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Old 05-08-2012, 07:13 PM   #51
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Hmm, I'm not sure how many classes 'til I get striped. I did get a stripe after going through the fundamentals series 3 times, though, which was about 4 and a half months, but that's 4 classes a week. Intermediate is only taught 2X/week. I'm sure I'll be allowed to roll by the time my contract runs out at the end of November, though.

Honestly, I don't think being more technically proficient is going to help me with the advanced class the way my coach thinks it will... I'm still going to need to learn from training against resistance. Like when I visited Red's gym I got to roll with Heather Bassett, who's an ammy MMA fighter and smaller than me, and she kept getting this one sweep when I was working on a pass, so then she showed me how she was getting it and I just wasn't using my hip pressure as well as I should've been. I could drill working hip pressure a zillion times--and I have--but it's still not going to click for me the way it needs to unless shit comes up when I'm rolling live.

As far as a BJJ player who lifts weights or a weightlifter who does BJJ...well, I don't consider myself as training in anything unless I'm competing in it or at least have a set number or a goal I want to get to. Like when I took a year off of jits, I did Cressey's powerlifting program, but it was to get ready for this women's weightlifting camp... which ended up being a joke, but anyway, I did a 16-week program to prepare for an actual event (even though it wasn't a competition.) I love jits, but if I can't train enough to compete, then I'm not really motivated to drill, get my cardio up, etc. because why bother? So I need to find another goal; something to train or prep for. But I'm paying way too much in BJJ fees to really try to compete in anything else and pay for the extra coaching, equipment, etc. So yeah, this sucks...
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #52
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Skipped fundamentals and went to Los Campeones to lift weights. Did the 3rd workout from the one I started before I went traveling. I guess it was dumb to pay for a monthly gym membership when out of town for 1/3 of the month, but whatever.

Anyway, it was:

4X3 db sn (I did 15, 20, 25 and 30)
4X6 vertical thruster (same: 15/20/25/30)
4X8 db iron cross (just 8 for this guy)

3X8 db renegade row (20/25/30)
3X4 db t-pushups (struggling on these even with a 15)

Then I just did a bunch of drill type stuff b/c i was bored and wanted to work up a sweat; just working my double and standing base and some other improvised drills with the equipment at that gym.

Food for today
breakfast: 3 eggs + 3 strips of bacon
snack: an apple with almond butter, 4 dried apricots
lunch: some leftover rotisserie chicken
dinner: Paleo fried chicken (with almond butter) and cauliflower mash (with chicken stock and butter)

So that's day 2 of being strict Paleo, and I'm trying to see if I still have meltdowns when I want sugar and can't get it, but not so far. Mostly craving fat lately... though I do have dreams of this chai latte at the Angry Catfish that I really want...
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:25 PM   #53
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Intermediate class today. We had a fun warmup for a change where everyone went around the room and picked an exercise for us to do 10 of. Plus 10 jumping jacks in between. When it got to me it was close to the end and I picked standing base, which sucked because I did so many yesterday for fun, but I didn't want to be the girl who made people do leg scissors or some BS. But I was nice and only made people do 5 per side instead of 20 total.

Class was a progression from side control to knee on belly with a choke grip, transitioning to a baseball choke, then transitioning from a baseball choke defense to an arm triangle, and then transitioning from a triangle defense to a n/s kimura and n/s choke. Then we got to do 15 minutes of training from side where the guy on top works subs and getting to mount, and the guy on the bottom just tried to defend. It was actually pretty fun b/c I was working with a cool purple belt who's really good (and little) and I actually passed to mount a couple times, which was awesome, but he has really tricky hooks. And of course my defense could always use more work.

I was sort of dreading going to class today because I told my coach I was bored on Monday, but he took it really well actually and he actually was helpful today. On Monday I felt like he was super condescending and kept telling me how to do stuff I was already doing or telling me not to worry about stuff if I didn't get it right away (even when my partner wasn't getting it and then he'd just help them), but this time he gave really good pointers that were helpful, so that was good. And I got a good workout and the training wasn't boring. I really think if I've learned anything from all of my experiences (good and bad) at all the gyms I've ever been to that you really have to teach people how to treat you.

Food today was pretty good. I actually had a meeting at this ice cream place and didn't stop to eat ice cream, so that was good. Not that I'm never gonna eat ice cream again, but I still feel like I'm detoxing from eating crappy food while traveling and then for much of the end of March/early April, too. I thought my scale was broken when I came home from 2 days in Milwaukee/Madison, since I don't think you can gain 8 lbs. in 2 days, but I already magically lost 6 of them. I think it was probably just me retaining water from eating high sodium food, which I never do, but I still want to be more strict with my diet for a while.

I always wonder if I'm getting too many calories from fat, but I also know from experience that trying to limit fat makes me want to kill people and doesn't help my body comp, and if I am gonna cut back on anything, cutting back/eliminating sugar makes me feel much better mood-wise and has the results I want.

