It’s back to daily and intense exercise after the lull and recovery period that I have been enjoying.
The first round of The Fat Burn Revolution finished in early December and although I have been exercising over Christmas I have kept it easy and given my muscles chance to rest. Perhaps a bit too much rest, but having said that although I don’t feel quite as toned as I did six weeks ago the difference is minute.
So here I am back at the beginning with the 12 week programme laid out before me.
What’s different this time?
Well there’s a sense of home coming. A familiarity. Like climbing a hill that you’ve climbed before. You know it’s going to be hard work but the view from the top is worth it.
I know I can do this and I also know that it works. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for a very long time. I know what I need to work on and I’ve set myself some goals.
At the end of this round I want to be measuring a body fat of 25% – which is another 5% down on where I am now. I don’t care how much I weigh. I think we are psychologically programmed to always feel good if the scales show a downward shift but if I drop my body fat I’m going to be leaner so what the scales have to say on the matter is irrelevant.
I also want to master press-ups. I can manage them from my knees but not from my toes so three months on I want to be able to bang out six in a row. I’m not feeling brave enough to commit to ten, but who knows I may even get there.
I was quite excited last night getting ready. I’ve moved my workouts back to early morning. My back protested at this first time round but I’m hoping the strength I’ve built up will help me out there.
I’m also getting up an extra half hour earlier to do a few chores and give my back a chance to warm up and loosen up.
Last night I laid out my clothes, took my weights out of the cupboard and put my notes and the TFBR book (opened to the right page) on the side.
If I’m not completely ready the night before I know that I haven’t fully committed to getting up the next day. Once it’s all in place it’s very hard to stay under the duvet when the alarm goes off, no matter how tempting.
It’s like the pile of clothes and the weights and the book are a little reminder of how determined I was the night before. So even if I’m wavering there’s a memory in my mind of how much I really do want to do this.
Why am I going on about all of this? Because it’s the key to success: planning.
Planning the workouts, planning the shopping and the food, planning for when it goes wrong – and it will.
I could be wrong, but I think it’s one of the most important things to do to get the results that you want – in most areas of life but particularly here.
So whether you’re doing the programme for the first time or you’re sitting there comfortably wondering whether to join in (do!) I’ll keep you posted on my progress over the next few months.