So taking inspiration from Barney Stinson who says in How I met your mother: “When I am sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead” so I made a change and just got on with it.
- Get back to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
- Read 12 books
- Finish learning to drive
How did I do?
- I stopped smoking and adjusted my nutrition and alcohol intake which meant I got healthy along with the cardio and HIIT exercises I was doing I reduced my walking weight from 24st 4lbs (kg) by 2st by April.
- I returned to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in January and Gracie Barra Birmingham in April. I was awarded a third stripe in May and a fourth stripe in September before winning a Silver Medal in my first No Gi competition. I competed at the Nottingham Open and was awarded a Bronze medal.
- I was promoted to Blue Belt at the Gracie Barra Birmingham Annual Gathering on the 17th December by my teacher, Braulio Estima, which wasn’t a goal for 2016 but was certainly a goal I had aspired to achieve since 2007.
- Rather than learning to drive I saved up and booked my first holiday to Lisbon for the European Championships in January 2017 and started saving for a second holiday to Rio de Janiero in 2017, but I will be learning to drive as soon as I come back from Rio, and I am looking very much forward to flying out and spending time there.
- I still have a few books to read but instead I learnt to speak and write Brazilian Portuguese, which should come in handy for my trips to Portugal in January and Brazil in May.
What I look like now:
My BJJ goals for the year to come:
- Medal at three different competitions, including the British Open 2017.
- Medal at the British Open at Blue Belt (May 2017) and compete in the Absolute division.
- Compete at the Rio Open 2017, Brazil – May/June 2017, at the Barra de Tijuca Tennis Club.
- Compete in one No Gi competition.
- Learn to be a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Referee.