Friday, August 13, 2010

The End.

Rather than leave you with tremendously deep thoughts about the Kung Fu Body, I'll just say this: it was not at all what I expected. At times, I totally resented it. At other times, it was TOTALLY AMAZING. Looking to KFB for the same results I got on PCP was nigh on an impossible task, and I finally realized it a couple of weeks ago. The workouts are way more fun, that's for sure, but like Patrick said in his last e-mail to us, you can't go home again. I've learned that lesson in more than one way this year.

Still, a lot has changed in 90 days. Since KFB began, I have:

*turned 29.
*expanded my kitchen skills exponentially.
*come to my own understanding of death and the afterlife.
*started a writing group with Shivani and some other friends.
*discovered roller derby.
*signed up for that holistic nutrition certification course.
*made new friends.
*sung lots of Dolly Parton.
*driven cross-country for the third time.
*gotten a bike.
*watched my homeboy Pacato flourish in a creative new career.
*discovered eggplant caviar (thank you, Heather.)
*received loads of compliments on my arms.
*let go of many, many uncomfortable ideas about my body.
*embraced positive thinking with a simple word: YES!

And that's just a sample. . . .


So, instead of analysis, I will leave you with some milestones—
WEEK 1
Standing Jump: 10.5 inches (26.7 cm)


Consecutive Ball Punches: 25


Morning Standing Forward Bend: Fingertips to floor with slight bend in knees; fingertips to tops of toes without bending knees


WEEK 12
Standing Jump: 10.25 inches (26 cm)


Consecutive Ball Punches: 136 (That last one was sort of a whiff, so I stopped because I had to go to work.)


Morning Standing Forward Bend: Palms on the floor. Whoa.


And some photos—

BEFORE

AFTER



. . . so you can draw your own conclusions.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your encouragement and thoughtful commentary. To everybody currently doing or thinking about starting PCP or KFB, I wish you all the best!

To all the TOTALLY BAD ASS PCP veterans-turned-KFB KNOCK-OUTS, I think a Day 91 happy dance is in order.
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See you soon!

6 comments:

  1. ROCK IT! ROCK IT!! Lookin' good! I love your happy dance! Congrats, arm muscles! Let's keep in touch, I'll pass my address on to Patrick, and I can learn about New York from you and Shivani! Sweet!

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  2. YEAH! Definitely send your info—you should move to NYC next!

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  3. Congratulations, Pingo!! You've been my hero and support so many times this year, and I seriously wouldn't have gotten through this challenge without you.

    Thrilled to be part of your writing group! Now that your arms are diesel, I expect tons of pages from you....

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  4. Emily, congratulations!!
    What a great job you did. You're looking fantastic and cute with that helmet.
    It was fun and inspiring having you as a fellow KFBer,seeing you fight and grow during this difficult time.
    I wish I could meet you and Shivani one day for a training and some holistic nutritive celebration.
    I wish you all the best in your future adventures and discoveries

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  5. As always Emily an absolute pleasure to work with someone so open, positive, and consistent as you. KFB COMPLETE!

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  6. Great Job Emily! You are my new favourite superhero! Thanks for all your great posts and words of encouragement. It was great to be with such a wonderful group of positive and kind people. You look great and can probably kick ass too! Awesome!

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