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Gotta keep moving

Trying to get my macros in check again after a bit of a carb overdose these past few months. I’m vegan so if I don’t track my carbs. I can go overboard very easily. I’m down to a 50/30/20 split now but aiming for 40/30/30 – I’ll see how things go. I’m really just eating less convenience food such as Cliff Peanut Bars (my baby!) and more real food. Although I’ve come across the Trek Peanut Butter Bar which is awesome, as it’s Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free 🙂 Other than that, I generally eat pretty well, I just eat alot! I haven’t eaten chocolate since I was 15 like… Yep, true story.

I’m back to giving Sunwarrior protein a go because it’s so yummy, despite the bloating issues last time. I react to some food quite badly when it comes to my tummy, so I can’t be certain it was the protein and I can’t see anything adverse in it that would have caused it.  Fingers crossed on that score! I made protein cookies today with it too, mixed with oats and almond milk…it was yum yum yum.

Hoping training will start again next week after my next chiro apt. My second MRI is next week too, but I may need to postphone it as I’m getting a new tattoo on Friday…not sure if the MRI would heat that up :/ ? …the internet is telling me bad stories!

The aim is to start feeling leaner as soon as possible, because I’m sick of feeling like a blimp. I can’t control the training side of things right now, but I can control my diet. So lets see how it goes.

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Chiropractor Appointment

Went to a chiro recommended to me last night and got some pretty amazing news.. I found out that there’s a bulge on my MRI that NO-ONE has paid attention to, which is the actual source of my pain and not the degenerated disc, and it CAN be fixed! It’s a long term injury that wore down the disc and then a blunt force injury a few years ago that led to an annular tear and also to the disc bulging eventually on to my sciatic nerve when I started correcting my deadlift form. I went in unable to lift my leg higher than a 45degree angle and came out with it at 90degrees – even higher than my better leg! He said he thinks he’ll have me fixed up and back lifting by Xmas 🙂

I’m trying to be realistic just in case it doesn’t work, but it’s the best news I’ve had in years.

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Chronic Pain Management

I’m really having a bit of a hard time pain wise at the moment. Been looking into the neuroscience of pain quite alot, but when 3 days after training you’re still avoiding walking at all costs, and having your boyfriend knead the fuck out of your leg to regain any actual movement (which is in no way sensual, FYI), you start to question just how much it’s worth it.

But then I remind myself of how few things there are in this world that make me feel the way I do with a barbell in my grip; that make me feel powerful, invincible even – for just a few hours… And then ‘worthwhile’ becomes a whole new ballgame and tells the pain to go FUCK ITSELF

I’ve recently re-added some pull work and things like rowing back into my training which I’m determined to follow through with, because I really don’t believe they’re worsening my ‘injury’ as such; yes they’re worsening the pain level but that’s a result of my body’s interpretation of what it should be feeling and not a direct result of an increased injury. I hope that makes sense, it makes sense in my head anyway!  I feel like my mind is cheating me right now, I’m stressed so it’s telling me not to train; my leg hurts so it’s telling me not to train or it will get worse – so in turn, my body is listening and reacting in the same way. Almost as if to penalise me for not adhering to this warped cognitive process. i.e. ‘this is going to hurt, so I’m going to tense up and protect myself’, when in reality it’s the muscle tension that’s leading to escalate the pain further.

Despite believing all of that with regards to the origins of the pain though, it certainly doesn’t help when it’s as bad as its been the past few days. So here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day and I can get back to the gym and teach it who’s boss.

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Strength (2) Session

This was my first session back training after a really bad few weeks with PTSD issues kicking my ass, and if I’m honest, I nearly turned back about 5 times on the way there.  But I made it, and I got through it.  My legs felt shaky, so the squats went nowhere fast, and everything just felt ‘off’, but I was determined to finish out the session.

It’s now 3 days later and I’m in a great deal of pain, which it’s very hard not to sink into.  Some of it was the normal DOMS, but now on Day 3, I’m still dealing with the nerve issue that causes this constant pain to sear up and down my leg, no matter what I do to try to ease it.  I wish I could say it’s no worse than it usually is, but it’s much worse.  Training exacerbates it, that’s clear. What I need to figure out over the next while, is whether I can do anything about that.

Lower body Mobility – Lots.

Strength Work 

Front Squats

20kgx5

30kgx5

30kgx5

35kgx5

35kgx5

35kgx5

Step ups with 10kg plate: 4×8 e/s

Plank: 60sec,60sec,30sec

DB Incline Press, Alternate:

7.5kgx8

7.5kgx8

10kgx5x5

Single Arm Rows:22.5kg 4×8

Side Bridging: 3x30sec e/s

DB Bicep Curls 10kg: 5×10

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