Still Striving to improve myself, one board break at a time

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Tossing ideas around

I’m not a runner, but I’m considering taking a class to train me to run a 5k in 6 weeks.  I have told people repeatedly that I am “allergic” to running.  I don’t like the pain my poor knees feel when I’m running, but I’m guessing it’s because I’ve been hauling around a lot of extra weight for a long time. I’m working on that.

My daughter wanted to join a “Zombie run” and be a zombie. I’m thinking that I have no intention of being a zombie, so I’d be one of the runners.  Unfortunately, the run was on June 1st and she didn’t ask me to join her in this until May 28th.  Breathe a sigh of relief.  (whew!) I knew we wouldn’t be able to get ready for that.

Now I’m randomly checking out available 5k’s.  I’m not actively planning a run–I still have to figure out how to get into a class to learn how to run.  I’m pretty sure that a couch to 5k program would be MUCH better than running outright and hurting myself right off the top. The fact that I’m thinking about it means that the idea is there.

I’ve also contacted a local bike shop and asked them if they had a “cycling for complete newbies” group.  I’m actually more interested in riding a bike than I am in running.  Part of it is because the riding is so much easier on most of the body (except maybe my bum!). I love seeing peletons riding up the road in the mornings on Saturdays. That’s an awesome sight. I would love to be part of that, but know that I’m not in the kind of shape I imagine they’d need or want. That’s my mind and I’m tossing that mental image out of my head.  I am not going to go to that place again and say “I can’t do that.”  I AM going to do something. My husband is encouraging me to do something I like to do.  He is worried about my physical being and doesn’t want me to be discouraged by running and he mentioned that I could potentially stop due to joint pain.  However, the cycling, he is more than happy to encourage. That’s what I need…that encouragement!!

So, do you have any thoughts? Do you like cycling or running?  What would you recommend?

Decision making

I’ve been thinking…a lot. I’ve been thinking about trying to get back into training, only this time on my own. I know that I can push the envelope and get myself into a reasonable facsimile of a martial artist.

I don’t have a true school to work with anymore. I’ve left one school due to a conflict with an instructor. I left another school due to my own insecurity. For the past two years, I’ve not concentrated on anything. I’ve just existed. I have taken Tai Chi, which I loved, but stopped those lessons in February after having to be out for a week with surgery.

I have a “BOB”. I have a garage to work out in. I just lack the motivation to push myself into working out. I have spoken with a friend of mine, who has warned me that trying to train myself is not always a good thing. He’s also made an offer that I’m mulling over. I can work with him–I’ll have to document ALL of my training and I’ll have to make darned sure that I’m following said training. At least once or twice a month, I’ll have to go to Houston to visit and work with him. I’ve forgotten so much more than I let on that frankly, I’m scared. I’m afraid that I’ll let myself down. I have high expectations for myself. I expect perfection. It’s not a good thing to do, but I am honest about it.

So, I’m mulling over the WHEN of when I’m going to start training. I need to keep up training with Alba. I need to push myself into not being lazy about documenting my food in my journal too. I spend entirely too much time saying “I’ll get around to it” and then that “round to it” never comes. I have to get into the frame of mind of DO IT NOW. Period. End of story.

Alba knows about BOB. We’ve talked about using him. I guess I need to get off my but and make myself do what I want to do. I can come home from work, leave the car in the driveway, move BOB out into the middle of the garage and work on kicks, punches, etc. It’s a matter of WHEN.

I also need to give Sa Bu Nim an answer. He’s patient and isn’t pushing me but…I need to continue to THINK. I need to talk to hubby and see what his opinion is.

I’m torn between being lazy and wanting to push myself back into some semblence of shape. I need to decide how important martial arts is to me. I talk to martial artists on a regular basis. I have acquired a good friend who is willing to go out of his way to help me. I need to help myself first.

The mind is a powerful thing. I need to push mine into submission and meditate on what I really want.

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