I’ve decided that, as part of my goal to take my black belt test in May 2010, I want to get in the best shape of my life. My karate workouts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are consistent, and I’m pushing harder in class than ever before. But I want to accomplish even more than I can do just in the dojo, so I’ve hired a trainer (Janice) to work with me on the days I’m not in the dojo. I’ll keep tabs here on how I’m doing. So far, we’re three workouts in, and I think the overall combination of kickboxing class 3 times a week, karate class 3 times a week, and a trainer 3 times a week (along with some more strict eating practices) should get me to where I want to be by May.