I could not get up on Sunday. I had planned to go to the gym before lunch but when I woke up, I felt like crap. Probably because I drank my body weight in wine and vodka over the long weekend. So I got out of bed at 12, but only because I had to be at lunch by 1pm.

I had my second session with Pete on Monday. He texted me earlier that morning to ask whether I was ready and how I was feeling. I told him I was a bit tired but I was ready nonetheless! I’m still not sure if that was true or not.

I did a 7-minute warmup on the treadmill:

- Walk x 2 min (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
- Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
- Walk x 30 s (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 3 min (7.5 km/h)

I didn’t think I could even run for 3 minutes at a stretch, but I somehow managed it.

I had some water and did the following circuit:

- Combined squat/side kick x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
- Jumping jacks x 20
- Ladder drills x 8 lengths (doing various exercises)
- Tricep extensions x 14 (10-lb weight)
- Abdominal single leg lowers x 20 (alternating 10 on each side, starting with both legs raised as at 06:00 in the video)
- Rest x 1 min

I did that circuit three times. I felt drained by the end of it. And I’d definitely sweated out whatever vodka and/or wine was left in my system. Once that was done, I went back on the treadmill for 8 minutes:

- Walk x 90 s (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 30 s (7.5 km/h)
- Walk x 90 s (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 30 s (8 km/h)
- Walk x 90 s (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 30 s (8 km/h)
- Walk x 90 s (5.5 km/h)
- Run x 30 s (8 km/h)

I did some stretches after that and I was done. Hurrah!

I had my usual yoga class on Tuesday morning which was good.

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday. Instead of a warmup on the treadmill I began with some stretches and then did the following:

- Squat x 1
- Pushup x 1
- Situp x 1
- Squat x 2
- Pushup x 2
- Situp x 2
- Squat x 3
- Pushup x 3
- Situp x 3
- Squat x 4
- Pushup x 4
- Situp x 4
- Squat x 5
- Pushup x 5
- Situp x 5
- And then going back down to 4, 3, 2 and then 1 rep

Yes, I was quite warm after that! I had some water and did this circuit:

- Combined reverse lunge/front kick x 10 on each side
- Mountain climbers x 10 on each side
- Tabata: jumping side to side x 20 s, rest x 10 s, high knees x 20 s, rest x 10 s, skaters x 20 s, rest x 10 s, butt kickers x 20 s, rest x 10 s, repeat (4 min total)
- Bicep curls x 14 (10-lb weights)
- Long arm weighted crunch x 20 (10-lb weights)
- Rest x 2 min

I did that three times and was drenched in sweat by the end of it. Pete then told me to get some water as I was going hiking for 10 minutes. I got on the treadmill and walked at 5.5 km/h for 10 minutes. I started with an incline of 1% and Pete increased the incline every minute by 1%. The last 2 to 3 minutes were tough! I could really feel it in my hamstrings.

I did some stretches after that and was done. Yay!

On Thursday I woke up and didn’t feel as sore as I thought I would but I felt tired. I went to the gym at the Shangri-La and did Week 2 Day 2 of the Fitness22.com app on the treadmill and Week 2 Day 3 on the situps app.

The situps routine was:

- Situps x 5
- Rest
- Situps x 5
- Rest
- Situps x 8
- Rest
- Situps x 5
- Rest
- Situps x 5
- Rest
- Situps x 5

I did some stretching after that and was done.

I had planned to work out on Friday but I’d been to Abu Dhabi the night before to see Bon Jovi in concert and just didn’t have the energy to work out over the weekend. However, I did do a lot of dancing on Friday night so that must count for something!

Low point of the week? Only managing four workouts this week. Oh, and eating a few slices of pizza over the weekend.

High point of the week? Not aching as much as I thought I would after my sessions with Pete.

Weight loss? I managed to lose 1 kg over the week and then put it on again at the weekend. I seem to be losing this same 1 kg every week!

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