I know it has been a while since I updated about my weight loss goal.
Unsurprisingly Christmas came along being all busy and expensive plus a higher than expected bill came in which lead to Tim and I not seeing our P.T. sessions through December.
However, we have started them back up again. More importantly I made the push to do it and organise it! We have even changed the day and time, which has actually helped us both out mentally and physically, making our bodies come home with that natural ‘exercise high’.
Even when I had put the wrong date for the day on the message to Mike (our P.T) we double checked if he was still available to train us rather than slinking back home and cheating out of our first session back.
As always the dread kicks in about returning to exercise after Christmas break. However having known Mike from previous sessions I didn’t really have anything to be anxious about other than how my Christmas diet and exercise regime had affected my fitness.
We were put to work with a circuit we had already accomplished in November so again nothing new to fear. We both got through it and boy did we ache for the rest of the week! Mike had mentioned what our plan was for the next session and I said to not tell me as it increases the chance of me not turning up. Anxieties hit me and I feel I won’t be able to perform so I make up a lame ass excuse and cancel.
He told us we were going to attempt the 500 rep challenge. Now 500 is a big number for exercises (for me) so I shared my concerns but Mike was very good in remaining positive towards me, talking through my strengths and giving me tips on how to tackle the workout. The regime looked like this;
100 x sit ups
100 x press ups
100 x tricep dips
100 x lunges
100 x squats
The Tuesday workout slot came about again and we set to work quicker than normal as Tim and I wanted as much as time to complete the 500 as possible. Mike said that the rules are, you can do it in any order but you have to do the exercises in increments of 25. So if I did 26 I had to go on up to 50 and so forth.
What I liked about this was we could decide by ourselves what to tackle when. I have a lower amount of upper body strength compared to my legs its unreal so I made sure to tackle my press ups and tricep dips near the beginning and middle. I can be very determined when I put my mind to it. So I was in the zone and completed the 500 in less than 30 minutes. Mike complemented me and said I could probably tackle the 800 easily. He showed me the extra 3 exercises I needed to do but he didn’t say ‘go on then do those’ he more showed me each exercise and said ‘you give it a go’ so I would but then when I stopped he would check if I had done 25. Sneaky bastard! The other 3 exercises were
100 x jumping jacks (to clarify I didn’t need showing on how to do these)
100 x bicep curls
100 x chest press
I completed these also within our hour time slot with 8 minutes to spare! However I didn’t do all of the exercises in increments of 25. I split them into 10s and 5s. But that didn’t matter I had completed 800 reps. Tim was 75 reps away from the 800 – he hasn’t done much hard exercise for a good few years whereas I’ve been playing rugby and tae kwon do. He didn’t mind though as he was more worried on how much he was going to ache.
I left feeling even more pleased with myself and also a little silly that I felt any sort of anxiety towards the session. The next session is to complete the 800 rep workout properly (so increments of 25 per exercise) plus we can chose the order again (having to do 200 arm exercises when it’s my weakest area was tough).
I think what my ‘worst nightmare’ when it comes to exercise is not being able to complete what is asked of me. I remember in rugby training (when I was much younger and enthusiastic) that my coach would say ‘you’ve got 2 minutes left’ on a certain drill but he would actually carry it on for another 5 minutes or so. This would result in me burning myself out and nearly being sick. I completely understand that it can be a tactic to improve your fitness and I don’t criticise his techniques. But I have gotten into a habit of only being half arsed and actually finding I had plenty more energy left to give once any session was over. So I am putting my trust into Mike as he explains what is expected of me within the hour and no more. Either there are a number of reps or there are a number of rounds we need to do of the circuit. So far he has kept his word (ok not with the 500 turning into 800 reps but it was done in a technique I could deal with) so I plan to push myself each and every week.
In the sense of weight loss, I haven’t been on the scales because I don’t want to. But let’s just say I’ve probably still got a long way to go weight and food wise. But mentally and physically I’m winning.