Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

I got back from London on Wednesday, 22nd of October and decided that, starting the following Sunday, I was going to challenge myself to work out for 21 consecutive days. I’d overeaten the entire week I’d been away and I felt like a moose.

I had my Sunday morning session with Trevor and told him about my challenge. He wished me luck.

I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the bike and then spent 20 minutes on the treadmill, walking and running. After that I did the following circuit:

  • Combined backward lunge/forward kick x 10 on each side
  • Combined deadlifts/forward lunge x 16 (with 3-kg weights)
  • Combined bench squats/shoulder press x 10 (3-kg weights)
  • Press ups x 15
  • Boxing x 3 min (40 s on, 20 s rest)

After a rest, I did the circuit again. And then I did some stretches and was done for the day.

On Monday I went back to the gym and did the circuit that Trevor had given me – 20 minutes on the treadmill, followed by bench step-ups, dumbbell punches, bench squats, deadlifts, mountain climbers and abdominal in and outs. I did three rounds of that and I was done.

On Tuesday morning I had my yoga class at home. It was a good class and our teacher really pushed us. After I’d had some breakfast I decided to go for a swim. It was nice just to be outdoors – I did a few lengths and then dried off in the sun. I really should do that more often.

I had another session with Trevor on Wednesday. I started with a 5-minute warm-up on the bike and then moved over to the treadmill.

  • 1 min at 5 km
  • 2 min at 7 km
  • Repeat four times (12 min total)

I then did the following circuit:

  • Squats x 20
  • Bent-over row x 20 (10-lb dumbbells)
  • Single leg deadlifts x 20 (10 on each side, 10-lb dumbbell)
  • Shoulder press x 20 (3-kg weights)
  • Stairs
  • Rest

I did that circuit three times. At the end of it, we went to the stairwell and after the first circuit, Trevor made me go down two flights of stairs and then walk back up. At the end of the second circuit, I went down four flights of stairs and walked back up. After the third and final circuit, I went down all six flights of stairs and walked back up. That really finished me off. I did some stretching after that and I was done for the day.

I woke up on Thursday morning with a sharp pain on the right side of my back, just below the shoulder blade. It was horrible and I was in so much pain. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do my regular circuit so I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 5 km (48:08). I didn’t want to sit around and do nothing so I thought this was a good compromise.My back felt a bit better after the walk but I still didn’t want to risk doing any weights.

That afternoon I went to the Dubai Mall to get my body fat percentage (BFP) checked. A couple of friends of mine had done it already and we decided to make things interesting. Whoever has lost the most body fat by the end of November (the percentage of the initial BFP) would win something – but we haven’t yet decided what that will be. I’d been putting it off for days as I really didn’t want to know, but in the end decided to get it over with. They do the BFP test at no charge but then try and sell you loads of crap afterwards. They measured me and weighed me (I knew I should have gone before lunch) and then made me hold on to two metal conductors while the system analysed my body. As expected it was high – 28.9%. The man in the white coat told me I was ‘obese’. Hmm. Overweight, I’d agree, but obese? He then tried to sell me a fat-reducing cream. I laughed in his face and said ‘No, thank you’. Does he really believe cream can get rid of fat? I wish it did – double cream at that. Anyway, I went home after that and looked at some BFP graphs online and I’m at the high end of ‘average’, just on the border to ‘overweight’. I can live with that!

On my way out, I stopped at a different fitness/nutrition store and ended up buying MET-Rx CLA Myoleptin 1500. It’s supposed to ‘support your body-shaping goals’. Let’s see what happens.

I was a bit tired and hungover on Friday so I only did 3 km on the treadmill that day (30 min). My back was a lot better though – so that was good.

I didn’t work out on Saturday but I was on my feet from 9am until 2pm at the Dubai Flea Market in Zabeel Park so I’m counting that as my workout!

Low point of the week? I can’t really think of anything.

High point of the week? Working out six days in a row!

Weight loss? None.


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