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How a chiropractor changed my life

How a chiropractor changed my life

You might remember that I started seeing a chiropractor back in late October. I was referred to the chiropractor by my doctor after I became concerned about a constant lump in the right side of my neck. An x-ray revealed that I had a condition called forward head posture, where I hold my head too far in front of my body and thereby place approximately 10 kilograms of additional stress on my shoulders and neck. It also revealed that my hips were out of alignment and that my lumbar vertebrae was almost completely straight instead of naturally curved. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in General Health

 

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A bodybuilder’s Christmas

A bodybuilder’s Christmas

I hope you all had a great Christmas! Rob and I have had a very quiet past few days, and for the first time in a very long time I’ve remembered what it feels like to be bored. We’ve spent a lot of time watching movies, playing video games and eating a few treats. Our Christmas Eve dinner was somewhat untraditional: sushi! Being the sushi monster that he is, Rob ate most of this platter himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Nutrition, Training

 

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Arm assault

Arm assault

Thank you all for your sweet, supportive comments on my last post. It really did mean the world to me and I feel so lucky to have met such amazing people through this little blog. We can only sit back and wait to see what happens with the visa situation, but I feel that much better knowing that you guys are looking out for me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Training

 

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From bad to worse

I’m so sick of bad things happening to me! The last two months have been so stressful, especially with last week’s exam debacle. And now, just when I thought I could actually relax in the lead-up to Christmas, we find out that both Rob and I have been refused our UK visas. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Life

 

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Christmas treats

Christmas treats

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments about my stressful exam experience. I’m so glad it’s over and I now only have my video and practical hours to complete before I can move on to the level three part of my personal training certification. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Life

 

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What a week!

What a week!

In the last 48 hours I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions. You might remember from my post last week that my two theory exams for the level two personal training certification were scheduled for today. The institution I’m studying through is based in the UK but, despite my nagging, only sent the papers last Monday. By Monday this week, the exams had not arrived and panic started to set in. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Life

 

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Accepting weight gain

Accepting weight gain

Dreaming isn’t going to get you the body you want. If you want to be shredded, you have to be completely committed to that goal 100 per cent of the time. I’ve been dropping weight steadily since I began cutting in October, but this week I relaxed my diet a little bit. I still ate mostly whole foods, but a lot more carbohydrates than I should have – and I gained 2 kilos as a result! I know when I tighten up my diet this week the weight should fall off (I assume most is carb-related water weight) but it will also push my progress back two weeks. Every little thing counts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Body Image, Nutrition

 

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Breaking plateaus

Breaking plateaus

I explained the basic fundamentals of how to create your own training program in my last post, and I thought a good follow-up post would be based on how to cycle programs to avoid reaching plateaus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Training

 

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BYO program

BYO program

After a crazy busy week, I have finally finished all the study for the level two component of my personal training course and have started revising for my assessments – which begin in less than a week. The course I’m completing through the UK is split into level two (which certifies you as a fitness instructor) and level three (which qualifies you to train clients one-on-one). When I started studying back in October, I simply wanted to get through as much course work as fast as possible. While I knew the assessments involved, it wasn’t until about three weeks ago I read the fine print about assessment timing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Training

 

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