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Over 5 Years, 'Game of Thrones' Changed the Course of My Love Life Forever
It's strange and interesting how series, books, films, stories, and ideas have such agency. The human way of understanding the world in the only way that affords full freedom. It can have ripple effects that cross the border of fiction into our real lives. Stories, like smells or sounds, can catapult us back in time to the point when they were most relevant. This has always been particularly powerful for me. I've always loved books and writing. Something that came from within me, not any outside influence. I would spend all my free time in the library and went by the nickname of "Bookworm." I would get deeply emotional when following my favourite characters, feeling their woes, joys and challenges as if I was there. As if I was them. An active imagination is the grounds for identification. But Game of Thrones intertwined itself like a relaxed serpent into an aspect of my life that seemed so strangely far from it. My love life.
A Female Warrior's Journey to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I have trained in a range of martial arts for a good 22 years. And I’m only 26. So basically, my entire life. My journey to Brazilian Jiu jitsu (BJJ) has been an interesting one. A long train of events, starting when I was 15, led me to it. Such a sequence that, if one of many events had not occurred, would have changed my whole trajectory. My father has always taught me in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) style, shall we say. The three disciplines of striking, grappling, and submissions, have been the cornerstones of my life. But, as every aspiring Mixed Martial Artist and cage fighter knows, it’s important to take some time to study, and perfect specific styles from each discipline on their own first, as opposed to combining the whole lot together like some half-assed cake. The final, beautiful machine is the sum of its parts.
The Old Woman
The old woman was walking in front of me. Her step has not lost its determination, scarves gracefully wind round a neck shrouded in web-like grey. Life goes on, it begins and it ends. You can only hold on to what you gain while it's going. That determination, one foot in front of the other. It is learnt, it is conditioned and maintained. She marches gracefully on and I try to match her step as I follow behind. All too soon, I see I must be left behind. She walks on and I halt at my stop. At a door with a building sense of dread before I make that final step inside.
Don't Rely on BMI
This is something I touched upon in an earlier article concerning weight loss, and is something I'm passionate about debunking when it comes to the pursuit of a healthy weight. BMI, or "Body Mass Index," is supposed to be a rough indicator of what your weight (or mass) should be in relation to your height. Categories include underweight, normal, overweight, obese, and extremely obese.
What I Learnt from Losing 12kg of Body Weight in Six Weeks
To give you guys a little bit of perspective, the picture above was me, but about five or 6kg heavier than the final weight I would be. Now this story of weight loss occurred about two and a half years ago and is actually a fairly obscure one. Not because I was a weight-cutting female athlete, or even a combat athlete but because I was a female MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) cage-fighter in England, which is pretty rare. This rarity is actually what lead to the series of events that caused me to lose about 12kg in the space of 6 weeks. Why? Because unsurprisingly, not that many women have the dream of becoming a professional cage fighter. Shocker.