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The Chicago Diet

Believe it or not, a week in Chicago eating all my favorite foods did not prepare me well for last night’s class!

Burgers at Billy Goat Tavern

The Pretty One enjoying his Cheezborger! Cheezborger! Cheezborger!

Seven days of Chicago hot dogs, Italian beef, cheese fries, coffee cake, pasta, Blackhawks watch party snack food, and more… Oh, I was a happy girl!!!

But that’s not exactly smart training food. Especially when you don’t get much exercise. The Pretty One and I walked around downtown Chicago for about 5 hours one afternoon. And my family spends lots of time shopping, which fortunately requires lots of walking.  That should count for something!  =D  But no kicks, no punches, no kata, no weapons, no “workout” so to speak.

I didn’t expect to be at my best last night, and I wasn’t. But I think I did a bit better than I expected. Class was a session of alternating kata and self-defense sets. I really enjoyed going back and forth between the two, but at some point, I ran out of energy. Pfffttttt. It was all gone. When we got to weapons, I had a tough time swinging my tonfa, and the jump spin in my tonfa kata? Bwahahaha!!!!

Italian Beef in ChicagoI really don’t want to blame it on my Chicago Diet — after all, I grew up on that stuff. And once upon a time (OK, 30+ years ago!) I was a decent hurdler and volleyball player…fueled by all that yummy stuff! So let’s just say I should have slipped in some karate while I was watching the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Yeah, let’s just say that!

And now that I’m back in Kansas City, hundreds of miles away from the temptation of my favorite foods, it’s time to detox. Bring on the green tea, fresh fruits & veggies, and that other healthy stuff. Definitely not as tasty as Chicago dogs and Italian beef, at least not to this Chicago girl, but it’ll help me perform better. At least that’s the plan!

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