Yesterday started the 2010 90-Day Challenge at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts ( Why is this important? Well, let me tell ya….

Last year, the 90-Day Challenge was very, very good to me. For background, I started training at TSMAA in late Summer of 2008, at the Great Neck school under Sensei Johnson, having enrolled my daughter in the school that winter, and then my wife followed suit after Mother’s Day. I had ballooned up to 265 lbs and well, needed to do something to get my fat ass a lot less fatter. Tried out a Father’s Day class and I signed up on the spot. Then of course I kept getting hurt, seeing as how I was in horrible shape, until October of 08, where I stopped getting hurt and started taking classes steadily.

I had been doing OK with my training, until the 90-Day Challenge started last March. The goal is, with proper diet and extra hour-long classes, for every pound you lose over 15, you get a free class after the 90 days are up (There are weigh-ins every week to chart your progress). Motivated by this prospect of free classes, my wife and I took a ton of extra classes, sweating off weight by the bucket-ful, and, long story short, at the end of the 90 days I lost 40 lbs.

Now mind you, I was still at 209 lbs, but I felt 100 times better, looked better, had to start buying smaller clothes…Life was pretty good. I even got down to 205 lbs last September.

Then the hernia struck….

This January, I developed a double inguinal hernia which needed surgery. That led to two months of no TSMAA training.  Which, paired with slipping back to bad habits like 11 pm chocolate bars (mmm…chocolate) and beer (mmm…beer), as well as a cruise earlier this month that included an unlimited beer package (mmm…beer), lo and behold some weight has come back.

So this year, I hope to lose 20 lbs during the 90 days. Official starting weight is 226 lbs. (Yikes) Talk to you in 90 days. I have to go home now and get ready for class. Osu!


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