Thursday, June 04, 2009
I have been experiencing pain in my right elbow that I thought was tendinitis (tennis elbow) for many months now (I'm guessing since October last year, so like 8-9 months now, on and off)
I decided to book a chiropractic appointment with my trainer (she is also a chiropractor!) Since she is the one training me, I thought it would also benefit ME if she knows exactly what my problems are too. We had a great first session & determined that I DON'T have tendonitis but a mild form of bicep tendinosis (chronic inflamation) in that one elbow... most likely caused by my high rep. classes, in which I teach many bicep tracks with bottom half movements (this has caused some excessive strain on my coracobrachialis and bicep)
... I KNOW! ...Technical stuff, eh?
Who knew a simple bicep curl could be so damaging!?!
Wendy has prescribed me 4 things todo to aid in the recover of this overuse injury:
1) REST (woo hoo, haha!) - avoid bicep exercises that aggrivate injury.
2) massage (again, HECK YES!) - 2X/month, target bicep, pecs & forearms.
3) forearm flex & extend exercises - use a 3lb weight, 15 reps each direction.
4) pec stretches - lie on a foam roller down the length of my spine and just open my arms like an open book, arm along wall then turn away, and wrist stretches on the floor.
I have been diligent in doing everything she has suggested and today during ARMS training my forarms got sore really quickly! I couldn't believe it!!! I wasn't even doing any biceps yet (doing shoulders) and my forearms were talking to me as if they had never been "turned on" before! (OH... so that muscle ALSO needs to be worked??? LOL I never realized the implications to over training the big muscles and neglecting the small ones... but they ALL do work together and this is becoming even more OBVIOUS to me now!)
Apparently, due to the LACK of forearm training I've been doing (rather NOT doing), my larger muscle groups have been required to work much harder and hence the over-use injury to one of my bicep muscles!
Hopefully, with my new found homework of forearm exercises, I won't look like Popeye the next time you see me!!!
"Gug, Gug, Gug! Check out MY forarms, Ladies!"
... come to think of it, I do love my spinach!
(just not from a can! LOL)
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
They arrived in the mail last night. I plugged the CD into my computer to see them...
and my mouth did one of these:
I thought I looked fabulous... yet, the lighting at the photo shoot was terrible and makes me (my face) look 10 years older then I really am... But my body looks 10 years younger! HA!
Here are 3 that I liked (but I photoshopped them a tad to improve the lighting disaster)
Don't ask me why we posed with a heavy bag... but this is my favorite picture of the set! I love how my mouth is open! So cute!
This picture is my second favorite... my hair looks great, however, my muscles get no love!
Just showing off the goods! I absolutely can't wait till I can wear this outfit again! LOVE!
Just thought I'd share... These pictures came at a really good time! They remind me of how far I can go, when I work both 100% nutrition and kick @$$ training in parallel!
Getting pumped to do this again in the fall! But for now, I really am enjoying OFF SEASON!
I've stopped weighing in daily... stopped being so diet obsessed... just living life!!! Enjoying the fruits of my year long labour! ...and it is SO GOOD!
I went shopping on the weekend and bought size 2 shorts from Gap and XS tops from LeChateau... weight loss is NO LONGER the goal and it is finally sinking in!
I have reached my SIZE goal (surprassed it, actually... not that I ever had a goal size but I started my journey wearing a size 12 pants... so I never dreamt of ever fitting into a size 2 ANYTHING, EVER! LOL) and now it's all about transforming my SHAPE... AGAIN!
TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN! Let's see how much mass I can build over the summer!
...Is 5 pounds out of the question?
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I bought a new protein powder yesterday because my current isolates are not exciting me like they once used to! I picked up "Cake Batter" flavored Muscle Milk... all I can say is OMG! I can't wait to hide this into some muffins! I used it this morning tor my pancakes and they truely did taste like real cake batter pancakes! SO FREAKING GOOD!
I haven't been into drinking protein powder shakes because they actually make my stomach hurt lately (I think due to all the air in the drink!) but perhaps I'll try this flavor today and use more milk then water so it's creamier! Oh, it's gonna taste awesome, I already know that!!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The change I was reffering to in my last status update is work related.
I currently took a new position with the same employer, for a change of sceney, meet some new collegues and just overall broaden my horizons.
Well, it turns out they were not as OPEN to change as I'd hoped and they are working in a data management system that dates back to when I first started with this company (2001 and earlier)
OMG... I have to relearn how to use this barbarac software that takes DAYS to produce any actual results! NO WONDER my new group needed some HELP!
In an attempt to keep my skills somewhat fresh in the other PC based software, (that I have since became the company GURU of) I've created a project in that software of my NEW working area and have been keeping myself busy for the past few days (as I have been waiting for damn UNIX access) by playing in it, making maps and doing what I thought were harmless little maps.
Yesterday my senior co-worker comes into my office and notices that I'm working in my "old" software and nicely reamed me out for it, by saying "I want you to FORGET about that software! You are going to need to learn ours soon enough!"
FORGET my Software??? The softeware I've spent many years becoming proficient in? The software that I can do pretty much ANYTHING a colleague requires??? And in SHORT ORDER, I might add!
FORGET ABOUT IT??? I think NOT!
I told myself that I will make every effort to keep the peace here. If I discover that (after months and I and finally comfortable working in their software again) that they are totally screwing themselves over by NOT adopting a more user friendly software, I WILL say something! Honestly, it seems to me they are only using this damn UNIX software because their senior tech thinks it's the shizzzz since the language required to operate it is so freaking cryptic, that most LAY PEOPLE wouldn't even try to mess with his projects!
Talk about job security??? It's really quite frustrating for me right now!
I feel like I'm reinventing the wheel... a wheel that I already know how to use VERY WELL!
I will look at this as a learning process... but as you can see, I'm not 100% happy about it right now!
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