Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

I couldn’t have my usual Sunday session with Randy as my cousin and a friend were having a lunch for me that day – to celebrate my 40th. I thought I might be able to get to the gym before lunch, but that didn’t happen! I had to be at the hairdresser by 11am, and lunch was at 12.30pm. But I did have yoga on Monday, and I did spend 30 minutes on the treadmill on Tuesday (3.7 km).

I had a session with Randy on Wednesday. He started off by measuring me. This is how my body has changed in the last 3 weeks:

  • Arms: no change
  • Chest: +1 cm (+0.4 inches)
  • Waist: -4 cm (-1.5 inches)
  • Hips: -1 cm (-0.4 inches)
  • Thighs: -5 cm (-1.9 inches) (l), -7 cm (-2.7 inches) (r) (now there’s only a 2-cm difference between them)

I’m convinced the first measurements we took were wrong. Is it possible to lose that many inches in 3 weeks??

I did a 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer. My first circuit consisted of:

  • Alternating backward lunges x 2 minutes
  • Push-ups x 40
  • Squats x 40
  • Sit-ups x 40
  • Rest
  • Alternating backward lunges x 1 minute
  • Push-ups x 20
  • Squats x 20
  • Sit-ups x 20

I had a brief rest and then did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

The second circuit consisted of:

  • Squat/shoulder press x 50 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds
  • Plank and reach x 50 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds
  • Kettlebell swings (6 kg) x 50 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds
  • Burpees x 50 seconds

I did that circuit twice.

I then did 4 minutes on my abs:

  • V-sit (boat pose) x 20 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds
  • Extended leg reach x 20 seconds
  • Rest x 10 seconds

I did that four times and then Randy stretched me out.

It was my last session with Randy before he went on holiday. I told him I’d be on the treadmill while he was away so I better stick to that. Having said that, I didn’t make it to the gym the rest of the week. I had friends in town for my birthday and it was all a bit too much!

Low point of the week? Drinking far too much – in fact I think I need a new liver!

High point of the week? Losing inches around my waist and thighs – I wasn’t expecting that at all.

Weight loss? Again, I’ve been either 68 or 69 kg all week! I love seeing that ‘6’ at the front…

I know

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