Sunday, December 30, 2012

Preparing to restart jits after a long layoff...

Wow... I've been away from the mats for a few months, thanks to IVF.  So I hope to blog about my journey back to regular training...  hope that blogging about it will help me the same way it helped me when I started training.

About the infertility thing, if you're curious... we successfully made a few eggs, fertilized them, and let the embryos grow to a stage that indicates they're likely to be chromosomally normal ie capable of establishing a viable pregnancy. We froze them instead of putting them back in me right away, because I have an immune disorder that makes my body attack embryos as if they were germs. So I will start some immune suppressant meds very soon, I hope, and as soon as they take effect, we'll thaw some embryos and put 'em back in, hopefully this spring.

But until then, I'm scared I've lost my passion for bjj, I've gotten lazy and fat and comfortable with not training, and I hope if anyone is still reading this, that you'll encourage me in my efforts to get back into the swing of things. January 2, here I come! (I'm traveling tomorrow, and academy is closed on January 1.)

Happy new year, everyone!

11 comments:

bjjgrrl said...

I will join you on Jan 2 in going back to jiu-jitsu after a layoff/less training period and in being fat, lazy, & comfortable. ;)

SavageKitsune said...

Great to see you back. :)

SavageKitsune said...

Great to see you back. :)

Anonymous said...

It's hard to get back into the swing of BJJ when you've been off for a while.

I was off the mats with a herniated disc for 8 months and thought I wouldn't go back.

But I got cleared by my doctor and after one class I was hooked again.

I think you'll experience the same thing. It'll seem daunting before you step on the mat, but once you get going you'll remember how good it was to train and then it's only up from there.

I've been reading your blog for a while and I know you're passionate about BJJ. The fire isn't gone, it's just died down a bit. All it'll take is one class and it'll be a roaring flame again.

Dolph said...

The first day back is always the toughest. But you'll be glad you got back on the mats.

Dolph said...

The first day back is always the toughest, but you'll be glad you got back on the mat.

Can S├Ânmez said...

Awesome: I'm excited to hear you're getting back on the mats! I'm sure your training partners are too. I look forward to hearing about your road back. :D

jimmyDean101 said...

I'm looking forward to reading about your BJJ experiences again!

Keith said...

Even though I've never met you, you've helped me a lot in my short jiu jitsu journey thus far. I hope that your passion for jiu jitsu is only smoldering as coals, and only needs the kindling of the mats to light the spark anew.

But if it's not - and if your passion for jiu jitsu has fled - then I wish you only the best and send good vibes your way re: pregnancy, family, life in general.

Keith said...

Even though I've never met you, you've helped me a lot in my short jiu jitsu journey thus far. I hope that your passion for jiu jitsu is only smoldering as coals, and only needs the kindling of the mats to light the spark anew.

But if it's not - and if your passion for jiu jitsu has fled - then I wish you only the best and send good vibes your way re: pregnancy, family, life in general.

Liam H Wandi said...

Hi Georgette. Happy to hear how your fertility progress is ticking along.

As for the training, here are a couple of ideas that might help:

1. Don't think of your time of the mat as a stop-and-start thing. Time is relative. You weren't a professional athlete who retired nor a musician / band who quit. You are a person who loves exercise and movement and the joie de vivre it gives you. Sometimes you train a lot and regularly and sometimes you do other things like work a lot, socialise and... get pregnant. Take the pressure off coz trust me we are the only ones who put ourselves under it.

2. Think about your life without jiu jitsu. I don't mean without training everyday or whatever, but rather think about going on with the rest of your life without ever training again. If that thought sits ok with you then that's fine. If that thought doesn't sit well with you then put a gi when you can, and train.

much love