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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:21 pm 
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All caught up on everyone's blog but my own! lol The frigid cold and blowing snow are ensuring that I don't venture outside today for more than walking the pooch, so I have a bit of time...also, catching up on here gives me a reason to not do other things like cleaning lol
Depending on which gym I'm in, workouts are progressing quite nicely, I'd say. Went yesterday since saturday was a write off, and I should be there today, but I'm a little too sore for that..Just have to skip this one day to get back on my schedule.
I don't have a routine when I go in, I just kinda go with how I feel. I alternate between exercises to keep from getting bored and to keep moving forward, but I desperately need something else for shoulders. I miss my awesome shoulders :( Up'ing weights really isn't an option, though, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to get them back. Still gunna try though.
Bench is definitely going up - no one laugh, but I managed to get out a few reps of 70lb yesterday. I do somewhat of a pyramid every time I go in, starting with the bar for 12, then 55lb for 10, 65lb for 6 x 2 sets, and as of yesterday, 70lb for 4 at the top. Felt pretty good about it.
Next time in is wednesday, hoping to remove one set at 65 and add a set of 4 with 75...We'll see.

I'm on a thermogenic and multi vitamin, and I'm trying to keep protein up (though I really should track it), but I don't feel any better from any of it. Still tired more often than not, which is rather frustrating...Guess I'll have to find a new theory on why.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:36 pm 
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good job on your benching! im moaning about the weather here but i bet its not half as bad as what youve got there!

what thermogenic are you on? do you think its working? :D




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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Haha, I saw that you've been more active on other people's journal's than your own. Thanks for commenting on mine, I love the attention. Looks like things are pretty good with you right?

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mrbear666 wrote:
good job on your benching! im moaning about the weather here but i bet its not half as bad as what youve got there!

what thermogenic are you on? do you think its working? :D

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I'm on a thermogenic by Bodylogix...the first few days I felt more focused than I normally would in the morning, but that's about it. I haven't noticed any changes in my body, but I'll run the course of it and see what happens.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Haha, I saw that you've been more active on other people's journal's than your own. Thanks for commenting on mine, I love the attention. Looks like things are pretty good with you right?

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I'm not sure why, but you saying you love the attention is very amusing to me lol
Things here are alright...I'm pretty limited because of my hips, but keeping activity limited keeps pain minimal, so it's a fair trade, I suppose. Can't wait till I don't have to be so cautious.

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Decent workout yesterday...I left pretty frustrated, though. I attempted unassisted pull ups for the first time since I injured my shoulder and it didn't go well...I used to do 3 sets of 10, but now I can only do 2.5, and it irritates the hell out of my hips.
Other than that, everything went fairly well, up'd weights for arnold press and incline bicep curls...Gotta appreciate the small things lol

Combo front/lateral raise - 5lb x 20 x 3
Arnold Press - 7.5 x 15 x 3
Incline Bicep curls - 12.5 x 15 x 3
Preacher curls (I don't find these nearly as effective as I used to...I'm thinking it's because 20lb is too light and 30lb is too heavy... Might try using DB instead before I write the exercise off entirely) - 20 x 15 x 3
Reverse Pec Deck - 40 x 12 x 3
Cable Row (close grip) - 60 (ish?) x 12 x 3
Chin ups - 2.5
Bench Press - empty bar x 15 (3 down, 1 up) x 3
Tricep Extensions - 20lb x 10 x 3 (I usually do more reps but my arms were just toast)

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Dogs had me up at 5am this morning, so I went into the gym before work, but I didn't get to finish my workout. I was so frustrated I could cry. When something would make me that frustrated 2 years ago, I'd lift and feel better..Now...Now I don't know what to do. My shoulder seems to be getting worse again. I'm thinking I'm going to call for a physio appt monday morning and wish and hope that it's an easy fix and that I can keep working out. Maybe even use 7.5lb weights in the near future without wrecking it.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Physio appt in the morning...I cringe at the look my PT is going to give me. No workouts so far this week, here's hoping I get the ok to start back up this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Good luck for the physio, I have my fingers crossed for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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All movement tests implied that it's actually my biceps tendon that's the problem, not my actual rotator cuff...but since they share the same centimetre of space in the shoulder, I don't feel too foolish for assuming rotator cuff lol
One of my main problems is actually my wide shoulders (my PT's first comment was how wide they are lol) naturally rolling forward. It's so weird for me to have bad posture because I used to dance for so long and people would compliment my posture...Regardless, my shoulders roll forward enough that it's essentially pinching my tendon against either cartilage or bone on certain movements. I have tape on my shoulder now as a temporary reminder to roll both back, and that's my main homework for the next two weeks. I have 3 actual exercises to work on, too, using tubing. I think for the remainder of the week I'll focus on posture and the exercises and give the gym a go on monday, since I'm still allowed to workout :)
Squeezing my shoulder blades back and down is seriously exhausting, though lol it doesn't help that I have several knots in my upper back and shoulder that are getting pinched by me doing this...Hopefully it helps get rid of them.

I don't know if anyone can tell me if there's any accuracy to this guess, but earlier I did a small back bend just to stretch out a bit, and when I did I nearly passed out/collapsed. From my upper back to my head got a 'fuzzy' feeling, for lack of better term, and my leg nearly gave out - it visibly wobbled without me trying to move it.
Is there any logic behind assuming that this could be from the knots in my upper back pinching in the wrong places?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Can you see the difference?


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Yep, I can see the difference. Sounds like kyphosis, just remember to keep ur shoulders pulled back and your chest out (not wanting to sound pervy or anything). Emphasise more back work in your training, stuff like rows and pulls, benching/pressing movements tend to worsen someone with shoulders that sit forward. Just my 2c!

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your having a rough time with one thing and another! hopefully things will improve for you soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Curious
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Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
Yep, I can see the difference. Sounds like kyphosis, just remember to keep ur shoulders pulled back and your chest out (not wanting to sound pervy or anything). Emphasise more back work in your training, stuff like rows and pulls, benching/pressing movements tend to worsen someone with shoulders that sit forward. Just my 2c!


You didn't sound pervy at all, don't worry! lol Thanks for the tips. Both shoulders actually feel worse doing what my PT recommended and focusing on my posture...I'm going back in a few minutes, so we'll see what he says.
Thanks for your help though :)

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mrbear666 wrote:
your having a rough time with one thing and another! hopefully things will improve for you soon!

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Thanks for the positive thoughts :) Im trying to hold onto as many of those as I can lol

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