Breakfast: green eggs (which is like blended spinach and eggs with some Old Bay seasoning), plus veggie chips
Lunch: a really yummy salad with some leftover Rotisserie chicken
Snacks: carrot sticks with almond butter, and I made some nori chips, which were okay
Dinner: pork chops with apples and onions, plus garlic broccoli

Yays.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:31 AM   #54
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Hey the other day on your blog you had written a book review on a Paleo recipe book and said it wasn't your favorite but good, which book is your fave? I'm always scouring the web for new ideas.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:57 AM   #55
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Hey the other day on your blog you had written a book review on a Paleo recipe book and said it wasn't your favorite but good, which book is your fave? I'm always scouring the web for new ideas.
Oh, gosh.

Everyday Paleo is a great one for pretty simple and easy-to-make recipes.

Paleo Comfort Foods if you like really delicious but sometimes complicated and time-consuming recipes:
http://yaelwrites.com/2011/10/03/boo...comfort-foods/

Make it Paleo is really good, too: http://yaelwrites.com/2011/10/25/boo...make-it-paleo/

Robb's new e-book has a bunch of links to recipe websites, and my boyfriend is always finding new sites to make things off of with varying degrees of success. Lately he likes "low carb high style" or something like that.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:22 PM   #56
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So I took today off instead of going to fundamentals because I didn't feel like it. And I didn't lift anything because I'm sort of sore and just wanted to chill and get caught up on my work. I got my inbox down from 600 to 32 and cleared 99 windows on my browser down to 5 and got a bit more caught up on the piles of work that have been building up since I left town. And I skipped class...

I actually thought a lot about this, and whether I should go to as many classes as I can so I can get striped sooner and go to better classes, or just chill...and I decided I'd rather just go when I feel like it and enjoy the journey. Or try to.

And same when I decided I really wanted a chai latte today. I'm not an automaton, and honestly I feel like the times I did Whole30 super strictly the rebound probably killed any benefit. I'm still wanting to really cut back on crap food in a very big way for a while, but I figured a chai as my only cheat food all week won't kill me.

Food today...

Breakfast/Lunch: a banana and some salad with mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes and Dinner: chicken cacciatore (with peppers, etc.)
Snacks: an apple with almond butter, a handful of almonds, a chai latte

Probably not enough food, though I did have 2 big bowls of the salad.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:05 AM   #57
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Oh, gosh.

Everyday Paleo is a great one for pretty simple and easy-to-make recipes.

Paleo Comfort Foods if you like really delicious but sometimes complicated and time-consuming recipes:
http://yaelwrites.com/2011/10/03/boo...comfort-foods/

Make it Paleo is really good, too: http://yaelwrites.com/2011/10/25/boo...make-it-paleo/

Robb's new e-book has a bunch of links to recipe websites, and my boyfriend is always finding new sites to make things off of with varying degrees of success. Lately he likes "low carb high style" or something like that.
Thanks, will check it out. Lately I've been drawing heavily from Everyday Paleo and Paleo on a Budget websites. Sometimes some of those other websites get way too crazy with the recipes....I like to cook but I don't want to spend half my day cooking either!

Right now for me I'm doing all Paleo low carb/high fat on non-training days and higher carbs on training days. My wife is doing all gluten-free and mostly paleo, we found this GF oatmeal at Whole Foods that she loves, other than that it's all Paleo. This is the strictest I've been about food since I did the V-diet all those years ago, it will be 4 weeks on Monday. Laurie's neurosurgeon in MD put her on a gluten-free diet and she didn't want to just do gluten free crappy foods diet (like a lot of gluten free people seem to do) and wanted to just go straight up Paleo which is great.

My favorite thing that I've found so far is the whipped coconut milk stuff....man that really hit the spot earlier this week I was really wanting like ice cream or something! Thanks again for the info, oh and I wanted to let you know your blog is rocking!
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:16 AM   #58
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Oh, for easy recipes, definitely Everyday Paleo or even Robb's book or Scott's e-book, IMO.

I have not made the whipped coconut milk! I do coconut milk blended with blueberries sometimes, though. Yum.

Glad you like the blog! I'm doing the 30-day blog challenge. I've always had trouble getting readers since it's not 100% a Paleo blog or fitness blog or BJJ blog (even though that's 90% of what I write about), I haven't been able to get the backlinks I want. I did get a "like" from EC the other day, which totally made my day, though, since he's one of my favorite fitness celebrities. LOL.
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Oh, for easy recipes, definitely Everyday Paleo or even Robb's book or Scott's e-book, IMO.

I have not made the whipped coconut milk! I do coconut milk blended with blueberries sometimes, though. Yum.

Glad you like the blog! I'm doing the 30-day blog challenge. I've always had trouble getting readers since it's not 100% a Paleo blog or fitness blog or BJJ blog (even though that's 90% of what I write about), I haven't been able to get the backlinks I want. I did get a "like" from EC the other day, which totally made my day, though, since he's one of my favorite fitness celebrities. LOL.
Nice on the "like" thing, not really sure what the backlinks thing means?

The whipped coconut is super easy, basically put a can or 2 of coconut milk in the fridge, a few hours later open it and take all the white stuff out on top and reserve the water for whatever else, and then whip it using a handmixer. Add whatever else that floats your boat, I added vanilla stuff (I can't think of the term right now).
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:53 PM   #60
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Oh, backlinks I mean people linking to my site off of their sites. That's really the best way to build readership, SEO, etc. but I haven't had as much luck on my own site as I have when I do this kind of work for my clients.

You mean vanilla extract?
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