So I had my second kickboxing session last Saturday at 10am.
I am not gonna lie, it was not easy to get myself into the whole, “I am totally awake and energized and can’t wait to work out for an hour!” mentality. Even when I used to go to the gym before, I could never get a good workout in the morning. I was always sluggish and I just lacked the energy I needed. I always found it easier when I would just go straight from work. But my friend who is working through the sessions with me wanted to go Saturday morning so there we go.
Again, not being a morning person, and running into a few issues in that morning, we ran a little late. We managed to walk in at 10:01 and were basically forced to drop everything, shoes off, and start running with the group. The warm-up had started. So we had another 20 minutes of:
- Jumping Jacks
- Frog Squats
- Mountain Climbers
- Push-up Planks
- Bicycle Crunches
- 8-Count Burpees
Again, 20 minutes may not sound like a lot, but it is really just non-stop. Having to jump from one position to the other and pound out a set is exhausting. I did find that I did not have as hard of a time this time around though. I mean, I was still unable to complete everything that was asked of us, but at least I didn’t feel nauseous this time!
The rest of the hour was spent learning and practicing jabs, hooks, uppercuts, sidekicks, and round house kicks and I will say that during this part of the session I impressed myself. I felt like I had a hard enough time in the first session and I didn’t expect my stamina to be that much better by the second session, but it was. It was definitely all the encouragement I needed to keep on going. Third session is scheduled for this Wednesday night again. Hopefully I will be able to keep my levels up!
During this time, I have definitely been more careful with what I’ve been eating (I mean yes, I’m not perfect) but it has been easier to monitor my food. Especially when your sore body is a constant reminder as to what you are putting yourself through. I have been fine with adding more egg into my diet for protein and my dinners already consisted of meat and a vegetable. The hard part is during the day. To keep myself from having a big lunch at work I have started to regularly pack my lunch. Typically it’s either tuna fish, a ham or chicken and cheese sandwich on multi-grain toast, or leftovers from dinner (today it’s beef and vegetables). I have been adding more fruit into my diet as well. I’ve been taking oranges or grapes with me to snack on throughout the day so that I don’t allow myself to get to the point where I am starving for dinner.
I don’t expect to see much of a difference after only a week, but at the very least, I can definitely say that I am feeling much less bloated. I did take my measurements before Saturdays class and I decided I will retake them every Saturday morning throughout the rest of my sessions to see if any changes occurred.
Is it weird that I am already looking forward to tomorrow? 🙂