I (we) all knew that this challenge was not going to be easy. Last week around Tues PM and Wed AM, I found to be difficult, just lacking a little motivation and drive. Now (Mon PM, Tues AM) it's becoming more of a challenge. We (James & I) worked hard last Fri, I did the 1000 Steps twice on Sat, and Charlie pushed me on the treadmill on Sun. Camilla & I then went straight into a Body Balance class. I had Sun PM, and Mon AM off, but knew that Mon PM was going to be a challenge mentally. From a physical perspective, whilst the muscles don't necessarily hurt each morning, it does not take too long for fatigue to settle in when I start to exercise. Even when I walk to the Gym (it's only 500m away - yippee!) by the time I get there the muscles are reminding me 'Hey, we had a serious workout only 12 / 24 / 36 hours ago'. Getting up this morning for the HIIT session after a double (Weightlifting and Boxing) on Mon evening was difficult, very difficult. I went as I don't want to let myself down, nor Camilla, nor the rest of the team. But that still doesn't make it easier.
I expect losing weight over an 8 week period to be the easy part, the difficult part is keeping it off. The program put together by Charlie and James has focus on just that. I need to change the way I approach exercise and food. I am an addict. I'm addicted to SUGAR. The eating program has virtually no carbs in it at all (actually more then the initial phase of the Atkins diet), and I'm putting the mental challenges down to the body fighting back and saying 'I want carbs', well sorry body, but it aint happening. The sooner we get this understood the sooner we can move forward together. In the mean time I need to not give up, keep to the eating regime and follow the program put together by Charlie and James. I some respects I have the easy part, I don't have to think too much, they have done all that for me. On the other hand, it's me and only me that can actually lose the weight, no one but me can do that.
"Even the darkest night will end and the Sun will rise" - Les Miserables (where else!)