This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.
Friday, December 23, 2011
So, is our personal identity dictated by our physical identity? I do not believe so, but it is an important factor. I often heard athletes compare our bodies to vehicles. Sayings like "You need to put in good fuel, it takes longer to warm up with age but once it gets going it is as good as it ever was". The thing is, you need to take time to stop for an oil change, to rotate the tires, make a plan to remodel the chassis; in the mean time you know that you are driving around in a clunker. Can you be at your personal best and be out of shape or unhealthy? Why do we let ourselves travel down a self destructive path and avoid eating right and getting proper exercise? TIME is a huge issue, we are all busy with work, extra curricular activities, holidays, birthday parties, school, church, temple, etc... Often training takes a back seat to family activities and it is a lot quicker to eat lunch at a restaurant than it is to plan and prepare to a take a bag lunch to work. TEMPTATION, yes I am weak when it comes to salty snacks and Jen claims to be tormented by the cookie Gods. LAZINESS or being too TIRED, we have all been there. Jen wakes up at 4 AM for CrossFit several times a week while my lazy ass sleeps in until 7 everyday. I believe one of the biggest culprits for me is HABIT. I like to eat. I like to eat whatever I want and how ever much I want. My attitude was if I trained hard I could eat whatever I wanted. This stems from years of the before mention weight training. I was told to eat as much as I could when ever I could. Protein shakes, weight gain shakes, 6 meals a day etc... If you wanted to be big, you ate big and trained big. I have not trained big in 15 years but that same mentality of eating big still resides with me. Granted I have learned portion control and try to eat some what clean....occasionally. The bottom line is SELF DISCIPLINE is the key to being healthy and fit. It is one of the key components of any martial arts training. I included the picture of me at various weights, I know the drill of what has to be done, I have traveled the 50 pound spread between 150 and 200 many times over the years. I am most comfortable at 165 which is a reasonable goal.
Posted by Tom