After thinking about it all day long and discussing it with my sensei and others I’ve decided to stick out my karate for the time being. I will not do what we did on Tuesday (at least not until I am ready) and will tell others to back off if necessary, but I enjoy the class too much to simply give it up.
My abdomen still hurts like a bitch but I have sucked it up most of the day. The bruise looks pretty gnarly and will probably get worse for a few days, but I’ll get over it. I will most definitely not be taking any punches for a week or so until it heals up a bit more.
I wonder how much the layer of fat I have has to do with the pain and bruising. I see other guys who have rock-hard abs and they don’t seem to bruise the way I do nor do they seem to be in as much pain as I am in. Maybe that is a big chunk of it. Once I lose some more weight and fat in the midsection maybe I will be able to tolerate a bit more.
If only it were easy.
I didn’t eat the best food today. I was still under my calories for the day though I had a tad too many carbs and not nearly enough protein. The problem was I took the easy way out and eat too many “processed” foods that are delicious and easy but not full of the best nutrients. Sometimes it will happen though. I am not going to be such a stickler that I won’t eat processed food, but my friend at work claims I will die because of my chicken nuggets.
If that’s the truth, what a way to go.
I also decided to kind of go back to the basics of lifting. Stronglifts 5×5 is a really great workout and I am picking it up again. Then adding a few other exercises on top of it. I am going to focus on strength and less on calorie burn. I burn plenty of calories right now and if I find I need to add some HIIT then I will.
Breakfast – 3 garlic eggs in a tortilla
Snacks – Cookies and protein bars
Lunch – Chicken nuggets
Dinner – Chicken nuggets and fries