It finally arrived – the day I got the girlies together for some fun and frolics!
An early start bought car-loading, table-shifting, and a blow up Santa and snowman! I headed to the venue early to get set up and prepared for the lovely ladies. I had hired the local village hall to get together some like-minded ladies for a pre-Christmas gathering.
We had a lovely catch up – and it was fabulous to finally meet a few people that I have chatted to online and over the phone, along with some lovely familiar faces. The first part of the day was spent gossiping really…and this was followed by a discussion surrounding mindfulness – and a nice relaxation designed to keep you in the moment.
It was then on to the self-defence. To be honest, I was expecting a bit of kicking and punching at this point…and could maybe have done with it! Instead we were scared I guess by a conversation which again surrounded mindfulness. This time it was about being aware of surroundings…not putting yourself in certain situations, how to keep your bubble of space, how to attack weak points with anything you might happen to be carrying…apparently lipstick in the eye is good, as is a lip liner pencil in the neck, a stamp on the foot with high heels, and a pinch and twist of the soft flesh on the underside of your arm…or on the bingo wings as I call them!
So it was a great session, but maybe not quite what I expected. And I also think that a couple of people might have been a bit overwhelmed by some of the experiences this chap had had…people handing over their wallet and keys and then getting home to find their partner attacked and house robbed. So it made me think about situations I might put myself in.
We also talked about stance and posture, and how attackers single out those who look vulnerable…and so how to walk tall and be proud.
This was followed by lunch…lots of it too. Five ladies couldn’t join us – so my mammoth pan of veggie chilli, jacket potatoes, cheese, salad, black Forrest fruits, Total Greek yogurt, clementines, and bananas went down well…but I do think that I will be eating this for the week to come! Considering the ingredients cost me well over my weeks shopping budget, this isn’t a bad thing though!
After lunch we had an introduction into the martial art of Kali – Filipino stick fighting. This was excellent. We saw a demonstration which left me in awe…it was like watching a dance. Apparently, this was how the Filipino’s got away with keeping their martial art during an invasion…by disguising it as a dance! We then got given sticks to have a go, and learnt the first five movements and some foot work.
People kept away from my other half during this, as he has quite some reach on him and was waving the stick around as if his life depended on it!
It got me quite out of puff actually, but was such good fun that I didn’t really notice this until I was sweating. They finished with another little demonstration for us, and I think it was then that we realised how much effort it takes to reach that level as we struggled – okay I struggled! – with simple footwork.
Once this was finished, we sat around and chatted about our progress and plans for next year. Some have 5k runs planned, some have 60+ mile events planned…it was great to hear what made people tick. There was lots of talk about food – obviously…ladies and weight loss does tend to equal food talk! And we also talked briefly about something I call the ‘Circle of Life’ which is a review of key areas in our life.
This review tends to give some clarity around things we could focus on, and then out of this comes goals…which, for me, are essential for progress. I like to have things to tick off the list!
I promised the ladies that I would send this info over to them, along with some goal setting stuff for 2014…and I will, but I have my uni work to plough through first and so that will be a new year thing I think.
One thing that I noticed was that as well as my focus on mindfulness today, both the self defence and Kali specialist also spoke about this…and enjoying life now…and focusing on doing stuff that makes you feel good. So it’s good to know that I am on the right track!
Other than this, today has been straightforward enough…although my dog did wee on the floor of the village hall as she was so excited to meet everyone!
A lovely food day! Brekkie was a nice protein boost to keep me going. Lunch was good too – I could smell it cooking whilst we were doing our self-defence stuff. I had used Quorn mince, onion, peppers, mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, spinach, garlic, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, Cajun seasoning, tomato purée and a bit of pasatta – syn free and full of superfree veggies. I followed this with some fruit and yogurt. Dinner was just something light and simple – pittas stuffed with mushroom, tomatoes, salad leaves and cheese.
Exercise: 30 minutes or so of Kali.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx