I've been training in the martial arts for almost two years, and if you'd asked me two years ago if I thought I would ever be capable of earning a black belt in anything, I'd have flatly told you, "No."
Today, I'm a blue belt in Shotokan karate (our program at Sovereign Martial Arts also includes Krav Maga) and I do fitness kickboxing. I've lost over 60 pounds, and more inches than I care to disclose. I won first place prizes in board breaking and women's kickboxing sparring in our dojo's competition last year, and placed third in Krav Maga demonstration. It hasn't been easy, but it has been illuminating. And the discipline required to push through it all has made me a better person, far beyond measurement of my improved stamina, muscle tone and weight loss.
In this blog, I hope to chronicle my journey to earning my black belt. If I can help inspire other thirtysomething women to push themselves beyond what they believed they could do, that will be a welcome bonus. It isn't just about what you do in the gym or the dojo. It's what you learn about yourself that spills over into all facets of your life.