Posted September 2nd, 2008 by justBcoz in Gym []
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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*

  1. Dad says:

    Mooi gedoen Poppie!!!

  2. SheBee says:


    I wish that I could get down to your current size, babe – you are gorgeous. But whatever makes *you* feel good is what counts, so go for it, I’ll be over here in the corner waving my pom-poms.

  3. justB[coz] says:

    @Dad … Thanks. Ja, wasn’t so “mooi” though :-(

    @SheBee … And what would I do without your pom-poms hey?
    Don’t forget that I’m really tiny – I only *just* hit the 5ft3″ mark :-)

  4. Glugster says:

    There you go again. Almost convincing me to start excercising again. Hahahaha.

  5. justB[coz] says:

    @Glugster … I’ll convert you yet my good man muuuhahaha!!

  6. Sir G says:

    First gym session = shock. Lost more weight than I thought. Its going to be HARD work to get to my target. Going to have to train and eat superbly…

    But I’ll get there :)

  7. justB[coz] says:

    @Sir G … really? How much have you lost?

  8. Sir G says:

    Eeek… 5kg…

    Im still quite strong though, and I’ll pick it up very quickly if im eating properly…but it is alot.

    Will have to pick up about 8kg and lose 3 in fat. So that means i’ll have about 9 weeks to pick up the weight, and 3 weeks to get ripped.

    Its very reachable because I always pick up weight ive lost very quickly – but its going to need max dedication. Im game though. Come 1st of Dec will be viking man :)

  9. justB[coz] says:

    @Sir G … “Eeek?” … need to change that exclamation before Viking Man can emerge methinks :D

  10. Sir G says:

    I meant Raarrrrrr!!!!

  11. MsBehavn says:

    I might just have to post a pic of my legs to disprove your theory about woman cyclists LOL

    The only thing that really works to burn fat is interval training and I defintely agree with you on the weights thing if you want to tone. Bring on the yellow bikini!!! :P

  12. justB[coz] says:

    @MsBehavn … HaHaHa … DO IT!! Let’s see them legs :D

  13. StevenMcD says:

    @justbcoz and @SirG – have you guys registered on ?

    I registered a while back and I’m getting started on this Body for Life program now

  14. justB[coz] says:

    @StevenMcD … noooo – will have a looksee, thanks!

    Body for Life is THE BOMB man!!!

    I’m a BFL veteran :D I’ve done 3 challenges and I now base my nutrition and training on the BFL principles. Best thing ever, seriously. You wont be sorry!

  15. StevenMcD says:

    awesome! Let me know if you guys register, will be cool to have some “motivators” on the website!

  16. Mark says:

    I am proud of you. I also read what you said about portions and late-night eating…we have that in common and I’ll work on that along with you. Nothing to blush about, you’re already hot and just showing your mental strength. Go baby go

  17. justB[coz] says:

    @StevenMcD … sure thang! Some extra motivation is never a bad idea :-)

    @Mark … Wow, thank you :D And this coming from the NYC Marathon Man!!

    *finds an extra spurt of determination right there and then*

  18. Mark says:

    You need to change No. 17 on your About Me biography. You should replace it with “I can do anything.” Here is your reminder to chug a water bottle. Water makes your stomach think it is satiated. I hope you don’t mind the tip since you educated me on Burmese and besides you are fun to think about. BTW would you please stop hurling hurricanes across the Atlantic at us? hahaha

  19. Chris M says:

    “Lawdluvvaduck” – Classic, had such a good laugh when I read that, lol!

  20. justB[coz] says:

    @Chris … my gran used to say that a lot. I’ve actually inherited quite a few of her sayings I think :-)