Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

The final few

on December 17, 2013

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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