Cardio and cupcakes

Cardio and cupcakes

^^^ I’m sure there is probably a blog out there with that title.

The weights in my periodisation cycle are finally feeling heavy! That probably sounds like a bad thing, but it means I’m no longer so worried about working at a low percentage and losing strength. Two more weeks and then it’s max testing time!

Monday – Squats
Back squats: 20kg x 10, 10, 40kg x 5, 60kg x 5, 75kg x 3 x 8
Inverted rows: 8 x 4
Straight leg deadlifts: 40kg x 10 x 4
Seal rows: 9kg dumbbells x 8 x 4

I had one of the worst migraines I’ve had all year and thought it would still be a good idea to train – not one of my finest moments. I had to lie on the floor a few times as I thought I was going to vomit, and I actually cried walking home because my head hurt so much. I had four headaches in seven days, largely caused by the pill. I have officially stopped taking it, but more on that in a later post.

I luckily had dinner waiting for me at home so I could go to bed early: fish, cous cous, and fried eggplant and baby marrow.


Tuesday – Pressing
Log press: 30kg x 8, 35kg x 5, 40kg x 3, 41.5kg x 3 x 8
Z press: 25kg x 8, 8, 30kg x 5, 5
Dumbbell lat raise: 7kg x 15 x 3
Narrow grip bench press: 20kg x 15, 30kg x 10 x 3
Overhead dumbbell extension: 14kg x 15 x 3
Rotator cuff work

My shoulder has finally stopped hurting! I love my midday workouts on Tuesdays. It’s so peaceful in the gym and eating lunch at home is always nicer. The joys of working from home.


Tuesday night I went and saw The Babadook. Despite some glowing reviews I read in advance, it was terrible to the point of being hilarious. Thankfully, the great company made up for it.

Wednesday – HIIT circuit
I did a 15 minute workout in my living room consisting of burpees, jump squats, mountain climbers, pop squats and skater lunges. Apart from that, I sat on my arse for the entire day. It was marvellous.

Thursday – Deadlifts
Deadlifts: 50kg x 8, 70kg x 5, 90kg x 5, 101.5kg x 2 x 8
Pendlay rows: 50kg x 10, 55kg x 8 x 3
Inverse band rows: 25kg x 15 x 4
Superset with band low rows: 10 x 4
Side lunges: 15kg x 5 x 3

I was in a bit of an emotional state on Thursday (what’s new?!) because of an idiotic twat at my gym, but I channeled that anger into my deadlifts. I would have much rather beaten the crap out of a punching bag, but that wasn’t quite written in my program.


Em and I went for Nandos afterwards, mainly so we could try the sweet potato wedges with yoghurt and coriander dressing. They were SO good.


On Friday night, I went out for steak and drinks with some friends. Going out on Halloween is a terrible idea. Most bars were dead – I’m guessing a lot of people stay home because, like me, they don’t want to dress up.

My scary costume ;)

My scary costume 😉

On Saturday, I watched the Blackheath fireworks on a rooftop with my special someone. It’s Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night on Wednesday, so London is overrun by fireworks all week. I didn’t take any pictures. #bloggerfail

Sunday – Pressing
Bench press: 20kg x 12, 30kg x 5, 35kg x 5, 40kg x 3 x 8
Push press: 20kg x 10, 30kg x 8, 35kg x 5, 37.5kg x 5 x 3
Band-assisted dips: 6 x 4
20 minutes of tabatas
Kneeling cable crunches: 60kg x 15 x 4
High to low cable woodchop: 15kg x 15 x 3

I strained my pec/shoulder at dancing on Saturday (we all did – the routine was a little aggressive!) so was a bit worried about pressing, but all was fine. I again felt inspired to do cardio (I’m not sure what the heck is wrong with me lately!) so I repeated the tabata workout I did last week. Holy hell.

I’m loving lazy Sundays at the moment, especially as it’s getting colder. I didn’t get out of bed until 11. Apart from my workout, my day/night was spent on the couch eating, watching Pulp Fiction and cuddling. It was perfect!

More delicious cupcakes!

The weekend ended on a sweet note with more delicious cupcakes!

Have you ever tried to work out with a migraine? Did you dress up for Halloween?

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