Thursday 31st October – The end of month 4!

Wow 4 months done! The time has flown by. 
So the last few posts have been quite reflective, which has been pretty therapeutic, but it’s time for a change. 
I saw this photo today, which is very fitting for Halloween don’t you think! 
 

Looking at it makes me feel a bit sick. That’s exactly the kind of food I used to crave, and eat, on a regular basis.I’ve not eaten a pizza in over 4 months! 
So I’ve already done 2 workouts this week with my fabulous personal trainer, Chris. They couldn’t have been more different though!
I wasn’t feeling great on Tuesday night (hormonal, nauseous, the usual!), but as the lovely Chris said: ‘this isn’t nursery. You can’t go home just because you feel sick’. Nothing like sympathy! He’s right though. So he decided that sadistic torture was the way forward on Tuesday night:
Fat Blast Circuit
Prowler Shuttle Run (evil!!)
2 Lengths Backwards Sled drag (tough but not too bad)
TRX Row (60seconds) (eugh!)
Sledge Hammer & Tyre (60seconds) (such a weakling!)
Grapple Press (60seconds) (horrible!)
Slam Ball (60seconds) (knackering!)
Boxing (Heavy Bag) (60seconds ) (yay!)
3 times through
That looks pretty good, doesn’t it? The bit that’s missing is the two times I had to stop as I thought I was going to be sick! It was so embarrassing. I get really nauseous before my period for a few days and it hits in waves (so much fun!!), and I usually get mental temperature swings from one extreme to the other. Add in the above ‘fat blast circuit’ and you have me running to the toilet sort of silently dry heaving and praying to not pass out! Once the first round of nausea passed, I went back in and carried on, until it happened again! This time I ended up sat on the floor in the corner of the gym with head pressed against a piece of equipment that was cold. How pathetic is that! Chris was very patient and made sure I was OK. Sadly the ground didn’t open up and swallow me. ButI did manage to do some boxing to finish. My cardio fitness is pretty poor and I know Chris is working on improving it with the above killer workout, but I want to be better at it now. Yes, the impatience hasn’t improved!! So we’re going to do that again on Saturday morning, but without the potential puking hopefully!!
Last night’s workout was much more fun, thank goodness!
 
Superset:
Seated Shoulder Press: 12 reps x 5kg, 12 reps x 5kg, 12 reps x 5kg, 10 reps x 5kg, 8 reps x 5kg, 8 reps x 5kg
Dumbbell Lat Raise: 12 reps x 3kg, 12 reps x 3kg, 7 reps x 3kg, 10 reps x 2kg, 10 reps x 2kg, 10 reps x 2kg
Single Arm Push Press: 10 reps x 4kg, 10 reps x 4kg
Double Arm Push Press: 15 reps x 3kg, 15 reps x 3kg, 15 reps x 3kg
Boxing Superset:
Ground & Pound: 60seconds, 60seconds, 60seconds, 60seconds, 60seconds
Heavy Bag: 20 hits, 30 hits, 40 hits, 50 hits, 60 hits
The ‘ground and pound’ was hilarious and hard work. It basically looks like a body bag and is filled with sand. You kneel over it and punch. It probably looks ridiculous, but is strangely satisfying even if it does hurt your hands! I did 60 seconds on that then up on to the punch bag, then bag to the sand and so on. It was so tiring but so much fun. There are three words I thought I would never associate with the gym. 
I can’t tell you how much Chris has helped me get over my fear of the gym. If you’ve read any of my earlier posts you’ll know how I was almost resolute that I would never go to a gym, let alone enjoy it! I’ve spent money buying workout clothes, and dare I say it even feel comfortable in them! How did that happen? He’s clearly some kind of evil genius. 
In terms of fat loss and inch loss I have made progress (22lbs and 17 inches), but not as much as I would have liked. However, due to the PCOS I have to be realistic and acknowledge that this is going to take time. Also, I didn’t gain the weight in a couple of months so it isn’t going to just disappear. When my head manages to act in a semi normal way I can see that things are changing for the better, but unfortunately it doesn’t happen often enough. I get that naughty negative voice criticising from his perch on my left shoulder. The stroppy fairy on the other shoulder however is getting pretty fed up of him. She’s taken up boxing too and is preparing to knock him out! 
 
Meeting Chris has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. I honestly can’t put into words how much he has helped me in such a short space of time. If you’re struggling with your weight or would just like to talk to someone about a new approach to nutrition and/or training, contact Chris. He’s extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to and enthusiastic. You won’t regret it!
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