So many things have been going on lately that it’s been quite tough to keep up, particularly with my blog. Here’s a quick update:

Earning my Pink Belt
In addition to my Jiu-Jitsu training, I completed my Women Empowered training – which is the Gracie Academy’s official self-defense program for women – and earned my pink belt! Although I’ve already earned my Blue Belt, doing this program and focusing on self-defense for women was really enlightening and empowering.

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me and my pink belt

Women’s Self-Defense Class
On April 10th I launched my women’s self-defense class. It’s an amazing curriculum that’s based on the Grace Academy’s Women Empowered curriculum – focusing on defenses to the 15 most common attacks on women. I had no idea how many people were going to show up for the first class or how it would go. I am super thrilled to say that it was awesome! We had 13 women on the mats, and everyone left full of enthusiasm and eagerness to continue with the program.

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it’s not just about learning self-defense techniques; it’s about having the right mindset as well

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our first class

Whole Life Challenge – Participant & Ambassador
Once again I’ll be doing the Whole Life Challenge. I still swear by this challenge as it always helps me refocus and work on tweaking my routine in a supportive environment. Knowing that there are thousands of others around the world doing the same challenge, at the same time, as me really helps keep me motivated.

In addition to doing the WLC, I’ve actually been invited to be an ambassador for the challenge. This gets me more involved in the challenge itself as well as gives me an extra bit of motivation to really stay on track and be a good role model/motivator to my team members as well as everyone else who is out there trying to live a healthier lifestyle!

Want to know more about the challenge? Watch this: https://youtu.be/xbicemIo-Sk
Ready to join my team? Sign up via this link: http://www.whole.lc/wlcmay15/pt/plumpetals

Want to join but you’re not 100% sure about paying — I’ve got 2 FREE login codes … write a comment below or send me an email (plumpetalsfit {at} gmail.com) and I’ll get in touch with you with your code. The challenge starts on May 2nd, so don’t wait too long!

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Sweat Pink Ambassador

I received an unexpected email from the Sweat Pink team telling me that I had been chosen to be an ambassador. I’m thrilled to be part of this active community network! Check out more at Fit Approach.

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Eating and Training
I’ve got to be honest here, my eating habits have been slipping a bit. My main meals have still been spot on, but I’ve snacked and it has not been good. It’s another reason I’m really looking forward to having the structure of the Whole Life Challenge. I’ve started to detox off the caffeine and sugar (my biggest weaknesses) – slowly but surely. At least my water has been on point. I’ve been drinking 3 – 4 L of water a day – the warmer weather has definitely helped!

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my favorite meal this past week: avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and a poached egg over whole grain toast with a beet, carrot, apple, and ginger fresh juice — delicious! I’m going to have to try it without the bread to make it WLC-compliant for the challenge

My training lately has involved outdoor cardio and Jiu-Jitsu. I haven’t been to the gym for a weights session in a long time. I miss it, but right now this is what I’ll be sticking to. We’ve been doing weapons defense in our Jiu-Jitsu class this month. It’s been a blast — as you can see, us girls have been taking it really seriously 😉

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the jiu-jitsu version of Charlie’s Angels 😉 

A New House!
The final bit of news is that D and I closed on our new house this month!! It’s the first time either of has ever owned property. We’re looking forward to making it a happy, healthy home!

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