I’m actually quite impressed with myself that it’s been 25 days already. It feels like I only started last week. As 25 is a fairly round number, and I’ve been having concerns about the lack of progress my fitness program will be making soon, I decided to take some action about it today, and spoke to two of my friends, Jack and Caitlin.
Caitlin, my PT friend, and I spoke about the benefits of having a PT and my fear of the gym. My argument is that I’m uncomfortable with the thought of the gym and I’m doing this whole thing to make myself more comfortable with myself, so going to the gym is, in this way, counter-productive. Caitlin’s argument was ‘don’t knock it till you try it’, which is a fairly strong counter-argument, to be honest. I think the result of this conversation is I’m going to try going to the gym with a friend and, if I don’t like it, stick to exercising at home.
Jack, on the other hand, who isn’t fitness qualified but is ripped as fuck (pretty much has an 8-pack) spoke about more practical things. We discussed how to improve my regime and he introduced me (as embarassing as this is to say) to the concept of reps. Earlier, when I’d been trying to up my sit-up numbers, I’d try and go from doing 20 in a row to doing 40 in a row, which is why it was so difficult. We talked about this and the fact that muscle gets used to singularly repeated workout, and together came up with a better regime to stick with for the next 2-3 weeks, after which he said we’d talk about it again. In honesty, having Jack to talk to about this without having to pay him makes me doubt the need for a PT, but consultation isn’t the same as hands-on advice, I guess.
Anyway, my regime is now a 3 day rotating thing of:
3 reps of sit-ups, push-ups and squats, in decreasing numbers of 20 the first rep, 15 the second rep and 10 the third rep, with a minute or two’s break in between.
2 reps of squats and bicep dips, of 15 the first rep and 10 the second, with a minute or twos break in-between.
15-20 minutes jogging/running - perhaps considering a post I found about from couch to 5k. More on this another time.
5 minutes skipping rope.
2 reps of 45 seconds of holding the plank - maybe trying to do treadmill.
20-15-10 jumping jacks.
20-15-10 chin-ups. I’m aware that I currently cannot do these properly, but will be doing my best to do them, hoping to improve over the weeks.
Anyway, back to Day #25
In terms of food, I actually did really well today. I chopped up a lot of carrots and cucumber and took them to school with hummus, and it filled me up fairly well at lunch. I had an apple for breakfast. I had a snack of some leftover cottage pie from last night and a steak-salad-fries combination for dinner, with more emphasis on the salad than on the fries. Even though that’s not perfect, it’s a lot better than it might have been four weeks ago, or even last week, so I’m pleased with my progress. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to drink 3 glasses of water.
I did however, complete my new Day 1 work-out for the first time, so that’s good. Today was definitely my best day so far.