My hopefully healthy 2016 – JANUARY

Back in the gym after early November 2015 (I do have a dodgy back, knees and my hip was hurting but basically it was laziness) – to be honest I was pretty slack over the whole of 2015 really. I nearly cancelled the membership on a few occasions but thought I only need to go 8-10 times a month to make it pay and I do like exercising. 2016 is where things need to change I’m getting too fat simple as – I’m personally not happy with my body shape – so I know I need to get back on track and I’m not getting any younger (I am now in my 41st year). Too much eating and drinking is no help so an all round health kick is required. My initial plan is to give up the chocolate, at the time of writing this 11am on Saturday 2nd January I’ve done 37 hours (that’s good for me). How long I can go for,  who knows, especially as work is a hive of chocolate, cakes and snacks – ALL ABOUT THE WILLPOWER!!!!!!! Even with my dodgy back, knee and hip my ultimate goal is to get into attending these 5K Park Runs that are on all over the country – hopefully a few months of building up my fitness and strength around my knees especially will help me achieve this goal.

Anyways here is my January gym log – hopefully there will be a lot of them:-

Saturday 2nd January 2016 (9am start)

Plan was a high intensity start – back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then a bit of a stretch and condition on the mats then back to alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Properly motivated today – but always am when I come back from a break – plan is to go tomorrow (Sunday 3rd Jan), despite the fact I know my body is going to be feeling the pain very soon and that I’m out at the pub watching the match this afternoon. Focus needed at weekends – I do feel more likely to go as don’t work Saturday or Sunday – but I do love my sport so easy excuses not to go. Problem is that during my work week in a morning I feel – yes – gym after work, but come 4pm/5pm motivation is lacking so need to be much stronger mentally, especially as a session in the week I will try to keep as short but with high intensity. Watch this space hey…….

Sunday 3rd January (3pm start)

I MADE IT!!!!!!! – so that’s a positive. Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) some leg weights then back to alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). The key now is how I get on tomorrow when I head back into work. Focus, willpower and mental strength required!!!!!!!

Monday 4th January (5pm start)

First day back at the coalface and thoughts turn to whether I will actually go to the gym. The answer is a resounding YES – despite a very long day, though working in between the Christmas and New Year helped with the full time return to work. Shorter sessions the plan for the week. One thing to say, as is generally always the case on the first working weekday of a new year, is that the gym was heaving. Some familiar faces, some not, some being shown around – it always starts with good intentions hey :D. Anyways back to my workout. Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some sit ups before alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Three days of the year (I’m not counting New years Day as its a bank holiday so no need for exercise, plus I was hungover and the Leisure Centre was shut) AND three gym trips – lets hope I can keep this a going.

Tuesday 5th January (5pm start)

Made it again, but was surprised that it was not so busy – maybes the New Year brigade had had enough already. Felt a little demotivated after work but knew I needed to go. My attempts to stick to fruit all day makes me very hungry. Anyways I managed to get through the following. Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some weights (arm pulling) before alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). More of the same tomorrow, well hopefully.

Thursday 7th January (5pm start)

Never made it the previous day (I had some blogging to do) so imperative I got back to the gym today, thankfully I did. Only downside was a lack of intensity – but suppose better than not going at all!!!!!!! Anyways work out as follows – Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some conditioning followed by a set of crunches before alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Hoping to do a longer session tomorrow as spare going for the football Saturday and due to a likely earlier cinema visit, no time for the gym me thinks – well that’s my excuse anyways :D.

Friday 8th January (5:30pm start)

Well I made it – and with an extra long session as I wanted. The toughest time, for me anyways, to think about going to the gym is Friday. After a long week at work – heading across to the gym is a hard slog. Normally I have very good intentions, take my kit to work, but then end up on the sofa when I should be working out. Hopefully this trend will continue. Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout and Kilimanjaro workout). Then return to back rest bike alternating with rowing machine. Move onto leg weights and then free weights before finishing with back rest bike. No gym on Saturday -as off to cinema for another look at Spectre then at the footie. Back on Sunday for a heavy session to work off the inevitable Saturday excess.

Sunday 10th January 2016 (3pm start)

Lacking a bit of motivation but made it. Had a bad weekend with my chocolate fest well and truly ended thanks to Easter choco being available. Knew I had to go to gym – hopefully getting back into that mind set anyways. Willpower key as said before as know so easy to get back into my old habits. Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some leg weights followed by arms and legs sit ups before alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout).  Then onto some weights (arm pulling) before finishing with back rest bike.

Monday 11th January 2016 (6pm start)

Took a huge gamble today – went home from work, instead of straight to the gym!!!!!!! This does usually result in me switching on the computer or my tablet then doing feck all for the rest of the evening, however this time I got myself ready then out to gym – phew. A later start but was primed to have a good workout. Back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some leg weights followed by conditioning and sit ups before alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout).  Post the gym went a bit AWOL on the food front – need to rein this in for NOW!!!!!!!

Wednesday 13th January 2016 (545pm start)

So demotivated today but knew I had to head to gym, bottled out the previous night and ended up eating a takeaway AND more choco – that early Jan fast seems a long way away now!!!!!!! Even though I nearly used the rain as an excuse – I decided that getting changed into gym gear at work was a must or I could have even called it quits in the changing rooms at the Leisure Centre – I have done this before. So I made it workout as follows:- back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some leg weights, body conditioning followed by arms and legs sit ups before alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Phew – all done – let see what awaits tomorrow.

