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Day 82-83: A weekend of weights and pirates…

Yes…really…pirates!! Β πŸ˜€

Day 82: Saturday

In a break with tradition I had a personal training session at 9:30 on Saturday morning. I know…it surprised me too! Actually i wasn’t that surprised, we did arrange it in advance and everything…

Anyway…I had PT on a Saturday and it was awesome!

I did deadlifts…and sledpushes and kettlebells… which are some of my favourite things πŸ˜€ I am pretty sure I have spoke at length about how much I love all of those things so a PT session which includes them is never going to be bad πŸ˜€

We did intersperse the kettlebells with 500m row sprintishs.

A sprintish is a thing…it is not exactly a sprint because it it not totally flat out, you do have to pace yourself a little, but you have e challenging target so you have to go quickly and put in maximum effort…a bit like the 400m or the 800m probably… although neither of those distances is anything like a sprint for me…

No…I totally didn’t just make that up on the spot…honest!!

even though sprintish rowing is hard, I definitely enjoyed my PT…deadlifts will do that…even in sets of 14!

Saturday night was a pirate themed party for Kaye and Pete πŸ™‚ awesome members of mythago, Pete is the drummer and Kaye is a once and future dancer currently drumming until her knee heels!

Pirates!!! 😁😁😁

Day 83 Sunday

On Sunday I unexpectedly ended up in the gym…

It was not in my initial plan but mark suggested going so I thought why not 😁

We did supersets:

  • Squats and step ups
  • Deficit deadlifts and sled pushes and sledpulls
  • Rows, lat pull downs and seated rows

It was a pretty awesome work out in the end (and in the beginning) 😁😁

Day 82 and 83 done πŸ˜€


Reboot Day 79 – 81: The end of the week was a marked improvement on the beginning…

Day 79: Wednesday

Wednesday was wierd. Not in terms of the exercise I did, but mentally wierd. I was still quite anxious, but feeling better than I thought I would. I had posted my “flamethrowers” post on Tuesday evening and I was feeling better because of the response I had already had from some friends and because writing things down helps. But I was also feeling worse because I am not used to talking to people about that bit of my head workings!

But I carried on with Wednesday because that was the only real option and it turns out everyone was supportive and no one thought I was attention seeking…

Wednesday started with a morning workout which always makes the day better really!

In the gym with Sarah we did deadlifts and biking relapses and leg presses and all sorts of fun things πŸ™‚ and I finished off with my hip and ankle flexibility stretches πŸ™‚

As usual, Wednesday finished with dancing… which helps everything always! In an ideal world I’d dance every day and then everything would always be ok… although I suspect it doesn’t really work that way..

Still here was an awful lot of dancing (well after the obligatory AGM which went pretty quickly to be honest) and a lot of lovely people who don’t hate me!

Day 80: Thursday

Thursdays are always tricky… this is well documented on this blog and also it says so in the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy so it must be true!!

See! It is in writing…in a book! That makes it law!!

So after a Thursday which was, while not as tricky as the rest of the week, still a bit of a challenge, I did some yoga because it is good for me!!

Excuse the confused look…I was trying to work out if that thing between my neck and shoulder was a muscle… consensus is yes…that is indeed a trap (the muscle kind) woohoo!

Day 81: Friday

Friday followed a pretty standard friday pattern… with the slight addition of having to clean up dead mice and mouse innards before I left the house… this is a dubious perk of having cats…

I did make it to the gym eventually, but neither Sarah or I were *that* dedicated. Still we did a respectable amount of bench press and row supersets. So not extremely dedicated, but it was at least balanced!

Reboot Day 78: 78 Take two…carry on regardless!

oooh! oooh! I can have another 90s song reference here!!

On tuesday I went for a run.

I didn’t really want to but I went anyway because I don’t hate it and often actually like it once I get going πŸ™‚

Also I have a half marathon to train for so shirking is not an option…

I like the word shirking…I should use it more often! Although I shouldn’t use that as a reason to actually shirk…

Anyway…I didn’t feel like running…or doing anything I was still in an anxiety headspace (is a headspace a thing? i mean a thing that isn’t just a place to put your head?) but I convinced myself to go by tricking myself.

I told myself that I only needed to do 2 km… or I could turn it into a walk.

However I ended up doing 4 km because I felt better when I was out there and I needed to πŸ˜€

So that is what I call a success πŸ˜€

Day 78 Done πŸ˜€

Reboot days 71-75: It’s been one week…

It’s been one week since I wrote to you…

Yes it’s 90s song reference time again!! No, I can’t fit any more words into the lyrics of the song…because it is a Barenaked Ladies song and has too many words for normal people so here is the video…watch it then I’ll tell you all about this week…

I like that song πŸ˜€


Day 71: Monday = lunchtime runday!

