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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last night was round two for boxing. I went into the gym at 5:45 fresh as a daisy and I left at 9:45 p.m. drenched in sweat.

My body was sore and when zumba started I quickly learned I could barely raise my arms over head. *CRINGE* I pushed through and finished zumba strong. It seems almost impossible to “hang out” at a gym without putting in some effort to be physically active and I have an hour to kill between classes. So last night I kept moving by hoping on the bike and riding for 15 minutes. Then I climbed my favorite, the elliptical and managed to knock out 20 minutes. I rested for a bit and had a snack, more water and then mixed up a batch of low calorie grape gatorade (my favorite).

Every move I made still came with a bit of discomfort but I couldn’t imagine skipping a workout due to some minor muscle fatigue so I pushed on. The class always starts with jumping rope - I’ll learn to love it and pushups. When we got to our first set of pushups I quickly learned why my arm pits and surrounding muscles hurt . . . pushups will do that to ya! We stretched it out after 15 minutes of alternating jumping & pushups. The instructor was later than usual but with the veterans there we moved on with kicks alternating with our partners. I was sucking wind by the end and my legs were jell-O. When the instructor showed up we thankfully moved onto the heavy bags - my favorite! First we did kicks and I’m the first to tell you they are tough. I kick like the girl I am. *GIGGLES* It is something I need to work on. That and flexibility so I can kick higher and faster. Now the punching is great. We did combinations and I threw hard and fast. The joy of hitting something because I can and I’m supposed to was invigorating. Our last drill was running and punching - in the cardio room - again, I was winded. He added in more pushups too. *GRIMACE* Floor work ends the class and he had us do some crazy leg lifts that nearly broke me in two and I giggled when he told us to do two sets of 30. Love ya but no, not gonna happen, YET. I pushed out two sets of 15 and nearly wept at the end.

I had energy to spare at the end of class and could still feel my legs when it was over. I didn’t even have the shakes or the feeling of passing out - progress on day two - gotta love it. I did call the Mr to come pick me up but I think this will be the last time I’ll do that unless he insists on picking me up due to the late hour.

When I got home I didn’t feel the need to run to the kitchen and eat. Which means the snack combo I had prior to class and the gatorade & water during class is a good combination. I did eat some protein though.

After a long hot shower I notice all my muscle fatigue and soreness was gone. It’s as if it never happened. I do know from research that DOMS can return and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

My newest passion ... Boxing! In this corner, KT.Nichols *BOB-AND-WEAVE*

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TRENTDREAMER 7/23/2011 9:28AM

    ive been thinnking of doing some form of ma or mma. with my extra minute this week, the possibilities are endless lol

"kick, punch, it's all in the mind" - chop chop master onion

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MAGGIENCALI 7/22/2011 10:13PM

    Very cool! What a great workout and stress reliever. I may have to look into it. emoticon emoticon

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KINSBAILE 7/22/2011 3:45PM

    That's awesome I am glad you found another fun thing to do!!!

What a great way to get off steam and get some good cardio in!

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ABB698 7/22/2011 4:40AM

    You are taking kicking butt to a whole new level KT~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SGRAY478 7/22/2011 2:32AM

    I just love your boxing blogs. They make me feel empowered just by reading them. I can only imagine how you feel!!!
And 4 hours in the gym - GO KT GO!!!

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Today my reality is ... DOMS

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a common result of physical activity that stresses the muscle tissue beyond what it is accustomed to. HA! I stressed my muscles on Monday night and I plan on doing it again tonight. Tomorrow night before or after zumba I'm going to sit in the sauna at the gym and see if I can help my muscles not feel so abused. Heck, I might do that for a few minutes tonight between zumba and boxing. I have another 3.5 hour session planned at the gym tonight.

It feels good to have muscles awake and alert again. What doesn't feel so good is the water retention but if I do this right my body will adjust and I'll be rewarded in the end. Until then, I won't even sneak a peak at my weight ... that would be self defeating and madness.

I already know I'm healthier and stronger.

What have you done lately to stress your muscles and move out of your comfort zone? Challenge yourself, I dare you!

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KWADHAMS 7/21/2011 1:50PM

    Unfortunately I haven't really been doing anything for awhile. It has been so hot and muggy. It'd driving insane that I can't go out and ride my bike, uuuuggggghhhh. It's suppose to get better this week hopefully, then I am going to hit it.

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SGRAY478 7/21/2011 9:13AM

    You take care of your body lady!! So proud of your marathon-ing gym sessions. Also way to take a non-scale victory for right now!! I started running again (after only doing kickboxing for 6 months, and then basically no cardio for the last 7 months!) so my legs are trying to get used to that. I did c25k on tuesday and today instead of running, I walked for an hour to make up for still sore legs!!

