Saturday, September 29, 2012

World WKA 2012 Final

I apologize for the delay in posting this but here's how the day unfolded yesterday:

The final for Female K1 division at 60kg was between Christina Peteraf and myself.
Now Christina and I are no strangers. We fought each other before, on December 3rd, 2011 to be exact. It was a hard fight for me, she kept coming forward and although I landed what I considered to be many hard hits, she just kept coming, forward and forward.
I won the fight then but I also realized who Christina was: a really tough girl and a good fighter with lots of heart.

So this final was the rematch. My first rematch.
I knew she was going to bring it and that winning was on her mind.
That meant she was would keep coming forward and staying busy, hit followed by hit and by hit, for three rounds. Just forward, forward, forward.

And that is exactly what happened. It was three action packed rounds on both sides. What gave me the edge was that I was cutting angles and making her miss. That and the knees I landed I would say. It was a close fight though, most definitely. I unfortunately did not win as emphatically as I had planned in my mind lol
But I won nonetheless by unanimous decision. I'll gladly take it :)

So... I am now a world champion. Not bad :)

Here's a recap of the week at the World WKA Championships in pictures:

My cornermen
Kru Phil Nurse, my coach, who made it there just just in the nick of time for my final *sigh of relief*. With Brian Crenshaw, who helped me out until Phil made it there.

Phil and Buck Grant, who also corneredd me for my first fight.

Pics of multiple members of Team USA:

A couple of special mentions:

Little Ahmad from Sitan Philly who won the Gold in the Juniors Full Contact Division. Aka "The Politician"

My roomie for the week, Kit, who I had a great time with.

The next generation of fighters. This little one is not even two but he's got the fire in him!

All in all it was a great week, packed with excitement, got some good experience and even a little dose of drama :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

WKA World Championships Finals

My final is today.

I'm feeling good, ready and I have something I wanna prove. Now's the time and the place to do it. Let's do it! :)

My breakfast of champions to fuel me up and get me there:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Where's my six pack at?!

My "fight weight" jeans:

So last night I tried to wear my "fight weight" jeans... and... it was a no go lol
Well I got them on. I even was able to zip up and button them. But walking or making any type of movement was extremely difficult/ uncomfortable/ basically impossible.

It's official my skinny days are over. And I'm not sad about it. Packing on the pounds means packing on more weight behind each of my punches and that is a very good thing.

I am planning on leaving a dent if not on this girl's face then most definitely in her mind. Make her think twice about wanting us to fight again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fast food lunch

I had the best best BEST lunch at a fast food restaurant today. It's a chain called "Sweet Tomatoes" which main feature is a salad buffet.
You pay $8.79 and get unlimited salad, homemade soup, and they even have a bakery with breads, pizza and some pasta. They offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. They even have a dessert bar included. What more can you ask for?
Why isn't this chain EVERYWHERE?!?! If you add vegan options to the mix, it would undoubtedly be the perfect spot. Convenient, fast and affordable, oh and yes, healthy too.
Two thumbs up for "Sweet Tomatoes"!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 1: this is how it went down

Brackets are finally up. Here's mine:

Ok so I'm fighting a girl from Greece. Look her up. She's a champion. ok
I'm a champion, you're a champion... er'ybody's a champion. all good ;)

Opening ceremony

Lots of chanting. "ouussa", "USA" and every country with their own version creating friendly rivalry.

Championships are officially open.
All women are fighting today. I'm the fifth fight.

Time for my fight.
Greece vs USA
Greek girl: on the shorter and stockier side
Me: on the not so short or stocky side

We touch gloves. Well, she shoves her gloves in my face and I touch gloves with her. We fight 3 two minute rounds. Can't say it was a great fight. It was close. She's a brawler, constantly trying to land a big swing, which never landed. My plan was to keep her at bay but I didn't even have to try so hard cause she basically ran away the entire fight and when she came close I kneed her.
Long story short: close fight

Decision: Win by split decision for me.
My reaction: happy :)
Her reaction: not happy. Not happy at all. Actually she's pissed. Very pissed.
Drama ensues lol

She actually came after to talk to me, no sorry, to ARGUE with me that she won the fight. So I says to her I says "I didn't judge the fight, it was close, coulda gone either way" I says. She's still talking talking talking.

