In early January I was really excited about doing the challenge with everyone. I'm in quite good nick anyway but wanted to improve, that elusive 6 pack was my goal.
Well it wasn't to be. I did the first month ok, building on my gym routine and started running as it isn't cycling season here in Istanbul and got on with the crunches and pushups. It was all short lived. Within a few weeks a killer flu went through Istanbul and ... decimated my class numbers, 50% of my kids went off sick for 3 weeks, it was like tag team WWF or whatever that show is, where everyone takes turns in inflicting gross amounts of pain on each other ... anyway, as one kid returned another would be off sick. I went down and my assistant as well. It lasted for 3 weeks. I managed a little gym, a little running with my dog but not much and well the challenge, which should have been the easiest to maintain, didn't get a look in.
I just managed to recover in time for a skiing holiday and get back into it when ... I had a lovely night with a fb in the local village who passed on a bug that he'd enjoyed that previous weekend. He'd told me he was really sick, really tired but ok again. 2 days later I went down, not on him, no, I went down and felt like down and out. I couldn't eat for 3 days. Today was the first time I'd eaten and ... I had a bowl of rice with stuff in it and a bowl of sweet and sour chicken... it was equal to what I'd eaten for the whole week. My stomach is still complaining... but it's all still in there :) Bad tummies are not nice.
So I am going to start again with this challenge. Fortunately I haven't lost any muscle mass, so they tell me, maybe a little dehydrated... and not from over doing it from sex unfortunately, just this weeks illness. I think I have gone below ideal weight. I am normally floating between 84 - 85 kg but feel I am 82- 83 at the moment. A little light, seeing as I am 6'2" and less than 10% body fat.
The challenge will give me the shoulders I want, the abs I want... and the attention I want... here goes try number 3