This past week, I made it to all four classes each night. I think I found a good rotation, doing MMA class on Monday and Wednesday nights and no Gi on Tuesday and Thursdays. They are different types of workouts and use different muscles. So its good to break it up for myself, at least for now.
By Thursday night, my arms were so tired, I didn’t think I could drive home. Plus my neck hurt like hell after trying to find out of a triangle in no gi. For those who don’t know, a triangle looks like this:
As you can see, it’s very uncomfortable. He didn’t quite have it locked in at first, so I kept trying to fight my way out of it. But he turned his hips and his leg started pressing against my windpipe, at which point I tapped. But my neck hurt for the next two days after that. I guess I should have tapped sooner. That guy was Hunter Gardener who won his debut amateur MMA fight on Saturday night, so congrats to Hunter. Its cool to know a guy I trained with won his fight.
That is where the team atmosphere at Ohana comes in. By training together, we make each other better so we can all succeed. MMA might be an individual sport, but it’s your training partners, coaches and instructors who all work together to make each fighter successful.
The big news is I weighed myself last night for the first time in almost a month. According to that scale, I now weigh 300 lbs even. Which means I’ve lost 12 pounds in the month of November, and 50 lbs total so far. This puts me and the halfway point to my goal of reaching 250 lbs. Once there, I’ll see if it is feasible for me to lose anymore. Heavyweight class cuts off at 265, then light heavyweight at 205. It will be very tough for me to reach an maintain weighing 205, but we’ll see. I weighed 190 when I was in the Marines, but that was ALL cardio. I lacked a lot of upper body strength.
Where I’m at now, I’m already gaining a lot of muscle and strength in my arms, shoulders and chest. Funny thing is, I still don’t feel like I’ve lost all that much. Part of me fears the scales have been wrong all along and I’m really still closer to 350 lbs. The other thing is how my belly fat seems to be the last thing moving, or not moving at all. So while I’m thinning out in my arms, legs, chest and face, I still have the big old belly flopping down over my pants. Not a pretty sight.
But once I drop below 300, that will be the first time in a few years I’ve weight less than 300 lbs. So I’m basically now at the starting point I was at like three or four years ago when I was trying to lose weight. I had lost some weight but didn’t build any muscle, and it came back plus some after my testosterone levels started dropping.
So this has been a good week for me. I’ll be 39 on Monday. Last night my wife and I went up to Austin, TX and hit a bunch of clubs on 6th street. It’s become an annual ritual, and we love it. Every time we’ve gone there, we’ve had a blast.
So tomorrow I’ll be back in MMA class. Hopefully my progress will continue.