Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 74 – Reflexes man!

At work I've been using a makeshift pull-up bar to do some exercises during the day. The only problem - it wasn't secure. During a pull-up It came crashing down and I landed flat smack on my knees. But before I hit the ground, the bar hit my head and I saw stars. So there I was knees throbbing and hurt and a goose egg forming on my head. A while ago I thought that if this bar ever gave way I'd have the reflexes to get my feet under me and be safe - never thought about the bar hitting my head and I guess my reflexes, as good as I thought they've gotten, still need a lot of work.

I've been taking it easy for the past few days with the exception of meditation, stretches and some agility but I'm going into the doctor today because my left knee is still bothering me.

Hopefully the Doc gives the A-Okay and I'll be able to finish up bruised but strong.

See you soon.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 66 - Countdown

I can't believe how far we've all gone into this project. It's been difficult, challenging and fun all at the same time. I'm at a point where I'm starting to countdown but I'm going to stop myself in order to take everything I can from this experience.

I spent the weekend looking over all the words of wisdom from Patrick that we received since the KFP started and realized in my enthusiasm to get going on the day's workout that I often missed some key bit of wisdom or some important piece of information - sort of like assembling the furniture without reading the instructions - there's always a screw or bolt left over...

So I'm making a conscious effort to read the information not once but twice - maybe 3 times so that I fully absorb what is important. While the practice and exercise is the key to this program, understanding the why is important to me.

The double target is great - I'm hitting and weaving and kicking like a madman - and I'm connect more than I would have thought. I started trying the follow the balls and then used my peripheral focus and found my connections going way up. I love this. I continue to envision someone in combat with me while I do these exercises.

I'm getting a little tired of my diet - I'm going to try something new. What is your favourite carb, vegetable and protein. Let me know.

See you soon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 58 - Confession Time

I have a confession to make, I have this habit and I've had it for a while now, in fact ever since my eldest was born. I rip my pants - not on the leg or the hem, not even in the pockets - all of these would be okay - I rip them in the seat of my pants. The first thing the pants salesperson asks is if I've gained some weight - I haven't, in fact I've lost some. My wife laughs at me and thinks it quite funny and my kids go into fits whenever they hear me talk about it or get a glimpse of the actual rippage.

Now I wouldn't normally tell the whole world about it, but I actually think it's quite funny and because in the past week I've been doing spontaneously Kung Fu in all places and times of my day. Not bad when you roll up the sleeves and crank out a lighting round of jabs, but in business wear a back or straight kick can be deadly to your seams. A few days ago I was getting a bit over enthusiastic and at the zenith of my kick I heard the start of a rip and pulled up short.

So its strictly sports wear for my kicks from now on....

I guess this goes to show that I'm becoming more comfortable with all the set of kicks and punches that I've done over the last month - to a point where they are a natural extension of my actions. They are in fact becoming instinctual rather than actions that I need to think about to make happen - this is what I've been waiting for. Awesome.

See you soon!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 54 - Slow Motion

Its been hot for the last few days - I mean really hot and the A/C is not working.

Started my training in this sauna-like weather and I felt like I was doing it in slow motion. Everything seemed so much harder to finish. My punches were pathetic and my kicks were terrible - I had to really work hard at things I thought I was good at.

I must have lost a litre of sweat and by the end of it all I felt a little sick and lightheaded.

If your body continues to lose fluid, you are likely to experience increasingly severe symptoms of heat illness -- general discomfort, loss of coordination and stamina, weakness, poor concentration, irritability, muscle pain and cramping, fatigue, blurry vision, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. These symptoms and even mild effects of heat stress also increase your chance of suffering an accidental injury.

So please take it easy during any hot weather and keep hydrated - I know I'm taking it easy during this heat wave!

I am craving jelly beans! I saw a pack of those gourmet ones - with all the funky flavours, and I can't stop thinking about them.

What crazy cravings have you had?

See you soon.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 51 - Lost and Found

Its been a while since I've written here and quite honestly I've been a little lost. Too many things at once and your life starts to give way at the weakest points. Last week I took it easy - focusing on my family and my business. While the KFB took a back seat I still found time to do most of the workouts, meditate and eat right(for the most part). I needed to reset and refocus and looking back on it I think I did pretty well.

Life is about balance and lately things for me were a little out of control. I think I'm back on track - I'm re-energised and I'm excited about finishing off the program.

During all of this I did take a great deal of comfort in the meditation. It was reassuring and comforting to do this - It calmed me and relaxed my nerves, helping me to focus on what really mattered.

Last post I talked about my goals and what really helped was to continue with aligning my values with my goals. I asked myself several times "Is this important, is this who I want to be" and the answer for this program was yes. I'm also very proud to be working with such a strong and motivated team! Great job everyone!

I'll see you soon.