Motivation Monday 05-14-18

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I’m back. I never really left though

I’ve been very sporadic on posting here lately and that has somewhat reflected my life lately. In all honestly part of me struggles with whether this was still the best medium for me to somewhat anonymously document my health and fitness journey (if you want to call it that).

For some context around this time last year my wife and I suffered a second trimester miscarriage of twins. This was following an early trimester miscarriage and I didn’t realize until recently how that affected me. In fact up until recently I probably would have told you it didn’t have much of an impact.

Looking back with eyes wide open I can see that I suffered from some classic signs of depression, not finding joy in normally joyful activities, loss of energy and fatigue, and weight gain. These were all gradual happening and it wasn’t until recently when I started to pull out of that I even realized I was in it. Kind of like slowly sinking in water.

Currently my wife is pregnant again and to see we were and are apprehensive is an understatement. While we already have two great kids we always felt a third would complete our family. We are into the second trimester and so far everything looks good. I realize now during this time I have dropped my frequency of training, been stress eating, and allowed things to get in the way of my jiu jitsu training. As a result my weight is up and my cardio is in the toilet.

During all of this I am in my last semester of my masters program and working around 60 hours a week to top it off.

So here’s to an optimistic journey to better health and fitness.

1 Min Jiu Jitsu Hacks

I have a real short attention span. I love watching BJJ videos on youtube but often (okay always) find myself skipping past the obligatory “hey guys…..” introduction and talk and just get to where the move is being performed.

Recently I started watching 1 min jiu jitsu hacks and it is perfect for me. It is literally a minute long video of how to improve a certain move. Its perfect for me and my distracted viewing.

Check out a cool tip on the electric chair.

04-20-18 – Virtual 5K

K9s United, a charity whose mission is close to my heart hosted 9K/5K run. I wanted to support them, however the run was about 2.5 hours from my house and on my work day. Luckily they had a virtual run option and so yesterday I completed the virtual run and coincidentally also received my medal and shirt in the mail on the same same day.

I’m really digging the virtual runs as the two that I have done thus far have the nicest looking medals. I do miss the jitters and excitement that comes with a mass start with a large group but I can see why these are an attractive option for many. Especially those just starting out running or who have a small running group.

Training 04-20-18

Yesterday I attended a 4 hour takedown class. The class covered several takedowns from different positions. An entire hour was spent working takedowns from the Muay Thai plum position. Needless to say my neck is killing me.

The class was great and I learned a ton. Afterward I attended the one hour BJJ lunch class. When I got home I had a severe headache that lasted the rest of the day. I think it was likely caused by the fact all I had for breakfast was 2 pieces of toast and then I went to do 5 hours of training.

Its been a busy week but I was glad to get away a bit to get some training done.