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Still Kickin!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

When I embarked on my martial arts journey just over a year ago, I honestly did not think I would last this long, let alone make any progress. I thought for sure that I had "let myself go" to far down in the wrong direction to be able to fix it on my own. The last time I had stepped on a scale before training in martial arts I was at 270 lbs. I outrightly refused to step on a scale after seeing that number. And so began my martial arts journey....

I have to admit, it is my commitment to my art that keeps me going. I know there is a lot of discussion within the martial arts community about the importance and significance of belt-rank, and for me, it is very important. It is a symbol of how far I have come......and a measurement of how far I still need to go.

You see, I used to be one of the most lazy people you could have ever met. It showed in everything around me, not just my weight. It showed in the way I kept house, it showed in the way I took care of my car, it showed in my job, it just showed everywhere. So, the belt I now tie around my waist reminds me that I am not that lazy-bones person anymore. It reminds me of what has brought me thus far, the motivation that is achieved through my training.

When I first started this journey, my goal was not only weight loss, but also fitness. I have achieved a level of fitness that I have not had in 13 years. Am I there yet? Heck no! Not even close! But my fitness is vastly improved. I have only lost 41 pounds since beginning my martial arts journey, but my fitness levels have greatly improved. I can complete an entire cardio kickboxing class without needing my inhaler...I can run on the treadmill for 5 minutes straight without stopping (which for me with 2 bad knees and asthma is a big feat)...I can do push-ups and sit-ups with ease....I have to do at least 20 push-ups (NO, not the "girlie" onese either!) just to break a sweat, and I have to do over 50 sit-ups/crunches to feel any iota of a burn!

Are these huge feats? For you, maybe not, but for me, they are huge! My weight training has also been stepped up a few notches on different machines. I have went to the gym with a couple of different people and while they were ready to quit, I was still going strong. I do apologize if that sounds like I am bragging, but I really am not, I am proud of myself though for doing things that I never imagined in a thousand years that I would be able to do. Bottom line is that I have not quit yet, nor do I intend to quit any time soon....I am still kickin!
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