The week began with my usual session with Randy on Sunday morning. It was a tough one.

I began with my usual 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer.

The first circuit consisted of:

- Plank x 45 seconds
- Rest x 10 seconds
- Mountain climbers x 45 seconds
- Rest x 10 seconds
- Push-ups x 45 seconds
- Rest x 10 seconds
- Burpees x 45 seconds
- Rest x 10 seconds
- Jumping jacks x 45 seconds
- Rest

I did that three times. After the plank and mountain climbers, doing push-ups was hard on my shoulders – and it got tougher after each round.

I did 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and began the next circuit:

- Parallel bar abdominal knee raises x 15
- Lunges with 10-lb weights x 15
- Wall squat x 30 seconds

I did that circuit three times. Again, the knee raises were tough on my shoulders as I was using them to support my body weight.

I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and did an abs circuit:

- Boat pose x 20 seconds
- Rest x 10 seconds
- Sit-ups x 20 seconds
- Rest x 10 seconds

I did that circuit eight times. EIGHT! Eight minutes of abs.

And then we were done. Randy stretched me out and I crawled home.

The next morning I woke up with my abs on fire. And not in a good way.

I had my first yoga class in a month and it was tough. Not just because it had been a month but because moving into and out of any position hurt!

I had my second session with Randy on Wednesday – and my abs were still sore from Sunday!

I did my usual 5 minutes on the cross-trainer as a warm-up and then we went outside. The first circuit consisted of:

- Running sideways x 2 lengths followed by 10 squats x 5
- Burpees x 10
- Lunges with a torso twist x 10 on each side
- Punches with 3-lb weights x 1 minute

So after doing that circuit three times I realised I’d done 150 squats! It was quite windy outside and my exercise mat kept blowing away so we moved indoors for the rest of the session.

I did 3 minutes on the cross-trainer and did the next circuit:

- Seated row x 15
- Tricep extensions with 3-kg weights x 15
- Double crunches x 10
- Ab cycles x 20

After three sets of that Randy stretched out my legs and I was done.

On Thursday my abs had stopped aching but my triceps continued to ache until my next session. On Thursday afternoon I decided to pick up some protein from one of the nutrition stores at the Dubai Mall. I got MET-Rx’s Ultramyosyn why isolate in creamy vanilla. Let’s hope it does the trick.

Low point of the week? I ate out a lot, and not very well either. Deep-fried cheese balls at Trader Vic’s are hard to resist and I seem to be addicted to Galaxy chocolate once again.

High point of the week? A friend of mine was in town from Lagos and said I looked ‘tall and thin’. Yay!

Weight loss? None. But no weight gain either.

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