Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

Randy couldn’t make my Sunday morning session and asked if we could train on Monday instead. I was relieved – partly because I was so tired from the weekend and partly because it would give me a chance to do my own cardio on Sunday morning.

I was up early on Sunday and after three cups of tea and a banana I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer. I went to the gym and told myself I’d do 30 minutes on the treadmill, alternating running and walking. I got to 3.45 km in 30 minutes which was much better than my last attempt a couple of weeks ago – but to be fair I walked that entire time. I did some lower body exercises and then decided to sit outside for a bit while I finished my water.

I had my Monday session with Randy after my Arabic class. I did my 5 minutes on the cross-trainer and then did the following circuit:

  • Single leg press x 15 on each side
  • Ladder (stepping in/out one way, jumping in/out on the way back) x 6 lengths
  • Push-ups x 12

Funnily enough, when I was at the gym on Sunday I thought that it had been a while since I’d done push-ups – and there they were, back on the menu! I did that circuit three times and then did another 3 minutes on the cross-trainer.

The second circuit consisted of:

  • Alternating knee-ins x 15 on each side
  • Crunches combined with alternating leg lifts x 15 on each side
  • Side plank x 30 seconds on each side
  • V-sit x 30 seconds

I did that circuit three times and then Randy stretched me. I knew my abs would ache for days after that.

I had my second session with Randy on Thursday morning. The weather was fantastic so we did the entire session outdoors (apart from my 5-minute warm-up on the cross-trainer). The first circuit consisted of:

  • Suicide run
  • Burpees x 10
  • Plank x 45 seconds

I did that three times and then did the following abs circuit:

  • Sit-ups x 15
  • Combined abdominal leg raises/scissors x 15
  • Toe touches x 15

I did that circuit twice and had a short break before starting the final circuit:

  • Ladder (cross country skier at 2:35) x 4 lengths
  • Opposite arm and leg lift x 10 on each side
  • Walking lunges x 6 on each side

Randy was really impressed with how easily I did that ladder exercise! I did that circuit three times and then Randy stretched me. It was nice to have the whole session outdoors but it was a tough one.

Low point of the week? Not getting to the gym at the weekend – it was so hectic and I was just too tired.

High point of the week? I suppose getting to the gym on my own on Sunday was a good thing!

Weight loss? None! It’s still going up.

Give up

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