I decided to start a training log to help keep me on track. It will be a combination log detailing my journey to leanness and my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. I would love to get advice / comments from other combat athletes along the way.
First a little about me: I’m a 38 year old in the throws of a serious midlife crisis. I started weight training (consistently) and fat cutting a little over a year ago. The day I started, February 1st 2007, I weighed 275#'s. I was down to 240 when I started training BJJ in November. I’d gotten down to 207 last March, where I competed in a grappling tournament at 199 (after cutting weight). Since then I’ve been on a major binge and as of this morning I weighed 224. I tend to carry a lot of bloat, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be under 220 in a couple days.
In the past year the one thing I’ve learned is that I need to have something to work towards or I’ll lose focus and fall off the wagon. So I need to constantly have concrete goals to be successful.
Goals ï¿½?? I want to compete at the September NAGA grappling tournament in the 180-189.9 division. I’d like to be walking around at 195 the week before and then cut the rest. To accomplish that I’ll need to lose a little over 2 pounds each week, which should be very doable. The trick here is that I need to make sure I don’t lose any strength, so I’ll have to be smart about it.
Also, this will be the last tournament where I’ll qualify for the beginner level, so I have a secondary goal of winning my division. I’ve competed twice so far. The first tournament was at super heavyweight, where I was the smallest of the fat guys and lost all 3 of my fights and the second at 199, where I came in third, winning two of three matches.
That’s a good start for now. I plan on posting pictures and official starting stats tomorrow. I’ll detail my diet and training as I go along.