We’re at the fourth update of the 90 to new challenge and I’m glad to report, things have been progressing well. I’m really noticing changes in my fitness levels, there’s been no dip in exercise motivation and I think I’ve cracked the ‘balance’ of training and recovery.
I spent a lot of time last week thinking about what this challenge means to me and to the group, because the positivity of the experience so far has been really quite powerful. When I combine the shared experience with what I’ve learned from the book I’m currently reading, it reinforces to me the challenge mindset and mentality.
What I’m learning is that fundamentally, I’m better at this stuff in a group or challenge setting. Is that a weakness, or are more of us the same? When I see how CrossFit, Weight Watchers, Slimming World and the like work in a group setting, I’m inclined to believe a lot of us are wired this way.
Not a huge amount to report, other than I hit the targets I’ve stuck to. Last week I walked on the Monday and Sunday’s exercise was a load of gardening, which including shifting a few tonnes of soil around. Functional fitness, if you will!
I did a fair bit of high volume weightlifting, which felt good. This is where I mean I feel my fitness is coming along, because I was putting up good numbers for high reps, so I considered that a win.
Here’s a set of 5 snatches at 70kg, which is the first time I’ve done that in years (if ever, actually!)
I also added in a ride with my friend and personal training client, Rick. It’s low intensity cardio but it burns a good few calories! It’ll also increase in intensity as Rick gets fitter and fitter.
I’m now over 200 pages into ‘59 Seconds‘ and I’m enjoying it. I was a little apprehensive because I’d really enjoyed the last two books I’d read and didn’t want to lose the momentum, but it has been an insightful book and one that I have learned a lot from. It’s written in an easily digestible style and I like the lay-summaries that conclude each paragraph.
Once I’ve finished the book I’ll probably look back through it and pull out some of the information and share it in a blog post – it’s fitting content for a fitness blog, which is ultimately about behaviour change.
I’m probably a week or so away from finishing the book, so my attention is beginning to turn towards my next reading. I’m thinking I’ll conclude ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius – it’s a book I’ve read before, but I stopped re-reading it around the start of lockdown (which ironically, is probably the worst time to have stopped). I think I’ve only got around 40 pages left of it, so I may have to line up the next one pretty sharpish.
The thing I’m most grateful for this challenge for it re-establishing a reading habit in me. It’s something that I’ve really enjoyed and I hope I never stop it.
The week ahead…
It’s a slightly misleading subheading, given I’m writing this on a Tuesday night so am essentially half way through the week, but it’s my intention to get through the bulk of my additional writing work. I’ve got around 7 articles to write of varying lengths, some of which are a day’s work, others are a couple of hours. I want to get through 5 of them before Friday night.
If I manage to do that, I can write another article for my blog which I’ve wanted to write for a couple of weeks. If you see a new article on the site before I’ve updated you again, you’ll know I managed it!
It’s been another good week. I’m really enjoying the challenge and I’m happy with the impact it has had on my life. I’ve got a lot going on (although we’re in lockdown, I remain as busy as ever), so the plan is to get ahead of my work schedule so I can take a couple of weeks or so off to relax.
The best laid plans and all that though…
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