Sunday, 27 May 2012

It's Been a Long Time Coming...

This Monday saw me finally dip under 18 stones, and scratch off the first of my achievements on the progress page.

Whilst I'm very pleased, I can't help but think it really is about time. I am however very pleased to finally strike through one of those objectives and with 19lbs lost, the 20lb barrier is my target for this week.

As you can see by the number of miles ridden going up, today we got the bikes out and put in a 16 miler out in the sticks and around our local reservoir.  Fantastic weather for a fantastic ride.

More pleasing than the weight loss is the great power on the hills I am feeling thanks to the Body Revolution workouts throughout the week. On today's ride I felt stronger in the legs than I was when I was really banging in the miles last summer, it was a great feeling.

Speaking of JM's BR, this week saw me progress onto Workouts 3 and 4. Workout 3 is solely front of body and Workout 4 is the rear. My summary for each is:

Workout 3, an absolute killer, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. All planks and abs work, just what you need when your holding up 18 stones of flabby belly.  The first time I did it there were five exercises I didn't do in their entirety, the second time there were three, so at least there is progress.

Workout 4, an absolute killer, I love it, I love it, I love it.  Lots of back, leg and strength work, right up my street. My heart rate hit 180 at one point in this one, but it left me feeling exhilarated, as much as workout 3 left me exhausted.

I can see the fitness coming on now though and the Cardio 1 workout is now too easy and I am starting to do the modified versions of the exercises which is a great feeling. I am very impressed by just how quickly the program gets that fitness up with what in effect is only three hours of exercise a week (excluding the rides I've now started at the weekends).

Tomorrow is a 5:30am weigh in followed swiftly by Workout 3 again, bring on that 20lbs lost, raaaar!

Ride Stats
Distance: 15.76 miles
Time: 1:14.20
Avg. Speed: 9.3mph (taking it easy)
Avg. HR: 116 bpm
Cals Burned: 1208

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