Wednesday 19 May 2010

Things I need to think about

So my trainer suggested that maybe I'd like to have one session a week with him instead of just one a month, so we can step it up a bit and really get working.  I know he's on commission so he needs to drum up business, but I do enjoy the sessions and it might be good in the quiet period between triathlon numbers 3 and 4 where there's a 2 month gap and only the Thames swim in there.  It'd be nice to see if I can really get my body fat % down and get pretty strong while I'm not worrying about cardio training and tapering a week before the race.  So, I'll think about it.  It'll be expensive, but it is a priority for me, so it beats stuff like buying shoes and dresses.

The training session today showed up my weak left arm again.  I'm going to try to work on it a bit, but at the moment it is significantly weaker than my left arm and some movements are almost impossible to do many reps with any significant weight at all.  As it was a new routine session, it was lower intensity than a full run through of the routine will be; stops for form tweaking, discussion etc.

I felt really good this afternoon and was tempted to have a bit of a run when I got home, but decided against it.  It's not in the plan for this week and I'd rather not over do it (for me; yes I know plenty of people do loads more exercise than me and they don't keel over!).

Dinner was beef chilli with giant couscous, peas and sweetcorn; one of my favourites and I don't often get to have giant couscous (which I love!):-

B - greek yogurt with 1 scoop MP Max, blueberries and flaked almonds
S - banana
L -salad; lettuce, cherry tomatoes, peppers, grapes, celery, the last of the roast chicken
S - 1 scoop MP Max in skimmed milk
S - carrot and houmous
S - MP beef jerky
D - beef chilli with couscous, peas and sweetcorn

Exercise - 50 minutes gym (reduced intensity)

Calories (kcal)
[kcals to maintain weight (inc. exercise)
Protein (g) 157.4 (40.1%)
Carbohydrate (g) 157.1 (37.5%)
Fat (g) 39.2 (22.4%)
Fruit & Veg 11.5


  1. I never knew you could get giant cous cous, where did you find it?

    I'll be so interested to see how much you progress with a weekly training session :-D

  2. Hey there!

    Giant Couscous comes in criminally tiny boxes from Merchant Gourmet; I get mine from Ocado so I'm sure other high street supermarkets will carry it too.

    I'm not sure about the weekly session yet... it's expensive and my gym fees are already really expensive because of the location and the fact that it's Virgin. Am I committed enough to get the best out of a weekly session? I don't know the answer just yet. What do I want out of my weight training? Still not sure what my goal is; and as so many advisors say, with no specific goal there's not a lot of point. Lots of thinking to do! BUt if I do decide to do it, I'll be logging the progress for sure :o)