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A goal readjustment

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Exercise for the sake of exercise has never been my cup of tea. I always seem to do better if the activity is something I like to do. Then I don't view it as hard work or pointless. A couple of years ago I signed my kids up to take Tae Kwon Do. I had done this myself in my early twenties and enjoyed the heck out of it! It turns out that I couldn't keep my feet off the mats and joined up with my kids. It's a lot different this time around. My body isn't one to recover as quickly as it did 20 years ago - go figure. I also view it differently. In my twenties as a single woman with no children I could devote more time to this. This time around I fit this activity in when the conflicts of school or camp or family don't interfere with class time. My trouble is that my weight is interfering with my goal of putting on my black belt again. It's not that "lost" it. It's that because I've been out of the loop for so long that putting on the black belt without having the knowledge or skill to back it up anymore isn't right. I hope to test soon to earn it "back". So while I have my knowledge and skill set up to a certain point, my weight has made me slow. It's kept me from being the best I can be in this sport. I'm not in any kind of shape to prove to myself that I can and should wear my old belt. So maybe my goal isn't "lose weight". It's "get in shape so I can wear my Black Belt!"
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