I won’t chronicle every day of this My Peak Challenge (MPC), I promise. But at the moment and at the start it feels worth noting some things, here and more private in a good old paper journal.
It was a good idea to take the day off from work today and ease into the year 2017 with a four-day-week. I didn’t sleep well last night and would love to blame the new Sherlock episode for that, but to be honest, that didn’t really keep me up at night. Just some really weird dreams about not finding my car in a parking lot and things like that.
I spent quite some time this morning – or rather noon – watching the first round of MPC workout videos and going through the meal plan, which I won’t follow meticulously. Or not much at all for now, really, because honestly, it feels like a lot of work and I’m not sure I want to spend all that time on cooking the right kind of food. I will definitely use the recipes for suggestions and even wrote a shopping list of all the food I will buy tomorrow for a few of the meals. I did adjust my macro (carbs, protein, fat) plan a bit according to the MPC suggestions and I will keep logging my food in the app I’m already using.
All this information (booklets, videos, Facebook group) really felt overwhelming for a bit. Again! So I did, what I do “best”, I spent my time doing all kinds of things, instead of giving the Day 01 workout a try. I finished reading a novel, I did laundry, I sorted all kinds of things in my apartment…. until I didn’t have any more excuse for my inertia.
And once I started I actually felt good. Not in a physical way, because I’m so out of shape, but in a “yay, you’re doing this” accomplished kind of way. As warm up I just dug out an old workout playlist and jumped and danced around in my living room, glad that it’s wintertime and the blinds are already closed ;-). I also rediscovered some great tracks during that, which was neat.
But already during the mobility drills I noticed how out of shape I am. Holy crap! I’m not so bad with the cardio stuff, because I try to stay active and do 8.000 – 10.000 steps a day, which is about 5 – 7,5 km a day. But any kind of muscular work. Help! Not with each of the “easy stretching” exercise, but with some. I was a bit embarrassed for myself.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I did the easiest version of all the regular exercises afterwards, because I wouldn’t have got any reps done otherwise. So I managed between 6 and 8, depending on exercise. Afterwards I had to re-watch some of the instructions again, because I realized I didn’t quite get them right the first time I watched it. With the lunges especially… But I did go through with it and that’s what matters, right?
I didn’t get any writing done yet though, which bugs me a bit, so I might have to schedule at least a few minutes for that for later tonight as well. I’m not in the mood, but I guess that’s why it’s called a challenge, right?
I also dug out the old wristband (to avoid having have to use Sam as feature image again), which I might actually wear for a while this time. To remind myself of what I’m doing and why I’m doing it….