Month: February 2015

Day off

This is no way to enjoy a day off… I’ve been moving around more than on a normal day! Today I have been off work, because I wanted to run some errands, but I think it might have been a bad idea. I’m happy it was a rest day yesterday, because I’m struggling today. After work, I went to Oummou’s flat to have dinner and watch The Great British Sewing Bee. She hadn’t watched the first episode, so we did a catch up and watched it first. It was difficult to hide my excitement and to try to not give away any details of what was about to happen. After, we watched the second episode. It was like a Sewing Bee marathon! Last year, I got obsessed with the neckties. This year so far, I’m in love with the waistcoats. The contestants had to make one for children, and they were all super cute. I was very happy to see my favourite contestants were getting ahead, and that the one I didn’t really like left …

Drop it like a squat!

The week is almost over, at least for me, since I’m off on Friday, and as usual, I’m busy (I book the day off because I needed it, and I’m actually considering working for a few hours, type of busy). The week started with rushing to catch the happy train. I almost missed it, but managed to reach my carriage just as the doors were opening (to be fair, I could have always jumped in a different carriage anyway). As it’s becoming customary, I was busy at work. Yesterday was chaotic. I spent my morning travelling across London to go to the hospital for an appointment (spoiler, I’m still not done and have to go two more times at least), and then hurrying back to the office, before going out again for a meeting (which was a bit of a waste of time, but that’s a different story). Today has been very busy at work (can you start to see a pattern here?), as we’re trying to finalise two events, and time is pressing. I …

Day one of round two

Day one of the new workout is now gone, and I’m not sure whether it worked or not. Spoiler, it probably did and I’ll probably feel it tomorrow! Let me explain… As I mentioned yesterday, today I was doing a workout called Perfect Score, from the N+TC app. At first it looked complicated, but while doing it, I realised it was just the same exercises over an over again, for 30 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t boring at all! The workout asked for 4kg dumbbells, which as you know, are heavier than I normally use (double the weight, actually). Here are the exercises (note that all the photos below are screenshots from the N+TC app, I didn’t take them, I’m just sharing them for illustration purposes!): Deadlift with alternating rows. For this one, I had to stand with my legs a bit wide and a bit bent, bend down with my back straight, and then lift the weights sort of perpendicular to my back. Right, left, and up again. Walk out press up …

New workout plan ahead

Tomorrow, I’m starting the new Nike Training Club (N+TC) programme, which will run for another month, as the one I was doing up until now is over. This time around, I decided to up the stakes a bit more. I chose an intermediate level, and hope for the best. My goal is to get strong, and I also added some runs to it, to mix it up even more. This is what the app came with for the first week: At first glance, all workouts seem easy enough, or at least short, but when we check them individually, they are actually quite hardcore. On the first day, they ask to use 4-6kg dumbbells, which is heavier than I’ve ever used. I did use one 4kg dumbbell at some point, instead of a kettle ball, and it was exhausting, so we’ll see how it all works out. I’ve been watching Arrow lately. I’m on season two at the moment, and it always amazes me the way the guy trains. Exhibit #1 below. Now, a few points. …