Friday, 28 March 2014

The Five Week Challenge - 26 Days to go

26 Days to go of My 5 week challenge which started  on Monday 17th March 2014. The Goal?  37 days to lose 1 whole stone. It sounded doable. The question is can I do it?

As of this morning, I have lost 3 pounds of the 14 I need to lose. That means 11 pounds to go, which means 3lbs per week is the target I must hit. That's a big challenge!

So today, I have been extra good. I have eaten well, but kept the calories low. I haven't snacked, and I have eaten fruit and also salad! I have drunk water too - it's a wonder my body hasn't gone into shock!

My morning routine is becoming more of a challenge. I am pushing it that bit harder. This morning I upped the ante a bit:
  • 100 abs/crunches
  • 15 press ups
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 10 front kicks each leg 
  • 10 knee lifts each leg
  • 10 star jumps
  • 20 punches
  • 10 squats
  • 1 min running on the spot
  • 10 side steps
Today was also a PT day. This evenings session consisted of:
  • Fast sprints x 4
  • Squats with weights x 4 sets
  • Squat thrusts x 4 sets
  • Cross trainer sprint intervals x 4
  • 15 box jumps (on and off box) x 4 sets
  • Dead lift thrusts x 4 sets
  • Step up and step down (kneeling to standing) x 3 sets
  • Squat jumps x 3 sets
  • Core and abs x 3 sets of each
Tonight was the hardest session he has ever put me through. The abs were hell. to begin with it was lie on my back, legs straight. Hold onto the step box behind me, which he was standing on. Raise my legs right up then lift my bum off the floor and push up vertically. Oh dear god it burned. I had to do 20 of them.

Next it was holding the weight bar, and leg raises straight to the bar. He then pushed against my legs for extra resistance. Like I needed it to be any harder!! 20 of those.

Then it was full sit ups. 20. Then full sit ups with a twist. 10. And that was one set. I had to do that circuit, with intervals of stepping up and down from kneeling, holding a belgian bag, and squats jumps 3 times in total. I actually could not move by the end. Sweating just was not the word. 

Steps wise, I am up to 12,000 which is fantastic. I wouldn't go so far as to say I am enjoying the exercise, but I no longer hate it. It's hard work - harder than ever today, but people are starting to notice now. That's always a boost. I have also been able to get rid of some clothes that are now too big!! That's a nice feeling.

I have 26 more days and I intend to make each one count. Take tonight for instance - I am having no wine. Wine is high in calories in itself. It is also my nemesis in so much as it makes me hungry. Hungry at the time when the wine has weakened my resolve. So no more wine on the weekend, until I reach goal. Small sacrifice and it will be worth it.

26 days then, 11 pounds to lose. I got this!! 

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