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Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

Started my St. Patty’s Day off right with some training. Hubby and I conditioned at the gym with our coach, Josh Cate. I really do hate conditioning but I know it’s a necessity to stay in shape and achieve the goal I’ve set for myself to be in the best shape of my life. Boo! It was a good workout though and, now that I completed it, I’m glad I did it! 🙂

Then it was an hour of BJJ. I talked to my coach about possibly changing up some of our rolling to help me better understand the point system in tournaments. So after that conversation he had us start rolling on our feet and kept track of points. It was helpful that it was a small class so we weren’t all on top of each other. I rolled with my husband and two other white belt guys. I noticed that my husband was going a little harder with me than usual and he later let me know that he felt he had to step it up a bit. 🙂 He still beat me on points but it was flattering that he had to work harder.

Then it was an hour of kickboxing. I worked with my coach during drilling and it was a little intimidating. I don’t usually hold mitts for him so I was nervous that I wasn’t going to do it well enough for him. I managed to not totally screw it up. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with him because I definitely got a good workout but also got some one-on-one time with him to correct some of my form and techniques. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am very detail-oriented and I focus a lot on good form and technique. I want to do things the “right way.” So it was great having him work with me to improve these things. 🙂 Sparring was fun. I really do hate to admit to myself but I really do enjoy kickboxing…

Insert segue…;) Thank you SO much MegJitsu for sharing my little post on hair on Facebook and Twitter! I really appreciate it! 🙂 Thanks to Aparna for sharing about how you fix your hair. It gave me an idea and I ended up trying it out today. I did my double braids as usual and pulled it in a ponytail but, rather than twisting it into a bun, I simply braided the ponytail like you said. It worked really well and I really liked it. It actually got caught less than my massive bun. So thanks again for the tip!! 🙂

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What to do with all that hair?!

So…what to do with all that hair?! I have seen various posts that address this question. Some have posted about cutting it all off (sad day :(), such as Stephanie and Julia. I found another by Meg that talks about hair tie products recommended by Lana Hunter. Thus, as a BJJ practitioner with long hair myself, I’ve decided to put in my own $.02. My hair is not only long but also silky, soft, slips out of most anything, and there is a lot of it!

Since I first started training in January 2010 my hair has only gotten consistently longer. I first wore my hair in a simple ponytail. This did not work for me very long as it was constantly getting in my eyes, mouth and getting caught on everything. I was terrified of getting my hair ripped out at some point. I gradually moved onto using an elastic headband with my ponytail. This did little to help with my hair getting caught but did help for a short time keeping my hair out of my eyes and mouth. It brought only short relief, however, since the damn thing kept slipping out during drilling or my first roll. I quickly gave up on that. Now what was I going to do?

I started thinking about braids after these two failed attempts to manage my mane. I tried out a single french braid but eventually moved on to a double french braid. I don’t braid my hair all the way down but rather only braid it to the crown of my head then pull it all into a ponytail that I then sweep into a tight bun. I noticed that my hair tends to hold this better when I rough it up a bit with some product. The bun does come loose from time to time but it’s not too bad. I like it better than the idea of (eek!) chopping off my long locks. 🙂 Thought I’d put out an idea for what to do with long hair aside from simply cutting it all off…

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