Just wanted to share this here. I’m still writing horror and things are on track with Dark Exorcist being released soon. I’ve also begun my own MMA site. Here I do fighter interviews, post news and updates on everything in the sport. So feel free to stop by and share!
So this has been a pretty neat week so far. Well week is over I guess, but it’s still been cool. I got a new writing gig as an MMA writer for http://mmajam.ca They are a Canada based MMA ezine. Their focus had been on up and coming Canadian fighters, but are now branching out to cover national promotions and different regional fighters.
So I already have a couple articles posted there. Here is where you can read them. This next week I will be doing some fighter interviews. I will also be getting a press pass for Premier Combat Group’s June 8th card here in San Antonio. So should be some fun and exciting things.
This is great, because now the blog can focus on my fitness related topics, and the MMA stuff can go to MMA Jam’s website and hopefully lead to bigger things. Thank you everyone for joining me on this ride.
This won’t be one of my usual blogs. I feel the need to weigh in on a touchy subject here. As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Mixed Martial arts. I love to see a good, technical fight. I’ve also been a big supporter of women’s MMA. In 2013, WMMA has burst onto the scene in a big way with fighters like Ronda Rousey
leading the way as first female Ultimate Fighter coaches.
So this past week or so, we’ve had this assjacket manager named Brett Atchley who was accused by several female fighters of being sexually inappropriate with them, and family members. He attempted to bully them, intimidate them to signing with him and a bunch of other horrible things. It was so bad, that he has been banned from any future Invicta events. For those of you not familiar, Invicta is the number one, women’s only MMA promotion.
I had a run in with this guy on Twitter months ago, and he was a douchebag then. I didn’t say anything out of respect to the fighters he worked for. Now it looks as if he might be done, and that is a good thing.
On the heels of that incident another came to light. This was a writer for the Examiner named Eric Holden. Eric is notorious for writing articles about WMMA fighters and highlighting their looks and sexuality. His articles usually include “Top 10 Sexiest Female Fighters” or “10 Hottest WMMA bodies” or whatever. As if that wasn’t offensive enough for most folks, after the Atchley thing came out, it also came out that months before Eric had sent a series of inappropriate texts to a couple female fighters who also happen to be a lesbian couple. Now he says it was mutual flirting, they said it was uncomfortable. I told Eric that if he wants to be looked at as a journalist, he should remain above the fray and not form personal relationships with the people he covers, including flirting.
So a lot of folks who already didn’t like him, now totally hate him. I have to say, I never cared much for his sexy lists. And that brings us to the point of this blog. In one way or another, men, or people in general have always objectified women. You have some women who choose to use their looks and sex appeal to market themselves, and those who choose not to.
Ronda Rousey gets a lot of attention for her looks. She does photo shoots and commercials cashing in on it, but she has even said “If it wasn’t for my fighting abilities, no one would care who I was”. Which is true, so her looks and skills compliment each other.
If a woman wants to use her looks, that is her right. Depending on how she goes about it, she may attract a certain unsavory element. I’m not excusing it or saying it’s ok, but that it would be good to be prepared and have the block button on standby.
Then you have porn. We all know about porn, though I’m sure none of you have actually seen one. I mean, I’ve heard a little about them, but that is about it..er..ahem.
Moving along. Tonight on twitter I saw something interesting. I saw a fellow who was a big advocate against Eric exploiting and sexually harassing women, I saw him retweeting a tweet by a girl who is a “fetish wrestler” she was posting about some upcoming content on her site.
I looked at her site for a moment (and no, I won’t post it here, nor will I bore you with endless screenshots) and basically her page is naked girl wrestling videos.
Now, I’m not against someone doing what they want for a living. This is America, and I am no one to judge another’s way of life. But I was confused that this guy would retweet and support this, when he was so against exploitation before?
