For me the shoulder exercises are the most painful. I get a real 'burn'. Are others experiencing the same thing?
Food-wise, I am definitely getting enough quantity! Commiting to the fruit snacks even if I am not hungry. I didn't have time to cook last night after my mandarin lesson but the sushi restaurant next doors seems like a good solution : salmon sashimi + stir-fried veg + a few grains of rice.
Getting into a routine now where I do the strength exercises in the flat then look for a little more space in some common space or outdoors to do the rope jumping. The cat loves when I do the exercises at home because she is always grabbing the rubber bands.
Today was fine. push-up and Davincis were the most difficult exercises. I have got the routine at about 40 mins now. Does that make sense?
Good to have that gentle muscle ache when i sit in the office.
Food is fine although I am not always eating the snacks because I was never really accustomed to a mid-morning and afternoon break so I just seem to forget.
Today's Typhoon in HK gave me a bit of extra time to do my exercise before going into the office today. All good but the push-ups and lunges were painful.
Breakfast was filling....so much so that I completely forgot to eat the carbs. I left the bread sitting on the counter. needless to say the morning fruit snack was a welcome interlude!
I travelled back from Viet Nam to Hk today, just before the tropical cyclone shuts this place down. I stocked up the fridge, did my shopping and completed the exercises. The push ups were tough and i am struggling a bit to get the correct tension on the bands but otherwise OK.
Now for the food... I was given 100g protein, 70g carbs and 170g veg. Ok, that is a lot of veg but i am feeling pretty hungry after that small amount of meat and rice! Looking forward to my evening fruit snack!
My next dilemma will be how to eat 170g of veg for breakfast? Any ideas? Are people loading up with potatoes? Tomatoes? Mushrooms?
For me breakfast has always been carbs + protein.
Since my last post I have done day 6 exercises + my rest day skipping. All good and I think I am ready to pick up the pace tomorrow. I was also up early for a yoga session. Great to stretch out the muscles after the past 6 days!
I was also feeling kind of proud when I checked the scales to see that I was down 2.5kg this week...only to read today's lesson that said "don't be proud if you lost weight this week"! At least I know I followed the directions well...even if that is the wrong way to lose weight.
Looking forward to the official diet portion of the program to start. I have definitely come to understand over the past week and even the past year that my body needs less food than I tend to give it. I know I will do it again because I love food but that bloated feeling really is unpleasant. I hope I can do with food what I did with cheese many years ago, that is eat it in moderation and really enjoy, rather than gorging until I can't eat any more!
Early start this morning for a long weekend of golf and spa in Vietnam. Fortunately we're at a healthy resort so not difficult to eat well. I just did my exercises next to our little pool (see picture). Next a beach walk + yoga (1st time of my life). Life is good!
Up early to do my exercises and all went well except lunges burned my quads a bit. I read today's tip about steady, regular exercise burning fat better than 'hard core' cardio and that surprised me. I guess we will see in the coming weeks. Eating light was tougher today because I had a work and social function but skipping starter + dessert while sticking to a fish + veggie main seems like a good solution. Tomorrow is another day and up early to fly to Vietnam for a beach and spa long weekend. Should be fun and I will let you know about my progress avoiding big meals in a resort.
That sounds like a team name from the Apprentice! I just hope Alan Sugar or Donald Trump doesn't fire me.
Just finished my 1/2 sandwich + small coffee at Starbucks' for lunch. After 1/2 English muffin + 1/2 banana for breakfast, not surprising that I am feeling 1/2 full! The next 7 hours till my next meal could be tough but hopefully green tea + 1/2 an apple will get me through. I guess it is safe to say that I am understanding my relationship with food! Will try to keep my old friend at bay while I get through week 1.
Good luck Team Scorpius!
Last night's exercise was fraught with danger as the connector that was holding the band for the seated row snapped and I got smashed across the chest by the band + support. Ouch! Other than that, I did day 2 exercise last night and day 3 exercise this morning so I am on track. Eating is going fine. I was surprised to find myself at a vegetarian/vegan resto with a client yesterday so it was easy to stick to the half portion! More of the same today. I hope some of my mid-afternoon food cravings start to subside.
Day 1 is behind us in HK and it was meant to be an easy day but I spent 4 1/2 hours walking a very hilly golf course in 32c heat and 90% humidity (KSC North). Wiped out by the time I got home so I was pleased to see that day 1 exercises were light. Going to bed a bit hungry after cutting my meals in half. Struggling a bit with the photo today so that will have to go up on my dashboard tomorrow.
I have been planning to do this for the past 2 1/2 months since a friend told me about the program. Although I will miss my client dinners and nights out at the pub I am looking forward to starting the program.