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How Jiu Jitsu Brought Me Back To Life

August 19, 2015 3 min read

I wondered over the last few months if I had lost it. Life has been going at such a fast clip that I was finding it nearly impossible to workout regularly and concentrate heavily on my diet. I've done just enough to stay in shape and be healthy, but I have missed that challenge and motivation to feel inspired! jiu jitsu You see, six months ago we moved our family to Kailua Kona, Hawaii and immediately began to delve into a new life here. I have my blog at Tessavanwade.com, I answer all the questions that people send me, work as a Personal Trainer, create youtube videos, write fiction novels, am a mom, a wife, and I was trying to oversee a remodel to our house--needless to say, I found myself busier than I had been in a while. Mentally it started to play with my mind. I would ask questions like: "Wait a minute, since I don't weigh myself (which I have decided is the best choice for me), have I actually gained a lot of weight and just don't know it?" "Am I going to get back into a groove, or am I destined now to fall into the pit of laziness that I once floated in?" You see, it's all a mental game. Yet here are the things that I have learned that defy my illogical response to being overworked: 1. Because of hard work in the past with weights, HIIT, circuit training, etc. bodies don't just fall apart. A body will actually take longer to fall out of shape once in shape. Why? Because muscle is tough! Muscle memory is our friend! 2. We are no longer the old versions of ourselves and never will be. Once we start learning, delving, and studying, we are too smart to fall into old habits. We know too much now! The old G.I. Joe saying, "knowing is half the battle..." is so true. 3. We've learned that a fit life can sometimes mean good days and bad days. We have to hang on through valleys knowing there is a peak to come. In other words, we've done this long enough now that we know there will be days, weeks, months, and so on, that we may be out of it, but there will be just as many times that we will be on top of things. All in all I have just been tired and feeling un-motivated. Yet I can honestly say, there were two things that brought me back to life. 1. YOU. Because I am part of a fitness family with Tessa Van Wade Fitness and Body Rock Tv, I have been motivated by all of you. Your questions, concerns, pictures, stories, and courage have always motivated me. So EVEN when you say that we have been motivating you, it's a friendly hand off. You also, inspire us. 2. And lastly, one of the biggest things that brought me back to life is something that I have learned over the years that works every time. Change it up. I will ALWAYS incorporate HIIT, circuit training, and the myriad of things that I do weekly... But I have to be challenged. So I chose something that I have wanted to do for a really long time but never had the guts to do. I decided to join Jiu Jitsu three nights a week. At first I was panicked, but now I know, I've found something that will simply become another tool in my arsenal to stay fit and healthy. Most of the time I can't believe that I am doing it. Yet, I have learned so much in just a short time AND my body is being challenged like never before. What sport do you incorporate into your busy routine? Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_105538" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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