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.
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.
2 hours of Kyokushin Karate
2.36 miles of HIIT on the treadmill
Cable Machine Core Press – 4×10 @ 40 pounds
|Squats – –||200 lbs|
|Overhead Press – –||95 lbs|
|Deadlifts – –||235 lbs|