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When I first started Aikido I weighed around 180 Lbs, I ate once a day, sometimes nothing. So when I practiced my muscles would tear up and get sore, my body would then consume my body fat to repair my muscles, so I lost weight fast.
When I got to around 140 I felt energetic and was able to practice hard. Though as I got down to 135 I started to get tired from hard work and Aikido training so I started to drink Carb mix. Finally I got to 125 Lbs, I had almost no body fat and I had the muscle I gained from training. But Carbs just wouldn't cut it anymore.
I'd drink carbs to fuel me for work, and again for Aikido, but, the carbs I driank for Aikido were still being used to compensate for work, so though I could do alot more than I could before I started Aikido, I was so so tired and I started to cease coming to class, which was no good. And I smoked over a pack a day.
Now I'm back and again at 180 Lbs, I'm going to try again to get down to 140 Lbs and then I'll start eating consistently 3 times daily and leave the Carbs alone because that can only carry me so far.
I can practice just as hard as I did when I left, however my body sure feels it. But with each day my pain subsides I'm going to push my limits farther. I'll practice technique slow enough to get the techniques right, but I'll jog to and from class, exersise mildly, and overdo rolls, Shikko, and push myself to try to be some kinda Achilles, fitness and stamina wise that is. And I'm gonna have to cut down on smoking and up the breath training.