Sunday, June 15, 2008

And Now with Feeling

So it has begun....

A few weeks ago I started doing fitness kickboxing a few of days a week at martial arts center near work. The workouts are the hardest, but most exhilarating exercise I've ever experienced. I leave literally drenched with sweat but feeling completely happy and accomplished. It was the best way to end a day of work.

This martial arts center (check out the instructors, my sister has a big crush on Colin!) also does this 10 week fitness course called the Ultimate Body-shaping Course or UBC. Check out the cheesy national site, but more importantly check out the results!

The course consists of taking classes there 6 days a week; the classes include fitness kickboxing, bag work (punching and kicking is fun), and resistance training. You also are given dietary guidelines (6 meals a day consisting of healthy proteins, carbs and fat, no "white food" ie...sugar, white flour, white rice, no fried foods, or cheese) all that you have to log. The instructors will routinely go over your log book and see how you're doing there and keep you on track.

In the UBC before this one, I saw people literally transform in front of my eyes. They started out sluggish, heavy, and looking quite miserable during the workouts and now they come to class leaner and energetic. These guys became my heroes.

So I just completed my first week (sore, tired, but pretty happy). We had an evaluation where we had our measurements taken, bodyfat and weight recorded, our before picture taken; as well as a fitness eval (how many sit-ups, push-ups in one minute, our flexibility, timing a 1 mile run); then the real fun began daily workouts.

So, the plan is to do UBC 6 nights a week, Volleyball practice 3 lunches a week (I didn't tell you I'm on a vball team, and we have a business part league), and get 2 runs in....a short one early before work, and a long one Saturday after my UBC class; to gear up for the marathon.

I've been "ramping up" for a few weeks now, so I'm hoping that it's not too much of a shock on my body. I'm very careful about stretching and eating the right things (I found out quickly that hard-alcohol and working out do NOT mix at all) and staying hydrated.

We'll see how it goes.....and I promise at the end I'll post my before and after pics...another way to keep me in line!

Oh...and somehow I have to find time to knit! Here's my latest project that I finished yesterday...These are for my sis-in-law for her bday (only 5 days late!)

Have a great week!


Blogger Firefly's Running said...

Nice socks!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Kurt said...

Love the socks. Those are great.

Sounds like a great work out!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

A nap. I totally need a nap after reading about that.

You go girl.

Love the socks.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Neat socks!! Can you send me a pair? ;-)

Pretty intense training you've got going! I'm totally jealous BTW, I really need to lose weight and get this foot issue resolve! Pray for me!! lol

7:12 PM  
Blogger WannaBe5Ker said...

That sounds so exciting-hard work, but incredible to see transformations before your eyes. Good luck with that program!

And wow, love the socks!

7:28 AM  

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