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100 days to change update

So, I am still doing this, I admit to have missed one or two days of exercise but, as I have mentioned a time or two, there are days when you need to rest. Knowing when toΒ rest is as important (if not more important) than exercising despite being achy/tired/ill! To avoid the tedious listing of […]

Have I ever told you how much I love lifting?

yes well…I know I *may* have mentioned it once or twice…but I feel the need to tell you all again!

Way back in march when the half marathon I did put me off running (almost) forever and I finished the enforced running training that entailed. I promised myself that I was going to dedicate more if my exercise time to picking up heavy things and putting them down again repeatedly in a controlled manner.

In face the only thing that got me through parts of that half marathon was that promise… I told myself I never had to run again and it was going to be all lifting all the time!

Well…I have finally got around to making good on that promise.

I have told you about the scary gyms I have been trying out, and the one I am using at the moment is actually so scary that after 8 weeks of use I am still not 100% sure that I would go in without a trainer. (I’ll talk about that a little more later)

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So I finally found a place that has a lot of heavy thing just waiting to be picked up. I also found a person to tell me what to pick up and when.

All good so far…

I have been doing high rep hypertrophy training which is awesome for both fat burning and building muscle. My sessions have mainly been based around one or two body parts with a couple of foundation sessions and I have been doing 4 sets of 12 reps of every exercise I do.

ok…I know that 12 reps is not really high reps as such, but it really feels like it, especially when you are doing 4 sets! It has made me realise how much time i spend in the strength rep range (5-8 reps) and that I really should vary my training a little!

The up shot of all of this is, I am starting to not hate 12 reps! I think that means my muscular endurance is improving (yeay!) and I appreciate the fact that it is working, I am starting to notice differences in body shape doing this in conjunction with mostly clean healthy heating…

the real problem now, is making myself do it on my own. I can’t keep on having 2 trainers it is silliness and I love what I do with Matt too much to stop that…

So…here comes the bit I said I would talk about later…this is later…

I need to decide if I am a brave enough bear to go into this new gym all on my own.

yes...it is a bit like that!

yes…it is a bit like that!

Ridiculous as it sounds after all this time and all the new things I have tried, I am still unsure about walking into a gym and doing a work out.

A work out that I know I can plan, I have a qualification that says I know what I am doing and everything, and yet I am still scared.

I am annoyed that I am scared by it but there is just something about the gym that sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable. Not always, sometimes Β I get offered coffee and chatted too by one of the other people there, but generally speaking the vast majority of people there have not made eye contact with me. Or if they have there has been a blank facial expression in response to my smile… I can’t help it…I smile when I make eye contact with people because it is friendly…I even do it on the street!

OK…I am not expecting a huge warm welcome and I appreciate that people just want to get on with their workout but I don’t think a facial expression is too much to ask…

That is not the real problem, the real problem is the unconscious intimidation. I havenot got amazing upper body strength yet. I am working on it but it is not as good as my lower body strength (40kg 1rm bench press). The last time I was in there, with a trainer, there was a group of men all big (well it is a bodybuilder gym) and probably in their 40 or 50s and they looked at the bench set up with my weights (about 30kg) and started taking the mickey out of each other saying that was their new weight to use. The implication being that it was far too light a weight to bother with.

Ok so giving them the benefit of the doubt, this wasn’t actually aimed at me, and it most likely was too light a weight for them to get much benefit from. However it made me feel quite stupid. I appreciate that this wasn’t their intention, but it wasn’t a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

So the question is am I ever going to get brave enough to go in on my own? If I don’t walk in on my own am I just allowing gender stereotyping and sexism to continue? Shouldn’t I challenge it by working out despite them?

I’ll keep you posted…

Eeeek! Time for an update!

Good day good people of the world…or at least those who haven’t given up on this blog completely due to the 21 day hiatus! 21 days…3 weeks! sorry! I have many excuses (busy…blah blah) but really I have just been rubbish! sorry! So here is a summary of my last three weeks of the 100 […]

100 days to change week 3

So week three was very much the same as week two… I am not sure how much you want to read about me doing more or less the same things again, I can’t make the words too different or the meaning changes. This is part of the nature of words… so I am going to […]

100 days to change… week 2

So the second week…

this week was generally overshadowed by the compulsion to kill people and the lack of energy that comes with drastic cutting out of carbohydrates!