Saturday 16th January 2016 (9:30am start)

Oh dear – my first major lapse of the year has now happened. My non-attendance the previous two days (first time a double day break this year) marked a standard malaise which tended to last for a few days – usually with junk food and booze chucked in. I stayed off the booze, but plenty of junk food!!!!!!! Got myself back to gym today, thankfully in the end, as enjoyed it whilst there – but so so so didn’t want to bother. Luckily worked out well in regards to my other plans through the day, but still feel like I’m on the edge of lapsing big time, NEED TO BE STRONG!!!!!!! So todays workout as follows:- back rest bike to start alternating with  cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto body conditioning followed by crunches and then some leg weights. Returned to alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout) then onto further leg weights followed by arm pull weights before returning to the back rest bike to finish. Felt invigorated, but then polished off the previous nights pizza – heyho. Plan is probably NOT to go tomorrow as offski cinema and then footie straight after. I do also plan to go the Maccy D’s, hence I’d like to head to gym – but very unlikely. Key is if don’t make it tomorrow – need to go Monday – cannot let lapses get to frequent.

Monday 18th January 2016 (5pm start)

Right I have a new rule – Gym at least every other day (unless circumstances decree otherwise – laziness not an excuse!!!!!!!) Again felt very demotivated – but once there I was fine – had a right ‘sweaty one’ so all in all a decent workout as follows. Back rest bike alternating with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) to begin then onto some leg weights before alternating back rest bike with rowing machine. Alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout)  then some conditioning followed by sit ups. Back rest bike to finish. For a Monday could not have asked for more – need to continue with this attitude as the days / weeks goes along.

Tuesday 19th January (5pm start)

Another day another gym sesh – I took the opportunity not to take a day off in my new ‘only one gap day between a gym session allowed’ plan. Workout as follows – Back rest bike alternating with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) to begin before alternating back rest bike with rowing machine. More alternating with back rest bike and cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout)  then then onto some leg weights followed by free weights. Back rest bike to finish. Unfortunately a Pizza deal for tea undid most of the gym work heyho – small steps!!!!!!!

Wednesday 20th January 2016 (6pm start)

It was a long hard day at work – LOTS GOING ON!!!!!!! Bit draining really hence my intake of far too much choco during this time #excusesexcusesexcuses. However I did make the gym – still feel motivated to go, but sometimes I know I will not bother, until I can get over eating the wrong stuff not much will change body shape wise, but I will get fitter which is always a bonus. Workout as follows :- back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some leg weights before some conditioning and crunches. Return to alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout) to finish. ps on eating the wrong things – leftover pizza polished off on return home ooops!!!!!!!

Thursday 21st January (5pm start)

Another bad day on the choco front – NEED TO GET MY WILLPOWER BACK!!!!!!! Though did speak to a mate of mine and realised I have probably been to the gym more times this month than all of October, November and December put together so something is working. Anyways workout as follows :- back rest bike to start alternating with with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then onto some pull weights followed by  leg weights. Return to alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout) to finish. Proper sweat build up in 45 minutes – may look to continue this kind of session on a regular basis – bit of a mix and match with my shorter version anyways. Post gym food intake – chicken burger then rice hmmmmmmm!!!!!!! Not sure if gonna make it tomorrow – possible SWep7TFA and/or tennis to watch as going to beerfest – will see how things pan out hey 😉

Friday 22nd January (8:30am start)

I got up wanted to go back to bed, that didn’t happen so I got my arse in gear and actually made it to the GYM!!!!!!! Workout as follows – back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout) some leg weights then back to alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Now for some stodge before the beerfest drinking begins #ciders 🙂

Sunday 24th January 2016 (12pm start)

Due to a cock up with timings (I did not know the gym now shuts at 5pm on Saturdays I already had a gap day!!!!!!! Proper sweaty workout today – back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout / Kilimanjaro). Conditioning and arms and legs sit ups followed by leg weights. Back rest bike to finish.

Monday 25th January 2016 (5pm start)

Nearly didn’t go – but 7 choco biscuits later I forced myself!!!!!!! Workout as follows- back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then cross trainer (forward backwards workout) then  some leg weights followed by cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). To finish alternating back rest bike with pull weights. Focus key this week, need to get head round just going is good for me – food going to be an ongoing issue!!!!!!!

Wednesday 27th January (7pm start)

Blog issues meant I had to give the gym a miss yesterday – but well impressed with a late start tonight – hammered it too, shame about the pre and post choco and post crisps!!!!!!! Workout as follows:-  alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout / Kilimanjaro). Conditioning and sit ups legs sit ups followed by leg weights. Back rest bike alternating with rowing machine to finish.

Thursday 28th January (5:15pm start)

Workout as follows back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout). Moved on to leg weights before more alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Free weights followed by back rest bike to finish. Pretty happy with my current efforts – well apart from my huge fall from grace in the choco stakes. Retooling to start again in February oh and on the healthy eating front – well hopefully!!!!!!!

Saturday 30th January 2016 (8:15am start)

Workout as follows back rest bike to start alternating with rowing machine. Then alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (forward backwards workout). Moved on to leg weights before more alternating back rest bike with cross trainer (Kilimanjaro workout). Onto body conditioning then some crunches. Back rest bike to finish. Post workout was a bit of a car crash – that’s all I’m willing to say – but despite that the plan is to head to the gym late afternoon tomorrow – NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!! – well hopefully anyways :-s

QUICK NOTE – NEVER MADE IT SUNDAY (I BLAME MY TABLET) – NO MATTER WHAT (see entry on 30th January)  – hmmmmmmm!!!!!!!

So I managed 20 days out of 31 with only one 2 day break too. Unfortunately my healthy eating (especially) and drinking did go a bit astray at times. Heyho a good start to the year on the so called healthy lifestyle – better than I imagined as felt totally demotivated on some days but still went. Personally with my new ONLY ONE DAY GAP (unless circumstances dictate otherwise) does mean I should be going at least half the time a month so that has to be the target, just need to incorporate the food intake better – a new choco fast starts February 1st – for how long #feckknows 😉

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