So I asked him how this supported WMMA. His reply that it’s wrestling and he supports all women’s fighting of any kind. Ok, fair enough. But weren’t we just talking about WMMA deserving respect for their fighting skills and technique, not looks or being objectified as sex objects?
Another guy agreed with me. However one female fighter who was pretty vocal about the previous sexual bad stuff incidents, declined to weigh in on this topic. Another lady did say she feels it takes away WMMA’s validation and respect.
So what I think I saw here was some hypocrisy in action. Do we agree its ok for women to be objectified or not? If it is ok, when is it ok. Is it ok if they objectify themselves? If a girl does a porn and a guy sends her a sexual message is that bad? Or was the previous outrage against the other two guys just a lot of posturing and band wagon jumping?
I would like to see some discussion on this. Is it ok or do we agree with things like naked porn wrestling, or lingerie MMA fights or things like that? Or does it just make it that much harder for the real WMMA fighters to earn respect?
I will state for the record my own position, I think such things degrade WMMA and set the sport and the athletes back. People who are new to the sport will see those things and not differentiate the two. Heck, with Men’s MMA, I still have people telling me they are nothing but a bunch of toothless ex-cons re-living life on the cell block while lying on top of each other. So I can only imagine what people will think of two girls fighting in a cage when they see this stuff.
What are your thoughts? Please discuss.
To make my previous point about diet. Over the past several months, I’ve been dealing with some medical issues. As a result, I cannot workout vigorously like I prefer. Sometimes, its hard for me to exercise at all. Yet I am STILL losing weight. I’m down another pound or so already this week. Why? Because of diet. Ever since I started keeping track of every crumb of food I ingest, the weight has been coming off. Exercise makes it fly off faster. But for the weeks I’m not well enough to get a workout in, it’s good to know it’s still under control.
When I was 18, I joined the Marine Corps. When after bootcamp and most of my enlistment, I weighed 185-190. I was in the greatest shape of my life at that point. Though most of it was due to all the running we did. I had very little upper body strength or muscle tone. Back then, I wasn’t the kind to spend hours at the gym on my own either.
Once I got out, I stayed at around 220-230 for most of the time. I’m 6’0 tall, so at that weight, I looked a little padded but not really fat. I would often gain 10-20 lbs over the winter, then burn it all off rather quickly over the summer. Once I turned 30 though, the weight didn’t come right off. I got frustrated and just quit trying. From there, my weight kept creeping up toward 300 lbs or more. I’d lose 20-40 lbs off and on, by exercise bikes or treadmills, only to have it come right back.
By the time I turned 38 years old, I was over 350 lbs and barely had the energy to go anywhere. I’d order pizza just so I didn’t have to go make myself something to eat. My blood pressure was 195/110 and my resting pulse at 120. Even my doctor said to me “How are you still walking around?” He put me on medicine for my blood pressure, which made me so tired, I kept falling asleep at work. So he gave me medicine to help me stay awake, which gave me panic attacks, so he gave me more medicine for that. I felt dizzy and weird and was either so tired I could hardly hold my head up, or felt like I was about to jump out of my skin.
Contributing to the tiredness, was my sleep apnea. My wife recording me sleeping one night so I could hear myself. I sounded like a chainsaw that was about to stall out.
The tripping point for me as many of you may know, was the trip too the river we took with the kids in summer 2012. While my tube got stuck on some rocks, some college kids drifted by and called me a beached whale, right in front of the kids. This is where something triggered in my head.
About a month later, I began training in mixed martial arts. I love that training and lost around 60 lbs in about 7 months. That is between a few breaks for injuries and just to get a breather. My blood pressure is now 130/80 and resting pulse at 66. Lately I’ve slacked off on my training there though, due to some financial constraints, but I’ve come up with a workout routine doing Muay Thai drills I can do at home.
My weight got stuck however, and I met Brittany Adams on here who not only told me about Body by Vi but showed me her own results. She’s lost over 100 lbs in about a year using it. I decided to give it a try. In about 3 weeks I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. It’s a 90 day challenge, so I have no doubts more weight will come off.
