Training is never an easy thing. Some days it’s a little easier than others, but it’s always hard work. And when you’re approaching a fight, the hard work compounds exponentially.
Oh, right, I should back up for a second: OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I HAVE A FIGHT.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be stepping into the ring for real for the first time. And as such, the coming weeks will involve considerably amping up my workout routine. It’s already started, in fact. My trainer’s been kicking my ass all over the gym these past few days. He calls it “conditioning.” I call it “ow.” But I’ve committed to doing all of it, because every second I don’t do something is a second my prospective opponent probably is doing something. So I’m in the gym for an hour or two every morning and another hour when I get home from work, and I’m busting my lovely lady lumps to get into my best possible fighting shape.
On top of this, Prospective Opponent apparently fights at a bit less than my typical walking-around weight, and a fair bit less than what the scale said the day after I returned from spending Thanksgiving week in eastern Europe, stuffing my face with spaetzle and gluhwein. In order to make the fight happen, I have to be within five pounds of her. This means the ever-dreaded cutting weight. So on top of all of the extra gym work, I’m eating a very limited, very restricted diet until fight day. It’s working so far – 16 days out, I’ve only got six pounds to go. But let me tell you, it SUCKS ROCKS. Regular weight-loss dieting is pretty damn unpleasant…but I promise you, what I’m doing now is a whole new level of suckitude. Thankfully, it’s not a permanent arrangement. I keep myself sane by thinking about all the ways I’m going to gain this weight back the second my fight is over. And in the meantime, I have the fight to look forward to.
Still, it’s never easy to paste a smile on my face and pack in all this training around a full-time job, a boyfriend, an apartment to care for, and a busy schedule of reading the internets. And sometimes it’s hard to drag myself into the extra training. Take last night, for instance. A typical Wednesday night, pre-fight-prep, would involve coming home, cooking up some stir-fry for the boyfriend and myself, and kicking back to watch Survivor, the one TV program whose bitch I have been for an entire decade. Only last night, boyfriend got to indulge in the stir-fry while I ate a salad, and I also had to add in my hour of cardio. Thankfully, the TVs in my building’s gym have been activated, so combining the workout and Survivor was easy. That didn’t stop me from being cranky about having to work out while I watched it.
If you watch Survivor and you didn’t see last night’s, you may want to avert your eyes here, because I’m going to tell you what happened. Twenty-eight days into the show, two contestants decided in last night’s episode that they were going to quit the game. Some of their fellow contestants saw the exit as advantageous to their own game, others were irritated by the quitters’ selfish and capricious reasoning. But one contestant, South Dakotan swim coach Holly Hoffman, did her best to convince at least one of them to stay.
Holly herself was ready to quit on day five of the game, until her teammate, former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, gave her a pep talk that convinced her to stick around. And now it was her turn to impart this wisdom to the weakened, downtrodden would-be quitter known to the tribe as “Kelly Purple.” As I watched Holly give her pep talk, I, like Kelly Purple, was tired. I was sore. I was freakin’ hungry. And I had a good 20 minutes left on my workout. But there was no way I was going to quit while someone was giving an inspirational speech about not quitting. Furthermore, there was no way I could possibly quit while watching an episode centered around people quitting. So I didn’t. I stuck it out and kept working until the end of the episode. No way am I going to be a quitter.
I could write about a billion more paragraphs about last night’s Survivor but this is not that kind of blog. Expect more updates as my fight date approaches – there’s a lot going on!