Friday, January 30, 2009

Adding on to the program

This morning I weighed in and was down another 0.7 pounds, taking me to 271.3. Overall a pretty weak week, but that's okay, I'm not stressed. We're taking the turtle route here, and sometimes it's slow-going. I've had four good lunches this week, hit the gym five times, and I'm seeing changes in the mirror. All good things.

Some eight years ago or more I left my old college town and came down to the Twin Cities, for various reasons. At the time I had a bit of chub on me, but nothing serious. I was searching for ways to improve myself then, and one of them was martial arts. I took taekwondo lessons 3-5 times a week for a couple years straight, losing a bunch of my chub and becoming quite agile in the process. Unfortunately some time after, things started going south for me and I stopped attending regularly. Once I dropped out of the sparring I wasn't losing anymore. In fact, after a few years the economy of movement my body had developed meant that throwing high kicks wasn't the full-body workout it once was. That, coupled with a serious change for the worse in my diet saw me start to put a few pounds back on. And once I officially stopped going? Yikes.

Tonight I'm headed over to my old taekwondo school. I'm going to sit in on a class and refresh myself with what it's all about. I'm planning on adding it 2-3 times a week to start, and will progressively add to it from there once my weight is down and my kicks are quicker. I miss the competitive spirit, and the trust and camaraderie that comes from taking and giving kicks to someone's face. :)

It's a bit of an emotional hurdle as I haven't been there in four years. I feel like I've let them down and let myself down by leaving and letting go. Logically I know that I'll be welcomed back, but still, sometimes it feels a little weird in my head...

6 comments:

Linda said...

Good for you. It'll kick your butt at first but before you know it you'll be a lean mean kicking machine!

dirtgrl said...

Have fun!! I bet they'll TOTALLY love having you back!

Lyn said...

Going back is a good thing! You'll probably be so happy you did :)

Ron said...

Congrats on a good week and good for you for going back to your class!

Carrie said...

Awesome! I miss my old karate dojo so much...

Hanlie said...

That's the martial art I would like to do! Some of my colleagues at my previous job were doing it and they were always bruised and limping, but they loved it! I'll wait till I'm fitter though...

As for going back, I had the same fear after being away from the gym (and my Pilates class) for 10 months. But no alarms or flashing lights went off when I slunk back in and it made me realize that I should have gone back a long time ago! We live these whole alternative lives in our heads, and they're all lies!

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