Enter the SMART Goals

Beyond The Mat Lesson Two is all about designing achievable goals. If you’ve attended a college class, read a self-improvement book, or heck, paged through a women’s health magazine, you probably know all about S.M.A.R.T. goals. But as G.I. Joe always said, knowing is only half the battle. This week in my journey to black belt, I realize that my goal setting kind of sucks.

Fueling For Weight Loss Is An Oxymoron

When you talk about health and wellness, it’s easy to say, “food is fuel.” The problem is that a lot of people jump into a fitness program with a goal that makes it hard to really see food as fuel. Take the calories-in/calories-out approach. Technically, that’s exactly how you lose weight. But psychologically, what ends up happening with that approach is a major increase in calories out (why not make every day a long-run day?) paired with a major decrease in calories in (if 1,200 calories is the bare minimum, then 900 calories must be better, right??), with the expectation that the piddly number of calories you…
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The Thing About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I’ve been wanting to blog about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) for a while. But, even though I’ve been training consistently for over a year, learning a bunch and moving slowly, snail-like, up the ranks… Even though I’ve upgraded my gear, getting fun new gis and rashguards and SWAG… Even though I’ve attended a kick-ass women’s grappling camp and competed in (…and won my division in??!) a small local tournament… …BJJ is so hard to talk about! Seriously, you should see my notes. They’re terrible. Especially when you’re a white belt, it’s impossible to technically explain how to do an armbar in less than 500…
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