I went to a 40th birthday party on the weekend, it was in a German Beer Cellar in London Bridge. It felt very wrong to not be drinking beer while there but I persisted. Pints of water are just not the same really, but I had a lot of fun and plenty of dancing. The food was typical German style – sausages, pretzels and sauerkraut etc. I do love a good German pretzel, not the crunchy tiny variety. The thing is, I have never had one without beer. Boy are they salty! Salty in a way that water just will not do, it is definitely a job for beer as I found the saltiness in my mouth never really dissipated which has never happened before. Well played Germany, well played. I expect to test this theory again at the end of Week 13 in Berlin. I’ll let you know.

I am getting bored of the no alcohol challenge, not because I really want to drink but because I have removed my choices. But there are now only 11 days left of the challenge which leaves me with some mixed emotions and some big decisions to make. But I acknowledge I am bored.

I also got some great feedback that the weight-loss is definitely visible and I am looking good. And then came the more surprising feedback from someone I’ve only met a couple of times who said he really admired my strength and ability to not drink a) for so long and b) at a social event where everyone is trying to give me shots. He said that I was a real inspiration to him. It is so rare to receive that kind of feedback from people that I was really taken aback and so grateful. Another bit of feedback was from someone who said they read my blog every week, which was also a nice surprise since there is very little interaction with the blog and made me realise that I am actually reaching people, I am helping them. Some just don’t want to publicly acknowledge it. So onwards and upwards.

Weights and Measures
 Not much progress in the measurements department to speak of this week, but I have lost a total of 8cm off my tummy which is fantastic. There’s a fair way to go yet but 8cm (3 inches) is a lot. Hopefully, this continues for the remainder of the SleekGeeks Challenge and the scale continues to go down with it.

Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
 Left Bicep  DNM  No change  No change  -1cm No change
Right Bicep   DNM -1cm  +1 (YEAH Gun Show)  -1.5cm No change
Neck   DNM No change  No change  No Change No change
Breasts   DNM -4.5cm (YAY)  -2cm (YAY)  No Change 🙁 -1cm
Above the Breast   No Change -1cm  -2cm  -1cm No change
Below the Breast  -2.5cm No change  -0.5cm  -1.5cm No change
 Waist -1cm -2cm  -1.5cm  -0.5cm No change
Belly Button  -2.5cm -1.5cm  -0.5cm  -2cm -2cm
Hips  -4cm -3cm  -2cm  -3cm No change
Bum -2cm No Change  -0.5cm  -1cm -2cm
Left Quad DNM -1.5cm  No change  -0.5cm No change
Right Quad  DNM -0.5cm  No change  -1cm No change
Left Calf DNM -0.5cm  -0.5cm  No change No change
Right Calf DNM No change  No change  -0.5cm No change
Total -12cm -15.5cm  -9.5cm  -13.5cm -5cm

Another 5cm and 0.4kg down this week. The scale keeps moving and the centimetres keep coming off, I’m obviously doing the right things.

 

Gym Sessions


With my Personal Training module “client” away on a Golf Tour, this week was a focus on training myself only. Due to the assessment and nature of the content of the PT Module, we have started Olympic lifting, with a view to understanding the muscles, joints and movements of each exercise. It is really great to have a Trainer who is as interested in your academic development as you are, it helps that he is a Musculoskeletal Medical Professional.  This week’s Strength and Conditioning workouts were:

 

Giant Set:

 

Double Leg Glute Bridge 12 reps N/A 4 sets
Single Leg Glute Bridge 12 reps per side N/A
Plank 30 seconds  N/A
Plank Extension, alternate arm and leg 12 reps per side N/A
Single Sets: Clean and Jerk 12 Reps 20kg 4 sets
Singles: Lat Pull Down 12 Reps 35kg 4 sets
Superset: Bent Over Barbell Row 12 reps 22.5kg 4 sets
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 12 reps 8kg 4 sets

I am also completing a Couch to 5k, having had to stop running during my knee injury and recovery. I am not the biggest fan of running as I find it extremely boring, but that makes it a big challenge for me, so I run. I find it interesting though that all the Couch to 5k apps start at 30-minute sessions and a cyclical approach of one full minute of running with 90 seconds walking. Having trained for half marathons, I had to start from the proverbial couch back in 2011 and had someone asked me to run for 1 minute I may have dropped dead on the spot. But this app is suggesting couch potatoes can repeat this cycle 12 times. I can’t see how that is going to encourage the super-unfit. However, I have committed to do the process properly so that means each workout as it comes, as I want to see if it leads to a 5k PB and perhaps and a newly developed love for running which it might do since it’s a mindset thing and I spent the full 30 minutes reminding myself step by step that “I love running”, if I say it enough I’ll come to believe it, surely? I completed the thirty minutes easily, it is not 5k afterall, then got back on my bike and rode home. If you are an ultra-beginner and would like a “real beginners” guide to getting to 5k, do get in touch, I’m happy to help.

I have been ultra-productive from a work perspective, which means I have neglected my self-care a bit over the last 6 days which is not ideal. This means I only completed 54,000 of my 70,000 planned steps, interestingly Apple Watch does not include mileage on a bicycle, which means I can add a further 10km or 15,000 steps to my weekly total, which would take me to 69,000. Week 12 will hopefully see an improvement in my daily steps or a better way of tracking all mileage.

In other news – Third Space answered my requests and got us another Fascia Massage Simulator, I love it when gym management listen to their members.

 

Injuries to the Athlete continued… 

None. Every week injury-free is a reason to celebrate.

SleekGeek 8-Week Summer Challenge

Another week of the SleekGeek 8-week Summer Challenge is over. It was another successful week and kept my eating clean, my training was just how I like my martinis – filthy but my sleep was a bit broken and I kept going to bed extra late.

 

 

 

Challenge Goals:

  • 8 hours sleep ✅
  • No screen time 2 hours before bed  ✅ (I reduced my screen time significantly this week and that led to a significant increase in productivity, if I ignored your messages or Social Media interactions, I’m sorry.)
  • 5 workouts per week (if no gym, 15,000 steps a day, this is 10km)  ✅
  • 2 Recovery Days (Wednesday and Sunday) ✅ (3 actually)
  • No alcohol ✅
  • 1,800 calories/ day (800 calorie deficit from TDEE) ✅
  • 1kg/week loss ✅
  • Macros (Carbs: 50% 900 calories, Protein: 30% 540 calories and Fat: 20% 360 calories) ✅

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Victoria Canham, founder of Ahead Together, is a coach, mentor, writer, learning and change management specialist. Victoria is currently studying towards a qualification in Personal Training with Future Fit UK and is already qualified as a Sports Nutrition Advisor and Gym Instructor. With a background in many industries and a wealth of skills as diverse as her experience, Victoria is the Coach who sees the best in you, even when you can’t see it yourself. Victoria grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied Food and Beverage Management and Adult Education. Having lived in London for 12 years, Victoria has had the opportunity to work as a contractor in many different styles of industries and locations, most recently Compliance within Financial Services. Victoria is an iPEC accredited Certified Professional Coach and a member of the ICF. Victoria is also a Mentor for the Prince’s Trust, helping young people get into work and develop their potential.

 

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