Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I'm happy to report that I had a much better second week than first and lost my target weight for the week of 1 lb! If I keep with it, I'm on track to be under the 200 lb mark by the end of next week!!! I'm incredibly proud of myself for (mostly) sticking to it even though the first week didn't yield the results I was hoping for.
[pauses typing momentarily to pat self of back]
In addition to the numbers on the scale I'm also noticing something that seemed like it would NEVER happen. I'm actually noticing a marked increase my fitness!
I've been on and off "workout plans" and "diet plans" for the past few years and although people are always saying it, I think it's finally sinking in. The secret to sticking to a workout plan is 1) finding something you enjoy, and 2) having measurable goals to work towards. I can only think of a few occasions that I've stuck with an exercise regimen for more than a few weeks and that was when I was doing aquafit and yoga classes that I liked, or when I had a gym buddy, or when I was learning to run and working toward a 5K.
A few months ago a Krav Maga studio opened in my boyfriend's apartment building and my curiosity was tweaked - I had never even heard of it before! Krav Maga is a martial art and self defense system originally developed by the Israeli military (and has since been distilled into a curriculum for civilian self defense). It focuses on real world threats (attacks from behind, attacks with weapons, cheap shots, multiple attackers, etc) and emphasizes making sure that each action combines defensive and offensive movements. The idea is to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible (think head, neck and groin shots) and then get the heck outta there!
Sounds badass, right?
After my first couple classes, about 6 weeks ago, I could barely walk for two or three days after a class. Last night's class was a particularly difficult one and I'm happy to report that I feel great! My body is already recovering so much more quickly!
One of the attitudes that I've learned in Krav is something that I think we can all apply to our fitness/weightloss goals. My instructor is always telling us that if we mess something up, don't worry about it just keep going. After all, in a real fight your opponent isn't going to wait for you to retry a failed strike! In fact, in my last class I messed up a sequence and made an audible "oh crap" noise, stopped and restarted the sequence. My instructor stopped the class and says;
"Do you know what sentence we say in Krav when we make a mistake?"
I love it!