I can't control myself...I’ve learned that I am horrible when it comes to “unstructured” days.  Normally I am pretty good on the weekend when it comes to eating and taking care of myself.  But when you throw in an extra day off from work, I collapse for some reason.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Saturday was the first time I had gone to karate on the weekend.  Normally they spar on Saturday and I am not too excited to do it.  But I decided to go and actually had a really good time.  We started out with the basics – as we usually do – and then we really went heavy on fighting with each other.  We started with kicking and punch and blocking and taking shots to the abdomen and chest.  Then we did sit-ups while the sensei used a cane on our abdomen.  Not a cane, exactly, but a wooden sword of sorts.  I would have asked what it was called but I was a little preoccupied.

First of all, people are probably thinking I am crazy for doing this class with so much brusing, pain and everything else.  But I believe it is all for the best.  Some martial arts are used to simply teach you the forms and that’s about it.  This martial art form is meant to be used on a daily basis.  If you get attacked in the street, your opponent is not going to stand there and let you hit him, he is going to hit you.  Get used to pain.

So far, I’m not.

After being caned for the first time, we went into sparring with various partners.  I fought my brother-in-law, then my sensei, then another sensei from Nevada.  It was all very tough and I still have plenty of bruises to show how tough it was.  It was fun though sometimes difficult to not hit the face and not hit as hard as I want, but it was a change of pace from using the heavy bags.

Finally, we finished up with being caned a little more and heading home.

After arriving home I was subjected to the cold shower.  Thankfully, I was very warm from my workout so I did not mind having a cooler shower, but that is the downfall of coming home after other people shower, wash laundry and do dishes.Chubby's Challenge

Saturday ended with a date with my wife.  We went to dinner at Chubby’s Neighborhood Cafe where I finally gave in and did the Chubby’s Challenge.  The challenge consists of three 1/3 pound hamburger patties, three grilled cheese sandwiches and one pound of fries.  I barely made it at the last second, but I finished.  Part of me doesn’t want to be proud because I know that started off the ruination of the weekend when it comes to food, but I am glad I was able to do something I set my mind to.

We spent most of the night playing Mario on the Wii which can be very addicting.  We got pretty far even though some levels are obviously made for teenagers with super reaction times.

Sunday was fairly uneventful with some more Mario followed by shopping with my wife.  We then played some more Mario (getting the theme?) and then watched some Fringe on Netflix.

Monday was the first time I took the day off during a “small” holiday in a long time.  I figured it was as good of a time as any so I did.  I enjoyed sleeping in, I enjoyed playing some more Mario and I enjoyed watching some more Fringe.

I also enjoyed eating pizza which was – again – very much not good for my eating healthy lifestyle.  I know I should have turned it down, but pizza is my weak spot and I just couldn’t.

All-in-all, I loved my weekend.  I loved the date with my wife, the Mario and Fringe, the karate and the food and spending time with everyone here.  But I know it was a bit of a setback and I really need to get used to not going “oh well, I ate a lot already so let’s just eat some more.”

Why must pizza be so good?

P.S.  Thanks to my good friend over at the Midsummer 365 Project told me about a Cable Machine Core Press.  Watching the video and reading about how to do it makes it hard to believe that this would actually work, but it does.  Give it a try.

Saturday Exercise:

2 hours of Kyokushin Karate

Monday Exercise:

2.36 miles of HIIT on the treadmill

Cable Machine Core Press – 4×10 @ 40 pounds

Stronglifts 5×5
Squats  – –  200 lbs
Overhead Press – –  95 lbs
Deadlifts  – –  235 lbs

7 thoughts on “Day 279, 280 & 281… Caning, Cold Showers and Chubby’s

  1. Hi 🙂 I am so glad you found the cable machine press! It doesn’t look like it will be effective until you try it does it!

    That sounds like a lot of food…which is ok as long as it is a one off not a habit 🙂 which I am sure it is 😀

    1. Yeah, it does work pretty well though I don’t feel sore afterwards, maybe I am doing it wrong. Are you saying I should hold it for 20 seconds or longer each time I do it? I only hold it for about 2 seconds each time. Maybe that’ll make a difference.

      And yes, it was an extremely large amount of food which will most certainly not become a habit 😀

      1. yes, the way I do it is hold out for 20s pull in to rest for max 10s then hold out for 20s repeat as often as possible!

        Also if you have a TRX at your gym, they are awesome for core!

      2. Well, I tried it out and it was a lot tougher to do, I was only able to do it 7 times on each side for 20 seconds each with a 10 second rest. I am not sure if they have a TRX, though they probably do.

      3. you’d know if there was a trx…it would be a big frame with yellow and black straps hanging from it 😀

        glad you found the core press tougher 🙂 it is an awesome exercise!

      4. Hmm, I guess they don’t have it yet 😀 They did put in a X-train room or something that has lots of fancy stuff I don’t ever use, maybe they’ll eventually get one in there.

  2. Ps…I have just watches the vid for the core press, it works better if you have the cable lower than shoulders and you hold it out in front of you for longer than they are on the vid…20s+ on each hold if you can 🙂 and don’t forget to do both sides 🙂

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