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The fourth week

I can’t believe that the 2008 Self Challenge is already in its FOURTH week! That means, my birthday (the day the Challenge kicked off) was four weeks ago. How time flies!

Anyway, I thought that it would be nice to post a link to my fitness progress for the last three weeks HERE. I say three weeks because the fourth week (this week) has not ended. I hope you guys can see the chart, or else, I’ll have to find another way to make it work — either reproduce the chart or save it as jpeg and upload it here or something. I’ll figure that out later.

If you visit the link, you will see that there are no changes to my stats because I haven’t measured myself since the last time. I honestly don’t think there is any drastic changes to my measurement, so I won’t measure myself until at least the end of this month. My eating plan is basically empty because I really have no clue how to follow the eating plan since I don’t cook and all that.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about what I put into my mouth. I do — although I have been snacking on junk food (fast food, Chipster, cheese-flavoured Ridges and Sour Cream-flavoured Lays *getting really nervous and shifty eyed as I type the names of these sinful products) a lot of late. I was PMS-ing last week, hence the snacking. But I think I’m better this week, I promise! In fact, I have been to the gym twice just this week!

Yesterday morning, I did my 2-minute walk/jog interval routine for 17 minutes ( excluding 3 minutes of warm up and 2 minutes of cool down). After that, I jumped on the cross-trainer/elliptical machine for 10 minutes before heading for the shower. I weighed myself on the way to the locker room and was pleased to see that the scale hadn’t budged. I’m still 121lbs. Phew!

I know I said that the number on the scale doesn’t matter BUT after a week of snacking on chips, I was convinced that I would immediately put on a pound or something. To find that I haven’t just gave me a huge relief. Because, let’s face it, if I gain weight, I’ll have to make sure I burn the extra calories because my target was 120. I could still lose another 8 pounds and still be healthy — but a tad skinny and boob-less 🙂 — because I’m still within my healthy BMI. But gaining another 2 pounds would put me back to near “overweight” (according to my BMI) category, which would be a shame.

Anywho, today I decided to do the 25-minute Self Challenge Strength Training workout for Month 1 (after having downloaded the files weeks ago). It was fun to listen to instructions on how to perform certain strength moves, instead of following a video, for a change. I was doing fine until the Chairmaster — where I had to go on a (man) push-up position with my legs on a bench and was required to tap my left foot on the floor and then my right foot on the floor. Try doing that for 10 repetitions (1 rep = left foot and right foot tapped on the floor).

Beads of sweat from my forehead dripped down to the floor almost instantly. I really felt the burn on my arms and stomach as I tried to maintain good posture. I actually had to stop on the 8th repetition to gain back the strength on my arms!

I did the last two reps without Megan’s voice cheering me on to complete the rep (sorry Megan, I needed to do those last two reps one on my own). That was when I did something to my phone — I use my mobile as my mp3 player. I thought I had pressed the pause button to un-pause it. Turned out that I had unwittingly played the whole mp3 file from the beginning.

When I realised what I had done, felt like looking to the ceiling and scream: “Nooooo!” (like in the movies).

This is not an mp3 player where I can just forward or rewind to my heart’s content. Once the audio file has stopped, you have to listen to it from the start *groan*! Thank god for the short video of the Self Challenge, which I downloaded from the website, which allowed me to copy the remaining exercise moves and end the 25-minute strength challenge on my own. According to the website, I burned about 70 calories in that 25 minutes. Not a lot but it’s still something.

So, that’s my workout progress so far.

You know, it’s still not too late to join the Self Challenge workout. You can register HERE. If you start now, you have 3 more weeks to follow the programme. That’s still something. At the very least, you get to download FREE exercise videos and mp3 files which were created by American fitness experts just by signing up.

Ok, enough blogging. Better get back to doing “actual” work. Later, alligator!



Suziemclean is a Piscean who can't swim. She is 40 and married to a wonderful (younger) man who makes her laugh, and finds her corny sense of humour "endearing". She lives with her husband, family and cat in Shah Alam.

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