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Life Unboxed: Thrown Off Path by the Hurricane

So no workouts have happened over the last two weeks – the first week due to a nasty cold that was going around the office; the second due to Hurricane Sandy, who wiped out large swaths of the five boroughs and one New Jersey in less than 24 hours. With trains still not running properly, I’m two weeks without a solid workout and I’m feeling it.

I know that I should continue eating well and working out a bit at home, but staying motivated is a lot easier when your bed isn’t five feet away and you have someone to yell at your to get off your ass. And besides, natural disasters bring out the worst eating habits in people. Fear of flooding drove me to eat chocolate chip cookies and pasta for the better part of a week. Needless to say, I’m overdue for a jog and some circuit training.

I also haven’t stepped on a scale over the last week – not sure I want to go there at the moment. The good news is that  I don’t seem to have gained a lot of weight – maybe a pound total.

My biggest issue is that I’m starting to lose some of the tone I had started developing around my stomach and my thighs. And that’s no good. I’ll be resuming my workout tomorrow once I make it  back into the city. Here’s hoping I don’t have to relive my first two weeks all over again.

Life Unboxed: Have I Hit a Plateau with my Weight Loss?

Maybe this title is a little misleading – plateauing with an exercise regimen usually indicates that there’s no weight or any other evident change from your workout. My weight has stayed pretty consistent, aside from about 5 pounds lost. The upside to that is that I’ve gone down a pants size (almost two) and I can see definite changes in my body.

I’m not sure if my weight not going down is just offset by the additional muscle that I’ve built up over the last eight weeks (I’m sure some of it is), but it can be a bit of a downer to not see the scale drop. But really, if I have to choose between seeing the scale drop and fitting into a smaller pants size, I’ll choose the latter hands down every time.

My workouts have started to take on a sort of pattern too. Over a two week period, I have about two really intense initial workouts. The next four are easier since I’ve gotten the hang of the circuit training, and then they’re followed by two more workouts that make me question why I signed up (just kidding – I actually really love my workouts now).

I’ve also started seeing a marked improvement in my ability to run and do sprints. At last count, I ran sprints for 15 minutes as a warmup, which is a giant improvement over my panting while jogging just two months ago.

Overall, boxing has become a more inclusive part of my routine, which is nice. I’ve made friends at the gym and I have a sort of small support team there. And aside from the circuit training and running, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the ring, which is awesome (although really, really tiring). I’ve also heard that once I get past sparring with Kwame (my trainer), I’ll get to actually spar with other boxers. And who knows, maybe I’ll grow a pair and even video tape it for the blog.

Life: Unboxed. 3 Weeks In and It’s Starting to Click

Boxing has never been something that had even entered my mind before starting training three weeks ago, but now that I’m almost a month in (though I swear it feels like a year) I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

I was initially excited about training because I thought it would be a lesson in ass kicking – as someone who runs a content marketing agency and deals with clients on a daily basis, I generally feel the need to release a lot of pent up frustration. What I learned was that boxing is great for releasing pent up frustration, but not because you’re beating the shit out of a heavy bag – but because your trainer is beating the shit out of you. In retrospect, the idea behind Fight Club makes a lot more sense now.

So here we are, three weeks in, and I’ve decided to chronicle my experience online. I’m doing this for a few reasons: 1) I don’t see a lot of women at the boxing studio, and I think more women should learn about this sport; 2) my first training session was pretty intimidating and as an avid Googler, there wasn’t a lot of practical first-hand experience information online for people who are new to this; and 3) it’s sometimes hard to see the progress you’ve made, so I’m hoping that journaling my experience will give me a better perspective on the improvements I make each week.

Since I’m not starting this from Week 1, a recap is probably a good idea.

The first week of boxing was a reality check for me. Starting a new business almost two years ago after leaving the publishing industry did not bode well for my weight and overall health. When stressed, some people turn to exercise for  release; others turn to Family Guy re-runs and take-out. I was in that latter group. It’s funny when you get back into a fitness routine after taking a break from a while. You start out thinking you’re in much better shape than you really are, then you put on workout clothes and realize that Spandex no longer suits you, and then you have an utterly devastating workout that renders you immobile for two days and it finally hits – this is going to be fucking rough. That was my first boxing week in a nutshell.

Thankfully Weeks 2 and 3 have gone a bit more smoothly, but there have been a few bumps along the way. Since I was woefully out of shape, building up my endurance has been a big focus. That means lots of repetitions and sprints. And god, how I hate sprints. I should mention though, I ran for 10 minutes straight on the treadmill on Monday, and that was a small milestone for me, so hoorah.

I just started Week 4 and we’ve bumped up my hour long training sessions from three times a week to four and we’ve begun weekly weigh-ins. I have a five pound weight loss goal for this week, though that’s mostly to lose water weight, so here’s hoping I meet that by my follow-up weigh-in on Friday. Fingers crossed.