Week two of the regimen and it’s going relatively well. I had my second personal trainer session last night- I coped quite well:my boyfriend was not so fortunate. After the second exercise he suddenly went white as a sheet, so we had to make him a sugary solution before he passed out on us. (He’s a bit of a drama queen)
We did 3 different “chunks” of exercise. The first chunk was made up of 4 different exercises, we did 30 seconds of each exercise (with a 10 second break in between each) after having done all 4 we had a 30 second break and then repeated… 3 more times. This first chunk focused on the legs and back (as far as I’m aware) as there was a lot of squatting. It was definitely the hardest of the 3 chunks.
The next chunk, after a whole minute break (lucky us) was exactly the same in structure but focused more on the upper body- arms/chest area.
The final chunk was the same in structure except had 5 exercises. This definitely focused on the core; it was basically lots of different variations of the plank (joy…) and having the middle of the body tense for as long as possible. Myself and my boyfriend both struggle with back problems and found that our lower back hurt, so he changed the exercises to fit in with this so that we can build strength here without doing damage.
After 2 sessions, I really could not recommend my personal trainer more. Once I start seeing results (hopefully after 9 weeks) I will definitely put a link to him on here. I genuinely believe we could not have found someone better for the job. He’s encouraging without being aggressive and extremely knowledgeable. Maybe it’s because he lives in Brighton, but I get no macho-man-homophobic vibes from him – he’s just made us feel really comfortable (and extremely uncomfortable in the days that follow the training session).
He did tell us he is getting ready for an 100 mile run in a few months… I didn’t know that was a thing. I did ask “over how many days?” and he said “I hope to do it in 9 hours.” To which point I threw up all over myself and laughed manically in disbelief.
My diet is not as good as it could be if I’m honest. I am struggling with the festivities that are literally being rammed down my throat (by my own hand sadly.) I haven’t overly indulged, but having just eaten a about 6 slices of different cheese that were presented to me at work a minute ago, I’m not doing brilliantly.
I suppose I have to be realistic. I definitely have a food addiction, but unfortunately unlike an alcoholic who can completely cut out alcohol, I have to eat to live. So I have to live my life remembering that I am an addict and in order to remain trim, I need to enjoy myself every so often, otherwise I’ll fall off the wagon straight onto my arse.
I am eating 3 healthy meals a day but allowing myself a couple of “Christmas Treats” during the course of the day. For example, yesterday I had a selection box of **MINI** chocolates (Mars Bar, Maltesers, Milky Way – my favs) that I split with my boyfriend. In terms of WeightWatchers points, I know it wouldn’t be diabolical (and I may have still been in my point range) but I can’t help feeling guilt.
I know I have 3 definite days of indulgence on my hands over the next few weeks – Christmas Day, Boxing Day and on Dec 28th (a night out with my cousins). So I’ve got to accept that and get over it. Unfortunately I can only book my trainer in for the 30th, so I’ll be exercising less as well. So my first “3 week photo” may not be anything special.
BUT once we’re into the New Year, I can take this metaphorical-fitness-bull and ride it to submission. I am so determined. And ultimately, compared to everyone else starting the “New Year New Me” regimens, I’ll be a few weeks ahead and in a place mentally where I KNOW I can do it, as I’ve got through the terrible Christmas period (…bah humbug.)