It was Monday lunchtime, it looked like it was a reasonable temperature so I got changed and went out for a run! It turned out to be warmer than I anticipated and the air felt like breathing warm water, I can only assume it was still air mind you as I didn’t drown…

Still I went and I ran and I improved a little on my keeping going for all of my designated run intervals πŸ™‚

Day 72: Tuesday training day

Nope not like the movie…

If you haven’t seen it look it up and you’ll see why I wouldn’t want it to be like the movie…

I mean, of course it was my personal training session in the morning. It was a good one too… it was quite cardio and condition-y which is necessary for the running so I am not complaining…not really…

Well I might be a little, but I am still doing the things πŸ˜€ This weeks things were good things anyway, they were TRX single arm rows, kettlebell swings, kettlebell snatches and rowing sprints πŸ˜€ I do not hate doing these things!

Day 73: A Wednesday…

Ok…that wasn’t an inventive day introduction…but it was a Wednesday so it is at least accurate!

Wednesday started as it often does at the gym, I remembered to take a list of stuff to do…and by list I mean program written by the awesome Kortney Olsen and her team and we did that. It involved all sorts of good things like Deadlifts and Overhead presses and leg presses with duck feet (not actual ducks feet…honest) and Rows…

I followed this up with a core selection circuit and my mobility exercises πŸ™‚

Later that day there was dancing πŸ™‚ so much dancing…

So much dancing in fact that I forgot to take any pictures… but you know what a mythago practice looks like by now πŸ™‚

Day 74: Thursday rest and yoga

It was a Thursday… and as we know Thursday is always tricky… so tricky in fact that I ended up yogaing for stress and anxiety late at night again…

It was good for me!

Day 75: Friday…the day I did hip thrusts again!

After just discovering hip thrusts for the first time last week, they cropped up again in my programme… which I remembered to take to the gym…again!! Woohoo!!

We did hip thrusts and squats and some other things which temporarily slip my mind… they were awesome though…

And that was the week last week…

Reports of the weekend will follow shortly 😁😁

Days 71-75 done

Reboot day 69: Walk a mile in my shoes

Well not so much a mile, more, well …you’ll see πŸ™‚

It was Saturday, I had tried to run but really wasn’t in the right frame of mind… I was struggling to know what exercise to do…

It shouldn’t really be that hard but some days you just don’t have a decision making capability…

faith good ideaAnyway, I came up with an idea, it was part intrigue, and part laziness. Not physical laziness, but mental laziness. I was an idea that seemed like a good one when I had it…and I decided that if nothing else it would lead to a good blog post πŸ™‚

The things I do for you guys!!

I decide to do one of the workouts I planned for my best client. I chose the most recent one from this Friday, I got my stuff and I set myself up in the kitchen. It had to be the kitchen because I needed a smooth floor…

First was tabata, I have random exercises on cards, I picked out 2 from the cardio labelled exercises and alternated them for 4 mins of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest. Then I did it again with another two randomly picked cards.

I did Med ball power knees because it seemed like a good fit, and look, voluntary fancy burpees!!

After this I did the resistance band section, these were the small resistance bands which I have previously talked about going round knees for such things as squats… These exercises are all a lot more difficult than they look… this is a thing I know about resistance bands. I even did the required 15 reps…15 reps is not my favourite amount of reps…but I did it because they were the rules…do the exercises as written…

Following this was the turn of the fluffy cloth workout… sounds nice and easy and happy doesn’t it… well really not so much…

there are commercially available workout thingies that take the form of sliders that you put your feet or hands on and move them about in different ways… they are expensive and can be simulated with a smooth floor and some microfibre cloths…

So that is what I did.

These exercises are excellent because you have to use your core and stabiliser muscles as well as the muscles being worked just to keep from over sliding and falling down…

Excellent and evil!!

My client actually banned me from ever bringing these back a while ago (yes she can do that) but relented last week and so I decided this workout that I also did… it was HARD!

Good hard but hard!!!

I can sort of see why she banned them to be honest but hey are so effective I think I will use them again!

The last thing I did was some core exercises using the little Pilates ball πŸ™‚ I remember these being easier (not easy but easier) when I used to go to Pilates!!

What have I learned from this experience?

Well a couple of things actually…

  1. I am not an easy trainer
  2. My client is a lot fitter than she thinks she is (she made this look easier than I felt it was)
  3. If I want to get myself back to full fitness and drop some fat (which I do explain-y post to follow) I should write myself workouts and get my arse into gear and do them!!!

