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Jujitsu- Life Saver

I’m a terrible sufferer of stress, when I get stressed, I REALLY get stressed! I’ve spent a huge part of my life looking for a way to cope with it and have never found anything until… I tried out Jujitsu. When I first started, I didn’t realize that it would be something that I would find so rewarding and satisfying. The feeling you get when you’re working with someone in a friendly way, but yet relieving stress too because, obviously, a certain level of force is required.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century, which was itself developed from a number of schools of Japanese jujutsu in the 19th century.

It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defence. Sparring (commonly referred to as ‘rolling’) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.


Jujitsu has helped me in so many ways, not only do you feel better physically as you get stronger and more flexible, but you feel better mentally because you feel better about yourself, less stressed and it teaches you to be tolerant and relaxed. Also, every single person I’ve met through Jujitsu has been an amazing and wonderful person. They’re always so friendly and welcoming and being surrounding by that environment for upwards of 4 hours a week can really help you think differently.

At the moment I have a LOT of stress in my life to do with applying for Wintec, applying for a Student Loan at the same time, completing school to the best of my ability, I’m flying in an aeroplane for the first time in my entire LIFE tomorrow night (off to Wellington for my Just Write, writers workshop!!) and a ton of other stuff that’s weighing on my mind. I’ve just returned to Jujitsu after my huge patch of laziness and I couldn’t have made a better decision for myself. It’s the perfect release to help me manage all the other things in my life, it’s all the BEST form of exercise I’ve experienced in terms of overall body workout and getting your heart rate up.

Right now I’m off to get changed, collect my friend and head to Jujitsu!! Now I WAS going to leave you with some badass videos of Jujitsu, but because I went and used up the broadband by watching too many videos online, I’ll have to do that after the 8th of August when we get more broadband haha.

Until next time, goodnight! xoxo

August 5, 2010 at 4:11 am Leave a comment

I have absolutely GOT to make a change, I’m wrecking myself :(

What I’m about to discuss is a very very delicate and sensitive topic for me. Please keep that in mind when reading, it’s not easy for me to open this up to the public…

I am so so down in the dumps and miserable right now… I don’t know what happened to myself. For over a year I’ve been happy, healthy and body confident, but a month ago I lost all motivation and willingness to help myself and kept making excuses for my bad eating habits and lack of exercise. I blamed it on winter, but I know that if I was truly determined then the cold would not phase me.

I don’t know what to do, I haven’t hated my body so much in well over a year and I don’t know how to drag myself out of this rut. I went to the gym the other day and left feeling amazing and I know that it takes patience and persistence to start seeing changes and results, but I won’t see any results if I don’t drastically alter my diet.

I am so horrified and embarrassed to admit that I have become a junk-food junkie. I eat far, FAR too much sugar and processed foods, my skin has been breaking out, I feel lethargic and lazy and bloated. I never thought I’d become this kind of person but I’ve been sucked into this horrible black hole of junk food and laziness… It’s become too much to stop straight away.

I’ve tried to quit sugar cold turkey many times but I always fail. I’ve tried to “ween” myself off sugar, but I lose control and end up bingeing… Today I’m proud that I’ve made a conscious decision to accept responsibility for my bad habits and I managed to stop myself before I ate something I’d regret, but I really really need support right now. This is reaching a critical point for me and I don’t think anyone could truly understand just how much this is bringing me down.

If I don’t get my shit together, I see depression in my very near future.

If you have any advice, suggestions or just general support to offer, please PLEASE do not hesitate to message me. My ears and heart are always open.


June 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm 4 comments

Lazy Saturday.

Firstly, thank you so much for all the positive feedback I got on my article about teenage binge drinking! It was extremely empowering and motivating and I plan to continue working on more pieces to publish on my blog today. I’ve got some good ideas up my sleeve and I’m looking forward to putting them in writing. I hope they are issues that you will find are relevant and interesting to you.

In other news..

It has been POURING with rain in the last 12 hours, I woke up several times in the night to frighteningly loud rain, thunder and bolts of lightening. I was looking forward to having a whole day to snuggle up inside, read my book and write my articles… However, much to my dismay, the sun has come out 😦 I would love for it to goooo aawaayyy! I’m more in my “zone” of writing if the weather’s miserable. Sounds weird, but I think part of it is because I feel guilty for staying inside during sunny weather. I feel as though I’m “wasting” the day.

Exciting news is that this afternoon, Mum and I are going back to visit the Pug Puppies!!! Remember the first time? Well this time will be even better because they’ve grown up and are suuuppeerrr cute 😀 I’m so excited!! So I’ll definitely have some photos to post tonight when I get back.

I’m still getting over my cold so I don’t plan to go to the gym today. last night I decided to wait and see how I felt this morning and then make a decision based on that. I’m not 100% ready yet but I’m sure that by Monday I’ll be fine?

Random question to leave you guys with: What’s your favourite movie? Mine is Thirteen starring Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed. That movie really speaks to me… The two runner’s up are True Romance and Girl, Interrupted.

What are yours?

Have a great Saturday!

May 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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