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There’s no looking *pretty* in boxing!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Boxing. One of the hardest things I’ve done to date! Last night was no exception let me tell ya.

I finished with my 60-minute zumba class all sweaty and happy. Determined to run last night I headed for the treadmill and did just that. My adrenaline was up enough and my muscles were warm so I hit start and off I went. I jogged at a speed of 4.1 to 4.3 for .6 miles. I was shooting for a mile but I’m happy with this start - I’ve not jogged since my last 5K in April. I finished with the treadmill when I reached 1.25 miles. Again, I was sweaty and feeling good. Next I climbed the elliptical for a ride. I could have gone a bit longer but my mind was on a call I needed to make so I stopped, made the call and ate a snack and drank water.

Here I am after my first 2 hours of working out:



After a 15 minute break boxing started at 8:05 p.m. First, jumping rope for 12 minutes and 20 pushups. Now that will get your blood pumping for sure! Thirty seconds of jumping rope feels like five minutes. *BRUTAL* I alternated my pushups between knees down to full pushups. *JELL-O ARMS*

Next we padded up, which means we strapped the heavy pads to our forearms so that we could alternate kicking with our partner. You start with one kick to each side of the body (pads), then your partner goes, then you move onto two kicks each side and then to three kicks each side. Ya, we did that for twenty minutes alternating between different kick combinations. I was sucking wind and praying to the boxing gods to make it stop. Then it did and I drank and drank my water and Gatorade. Another group was still doing their kicks and I heard one of the veterans ask, “seriously, we have to keep going?” The instructors dry response was, “Yes. You have four minutes left - kick.” He then turned to me and said, “get your gloves on and go the heavy bag.” I did as I was told thinking this had to be better than the kicking tonight. HA!

The heavy bag, generally my favorite fought back hard but I won! We did punching combinations first. My partner Yvonne looked at me after the first round and said, “I know you can punch harder than that.” I smiled. I was thinking - Yes, Yes, I can when my arms aren’t like jell-O and my stomach isn’t tossing around like a pair of shoes in an empty drier. Mentally it was a line in the sand, there after I landed each punch with force and determination all the while fighting back waves of nausea. Round after round of punches kept coming and then different sequences made us start all over again. If not for Yvonne I’d never keep track of our sets - I do well just to count out the reps. Break time came which means get a drink of water and hurry our butts back to the heavy bag area. At this break I confessed my nausea to Yvonne who then confessed to having it too. By this time it’s 9:25 and I’m sweat from head to toe and panting hard. There’s no looking *pretty* in boxing! *GIGGLES* Returning to the heavy bag we were told to do kicks this time. I threw my first kick and did a switch out with my feet and my calves cramped so hard I almost went down. What fresh new hell was this? I finished out that set and held the bag for Yvonne who kicks like a powerhouse - she’s boxed since 1998. I stretched my calves when I could and kept on going. I confessed to Alfredo, the instructor, that my calves were seizing up and he said if I couldn’t finish to hold the bag and let Yvonne get her kicks in. Hell to the no - I don’t quit. Another line in the sand. I finished my sets!

At 9:40 we finished and grabbed our mats. Drop and give me three sets of 30 alternating sit ups. Oh, OKAY, funny man! I did three sets of 20.

One of the veterans - Miguel voiced his concern about my calves before I left and told me to take care. It was very sweet. I so enjoy him.

I opted to walk home last night instead of having the Mr come carry me home it the car. I figured it would be a good cool down and I was right. Yvonne walked with me and we chatted all the way. She told me how proud of me she was and that I am doing such a good job and hopes I’ll keep coming back. I confirmed I would. She then confessed that she has invited others to join her class but NONE of them finished one workout. She said two men walked out during class - one is a body builder and the other is a boxer himself. I just stared at her. Secretly I can’t wait to be conditioned enough to not pant and suck wind in class. Yvonne told me in the end to give it three months and it would seem like a breeze. Three months huh? Okay, I can do that.

