Kicked myself in the face with my belt today

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  1. skribs

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    Bit of a long personal story here.

    3 months ago I tested for my 3rd dan, 1st gup. At my school, we have intermediate tests between dan ranks. I'll need a total of 4 gups to be eligible for my 4th dan. Near the beginning of my test, I gassed out. I almost threw up. I almost gave up. I felt sick the rest of the test and I was miserable the entire time.

    I gassed out during our kicking testing. We have 22 kicking combinations. In those 22 combinations are a total of 25 regular kicks, 10 spinning kicks, 29 jumping kicks, and 11 punches. We do each combination anywhere from 6-12 times during the test. That means I was doing probably somewhere in the realm of 600-800 kicks, with a lot of jumps and spins. I got tired.

    I made it a goal that weekend to stop consuming processed sugar, and to start hitting the gym so I could get in cardio and resistance training. I was pretty consistent about hitting the gym for a couple months, but then I got sick. I'm working on getting back into it. However, I have been consistent about the sugar. No more...
    • Soda or juice (only water and milk)
    • Syrupy breakfasts like pancakes or waffles
    • Sugary breakfasts like donuts and cinnamon roles
    • Desserts like cake, pies, cookies, chocolate, candy, or brownies (instead I eat a lot of fruit now)
    Before, I was consuming probably 2-3 liters of soda per day, and probably 4-6 servings of dessert-like food. I figure I've cut around 1200-1500 calories of sugar out of my diet, and that's including adding back in the sugar I get from fruit.

    In my work clothes, my belt had been feeling tight on the 3rd notch. It's now incredibly loose even on the smallest notch. My clothes are so baggy they don't feel right when I wear them anymore. I may need to go shopping soon. In Taekwondo, I notice the difference by the frayed part of my belt outside the knot. There's a good 2-3 inches on either tail of the belt that is frayed from where it used to be part of the knot.

    Oh, and those extra couple inches on my belt? Made it long enough to smack myself in the face when I was practicing Taegeuk #2 today. At this rate, I'm gonna need to order a smaller belt in a couple months.
     
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    It may be worth a visit to your doctor, just to be on the safe side, have a test for diabetes type 2, its not just for overweight people, coming of that much sugar, could cause type 2 as your body is not used to regulating sugars.
     
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    Well done. 2-3 liters of soda per day? Holy smokes.
     
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    If I went to work, it was 2x 20 oz. bottles at work, then water at TKD, and then 2-3x 12 oz. cans at home.
    If I didn't go to work (i.e. weekend, holiday), then it was 6-8 cans at home.
     
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    you sound pleased, so i suspect you wanted to loose weight, but there will come a time when you want to stop, so you really need to look at what your eating, if you have cut 1500 cals from your diet, you cant have been eating the required 2/2500 cals or you would have been the size of a house on 4000 cals a day, you may need to increase your non sugar intake as fast weight loss is unhealthy and your not getting enough nutrients and if you keep going you'll look like a clothes pole

    ive had to heavily modify my healthy diet, as im so healthy i look unhealthy thin
     
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    Congrats on the changes. Going to agree with jobo here-when you're at a good weight, re-evaluate your diet to get on a maintaining diet, rather than continuing your current one.
     
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    I still eat plenty of food. I eat burgers or fried chicken for lunch almost every day, a breakfast sandwich for breakfast. I'm definitely not lacking in calories. I was probably at 3500-4000 calories a day.

    Over the first 2 months I barely lost any weight, maybe 5 pounds. I just turned a lot of fat into muscle. I may have lost more weight over the last month as I've been sick and haven't been hitting the gym.
     
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    I'm sure you already know, but that's actually how it goes. First you barely lose or gain weight since muscle weighs more. Then the muscle actually helps you burn calories quicker, so that combined with hitting a natural level of muscle mass results in seeing the scale number actually change.
     
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    3500-4000 calories a day, that is intense! Seriously, good for you in recognizing the need for change, and then carrying it through.
     
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    I don't mean to preach here as I'm sure you already know, but you might want to rethink that burger/fried chicken lunch everyday.

    You can't put cheap gas in a race car. Well, you can, but those last laps are going to be sloooooooow.
     
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    One change at a time.
     
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    you cant turn fat into muscle, nor muscle into fat

    I find getting over 2500 cals to be a significant challenge, the healthier thefood is the more you have to eat, I'm spending nearly all day forcing myself to eat

    add it up and see what your actually taking in

    I'm just about to drink a pint of milk with 3 shredded wheat in to get a quick 800 cals before bed
     
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    I can lose fat weight and gain muscle weight, thus my weight turns from fat into muscle.
     
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    The sugar in soda is quite addictive I've been reading lately. Well, it's not especially "sugar in soda," though that seems to be the most prevalent form, it's sugar genearally.

    Our bodies aren't really designed to have that much readily available sugar, it causes problems.
     
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    Edit: double post.
     
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    If memory serves there are about 150 calories in a can of soda. So at 6-8 cans/day that alone averages to about 1,000 calories. Adding 2,500-3,000 calories with burgers and fried chicken would be walk in the park.
     
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    Not only is sugar addictive, but you figure...
    • Caffeine is addictive
    • I would drink soda with everything: every meal, as a snack, while I'm sitting on my computer (at work in IT or at home as a gamer)
    • You don't think about how much sugar is in soda, so it adds up fast.
    • Carbonated beverages are also habit-forming, in that a lot of people who quit soda will turn to sparkling water to get that fizz
    It's very easy to overdo it on soda.
     
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    Hey, good work making such a substantial change. That’s not an easy thing to do, and lots of folks fail quickly. As others have suggested, a next step (one at a time) is improving the quality of what’s left. I’m not a health food but - there are some foods I just won’t give up - but moderating the worst stuff goes a long way.
     
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    So I figured it out. If I do a hinge chamber then my arm blocks the belt when I kick.
     

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