So that is what I am going to do… I am going to treat myself as I would my own client and make no more excuses!!

Reeboot day 67-68: running and dancing and more rack pulls…

Day 67: Thursday

Thursdays are tricky, I know I have mentioned that in the past. This thursday I didn’t really want to do anything, and it was raining and thundering… however as luck would have it, the rain stopped and the thunder quieted so I had no excuse, I had to go for a run πŸ™‚ I literally had no choice, I promised Susie!

I still did run/walk intervals (although I have been told I have to close the gaps soon) and I extended my distance to 4km πŸ™‚ slow progress but still progress…

Day 67 done

Day 68 Friday: John Barleycorn and hip thrusts (not at the same time)

Friday started in the gym as friday is apt to do πŸ™‚ this particular friday we tried something new…We tried hip thrusts, the ones where you put your feet on the floor, rest your shoulders on a bench and a bar accross your hips and, well, thrust it up and down. It is good for your bum… apparently… well you can definitely feel it… but it is a wierd one to do. We successfully made everything we attempted look difficult, for a pair of trained fitness professionals we did an excellent job of looking like we were beginners πŸ˜€

ANyway, we supersetted hip thrusts with rack pulls, I know I did those on Wednesday but we decided to do them again…posterior chain activation was the thing for the week… we followed that with a superset of leg press and rows…It turned into mainly back day…

This is a hip thrust… only we did it with 40kg because what else would you start with?

What the don’t show you is the inelegance of getting in and out of that position!!

Neither does it show what happens when the bar is wonky tips to one side and you can’t fix it because you are under a bar…

In that situation, it is good to have a friend at the gym with you…they can rescue you and prevent you from looking ridiculous… well maybe not that last bit, but rescue you any way…


This is me on Friday… the pic on the right is just after the gym and the pic on the left neatly segues into the other activity I engaged in on Friday…


Not any dancing either, Dancing out in our beautiful new John Barleycorn kit. Yes that’s right Friday was the inaugural performance of Mythago’s brand new John Barleycorn Story πŸ˜€ well, new to Mythago anyway, the story of John Barleycorn has been around for a while… here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

John BarleycornΒ is a British folksong (Roud 164). The character ofΒ John BarleycornΒ in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky.

It is quite a violent story really, talk of harrowing and cutting him off at the knee, ripping skin from bone and grinding and burying in the earth…
However when you realise that John Barleycorn is a personification of barley and the story is of the cycle of the seasons and the growing and harvesting crops, it all makes a little more sense πŸ˜€

I was John Barleycorn, as you might have gathered, and we danced the dances and didn’t make any mistakes even though we had new endings and different arrangements for the story πŸ˜€ It was a lot of fun!

Picture used with permission from Amberley Museum πŸ™‚

Day 68 done

Reboot day 66: One New Paddington

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110kg Rack pull!!

110kg Rack pull!!

That is 110kg…in case you didn’t get it the first time. 110kg is 243lbs in case you are unfamiliar with the metric system…

rack pull

rack pull…

This is a rack pull…it is like a deadlift but only the top half… When I did it I set the bar up so it was at about knee level, then I wanted to try from lower so I stood on a weight plate because I couldn’t be bothered to take 110kg off the bar and move the rack down…

Anyway…I did 110kg rack pulls…and I did them last πŸ˜€

The rest of the workout was also awesome… Sarah and I started off at 6:30 am, and once we had remembered how to use out brains and do stuff we started with deadlift benchpress superset…which is wierd but it worked… 80kg deadlifts 4 x 5 and 40 kg bench press 4 x 5 we then moved on to quad and lower back isolation supersets. Then Sarah went home and I did rack pulls because I wanted to see what I could do. I feel a 1RM deadlift test coming on!!

I was even super good after all that and did my hip and ankle mobility exercises!! Cant tell if these are making a difference yet…but I have only done them three times so I suppose I should be patient…

Later the same day…

There was dancing… obviously there was dancing…it was Wednesday πŸ˜€ Lots and lots of lovely unphotographed dancing. Β We practiced new things for our new story and I generally forgot what I was doing because my new kit was odd and the mask kept slipping down. I will rectify this before its first dance out…

Here is a nother Paddington because I am excited about my PB!!


Reboot days 59 – 65: a pictorial journey through the last week…

Day 59: Wednesday…Gym and tatters…

As is customary for a Wednesday now, the gym was at the unnatural hour of 6:30! A time when we can, to be honest, barely remember what exercise is let alone how to do any… however, we managed a mainly upper body session of bench press, rows, shoulder press, chest flys and inclined bench press πŸ™‚

Evening was dancing… lots of dancing…so much that I forgot to take pictures so here is a sneak preview of the kit my friend Debbie and I have been making for our new story πŸ™‚

Day 60 Thursday… run for cake..

