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No more Muay Thai?

More Palau pictures to come – I’m not nearly done yet!

So I haven’t been back to Muay Thai since getting back to Palau, and I’m debating whether to return to it, because the whole thing left a weird impression with me. 

We got home super-duper late Tuesday night from Palau, so I texted the instructor on Wednesday morning saying I wouldn’t be able to make it.  He texted me back saying that he is no longer teaching Muay Thai classes there, he only does personal training now.  I asked him why, and his reply was that he didn’t know, he showed up on Sunday and his name was no longer on the class schedule.  I really really like his class, and he is tough with me, which is what I need. 

So I then texted FTX gym (yes, everything is done by text here) and asked why was John no longer teaching the class, and that I really like his classes and can they please let management know of my request? 

Their reply? 

“He doesn’t have any classes here.  Yes but its his decision to leave, personal matters.  We can no longer do anything about that.  Thanks.”

Yikes.  I know they’re lying, because John has no reason to lie to me.  So it looks like they took him from the class and never gave him a reason (which, to be fair, that is a cultural issue here, Filipinos are very non-confrontational).  But the whole lying thing, or firing without giving him a reason?  It’s just odd.

I know the substitute, and he’s perfectly nice, but I do feel a bit of a loyalty to John, as he’s been teaching it since I started back in December, and I have seen improvements with him.  I had an unlimited groupon that expired when I was on my trip, so now I’ll have to be paying regular prices for classes, which I was fine doing before, but now it became another excuse not to go.

So instead, I’ve been going to the gym.  That Wednesday, I skipped the gym completely because I had volleyball that night and I was still feeling miserable from the lack of sleep.   That was the biggest waste of time though, because no one in my team showed up, and only one team member bothered to tell me that he was on vacation, the other two players who actually live a few feet from the volleyball courts and don’t have a 40 minute commute there like I do, just didn’t show up, didn’t tell me, and not only I wasted my time going there and waiting around, but we forfeited the semi-final game (sadly, I can’t play by myself) – which was against a team we beat the last 2 times we played them.  And yes, I’m still pissed about the lack of consideration.  How hard is it to send me an email?  Or to actually show up to the games you committed to go to?

But anyway…  Friday and Monday I was back at my building’s gym doing both Workout A and B from the New Rules of Lifting for Women (it takes me about an hour to do both workouts).  As you can’t see, there hasn’t been any improvement weight-wise, since I wrote this post.

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I followed it up about 500 sit-ups and crunches, and I was even able to tackle this baby for 30 reps of incline sit-ups (last week I maxed out at 20):

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I’m wondering if I can keep it up on my own, with no excuses, 3 times a week.  I downloaded a couple of fitness apps so I won’t be stuck to the book (I like variety), but I’ve had a hard time so far finding one that has exercises limited to what’s available at my little gym (no barbells, bands, bosu balls, etc).  I downloaded GAIN Fitness, and I like that it lets me write what I do and don’t have around, so I might try their program this week. 

Anyone has any recommendations for a good fitness app?  I don’t even mind if it isn’t free, as long as it gives me workouts I can do with our limited little gym.

I haven’t been running in ages, my foot has good and bad days (in other words, it’s the same crap as before), my hip still feels inflamed, but lately I’ve been getting the urge to run again.  I’m walking places and think “I wish I could just take off on a run now” (but I don’t since running with a regular bra will not end well with me).  But I think next week, I’ll give running another try.  I miss it!

Lastly, though my body is still the same thing, my legs are slowly starting to show muscle again (my legs are always the first place to show any definition, despite their chunkiness, while my abs are the last one, even though it’s also the last place I put on weight.  Go figure.):

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So, fitness app tips?  I originally had downloaded Fitness Fast, but I have to build my own workouts, and there is no way to know what the workout is by reading the name – you have to go to a whole other screen to see an example of it, which is not user-friendly when you’re at the gym to keep going back and forth in between screens.

I told myself that as soon as I start slacking off, back to Muay Thai I’ll go.  But if I build my own workout routine, at least it will be a lot more flexible once I get back to work.

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Body image

After being in Manila for almost a year, I can finally say I’m starting to feel more comfortable with my body.

Please do not confuse “more comfortable” with “comfortable” – I’m not there yet, but hopefully all the hard work I’ve been putting in will get me there.

After my marathon/wedding/move to Manila, I quickly put on 20 pounds.  (In less than a year!!!)  If you’ve been following along, you know I had a hard time getting back into a fitness routine.  I tried running again, but it didn’t stick due to lack of company (I really hate running alone), then tried weightlifting, and though I completed the whole stage one of the book, flew off to Cebu, and kind of never did it again – sadly, it seems like 5 days away relaxing by the beach and pool was enough to kill the little routine I had built.

I even went to the doctor and got a guided diet – but not only the diet made me eat too much (I still didn’t have a routine then, and was skipping meals more often than not), it was also very restrictive.  I eat healthy most days, but when you can never stray and you don’t want to completely kill your social life, it’s hard to stick with it.  And after trying it for 2 weeks and every day coming up short of the amount I was supposed to eat, I gave up.  My follow up appointment was then canceled by them at the last minute, and I just didn’t bother making a new one.

