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Tough Mudder Diary #3 – 101 Days To Go

Turkey Burning

Well we are well and truly into January now and Turkey Burners are starting to dwindle at the gym.   I have utmost respect for anyone getting off the sofa and down the gym. Having set out on that journey many times and failed I wish anyone trying all the success in meeting their goals.  I do however still laugh at the posing and flexing in mirrors playing on your phone crowd, whatever works.

As a regular Mens Health I noticed loads of guys following their transformation plan, i’ve never seen guys doing some many cable wood chops or lunges.

 

My Tough Mudder Training

I have upped my workouts now to start increasing the cardio and strength work.  I’ve found January hard with my training, I’ve been putting in the work but didn’t feel that January surge like all the new year new you people.

Carrying over the speed and intensity from last year has almost left me feeling I am not putting in the same concerted effort like everyone else, I know this isnt the case but I feel like I need to do something extra.

Gym

I’ve now added treadmill running to my routine, its a start and coming from where I was a few months ago I can see how far ive come.  At the moment I am managing 2-5min bursts with a 1% incline and the speed somewhere between 6-7 on the speed on the machine.  I expect this to pick up a lot more now however i’m trying to resist the urge to push myself too hard and be disappointed, small increases every time are key here.

The watt bike has become a regular on my cardio work, the gym has the My Ride+ system so I’ve been enjoing rdes along the New Jersey waterfront and some more challenging national parks in the U.S.

Battle Ropes, what can I say about this seemingly innocuous rope, oh my god..  1 min alternating between single and dual arm waves followed by 1 mins rest then again for 5 sets at the end of your cardio routine gets the heart and lungs working.

Im making small increases in the weight training also, its difficult as I feel a lack of energy have way through a push or pull exercise as if there is a lack of explosive power.  I am decreasing the weight and increasing reps, realising I am running on a high calorific deficit.

Outside Activity

Weekly badminton and walking at lunchtime and evenings is keeping the blood pumping and a good head clearing when at work, I really do enjoy walking and getting some fresh air on these cold crisp days.  I might take a day off soon and go into London and have a walk around the city, ive not done that for years and quite fancy a mooch around.  ( Note to Wife who will read this, this means with you x x )

Equipment

My Trainers are knackered, I am planning on hitting  specialist runners shop who can properly measure my walking and recommend the right trainer / insole for my gym and soon trail running.  I have heard some great feedback from people who finally invest in a proper measure pair of running shoes, think its time I look after my feet a little more.  Please let me know if you’ve had a similar experience?

 

And finally, 101 days, that number is tumbling fast.  I have been talking to a close friend who is also doing Tough Mudder about some warm up events in late March / April so watch this space.

Right, work to do and Badminton tonight, I’ll be back with more updates soon, in the meantime check out my other training diaries Tough Mudder Diary #1 143 Days To Go & Tough Mudder Diary #2

 

C.O.L.P.O.W

2017 has begun and i’m fully aware that there is 122 days to go until my Tough Mudder.  I’ve been training over the holidays and its been going well, now its time to kick on.

Earlier this morning I hit the gym and did a good cardio session, time was tight but no excuses!  One thing I have been struggling with is energy.  I’m running a large calorie deficit as part of my weight loss programme which coupled with cardio and weight training is proving challenging.

I am seeing my Cambridge consultant tomorrow and i’m going to talk about possibly stepping up a level. Like everything in this world, its about balance.

I’ve still only told 2 friends that i’m taking part in Tough Mudder, I still don’t feel comfortable telling them.  Its not that I don’t want to commit, I have, I think I want to surprise people. The same goes with my weight loss, nobody actually mentions it to me, a few have but most are talking amongst themselves.  I prefer it that way, I think…  My wife who knows me best will disagree as I always ask if people have said anything.  To know me is to love me 🙂

Tomorrow will be easier than today and today was easier than yesterday!

C.O.L.P.O.W

 

No I haven’t gone mad, I know its not Wednesday… My consultant is on leave for the festive period so she has kindly setup a drop in with another person today.

I got onto the scales this morning and I have broken into the next stone category, I am so chuffed with myself.  Christmas is always a difficult time of year but I have been focused and kept my goal in mind.  I will wait till this evening to see what the consultants scales say but I know its moving down.

Christmas Celebrations

I’ve met a few friends and had a party this month but I have managed to not take part in any food or drinking that I didn’t want to.   I’m not going to lie, I have longed for a Mince Pie or a M&S Christmas Sandwich but I have been very strong.  Its been months now, in fact I cant remember the last time I had a drink, I am really not bothered to be honest that hasn’t been a problem.  What I did long for was, a Costa Coffee Amaretto Latte…  I love my coffee and I love all things Amaretto so these were two combinations I could resist no longer..  My long suffering wife treated me to this amazing festive drink the other day, skinny version no cream though! 🙂

 

Sorry For Being Grumpy

I was speaking with my wife the other day and I realised that I have been coming across sometimes as Mr Grumpy.  I have got into the habit of talking about all the festive food and drink I am not having and almost openly tempting and then punishing myself.

I didn’t realise I was being this person and in fact my wife pointed out that I seem miserable, no fun!  In my little mind I think if I am being harder on myself I would do better over this Christmas period and not struggle with maintaining the weight loss momentum.

