Monday, 28 February 2011

Welcome to Week Two

Well Mish laid down a bit of a challenge in her video last night.  In Round three 2010, the blokes were supposed to burn at least 500 cals, ideally 800 in a workout.  Last night she lifted the bar again to 800 minimum, but ideally 1000 cals or possibly more.

This morning I rose to the challenge.  I still have a little bit of DOMS from my Super Saturday Session, which was not going to stop me.  I did an RPM class, and luckily got there about ten minutes early so had time to roll the legs over gently until the endorphins kicked in and it didn't hurt at all.  Sweet.  So I charged the RPM class and went hard.  Luckily for me there were lots of hill tracks (my favourite) so I kept my heart rate elevated.

Immediately after stretching, I hit the treadmill and had a long gentle run.  I was planning to do around 500 cals as I figured I'd burned plenty in RPM.  But 500 cals came and went too soon so I kept going.  So another 1000 cals down on the treadmill and it was just after 7:30am.  How good is that - What a way to start your day ! 

Total workout according to my Polar HR monitor - 1,389cals.  Polar cals are so much harder to burn than treadmill cals. . .

Sunday, 27 February 2011

End of Week One - Extreme Caffeine no more

Well, I'm back on the 12WBT, and have just started round one for 2011. 

I was very surprised at myself as I have been really keen to get stuck in and the first week has almost been a non-event. I had a very busy week at work and I couldn't make the time to get my backside to the gym.  I was really annoyed, but I just honestly couldn't get there.  So I focused on what I could do - which was be strict with my diet.  Last round I did really well by giving nodding respect to my diet - I ate the right foods, but I wasn't strict with my portions - I wouldn't weigh or measure them.  I was getting great results by eating decent food and training hard at the gym.

This round I vowed I'd keep working out at the gym, but I'd pay proper attention to my portion size.  Watch out world, I was going to really hit it hard.

One of the things I was determined to do was give up coffee & diet coke.  My middle name is "Extreme Caffeine" and I could drink litres of the stuff.  I work in an office and always have a cup by my side with two heaped teaspoons of coffee and skim milk.  I'd also drink at least a litre of diet coke per day, sometimes twice this.

So last Saturday I kicked the coffee & diet coke habit.  I've gone cold turkey.  I felt like absolute crap headaches, runny nose, just feeling terrible until Thursday afternoon.  So that's my excuse.  I felt crook all week, but by Thursday I was feeling calm.  Still, relaxed and concentrated.  

As I said, my spare time has been minimal this week - I've not even made the time to do my measurements and take my fitness test. My weight loss has been minimal so far - 400gms.  It's reflected the effort I've made to my program so far - minimal. That's a start though.  I have 11 weeks to go so watch this space.

Saturday was my first free day for the week so it was time to put my house in order.  It was also my first SSS for this round, my Super Saturday Workout.  I chose to see just how far I have come since I started in Round Three, 2010.

First thing was to knock over that bloody fitness test and measure up.  The fitness test revealed I'd slipped a little as I haven't trained seriously (IE regularly) since Christmas.  My 1 km was 4min 48 secs, my wall sit 2 mins 12 secs, push ups in 1 minute only 40, abs only stage 1 (same as last round) and flexibility down to only 7cm for the sit and reach test.  So this puts me in the "Advanced" category for the exercise program.

Next thing was the gym sessions. First up was Body Pump, which is the first class I'd taken for about 5 years.  Challenging, but I was sensible with the loads and got through the class relatively OK - the push ups beat me though, I only got 3/4's of the way through before I had to drop to my knees. So I finished the class sweaty, warm and feeling good.

I went straight from Body Pump to RPM (my personal favourite class) and went hard.  Luckily I'd already set my bike up prior to the pump class so I could walk straight in.  It was already 1/3rd of the way through the first track when I started.  I found RPM interesting - I was actually shaking at first and by the end of the second track I was pretty-much back to my old self. I finished the class feeling GREAT !  Which was just as well, because next stop was Mt Panorama, the race track home to the famous Bathurst 1000 car race.

The race track is approximately 6.5 km in length, and has a whopping great mountain in the middle of it.  I parked in the pits, and because I was still pretty warm, I did some careful stretches and walked to the starting grid.

So I started the stop watch at the starting grid (visualising turning my electric car into a V8 supercar) and I was off, all cylinders blazing.  That Hill !  No wonder Brocky was king of the mountain, because it feels like a mountain.  But you know what, when I finally got to the top, the view, oh the view !  It’s called Mt Panorama for a darn good reason.  So I’m on the flat at the top, feeling pretty chuffed with myself. 

Suddenly, it’s starting to head downhill !  Woo hoo !  I’m gunna make this ! I round the last corner when oh no !  Road closed.  Theres a hill climb going up the mountain the “wrong” way.  So I was a bit disappointed.  Then I realised that some things you can’t change plus I was probably more than 1/2 way, so I was likely to get an extra kay on my run.  Talk about making me smile !  So I paused, took a few shots on my iPhone, and headed back. 

When I finally made the “Start” line again, I was over the moon.  I couldn’t believe I’d done all that in one day.  I honestly thought that I’d bitten off more than I could do.  But I hadn’t.  I just kept going and didn’t allow myself to stop.

I hope that you have also had a really great SSS. 


Saturday, 19 February 2011

Commitment Time

Time to give up coffee.  I've been using caffeine as a crutch for way too long.  Cold turkey day.  I've done it before for several years, and it's time to do it again.  Time to stock up on the nurofen for the next two weeks - they are probably not going to be pretty.  Though the exercise will hopefully minimise the headaches I know will come.  Natural endorphins are brilliant for this, so maybe I'll stick to one pack of nurofen & see how it goes.


Mish Day

Lndr and I are converging in Sydney today, to see Mish at the launch of her latest book, "Losing the Last Five Kilos".  Judging from the comments in the 12WBT forums, it looks like it's going to be a HUGE and inspirational day.

Have fun, and hope to see you there.  Be sure to say "Hi" if you do see us.  I promise that I won't bite very hard, but keep an eye on Lndr - you never can tell !

Oh, here's the link - 


Round One

Ding ! Ding !  Round one of the 12 Week Body Transformation begins for 2011.  All I can say is "Thank Goodness".

I made amazing progress last year and have been struggling a bit with my motivation during the "off-season".  I packed on a couple of kilos over Christmas 2010 because my commitment to doing the right things by myself waivered a bit - in short I got complacent.  I had achieved my goal, completed the program and made an amazing change to my life.  

But Guess What ?  Life isn't a quick 12 week fix, drop a heap of weight and the rest is all downhill coasting.  It requires work to maintain and has to be a life long habit or ultimately, you are likely to slip back into your old ways.

So, I have to look at this as it really is - this is a lifestyle, not an event.  There will be times when I train hard to make improvements and other times when I train with less intensity to recover & make ready for the next improvement cycle.  But it's inescapable - I am in training for a major event, in fact THE most important event I'll ever do - the rest of my life.  That's the reality.

So enough talk, it's time for robot mode.

Gav, it's time to J.F.D.I.