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Let’s Get This Party Started

I’m looking at 2012 with a PMA- Positive Mental Attitude, if you will, and I am looking to get this party started off right.

Let’s think of this year as a chance to get to where not only where we need to be, but where we want to be- both on and off the mat. If making a resolution does that for you, awesome, if you’re like me and forget your resolutions mere weeks after you make them, that’s ok too.  Do what you need to do to get yourself to a place where you are proud of who you are and who you have become.

Work on that sweep, work on that submission, job promotion, losing that last 5 pounds…Whatever it is, you can do it: I have faith in ya.

Now go get ’em!

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Holiday Gorge-a-thon

What is it about the holidays that awakens the primal instinct to eat everything in sight for two months straight? It begins in November, and if you are lucky, hopefully towards the end of the month, when people suddenly want to have potlucks and multiple celebrations all over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Then it’s the Christmas cookies and pies and parties and before you know it you have gained ten pounds and the extra weight feels like a sweater you can’t take off.

…Or maybe that’s just me.

While I usually work to party in moderation, it’s almost damn inevitable to gain some weight over the holidays. While this doesn’t seem like such a terrible thing now, it’s a pain in the butt when tournament training time comes and you slowly, painstakingly peel off that holiday fat sweater with sweat and sore muscles.

There is a saying that “sweat is fat crying”. Come January my fat is going to be crying like a teenage girl watching “Titanic” for the first time.



Anyone else fall into the holiday trap? Anyone else also just a little glad to get back to their regular diet and training schedule? Did you just answer yes to latter question with a Christmas cookie in your mouth? Don’t lie….I’ll know.

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Over-Played Workout Songs

As I have stated before, music is primarily subjective. An out of tune instrument is simply that, but otherwise just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, music is in the ear of the listener.

That being said, there are certain songs in relation to kettlebells, weight lifting, MMA clips and youtube videos that I would be pleased to never hear again.


Bodies Hit the Floor by Drowning Pool

…Yeah, that one.


Also, Down With the Sickness by Disturbed


…those are really the two prime examples that I can think of


What I hope someone, some day puts as the soundtrack for one of those videos:

…Anyone? Yes?


Well, a girl can hope.


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I’ll Take the Physical Challenge, Fitocracy

Kind of.

So when I read this Penny Arcade Comic regarding Fitocracy, of course I found it funny, but I was clueless regarding the reference.

Slideyfoot then offered an invite to Fitocracy on Facebook, for anyone that was interested in that sort of thing. I expressed my interest, by this point forgetting about the Penny Arcade reference, and he was kind enough to oblige.

It’s an interesting concept: to track your fitness like a video game, including achievements to unlock, points to earn through difference activities and of course challenges to accept. And conquer.

I can see this much like how I play video games: I’ll end up going out of my way to earn achievements- for example there are achievements to unlock for doing barbell presses-something I have no desire to do, but if  I want to unlock that achievement…Probably not. Nevermind.

What I am going to do however is at least try for the entire month of November to keep up with this. I am usually pretty terrible at keeping track of anything I do, eat, drink, etc. I want to give this site a fair shot, so I am going to work on keeping it updated for the entire month of November.

Let the physical challenge begin! 😉

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Multi-Tasking all Over the Place

Today I seem to have a busy schedule, so I’m going to share with  you what I am up to:

-Sketching and researching stuff for work. I even bought colored pencils this morning

-Listening to French female singers on Spotify (do you have Spotify as well? send me your user name so we can friend up! I’m kt513)

-I wrote a post on the fly about “The Hunger Games” on my other blog

-Thinking about what kind of workout to do for kettlebells, because I’m supposed to be teaching a class tonight.  I’ll see who shows up and figure something out.

-Planning on going to see “Griff the Invisible“: looks pretty cool

-Working on butterfly guard and one legged x-guard during sparring. I’ll let you know how that goes

….And how are you guys doing?

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Following My Own Advice, and a Video

I have not been training for the past week due to a cold I seemed to have caught. I am going to try to make it to a Kettlebell class today, but I am just going to sit and watch jiu jitsu, and pray I don’t interrupt too much with coughing fits. It takes about a week for a cold to run its course, so I imagine tomorrow or Wednesday I will be training again.

In the meantime I saw this video on LapelChoke.com regarding an interesting entrance to a harai goshi. I like it, but at the same time fear it a little. Why?

I like the entrance, and actually is reminiscent of another throw, but it’s well….on the wrong side. I seemed to have been hard wired to think that if I am executing the harai, I need to enter with a traditional grip on the right. And that’s not the case. And I know, logically that it’s not the case. But I feel like a character in a short story I read when in highschool. The story opens with a man who logically understood he lost a leg, I think he was sitting in a garden, and almost accepted heart and soul that he lost the leg, but ran from the full acceptance of the loss.

I feel like that man in the story, essentially. I am shunning the acceptance, heart and soul that there are different ways to enter into the harai: I know it’s better for my stand up game, but I am running from the understanding, crashing the windows down and slamming the door, stopping up my ears and singing “LALALALALA” quite loudly. I’ll get over it, and what will most likely happen is I will work on it in Judo class, and grow to love it.

Here’s is the video, presented by lapelchoke.com, so you know what I am referring to:

Until then however, LALALALALALA!

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Working Out on Vacation….What Do You Do?

Next month I will be away from the gym and kettlebells for an entire week (eek!) and it was decided I probably should not take a kettlebell with me on my trip.

So, I guess I’ll be working primarily with body weight exercises: push-ups, sit-ups, squats…anyone have any interesting body weight workouts I can try during that week?

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Satisfying My (Little) Masochistic Streak

I apparently have a thing for being ridiculously sore and tired, because I have a grandiose plan in which I will be taking kettlebells, muay thai, jiu jitsu AND judo all this week.

It all exhausts me, but in the end I feel good and always come back, asking for more. The week prior I wasn’t able to get to Tuesday/Thursday classes, and when I think of the prospect of all the classes I get to take this week, there’s some part of my brain rubbing its little hands together, saying “excellent…” 

Granted, I make all these plans and then there is a chance at some point in the middle of the week my body decides it’s had enough torture. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak indeed.

We’ll find out in a couple of days whether or not I will take all the classes I am planning to attend.

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Birthday Beatdown

I like that term, although I am personally not looking forward to receiving one.

Tonight I’ll be standing in the middle of a mat for about 6 minutes, waiting for my teammates to smash, throw or sit to guard in a two point drill setting, except I don’t get to have a time out. I get to go again and again….and again. It’s developing into quite the tradition, which again at the moment I don’t mind, however I may change my mind by the end of this evening.

I ate my lunch fairly early, and might even go with a lighter weight in kettlebells in preparation. I will not puke during this thing. I think.

I hope.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Busy Little Bee


Sorry guys, in the middle of work stuff, so no actual lunch break to write.

I might post something tomorrow to make up for it though.

In the meantime, check out the IBJJF’s Facebook photo album of the Mundials!


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