July Boxing Goals - Month 2!
I am officially starting month #2 on my journey from almost-middle-aged, semi-professional coach potato to beginner boxing hobbyist!
First off, how does one even choose goals when everything is so bad? I asked Coach L after a session today and he let me know - that's generally something a coach works on with you. And then kindly shared that improving my leg fitness would be a good start. That way a coach could tell if it was fitness/stamina thing or an actual technique thing.
I've got to be honest. It is for sure a fitness/stamina thing. And maybe also technique. :) Those first few classes, I couldn't even get to a comfortable stance with my back heal lifted. Honestly, working on that cardio and picking anything seems like a good start. I'm focusing on things that I already do in class that won't potentially reinforce bad habits. Like building a daily core work routine.
- Continue with 3-5 classes a week.
- Reward self with Captain Marvel Hyabusa wraps after getting to >30 workouts!
- Anticipated challenges: Last month, I was able to do two weeks of 5 classes, but it was rough on my body. If I'm feeling worn down, then I can always drop a cardio class and do two cardio classes and two technique classes.
- Add daily core work. Think this could really help my performance. And I could easily do a few months every day.
- Using this Precision Striking workout from YouTube. Its 7 minutes and 22 seconds and I don't know that I can do all the movement in the video. But modifications abound.
- Anticipated challenges: I have fantasies of doing this in the morning. But I suck at waking up early. I'll try at night first. Also need a reminder near my bed to do this, in case I forget.
Nutrition - Meal records and tastes.
- Record my off plan meals in my planner. Working towards a +90% whole food, plant based diet. Ultimately want 2 or less off-plan meals a week. Also want to limit my breads/gluten in hopes of lower the inflammation in my joints. I think tracking these is a solid first step. Will let me know how close to 90% I am.
- Anticipated challenges: Forgetting that this is a goal. Another reminder next to my bed will help and maybe a little daily checklist in my planner too.
- Taste my food! Track that in the planner too! Want to see if I can get my husband on board with describing our meals so I'm not just saying stuff in my head. This doubles as a therapy assignment to help with decreasing my binging.
- Same challenges as above.
Spiritual/mental: Keep toughening up!
- Push when its hard. Keep practicing during class. Find some opportunities to practice in the other parts of my life. Might add a related mantra to my planner. "I'm learning to push when its hard."
- Learn to think when I'm tired/overwhelmed. Cardio class is the prime time to practice this! I'm wiped from the warm up when trying to learn combos.
- Make at least weekly blog posts! I have a backlog of topic/things I still need to process from the first month. And considering my current skillz, I'm pretty sure I'll be learning more in month 2!
- Read more boxing blogs. Found the Glowing Edge, with my favorite "9 Reasons to Start Boxing after 40" article. Also want to work through the beginner's guide at ExpertBoxing.com.