May 31, 2010

Sad and enraged

Today I woke up and didn't want to train. I was feeling angry and extremely sad. Fortunately I decided to start jumping which seemed to calm some of the furious energy inside me. Then I just kept on training. Punching like it was for real and kicking the hell out of this situation I can't change and which I will have to live with for four more years, along with millions of compatriots. 

To let the fury break free was kind of satisfying and it would have been even better if I had a punching bag.

Then came meditation time. No calm, no peace. But then I thought: this moment is training but it's also for real. This is a situation that affects me deeply. This is me suffering and trembling so this is a great opportunity to see what meditation can do.  Those 2 or 3 minutes of concentrating on breathing in and breathing out and bringing the mind back to silence every time it escaped, were refreshing, were like a pain killer. That silence break helped me see myself being there and accepting what it is or seems to be. 

Now that I know I'm here, all I have to do is go on.

A kiss to KFB!

May 27, 2010

Neuronal connections

After three months of PCP, completing abs exercises meant one thing: training is over.

In KFB, abs are in the middle of the work out. So after abs, already tired from leg swings and push-ups, I exhale and my body is ready to relax completely.
But no way! Ahead comes the most challenging part of the training for me: punches and kicks.

It takes an extra push to stand up and continue.

Does this happen to you too?

May 25, 2010


I'm feeling much better today. I started the workout earlier so the sun was kind to me.

I just wanted to say that my hips begin to feel the side kicks by the 3rd set. This kicks are a serious exercise.

Volcano stretch is so uncomfortable. I stretch in two directions: pushing my foot to the ground and pushing the upper body up and to the side. Then I begin to tremble with the exhalations. Is it the reason why this stretch is called the volcano?

May 24, 2010

Heavy Monday

First, let me welcome the KFB teams: Leopard, Tiger and Crane. I wish lots of fun to all of us. 

Team Crane: we will rock!!

Morning saviour

Now, I have a horrible hungover today. Last night I drank a couple of beers. I was having a good time, feeling so relaxed and nourished by the  liquid cereals that I forgot how strong German beer can be. Or maybe it is that, as we all know now, after PCP the body doesn't react so good to alcohol. 

So this morning the sun was already shinning strong when I began to jump, kick and punch and it was horrible. Poor balance, sad level of coordination, noisy mind. It sucked but I thanked my body for trying its best.

Even if I feel ill  today I have to say that I like the freedom of having just two rules of food for the KFB up till now: no processed food and no carbs for dinner. This means we will have to use our judgement and experience on many other issues to make the best out of the 90 days of training. Just like in normal life.

May 21, 2010

Wide angle stretch

Not a very wide angle today. It took 5 minutes for my left leg to relax and begin to stretch. I felt a constant tension all along the outer side of the leg and some pain in the inner part.

So much work to do here!

During meditation my mind was all around, in time and space. I stayed a long time trying to solve a design detail and deciding what to write here.
After 5 minutes my back began to curve and hurt a little.

Today is a week of KFB and I'm having fun. I'm eager to meet the other participants and curious about what's coming for us.

I think I will have some cake today!!!!!

Day 6

Wow! Today my legs were very tired by the time I was doing the last sets of straight kicks. My pants make a very nice whip sound when I do these kicks!

The stances.... they seem like little effort is needed but there's something deeper going on when you do them.

A moment to welcome back my friend the plank. I didn't expect to meet you again so soon... (I had forgotten you!)

During meditation I'm just enjoying to be there, trying to breath deeply and paying attention to my thoughts: lyrics from a song, a garden, a certain worry. What a difference from the first day when my mind was calmed.

I'm being very very hungry for breakfast.

May 18, 2010


Since I finished PCP I started working out in the mornings. Right after I wake up. I want this to become a habit for three reasons:

*As I need to wake up earlier  I get much more done throughout the day.
*I feel energized during the day after working out.
*The chances of missing a workout are fewer.

Until now it has been  relatively easy to wake up early and begin jumping. It's cool to change, to play little tricks to yourself to become what you want.

Today I felt a bit tired during the workout and not very focused. Maybe I'm not eating enough for dinner.

Good news: now I can do complete push-ups 4 sets 8 reps!

Already sore?

Yes.  I think it was the kicks. I also felt my muscles getting tired faster than yesterday during the kicks and punches.

The stretches really do me good. A mixture of pain and relief. I can't wait for the day when I can touch my knees with the forehead while bending.

When I opened my eyes after meditation a tiny spider was spinning her web from my arm to my chest. 

Today I needed 5 more minutes to finish the training. 

the first day

It was fun!!

A sunny morning is a good thing to begin this new training. 

The exercises were fun to do. Concentration is essential  not to loose balance and so the time flies. Before I could get tired it was time for stretching. I love the idea of counting breaths while stretching because the mind begins to chill out and the body gets ready for the most welcome 5 minutes of sitting meditation.

It took me 1 hour to do all the exercises including rope jump. I have been eating normal which means good healthy food PCP style.

May 14, 2010

new adventure

This is my new adventure. I will be getting lean, strong, flexible and agile, eating good food and challenging myself once again.

Let the Training begin!!!