complete recovery for you. I appreciated this post. I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Focus on the core and not the "showy" muscles. Well stated.
    Feel well soon.

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  3. I can only imagine how much patience is required of you as you do these small simple exercises, rest, and wait for your body to heal. Not only are you strengthening your showy muscles, but you are also strengthening your patience and humility muscles, Nikki! Those are some of my favorite traits of the Savior that I have a long way to sufficiently emulate! So glad you've got your amazing mom to be by you through it all. Love you!

    1. Thank you Melanie! Love you too