So Wednesday night came and went. By the time our third session was ready to start, I was absolutely pumped. Wednesday had not been such a great day for me at work and I was exhausted when I finally got out at the end of the day. But still, the thought of getting out all my frustrations on my punching bag was just what I needed to perk me up.
Soon enough 7:30 rolls around and I am ready to go. We begin running to start off our warm up and quickly move into jumping lunges and….there goes my left hamstring…as would be my luck.
I pull the instructor over to the side and let him know that I think I strained my hamstring and after having me do a couple of moves he agrees that it is indeed the case. It was only 7:35. Still, I went through with the rest of the exercises that did not require me to lunge too much. When Jumping lunges came back again I just focused on doing squats.
I cannot even begin to tell you how upset I was. I truly felt so ready to work my ass off for that hour. I was full of energy and to strain my hamstring right from the start was so disheartening. Still, I did what I could do, so we went through the warm up:
- Jumping Lunges
- Frog Squats
- 8 count burpees
- Planking with hip dips
- Russian Twists
I did the best I could given the situation but thankfully the second part of the warm-up didn’t require me to put any strain on my leg. My core on the other hand was burning right up.
After the warm up we found our bag and got ready for the rest of our session. This was the first time my friend and I didn’t have to share a bag since the class was not filled up so my arms really got a good work out yesterday. Unfortunately my kicking was weak. I couldn’t really extend my left leg the way I needed to for a roundhouse kick so I feel like I let myself down there.
Hopefully I’ll be feeling better for Saturday’s session. This time I’ll make sure to prepare before the class with some stretching of me own. It was stupid of me to not do so before starting, especially since I’m restarting.
On top of the kickboxing classes, I have also been monitoring what I’ve been eating and it’s been helping me save calories and money. I’ve been using the MyFitnessPal app to monitor my food intake and see if I can keep it at my recommended 1330 calories a day. To be honest, I expected it to be much harder to do but since I’ve been preparing my own food it’s been easy enough to come in under that amount (and on days that I work out, much under.) I have also made sure to replace snacks with fruits whenever I get a craving for something sweet throughout the day. Typically I’ll either have raspberries, oranges, or grapes on hand. Not only are they filling with little caloric intake, but they fill my sweet cravings.
Saturday is right around the corner and I’ll be recording my measurements again before my fourth session to see how I compare against the first week. I’m not really expecting any changes that quickly but you never know!