A Return to the Gym

Yesterday was my first workout at the gym since before New Zealand. This means it’s been 3 weeks since I did any proper cardio or weights training, and in the meantime I have eaten a fair amount of cake and enjoyed quite a lot of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As you can imagine, I was a little apprehensive about how my fitness levels have changed, and what my post-holiday weight would be- I refuse to have weighing scales at home!!

I nearly talked myself out of going at all, having had a long day at work. But I managed to convince myself that as it was a Monday, (and the first one in January) I needed to start the week right!

My first pleasing moment was at the weighing scales.

I had prepared myself for some movement in the wrong direction on the scales, having indulged in daily ‘cake time’ and more than one wine tasting in New Zealand. Therefore I was really pleased to find that I had only put on 0.1kg whilst away!

07/01/13: 66.1kg

I still have some way to go before reaching my goal weight, but I have successfully kept off the 3kg that I lost last year which is progress.

My plan at the gym was to ease myself gently(ish) with a PowerPlates classing- how bad could 15mins be?! Apparently, our instructor decided to jump start our January workouts with a full on 30mins on the PowerPlates including 2 X 4mins of back to back exercises. My thighs and arms were burning! I love the PowerPlates for a relatively quick full body workout, perfect after work or during a lunch break.

Whilst in New Zealand, I read about one of Jillian Michael’s fitness tests in her book ‘Making the Cut’ and was intrigued to see where my fitness levels were at the moment. The test included;

  •  3-minute step-ups followed by a Heart Rate test
  • 1 minute of sit ups
  • 1 minute of press ups
  • wall sit 
The test included results ranging from poor to excellent. I was hoping to achieve at least ‘average’ results in all of the tests, so I was pleased with my results. 
  • Heart rate after 3 minute step-ups- 99- 
  • 39 sit ups in 1 minute-
  • 21 press ups in 1 minute-
  • 55 second wall sit- 
I realised that I have some way to go to get to the fitness level I want, but I was pretty happy with my performance. I really struggled with the press ups, so know I need to work on my upper body strength. I want to re-do these tests in 3 months time to see if there has been any improvements!
Jillian’s workouts as part of ‘Making the Cut’ are pretty hardcore, and she includes a full on diet as part of the plan. At the moment that is really not for me, I like flexibility in my diet and exercise regime. However I did find many of the sections in the book really interesting. I was intrigued to read about eating for your metabolic type, different types of training, and the need for a change in mentality in order to change your body, really interesting. 
And just because it was so tasty and pretty, here’s a picture of my granola, fruit compote and greek yogurt from breakfast at Gail’s Bakery this morning with some friends from work. 

What exercise/fitness books do you use? Any you recommend? I am loving my new Kindle and want some new reading material to get me motivated!

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