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ABB698 7/21/2011 3:30AM

    Well KT, you are kickin some butt, even if it is your own! I am so amazed at your determination and drive. Work it girlie, but hope the soreness goes away. Hope tonights session was a blast.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Monday night workout recap:
A 30 min. walk + 60 min. Zumba class + 9 min. on Elliptical + 15 min. bike ride + 12 min. jumping rope + 15 pushup + 60 min. Kickboxing/boxing + 30 sit-ups = a very sweaty, tired and hungry KT! Wednesday night I'll do it all over again.
Total calorie burn per SP calculator = 3,478 (My weekly goal for a calorie burn is 4,000 - think Ill make it? HA!)

Below is the description of the Boxing class.* What they leave out is that youll sweat like a maniac, want to cry like the little girl you are and become so determine to keep up / finish that youll loose track of time until your muscles completely fatigue and you start to shake. Then youll go home to eat like youve starved for a 100 years. SERIOUSLY!

*Learn how to defend yourself and learn MMA skills. In this class you will build strength, stamina, and endurance. You will learn the techniques of punching, kicking, and striking.
In this class you will also build core strength, abdominal strength, and you will become more flexible through stretching. With an amazing series of drills and routines you will achieve an intense, calorie-blasting, cardio vascular workout. Get an amazing workout and release stress!!!

My friend Yvonne met me at my office first thing yesterday morning. She wanted to show me a few of the techniques prior to class so Id have a few basics in my mind. I showed her the gear I had bought over the weekend, all was good but for one item which Ill return. She showed me how to determine the correct length for my jump rope so I could cut mine down to size before class.

Late in the day I pulled out my jump rope and after much fussing figured out how to cut the length. I left it a tad long at first because I didnt want to cut it short and then have to buy another one. (I took my tools with me to the gym and finished the snip job before class.) Full of all kinds of anticipation and anxiety I left work for the gym. First, Zumba class - easy-peasy. After that I had an hour to kill and initially thought Id *hangout* at the gym, have a snack and wait for boxing to start. Have you ever tried to hang out at a gym and do nothing? That didnt work for me. I did rest for a bit, drank water and had a protein bar but then I got all itchy to *do something* so I off I went for a light workout before boxing. Also, I didnt want my leg muscles to start to stiffen up prior to class starting.

Then it happens. Class begins! Alfredo, the instructor, comes from a different gym so is generally a few minutes late so a seasoned class member starts the class. Class begins with jump roping and pushup. REALLY!?! After 15 minutes later we are warm - Im hot and sucking wind. Alfredo came in while we were getting some water and taking a breather. I have to admit, he was a lot younger than I expect - maybe in his later 30's. He had a huge smile on his face and noted the newbies in class. Yvonne was gracious enough to introduce me to him right off - as well as the other students in class.

Side note: Ive attended A LOT of classes at my gym over the last six-ish years and I found this boxing class to be the most welcoming and warm. Most of the other classes, whether at my gym or at other facilities, can make you feel like an outsider. I dont like it one bit and try to be friendly to newer students so they keep coming back. Anyway, this group of people was very welcoming and kept checking in with me as the class progressed. Very sweet!

Back to class. After the warmup we spent sometime stretching and I can say that it felt sooooo good! I noted it was already close to 8:30 by this point and wondered if class would really be over at 9:05? We split into two groups - one group went to do heavy bag work and the other group did sparing. I was in the sparing group with Yvonne. Have you ever held boxing pads for someone so they can punch and kick? If not, Im here to tell you that they are not lightweight pads. If you think youll get a break because youre holding the pads that would be the wrong line of thinking. I was sweaty and fatigued keeping those bad boys up and ready for punches and kicks. And, the brain work - oh, the brain work! Keeping up with the sequence so neither you nor your partner gets hurt is mentally exhausting. Heavy bag work was equally tough and mentally challenging. The whole class was an attempt to master the physical and mental aspects of boxing.
Near the *end* (at this point I thought I was being help captive as I felt Id been there for 1,000 years) the entire class did foot work and punching. Much fun! My legs were on fire at this point though - did I mention its now 9:30! Yup, weve been at this for 90 minutes. After that we were told to grab our mats. What? More mat work? SERIOUSLY?! I looked at Yvonne and asked in desperation, is it almost over? Yup, 10 minutes of sit-ups and wed be finished. OH, OKAY, well if we are only going to do 10 minutes of sit-ups! *face/palm* I took a moment and sent a text to the Mr to let him know I had 10 minutes to go - he was seriously wondering what was going on at this point. Alfredo was so cute telling us what types of sit ups to do and saying, do 30, now 50, and so on. I just giggled and did what I could.

