Week in Training (July 7th to July 13th)

Kayla Itsines Week 5 BBG Saucony Sneakers

We’ve had trouble with our Internet connection since last week which is annoying as I wasn’t able to get online to update much. Happily, everything seems to have been fixed today so I’m back on again and I have lots to share! This weekend just gone has been a jam-packed one and I feel like I’ve managed to get a lot done. It’s always a great feeling when you know you’ve been productive!

One of the upsides of not having the Internet is that I’m forced instead to concentrate fully on writing without the sneaky little breaks in between to look at blogs or download a YouTube video. Maybe I need to pull the Internet connection a lot more!

But enough chitchatting. Let’s get on with this post! 

Fitness-wise, this past week saw me entering Week 5 in the Kayla Itsines BBG workout. I was a little nervous as it meant entering a whole new set of workouts. The mountain climbers plus push-ups have increased from 4 mountain climbers and 1 push up to 10 mountain climbers and 1 push up (yikes! And I thought four was bad enough!) while she now has us doing tricep dips with feet raised (a lot harder than just tricep dips or tricep dips with one leg raised – feel the burn!) and there’s still those dreaded commandos. I think they’re definitely my least favourite of the moves!

Trying out some of the new moves, like the extra mountain climbers plus push-ups and the decline push-ups, were a bit difficult at first, but usually by the time I hit the second circuit, I’ve got the measure of them and it gets a little easier (though by that time I am also rather puffed out!) And I’ve definitely gotten much better at the burpees! They don’t scare me as much now! I tackle them head-on! 🙂

Kayla Itsines Week 5 BBG II

Puffed out, sweaty and messy but smiling after Day Two’s workout!

I think I would have seen a lot more difference if it hadn’t been for my food intake – I just wasn’t eating as healthily as usual. Lots of carbs, lots of sugar, lots of fried food – it was a matter of expediency, whatever’s fastest and social outings. For sure, that combination of carbs, sugar and fried foods didn’t make me feel so good – pretty yucky and bloated, in fact, and I found myself actually scarfing down a snack of quick ratatouille or a couple of nectarines some nights just because my body was crying out for something healthy – and I think I’ll be super glad to get back on track again this week. Still, I don’t want to beat myself up over this – I want to be able to eat a few sugar loaded treats and a couple of unhealthy things every now and then without worrying too much over it. Food should be nourishing, but it should also be fun!

I haven’t written about swimming in a while because nothing new has really been happening and I actually haven’t been feeling it with swimming for a while. So I’ve just dragged myself out to at least one swimming practice a week plus my usual swimming class.

However, things finally have been happening! We’ve just recently got a rad new instructor at swim class and he kicks our butts! It’s not so easy to distract him with chitchat in the pool as I was able to with our last instructor and he works us a lot harder, not letting us rest as much between laps or half-laps. He really pushed us in our swimming and the results speak for themselves – we’re all swimming laps in freestyle now!And here I thought I would never be able to get this freestyle thing! For the past, well, half a year, I kept feeling like I’ve taken one two step forward, only to fall two steps back the next week – or blogging excitedly about the headway I was making one week, only to find myself still spluttering and sinking the next week.

But now I’m actually covering a whole lap in freestyle! I know, I know, just one lap? Hey, it’s a whole lot better than before when I could barely do two or three strokes in a row before having to stop and struggle to my feet and try to catch my breath!) And right after that one full lap? Our instructor is there, right behind us, urging us to get on with it and do another lap of freestyle… followed by a lap of backstroke…before doing a lap of survival backstroke (thank goodness for this one, the one swimming move I can actually do without drowning or getting puffed out). And somewhere in between I realise… I am swimming. I am incredibly puffed out, yes, and going in every single direction, crossing two lanes at once and knocking into the plastic chains that separate lanes and bruising my hands on said plastic chains, and did I mention I was totally puffed out? But I am swimming.

And that makes me very happy and proud 🙂

July 7th to 13th:
Monday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 5
Tuesday: Body Combat
Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 5
Thursday: 30 minute swim
Friday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 5
Saturday: 2km run
Sunday: 45 minute swim

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