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5 Things I Love About Tae Kwon Do


I live Tae Kwon Do! I started last year on a fluke. I went to sign up my daughter. 5 things I love about Tae Kwon Do.
Moon Yip- I don’t know how to spell it but we say it in the beginning and end of class. Bow your head clear your mind. It feels so good to focus only on thing for 1 hour
No age gap- I can and am expected to do as well as the teenage boy
Kiap- it’s what you yell when you kick or punch. Great stress reliever
work out- we run ,jump, kick, squats push ups. No class is ever the same
Teaching- it’s in my nature as a doctor to teach. I love working with the lower belts.
What your favorite exercise and why?

Spark People 31 Daily Tips for July: I got work to do!

Spark people puts out a month calendar with tips on how to learn a new skill over a month. Things like eat healthier, exercise and this month stress less. When I read this months on stress I was like ok I’ve heard all of this before. I then told myself look at it really and see what you can change. I’ve been under a lot of stress. I would say just lately but I think it’s just the theme of my life. It seems one thing after another but I thank the Lord he always gets me through. I do need to stress a little less. I guess the thing would be to pick the recommendation for the day and practice it but I wouldn’t do it. I picked a few things I know I need to work on.

  • Just breath It’s recommended to take 10 full breaths to calm yourself down. I really need to practice this. It will prevent a really foul comment that I probably really mean from coming out of my mouth.
  • Don’t multitask as a working mom I find this impossible to do at work but I am trying to do this at home. I try to focus on my kid at home. I limit my calls to family members. Try not to bring work home. I find if I do too much I burn dinner.
  • Get a massage– At the beginning of the year I planned to put this on my schedule once a month. I made it twice in 6 months. I can do better.
  • Let go of the past – I find this hard to do with a few family members. I actually forget but get burned again. I will have to work on that. My sister and I both think we are the normal one and the other needs therapy.
  • Stay present – This is a big one for me. I need to focus on the here and now instead of worrying how I’m going to handle the future. When I do this I tell myself Philippians 4: 6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I need to keep repeating this some days way more than I do now.

Now time to make that hot stone massage appointment;)

Fat2fit Radio Homework for Weightloss

My favorite podcast is fat2fit radio. Now they have power tips. I like this show because it helps you get through the process of losing weight. It’s not an easy task. I have wanted to give up many times. It was their idea to blog. The homework this week ” Come up with a list of  5 things, that you could be in control of ,if you really wanted to, that will affect your weight and fitness level. 5 things that I am in control of mmm?  I think the number 1 thing is the choices I make about eating. I bring my lunch to work. I was eating Quiznos or something equally horrible. This also takes the stress off of “what will I have for lunch”. Number 2 what goes into my mouth. Work again. People are always trying to feed me. You think because I work for a health organization it would be easy but no. We get rewarded with Cold Stone,Jamba Juice or Pizza. I just have to say no! Number 3 working out is up to me. I am in control of that. No one else can work out for me. I have to make the time. Number 4 stress. I can’t eliminate stress but I can help control how I react to it. Eating is not the answer. Number 5 relaxation. I have leaned to say no to extra activity and things that cause stress in my life. What 5 things are you in control of? Do your home work it helps.


Eliminating Stress!!

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This is an important step for me. I am a stress eater. My favorite  stress release meal in medical school was from Parkway Deli in Silver Spring Maryland.

Delight 1/2 LB of grilled pastrami, melted muenster, slaw & Russian dressing on grilled pumpernickel . I would top that off with a bag of Utz Crab Chips and a Dr. Brown Black Cherry Soda. I don’t know if  it relieved my stress or sent me into carb coma. If stress causes me to binge I need to work on that. I developed my worst habits in my seven years of training. Drinking Pepsi nonstop to stay awake for a 36 hours call shift. Fast food was the name of the game. I have learned to eat better now but I’m still a stress eater. This year I really had to look at my life to cut some stress. I learned to say no to working extra and decreased my social schedule. I  can’t drop the stressful people in my family but  can decrease my contact with them. I like text and email. It leads to less arguments. I now take out my stress in my Tae Kwon Do class. I have a punching bag in my office. I invite all my colleague’s to come hit it at anytime. I cut back on my running around time. I used to run all my errands at lunch so I could pick up my daughter on time from day care.  I do more stuff online and ask my husband for help. I realized I can’t do it all. My biggest change is meditating. Of course I have an app for that. HPY is great. I still have stress and will eat because of it. Lately its been a Chocolate Vitamuffin Top instead of Death by Chocolate Cake! I hope I keep it up.

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