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You can either laugh or cry

You can either laugh or cry

I spent almost five hours in A&E on Monday due to a toe. That’s right, I went to A&E because of my big toe. It’s quite embarassing, really. As a martial artist you’re always secretly hoping to come out of A&E with some badly scraped knuckles, perhaps a broken rib or two, at the very least a bad-ass cut above the eye. The stuff you see in the movies, basically. It’s cool, sort of bad-ass, and it says “I ain’t going down without a fight.”

There’s also a massive amount of injuries which are not movie-cool, but serious enough to warrant massive kudos: concussions, a broken jaw or some fractured ocular bones, to name a few.

Then there’s the everyday injuries which are more like routine A&E visits to simply get the thing patched up: broken nose, broken finger, swollen ankles, torn muscles, and the like.

You’ll see that a toe does not appear in any of these three categories. That’s because a toe injury is about as cool as watching snails (unless you’re David Attenborough, in which case it’s about as cool as watching humans). Incidentally, it’s also one of the worst frickin’ things to hurt cause everything gets screwed up: you can’t kick properly, you’re movement is fecked, you’re constantly off-balance, and you’re mind is in overdrive trying to compensate for all this shit while it’s also trying to keep you alive long enough to counter and keep you in the fight.

Something’s gotta give at some point, it’s just inevitable. You’re fighting is shit, your motivation is dropping, you become unresponsive, and even the greenest rookie can easily bypass your guard. At least that’s how you feel, and all thanks to that toe which is now throbbing in pain and making your life hell.

So, now you have two choices: You can either laugh or cry. Laugh, smile, let the good drugs you’re body is pumping out do their job and force yourself onwards. Or cry, give up, stop pushing yourself and give in.

We all have bad days. Days we roll out of bed and nothing goes right. Days we just feel like the world is stacked against you. Those are the days you’ve really got to keep smiling, fine the good in the bad and simply persevere.

My toe threw off my fighting today, and it was a bad day for me. Nothing came together like it used to, and that was it. By the end of practice I was giggling like a fourteen year old girl. I was in pain because of a pathetic little bony joint, nothing felt right, and it was just too stupid to be upset about. So laugh, find the good parts of today (turn kick that found its target 😀 ), ignore the rest, and do better tomorrow.

HBS Fitness test Push-ups:
36/54   —-   Sit-ups: 41/70   —-   Pull-ups: 5/14   —-   3k run: 17:00/12:00
Goal for this week: 39/46/6+16:40


Back to the old mill, eh?

Damn... That's a lot of bruises

Fifteen days straight of exercise! 15! That’s right, over two weeks with two hours or more of high-intensity exercise every day. No wonder my body is rebelling and telling me to quit. Between bruised legs, bloody knees and hurting ribs I finally gave in and declared yesterday a day of rest. It was good. I spent an entire day doing nothing at all but hang out with friends, classes and eating food. A rest day is a necessary day every so often, so I’m thinking every Saturday will be one.

Speaking of food! My daily calorie intake is now at 3000 calories a day! That is kinda insane, but I also kinda need it. Probably gonna cut down a bit, aim for 2800 or so instead. I’ve found this great app called Calorie Counter to help me. Very good, very simple to use, has the basic functions you need and nothing flashy add-on bitly bobs. Means counting my calories are now really easy as all I do is scan a barcode or add foods from a previous meal.

Today, however, is a normal day and thus MMA is on the program. 2 hours of gruelling, intense and painful fun. I’m already getting psyched for it 🙂

Fitnesslevel compared to HBS:

Push-ups: 36/45 (grade 4.5)   —   Sit-ups: 36/70 (grade 3)   —   Pull-ups: 5/14 (2.5)   —   Cardio: 17:10/12:00 (fail)

Overall grade strength: 3.3   —   Improvement from last week: 3 push-ups, 45s cardio   —   Goal for next week: 36/40/6+16:50

Oh, bad timing…

I think I’m getting a throat infection. For the last week it’s felt as though I can’t swallow properly, so I’ll drop by the doc’s on Monday and schedule and appointment. I could phone them, but they’re on campus and only a five minute walk away so I’d probably feel really stupid phoning them. It’s kinda bad timing as the fight season is about to start up (hopefully), but what can you do, eh? And better now than before Selection, that’s for sure.

BJJ went well today, lot’s of stuff done. I need to work on my ground game, tho. I’m weak as hell in it.

Busy week/NCO Application

My plan for this blog was to post something after every single time I went outside or did something that got me closer to passing Selection. I’m afraid to say I have utterly failed at that. In my defence it is because I’ve been real busy this week with MMA and cardio. Two hours of Muay Thai, four of BJJ, no clue how much time I’ve spent running and shite. Gonna test my 3k run and physical tomorrow, so look forward to that if you’re a regular. First time I’ll let you know my exact stats 😛

I’ve also gotten a good-to-go on the rough draft of my research proposal, which means if I’m structured, ordered and disciplined (I’m just about 1 out of those 3… >.<) I’ll be able to finish off my dissertation before Selection. Yeah, finishing an MSc three months early. No pressure or anything.

Last night was the first time the link on the military’s website to the application was active, so I went in to apply straight away. However, two things happened preventing me from finishing it:

1. They want translations of any non-Norwegian documents attached. I have no idea if that applies to English as well… But I’ve e-mailed both the Norwegian Embassy and FOS (the Application and Selection part of the military in Norway), so hopefully I’ll know that by Monday.

2. I couldn’t actually fit in my degree in the little box they gave me… Granted, my degree title is ridiculously long, but it still made me feel slightly confident I’ll at least get through Application 😀

Slightly more personal-stuff-y: I dropped something 110 quid on MMA stuff yesterday (club kit, hoodie, pull-up bar). I need it to compete (ARRGH! More money spent), but I’m also supposed to get my driver’s license -.- Damnit.

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