Rediscovery of the importance of having a goal

About a year and a half ago, I started on a journey to loose weight.  I made a goal with my karate instructor that my next belt would be one size smaller.  It worked.  I lost 10 pounds, got a new belt, it is a size smaller and the world was great.  Since then, I have not been successful in loosing any additional weight.  I know that part of the reason is because I have gotten stronger, and so when there is an easier option, my lazy self does the easier option.  In a way, it was a lot easier when EVERYTHING was hard.

So, I decided to make my next tourney a goal.  It’s the first tourney I’m going to do as a blue belt, so I kind of feel a little more pressure to perform well.  During karate class, we usually end with a 5-10  minute workout of varying types…usually some combo of situps, pushups, squats, burpees, etc.  So I imagined that I was on the mat during competition, and every time I felt like pausing, I thought “if I were competing right now, if I stopped I would get choked out.  I would keep pushing.”. And that prevented me from “letting” myself take a break.  Did I have to slow down? Yes.  Did I stop? No!  Did I push myself harder then I have been?  Yes!

Note to self for the future- HAVE A GOAL!


My New Shiny Blue Belt–12/3/11

So, this is a little bit of old news, but I am giddy to announce that I got my blue belt! yaaaaaay!!!!!

The best part of it is that I didn’t even mean to get it…I went in that morning to help my friend Lisa who was nervous about testing for her stripe, and when our instructor got there, he asked me if I was testing…and I said, “no.” He asked me how I was feeling and I was like, “good..” (and thinking he’d lost his mind)…and then he said, well, get your gi on, you’re testing! and so, this is the amazing story of how I got my blue belt. It was totally unexpected. Makes it that much more sweet, I think!

ta da! brand new blue belt, yay!

Here is the group of us that tested that day:

Lisa and I went out for an afternoon celebratory drink afterwards:

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