Exercise! - Going from sofa to...dojo!

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02-04-2008, 03:02 PM
I've been extremely lazy in the past few years, my only physical exercises were moving the tv remote controler from my left hand to my right hand...
In january I said STOP and I started to go on long walks on the snowy roads of my village at least 3-4 times a week, I bought batteries for my stationary bike and I started to use it almost every day... As a reward I bought myself a step counter to keep me motivated on my walks and a Pilates ball to sit on in front of my tv or computer instead of my sofa...
With effort and a diet based on calories counting I lost 17 lbs. only in january.
Now I said it is time to start something new, I enrolled in a karate club. Tonight is gonna be my very first class in the dojo. It is going to be 2-3 times a week, for 1 hour and a half each class.
I've chosen karate because I already practiced this during my teenage years and I loved it! I enrolled my hubby too.
So, what do you think? Is it too much? Is it too fast? My husband said is much too fast, we should loose a few more pounds before subscribing at a club...So, I don't know. But I really want to do it! I have all the determination! Is just that I don't know if I will really be able to spend so much energy...I really need your advices, guys!
Thank you!

02-04-2008, 05:01 PM
I say just show up and have some fun!

Modify your movements if it helps, leave a little early if you have to (I establish a lie beforehand for this, terrible I know i.e. I only have a babysitter until ----, I have a class that starts at -- on this day...)

Which hey it worked for me, I was more than a little paranoid about overexerting myself in front of others at first. But as it's Karate depending on your instructor you might be running through mostly techniques at first, learning Katas etc. it could be pretty low impact, with some mild warm ups at the beginning of class (if I remember correctly I had to do jumping jacks so wear a sports bra definitely :lol:)

But really, I say go for it! Half the battle is motivation anyway, if you think you can do it, then I'm sure you can.

Don't forget to bring a bottle of water!

02-04-2008, 05:31 PM
It doesn't sound unreasonable, if you think you can do it. You know what you need to do, as far as motivating yourself goes. It sounds like your hubby is nervous that people will think badly of him and is looking for an excuse to put it off - my DH is like that. Stick to your guns and drag him along - he'll probably love it in the end :lol:

If this is a beginner class, I doubt you'll be the only ones that aren't sure if they can 'hack it'. The instructor will probably assume not everyone is in tip-top shape anyway. If you can speak to him before hand, warn him that you're new to exercising and you don't know what your limits are and you might need to adapt your routine until you've had time to adjust.


/waves from Montreal

project chel
02-04-2008, 05:47 PM
YAY! How fun!!! I think you know if you're ready... and you sound pretty darn ready! I agree... if you go have fun and do what you can, it'll be fine. My husband would probably say something like that too... he doesn't like to do much these days. I would love to do something like that! Have fun!!!

02-04-2008, 05:47 PM
Well, thank you, guys! Thank you!
Yes, is true, my DH is shy like a flower to show others his huge belly and his lack of exercising. I also think he feels a bit jealous that I am an orange belt and he has none! :D Also, as most canadians, he thinks the only sport on the planet is hockey, and he practice it a lot with a beer and a pizza in front of the tv! Esspecialy if "les Canadiens" have a match!
But I know that if we pay money for the inscription to this club, he will want to come! Cause we have bikes, and we have skates and a swimmingpool but, because we don't have to pay a fee for having them, everytime I insist we skate, or swim or bike his answer is "tomorrow".
So, wish me luck cause tonight is the night! I don't even have a kimono anymore so we will start training in joggings.
Waves from Lanaudiere!

02-04-2008, 08:43 PM
Or, going from sofa to...SOFA!
Guess what happened guys?!?!?!
My wonderfull, delightfull, precious husband didn't show up HOME tonight!
He didn't even call! And he is the one driving the car, there is no way I can go to the club by walking, is much, much too far! And a taxi will have cost me the price for one month inscription!
And guess what? Nothing wrong happened, don't even think he had an accident or something imprevisible came out, no, no, no! I called his job 15 minutes AFTER the training started and he was there, hunging up with the "guys"...And he wasn't even thinking of calling me home to say something like "honey, I'm late".
I don't know what to do.
I'm soooooo sooooooooo soooooooo down.
:( :( :(

project chel
02-04-2008, 08:50 PM
Oh, sweetie! I'm sorry. That really really sucks. Do you have any workout tapes you could put in or something... maybe that would make you feel better or go for a walk? :hug:

