Rushing Things Can Be Foolish

This past week was a rough one. I finished my 9th Physical Therapy treatment to remove the s-curve from my back as well as to replace the natural cervical curvature to my neck. The therapy is aggressive and has been painful at times. Now that the spine is being manipulated and trained back to its intended posture, my left shoulder weakness (or scar tissue) has been rearing its ugly head. I guess that my spine had moved to compensate for my left shoulder after its injury, subsequent surgery, and 4 months of excruciating physical therapy. Now that spine is being forced to abandon that compensation, and it is forcing the shoulder to release, the tendons, ligaments, and muscles are lengthening and I am knotting up. Spasms suck. So needless to say, this has not been easy. Lidocaine shots into trigger points has been all but daily occurrence in an effort to get these spasms to release. I have been foam rolling with the Rumbleroller using a trigger point ball to work on these areas too. I know that when I was doing Yoga in P90X and X2 I always felt better and stronger in basically everything. I have to believe that it was because I was more flexible. So on that note, in an effort to become more flexible I have started playing with PiYo and have decided to run through the whole program starting tomorrow!

Monday, August 4, 2014
Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Pasta, Salad, and Steak
Snack: 4 Sea Salted Chocolate Caramels
Workout PiYo Align – The Fundamentals

Not such a healthy day of eating, but so happy I pushed play this evening! The fundamental video really stretched me out!
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Lunch: Tacos and a Burrito
Dinner: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
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Wednesday August 6, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  172
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Workout: PiYo: Define Lower added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Fajitas Chips and Salsa
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Thursday August 7, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Workout: PiYo: Define Upper added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Sushi and a Blizzard

Starting to feel better. But now that the majority of my body is in good shape, the things that are trouble spots have amplified pain. Step in the right direction though!
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Friday, August 8, 2014
Weigh-in:  172
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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Saturday August 9, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich
Workout: Swimming on Bowswim 20 Minutes added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Chicken Fajita Tacos, Guacamole and Chips
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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Sunday August 10, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  170
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Swimming on Bowswim 15 Minutes, PiYo: Define Lower, and Cycling 20.5 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Brown Rice, Black Bean, Guacamole, and Pico De Gallo Burrito
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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What a Difference a Week Makes!

One week of physical therapy down. The staff at the Neck and Back Center have been awesome to work with and I can honestly say I feel so much better. My headaches have all but disappeared, my mobility has increased, and my overall tightness and pain has been reduced. A typical session consists of neck traction, head weight to help bring the curvature back into my neck, power plate exercises, decompression table, lumbar traction, trigger point injections (non-steroidal), and chiropractic adjustment. Now that the major spinal issues are being addressed and impacted vertebrae are being relieved, I am noticing more secondary issues and soreness. These are the issues that I must address with stretching and mobility exercises. I have been a huge proponent of foam rolling exercises for myofascial release for the past 2+ years. Its a bit of a love/hate relationship as the Rumbleroller tends to get into the muscle and dig around for that spasm (or hotspot) which can bring tears to your eyes and cause some fairly heavy breathing 😉 In an effort to build on my recovery and aid in my training for the upcoming Ironman Lake Tahoe I am going to start the PiYo program from Beachbody. This program uses your body weight to build long, lean muscle, works to stabilize, stretch, and strengthen every inch of your body with low-impact, high-intensity movements inspired by Pilates and Yoga. Sounds like a winner to me! This weekend I am spending time with the family in Tahoe. Playing in the pond, doing some Stand Up Paddleboarding, and spending some quality time with my kids. Monday its back to the grind so I am soaking it all in!

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Off to the Pond Again!

(Typical Day over the past week) Weigh-in:  N/A
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Light Meal (Sandwich or Salad with Protein)
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Heavy Meal (Protein and Veggies)
Snack: Carbs

Emotional Release

I don’t know if I can really convey to you how it feels at the moment when you receive an alignment adjustment in an area that has been out for a significantly long time. Lets just say it is a wave of overwhelming relief which triggers an immediate emotional release. Holding tension for years and finally getting that release can cause uncontrollable feelings resulting in weeping or tears of joy. I can only imagine what the Chiropractor felt after adjusting my lower back seeing the tears of relief and the emotional release that it caused. Before the adjustment and seeing the confirming x-rays, I knew that something had been off in my pelvic area. I continually had issues with my running gait as well as hamstring and glute issues (most likely from having a short leg from pelvis misalignment). After the adjustment, I am looking forward to the next 24 sessions that will align and strengthen my skeletal system and give me a much better training and racing experience on the road to Ironman Lake Tahoe. So happy to be on the track to recovery after all of these years living with pain!

Morning Weigh-in:  N/A
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, Water
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Chicken Stir-fry over Sticky Rice
Snack: A handful of Chocolates and a Heath Bar Klondike Bar

Sometimes chocolate just helps make everything feel better.

Two Years. Too Long.

I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like the news I was going to get today regarding my neck and my back. Everything feels off and the nausea from the headaches has been getting worse. The tightness in my back wont release even with foam rolling. It is as if my muscles have finally revolted against my skeletal system and said we are tired of holding you together! Well here is the result of my x-rays:
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Looks like waiting two years to address the issue was too long.

Time to put humpty-dumpty back together again in time for Ironman Lake Tahoe! Looking forward to getting back into the groove with the P90X Library (P90X, P90X2, and P90X3) too!

 

Morning Weigh-in:  168
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Dinner: 4 Fish Tacos with Cilantro, Pico De Gallo, Chipotle Sauce, and Tapatio

Ended the evening with a severe migraine and productive nausea. 🙁 Dang. And those tacos were excellent. What a waste. :-\

Was it Worth the Wait?

I went to the Neck and Back Specialist to take x-rays because I am tired of having at least a dull headache and latent nausea every waking moment, as well as the inconvenient movement issues related to my back misalignment. 2 years ago, after I lost my 60 lbs with P90X and P90X2, I went in to see the same Neck and Back Specialist and had these x-rays taken.
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As you can see, there is no curvature in my neck and my back is crooked in a few spots. Its been like this since I was rear-ended on PacificCoastHighway back in 1997. Even after seeing these x-rays I opted to not go through the corrective therapy. I am going back tomorrow to see if it has gotten better or worse since my return to the fitness and triathlon world. Regardless, I will be opting for the corrective action this time 🙂 I can’t imagine what it is going to feel like to live with less nausea and pain!

Morning Weigh-in:  169
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: Chile Verde with Rice
Workout: Walking 2 Miles
Dinner: Fajitas, Ceviche, Chips and Salsa
Snack: Popcorn and 2 Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Caramels

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough go for a Ride!

Today I was having a tough parenting day and I let it get to me. After diffusing the situation and getting the kids to listen I had to decompress. So I decided to go to my happy place and grind out a ride on my therapeutic Falco V 🙂
Falco V
It was hot and windy and I hadn’t eaten enough calories, but I grabbed some GU Energy Gels, loaded up the bottles of water and headed out on about the most boring stretch of riding I could find – The Northwestern Straights! Believe it or not this ride is great for me because I get to relax into my cadence and just go. The road isn’t that great in parts, but I only have two things to worry about: keep the road under my wheels and listen for vehicles behind me. Needless to say, the ride did me good. I hooked back up with the kids and everything is as it should be! Thank you all for your good thoughts and positive energy today!

Morning Weigh-in:  170
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: Peanut Butter on Wheat
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 33.9 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water. 2 GU Energy Gels.
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Baked Pork Chop with Carrots and Potatoes
Snack: Popcorn and 3 Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Carmels
Recovery: Foam Rolling on the Rumbleroller