Moral of the story:
I don't want any more close fights so no Greek girl, or anybody else, can think not for one second that I have to listen to all their yap-yap-yapping after a fight. From now on, when I get into a ring I will leave it ALL in the ring. I get it now.
Lesson learned.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I got my team USA uniform on

I got my hair did (Love the braids by Felicia in Orlando!!)

And I feel good! Put it all together and I'm ready to go folks :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

World WKA weigh in

I arrived this afternoon in Orlando Florida for the WKA 2012 World Championship.
After all this training, running, weight cutting and preparation, it's hard to believe that the time has finally come! lol in a good way of course. I'm really excited to be here.

The weigh in went really well. I had to make 132lbs. I weighed in at 59.2kg, which is a whopping 130.2 lbs Not bad at all.
Actually this was the easiest weight cut yet and I have Dr. Fuhrman to thank for it. I read his book, "Eat to Live", about eating healthy wholesome foods and voila, I made weight easy peazy, one two three.
Check out his book. Be healthy, be strong and feel your best.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Morning run conquered.

Was it really just 2 weeks ago that I complained about not being able to get out of bed early enough to run in the mornings? I can't remember now...
Cause I've been running EVERY morning since that very day! Well... every day minus my one day off a week.
It was that easy: I decided enough was enough and that I would do it and I have done it. Now even if I don't put my alarm, I'll wake up on my own at 6:30am and go for a run. Sooooooooooooooo much better than running at night, after working all day, just before or after my training session when I'm totally pooped out.
I get some fresh air first thing in the morning. Get my muscles going. Let my brain wake up. Take in some sun. Oh, and I love seeing the rowers on the East River, getting their training session in. I wouldn't expect anyone rowing on the East River in NYC. But they're there... every morning.
And now so am I.

Decide. Do it. Done.
It's as easy as that. Nice! :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My main meal to 132lbs

Salad. That's right people, vegetables is the way to go if you wanna lost some weight, as long as you don't crazy with the dressing.
So here's my favorite this time around:

Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, sunflower shoots, pine nuts and hemp seeds.

What brings it all together and makes this salad delicious is my most recent finding:
Lambrusco vinegar is fruity and mixed with just a little olive oil makes any salad so fresh and tasty.
Bon appetit!

Friday, September 7, 2012

The morning run.

How elusive you are to me, morning run. I know of you. I've experienced you before. I know of your benefits: the cooler temperature, a more pleasant quality to the air, less traffic on my route, less people in the way, the mere fact that my daily run would be out of the way first thing in the morning!!

I hold you in my awareness almost daily, especially true when I'm fight training, i.e. now. But moving you from my awareness and making you a part of my reality, morning run, that part has alluded me.
I have not for the life of me been able to get myself out of bed until the very latest minute that I can without being late, or rather without being unacceptably late. lol

Well that held true until this week. You see a friend of mine told me that my working out so much inspired him to take a 5:30am boot camp class this past Tuesday. And I was like "wait a minute... If I inspired YOU to do that, I better inspire myself to get my butt out of bed and go for my run". Actually he inspired me right? Right. So I've been on my morning run, every day this week, even today when I had to be at work at 7:30am so yes I woke up at 5:30am.
It was great! and I feel great.
I highly recommend it and I will highly recommend it for myself next week, in case I would tend to forget that I managed to do it for a week and that I didn't die. I was fine and actually better off. YAY!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I broke 140lbs today. Always feels good.
7 more pounds to go in 17 days... piece of cake :-)

My butt is flat :(
No. It's not a good thing. I don't like it. You gotta sacrifice to rise to the top right? Well that is my sacrifice, I will accept my flat butteness lol

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Do you live at the gym?"

That's what someone asked me at work on friday.
Never mind that I wear a lab coat at work and as far as I can tell, you can't really make out what my figure looks like.

"What do you mean?" I said.
"Do you LIVE at the gym?" She repeated.
"Yeah. I guess I do. You can tell?"
She laughed softly. "Of course!"

She was spot on. I've been working and training. Training and working. My life. You know what that means don't you?
Yup, fight training had begun once again. This time it's for the WKA World championships happening in Orlando at the end of September.
A world title! Very exciting!! :-)

Stay tuned.
Yes. I'll be better about writing. Promise.