Run for cake, run as fast as you can!

Or something…

Anyway… Thursday was running πŸ™‚ with the lovely Susie who makes me work hard! This time however, there was cake at the end of the run 😁😁

Susie would like me to point out that her cake was not really as big as her head…

iday – Guess what…I went to the gym

At 7am, with Sarah, because that is what I do, despite the fact that I was not at work on Friday…

Fridays session was mainly taken up with a deadlift / squat superset, and followed up with a quad extension / DB straightleg deadlift superset…leg fun πŸ˜€

I totally forgot to take any pictures…so here are a couple from the rest of the day πŸ™‚

Day 62 & 63: Saturday and Sunday – Yoga weekend

Well not the whole weekend…but a portion of each day was dedicated to yoga πŸ˜€ because balance is good!

Day 64: Monday – the hottest UK August bank holiday monday ever.

Not that we knew that when we decided to go and investigate some hills and a forest!!

Needless to say we were somewhat warm by the end of it!! It was good to explore though and there is a lot more left there to investigate in future on bikes and feet!!

We went over th the Hurtwood whish is a huge conglmeration of privately owned forest and land in the surrey hills which the local landowners have allowed the public free access to. It is pretty awesome and maintained by the Friends of the Hurtwood πŸ˜€

Day 65: Tuesday – Hamstring and Hip flexor torture…

No…hang on, not torture, strengthening, that is what it was, strengthening…

I had to do strange strange things with resistance bands including:

Bridge with my feet on a bosu and a resistace band around both feet then I had to pull one leg at a time backwards against the resistance…

Side steps with resistance bands around my feet

Laying down with a resistance band around one foot anchored to a thing and bend and straighten my leg against the resistance.

Giant ball hamstring curls… these ones had no resistance bands.

Then to finish off just in case my legs were no already shaky… I had to do rowing sprints…also with no resistance bands!

this is an approximation of what I did…

Reboot day 57: Monday madness!

I went to the gym on a Monday!

Not only that, I went to the gym at 7am on a Monday morning!

Not only that, I went to the gym, at 7am on a Monday morning and I convinced my husband to come with me! This is more of an achievement than you might think because he doesn’t like gyms or other people all that much. Β Apparently, this time he didn’t hate the gym…which is a pretty good step forward πŸ˜€

It was a good session even though I had to do an extremely difficult thing…think first thing on a Monday morning…like with my brain and everything!!

I decided we would do mainly general whole body type exercises and compound movements so this is what we did…

Superset: Hexbar deadlift/heavy carries with Kettlebell goblet squats

Superset: Sled push / pull with bench press

Superset: Viking press with posterior delt flys on the machine.

It was not the easiest of sessions, but it was a lot of fun πŸ™‚

Day 57 done πŸ™‚

Reboot day 55 to 56: a weekend…

Day 55: Saturday… the day I did more yoga

This time it was yoga for hamstrings…

Because hamstrings are important and have a tendency to tighten up when running. It is a good sequence ( I think that is what they are called in yoga…sequences…) I will definitely return to it πŸ™‚

Day 55 done

Day 56: Sunday…riding a bike is harder than you think…

On Sunday we decided to explore a different part of the downs link, the part which starts at Shoreham and goes to Bramber… It turns out that if you stop at the edge of a path, tip over slightly, almost fall in a patch of nettles because there is a hidden hole at the edge of the path and then have difficulty getting going again because there is a hole and you can’t put your foot down, you get heckled by people on mobility scooters. There were several of them and they asked me if I was just learning to ride a bike. They were quite nice about it mind you…it wasn’t offensive heckling.

As it turns out, Sunday was one of those days where I forget a lot of things I used to know about riding bikes anyway, like how to turn corners and how to stop properly and how to ride down slopes. All of these things caused me to squawk, but not (thankfully) come to any actual harm.

I also learned that you are supposed to have bendy elbows when you ride bikes and not steer with your shoulders with your arms locked… Every one else it would seem already knows this, it appears to be some sort of instinct in other people. Apparently when you do this you can steer with just your arms and don’t have to move your shoulders at all. Apparently this means you don’t have to put your body off balance to turn a corner… I am pretty sure I have been getting this wrong for my whole life.


It was a good fun ride even if I did have to try to adapt to a new way of riding which made things easier until I started over thinking it and nearly fell over…

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