Team Training and The Ice is melting

So the ice is finally melting in most places so I am free to roam about the streets again. I think this has to be the coldest birthday weekend of record for me. I finally have gotten out and driven around town.  I didn’t get much running this week done, but I did snowboard down my street and backyard.

On Saturday, I went to Shawn Hammond’s Annual Team Training which was awesome. Over 130 people braved the ice, snow and rain to make it to gym. I bet if it hadn’t been such a bad weather week we would have anymore. But it was a good training day. First things first, I saw quite a few of my friend and teammates promoted to higher ranks. These guys have been working at it for years and we were all happy to see them promoted. By the time all of the promotions were done we had went from 13 to 20 Black Belts on the mat.

After promotions, we had 3 – 20 minutes drilling sessions from 3 different black belts. Thanks Ray, Jordan and Dave.   Some of the things we trained, I can definitely see putting into my game plan, but other not so much just do to I am   leprechaun height and they work with  people of regular stature. After the hour of drilling, we had 2 hours to roll, but with 130 people on the mats it could be a challenge. So different belts would switch each round at first then by then end it was who every wanted to roll left on the mats. I got to roll with my friend Kassidy so that was awesome. By the end of team training I was worn out but I still felt good.

I am ready to get back to the pace of every day life this week with the ice gone.  I am ready to start running again this week, I realized that I was missing running, but I was still keeping active with all my stunts in the snow and ice.  I will just keep moving forward and keep progression. I am getting better everyday so that is all I can hope for.

This leprechaun is going to keep moving, shaking and getting stronger. So world watch out.


Bonus Points if you can find me in the picture.


Ice Week in the South

So I’m been at home for the last 48 hours due to the ice storm that has covered most of the south. I haven’t left my house since Sunday where I actually spent most of the day in the bed because I was tired and worn out from not sleeping well over the last few weeks. So I took the day to catch up on my sleep.

Things that happened: I complete the Hot Chocolate 5K on Saturday morning in 50:31. It was freezing cold and I thought my toes were solid rocks when I started but I made a good pace. I still am working on picking up the speed, but I still have 10 weeks before my half marathon.

My training is going well, last week I ran my first 3 miles under 50 minutes. My goal is to get my mile under 15 minutes because that will put me on pace to finish the half marathon under the pace limits. That is my current goal.

In other news: my birthday is Thursday and I will be 25. There was a time in my life that I never thought I would make it to the age of 18 so to be here at 25 and enjoying life is awesome. I went thought a lot of pain and anger when I was younger so I am very happy to make to the age of 25 with all of the great fiends I have these days.

So my birthday wish this year is to have people donate to St. Jude as I am running the County Music Half Marathon as a St. Jude Hero. I want to thank Lynn M. T as she was my first donation to my  fundraiser. And I want to challenge everyone reading and wishing me Happy Birthday this week to donate on this ice storm week in Nashville.  You can donate here:

I have been sledging this week…and I also have an ice burn.

Until next time…


Paleo: Week 5 and others things

This week was very different as I tried to make more meals instead of just having meat and veggies. Some of the things that I cooked were good and some were not that great. The things that were good were great like my spaghetti squash pie. But the things that were bad  were probably bad because I messed something up. But I realized that I get thrown off track easily when the food doesn’t turn the way I want it. So this week I am refocusing and I am sticking with recipes and things that I know will be good or having back up plan like having some sliced turkey ready to be able to replace my meat option. My breakfast was all thrown off last week so it was hard to change mid-stride last week but this week I am getting more back to basics so that should help.

I also competed in the Atlanta Open on the 31st of January. I went down with Kenny and Javier and sat around all day and watched friends compete. I lost my first match by a Kimura, but I wasn’t disheartened by it.  My cardio felt good and I felt good, but my size and strength are still at a disadvantage.  I need to work on my upper body strength especially in my shoulder. Hopefully that will help stabilize the weakness in my shoulders.   Also need to working on seeing while rolling.

Here is video is you want to watch my match:

I also started my half marathon training  this week. I am slowly inching my way pace down, but I am going to get this done. I am actually doing the hot chocolate run this up coming Saturday as well.

My birthday is coming up as well and what I am asking for my birthday this year is for donations to St. Jude as I am a  St. Jude’s Hero for the County Music 1/2 Marathon. You can donate here:

So pretty much things are going good here, should get my blood work back from the doctor this week as well. Now just to deal with the hot glue gun burn on my hand. 🙂

Until next time…



Paleo: Week 4

Yay. I have made it to week 4 with being on Paleo and man does it feel good. I feel like I have learned a lot by myself and how to cook over the last 4 weeks. I wouldn’t really call it a diet, but more a lifestyle change . I got through the the first 4 weeks with some basic cooking skills, but this next month I am going to try and make more complex recipes than what I have done this past month.  The pros of doing this have out weighed the cons for sure. This is something that when you break it down really means I am losing grains because I already am lactose-intolerant. And doing this 80/20 means I can still eat those things that I want to eat, but I am going to make sure it is worth it when I do eat it.

This has been eyeopening and just seeing how much money I have saved by eating most of my meals at home has been crazy.  This is something when I first started I was like oh it will help me lose weight and I definitely have seen that start to happen. When I started on this 4 weeks ago,I was like I am not going to weigh myself for a month so that way I could see if it was truly a weight loss change or a body composition change. So today is that day and I got on the scale .

As of this morning, in a month I have lost about 4 pounds, which equals out to 1 pound each week. That is just really crappy , when I have more than reduced my calories and even starting working out more. My goal was always do this for a month and then see where I was at. So for how far i reduced my calories I should have had more weight loss than that. I can say that my body composition has definitely changed and my clothes are becoming a lot looser. So that is a positive, just sucks to not have seen as much difference on the scale. So I had myself my pity party this morning, but I am going to keep on going. Because I am not going to let this define me.

I know a lot of this could be due to my PCOS because it is the devil and hates me. But I have a doctors appointment on Friday, and so then we are going to have a come to Jesus meeting to figure out what is going on.

I am not going to let this win, I am going to keep going. I can’t and won’t let this stop me. This year is going to be the year of change for me and I’m going to keep going because all I can do is keep moving.

I just want to say a quick thanks to anyone who has asked about my journey or have told me that they have seen a difference. You really don’t know how much that means to me and how it keeps me motivated, especially on a day like today where I am struggling but I know I have people behind that will stand with me through this all. So Thanks.

Leprechaun out 🙂


Yes I am wearing my hair differently now….