April recap

Hey guys!
It’s been a few weeks since my post about competing and I wanted to give you guys an update on the last month of progress and things I’ve been up to!

How I’m Feeling:
I feel a lot better this month than I have in a while. I’ve been on track with eating healthy, exercising and mental health. I have however been having more trouble than usual falling asleep and staying asleep. We’ve been in our new apartment for a little over a month now and I’m still struggling. I’ve been trying to limit screen time before bed, and I switched the brand of Melatonin I’ve been taking. So far after those changes I feel sleep is on the mend for May! I’ve seen my therapist a few times and am working on a lot of mental health things, and self love things.

Health and Diet:
This has been going the best it probably has been in a while! I’ve been keeping accountable with my good friend Julie Marie @bjjandselflove.
She and I text each other every day with updates on our training and what we’ve been eating. The good, the bad, and the ugly- aka me sending her gross sweaty selfies! Knowing that I am choosing to be honest with her and knowing she’ll call me out if I’m not on track helps me make healthier choices and it really showed this month. Down 12lbs! I also have been working with a teammate of mine, Brandis @bluebeltmommy.
We’ve been snapping each other pictures of our food ! It’s been fun doing this with a friend and teammate and seeing the unique foods each of us eat!

Training and Exercise:
I’ve been ramping up my training for an upcoming tournament in May and June. Pushing my cardio, rolls, and drilling during Jiu Jitsu and pushing myself during HIIT training. I’ve been more focused on my Jiu Jistu than I have been in a long time. I’m always ‘focused’ on BJJ, but this month I have really put forth more time and effort. I’ve been focusing on using my legs with my guard, and working on pulling my opponents to guard vs. allowing them to pass and working my guard retention, and using explosive movements during the right time, and also working on being more assertive and aggressive. My BJJ game is usually a passive, defensive, bait and attack game. However, that game might not be the best for tournament time. 😉

I also recently had an ultrasound on my left shin. I thought I possibly had a blood clot but luckily, that was not the case. Just a deep tissue bruise from all the training I’ve been doing.

What I’m reading:
I’ve been picking up and putting down “Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis. Since we moved I put the book somewhere and haven’t found it yet, but have been wanting to pick it back up. I have quite a few other books I need / want to read!

What are some of your favorite books?

Who inspires me this month:
I have to give a shout out to my girl Julie Marie. April had some pretty bad downs in it, and Julie Marie helped me through a lot. Having a fellow lady in BJJ really helps, especially one whose husband is also her coach/ training partner. We’ve been able to chat and connect about some things we can’t really share with other people because they can’t relate, or don’t understand. It’s been awesome building a relationship and friendship with her, and I am truly grateful and blessed.

Who has inspired you this month?

This month’s hack:
Has changed my breakfast game. Yeah, I’ve had avocado toast… but have you had avocado toast with this seasoning? 100% Game.Changer.
You should be able to get this seasoning at Trader Joes, Walmart, or sometimes your local grocery store… depending on how big of a city you live in!

Bonus hack:
Great Value Southwest hot Mustard
I’ve been wanting to try this mustard for some time, but am kind of anti Walmart. But let me tell you… between EBTB seasoning listed above and this mustard… well worth your trip! IMO 😉

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Special thinks to Julie Marie for the inspiration. You can see her post here!

This month has come and gone, and I’ve had a lot of physical and mental challenges. A lot of things happened that have opened my eyes to the things and people around me. I learned that when you decide to change, or push yourself, the universe pushes back at you in ways you’d never expect. People push back at you in ways you’d never expect. The universe is challenging me saying… “Are you sure you want to do this? Are you actually serious this time? ”
Yes B@#$%. Watch me.

Talk soon loves!

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