Week 5... only two weeks of the program left... and a strong desire to make the most of it. In these last few days I've been able to reflect on the last 4 weeks. It seems ages ago that I started the program, but it's only a month. I've made great progress - so much that I wonder why I struggled so much, instead of putiing more effort into what I did so as to make even more progress. But maybe it just takes a month for a body that's so new to "exercise" to get into the swing - I mean, I haven't done any sport since I left school at 16, and that was a loooooonnnggg time ago... changing a lifetime habit in 4 weeks is probably the greatest benefit of this program. And I do feel, now, that my life has changed. After 4 weeks, I feel I've missed something if I haven't done a workout. Wow...Shapeshifter is also a "mind-shifter".
So how did my day go? Day 1... double workout day. In the morning 2 "rounds of "Afterburner-1". I did 3 rounds... full warm-up, no cool-down. Working on my balance doing the "flamingo" exercise. This is the workout with the strange-sounding names - but again I see progress. I can do the "dog-burps" now, which were exhausting in the beginning.
For nutrition, I started with a heavy breakfast of meat and veggies - warm-up from a Christmas meal. Must have been high in calories, and that's what I need to develop in this last 2 weeks, to build the musclemass I desperately need. I drank lots of water during the day... making sure I keep this under control too.
I took my measurements down again. Seems I've put on a cm or so around the waist (doesn't surprise me), but I've gained in the muscle areas too, so I'm going in the right direction.
I snacked during the day with nuts and cheese and some bread - this is wrong carb, but I just need to eat now. My evening meal was the recommended low-carb/high protein and fat though, with more meat and veggies and salad - using up all the stuff I bought in for Christmas.
In the early evening I did the 2nd part of my workout: "strength-1". 6 rounds of 45-second exercises. I did the full 6 rounds, but I kept the repetitions down to 15 per exercise - I can get more in, but I wouldn't finish 6 rounds. Another surprise is the "quad-squat" exercise... this was another killer in the beginning, but now I've got the hang of it and some extra strength, I managed to fit in 30 reps of this in 45 secs. By the last round I have to admit I was feeling shattered, but recovery is quick. I'm finding that I'm starting to enjoy the process of exercising more. I mean even in the moments close to exaustion, when normally you think "why the hell am I doing this", I'm starting to get pleasure out of reaching my limit, knowing that I'm on the verge of surpassing it. This is a great boost to my morale.
So, to finish, I'm back in the game with a vengeance. I have no further distractions, and whole days to focus on my eating and workouts. I've got a goal over the next two weeks... to build muscle-mass and muscle-definition. I'm getting seriously busy with my transformation.