At 9:44 p.m. I poured myself into the car, the Mr was kind enough to pick me up so I didnt have to walk that long mile home. When I got home, I went straight to the kitchen. I drank 32 oz. of water, took a breath and then snatched the food I had prepared the night before and ate like Id been starved for 100 years. Cold chicken never tasted so good!

The hot shower that followed was a welcome end to that workout!

Will I go back? Hell to the yes! The class was beyond tough. It was brutal and I loved every minute of it. Im gonna nail those kicks and my jump roping skills will improve without fail.

Heres a snippet of an email that my friend Yvonne sent me after class ...
Bravo! Good work today! You kept up with the class - you are the only one I've invited, that could keep up with the class!!

I was a little achy when I went to bed last night but so far today I'm feeling good. My forearms are tender which is a direct result from holding the kicking pads. Some of my mid-back muscles are awake but nothing severe. There's lots of twisting and turning in boxing. All in all, I'm feeling fantastic!

Today is a rest day for me! My workout schedule has just changed again.
Zumba 4 days a week - 60 minutes / class
Boxing 2 days a week - 90 minutes / class
Tuesday and Friday's are rest days until I get used to this new routine.
I'll also keep bike riding, walking, running, swimming and elliptical when I can.
I'll add jump roping to one other day a week too.

Boxing is probably the hardest workout I've experienced to date. I loved it! The power and the passion.

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EJLACANNE 7/27/2011 3:00PM

    Just started the Boxing class at my gym too and I LOVED as well! Toughest workout I've ever had -- made me push harder than I ever have -- and will definitely become a regular for me...Great for getting out that stress, agression and it does challenge you!

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WILD22 7/20/2011 10:28PM

    WOW!! I could feel your passion in the way you discriptively wrote your blog. At times I almost felt like I was there watching you. I love that about you. Your positive outlook on life surely is contagious. Thanks again for sharing. I do look forward to reading them.

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JENJESS48 7/20/2011 3:42PM

    I kickboxed in college and really liked it. So glad you're enjoying it!

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SGRAY478 7/19/2011 4:28PM

    Holy Cow Lady!! Fitness goddess up in here!!!

Congrats on finishing! Funny how those little snip-its of what class is supposed to be always sound so tame compared to the brutal kicking and non-stop heart pumping action!! I am a huge fan of kickboxing (although my experience learns toward the cardio kickboxing - body combat was my favorite!) and it is such a great total body workout. And I concur that they are, in my opinon, the friendliest of them all!

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ENDUROVET 7/19/2011 2:37PM

    Sounds wonderful! Great job!!!

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Yeah, thats right Im in - all in!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My latest urine tests results are in. Im clean. HA! Just joking. Doc has had me take tests after starting me on a new supplement program and today I got back results from the 3rd test. My serotonin and dopamine levels have regulated and stabilized. The lab suggested more severe tweaks with the supplements and then to test again in a week. Doc was not impressed with that recommendation and advised against further urine tests. YES! The tests and supplements arent cheap so I was happy to be done with the tests.

We are going to tweak the supplement intake ever so slightly though. Im in tune with my body enough that I can tell when things work and dont work within a matter of days so we are going to rely on my body vs. science.

Things to watch for:

Energy levels
I used to sleep 10 - 12 hours a day and then cry in the afternoons due to the fatigue being so bad. I now sleep 8 hours a day and can fully function throughout the day without the aid of a nap, caffeine or other wake me ups.

Sleep Quality
Even though I was sleeping up to 10 - 12 hours a day I would wake up at the drop of hat or if I heard an ant walk across the carpet. Interrupted sleeps sucks. I now sleep soundly and rarely wake up unless the little fur ball needs something or I have to pee.

Although I could stay within my calorie range daily, it proved difficult. My body was always craving something. Sure part of that was a sugar, soda and carb addiction but mostly it was my inner bits and brain chemistry being messed up. Ive cut soda out, sugars are less and less daily and I try not to carb load - my body loves its protein. Between a diet adjustment and the supplements my appetite has diminished. Often I have to remind myself to eat or if Im having a craving, I sit all quietly within myself to ask, are you mentally hungry or physically hungry? A lot of times its mental and Im training myself to leave it alone when mental hunger comes along.

