Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel

My Copy: 9781514109328 (image courtesy amazon.com) As a newbie to Jiu-Jitsu (and its seemingly half-dozen acceptable spellings), I felt like I needed an understanding as to how it all worked. However, this is not a "technique-book," but more of a "mindset-book." Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles is a thin read and deceptively easy to understand. But, … Continue reading Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel

Getting that strength training in (even that naughty core, because you’re screwed if you don’t).

I had a ton of fun getting back into what I really wanted to do this week: kickboxing. I also said "what the hell" and went into Jiu-Jitsu right after. After two weeks away from my fave punching bags and snarky partners in crime, I found myself amazed that I didn't miss much as far … Continue reading Getting that strength training in (even that naughty core, because you’re screwed if you don’t).

I had an impulsive, “foolishly-optimistic,” clothes-shopping day, because none of it fits me yet…

Yeah, that's the "foolishly-optimistic" part. I'll just wait for the facepalming to end before continuing...yeah... It started when I had to go to the mall and get some new work clothes. I've been wearing the same pants and such for work the past few years, and they're starting to fade and wear out. I'm amazed … Continue reading I had an impulsive, “foolishly-optimistic,” clothes-shopping day, because none of it fits me yet…

Restarting the fitness plan… again… & again… aw, hell. :(

I think consistency and procrastination had a love child, and I found the birth certificate in my sock drawer. There's just something about saying you're trying to do right for yourself that makes the universe piss itself laughing in response. Consistency is one of the most difficult things for me to accomplish, especially with getting … Continue reading Restarting the fitness plan… again… & again… aw, hell. 😦

A 30-Hour Workday: or I’m an Idiot…

Okay, I found myself in this position for 2 reasons: (1) I gotta be careful of what I wish for, like wanting more work hours and experience. (2) When people are getting fired/moving in BOTH work places, and you're the only one who can do the job in each...well, there's bound to be overlap at some point.

Self-Defense & Fitness for Dummies (or maybe it’s just me…)

In the past few months that I've had The Chatty Introvert site (and thanks for your attention so far, dear readers), one issue I've been able to partly avoid is my very personal fight with my weight and health. Granted, because of some cyberstalking and other circumstances, I have avoided most personal stories (unless I … Continue reading Self-Defense & Fitness for Dummies (or maybe it’s just me…)