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The week where I grew like a tree

Week 41: Monday 18th October - Sunday 24th October 2021

I arrive at Monday's PT session, full of aches, pains and stiffness after yesterday's busy morning of pole dancing. You may remember how only a couple of weeks ago my PT tried to crush me to death. Well, he didn't quite succeed on that occasion.

I survived.

So today he's having another go.

Weight Loss Journey - week where my PT tried to crush me to death
“You’re going to really feel the pain in your legs after today’s session!” he says, rubbing his hands together with glee.

The leg crushing machine

I'm back on the leg crushing machine again, this time with 90 kilos of weight.

"You're really going to struggle when you cycle back home today!" he says (and there's way too much glee in his voice when he says this).

"I want to go home!" I moan, after the leg machine. "I've had enough already!"

He laughs in delight.

The arm destroying machine

I'm also made to go on the arm destroying machine in this session. I've never really been too sure of the point of this machine...

My PT counts down as I'm spinning my arms around on the arm destroying machine.

"Five, four, three...two, two, TWO, TWOOOOO..." he shouts.

He's doing the 'stuck on one number" thing again. I hate it when he gets stuck on a number - I think he enjoys it though!

"Aaaaaaarggh!" I eventually scream out in frustration.

Again, he seems to be delighted at my frustration.

Again, I complain that he seems to be trying to kill me today.

The sadist personal trainer

He tells me that the whole point of the sessions is that they have to keep getting harder, and that I have to always be struggling and feeling the pain...

My friends keep telling me that my PT sounds like a sadist...and I have to say, I'm inclined to agree...

The ball slamming exercise

The session finishes with a ball slamming exercise, which is actually really fun - there's something quite cathartic about slamming a ball really hard, down into the ground!

I could have worked harder, apparently...

The next day I get a WhatsApp message from my PT.

"Hi Lisa, how are you feeling after yesterday. Legs ok? 🤔"

"A little achy. I didn't die when cycling home though - sorry to disappoint you!"

"Well that means despite the complaints, you could have worked harder Lisa!!! 😂"

So it seems that I do have to actually die before my PT will consider that I've worked hard enough. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that...

I'm growing like a tree...

After Friday's PT session, the final session of the week, I receive one more WhatsApp message from my PT.

"Well done today, Lisa. You're growing!"

I'm not sure what he means by that exactly. It seems a bit of a strange thing to say - it makes me sound like I'm a flower, or a tree! I don't think he meant that I'm a flower or a tree though - I guess he probably means I'm finally starting to get a bit more muscly and strong!

Maybe that means I'm getting a little closer to being able to do that pull-up that I so desire to be able to do...

Weight Loss Journey - week where I did pull ups and cable flys
For Wednesday’s gym session I’m introduced to something new. It is a very high up bar that I have to grab onto and dangle from. I then have to try to lift my entire body up...

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This week I have been eating...

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two poached eggs, on brown buttered toast, with spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's sweet and sour sticky tofu, rainbow chard and rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two poached eggs on brown buttered toast. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's speedy black garlic and tomato chicken with polenta.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two boiled eggs with brown, buttered bread. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's speedy black garlic and tomato chicken with polenta.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: A cake from my favourite local bakery - My Loaf.

Lunch: Three scrambled eggs with brown, buttered bread. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's black bean burger with sweet potato fries.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two boiled eggs, some spinach and a piece of buttered brown bread. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk. A banana.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's black bean burger with sweet potato fries.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two pieces of brown, buttered toast, with marmite. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's speedy Moroccan lentil spinach stew with rice.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Moroccan salmon, pomegranate and chickpeas.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's speedy Moroccan lentil spinach stew with rice.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Moroccan salmon, pomegranate and chickpeas.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Up next - my weight loss journey week 42

My weight loss journey - 9 months progress update
It’s just over 9 months since I started my weight loss journey back in January. Now it’s that time again - time to check in on how things are going.

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