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Friday, September 26, 2008

I went for a postural analysis today. Long story short, it's safe to say that I'm a little more than a little out of whack. My right shoulder is lower than my left, my right hip is pulling back farther than my left. My core, although strong, should be even stronger..... and the list goes on and on. I'm in need of a little bit of rehab. I'm not doing my squats, lunges, shoulder presses, alternating arm/leg lifts right. *sigh* I'm still trying to decide whether or not I was better off not knowing. BUT at least it's all fixable. Next Thursday, I have an appointment with the chiropractor and then a 45 minute massage. HOPEfully, that'll take away some of the issues but, after that, I'm looking into a program that will keep me in alignment. I mean, I can't demonstrate exercises if I cannot do them myself.
I bought myself a bathing suit yesterday. I'm a little uncomfortable with the amount of leg I'm showing but, let's face it, I've seen worse legs in less bathing suit so I'm going for it. :~) I'm taking the kids swimming tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.
I have the weekend off!! Next week, and the week after, are pretty full so I'm not going to do much more than my 20km run to make sure I'm well-rested and able to handle 14 days of activity I have coming.
Oh! and I booked my consultation with InnerSpirit Photography, too. I guess it's now (October 3rd) or never, eh?

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TURBOMEL 10/2/2008 11:28AM

    So how did the bathing suit fare at the pool? I'm sure you look fantastic Penny! Wear it with pride - you worked damn hard for it!

Good luck with the therapy. It will help.

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IAMAVICTOR 9/29/2008 6:52PM

    Can I ask what made you go for a postural analysis? Were you having trouble doing some exercises or in discomfort? I'm sure the chiropractor and RMT will help and they may be able to offer some more info as well.

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FITGIRL15 9/26/2008 11:36PM

    InnerSpirit photography, eh? Sounds like something that I should book... I would love to get a photo shoot in early December... I can't wait to hear about your consultation!

Also, I think we are ALL out of alignment to some degree or another! Just a fact of life for us active types! The more you move, the more chances there are for things to get out of whack! The massage and chiro together should work wonders! I am jealous, I need some of that kind of TLC too! Just finding time to book it!!! That's the hard part!

Have a great weekend, Penny!

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Unexpected day off

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

So I call in to work today and tell the manager that I'm going to be a little bit late and she asked if I wanted to take the day off. How can I refuse that offer?
Now I have to decide what to do this morning... my afternoon & evening are filled with running. I'm torn between napping and more cleaning/organizing. Hm, I could probably do both.

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FITGIRL15 9/26/2008 1:07PM

    OMG, how NICE!

I could think of MANY great ways to spend a free day! :)

Enjoy yours!

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KWASYLIW 9/23/2008 11:11AM

    You could call me! I am home trying to decide what to do with my morning as well...hahaha!

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Battle of Alberta week one, day seven

Monday, September 22, 2008

*Note* I tried to post this last night but Spark was under maintenance and wouldn't let me.
I didn't quite do all of the challenges for the first week of the Battle of Alberta.
- Nutritional - consume at LEAST 8 glasses of water per day. DONE
Cardio - at LEAST 30 minutes on 5 out of 7 days. 361 MINUTES IN 4 DAYS
Strength - at LEAST two good strength training workouts this week. NOT DONE
Stretching - remember to stretch after EVERY workout. DONE
Blog on Monday and Sunday DONE

Nutritionally, the week's been a bit of a challenge. I started out with a maximum of 2040 and then it dropped to 1550 because I adjusted my calories burned per week... now, I'm allowed 1970(?) because I changed my goal date. I really don't have a date in my head because at the moment I'm happy maintaining but it helped get back some of the calories I'd lost. Today I burned 1026 and ate 2800+, the difference means that I'm well within my calorie range for the day. So the week ended on a good note. OH and my run today, all 18 kms of it, was pain free! Super Awesome!!



Thursday, September 18, 2008

I cannot do 1500 calories. I just cannot. Two things are against me. First, I'm hungry. Second, I'm quite fond of 2000 calories. emoticon I don't think that Spark takes into account that I'm running my butt off for a living. OTOH, if I can figure this out and make it down to the 1500, when I stop working at Timmie's and concentrate on GL I may feel differently. Then again, if I'm in a gym for 6 or 7 hours a day, odds are good that I might start working out/burning more calories..... It's just not going to work.

Bottom line: I'm putting my calories back up.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 9/20/2008 12:30AM

    I can't believe SP calculated 1500 calories for you. It's calculated 1750 calories for me and I don't workout nearly as much as you. And I add on 300 calories on top of that for breastfeeding. So yes, I think you should bump up your calories. 1500 for you is insane!

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FITGIRL15 9/19/2008 10:22AM

    The only way I can get to 1500 calories is by carb depleting... this is not a diet either! This is a temporary nutrition plan people follow pre-fitness competitions!

I think it's GREAT that you have decided to put your calories back up!

emoticon Remember, it's the QUALITY of those calories that is WAY more important then the quantity! emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/19/2008 10:19:51 AM

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KWASYLIW 9/19/2008 1:02AM

    You know what you need and that is all that matters.

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Calorie range change

Monday, September 15, 2008

I adjusted my calories burned today to reflect the average of the last six weeks and Spark dropped me from a max of 2040 to a maximum of 1550. I'm seriously considering over-riding the system. I'll give it until Sunday to see if I'm going to bed hungry. (yikes!)

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FITGIRL15 9/19/2008 10:25AM

    If your BMR is 1331, and you are exercising at least 400 (I'm being modest with this number) calories per day, you should be eating AT LEAST 1731 to MAINTAIN what you've got, right? So, it's like Spark still thinks you are trying to LOSE weight!

Strange. I think 200o calories per day is a way better number for you, cause I'm sure you work out way more then what my example says!

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RUNNINGWILD 9/15/2008 11:36PM

    My BMR is 1331

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FITGIRL15 9/15/2008 8:27PM

    WTF??? Are you serious? I think Spark's "automatic" calorie ranges are dead wrong! I've never used what they told me (ALWAYS at least 300cals higher!)

Have you calculated your own BMR to see where you should fall?

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