Once home I could feel my calves tense and relax at will and I sat very still. The Mr was a bit concerned about me but I assured him I was okay. It seems working out for close to four hours does not make me hungry but in fact suppresses my appetite. I had a snack and drank loads more water before heading for a nice long, very hot shower. Admittedly, I took two Tylenol before going to bed later and prayed to the heavens that my legs wouldn’t seize up in the night.

SP fitness says I burned 2,622 calories last night but I bet it was actually more.

Today I feel fantastic and will later head off to Zumba.

  
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KINSBAILE 8/4/2011 11:28AM

    I think you look pretty!

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MUSCLEADDICT32 8/2/2011 6:22PM

    emoticon WOW!!! WTG!!!

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ABB698 7/30/2011 1:43AM

    OMG! I was impressed at Zumba and the treadmill then you went and added all that boxing, WOW!!! *MY* legs hurt just reading that, you are amazing girlie! I am so proud of you for showing them that not all Yvonne's friends are wimps... emoticon
Have a fab weekend!!

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MICRAELIE 7/28/2011 7:56PM

    You are a machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am exhausted just reading about your workouts. Wow . . . I am speechless. Incredible. Please tell me you worked up to this level and it hasn't always been this way, otherwise I may throw up, too. emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/28/2011 7:02PM

    I know what I have to say is not very profound, but all I can say is, "O M G". OMG. (You blow my mind with your dedication and stamina). OMG. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Feeling like a warrior

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I get to go to the gym tonight and workout pain free. My foot is much better after taking a break last night from pounding on it. The Mr and I went for a 3.5 mile bike ride around town instead of going to the gym. FUN TIMES!

Tonight is a marathon session at the gym and I'm ready. My Gym schedule will go a little something like this: 60-min Zumba, jog a mile, 15-min Elliptical, 90-min. Boxing. Then a mile walk home. I've been hydrating all day and have tossed a few almonds back for good measure.

I'm adding in the mile jog because I just need to suck it up and do it. I've not run or jogged even a little bit since my last 5k - typical me. I can pound myself into oblivion in boxing class and sweat through an entire outfit but I can't keep my running schedule. Why is that? Simple: It's hard. I have no one to push me but myself and apparently I'm not a good drill instructor. I still fear running outside on the streets (my inner voice just yelled at me to get over it already).
I don't like the treadmill anymore. Aren't all those excuses just craptastic? So, between classes tonight and my time on the elliptical I'm gonna do it. Gotta start somewhere and sometime!

I feel like a warrior today and I'm taking the world by storm.

EDIT SINCE POST: Per SP, I burned 2, 622 calories during my 4 hour session at the gym tonight. I did in fact run too. I logged 1.25 miles and ran .6 of that. I was super happy with that. My lungs and legs felt really good which means I can keep on keeping on. Did I enjoy it, yup, sure did. Now to build off this and keep it going. I AM A WARRIOR!

  
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KINSBAILE 7/28/2011 10:00AM

    Well goodness gracious! That's craziness there woman! You're a megawarrior!



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MICRAELIE 7/28/2011 8:45AM

    Holy cow -- you ARE a warrior! Can't wait to get there myself -- I want to feel that way, too. Thanks for being an excellent role model.

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/27/2011 10:41PM

    just looked and see that picture is from april???? 3+ months ago? and you looked awesome even back then...

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/27/2011 10:38PM

    you are amazing!! and your new picture is outstanding...you look GREAT! emoticon

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The Perfect Storm

Monday, July 25, 2011

I wasn't able to go to boxing tonight and I'm totally bummed.

It was really a combination of things that kept me from class.

