I woke up on Sunday with another nosebleed – making that three in the last month. I told Rama about them in my session that morning – he suggesed I get it checked out. I knew I probably should and decided that if I had another one in the next week or so I will.
My back was still a little sore from the previous week so my session was a bit gentler that morning. After my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer, the rest of the session was resistance work using the machines and weights. Two sets of bench presses, two sets of seated rows, two sets of clean and presses, three sets of bicep curls, two sets of tricep extensions and tricep dips, and many abs and lower body exercises.
On Monday I had my usual yoga class – my back was feeling a bit better and I was able to do most of it.
On Tuesday I went to the gym on my own – I did 15 minutes on the cross-trainer and 30 minutes on the treadmill. I have this terrible habit of singing with my headphones on. Not entire songs, because I’m usually out of breath, but just the odd line every now and then – and I more often than not have the gym to myself. While I was on the treadmill I started humming along to ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and then heard the door close behind me. The gym door doesn’t make any noise when it opens but it does when it closes – and all the machines face the pool so I didn’t notice the French guy from a few weeks ago walk in. Oops!
After a somewhat heavy Tuesday night I had a 9am session with Rama. ‘How are you?’ he asked. ‘Actually I’m a little hungover,’ I replied, thinking he might go easy on me. He was most unsympathetic. ‘Well, you’re going to find today tough then!’ Crap.
He told me I was going to do the circuit I did a few weeks ago. It consisted of:
- Squat jumps with 3-kg weights x 15
- 1 minute rest
- Squat jumps without weights x 15
- 1 minute rest
- Bear crawl x 6 lengths of the gym (but it was 4 lengths last time!)
- Star jumps x 100
- 1 minute rest
- Push-ups with 3-kg weights x 20
- Ski jumps with 3-kg weights x 100
- 3 minutes rest
Also, the gym floor had been polished recently which made the bear crawl even more difficult. ‘Either the floor is really slippery or you’re still intoxicated,’ Rama laughed. I think it was a bit of both, to be honest – but the floor really was slippery!
I did that circuit twice. Oh. My. God. Tortura. After that there was some lower body and abs work and then I went home feeling rather sick and wanting to get back into bed.
On Thursday morning I got to the gym after 11am. I was wasting time, trying to avoid not going but decided I had to. There were two French men at the gym – and I’d never seen either of them before. One of them lives in the building and the other was his trainer. I did 10 minutes on the cross-trainer and moved on to the treadmill. As I was coming up to 17 minutes, I thought I really couldn’t be bothered with the treadmill any more. My back was aching and I was bored. I decided I’d stop at 20 minutes and go home. Just before I got to 19 minutes, the next song started playing: ‘Don’t Give Up’ – and I laughed (the French guys had gone by then). So I thought ‘OK, OK – I’ll keep going until the song is over.’ I’d forgotten it was over 8 minutes long and by the time it was finished, I was at 27 minutes. I thought I might as well keep at it for another 3 minutes and make it 30 minutes. Synchronicity at work again…
I took Friday off as usual. I was planning to work out on Saturday but I was feeling lazy and didn’t go. I’d still worked out 5 days in a row so I didn’t feel too bad about it.
I didn’t lose any weight this week. In fact I put on half a kilo – which didn’t surprise me. I’d been out most nights and had more drinks this week than I’d had in previous weeks. One thing I did notice this week was that I could wrap myself in a normal-sized towel and have the two ends overlap. It might sound ridiculous to some people but I don’t remember the last time the two ends even met, let alone overlapped.
So I have good days and bad days – on some days I feel I’m doing really well and on others I feel like a moose. I wonder if that will ever change.
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