Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

My session with Rama on Sunday morning was a tough one. I had just about finished my warm-up when he got to the gym so we began immediately.

I did the following circuit:

  • Lateral pulldowns x 15
  • Clean and press with 3-kg weights x 15
  • Pelvic lifts x 12
  • Military press with 3-kg weights x 15
  • Push-ups x 15
  • Bicep curls with 3-kg weights x 15
  • Squat jumps with 3-kg weights x 15
  • 500 metres on the treadmill

The hardest part of the circuit was the running. Rama told me to get as close to 3 minutes as possible – I managed it in 3:19. The last minute of that was awful and I didn’t think I’d make it. I also didn’t think I’d be able to do it again without crying if he asked me to.

I had a rest. Rama told me I was going to do the circuit again, but instead of the run at the end I was going to climb up to the sixth floor. Twice. It sounds crazy but I told him I’d prefer that to the running!

In the second round, I did the pelvic lifts using one leg only. And I was all set for the stairs. I hadn’t done them in a couple of weeks and wanted to see if I’d made any progress.

I went down in the lift and climbed up to the sixth floor in 1:12. My rest time was the length of time it took me to go back down in the lift. I climbed up the second time in 1:17.

After that there was another circuit of lower body exercises, then I had to walk while crouching for two lengths of the gym (I felt like I was waddling like ET) and then there were 25 star jumps. I did circuit that twice.

That was followed by two sets of one-armed tricep extensions and three sets of abs exercises. And then I was done!

It felt like a very long session.

I didn’t have yoga on Monday so decided I was going to spend 30 minutes on the treadmill and see how far I got. I was tempted to stop at 3km like I did the week before but forced myself to keep going. At 30 minutes I was at 3.9km – I decided to walk the last 100 metres and got to 4km at 30:57. I did some tricep dips after that and I was done for the day.

On Tuesday I did just 3.3km in 25 minutes. I struggled to get to 25 minutes, mostly because my right knee had been aching a bit. The only thing I feel may have caused this was the exercise where I had to crouch and walk in my Sunday session with Rama. By the time I got into bed that night it was aching even more.

My session on Wednesday was tough. I did three circuits, three times. I warmed up on the cross-trainer and then began. The first circuit was:

  • Squats holding 3-kg weights extended above my head x 10
  • Jumping from side to side with my feet together x 20
  • Lunges with 3-kg weights x 10 on each side
  • Alternating split lunges x 20
  • Rest

The second circuit consisted of:

  • Treadmill – alternating 30 seconds of running/rest (at an incline of 3) for 3 minutes
  • Upright row with a 10-lb weight x 5 on each side
  • Lateral raises with 3-kg weights x 10
  • Push-ups with 3-kg weights x 10
  • Rest

The third circuit was:

  • Dead lift combined with an upright row using a 10-lb weight x 5 on each side
  • Overhead press with 3-kg weights x 20, alternating sides
  • Squat jumps with 3-kg weights x 10
  • Burpees x 10
  • Rest

It was tough. Rama told me to ice my knee every few hours – it would feel better.

On Thursday I went back to the gym and aimed for 30 minutes on the treadmill. I only got to 3.7km as I couldn’t run as for as long as I wanted to because of my knee. I’d iced it and taken Nurofen but nothing seemed to be working.

I took Friday and Saturday off as I was tired and/or hungover on both days!

High point of the week? Going out on Thursday night and someone telling me I looked 28.

Low point of the week? Messing up my knee.

Weight loss? I’ve hit my lowest weight in years this week – I’ve lost 19 kilos (just under 42 lbs) since July 2011!


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