Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gracie diet

So like I said, I picked up the Gracie diet book at the seminar last weekend and have now read the book and am starting to follow the rules. The first rule (besides cutting out sweets and soda) is waiting the 4 1/2 hours between meals. I am also implementing having one fruit meal a day where one of my meals is just one fruit. Yesterday for breakfast I had like four bananas and this morning I had like four cutie tangerines. I do need to watch how often I have acidic fruits though. Should try to shoot for twice a week. Now waiting 4 1/2 hours between meals was super easy yesterday because I was so busy I was lucky to eat at all. Today I am home most of the day so that may take a little more discipline. I see a lot of water in my day. My hubby's diet may be a little trickier. He tends to skip breakfast and lunch and then try to pack 3000 calories into dinner. I did see him head out the door with two bananas so maybe that is a start. We both also had coffee with our breakfast but there is a no sugar rule which is fine for me because I use splenda. My husband drank his coffee black. eww gross. It is no surprise the Rorion Gracie's diet book is just as much about discipline as it is about the foods you eat. He recommends you quit eating when you are 80% full and talks about how you will have to give up some foods that you love but you are doing that to be healthier and a better fighter so just do it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ryron Gracie!!!

So Ryron Gracie was in town over the weekend and did seminars on Friday night and Saturday morning. It was awesome. He was hilarious and his fiance was there Friday night helping sell stuff. Now having ordered from the Gracie store a couple of times, I was all about not paying shipping for stuff and picked up the Gracie diet book. Hubby and I both want to compete (him much sooner than me) and I know the food you put in your body has a major affect on how your body preforms. I think I said in a previous post that a plate of pasta can render me unconscious. Anywho back to Ryron and his fiance Victoria Parsons. She was in town with the Nuclear Cowboyz and she was just stinkin adorable. Friday night I was running registration and she was sitting behind the merchandise table so for the two hours the guys were actually doing the seminar, we were pretty bored. Being not exactly shy and a bit of a talker, I went over and talked to her a bit. Sweetest-thing-eva! I think there is a video of her on youtube showing some women empowered moves with Ryron. Let me see if I can find it.......

So I did get lots of pictures from the seminars including a kids class where my two oldest got to do a bullyproof class with Ryron. It was awesome. They were starstruck because they see him on the videos and then there he was all giant like. I haven't actually seen the pictures yet. They are sitting on my desk inside my camera screaming to get out. This has been the busiest weekend ever and I have some schoolwork that I absolutely have to get done but then I will try to post some pictures.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Master visit

Well feeling like quite the slacker over the holidays. Haven't really done much as we have been focusing on hosting Christmas and getting a lot of projects around the house done. We really need to get back in the groove because Ryron Gracie is coming down for seminars in late January. Now since I am essentially in undercover training as my husbands school wont train girls for religious reasons, I will only actually get to attend one seminar under the guise of photographer. I may wear superman underoos that day. But I will still get to watch and learn and Scott will go over the moves with me when we get home. Can't wait for the day when I can come out of the jiu jitsu closet. Sad that that will probably equate to joining a school that does not include my friends :( It is what it is.......

Sunday, December 19, 2010


I think everyone in any sport is concerned about diet. A good diet is important not just to lose weight but this is the fuel that shapes and moves your body. I have always done really well on a low-carb diet. And by that I mean a plate of pasta can knock me out for days and a baked potato can render me unconscious. I can't eat white stuff, no sugar, no rice, no pasta, no potatos and no amazing pastries of any kind. Not if I want to function. So whatever diet I go on has to not include those things. I don't care how healthy that sandwich is. The bread might as well be pillows. So my diet is a lot of salads and stir frys (minus the rice of course). I remember once I lost 30 pounds in one month and my trainer was like fish and broccoli. All he ate was fish and broccoli. I hate fish. I am more of a steak and broccoli girl. maybe chicken. I bought some turkey in an effort to cut out some of the red meat meals but we will see if that happens.

