Breakfast- Smoothie made with two bananas, almond milk, and a small scoop of sunflower seeds.
Lunch- Bell pepper, bamboo shoots, carrots, peas (not allowed, I know, but they are nutritious), beef, with red curry mixed in coconut milk.
Snack- Almond, cashew, raisin mix.
Dinner- Sort of a vegetable hodge podge. We had a container full of cut vegetables from my husband's concoction the other night, so here is my master recipe:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line one large pan with tin foil.
- Place zucchini, tomato, portablello mushroom in the pan.
- Spread minced garlic all over the vegetables.
- Sprinkle thyme, Chinese 5 spice, and basil.
- Drizzle just a little bit of olive oil.
- Use a wooden spoon to move and mix everything.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until all the vegetables look soft and cooked.
Class was hmmm, there. I suppose. I rolled with Pete, a brown belt, whose style is similar to a vice grip. My challenge with this roll was to work on speed and escapes, but not be dragged into the "defense" mode. I pushed myself to keep the eagle eye out for the submission, the offense.
Second roll was with Tino, a black belt. Tino is surgeon. Razor clean technique. Fast. I threw everything but the kitchen sink into this roll, just went for it; sweep, side control, arm lock, and my new love, turtle to triangle. On one hand, I was taking risks, ;) on the other hand, my risks were landing me in a heap of disadvantage ;(...
Next up was Anthony, a fellow purple. I have to force myself to roll with Anthony. Does anyone here have a person in class whose strengths somehow fit perfectly with your ALL of your weaknesses? Who just beats you into the mat like a rotten grape? Who you practically hand submissions to wrapped in a gold box? Anthony is that guy for me. He is my height (5'6"), but built like a pocket Hercules. So so so fast and annoyingly strong. When he pulls on my sleeve or collar, I can really feel how much stronger he is than me and it can be a little daunting. So a roll with Anthony is a meditation on technique. No wasted energy, only clean purposeful technique or else I am done for. Good times.
My next two rolls were with David and Jeff, also fellow purples. Both fights were solid, even, a lot of trading off from advantage to disadvantage, back again, etc...
Last roll was with John, a blue belt. FINALLY, I dominated. But, I feel like, yeah, I had damn well better dominate that fight. Tapped him out with a kimura. Cool.
As I write this, I am realizing, class was pretty good. I pushed myself to spar with people who I knew would present different challenges, but LORD oh lord please let the skills come faster! Onward...