November 2018 Fitness Diary!

Monday, November 5: It’s now Sunday night, and I’m writing this pre-workout paragraph in the hope it will help my plans for tomorrow morning come to fruition. It’ll be my first workout since October 18, and I think that is the longest I’ve gone without exercise for over a decade. It was necessary though; I was under doctor’s orders. But I’m eager to start again,  and it’s time. The plan is to arrive at my gym early tomorrow morning (around 7 or 7:30) and do light weights for most body parts. I’m thinking of two sets for each exercise instead of the usual three or four, and with lighter weights. It will depend though on how well I sleep. If I’m still awake at 4 am, heaven forbid, then I won’t be getting up early. Fingers crossed for a good night’s sleep and a return to exercising tomorrow.

Mission accomplished! It was only a 20-minute workout, but I exercised my chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, lats, back, biceps, forearms, calves, thighs, and hamstrings. I may not be sore tomorrow, but it felt good to use my muscles again.

Friday, November 9: I’m feeling almost 100% again, and today’s 26-minute workout workout was a little longer than Monday’s, and it didn’t leave me feeling exhausted. I also walked 10 kilometers throughout the day. Today’s workout was another all-body affair with the addition of some cautious core work. I think I’m ready to return to the treadmill. That’s tomorrow’s mission.

Saturday, November 10: I completed my first cardio session since October 16. And I didn’t feel too bad. I also did a little weights afterwards: calves, biceps, and lower back.

Sunday, November 11: I walked 10.7 kilograms in the evening after a lazy day. That wouldn’t normally count as exercise, but since I had few weeks off, the walk counts.

Monday, November 12: Like last Monday, the plan is to go to the gym as early as possible and complete a full body workout. The early morning workout happened, and it was 23 minutes long. All body parts were exercised except for chest, shoulders, triceps, and traps. I had saved those for last and in the end decided I had had enough.

Tuesday, November 13: Another 23 minute treadmill session before work.

Friday, November 16: A longer morning weights session: legs, core, chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, and forearms.  Forty-three minutes in total. Then I walked about 12 kilometers throughout the afternoon. Also, I walked home from work on Wednesday and yesterday, so I’m gradually getting back to my normal active lifestyle.

Saturday, November 17: A short weights session involving lats, back, biceps, sides, and calves was followed by eleven treadmill minutes.

Wednesday, November 21: Alas, I didn’t make it to the gym on Monday and Tuesday, but I did on Wednesday morning for a 30-minute weights session: chest, shoulders, triceps, forearms, traps, calves, and core.

Thursday, November 22: No gym, but I did walk about 13 kilometers throughout the day and the chilly evening.

Saturday, November 24: Back in the gym for some weights (back, lats, lower back, sides, biceps, traps, forearms, thighs, hamstrings, and calves) and a quick cardio session.

Monday, November 26: A weights session after work: chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, forearms, calves, and core.

Thursday, November 29: About 18 minutes of cardio. My treadmill stopped twice. Once after 3:45 and again after 50 seconds. I think my headphone cable brushed the stop button. Anyway, it felt good to get another workout in. It’s been a hectic few days.

That was it for the month. A planned gym session on the last day of the month didn’t happen due to a work deadline that needed meeting.