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23 February 2007 @ 07:52 pm
So much to say, but I’ll bore entertain y’all with a kickboxing post and keep the good stuff for a later update.

I’ve been attending regularly. Well, last week wasn’t great, what with the threat of snow and then the actual snow and then the aftermath of snow, but I did make it for three classes, so I hit my minimum. Sunday morning, which is usually taught by Angela, was being run by a guy. That’s right, that guy who had given me instructions during someone else’s class actually is an instructor as well (which doesn’t forgive him giving me notes if he’s not actually doing the teaching, mind). He ran a decent class. His background is in boxing, so his approach is just a bit different. I liked it, though. He worked kicks and kick combinations a lot, too (nothing to do with boxing, I know; I’m PMSy and scatterbrained. Leave me alone. No, wait - don’t go!). As I desperately need to improve my kicks, I was pleased. At one point, we were doing just hooks - first one side, then the other - and he stopped by each person, holding their bag and encouraging them to hit a bit harder. After he stopped by me, he gave me that ol’ ‘raised eyebrow’ look. Why yes, I do know how to throw a punch. And yes, I grunt and make noise when I hit. I am not remotely girly when I’m in class. At the end, we all took a final lap around the room and he stood at the front, holding up his hands for high-fives and telling everyone “Good job!” When I passed, he grinned and said, “Great job!” hee.

On his suggestion, I went to his class Tuesday night as well. He spent a good twenty minutes to half an hour just on exercises with the Badass Mittens, finishing with an exercise where you alternate front kicks with the person opposite you. My partner asked if she should move further back. “I promise I won’t hit you,” said Proper Fight Distance Kelly (Wouldn't that make an awesome action figure? Consumer advocacy groups wouldn't find much to complain about, at least). Anyway, it was a good class, and I’ll be going back, even if he did make us do the Dinosaur Walk first thing, and my thighs were crying in silent agony for the rest of the evening. And all the next day.

Tonight, I went to Renata’s class. I’ve only been to hers once before, but she seemed like a lot of fun. Mind, I couldn’t do all of the ab work (there was SO MUCH of it!*whimper*) and my push-ups are still in the Land of the Lame, but the atmosphere in her class is so relaxed, and I actually laughed a lot (almost tipped over several times, totally lost my concentration when she came to observe a certain combination (jab-cross-hook, backhand, side kick - switch sides; repeat.) but she held up her hands and said, “That was totally my fault,” which was nice since really, I should have the wherewithal to remember a five move sequence no matter who is watching. Unless it’s Jackie Chan, ‘cause really, who can focus with that much cute around? And I’d be horribly self-conscious. But I digress. Shocking, isn’t it?).

So I think Tuesday and Friday evenings are keepers. Sunday mornings, ‘cause I like Angela’s classes, too. I’m determined to do at least one more class as well, but the day may change from week to week.

Oh, I caught sight of myself in the mirror tonight. It’s jarring to see that I am not yet fit. It’s been a month. Stoopid realistic rate of progress.*

*oh, yeah - I’ve also been eating badly. And too much. Wonder if that has anything to do with the lack of weight/flab loss? I mean, I’m no doctor, but still... heh.
I feel: goodgood
Ratesjul: road less travelledratesjul on February 24th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
This poor overweight-eating-badly-and-doing-nothing-about-it soul is much with the admiration for you.

Me, I'm trying to figure out easy and yummy ways to remember to make lunch at home and take it to work instead of buying stuff. And THAT's proving to be too much of a challenge.
Kel: last unicornladyjoust on February 24th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
What do you usually do for dinner? I'm big on making more than Don and I need so that I can make one or two lunches from the leftovers... and if it isn't enough, I take a smaller portion along with a salad or raw veggies. And hummus is &hearts. I have a very nice recipe I've just discovered for the homemade variety.

Ratesjul: Connectedratesjul on February 24th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of one pan (or one pan plus the pot to boil pasta/rice in) meals - I'm a lazy cook. There are also still nights in which I don't eat dinner because I can't be bothered, though those are less frequent than they used to be.

I usually make enough for 3-5 meals and freeze the rest, which I then nuke for dinners at some later stage. Often things like beef or chicken stroganoff, or ravioli with sauce, or a mustard&cream sauce around beef and pasta, or chicken/beef stirfries.

And because I heat stuff up again for dinners, I end up not wanting to take it in to work for lunches.

Hummus *is* ♥
I actually looked at cookbooks last night and found a nice self-crusting quiche type thing with mushrooms and cheese in it. Bags of Lettuce or Spinach leaves often don't last long enough for me to eat it all. I'm very conscious lately of the fact that I don't eat enough veges.

I'm trying to be better about it.
Kel: sweet smile Roslinladyjoust on February 24th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
I, too, am big on the one-pot meals. Lots of soups and stews and casseroles for me!

Ooo... if you get a bag of spinach, you can use some for a salad and then sautee the rest to add to your yummy-sounding quiche. Only spinach cooks down to an alarmingly small size, so you could probably use a whole bag for the quiche alone. Good on you for making the effort to bump up your veg intake. I was reading something that said if you add just one serving of veg to two meals a day, it makes quite a difference.

*sigh* Now I want to come and cook for you!
kmcclure on February 24th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Well, it sounds like you're having serious fun. Meanwhile, I caught sight of myself in the mirror tonight and thought, "Well, shit, where's Rubens when you need him? Give me a chaise lounge and a bunch of grapes and I'm good to go!"

Kel: lovely Roseladyjoust on February 24th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
He can make it a dual-portrait, darlin'! I always loved his use of light and colour, anyway. What the hell.
kmcclure on February 24th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
The husbands would be pleased.
Rennierengirlie87 on February 24th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
So feeling your pain. Now that yoga is done I need to start Really going to the gym. Damn college food always being covered in gravy or cheese or sause or fried...ben and jerry's....I think they are trying to get us fat. Then if we die, our roommates get automatic straight A's, and their grade stats go up....greedy bastards...

wait, what were we talking about?
Kelladyjoust on February 24th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
That is a big difficulty with college food - you don't often get a selection of things that are really good for you.

What about riding? Can you start up with that again?
Rennierengirlie87 on February 24th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
I am still riding, it's just been too cold lately and she has been cancelling lessons. The salad bar is good though, so i guess i will become a rabbit
Christian: Depressed Angelsirchristian on February 24th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
Go you... My over weight/flab self has been sick all week (tonight still) and hasn't been to a gym, and/or exercised at all... unless you count laps down the hallway...

Sounds like you are having fun sweets.
Kelladyjoust on February 24th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
yeep. You poor thing. Feel better, dearling! We'll have to talk swordfighting playdate when you're all better. No, wait - first we have to have our double-date dinner! I'm so scattered, I nearly forgot. d'oh.
(Anonymous) on February 24th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Schedules have been busy as hell lately... this bug has actually made me rest. Not well mind you, but I have a little.

You wouldn't happen to have an AIM to chat with would you? hhmmmm?
(what can I say, I'm awake and bored)
Christiansirchristian on February 24th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
"My name is Christian, and I approved this message..."
Kelladyjoust on February 24th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
I do. I'm ladyjoust, and I'm rarely on, but I'll sign on for a bit now.
Rennierengirlie87 on February 24th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
you should sign on more..I miss chatting :)
young_will: lazyyoung_will on February 24th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Go you!! Go you! I miss you, Kel, and going to awesome kickboxing classes with you.
Rock that 'that guy' taught a cool class! And Yay for Dinosaur walk! Man, I miss Dinosaur walk...