Posts Tagged ‘core’

So yesterday was a pretty rough day if I’m honest.

My core was still (and is still) so raw from the blitz I did on Tuesday with weighted sit ups, leg raises and 7 min drop-sets of weighted-crunches – so much so I actually felt ill all day. On top of this when I posted this on my facebook I got returns from people who I barely know giving me advice like “oh I got that when I first started”. I don’t know why that made me so irrationally angry – that some guy I barely talk to, is assuming in a rookie who “pushed too hard”. I mean, excuse me but f*** off! (See… very irrationally angry.)

As the day wore on, I found myself less and less inspired at work, despite the successes of April Pledge so far and the great progress I’ve been making in my book. The last 2 hours at work I got almost nothing done.

My Depression had come back.

Despite my hopes that April Pledge had somehow fixed this permanently, it was sadly just a stall and yesterday I felt debilitating sadness. I wanted to cry at my desk and tell my boss not to bother renewing my work contract because they were wasting their money on me… Then as I waited for my wife at the end of the day outside the train station I found myself being dragged further down by the numerous rabbit sellers. These are people who drive around with a cart on the back of their bikes filled with rabbits crushed into cages which they can’t move around in. People gawk, and when they want to buy, the seller yanks it out by its head.

I had to physically restrain myself from doing the same to the sellers… (sadly such is China…)

I got home and I just lay down on the bed, half way through undressing, staring at the ceiling. I didn’t want to work out… I wanted a gin and tonic. It was calling to me. Gin & Tonic and my Louie DVD’s – surely that would cheer me up?

Call it divine intervention or just my pride but a tiny voice in my head made me get changed into my workout gear and said “hey you don’t have to do back if you don’t want to buddy. Just do your favourite workout – Chest! That’ll cheer you up and it’s not been worked on this week yet so you won’t be risking injury.”

Well, the good news is – I did just that. I put out the bench, blasted my workout music (much to my cats’ dissatisfaction) and got a serious pump on, working my chest like hell. With the new bowflex, I was pumping out 6 reps of 140lbs (my new personal best!) I was so proud of myself and best of all. The only drink I had last night was a protein shake 🙂

The bad news is today is Friday, and while I’m seeing one of my best friends for my birthday dinner today is the —————–

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🙂 Have a great weekend everyone and keep smiling 🙂

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Well it’s begun. Just as promised last night, I have begun my April Pledge with a semi-smooth start.

My schedule overcommitted me from the get-go as I could not do my chest exercises last night. Reason being very fair: IT TOOK TWO HOURS TO BUILD EVERYTHING and by the time I was done my back felt like it was about to split in two. I decided instead to rest early and get my morning workout in.

Which I did 🙂

Tuesday’s are CORE days. So I started this morning with 30 minutes of upper and lower abs. I did drop sets of
10 weighted situps,10 free sit ups
10 leg raises,
then
9 weighted situps,
9 free sit ups
10 leg raises,

Etc until it was 1 weighted situp, 1 free sit up and 10 leg raises. This was done without rest and I did it at the start and end of my workout. In the middle I performed 1-min planks couple with 15x leg raises as a repeating set with 30 seconds break.

Tonight is this above again combined with some plyometric and leg-work.

On an emotional note – I’m really dedicated to getting this done. I looked back on my blog and my body has REALLY gone backwards in the last 2 months… Very sad to see but just a reminder that a body to be proud of is something you have to put in the work for.

On the bright side, I’m just thrilled about my new piece of kit, so thrilled I thought I would share photos.

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