Excuses aside, it’s obvious that I also had a big problem since arriving in Manila:  lack of commitment.

It wasn’t long until those 20 extra pounds got new friends to hang out with them, and I was at my highest weight to date, carrying an extra 28 pounds then when I crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon.

The one thing that changed all of that and put a stop to the weight gain?  Having a new gym opening up half a block from me, and signing up in early December for the only class they had in the morning:  Muay Thai.

And aside from travel or sickness, I haven’t missed one day.  Three times a week, I’m there!

The one thing that kept me coming back (and still makes me go), was that at first, I was the only one in class.  I had the instructor’s number, he had mine.  If I wasn’t going to show up, I had to text him to let him know.  I need to have a pretty good reason to be missing, right? 

Now, the class has more people, but I still feel like I have to text him if I’m not coming.  Some days I’m tired and lazy and sooooo don’t feel like going, but I drag myself out there and do the class anyway (I can’t really text him and say “not coming because I’m lazy” can I?).  And you know what they say, save for actual injuries, you never regret a workout!

It kicks my ass, it’s not all punching and kicking, but squats, push ups, jump rope, abs…  I like how at the end of the class we do 250-400 sit ups of different types.  And that I had to take breaks at first, and now I can go trough each routine without pausing (unless a 9lbs medicine ball is involved, then I’m all weak again!).  I like that despite going there for 3 months (save for trips), it still kicks my ass every.single.time.  And sometimes, I even do a quick circuit training workout after I’m done with class, on days I’m feeling extra-ambitious.

The other thing that helped?  My parents spent a month with us, and we had breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday.  Remember how I was lacking a routine and had a hard time not skipping meals? 

Having them here made me eat all my meals.  And even though we traveled, and even though there were lots of unhealthy food on that mix, even though I missed working out because we were gone for 2 weeks, by the time they left I had already dropped 4 pounds.  Without even trying!  I was just eating all my meals, instead of skipping it.

So it was easy enough to just keep eating 3 meals a day, with the occasional snack, instead of skipping meals all of the time.  We also started eating more meals at home, and only going out for dinner once or twice a week (you can control your food intake a lot more when you know what the ingredients are!).

I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal app on my iPhone, and though I hate counting calories, this makes it so freaking easy that I have no problems inputting everything in (I’ll do a more in depth review of it).

Now, 11 months after arriving in Manila, I’m still weighing a ton more than I did 1.5 years ago, but I’m at 16 pounds above what I was when I crossed that marathon finish line.  Yep, I dropped 12 pounds in the last 2.5 months. 

But weight aside, my body is starting to look fit again – still fat, mind you, there are no miracles here – but all those 1.5 hours 3 times a week at the gym?  My legs have less cellulite, my arms have less jiggle, my “it looks like I’m carrying a small baby” stomach pooch is slowly shrinking…  And the body part that shows muscle definition for me first, my calves, are slowly starting to resemble their old self: when I move it, I see muscle lines.

And slowly, very slowly, I’m getting back to who I used to be…

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Let’s hope I can post more encouraging pictures in a month or so, but here it is, for the record, what I look like now:  far from thin, far from perfect, but better than I did 3 months ago.  And right now?  That’s all that matters.

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Muay Thai should DEFINITELY get me in shape!

A new gym opened up near us, and we bought a few groupons to try it out.  Aside from offering circuit training, they offer many different classes, and since I wanted to try things out during the day when Karl is not home, I didn’t have many options aside from zumba or muay thai. 

I figured it’s about time to try something different, since I can’t seem to commit to anything lately.

I tried zumba years ago, and looked like a white-girl dancing and was afraid I might get my Brazilian citizenship revoked if I ever tried that again.  Needless to say, I decided this time to try muay thai.

I was super nervous going to my first class – I never done any type of martial arts and I wasn’t even sure what muay thai really was (aside from the “Thai kickboxing” explanation).  I didn’t even google for fear that I was going to chicken out.  (Hint:  I do not look like the picture below.)

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Much to my surprise, I was the ONLY person who signed up for the class, so I basically had one hour personal training session.  The hardest part of the class?  The warm up.  We’re taking jump rope, burpees, push ups, runs, alternating kicks…  But once the looooong warm up is done, there’s a lot of punching and kicking, that though still tiring, they are a lot more fun (turns out I have a pretty strong round kick, but my jump kick?  Couldn’t be more girly if I tried).

So far I’ve only gone to three classes (all of them I was by myself), but each one left me sore for days.  Tomorrow we’re traveling, but I’m hoping next week I can finally make it to three more classes!  The instructor kicks my ass each time, and now I’m really hoping no one else will show up to them…  I’m getting used to the personal training session and having all the attention.

Have you tried a muay thai class or another martial arts class?  Considering my lack of commitment lately to anything else (like bikram, and even running), I’m really hoping muay thai would keep me coming back!

Karl and I also tried their “Rip60” class, which is basically a TRX Suspension Training class – kicked our butts, and we’re definitely going back for more!

So far there has been no change in the scale, but hoping if I keep at it, I’ll finally start getting back into shape.

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