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  • Traction and Action

    I had the third session with my chiropractor's physical therapist this morning, hooked up to the traction table. Told him I was sent in by the Inquisition cause they wanted me taller. Okay, hokey pun, but all I could come up with at the time. He chuckled, I smiled. About 30 minutes later, I was on the road to do my bi-weekly shopping. Monday, we'll set the traction table up 10 more points and see how that goes.

    Rested a couple hours before doing the workout today. I wanted to make sure I wasn't counteracting the work the therapist accomplished, and to tell the truth, my hips were a little tender. Guess that is to be expected when you are adjusting the spine.

    Anyway, I did do TFL/Gluts Supine Rotations (See my post from 11/11 for a picture) to loosen up before beginning the ab workout. Since the first ab exercise is the side to side, I figured it would be a good idea to get the spine stretched out. It worked. I did the entire routine with no problems or aches.

    Today is the last day of the rotation weight training versus the circuit training I have done up to now. The targeted muscles today were Pectorals and Dorsals, or Chest and Back.

    Started out with the Bench Press, and accomplished 3 sets of 10 reps with progressing grips (wide – shoulder width – narrow). From there I did 3 sets of Inclined Dumbbell Presses, followed by 3 sets of Inclined Dumbbell Flyes. (If you find that confusing, it may help if I tell you the bench was inclined at 30°, which changed the angle of approach to the muscle.)

    For my Back, I performed 3 sets of Seated Low Rows with the horizontal grip handle, followed by 3 sets of Seated Low Rows with the vertical handle. I was going to include Bent Over Rows with a barbell, but the chiropractor advised me against it for the same reason as avoiding Squats and Lunges. I finished off the workout with 3 sets of Kneeling Dumbbell Rows on each side, which is a nice way to polish off a back workout.

    As always, I stepped up on the Gazelle for my aerobic benefits and spend about 13 minutes listening to the first part of Duets 2 with Tony Bennett and various other artists performing some classic Bennett tunes. I've included one here for you.

    Overall, the day has gone well, and I am pleased with the results of the workout change. My weight loss has continued, slowly, and I am now down to 194 pounds, which is 9 pounds over what the charts say I should weigh.

    Oh yeah, about that. If I happen to make it to 185, so be it. If I don't, no problem. Frankly, it's never been about the numbers on the scale for me, but about how I feel. I consider those charts as useful guidelines, but that's about it. When you like how you look and you feel good about yourself, you've accomplished your goals.

    I hope you had a wonderfully blessed day.

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