Life update – Back to School!

So I’m now half way through my first semester back in school. It has been quite the adjustment getting back into study mode after working full time for 2 years, but everything is going well. This time around, I really feel like this is what I should be learning. I am much more passionate and love how almost everything I learn can be applied to my training.

Training has been slow since my fight in August as the new gym isn’t open yet.  During that break, I trained down in LA for a bit and I have been doing my own thing with a few close friends. Unfortunately a hand injury that I had last August has returned, so I am in the process of healing. This time trying to figure out the cause, (as it was not clearly resolved last year) and how I can prevent it from returning.

It really is amazing how an injury can set a person back, not only physically, but also emotionally. I have come to realize that I must first accept the fact that I am injured before any change will occur.  Being in constant denial about the situation only makes you more upset and sets you back further. This entire process of change will eventually lead to growth, which in my opinion is one of the most important things in life.

I hope to be back in the gym, healed within the next two weeks. Lots of active stretching, and prevention by dealing with muscular imbalances is the current prescription. I am also getting back on the road – Just because my hands don’t work, doesn’t mean that I can’t use me feet. So watch out boxing world because I’m on a mission to be the National Champion and nothing is getting in my way.

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal. —Vince Lombardi

Danced under the lights on July 25th -Charity Bout

A lot has happened in the past couple of months. The gym that I used to train out of was shut down, and in doing so left lots of athletes and kids without a place to train.

A charity event was created to help raise money for our new club.

This was a service industry based charity, where anyone who works in the service industry was able to try out for the opportunity to train as a boxer to have a potential fight. Meanwhile raising a certain amount of funds to be eligible to compete on fight night.

I helped with coaching on Friday mornings and after my training in the evenings when I could. It was great to see the contenders transform, loose weight and start to look and move like boxers.

Contenders trained for over 3 months, and the public voted on who they wanted to see fight.

One of the contenders whose opponent was unable to compete, was very committed to not only raising funds for the club, but to her training.  Because of her dedication and drive to compete, my coach put her as a potential match up with myself.

…and low and behold the public wanted to see it happen.

We were the first bout of a scheduled 14, and the venue was absolutely incredible.

It felt fantastic to dance under those lights, since my last fight was over a year ago. I boxed nicely and controlled the fight with fast, well-timed combinations.

Now I can’t wait to get a real fight!

The charity event was a huge success and in September our club will be finding a new location to start anew. I also plan on racking up those long needed fights.

Sometimes You’ve Just Got to “Go with the fLoW”

For the past month I have been getting my health back and slowly building up strength to get into fighting shape.

Like anything in life there will always be minor hiccups and things that slow you down from  reaching your goals.

An obstacle is what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

I’m trying to look at all the so-called “setbacks” that I have experienced in boxing not so much as something that has slowed me down from achieving my goals, but rather as  lessons learned (some much harder than others) that have made my grow stronger and wiser.

I don’t particularly like the saying “go with the flow” but sometimes if you’re forcing something to happen, and are continually pushing deeper and deeper, it will just fire right back at you with even more force.

A result of over training and essentially having a “manic” mentality as my coach put it last week, is not always best.

It’s okay to have goals and aspirations and be passionate about something, but you can not let it consume you.

I’ve always been one to give things 110% if I am truly passionate about it. And boxing is definitely one of those things. But at what point does it become too much?

I will not stop boxing anytime soon, but I am now taking a new approach to my training that will help my overall health and mentality.

The 3 C’s

This really hit home for me today:

What are you doing now in your life? Can you be the greatest at it? And if you can’t or if you’re not willing to, then why would you do it?” -Johnny N

I have what seems like hundreds of favorite quotes and sayings that inspire me and influence me.  A majority of them are posted on stickies and on my vision board in my room, so they are always in sight.

This above quote really pertains to my current job.

Another one of my favorite quotes is by Howard Thurman:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go
do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Well, boxing makes me come alive.  And many people will and do disagree with my decision and think that I am “crazy”.  But this is what I am doing and I will continue to do it.

Unfortunately it the real world and everyone needs a way to sustain themselves. Many people have their day job and then do what they are passionate about on their time off, until they can make their passion into a full-time reality. And for a majority of people this will never happen.

I’ve decided to follow the 3 C’s of life.

You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE or your life will never CHANGE.

Until next time – peace, love and happiness

2012 – The year of Change

I had a feeling that something huge was going to happen in my life. (And no, I don’t think it will be the end of the world). I know that there is going to be a big change, but it will be a positive one in the end.

A very wise friend of mine once told me that the only thing consistent in the world is change and that once I accept life, everything will take care of its self.

I’ve been living life to satisfy others and have never truly looked at what I wanted. I’ve been overworked, and so stressed out for the past 3 years that I’m suffering from severe burnout, to the point that I am sick literally every month.

The change will be big; career wise, and maybe even relocation. But I know that great things are going to come out of it.

Not to mention that in 2012 many doors are going to be opened by adding Female Boxing to the Olympics for the first time in history.  It is definitely going to be a spectacular year!

Time to get Eating! – Lose Weight and Increase Your Energy

Now that the holidays are done and over with, it’s time to get back on track. I ate way too many desserts and holiday food this Christmas. I was very sick and my stomach was not happy on Christmas day. I think that a part of the reason was due to all of the different types of food that I was not used to eating.

For the past two months I have been able to keep my weight down by properly combining my meals. In doing so I have also noticed an increase in overall energy.  More energy means I can train harder and longer. Eating properly combined meals has allowed me to drop down into a lower weight class!

I first jumped on the “food combining wagon” when I read the “Raw Food Detox Diet” By Natalia Rose. (I don’t actually plan on going Raw though)  The Basic principles is that by properly combining your meals, you not only aid your body in digestion, but also help improve your overall health.

When combining your meals there are:

5 Food Categories

  1. Fruits – Are to be eaten alone on an empty stomach – The idea is that fruits take the least amount of time to digest and if they are combined with other foods, they will be left in the stomach fermenting, while the other food is still breaking down.
  2. Non-Starchy Vegetables – Can be combined with any of the three categories below
  3. Proteins – includes all meat, seafood and dairy
  4. Starches – includes all grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables (potatoes and squash)
  5.  Dried fruits, Nuts and seeds

 

The basic principle is that if you were to eat the typical steak and potatoes (or hamburger and fries) the protein and starch essentially neutralize each other which slows down the digestion process. It not only reduces your energy because your body is working too hard to eliminate it from your system, but it also causes your blood to become acidic and all disease thrives in an acidic environment!

Food combining makes meal planning even more difficult, but so far I have found it to be worth the hassle.

For some inspiration all of the recipes On Ev’s Plate are properly combined meals.

Boxing on Boxing Day

One of the guys at the gym said “we have to train on Boxing day”….so that’s exactly what we did. There’s nothing like getting back into the gym after a few days off. Surprisingly I wasn’t that slow considering all of the Christmas food I disgustingly ate over the past few days.

There was a group of four of us who trained; three who are all getting ready for fights. I should have a fight coming up for sure in February at our club show, but my coach wants to get something even sooner, possibly in January. (Yikes!!- I better get cracking.) Two of the other boxers are getting ready for Nationals which is very fast approaching. In two weeks the seniors will fight and in 6 weeks the juniors.

We did some sparring (around 6 rounds each) and finished with a very effective drill focusing on body punches while the opponent was retreating.