Weight loss
Doc recommends a 2 to 4 pound loss a month. Yes, you read that right - 2 to 4 pound loss a month. Any faster than that and the body can turn on ya. Id like to be at the 4-pound weight loss for the month. My weight stalled out in 2007 and Ive been in hovering in the 230/240's since then. It sucks! That being said - Ive seen the dark side of 325 too.

If any of these things change, Ill know that our tweaks took me in the wrong direction and we adjust again.

My boss knows most of whats going on and has been around long enough to see me at 325 and now at 234. Hes witnessed the tears of desperation when my fatigue was so bad I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up. Hes witnessed the tears of desperation when my weight loss stalled and I had no idea why. Hes witnessed the good. The bad. The ugly. When I need support, hes there and when I need tough love hes there. Today I told him I was finish with testing. He asked what that meant so I explained. He then asked what was my goal weight. I smiled and said I have about 68.5 pounds to go. At which point a perplexing look came over his face because he couldnt imagine me going down that much more. I smiled. As he tilted his head ever so slightly he asked, what do you weigh today? *INTERNAL GASP* I smiled and proudly said, 234. Yeah, Im all about full disclosure when Im with people who support me. He stood silently for a moment and then told me he never would have guessed I weighed that amount, he would have thought much less.

In other news . . .

I have decided I will attend the kick boxing / boxing class at the gym. The Mr and I talked about it. I emailed my friend Yvonne who responded to answer all my open-ended questions. I already know class is going to be tough. Tougher than running. Tougher than Step and Zumba. I do love a challenge.

Heres my reply to Yvonne today - Yup, class looks overwhelming and scary. Yet, I like a challenge and I hate being strangled by fear. That being said Im in!

Yeah, thats right Im in - all in!

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ENDUROVET 7/16/2011 12:07PM

    How's that old John Wayne quote go?

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway"

I'm so proud of you honey.

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ABB698 7/15/2011 2:06AM

    You're IN and ready to win! Cuz that's how KT rolls! emoticon
That's awesome you have that relationship with your boss. Have a Fab Friday, can't wait to hear all about the boxing class Monday! emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 7/14/2011 8:24PM

    kickboxing is INTENSE. my experience: you start and you love the challenge of the class; half-way through you are tired and are like whoa, this sucks; the end FINALLY comes. and next week YOU GO RIGHT BACK TO CLASS BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH YOU HATED IT YOU DID IT AND YOU CAN KEEP DOING IT! you GOT this! you can fight through this challenge :)

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When the universe eavesdrops be ready ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last night I spoke to a guy named Joe at my gym. I initially thought he was the boxing instructor, he is not. I learned he is a boxer and is willing to meet with me on Saturday morning 30 minutes prior to Zumba class to go over the basics. I agreed.

When I came to work today I received an email from a woman I'm friendly with at the gym about boxing. She had overheard my conversation with Joe and asked if she could persuade me to attend the gyms boxing class with her on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 8:05 till 9:30.

The universe was clearly eavesdropping last night. *GIGGLES*

It has taken me 7 hours to reply to Yvonne's e-mail. The fear of the unknown really took hold of me and was suffocating. I was full of questions. Anxiety. Fear. Excitement. I even came up with many excuses to say, thank you but no to Yvonne. In the end, I reply with a reserved yes. Yes, I'll give it a try. *DEEP BREATH*

Sure, I'll be the new kid on the block tomorrow night and I can handle that. I can handle the challenge of the workout too. My challenge will be to not let the fear win. The fear of the unknown. The fear of being in a class that is dominated by men. The fear of being in a class with women who are rock hard. The fear of doing it wrong. The fear of sucking wind or falling down. Ya, it's all there and I'm carrying it around with me today. It's heavy baggage, that exhausts me so I'm putting it down now and moving forward. YES, I will attend the class!

IF I can concur this fear my whole workout schedule will change again. I'm okay with that.

WHEN I can concur this fear I will dominate!

UPDATE SINCE POSTING: The boxing/kick boxing class has been cancelled for tomorrow night. Looks like I'll be starting on Monday, if all goes well.

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WILD22 7/14/2011 11:40AM

    knock'em dead! hehe

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ABB698 7/13/2011 8:18PM

    Awesome! I know you will show them the strong, amazing woman you are! Have fun!

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/12/2011 9:56PM

    Of all the challenges we face, I somehow think conquering the fear is by far the most significant. Don't you think the weight has been a means of avoiding scary things? I am SO proud of you for facing it all head on!! You are a warrior, woman!!!

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SGRAY478 7/12/2011 7:37PM

    Good Luck!! I absolutely LOVE boxing (although kickboxing is more my thing!)
Have fun with it!!


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