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shoobie

A wannabe monk willing to take the next step

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Hi guys!

 

I'm Shoobie, nice to meet you all! Let me give you a brief summary of where I am at in life before I get to the good stuff.

 

I've been in and out of this forum many times... First time around I lost 50Lbs, leveled up in amazing ways (managed to get out of depression and my self confidence sky-rocketed). But like most things in my life, after making some awesome progress, I fall off the bandwagon. I am a 38 yo woman, 95kg (209Lbs), I gained all of the 50 Lbs back, but thankfully did not become depressed again. That part of my life is still amazing. I am a senior school teacher in Brazil. I teach Biology and Physics at an international school. It's my dream job! I love it! I love every single moment of it! I have a busy life... my work day does not end once I leave work! I get home, I have tests to grade, lessons to prepare and whatnot... but I love it regardless!

 

Last year I found out I had endometriosis and a bunch of myomas (benign tumors) inside and outside my uterus. This past January I had an open hysterectomy and they scrapped off all of the endometriosis tissue they could find. I ended up with a hip to hip c-section type of scar and very flabby belly (it was kinda flabby before surgery... just got worse really -- the miomas made me look like a 9 months pregnant woman). That said, I have recovered fully from surgery and my doctor has given me the green light to start exercising again (something I didn't do all of last year due to being in a lot of pain 24/7).

 

I was brainstorming with myself about the type of exercise I would be willing to commit to. I've always liked martial arts but have never had the courage to try it (I did try capoeira when i was around 16 yo... that's a lifetime away... It didn't last... my father was completely against it and in the end he won the argument). I found a Tae Kwon Do / Hapkido place 2 blocks from my house (If it is much further than that I won't make it -- one: I can't afford the commute time, two: I'm lazy -- So I have to cut down the available excuses at least till my body is happy about exercising again... believe me, it will put on a hell of a fight). I messaged the instructor and we had a little chat about the classes and which MA to pick... He invited me over to watch / try a couple of classes for a week to see if I like it/feel comfortable or not. So tomorrow at 6 pm I'll be there watching the class, might even give it a try. I am shy... I am scared of screwing up and looking like a fool. I am overweight and most movements feel weird... I'm working on my diet but it is something that takes time. 

 

Reasons why I decided to go for MA:

  • self defense (Brazil is no easy place to live these days)
  • Discipline (the main reason I keep falling off the bandwagon is lack of discipline. It is something I demand from my students and it is something I do have work-wise... just not exercise-wise... It doesn't feel fair to demand it from my students if I don't fully have it myself)
  • stronger body/muscles all around (Its not just about the flabby belly! :P)
  • Improve my breathing (I'm heavy... I get tired very fast)
  • Help with the calorie balance (I'm bound to burn some calories in any exercises I do tho)
  • Mind/Body balance

 

Is my train of thought logical? Those of you who have MA experience, am I delusional or does what I wrote above make sense? I am excited about it and can't wait to watch the class tomorrow... But I would really love to hear your thoughts on this. I don't have any friends that do/have done MA, so the only advice I've got so far from my best friend was: "Go for Tae Kwon Do... You have really long legs!"

 

Thanks for reading all of this! I hope to bring good news tomorrow...

 

 

 

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Those are all solid reasons to join a martial art, and honestly more realistic than many I've heard.  Glad to see you in the Monks!

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Those are all solid reasons to join a martial art, and honestly more realistic than many I've heard.  Glad to see you in the Monks!
Hey Teirin! Thank you! Let's see how today goes! I'm excited!

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OMG! It was awesome! I went there with the intention to watch it... ended up going in and busting my a$$! It was so much fun!!! My muscles are all sore already but I enrolled in the class. I am officially a martial arts student!! Yay!!

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Ok.. I really am enjoying this! It's hard... oh so hard! Today was harder than Monday for sure... I am sore all over and some... I have sore muscles in places I didn't know existed! I spent all day yesterday walking like a duck... and I am sure tomorrow will be just as bad if not worse.... But man!!!! I leave that place refreshed! I dont even see time go by!!

 

Obviously my form sucks and my kicks are mostly still very weird... they get a bit better with every try but it will take time.... I am proud of myself that i am trying and enjoying it... and that i didnt fall on my face on the first kick!

 

 

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Seems like a cool thing to take up. I’m still rather big myself so I don’t think the flexibility is all the way there yet X)


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OMG guys! I have some amazing news! I managed to get through warm up today without slowing down or weezing! I cant even put into words how amazing that feels! SO HAPPY!!! By the end of training i did get a huge cramp on my thigh tho... but it didn't overshadow my happiness!! My master (sorry if i use terms wrong... I'm translating them from portuguese as I go) stretched my legs and gave me a massage.... and told me to ice it as I got home... so here i am... happy as can be... ice on my thigh and writing to you all! I could not have made a better decision on what to do to help me achieve my goals!! SO HAPPY!!!

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On 5/11/2019 at 1:04 AM, levity said:

Seems like a cool thing to take up. I’m still rather big myself so I don’t think the flexibility is all the way there yet X)


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Hey! I am big too! My hips don't lie and my belly lies even less.... I struggle every time i go there with warm ups and stretching and the kicks due to my size... I may be wrong but as long as you are mindful of what you are ding and respect your body's limits you should be ok.

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