So, I completed my first TaeKwonDo Class last night. Two things became blatantly apparent to me. The first revelation was that I'm not so coordinated! I've been watching my family do TKD for almost 2 years. It didn't look so hard from where I sat... on a bench, on my butt (more on that later!) I even fought off giggles a couple of times when Gerry or the boys got their limbs tangled up! Guess what? It's HARD!! I can't tell you how many times Miss Chase (my instructor/best babysitter in the world) told me to do X & Y at the same time and not one part of my body listened! Yikes. If you check out the YouTube vid, you'll see what it's supposed to look like!!
Item two. My butt has muscles in it that haven't been used....ever! As a point of reference, this might be a good time to share that I used to weigh about 80 lbs more than I do now. Well... we are the home state of Ben & Jerry!! After four pregnancies in 7 years I was quite LAHHGE as they say in my home state! A friend sent me a postcard with information about how to drink her special shakes and loose weight. What struck me was the vision of her sitting at a desk thinking of who to send these cards to, and coming up with my name! It was the reality check that I needed. I DIDN'T drink the shakes, but I did shake the weight. So then I started working out.
Not fanatically, but enough to tone up a little and feel ok in jeans...most of the time.
Anyway! Last night I did about 25 round kicks and 25 side kicks and 15 axe kicks and some other stuff and I can feel it!! Here and here and over there! Ouch! I'm now lowering myself into chairs in an awkward, slow way!
It was actually a blast and I can't wait to go again on Tuesday. I love the idea of getting past the "I can't do this" that I started to feel and getting to the "YESSSSS!" of actually doing it! And, if the promise of a better butt isn't enough, then certainly looking at Ella in her sparring gear is worth it!