It’s been a week since I last posted, no excuse but being lazy on updating the log.
Last Saturday I tweaked my back on my fourth set of deadlifts, and although that exercise was finished, I managed to do the rest of the workout as prescribed. On Monday, it was feeling a little better, with the liberal use of Ice and the occasional NSAID. I attempted front squats, and after three sets the pain had ramped up enough that I figured it was probably better if I stopped. Interestingly enough, it still hurt moderately bad on both close grip benches and the push presses, despite lowered weight. Weighted chinups were fine and went off without a hitch. After a brief attempt at the Vburn, I gave up, as it seemed just about any movement I attempted quickly would punish me. For a few days, even sneezing hurt like hell.
Well, I went into the doctors yesterday, and after some tests, he figured it was the beginning of a herniated disc. I didn’t have time to go for an Xray, but it does sound like that is the most likely culprit. My dad is a chiropractor, and through a weekend telephone diagnosis he mentioned that as a possibility. Both of them said absolutely no weight training until it’s healed. I suggested to my dad that I just do exercises that wouldn’t stress it, and he basically said there’s no way to be sure what exercises will damage it further.
It kind of sucks to be slacking off on the anaerobic exercise, as despite it kicking the crap out of me, there was the sense of accomplishment and adrenaline rush that made it all worth it. I decided to try and up the walking as much as I could, and to incorporate some isometric holds.
It doesn’t really feel like I am finishing it properly, I will at least stick to the diet portion. From previous experience with dieting, I know it is the most important thing when trying to control bodyfat levels.
I was down 6lbs this morning, and have managed to follow the diets despite some wicked cravings and hunger pangs the first 2 weeks. They aren’t so bad now, usually only when big meaty dish is within smelling distance.
Interestingly, I could not care less for anything sweet right now. Though I never had a huge sweet tooth, I wouldn’t turn down a nice looking dessert either. I suspect its the sweetness of the shakes in general, with the desperate lack of salty meaty foods in my diet.