So eating right is not normally a problem except for*
*ok all men not secure in their masculinity or still have the maturity of an 18 year old please stop reading

once a month. Unfortunately I don't have any physical indicators for this time anymore so my only warning is a sudden desire to eat everything in sight. This usually includes threatening phone calls to my husband with ultimatums like bring me chocolate or lose a dangley.

My main problems staying on diet are motivation and laziness. I love being able to just cook one meal for my whole family. I am also a really great cook with a whole slew of award winning recipes that I can't use. Darn my mad cooking skilz! And sure I could learn new healthier recipes but I haven't yet. I need to. I have a tendency to find meals that work, stick to them and then get bored. Going to have to break that habit and venture forth to new culinary delights or something like that. Or most likely I will just stick with steak and broccoli.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Current Training

Current training consists of not much excitingness since I am brand new to jiu jitsu. I am doing a lot of stretching and trying to get my hands on a copy of yoga for fighters. Cardio is my stair stepper and bike since I have those at home. I love going to the gym but I babysit an extra kid during the day which is why I quit going to lifetime last year. I am going to check with 24hour about the extra kid because I know I wont workout in the evenings unless Scott does it with me (which would rock) but with all our kids activities, we would rarely make it. That would leave me working out at 5am. That may be what happens. I know there is plenty I could do at home and I may stick to that for a few months but eventually I know I get bored easy and will want some more variety. Plus I miss the treadmill and the huge honkin stair stepper lifetime has. I love our lifetime fitness but 24 is closer. If 24 doesn't compare though I would rather make the drive. We will see.

As far as actual jiu jitsu goes, I am following the Gracie Combatives course because it is really great for working out at home. Lesson one is trap and roll escapes. There is the standard variation, the punch block variation (my fav) and the headlock variation. The open guard pass is also in lesson 1. I am going to continue working on those moves and start working on the americana armlock basic tonight. Eventually I am going to have to find a school with people willing to roll with me (a girl dun dun duuuuuunnnnn) And hopefully I can find a good coach to help me prepare for and take me to competitions. I would really love to be trained by Scott's guy, I trust him and know his style but there may be a religious conflict there. My second best option is to find a great woman fighter and fortunately living in a metroplex, that is a viable option.

Ok time to hit the cardio and do some mid morning stretching.

peace out

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Evil Perfection

I have a migraine. This is not abnormal. I get several a year usually from weather changes. Unfortunately this means no training for me today. No jiu jitsu, no cardio and not even stretching. I am loaded with medication and trying my best not to move my head. This is so frustrating because I am a perfectionist and a passionate person by nature. When I do something, I want to be the best. I have to be the best whether it is at school or work or play so if I am going to learn jiu jitsu, I want to be the best so having to sit out tonight is frustrating. Especially since I didn't get to practice last night because my husband and training partner (same guy ;p) had his own jiu jitsu class last night. He is a blue belt at a Relson Gracie academy here in Dallas. Ah well, I know my kids will get to do their Gracie Games with their daddy tonight while I sit in a dark quiet room with ice on my head.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Confessions of the first born

I am a first born. I am a textbook first born. I like being a firstborn. I am confident, an extrovert, assertive, authoritative, task oriented and defensive about errors and mistakes. So what does this have to do with my journey through jiu jitsu? Well honestly it probably has a lot to do with why I even started. I am stubborn. Stubborn should probably be in all caps. I will write it again. I am S T U B B O R N. I don't like being told I can't or shouldn't do something especially if it is because I am a girl. Now you may think I am some bra burning feminist but I am pretty sure that movement was started by the devil himself. No I would rather stay at home and cook nummy meals for my man while homeschooling our three children. I believe in gender roles and am very conservative politically. That being said, I just like to know I COULD do things for myself if I need to. I like to rely on the kindness of strangers and be taken care of but I also want to know that if I don't have someone there to take care of me that I could open the jar myself or kill the spider or shoot the burglar or escape from the rapist. Plus, I don't like being told I can't do something ;p