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My first day of cardio training and sheesh, it wasn’t pretty. Lawdluvvaduck, I am so unfit and soooo thankful there weren’t any witnesses there!!

I spent only 20 minutes on my Health Walker this morning and just about DIED!! My poor little legs 🙁 And after that short time I had managed to sweat so much, I had to mop up the machine AND the floor. Yes, I sweat – I do *not* perspire or “glow” …

You’re probably thinking: “Huh? A HEALTH WALKER?”

Yip, when I’m training at home, I use a Health Walker and that may seem pretty un-hardcore to you, but I like the fact that there’s no impact on my joints, and it works! The trick is to include about 4-5 intensity intervals. By that I mean that every 5 minutes or so, you go FLAT OUT! It’s called a wind sprint and you push, push, push till you literally think you cannot do another second. Then you drop back to a walk and build up the intensity with each passing minute till you reach wind sprint intensity again.

You can follow the same strategy with a skipping rope, a treadmill, a run on the road, an elliptical machine or a bicycle. I’m wary of cycling though – I’ve never seen a female cyclist with beautiful legs!

And then I took my measurements. It’s important to do this so that I know where I’m starting from. I’m going to take weekly measurements and track my progress. I can’t rely on just my scale to give me an accurate indication of fat loss or muscle tone – in fact, I know my weight may even increase for the first few weeks! That could be *really* disheartening if I don’t also measure up against a tape measure because that’s where the first signs of change will show up.

Yikes! I can’t believe I’m actually going to share this with you all but anyhoooo, here goes:

  • Weight:  58.2kg (goal: 54kg)
  • Chest: 90cm (this will probably go up a bit)
  • Waist: 71cm (sies! Want to get that back down to 64cm)
  • Hips: 93cm (I’ll be happy with around 88cm I think)
  • Upper arm: 26cm (that’s ok, but 25cm would be better)
  • Thigh: 52cm (where’s the jumbo? I could kick start it for you!)
  • Calf: 34cm (hmmm, 32cm is my target here)
  • Body Fat: 25% (that’s my educated guess, hoping to drop to 21%)

ERK. There it is.

*blushes with a wee bit of embarrassment*