Exciting times working out today! I’ve done some other exercises that I haven’t completed before and I’m feeling good. Also, we push full frontal on my goal of completing a full, unassisted pull up (with correct form, obviously) by the end of the month. I’m not really a fan of pullups, but I do like to train my back, so today was an interesting day.
Here’s a look at what I did during my workout session today. Keep in mind, I’m working with a personal trainer so I have the joys of him writing a programme for me and ensuring I get correct form on all of my movements – something I think is key for the latter part of a weight loss journey/maintaining the right level of fitness, as well as keeping correct posture.
I’m now onto a set lifting heavy workout plan, so I’m doing a heavier weight on all exercises. Here is how I did it:
- Assisted pullups: on a pullup machine that aids you. Did 5 reps of 5 sets where rep 5 was really hard.
- Lat pulldown: 125lbs – a wide-ish grip of the bar, pausing when I brought to my chest and slowly up – 5 reps of 5 sets
- Bd pull over: 2 x 12.5kg – a bit harder for me than with a single dumbbell – 5 x 5 sets
- Straight bar curl: bar + 10kg/11kg – 5×5 sets & went up on last 2 sets
I felt good after my workout as I’d worked hard, but I did feel tired. I guess that’s with lifting more for shorter periods than I have been doing.
I do really tend to choose food that I like to eat, but now those choices are for things that are right for me such as green veggies and protein.
Here’s what I ate:
One of my favourite breakfasts was today: pre-cooked salmon (100g) with 2 soft boiled eggs and spinach (100g cooked with some goats butter). There are a lot of calories in this meal, but I’m going for healthy fats combined with high protein (eggs and salmon) as well as anti-oxidants and goodness in the spinach. I know a lot of people really don’t like spinach, but it’s now my go-to green veg.
You can see below how My Fitness Pal records all of the entries I made. Please note: I also had two coffees with goats milk. One whilst making my breakfast (which was really quick) and one with it.
Chilli and feta cheese was in order again today, mainly because I wanted to use it up so that it didn’t go to waste. After a good few days, things do go off and lots of us throw away a whole host of food every week. So, I didn’t want to forget about it to then come across it later in the week and it not be edible (plus, the feta only has a few days of usable life [aka taste non-mouldy] until it becomes all yuk). I loved it though: great protein, some good carbs and greenery goodness in there.
A glorious bit of Turkey breast cooked with onions (in goats butter) was a great end to the day. And this was topped off with 3/4 a head of brocoli (about 200g ish) blanched for about 5 minutes. Sometimes the brocoli can taste a little bland, but the red onions and the goats butter help to gel it all together and I’ve found that there’s no real need for a sauce (something that I would have added a while ago).
I had some gluten free honey cornflakes with goats milk. Looking back on it, it probably wasn’t the best thing to have but it has less sugar in it than in a gala apple – yup, it shocked me as well when I entered it into MyFitnessPal. And, I got even a little bit of a shock when I did some research on the amount of sugar in apples and mostly from the back of the packaging. I was truly shocked.
And yes, fructose is considered a ‘better sugar’, but it’s still sugar.
I’m in good spirits today and I feel more energised for tomorrow (leg day). I always tend to look forward when I’m training legs. Today food was a little mix and match with things so it was really a struggle not to grab anything naughty, which tells me for the future that great planning is essential (I’m sure that will come up a couple of times more in the future too).
I’m also still getting used to the new workout regime I’ve been set. I do like being able to say ‘let’s put the weight up’ as I’m doing shorter sets and I really do like to push myself. Above are some of my (not so flattering) photos of my workout.