Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

OK, holiday is definitely over! No more pizza, no more croissants, fewer carbs…

I got back from my 7-week holiday in Bali on Sunday. The first month I was there wasn’t too bad – I made it to the gym a couple of times each week and didn’t eat too badly. However, during the last 3 weeks all sense went out the window – I was having croissants every day and even had pizza every now and then. And I didn’t work out in those last 3 weeks either (apart from the two treks in Komodo – which left my legs sore for 5 days). I felt flabby and bloated.

I got back on Sunday evening and weighed myself on Monday morning. I’d been preparing myself for a huge weight gain (up to 5 kg considering I ate so much) and was shocked to see I’d put on just under 1 kg. Unbelievable. It was a miracle! I told Rama I was back and was ready to get to work. He asked me whether I’d lost or gained weight so I told him. He said that we should aim for me to lose 3kg before I go to London in mid-October. I’m in, I told him, but he would have to be gentle with me in our first session.

Wednesday morning came – it was my first training session with Rama in 8 weeks. It was tough, but it could have been a lot worse. I told him I’d done nothing in the last 3 weeks and my fitness levels were probably much lower than before. He told me I didn’t look like I’d put on any weight at all, and in fact I looked slimmer than when I left.

I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer. After that I did three sets of 15 dumbell bench presses. I used 3-kg weights in the first two sets and a heavier weight in the third set.

Rama then made me do 500m on the cross-trainer, as quickly as I could. Until then, my best time had been 3:03. Rama told me to aim for under 3 minutes (!). I did it in 3:05! I didn’t think that was bad at all, considering I hadn’t done it in so long.

I then did three sets of 15 squats followed by a 2-minute brisk walk on the treadmill.

After that, there were three sets of 15 lateral pulldowns alternating with 15 military presses using a weighted bar. Rama increased the weight during the third set of lateral pulldowns and I could barely feel my arms by the end of the military presses.

As if one 500m sprint on the cross-trainer wasn’t enough, Rama told me to do it again – this time I did it in 3:11. I didn’t think I’d make it to the end but really pushed myself. There were three sets of tricep extensions next followed by three sets of abdominal exercises and some stretches. Done! As I said earlier, it could have been a lot worse. I went home and made myself a whey protein drink which I’d bought the day before. I’d been told it would help with lean muscle and recovery time, so we’ll see how it goes.

My abs ached the next day but I’d been out the night before and was too tired to work out again. And on Friday I was too hungover to move.

On Saturday I walked 3k on the treadmill, did some lower body exercises and I was done.

High point of the week? Learning I hadn’t put on any weight after 7 weeks away.

Low point of the week? Making it to the gym just twice – I suppose I’m still settling back in to Dubai life…


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