Weightloss: the beginning

As most people who know me, know that I have been overweight since I was 10 years only. By the time I reached high school I was already 220 lbs. Currently, I am about at 240 after loosing about 25 pounds since I started doing jiu-jitsu in the fall. But that is still far off from where for my height, I should be. Now, I won’t be getting super skinny to 129 where the doctors would like to see me in a health weight range, but I am working my weight down. After competing at pans, at 240 and 5ft, I am largely outsized in my division that has no upper weight limit.  So currently, I am in the process of just working my weight down to my goal somewhere of a walk around weight between 175 to 185. In my head, I would like to get down to a walk around weight of 175, which would make the cut to Heavy next year for Pans be super easy with the limit with my gi on being 175.5. But I do know what my body will say to that. I haven’t been in the high 100s in weight since I was in middle school which was over 10 years ago at this point for me.  For so long, my weight was a way to cope, because I coped through food when I was younger, but I have gotten passed that.

So that leads me to where I am today, last week I started on I wouldn’t say a diet but more or less watching what I am eating to see how much I am eating of different things. I am trying to stick somewhere between 1,700 and 2,000 calories a day deepening on how much I train on a certain day. So far, it has been working for me. I just have to prepare a lot of my food on Sunday for the week, because when I get home from work and the gym  I am exhausted and don’t want to do much else ,except eat and go to sleep some nights.

I have been needing to do this for a while, even though most people couldn’t guess it at my highest weight I was over 270, so it is time for a change. It going to take a while and I know that. This isn’t even something that I would want to have happen over night. Just like in jiu-jitsu you don’t go from a white belt to black belt without working for it. It was time for me to make a change in life and going to Pans gave me the kick in the butt I needed.

I am looking forward to being in full leprechaun mode, but what I am not looking forward to buying new clothes. I hate clothes shopping, but I guess that will be a good reward once I start losing all the weight.

Over the last few years, I have made a lot of changes and decisions to live a better, healthier life and this is just one more commitment to that.

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Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2014

So I am back at home after traveling out to the  Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2014 out in Irvine CA last week. It was my first time ever being on the west coast. So I was excited to be there for a Jiu-Jitsu competition as well. I got out to L.A. Tuesday afternoon and came back home Friday night. I couldn’t afford to stay out there the entire time, maybe one day when people pay my way I will be able too, but I still had a great time.

I competed on the first day of the tournament but my division was one of the later ones in the day to go. My first match wasn’t scheduled to be until 5:50 but I was in the bullpen starting about 4:45 so that I wouldn’t be late or if my division got called up earlier I didn’t want to miss it.  So I was waiting in the bullpen and was looking at who could potentially be in my division. I was in a division of 9 and knew 2 of the girls from competing against them before. So my times come when the ring coordinator calls me. I was on Mat 7 and so I had to go through gi-check. My Gi was good, but my belt was too long. So I had to re-wrap my belt a few different times to get it to past inspection. I finally was able to so then I was able to go line up for my mat and see the girl who I was going to be going up against. I had got a bye in the first round so  this was going to be my first match of the night.

The Ring Coordinator walks us to the Mat after the fight before our starts.  I start to get Amped and ready to get on the mats. Now I wear glasses so that always makes things more intresting when I comepete because I see the colors but have a hard time making the person out in front of me. So I’m getting warmed up and my coaches are behind the barrocade coaching one of my teammates on the next mat.

Now its showtime, the bright lights of the gym hit me and I step onto the mat when the refree tells me I can. I shake his hand and then the hand of my oppotnet and then when “Combat” and start going at it.

I have put the link to the video below so you can see it.

So I lost the match, but I learned so much in the experiences and everything that lead up to that point. The biggest thing that I learned is that I am too small for my weight class. Right now I compete in the Heavy weight class which is 165 and above. IBJJF just have announced they are adding 2 more weight classes and the next highest with be at 175, so for next year at Pans I am going to try to get into that weight class. I think i will be a killer at 175 compared to the any weight goes right now in Heavy weight class. I have a year to get there so I am getting started now.

I learned so much out there watching all of the colored belts that I saw compete and to know that one day I will be on that level is awesome. I am already training and planning for my next competitions, but I can now say that I have competed on an international level and can’t wait to win on that level.