Thursday, June 28, 2012

21 Days Make a Habit...I love this Habit!

The first day of June this year marked the day I was at my heaviest weight and body fat percentage EVER in my life.

So I made a few changes. Remember me trying to remember to pack a lunch for work? Now I make sure that there is food in the freezer and cupboard at work that I can eat. I also pack a serving of Vega One (Vanilla Chai flavour) and usually two hardboiled eggs for breakfast, if I don't have time to eat at home.

I also made a $250, one-sided bet with a friend. If I didn't re-comp 20 lbs. by September, I would owe her the money. If I DID recomp 20 lbs., she owed me nothing. (I got the "Slow Carb" eating and the money tips from the Four Hour Body book by Tim Ferriss. Watch the neato video below.)

I also started seeing a Muscle Activation Therapist, Alan Thrasher, to see what could be done about the crazy pain in my legs. I have had a lot of issues with my legs for many, many years. I can't walk fast, if I try jogging or running, I last no more than 10 minutes, and the sides of my lower legs swell for 3-5 days. I have trouble being on my feet for long periods, have to sway when I stand, can't do lunges, have trouble with squats, hell, I can't even bend forward at the waist with my legs straight after a shower to put a towel on my hair.

In an earlier post I outlined many of the things that I have done to address my leg problems, and I mentioned that it all started in my upper back, but no one could figure it out. Well, Mr. Thrasher was able to figure it out in something like 30 minutes to an hour. (This was a few weeks ago and I forgot to write it all down.) Turns out my upper back is like that because my left hip was "locked", causing my right side to take most of my weight, my back to torque to the right, my neck to the left etc. He demonstrated the lack of range of motion in my left side compared to my right, and spent some time working on the left side only.

(Keep reading, CRAZY results are at the bottom!)

After the first session, I was sore for a few days. My knees were popping, my shoulder was sore, my calves were twitching randomly. Also, something kinda crazy happened. I could walk up stairs without having to walk on the balls of my feet only. I know it sounds like a little thing, but trying hiking a huge hamper of laundry up the stairs with all that weight, ya get a little unsteady! After a few more days, I noticed that my arms were actually swinging when I walked, albeit with a click in my left shoulder, but yikes! (For years, my friends have been able to identify me from afar by the way I walk - my arms don't swing and I look like Lurch from the Addams Family)

Anyhoodles, I have not been doing my workouts other than walking, but I have been eating amazingly well Sun-Fri, and loving the "refeed" day on Saturdays. On my refeed day, I can have anything I want, as long as I make sure I overeat my calories for the day. Pizza? Yup. Chocolate? Yup. Grilled Cheese? Yup. In fact, this Saturday, I will be attempting to destroy the Cancer Bat's creation, the Destroyer, superloaded nachos on a bed of Fries. A billion calories, and a challenge to complete solo!

The Destroyer, presented by Sneaky Dee's

It's been 28 days since that highest weight and body fat percentage ever. I am down 18.3 lbs of fat, or to put it another way, 4.8% body fat. I've taken 2 inches off my hips, 1 off my waist, and 0.5 off my arms. In a fricken' month. That is extra weight that will not continue to stress my hip, back, and legs.
 Since it's been 28 days, I can officially say that I am in the habit!

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