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
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).
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…
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. 😦
See previous post for more context...and rationalization. Well, I made it home safe, sound, and with more energy than I would've expected after being awake for 34 hours (from 7 am Monday to 5 pm Tuesday). I did, however, learn a few things from those websites that I wouldn't mind passing along. And yes, I … Continue reading Epilogue to “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.
Pity that a gym visit should've been a priority, but wasn't. Beating the hell out of a punching bag could only improve my disposition, I thought. But I didn't go, because I knew I wasn't focused and would probably hurt someone--mostly myself.
Oh, April, you're here at last. I'm relieved because it means this yo-yo hot/cold will finally stop (and will creep toward summer faster than we know, but at least the flu will knock it off a while). It also means I'll stop biting my nails when I get a text about my bank account, because … Continue reading Ah, April–Spring in Texas (officially) & new beginnings
Yeah, that's probably the face I had in the middle of my workout, right up top there. That's something I forgot about when it comes to getting good exercise in the morning. I woke up and got ready for my day, packing my work clothes in my gym bag and out the door. Lately, when I'd done workouts at the gym, I'd been on the recumbent bike for half an hour.
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…)