I posted this in the How to Train sticky and saves me writing the background again. This was on 7th September.
I started at an MMA gym in August, prior to that I focused heavily on BB and PL pursuits. When I mean “pursuits” I mean it was more than a hobby and gave me great enjoyment designing programs, meals, supplements etc. Hence my activity on this site. From about April I lost interest quite suddenly and I’m embracing MMA to spark passion again. My main goals are getting down to 85kg from 105kg, control my blood sugar (type 2 D) and get proficient at combat (my focus will be muay thai first but the gym i joined also does BJJ and I’m very keen but it also looks very tough).
It’s now 9th Oct two months later and I know it’s only been 2 months and it’s probably the endorphins from last night’s session talking but I feel/believe BJJ has got me out of rut that I never thought I’d see daylight from. Only in July/August this year from work pressure, I felt completely lost, depressed, searched for life coaching, seminars to “fix” myself, just a whole heap of depressing thoughts brought on by work, interaction with colleagues etc. It was spilling over into home affecting my relationship with my wife and young daughter (which I still can’t forgive myself over). Just a lot of anger, depression, hopelessness.
I initially went searching for Muay Thai gyms, tried No Gi Grappling and from the conditioning work and my first rounds of grappling I feel absolutely hooked. I feel like it’s a missing part of my life. Can you feel me?! lol
Now I’ve lost a bit of weight (to be measured), my mood is infinitely better, I’m getting my diet back to the better days when I watched what I ate (doing IF with limiting carb consumption). I am focusing on BJJ but looking at additional conditioning and wrestling classes during each week. MT is also offered so while I’m interested I don’t want to do it just yet.
How do I keep this passion on going and permanent?
What are realistic goals for the 1st year?
What are some daily activities that help build skill? (drills etc)
Thanks. Shout out to rundymc also because I don’t think I would have found this without his own passion and influence for this.