I finished my 1st 10 week challenge with Max Fitness. I lost 7 pounds. I’m pretty proud. Hopefully I can keep it up! I want to fit into an A2 gi by the end of summer. I’ve been getting to training (karate and bjj) pretty regularly, in addition to my morning max fitness class.
I had a epiphany the other day–I was trying to figure out why I have managed to stick with the fitness class, when in the past I have been very unsuccessful at staying at fitness classes–I stay at karate and bjj because I feel like I am learning a skill (well, gosh, cause I am) and that keeps my interest. But then I realized–I have known for some time that I needed to increase my workout to get in better shape for both my karate and bjj. But I did not have the inner motivation to work out in my house. My new fitness class gives me that motivation. And this is the actual epiphany--I am sticking with the fitness class because I know it will increase my ability in my karate and bjj classes–and I have definitely seen an improvement in my strength and cardio since I started my fitness class…positive reinforcement, people!
This really hit home for me….I’m an introvert by nature! We are good people…we just need recharging time!
Caring for Your Introvert – Jonathan Rauch – The Atlantic.
Check it out–the IOC is considering removing wrestling from the Olympics–this is a recommendation, not a final decision–but still….
Talking points about the sport of wrestling and the Olympics from USA Wrestling | TheMat.com – USA Wrestling.
Since I live by myself, I decided that I would spend the recent snowstorm that hit the northeast with my best friend and her family…what could be better then at least one whole day of playing with my 2 1/2 year old niece?
Oh, but…there were pancakes and bacon and CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES and ICE CREAM…and coffee with real cream and sugar…
Needless to say, I didn’t eat well this weekend.
I did however, spend a whole weekend with my niece, Madelyn, who is super duper amazing. We jumped, and played pretend, and played with her train set, and danced, and went snow sledding.
I did also get some functional fitness in, shoveling out my car, so I can feel kinda happy about that…
I have already accepted I may pay the consequences of my over-indulgence this week, so I am tenitively hoping for just not gaining any weight. I hope that if I am good the rest of the week, it will even out. Probably not, I’m sure those chocolate chip cookies have glued themselves to my thighs, but…they were good
I can’t wait for next week. My school (I am a teacher) has a winter break, and we get the whole week off. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!
This week felt pretty good training wise, particularly BJJ. The last couple of weeks I personally have felt a little out of it because I was not at class for so long, and I think everyone was still recovering from the holidays cause attendance was low. But this week seemed to solve both of these things. I didn’t feel completely BJJ-lacking, and many of our regular classmates (and some new ones, yay!) were in class. Next weekend is the end of this “cycle” so we are having a stripe test. I originally figured I wasn’t going to be ready, but after class on Thursday I feel a little more confident. I’ll make my final decision after next Thursday’s class…but I’m probably going to go. I also feel more confident about competing in March…again, I didn’t think I would be up to it, but I now realize I have a whole month to train and get ready..so..why not?
I am happy to report that my scale reports I have lost 4.5 lbs, and I am pretty dang excited about that…I’ve been sticking to my nutrition plan for 4 weeks, and approx a pound a week is a nice average. yay! I wish I could stick to my nutrition plan better over the weekend, I probably would see some better results, but I start my Saturdays really early and end them really late, and even when I bring food with me, I end up still being hungry-ish. Oh well. I will do the best I can, and make sure to be super on task during the week, and not go crazy over the weekend.
This week felt great training-wise. I went to my fitness class Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. I missed Wed. because of last minute baby sitting (more on that in a bit) and I trained karate on Monday and Thursday, AND got to BJJ on Thursday. On Tuesday, which is our “arms day” at fitness, I went up to 10 lb and 8 lb free weights from 5 lb and 8 lb freeweights yay (lower weight for shoulders)
**Random side note, why do we have such an odd weight measurement system…and why do we use the abbreviation lb for the word pound? grr***
Nutrition on the other hand..my very good friend asked me if I could babysit her daughter, Madelyn, who is my “niece by choice”… but it was unexpected, and as a result, didn’t pack my food for the next day (since I usually sleep over their house when I babysit and leave straight from there for work)–also why I missed fitness on Wednesday.
So, Thursday night–Wednesday afternoon I did not eat nutritionally very well, although I tried very hard to eat correct serving sizes….and as I write this I am at my mother’s house, and here there is no eating healthy. Yummy, yes. Healthy, no…
But tomorrow is a new day, and a chance to go for A+ for both next week!
My scale says I lost 3 pounds. I am maybe excited. If next Friday when I weigh myself again, I still have lost 3 pounds, I will officially be excited. I hope this is a sign that the strict food consumption and exercise is paying off. But, even if not, I oddly enjoy waking up at 4:30 am to go to a 5 am class every morning M-F. Who knew? Although, I look forward to summer, when I can get up, go to class, come home, take a shower and GO BACK TO BED. :D
I am slowly getting back into the swing of my training, last week I made it to karate twice, although I skipped BJJ–mainly cause I fell asleep after work and didn’t have anything prepared for Friday–not clothes, nor food, so…sadly, BJJ lost out. Hopefully this week I will make karate on Mon. and Thurs. and BJJ on Thurs. This is my goal.
My hopefully additional goal for the week is to get the pile of clean clothes that is currently living on my bed folded and put away so I can sleep on my bed…hmmm…I don’t know how lucky I will be with that one…I hate folding clothes!!! LOL!