As a result of my weight success, I was featured in Fight! Magazine. I was also recently interviewed by KENS 5 TV here in San Antonio, and for a podcast at http://www.resultswillvary.com and this week was featured in the national Examiner.com. One thing this journey has taught me:
Change your body, change your life.
That isn’t just some cool slogan that sounds good, but it is the 100% truth. If you would have told me a year ago that I would be sparring in a cage with skilled fighters, being interviewed by national MMA magazines or on TV talking about fitness, I’d have thought you were insane. Hell, that probably would have pushed me into a full heart attack.
So as a result of all this, I’ve begun coaching others in their journey to health and fitness. While some think that coaching might be a waste of time or money, I assure you it is not. My own life coach, Kelly Meerbott, in just a few sessions has changed my life. The few clients I have spoken to so far have said I’ve changed their lives. I’d like the chance to help you change your life as well.
I also plan on getting certified as a personal trainer as soon as I get some other things organized. I also have some other things in the works. Fitness groups, workout classes, lots of exciting and fun things to make health and fitness better for everyone.
Obesity was killing me, and it is killing many of us. We can stop it, you can stop it, but you don’t have to do it alone. Once you gain the confidence of how you look and feel with the weight loss, it will open doors you never thought possible.
Change your body, Change your life.
3 sets of 5 push-ups
3 sets of 10 leg raises
3 sets of 25 crunches
5 minute round of footwork/shuffling
5 min round of shadowboxing-hands only
5 min round of front kicks/teep-alternating legs
5 min round of alternating knees
5 min round of combos/kicks/knees/punches
5 min round of shuffling/footwork
3 sets of 15 squats
All done in my room Then a Vi shake for lunch
It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in. I’ve had a lot of things going on. I’m working on getting the coaching business going. It’s been a little slow, but gradually getting there. Also still doing the Body by Vi Challenge. I’ve had some success there and getting a lot of leads, so just waiting on that to get going. I’m confident all of these things will work. It’s just a matter of sticking to it long enough for things to fall into place.
I’m about 11 or 12 days in to the Body by Vi challenge and I’ve lost 5 lbs. My wife started the challenge with me a few days later and she’s down 6 lbs. So I’m seeing it does work. I don’t feel hungry, tired or deprived. I’ve also pretty much eliminated sodas from my diet completely.
I haven’t been able to train MMA much. My old job was closer to the gym so I’d make it over there after work. Now it isn’t, so to go there for a one hour class, it’s a 30-45 minute drive there and back. So the one hour class ends up eating up 3-4 hours of the day. I’m considering joining some place closer. But I love it at Ohana, so just going to have to take a look at some things. On nights I can’t make it to the gym, I’ve started doing some Muay Thai drills in my living room.
It looks like this:
5 minute rounds each:
round 1-Leg lifts
Round 3-Shadow boxing/hands only
Round 4-Alternating front and rear teep
Round 5-Alternating knees
I’m usually pretty wiped at the end of 30 minutes. I take 30 second breaks in between rounds. I’ll add to it as my cardio builds up and add combos and such to additional rounds.
I started a walking group as well called the Fat 2 Fighter Walkers. We did 5 miles the other night on our Riverwalk. Wife and I walked the same route today. Our next group walk is Sunday night. So that should be fun. It’s getting pretty hot here. I should have worn my hat today, the sun was pretty merciless the last mile or so.
So still lots of cool and exciting things going on. I’ll try to post more often again. I’m down 65 lbs total. I’m also considering expanding my goal beyond 250. My goal was to lose and get to 250 lbs and fight heavyweight. I’m considering instead, cutting to 205 and fighting light heavyweight. Maybe even 185. Since I’m 6’0 tall 185 wouldn’t be unreasonable. Once I’m at 250, I’ll see how I look and feel then go from there.