Ok…I’ll explain that…

Remember last week when I told you about this new training I was doing… at the not quite as scary as it looks gym… well this training came with an eating plan, and this eating plan came with carbs only at breakfast in the form of two weetabix…

This very rapidly turned me into a crazy, homicidal emotionally unstable person who couldn’t remember how to use their brain!

It also made me lack energy for doing extra things like walking around and exercising…don’t get me wrong…I still did it, but boy was it hard work!

So after threatening to trow in the towel several times, I mentioned this to the person who set the plan…who said I must be doing a lot more exercise than they thought (well…I did mention what I did…but I guess he didn’t take it on board…) and has now added rice into the plan which mainly consists of chicken or salmon and veg! So I am giving it another chance and I will keep you posted…

now to the exercise…

Day 8: Tuesday…

really not like this...

really not like this…

Tuesday was training day… no not like the film!!

It really wasn’t like the film, thankfully but it was hard work!! I trained shoulders and calves, both areas I don’t normally concentrate on…well, no, I *do* train shoulders…but I hate it and my calves as you may have inferred are just a massive problem! Apparently this will help…

Tuesday was also walking day πŸ˜€ I took one of my clients (yes…I have those did I mentionΒ it?) on a 6km brisk walk to supplement her PT…it was lots of fun and also counted to my daily activity πŸ˜€ win-win really!!

Day 9: Wednesday

Well what do you think happened on wednesday?

walking!! about 2.5km at lunchtime…

but also…of course…

Dancing!!!

Lots and lots of dancing! even more than normal as the number of dancers was low. But I never mind more dancing! More dancing is always good!!

Day 10: Thursday…Β 

Thursday I went and met a new client πŸ˜€ woohoo! which meant I had to demonstrate things and jump around somewhat… Not as much as if I was actually training…but it helps…

I love my kettlebells...have I told you that?

I love my kettlebells…have I told you that?

After I finished training, I did some kettlebells πŸ™‚ and some tabata,Β it was quite a random session which involves, swings, clean and presses, high pulls and tabata of frog jumps and skaters, with a random interspertion of high knee intervals.

It wasn’t a *lot* of training but it was some πŸ™‚ and by this point in the week my low energy / disillusionment and general anger form lack of carbs was kicking in!!

Day 11: Friday

Friday morning was PT day with Matt πŸ˜€

training funlots of fun and boxing and a general challenge to try toΒ hit/kick him…not hard of course but a sort of sparring type exercise…he didn’t know about my short fuse at this point…but luckily I wasn’t angry and the temporary energy boost brought about by two weetabix ( :-/ ) was in effect so I didn’t go all out and kill him πŸ˜‰

there were kettlebells and trx activities and lifting and all sorts…I loved it…even the burpees (but don’t tell Matt πŸ˜‰ )

Day 12: Saturday

Saturday morning was training at the new gym…in which I nearly fell over due to having no glycogen stores left, none at all!!!

After saying this, then demonstrating it by being considerably weaker than the last time I was there, I was given permission to eat carbs and lots of them that day…to be honest, I was going to do that anyway as I had a dance out later and being weak for a dance out due to something controllable is just not an option!

So after a combined legs and back session, I went home and ate food! Enough food that I would have all the energy that is required of a Mythago dancer πŸ˜€

IMG_0754Then came dancing!! Awesome aweosme dancing. it was a local brewery’s open day which they call hopfest and there are bands and beer and of course the unrivaled Mythago πŸ™‚

It was a really excellent dance out! The audience was enthusiastic which really helps and the acoustics of the venue made the music sound awesome which in turn buoys up the dancers!

I would love to have a video for you but I was in most of the dances and didn’t get a chance to take one… the sound and the atmosphere was awesome! I even got to dance probably my favourite dance Summerland. It is my favourite now I am no longer scared of it πŸ˜€

Day 13: Sunday

Sunday involved pilates πŸ˜€ I miss pilates when I can’t go! So this was excellent!! It is hard but awesome and I always come out feeling better than when I went in πŸ˜€

I also attempted a run, but this was not really that successful! Better than nothing though πŸ˜€

Day 14: Monday

Monday was back to walking a 2.6km lunchtime walk constitutes a rest day πŸ™‚

I also taught my bootcamp class…which involves quite a lot of activity…just not *quite* as much as those that attend the class πŸ˜‰

So 2 weeks in and this is going well πŸ˜€

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