Sunday, May 15, 2016

Recap of past month

I've been meaning to post on the regular but time just hasn't been staying still long enough for me to get it together yet. So here's the recap of the past 4 weeks:

- I've been training almost daily. Woohoo!
- Getting a run in 6 days a week. The usual 2 miles one day and 5 miles the following day.
- Eating home cooked meals, and healthy ones at that.
- I am feeling good and looking good :D

Here are the pictures to prove it:

There were fireworks by the Brooklyn Bridge during one of my evening runs last month

Enjoying a tasty spinach salad in Central Park on my lunch break:

Getting a run in while in Florida:

Caught sight of a rainbow during my run today in Harlem:

Putting the work in now to reap the benefits later... stay tuned. :)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I AM BAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Woooohooo!! Feels so good to say that :D

I am alive y'all! Alive and kicking, that is kicking stuff and people, at the gym on a regular basis again. I can barely believe it myself. Hallelujah! All is well in the world.

So here's the quick recap:

- Last fight was in January 2013. Geez Louise time flies. Feels like a lifetime ago.

- Since then it's been work, work, work and more work. Struggling to getting any regular exercise in, making it to the gym once every couple of months and managing a run here and there. That equals with me feeling pretty miserable, stressed, anxious and all that goes with it. I had a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. (yup if that sounds mildly depressive to you that's exactly what it felt like).

- Then it got BETTER!!! Since January 2016 to be exact.

- January: started going to the gym once a week.

- February: going to the gym 2x/week.

- March: Renewed my monthly membership for the first time in 3 years!! and started sparring weekly and I have the bruises to prove it!

Ouch right? I had forgotten about the bruising, it's been so long. That was actually from holding pads in advanced pads class, which I was 100% dreading to take btw. I just didn't think I had it in me to make it throughout it. I was rough the first week but then it got better. Doesn't it always go that way? Right, just have to stop stressing about stuff and just do it.

So I've been training between 2 to 4 times a week, running regularly and eating healthy food at home. This week is actually the first week that I ran every day AND that I've been able to wake up early enough to run in the morning. Feels SOOOOOOOOOOOO good! And again now I'm not dreading the runs but actually enjoying it AND my cardio is obviously getting better, so that sparring this week was the first time where I wasn't dead tired by the second round. Needless to say, I'm having an unbelievable week and I'm feeling like 2016 is going to be amazingly exciting ;)

Keep you guys posted! If there's still anyone out there reading this retired blog of mine hahaha

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I am SORE!!

And I'm not saying that to complain! :)
My whole body is sore because I finally went to the gym yesterday (Happy Dance!) woop woop!
My legs are sore, so is my upper and lower back. I haven't felt like this in... forever? sounds about right.
Yup, cause Phil stopped dead in his tracks when he saw me walk in, like he saw a ghost or something lol for real
Oops I said "Phil" but I meant "Ajarn Phil Nurse". Phil was honored on May 17th with the title of "Ajarn" which means teacher which is the higher level that can be obtained by an instructor and can only be bestowed by another has that title.
It's a great honor and Phil is very deserving of it for his years of teaching, skills and ability to impart these to others. If you ever take a class with Phil you'll see what I mean immediately. Congratulations Phil!!

You can watch Phil receiving his title of Ajarn and performing the Wai Kru which is the traditional dance done just before a muay thai bout to honor family, trainers, gods and take possession of the ring:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Words of a Champion

I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.

- Muhammad Ali

Simple. True. Powerful.
Words to Live by.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Today I ran

Today, I ran. I didn't jog, I didn't pace myself and trot as usual.
I ran today.
I ran for all the days I haven't run in the past 2 years.
I ran for all the times I have not trained in I can't remember how long.
I ran to get rid of all the frustration I feel toward my current situation and all disappointment I have of not yet having changed my current situation.
I ran so I can leave my doubts, my fears and my anger behind.
I ran because I still can.
I ran with all my heart and all my soul but put my mind on pause.
I ran to let go of everything.
I ran until it hurt, until I felt empty.
Today, I ran. And I feel so much better

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Greatness, even in simple things, inspires

My eyes fell upon this story just now and I thought I'd share it with you:

His resilience and will power resonated with a few people:

Well. Whatever I haven't made happen so far are my own doing. 100%.
Now is the time to change that.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!!

2015, I sure am glad that you are here! cause 2014 was not my year in terms of Muay Thai. epic fail it sure was.
The New Year is here and I am committed to not repeating old mistakes and bad habits. :)
And so I went for a run in the brisk NYC weather yesterday morning, it felt great. Until a virus caught up with me and kept me in bed until today. boo.
Bah no harm done, almost back to normal though I lost 6lbs in the process. Uhmm not a desirable way to lose weight in case you were wondering. Not at all, ewww. That's all I'll say about that.
So I closed out 2014 by going to a regular gym 2 weeks ago after missing class at The Wat. Did 4 miles on the treadmill and struggled to find what speed to select, which incline to input and how long I could run. I kept fussing with the settings for most of the run but got through it. Meanwhile this old dude was having ball on his elliptical, working up a sweat, pumping his arms around and singing about staying in shape. I was impressed with his self-motivation for sure.
On my way home I had to text Phil to let him know that I thought his gym is the best gym in the whole wide world! which of course it is if you love Muay Thai like I do.
I also brought my niece to the gym so the next generation in the fam gets to maybe love Muay Thai as well.
She learned the following with the other kids:
#1 Jab
#2 Cross
#3 Jab Cross
#4 Left Hook
#5 Left Uppercut
She had fun though I wouldn't call it love for Muay Thai. Not yet anyway! ;)
Happy New Year everybody!!
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