I was tired on Sunday and decided to skip the gym. I also had several deadlines for Monday so thought it would be best if I spent the day working.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I overslept and didn’t even have a cup of tea before my session. As the building gym was closed for renovation, we had our session outside by the pool. He brought kettlebells and the TRX cable and I took my mat (but didn’t use it).

It was the first session I’d had with Pete where I just couldn’t be bothered to do anything. I don’t know whether I was tired or whether being outside felt weird, but I just wasn’t in the mood to do any of it. But I still did it. I started with a warmup:

- Light jog x 2 lengths of the pool
- Sideways jog x 2 lengths of the pool
- High knees x 2 lengths of the pool (the second length was backwards)
- Butt kickers x 2 lengths of the pool (the second length was backwards)
- Running x 2 lengths of the pool

I did some stretches after that and then did the first set of exercises:

- Kettlebell swings x 15 (8-kg weight)
- Sumo squats x 15 (with kettlebell)
- Combined knee-up/twist x 10 on each side
- Shuttle runs x 2 lengths of the pool
- Rest x 20 s
- Shuttle runs x 2 lengths of the pool
- Rest

I did that two more times and had a longer rest while Pete set up the TRX cable.

I did three sets of the following exercises:

- TRX pullups x 14
- TRX curtsy lunges x 7 on each side (alternating)
- TRX pushups x 14
- High knees x 20 s
- Rest x 10 s
- Side to side jumping x 20 s
- Rest x 10 s
- Butt kickers x 20 s
- Rest x 10 s
- Jumping jacks x 20 s
- Rest

Being outside with the TRX reminded me of Randy – gosh, that feels like a very long time ago but it’s only been 2 years.

I then did two sets of the following exercises using the Kettlebell:

- Overhead tricep extensions x 10
- Upright row x 10
- Rest

I did some stretches after that and was done – yay!

I had my usual yoga class on Tuesday morning. My cousin and I have been thinking about not continuing with this class next year. I think that’s mainly driven by me though – as I feel that every class is the same and I can’t even tell if I’ve made any progress in the last few months. I think I’ll decide once I’m back from my trip to Bali in December.

It had been very overcast on Tuesday and it even rained for a while. When I woke up on Wednesday it was still grey, but not wet, so Pete and I carried on outside.

There was a lovely breeze and I wondered whether I’d been so miserable on Monday because I was out in the sun and was feeling too hot. The other good thing about Wednesday’s session was that Pete told me there would be no shuttle runs. Hurrah! I rolled out my mat and began with the 1-to-5 warmup:

- 1 squat, 1 pushup, 1 situp
- 2 squats, 2 pushups, 2 situps
- 3 squats, 3 pushups, 3 situps
- 4 squats, 4 pushups, 4 situps
- 5 squats, 5 pushups, 5 situps
- 4 squats, 4 pushups, 4 situps
- 3 squats, 3 pushups, 3 situps
- 2 squats, 2 pushups, 2 situps
- 1 squat, 1 pushup, 1 situp

I was quite warm after that! I did a few stretches and then did three sets of the following:

- Walking lunges with kettlebell x 20 (8-kg weight)
- Rest

While I was lunging forward I would have to pass the kettlebell to my other hand through my legs. It took some coordination and balance, but I got there eventually! During the third set it started to drizzle. I didn’t even notice it at first, but we carried on anyway. It wasn’t heavy enough to stop our session and I found it quite refreshing.

Pete set up the TRX cable. I did the following circuit three times:

- Combined squats/high knee x 7 on each side (alternating)
- Upright row x 14
- Bicep curls x 12
- Rest

It was tough. And the second set of exercises wasn’t any easier. I did three sets of this circuit:

- Combined lunge/high knee x 7 on each side
- Pushups x 14
- Overhead tricep extensions x 8
- Rest

That was even harder! I could really feel it in my triceps during that circuit.

Then came the next circuit, with a Kettlebell for some of it:

- Kettlebell swings x 15 (8-kg weight)
- Kettlebell side bends x 10 on each side
- Mountain climbers x 30 s
- Rest x 30 s
- Repeat

I did some stretches after that and went home.

The next morning my glutes and my triceps were sore. I went to the gym at the Shangri-La and did 3 km on the treadmill (28:35). I alternated the speed between 6 km/h and 6.6 km/h. I then did Week 2 Day 2 of the Great Butt app:

- Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Butt raises x 7
- Rest x 30 s
- Butt raises x 6
- Rest

Then I did the Week 2 Day 2 of the Great Abs app:

- Crunches x 6
- Rest x 30 s
- Crunches x 5
- Rest x 30 s
- Crunches x 5
- Rest x 30 s
- Side obliques x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Side obliques x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse crunches x 5
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse crunches x 5
- Rest

I did a few stretches after that and went home.

I went back to the gym on Friday morning. I did 3 km on the treadmill, alternating between 6 km/h and 8 km/h. I did the 3 km in 26:51. I then did Week 2 Day 3 of the Great Butt app:

- Reverse leg lifts x 7 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Butt raises x 7
- Rest x 30 s
- Butt raises x 6
- Rest

I then did Week 2 Day 3 of the Great Abs app:

- Crunches x 6
- Rest x 30 s
- Crunches x 7
- Rest x 30 s
- Crunches x 5
- Rest x 30 s
- Side obliques x 7 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Side obliques x 7 on each side
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse crunches x 5
- Rest x 30 s
- Reverse crunches x 5
- Rest

I did some stretches after that and went home.

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

High point of the week? Five workouts done this week!

Weight loss? Still going up and down, but I think I’m starting to see a downward trend (I hope!).

Read more updates here.

Ouch! Okay so you’re good ! Can’t wait to see your toned look when you’re here next. Also going to follow your TRX routine!

Far from toned! Still a work in progress 😉

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