1) My boxing/sparing partner contacted me earlier today that she needed to rest her back after a weekend of camping and sleeping on the hard ground.
2) I cut the bottom of my foot on Saturday afternoon. Five minutes into Zumba I felt it rip. Too much turning, jumping and twisting was bound to do that. (The cut is from a pair of shoes I wore - I now longer own them)
3) The immigration attorney called today and told me they need original documentation of our marriage which means I needed to come home and sort paperwork for an early morning meeting with her. (I had previously asked what to bring so we'd be prepared and received little guidance so I put together copies for their files. Today was the first I heard they wanted originals. Thanks for the advance notice!) Getting home at 10 after a 4 hr workout to do this would have been brutal.

The real reason I missed class ... the cut on my foot. IF zumba ripped it boxing would have taking it to a new level - it's 10 times more intense and physical.
Not having my partner would have been disappointing but do able - there are others to spar with. And, I know there will be nights she just won't make it. I can't write my schedule based on hers.
Sure it would have been unpleasant to sort documents after a marathon gym session but also do able. The documents are all in one place and somewhat already organized from previous attorney meetings.

I have already taken care of my foot tonight and hope that by Wednesday it is healed enough to withstand my schedule. Tomorrow I have a planned bike ride which means little impact on the foot so I'll still get to workout.

There's always a work around if I look hard enough and want it all the same. It's still craptastic to miss class but better to miss one than more if I should not take care of this now.

Question of the Day: There is a new guy working out at my gym - on the elliptical - that has terrible BO. Both times I've entered the room he is in I almost vomited from the stench. Tonight ALL the windows were open too. What do I do? Remove myself from that section of the gym when he is there? Also, he works out on the elliptical for so long that he is drenched in sweat, along with the machine and floor around him. He doesn't clean it all up ... NASTY. I wonder what I should do about that but as I type this I realize this one is for the manager and/or owner to deal with. So what would you do if someone smelled so bad at the gym that not many can workout near him/her?

  
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TINAT247 7/26/2011 8:18PM

    Realize your limits, push them, but respect your body--I'd say you got that concept! Good job! You're letting up a little is everyone else's big push so don't "sweat it."

Totally agree--talk to the manager. Trust me, if you were the offender you'd be getting talked to and the manager just has to be told so he can know what's going on.

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JENJESS48 7/26/2011 2:43PM

    I'm glad you cut your workout short; you can't work out with an injury like that. As you obviously know, you'll just hurt yourself worse. Please take it easy until that foot heals up! emoticon

As for the stinky gym guy, I agree with the others: talk to the gym manager/owner. It's their job to deal with that stuff.

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KINSBAILE 7/26/2011 9:17AM

    I would definitely talk to someone at the gym about this dude. I mean, we all sweat and stink but if it's THAT bad, someone needs to be notified. Are others just working out next to him with this smell going on too?

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ENDUROVET 7/26/2011 8:58AM

    You have to throw this in the gym manager's lap - that's THEIR job!!!

But yikes, I thought my shoes were painful w/the pressure they put on my bunion, but an actual cut?!?!? OUCH!!!

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I played outside today

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Mr and I decided to play outside today after a bit of shopping.

I bought a new hat . . .



Then we played catch on the beach using these fun toys. . .





A couple of times we jogged parallel to one another tossing the ball between us. Oh, we were not on the wet compact sand but the soft squishy sand so it was more of a workout. The Mr tossed the ball high and low, short and long and from side to side making me work a bit harder too. It was a great way to have fun in the sun, on the beach and get a good workout in. When we jogged and tossed I was sucking wind by the end. I was sweaty when all was said and done.

I like leaving Sunday as a day to play and not have "structured" workouts. We'll be doing this one again real soon.

  
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BBGYRL4 7/25/2011 11:05AM

    That sounds like you guys a had some fun. It's nice that you guys are able to workout and spend time together.

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JENJESS48 7/25/2011 9:13AM

    Sounds awesome! And like so much fun! Way to go, KT!

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SMILEFRECKLES 7/24/2011 11:52PM

    Awe, this is so great. Exercising really can be fun!

Good for you for playing outside!

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Ding, Ding, Ding . . . In this Corner

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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