I realise this is not a healthy, sustainable way of being and actually is counter to what I want so as always I owe my better half an apology.  You are always looking out for me, and I trust your guidance and advice always, thank you x

 

Fitness

So Badminton got cancelled last week but I have been getting down to the gym regularly.  I’ve blogged before about www.thegymgroup.com who are fantastic.  The gym will only be closed on Christmas day and Boxing day so full on Turkey burning mode can start at 8am on the 27th..

Have you ever tried using battle ropes in your exercise?  Talk about a burn!  doing 1 minute HIIT with these and you know about it!  I messaged a friend a few hours after I got home from the gym after using them, wow they are good!

I am going to be hitting the gym up over the Christmas break, there is no reason not to…

Will keep you all posted

C.O.L.P.O.W

 

 

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143 Days

 

As a regular item on this blog I am going to keep a diary of my preparation for Tough Mudder next year.  There is now 143 days until I am on the start line..

My plan has always been to get to January having shifted a considerable amount of weight then begin “Mudder Training” in the new year.  This is not a new years resolution, you know how I feel about them lol.  Tough Mudder will serve multiple goals / targets for me, the first was to commit to it, it has in turn helped me have a long distance goal for my weigh loss.

I made myself a promise that I will be on the start line on May 6th.  My weight loss has gone exceptionally well, I am on my weight loss journey and achieving great results thanks to the Cambridge Weight Plan.  Now we are getting close to where we climb the next mountain and step it up a gear.

Christmas is going to be a busy time and is no time to lose focus.  I will enjoy myself but there is also time to get in some training and some walks so no excuses.

I hope you will check in regularly and follow my progress, please leave comments if you too are preparing for tough mudder or are on a weight loss journey.

 

C.O.L.P.O.W

 

Go See for yourself www.toughmudder.co.uk

 

Its been a strange couple of weeks for the family a few challenges which has meant getting time to write anything has been hard..  I have some ideas for future blogs to come but here are some notable events over the past few weeks.

 

Weight Loss & Fitness

 

I missed a week of visiting my Cambridge consultant to a family issue which meant the weigh in last Wednesday was two weeks worth.  I lost another 10lbs, I am so happy with the result I cant tell you, this has really clicked with me, the Cambridge diet is a life changer.

I’ve been keeping active when I haven’t been able to get to the gym with regular badminton games and walks in my lunchtime, its amazing how many km’s you can rack up when you get out of the office in the day and go out for some fresh air.

I don’t know how I am going to approach Christmas just at the moment, I will enjoy myself but something people need to understand is that if I don’t eat “nice” food or drink alcohol it doesn’t necessarily mean im not enjoying myself.  This I know is hard for balancing act for my wife who has my best interests at heart, I do tend to punish /  prove to myself I can be strict, sometimes too strict which hampers enjoyment and its those close to you that see it.  My wife is just making sure I am not being too much of worry head which I do really appreciate.

 

Turkey Burning

Im sure some of you are already thinking about what you will be doing post Christmas / New Year celebrations to start a new health regime.  Here are some of my thoughts and experiences.

 

  1. ‘Small lasting changes are the key to success.Why wait till the new year?  If you aren’t happy or need to do something start now!
  2. Small lasting changes are the key to success.
  3. If you feel a guided diet like Cambridge would work then do your homework, I’m happy to answer any questions but from my experience the Cambridge diet clicked for me, for you it may be something different.  You can read more on the Cambridge diet here Cambridge Weight Plan and I also wrote a small blog on my Cambridge diet Cambridge & Me
  4. You don’t need a big expensive 12 month gym membership I wrote a post before See Here where I talk about the no frill gym I use.  I have to say thought you cant beat getting out in the fresh air and finding time to go for walk, its not going to set the world alight but keep active and walking every day will help keep your fire stoked and its the small changes which will have the longer term impact.
  5. Finally, don’t beat yourself up, make sure you’re ready and have the right focus and reason for embarking on any change, you will know if you’re ready and its OK if you need some more time to get your focus .

 

Gigs

This probably warrants a blog post in its own right but I went to see a band called Walking On Cars at the 02 Academy in Oxford at the end of November.  I liked the band before I saw them live and I was blown away and a fan after.  If you have ever been to a live performance you know that nothing beats the atmosphere and loud live sound, they were excellent and I urge you to check them out…

 

Eating Out

Yes, I can eat out whilst dieting! Myself and my better half had the rare opportunity of a night out, which was very much needed after some recent events.  We had been told that the chain Miller & Carter was good and a new restaurant had opened nearby which we decided to check out.  WoW!  Superb steak and atmosphere which puts to shame some very well know chefs own steak restaurants!  I know steak is very subjective but I have tried many restaurants and this would make it onto the top 1o if not 5 for steak.

 

Spotify

I’m looking into how I can share my Spotify playlists on here with you all, if anyone has any experience of doing this on WordPress please let me know 🙂

 

Christmas Shopping

Almost done, a very successful trip to Westfield and good old Amazon ( prime ) and I think its just about done.

 

Tech Reviews

I’m planning some reviews on tech items in the coming weeks the first are some Kit Sound wireless headphones.  I am looking to do some more reviews so if anyone can recommend or put me in the direction of suppliers of items you would like to see let me know..

 

Ads

I’ve added ads at the bottom of the page, it would be very helpful if you would click on anything that’s of interest to you..  If you find them too much please let me know as I don’t want them to take over the site.

 

So we are all caught up, I will try and write the planned blogs in advance and schedule them over this month.  Please let me know if you have any feedback or topics to cover.