09/10/2012 11:05 BST | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 GMT

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 8

I'm still on the hunt for an opponent for the night of the 24th of November. Details here if you're interested

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries. Week 8

Disaster strikes this week- Lora finds out she can't fight on the night due to medical reasons - she's going to be having a (routine) surgery a couple of weeks before the fight and thus isn't going to be in a position to be getting in the ring. I am gutted that we can't get to the end of this together but we resolve to find someone else to fight on the night and keep training together. I feel like we've come too far to give up now, and the boys (luckily) agree so the search is on for a girl who can fight me in November.

On Tuesday for some reason Jacek our trainer thinks it's pertinent to mention that each time you get punched in the head a few of your brain cells die. Lovely. A few of mine reach the end of the line when Lora punches me right on the nose. I'd forgotten I'm at a work event the next day - luckily my injuries aren't visible, not sure how I'd explain that away. Rather pleasantly when you get punched in the nose your entire face hurts for a couple of days (I should know this as I once smacked myself in the face with my own front door and was convinced I'd broken my nose ...yes yes I know) .

I decide it's time to invest in a head guard - as the boys are spending most weekends sparring and it's about time I got used to it. I fail to realise you have different sizes of them (I repeat yet again - WHO KNEW!?) so my colleague Gail has to measure my head circumference with the ingenuis combination of the headphone lead from her ipod and a ruler (we don't work for one of the fastest growing companies in the UK for nothing you know). We think my head is a medium size. I'm not sure whether to be pleased about that or not.

Merciless one is oddly complimentary of my progress this week - and for once I'm starting to see some changes myself - well either that or my gym kit is suffering some severe fabric stretching, - it's starting to look baggy! So I'm still hardly jumping for joy when I get on the treadmill- but there are certainly some things that I could never have done a few weeks ago that are coming a little bit easier now. It dawns on me that this is in fact what happens when you go the gym...eventually you get a little bit less wheezy...feeling like you're dying...sweaty...is this what it feels like to get fitter?

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