Weigh in Day (week 1 of 8)

My glutes and lower back were very sore over the weekend.  I didn’t work on as I worked long shifts both days, but did end up walking home both days as my bike had a puncture.  Finally the tenderness and pain started to fade today in time to get back into it.

l86550923Today I walked to the gym, which was about 30 minutes there and 40 minutes back (knackered). Today I tried the workout program issued to everyone for the weight loss program.  It’s just what you’d expect – cardio, cardio, cardio.  I rowed, ran, cycled and in between did exercises like burpees, pushups, step ups, kettlebell swings, dumbbell surrenders (pictured) and ab exercises.  Basically the idea is to keep your heart rate up the whole time, which it did.  I didn’t find it  it too hard.   Actually I’m surprised how easy it has been to get back into exercise this time round.  I would have thought over winter I would have lost it all and it would be as hard/painful as it was when I first started the year before.

My weigh in shows I lost 900g this week.  Not the 1.5kg  that would put me on target for losing 12kg in 8 weeks,  but not bad a start.  Hoping for a bigger loss next week.

Have relied on Pita Pit the last couple nights for dinner.  I love their pitas so much and they’re healthy so I don’t feel bad about it.  But now I have 3 days off so no excuse not to cook Smile

My personal trainer is trying to kill me…

…  but I lived to tell the story!

Today is Monday which means weigh in and a personal training session alongside my workout partner.  Today’s weigh in was good – 92.5kg which is a 600g (1 pound) loss from last week.  Yesterday was my birthday so I allowed myself a few treats – I pigged out actually – chocolate, crisps and hot chips.  Not sure if that weight has gone on yet, or whether it might show up in next week’s weigh in.  600g isn’t a huge loss, but I’m the lightest I’ve been in years and I accept it’s going to get harder to maintain weight loss the closer I get to my goal  (currently 90kg).

today's weight

Today’s personal training session was a killer! We warmed up with 1000 meters on the rower (on hardest level/relaxed pace).  Then the real task began:

Row 250m, 1  DB push-up burpee, 1 dumbbell curl and raise, and 1 dumbbell step up.
Row 250m, 2 DB push-up burpees, 2 dumbbell curl and raises, 2 dumbbell step ups.
Row 250m, 3 DB push-up burpees, 3 dumbbell curl and raises, 3 dumbbell step ups.

All the way up to 10 of each.

Dumbbell BurpeeIt took me exactly half an hour and nearer the end I was really struggling. My partner and I seemed to be on the same level.  It took me a good 20 minutes to recover, and then I had a dip in the pool to cool down.

Tonight’s dinner is pork and vegetable stir fry.

Feeling good 🙂

Weigh in day

Last weigh in:  97.4kg
Today’s weigh in: 97.0kg
Loss:  0.4kg

A small loss is better than a gain!  And I did have a couple of bad days this week so I’m quite happy with this.  From here on in I weigh less than I have for years.   7kg til my first goal 🙂

Gym today (cardio) was hard.  Sometimes I worry that my heart rate gets up too high and the burn is a bit TOO uncomfortable.  I hope I’m not pushing it too hard.  And sometimes it feels that the 45 second rest between sets isn’t quite enough to recover my breath.  But I do realise that’s kind of the point; to keep your heart rate up the whole time.

Tonight I tried cooking asparagus for the first time; I’m trying to get more vegetables into my system and this seemed simple enough.  Bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes, drain, serve.  I added some aioli sauce, but the taste of the asparagus was so overwhelming I could hardly taste it, so the sauce was wasted calories.  Next time I might add some mint sauce.  The asparagus was a little too crunchy so I might boil a little longer next time, though too crunchy is no doubt much better than over boiled.   So am I fan?  hmm…. not really.  I’ll have it once in a while.  Hopefully it will grow on me, because apparently asparagus is really good for you.

Sunday: Weigh in

Previous Weight:  99.0kg
Current weigh: 97.4kg
Loss:  1.6kg

So I’m pretty pleased with that!  I thought I’d hit a plateau.  Nice to see things are ticking along smoothly and that my splurges on fish and chips this week didn’t do too much damage.  At this rate I might reach my (first) goal of 90kg in January or so…

imageToday was cardio day at the gym, and I got through most of it okay.  The water grinder, which is the last exercise in my program (and also one of the hardest), was out of action. I did jump on the cross trainer instead but by that stage I was exhausted… and because I was sweating like a pig, that told me an early finish was in order.

So I’m still working my way up to actually doing my program as specified… but I’m not far of it now.  This is my 3 attempt and I think I’ll have mastered it after 3 more.

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