02-04-2008, 09:03 PM
Oh, sweetie! I'm sorry. That really really sucks. Do you have any workout tapes you could put in or something... maybe that would make you feel better or go for a walk? :hug:

Huh, I'm so down. I don't have any tapes but I have a bike. I will use it. That's all I can do. Outside is dark and snow and too cold for a walk, so I will ride my bike :(
Thank you for being with me.:hug:
I will ride that bike untill I will be slim and sexy and I will look at him to see how he is fat and rounded like a bowling ball!:mad:

02-04-2008, 09:50 PM
Oh no!! That's awful of him to leave you with no way to get to the class!! It sounds like he's *terrified* of going!!!

Any way you can bribe a neighbour to drive you the next time if he pulls another no-show? Or maybe remind him repeatedly the next class?

Ugh - and you can't even go out for a stress-relieving walk. Crappy winter!


02-04-2008, 11:40 PM
Aww. :hug:

Maybe you should let him off the hook from the class. He might be more inclined to come home with the car if he can stay home and make dinner while you're out exercising. It sounds like he really doesn't want to do it--but that shouldn't stop you! Look forward to next week.

project chel
02-04-2008, 11:48 PM
yeah... maybe you should let him out of it. I know how it is... I would LOVE for my husband to do something fun like that... I've tried and tried. Then finally I just threw up my hands and started doing things on my own. I'm much happier now that I let him off the hook... and I'll remind him of that when I'm gettin' second looks and he's not. :) Is that bad? Maybe I shouldn't have said that... well, too late.

02-05-2008, 11:21 AM
yeah... maybe you should let him out of it. I know how it is...

Yes, indeed, I will let him out of this. I will go and practice alone, I will slim down, I'll get better while he will stay at home and eat pizza. And guess who will be the WINNER in the end? He will be approaching 300 while I will be approaching 100...He will have more and more difficult times in lacing his shoes while I will win my black belt! And I will laugh, God how I will laugh out loud when the time will come...

02-07-2008, 09:58 PM
Hurray! Victory!
I was finaly there! And I was running and I was doing push-ups and a lot of stuffs and it was soooooooo difficult! I went home and every muscle is painfull, I even feel muscles I didn't even know exists.
And today I went jogging in the snow and walking rapidly and I feel better allready!
Tomorrow I will go shovel a few tones of snow off my patio and I will ride my bike, and during the weekend I will iceskate!
And monday evening I will return to my karate class.
I know is darn difficult but I promissed myself not to let even a single day without exercising in a way or another. My body deserves exercising and good food. Real food.
It is a bit dissapointing that with all these efforts my pounds go away extremely slow. But what else can I do? I'm at a point where I can not realy increase anymore - for now - my physical exercising because I am already at a maximum I can handle. And I can not decrease my calories intake neither cause I'm already at less than 1200cal/day.
So, I don't know what to do. Pounds don't wanna go away!I guess they love me too much.

02-07-2008, 11:00 PM
Yay you!

If you're eating fewer than 1200 calories a day, then that is almost certainly the problem. Bodies often have an easier time losing with a higher number of calories (say 1400-1500) than they will with 1200 or fewer. The idea is that the body thinks it is being starved to death and hangs on to every ounce of fat for dear life. I strongly, strongly, strongly suggest upping your calories to at least 1400 and trying that for a few weeks. You'll likely lose more weight and you'll definitely be less hungry.

(Also, in order to meet your nutritional needs, 1200 cals is the baseline. Unless you are being supervised by a doctor, you shouldn't be eating any fewer than 1200 calories per day, minimum!!!)

Unless you know your body and your weight loss needs really, really well, there is virtually no good reason to eat fewer than 1200 calories per day. It's bad for you and it's counterproductive. Really. Come hang out in the calorie counters forum if you want more info. We see this sort of thing all the time.

02-08-2008, 11:36 AM
I say, now is better than never! I hope you enjoyed going to the dojo, I'm sure you will do fine. I went to a kenpo dojo when I was in high school, the reason I weight to long? I thought I was to fat and out of shape, however, not putting it off brought me a lot of good things: self-confidence, strength, and something to dedicate myself to. Have fun!

project chel
02-08-2008, 11:48 AM
YAY! You sound so good! I'm so glad for you!

