Rough and tumble sports have always been my go-to for exercise and fun. You will never catch me wearing Spandex or flitting around in a tiny tennis skirt with matching panties. I played ice hockey and soccer in high school, and it is safe to say I have never been a petite flower. Although I loved the ice, the spitty mouth guards and my 7 trophy staples in the back of my head, I discovered martial arts about 20 years ago and have never looked back. I mean, karate is awesome! There is virtually no running, I get to hit stuff, and I do not have to play well with others. Perfect.
So, when I found the 27 week fitness challenge at a local dojo, I signed up the next day. My weight loss had stalled at 50 pounds, and there was only one answer for success and that was exercise. This challenge is perfect for me. There is a lot of kickboxing and calisthenics and I lift weights and walk on the alternate days. It is going better than expected and now that I am in Week 8, I think I can begin to see some results. I know I have gotten better at “planks” and some other evil exercise called “mountain climbers”, but burpees and other flailing attempts to throw myself on the mat and jump back up again still need a lot of work. So far so good.
I am steadily moving closer and closer to my end goal of hiking the Grand Canyon in 2019, so this fight is real! Just like when I climbed to the top of the Mayan ruins in Mexico, I took it as a personal challenge. Step by step with the Rocky music playing in my head, I wouldn’t accept defeat. Standing at the top with arms over my head shouting “Magnifico!” I’m not sure what that means, but it felt fabulous!
So with less than a year away from my big canyon adventure, where I will hopefully not doing anything remotely like planking or burpees, I will be working like a mad woman with “the eye of a tiger!”