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The week where my PT tried to crush me to death

Week 38: Monday 27th September - Sunday 3rd October 2021

After last week's break from personal training, I'm now back to three sessions a week - and I can definitely feel the pain after a week off. My upper body has never been particularly strong but now it feels like any strength that maybe I was starting to gain has just disappeared.

On Wednesday I have my second session of the week.

I complain to my PT.

"My arms were really stiff and achy after Monday's session!" I say.

His eyes light up.

"Oh, that's good!" he exclaims.

"You're going to really feel the pain in your legs after today's session!" he says, rubbing his hands together with glee.

My PT always says that he doesn't take pleasure in seeing people in pain. Whenever I ask him, he says, "No Lisa, it's not a 'perk' of the job to see people in pain."

I don't believe him.

He always seems way too happy when I'm struggling.

His chosen weapons of torture for today's session are the leg press machine and the bench press machine.

On the bench press I have 30kg of weight (20kg for the bar & 5kg on each end), which doesn't sound like a lot - but it's loads for me with my weak arms! On the leg press I think I have 40kg - which is not exactly fun either - but easier than the arm weights.

Here's a short video clip of me doing the bench press - to show just how wobbly and unstable my arms are!

I'm really struggling today.

Lacking in energy, yet my PT is on a clear mission of destruction. I need to do something to slow the pace and give myself a bit more recovery time.

"I know..." I think to myself. "I'll get him talking and ranting about something..."

It works. My PT loves to rant about things.

The second half of the session is still hard work but the pace slows slightly, because in between shouting orders at me, my PT is now busy complaining about all of the unfairness and injustices in the world.

The power of positive affirmations

I've also been busy writing this week.

You may remember how I previously talked about planting positive intentions and the power of positive affirmations. Working with positive affirmations is something that I've found to be so transformational in my own life over the last several months, so I thought I'd write a longer piece about it - explaining what positive affirmations are and how to work with them.

Check out the link below to read more...

The power of positive affirmations
We often think - or at least I always thought - that the way we think is something which is fixed. That our thoughts are who we are - our personality that we’re born with, something that can’t be changed. As it turns out, we’re not born with our thoughts.

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This week I have been eating...

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: A banana.

Lunch: Baked beans on one piece of brown, buttered toast.

Snack: One cup of tea with a dash of oat milk. Two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Nasi goreng with ginger tempeh and red rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

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

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Scrambled eggs on one piece of brown, buttered toast, with spinach.

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Chicken 'parmigiana' & red pesto roasted potatoes.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two cups of black coffee.

Snack: A cherry and almond slice from MyLoaf bakery.

Lunch: Scrambled eggs on one piece of brown, buttered toast, with spinach.

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Chicken 'parmigiana' & red pesto roasted potatoes.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Three cups of black coffee.

Snack: A piece of brown toast with butter and marmite.

Lunch: Scrambled eggs on one piece of brown, buttered toast, with spinach.

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Rose harissa and olive tagine with cod and quinoa.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on one piece of brown, buttered toast, with spinach.

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Rose harissa and olive tagine with cod and quinoa.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's smoky tempeh bolognese and courgette tagliatelle.

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's spicy peanut and chickpea curry with black rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

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

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's smoky tempeh bolognese and courgette tagliatelle.

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's spicy peanut and chickpea curry with black rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Up next - my weight loss journey week 39

The week where I tried Mindful Chef smoothies
I’ve never made a smoothie before, so on my first attempt I spent a few minutes staring blankly at my new NUTRiBULLET blender and my Mindful Chef smoothie portion, wondering what on earth to do next.

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