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The Week in Review: California Girl (w/ progress pics)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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My gym has planned a trip to Los Angeles to take classes with Eddie Bravo, the founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. After a couple of weeks of waiting for plans to be finalized, the trip was finally set for 1/7-1/11/2013. I purchased my ticket to get to Los Angeles yesterday, waiting to purchase my ticket with my coach Nate so we could travel together. There about 10 people from our gym going. It will be an intensive week of classes. In addition to working with Eddie Bravo, we will hopefully get to do some work with Joe Rogan and Renato Laranja, a couple of other famous faces of Jiu Jitsu. Several UFC fighters and Ronda Rousey also train the the 10th Planet Burbank gym, so it should be an interesting and exciting week.

My coach Nate (taller guy) with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo.
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I feel like a kid waiting to go to Disneyland (well, close enough, we'll be in Burbank), I am so freaking excited. I also can't wait to get in some beach time. It has been several years since I have set foot in the ocean. I will be keeping my eating as clean as possible and sticking to my training regimen in preparation for the trip. The classes at the L.A. gym are tough, so I need to be ready.

My eating has been pretty good and I have been tracking well. Between Jiu Jitsu, intense cardio sessions, and heavy-weight strength training, my body seems to respond best to having some extra calories (about 500-1000 calories) a couple of days per week. Unfortunately, I seem to splurge on wheat and dairy stuff, so I should make a better effort to keep those foods at bay so I don't get bloated and puffy. Nevertheless, I continue to firm up and I have been less sore recently. My body seems to make good use of the extra food. My goal will be to have the extra calories come from high-protein, moderate-carbohydrates foods, avoiding wheat and dairy. In any case, I will stay the course with tracking.

My workouts have been fantastic recently. I have been writing workouts for my coach Nate. Some of the other guys at the gym jump in on the workouts. I have to say, it is satisfying to see professional martial artists grunt, groan, and sweat through my workouts. I try to do the workouts when I don't need to guide the guys through as much, and I almost laugh. My workouts are tough. We have been doing interval training, including old-school moves like burpees, mountain climbers, variations of jumping jacks, jump rope, and more, combined with boxing/kickboxing, kettlebells, strength moves, and Pilates. Every time I do one of my workouts, I end up thinking to myself, "WHY do I do this to myself?" But, the workouts are doable, modifiable if needed, and I feel great afterwards. It's been fun working out with Nate and some of the guys from the gym.

I have had great fun applying my knowledge from my kinesiology degree in designing these workouts. The guys are sometimes resistant to try new things, so I try to include one or two new moves in each workout, and we are building up from there. The best reaction has been to doing Pilates. Pilates has great applicability to Jiu Jitsu in the slow and controlled manner of working the abs and back, as well as smaller stabilizer muscles, but some of the guys think Pilates is too "girly." Getting these guys to do Pilates has been like trying to get a little kid to eat their vegetables. If I say we're doing a Pilates move, they crinkle their nose and groan. So, I have learned not to call the moves a Pilates exercise and just make them do it (if they even make it through all of the reps, haha!). So, if I call it "manly abs" or something, they'll just do it.

I have also started running again, and I have so missed it. I am doing run/walk intervals, sometimes timed, sometimes not. As long as I ice my knee right afterwards, my right leg is tolerating it. I do not think I will do distance running again, but am happy to return to running in some capacity. It will also give my aerobic capacity a boost and hopefully increase the amount of fat that I burn.

I finally remembered to have someone take progress pictures a couple of weeks ago. I have lost several inches over the past few months, so I was excited to take some pictures. I have been feeling pretty strong recently, so my reaction was pretty negative when I first looked at the recent pictures. I just thought I would look...different, I guess. I have to remember that they are progress pictures, not perfection pictures. It doesn't help that I was close to TOM, so maybe not in the best mindset to look at my body. I feel better about the pictures now. emoticon

"Before" picture, February 2011

October 2012

"Before" picture, February 2011

October 2012

"Before" picture, February 2011

October 2012

October 2012

October 2012


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UTMIZ_2000 10/27/2012 2:21PM


Way to go!! You are looking good. Enjoy your time in L.A., it sounds like a fantastic trip.

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CANNIE50 10/18/2012 6:35PM

    Definite progress. I am so excited for you to go to L.A. - what a great trip. I love to read about you designing workouts. If you really want to make those big boys squirm, I guess you could throw in some yoga ; ) So glad to hear you are running again. I appreciate you acknowledging my half-marathon. I just blogged about it. I am pretty sure it is my last distance run - I am going to focus on 3-4 milers, with some medium hills thrown in for good measure. PS I don't think I properly congratulated you on your JiuJitsu win in July - WOWZA!!! That must have felt wonderful, especially after all your hard work. emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/16/2012 5:58AM

    We can definitely see the progress! How exciting, to be able to go to CA for a week of intense training. I know you'll be able to keep up just fine. Manly abs! Love it! Men are so funny. Although one of my old karate instructors would make us do Pilates moves during warm-ups. I hated every second of it then (still almost do too) but now I can smile at the younger "kids" in class - teenagers, 20 somethings, etc - who are so proud of themselves for being fast & powerful struggle to hold the pose for more than a few seconds at a time while us "oldsters" (i.e. slow & weak - as if!) can keep it up for minutes.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/15/2012 5:17PM

    I think you look a lot different. You are definitely making progress. The trip sounds wonderful!

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SMILINGTREE 10/15/2012 5:08PM

    It makes me happy to know that you are using your degree, even if only to torture your friends from the gym :)

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SPOONGIRLDEB 10/15/2012 1:50PM

    Amazing progress! You look great, keep up the good work!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 10/13/2012 11:07PM

    Very noticeable progress! GO YOU!

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CURVYELVIESAYS 10/13/2012 7:49PM

    You look amazing! emoticon

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    You look great! All the hard work is paying off.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/13/2012 2:52PM

    You are Bad Ass! You rock!
You have made a major improvement and are looking great!!!
Love the hair and you are a great inspiration!
Go Girlfriend!

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DOODIE59 10/13/2012 10:43AM

    Oh yeah--you look WAY different. Keep on doing what you're doing, and you'll get where you want to go:)

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