And I do agree with baffled. 1200 calories is pretty darn low and your body is probably in starvation mode... yes it is real. You may want to go ahead and take the calories up. You'll probably see a loss if you do that.

03-15-2008, 01:03 PM
My karate is going very fine, last week I won my yellow belt.
My resistance to effort increased a lot and now I am able to bike for 1 hour a day (stationary bike) at a medium-high intensity. (Before I was able only 30 min a shot at a minimum intensity). I didn't loose a pound yet but I didn't gain any, neither. I feel stronger and much more "en forme".

03-15-2008, 02:54 PM
Woohoo! :bravo: :carrot:

It's amazing how quickly you get into shape - it's almost like your body is begging you to do this! There's a world of difference between 'knowing' exercise is good for you and experiencing the well being and energy you get when you actually DO IT. Losing pounds is nice too, but the extra weight will slowly fall away as you keep at it. I thought I'd lose weight faster too, but I'm not too surprised to see the scale going down only by a couple of pounds in the last month - my leg muscles are really taking shape under their padding and I can see that my clothes are getting looser. I'm obviously losing fat and gaining muscle, and you are probably doing the same thing, so I wouldn't worry too much about what the scale says.

Did your DH ever get over his fear and join you? My DH has been promising to start doing some light weights and crunches for a month, but seems to be unwilling to actually start - I think he feels like he'll look stupid if he does weights. :dunno: I don't know who he thinks will judge him like that, but I think that's what he's worried about. He's never exercised before now though, so I don't think he's very comfortable with the concept. One thing at a time - at least he's using our elliptical every day :D


03-16-2008, 03:32 PM
Did your DH ever get over his fear and join you? My DH has been promising to start doing some light weights and crunches for a month, but seems to be unwilling to actually start - I think he feels like he'll look stupid if he does weights. :dunno: I don't know who he thinks will judge him like that, but I think that's what he's worried about. He's never exercised before now though, so I don't think he's very comfortable with the concept. One thing at a time - at least he's using our elliptical every day :D


My DH is as lazy as a DH can be. He wants to slim down, he wants to exercise and he makes tones of promisses and plans...but when the moment comes to go and ride the bike or go to the gym, he ALWAYS has something more "important" to do....mostly something important on his computer, like killing little and defensless virtual guys in stupid games...:mad:

03-16-2008, 04:37 PM
Things are going great for you Vek!

I'm sure you are putting on muscle with all this exercising. Try eating some more calories from protein (whey shakes are very high in protein and low in cal) and I'm sure you'll start losing more. There are at least 2 reasons for that: 1) you'll have more energy - thus better workouts - because the body will be able to tap into the extra protein; 2) your body will have more protein to build muscle, and that muscle will consume more calories (from fat) all day long, no matter what you do.

Losing slowly isn't such a bad thing, because it means you are bulding a solid foundation that will remain there. And remember that "easy come, easy go", and that's espacially true with weight loss.

03-18-2008, 12:27 PM
vek - It's too bad your DH is still making up excuses so that he doesn't have to exercise. It's so much more fun for you when you have someone to go with. But I suppose he has to 'see the light' for himself. He has to want to lose weight and get in shape, sure (that's the easy part - every one wants that to happen), but he also has to *want* to do what is necessary for that to happen. I know for years I would start up some exercise program and then find excuses to quit. I didn't really want to do the work. This time feels different - I found some new level of commitment I had been lacking before. Something 'clicked' that had never 'clicked' before.

Oh well, you're in charge of your own body and DH is in charge of his. Maybe he'll come around when the weather is better and he feels like getting out and doing more. Soon you'll be able to go for walks (or maybe 'swims' if all this snow melts at once...), and maybe that bit of exercise will encourage him to do more.


03-18-2008, 01:25 PM
Your determination is totally admirable.
I am sorry to read about what your DH did to you - that was so not nice of him to not show up, especially on a night when you needed the car. Maybe an attempt on his side to sabotage the dojo?
I think you should eat a bit more though, 1200 is way to low intake for the amount of physical activity.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.

03-20-2008, 01:35 PM
Thank you guys for the encouragements!:hug:
Soon I will post a pic with me wearing my karategi!:dizzy:
I really LOVE practicing karate.:carrot: