Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

I started the week with my usual session with Randy on Sunday morning. I got to the gym and found three other people there – using the three treadmills. It has been a long time since there was anyone else in the gym apart from me!

I started with my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer and then Randy and I went outside by the pool to do a few rounds of boxing. We started with basic jabs and then combined right and left hooks and then upper cuts and eventually some ducking too. We did about five rounds of 2 minutes each (I think).

We went back inside and I did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer. The first circuit consisted of:

  • Kettlebell swings x 45 seconds
  • Combined squat and military press x 45 seconds
  • Abdominal leg raises x 45 seconds
  • Alternating knee to elbows x 45 seconds

I did that circuit three times and then did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

The second circuit consisted of:

  • Chest press (10-lb weights) x 20
  • Combined alternating backward lunge and side raises (3-lb weights) x 10 on each side
  • Tricep extensions x 20
  • Jumping jacks x 30 seconds

I did that circuit three times too. I think I hate jumping jacks. But at least I was done after that. Randy stretched me out and that was the session done.

I was a bit sore on Monday – especially my hamstrings and triceps. I had yoga on Monday morning and hoped that would help but I ended up even more sore on Tuesday.

My second session of the week with Randy was tough. He brought his tape measure and measured my triceps (both left and right), chest, waist, hips and thighs (again, both left and right). I couldn’t believe my right thigh is 4 cm larger than my left. How is that even possible?

It was a really tough session. I started with my usual warm-up and then did the following circuit:

  • Combined push-ups and T-planks x 8
  • Alternating single arm chest press (3-kg weights) x 12
  • Combined sit-ups and shoulder press (3-kg weights) x 15
  • Running on the spot x 30 seconds

My arms were exhausted by the end of the circuit. Randy had to hold my feet down during the sit-ups because I couldn’t do them as easily with an extra 6 kg on my chest.

I reluctantly did 3 minutes on the cross-trainer after that – and then Randy told me we were going to do some Tabata training. The circuit consisted of:

  • One squat x 20 seconds (the squat was held for 20 seconds)
  • Rest x 10 seconds
  • Squats x 20 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds

I did four sets of that – and my legs felt like jelly afterwards. And then there was another circuit:

  • Stepping on and off the treadmill x 20 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds
  • Half-burpees x 20 seconds (not jumping up in between)
  • Rest x 10 seconds

I did four sets of that too and then did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

Randy then stretched out my legs and I wobbled home.

I didn’t work out again that week – I just had too much going on.

Low point of the week? I’m still not motivated at all to work out on my own. I still miss Rama. While I was in London I realised the difference between him and Randy. Rama sent me a message on Facebook asking me how I was doing, how the training was going, and asked for a weight update. He hasn’t trained me since November but is still interested in how I’m getting on. After a session he would ask me how my body was feeling and would tell me what to do about any soreness. Or he’d suggest what I should have for lunch. Or he would simply want to talk about last night’s episode of ‘Game of Thrones’! I don’t hear from Randy between sessions at all – I suppose at the end of the day everyone is different.

High point of the week? Actually making it through my second session with Randy. He even gave me a high five at the end of it – he has definitely cranked things up a notch.

Weight loss? OK – this is the moment of truth. Until now I’ve never been comfortable revealing my actual weight – I’ve always said how much I’ve lost, but not how much I actually weigh. Well, I’m going to do that now. At my heaviest weight I was 88 kg. That’s right – I was huge. This week my ‘trend’ weight is 70.2 kg. Which is OK, I guess – the lightest I’ve been in the last few months was about 67 kg but that was back in November. I’m trying to get down to 63 kg, even 65 kg will do. In fact, as long as it’s 60-something I’ll be happy! I downloaded an app on my phone called Libra – it’s fantastic. You enter your weight every day and it tells you how long it will be before you reach your goal. I had initially entered a goal weight of 60 kg (which I’ve been told might be too light but we’ll see) and according to Libra I’m expected to reach that goal in December.


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