UBBT Week 1 Done

Wow is there a lot going on this year with the Ultimate Black Belt Test!

W have a strong team.  People are engaging each other, asking questions, sharing successes and being all together amazing.  Starting strong as we all have has been a great way to get this year rolling.

It’s been fun working through different ways I can focus on physical fitness in lots of different ways in my daily life.  Not just to get stronger and leaner, also working on flexibility I feel will be important for some nagging back injuries that tight muscles are not helping.  I know the physical fitness piece will be doable based on what needs to be completed each day. The most important part is that consistent every day action.  A favorite quote of mine is from Zig Ziglar and it goes something to the tune of relating motivation to cleanliness, and that neither lasts which is why we take showers every day. When you have a big goal in front of you, it’s easy to fall off if you do not keep organized with what is in front of you. I’ve done this pretty well this week.

I was fortunate to have a call with Sensei Tom earlier this week to talk about the Wow project and how to start thinking of ways to implement this not only in my school, but something that could potentially affect many throughout my community through my students.  I have some design work to go through before I toss out any big reveals (I’m one that likes to really think through and mentally work through many scenarios until I reach on that resonates with me).   The project will revolve around prevention of bullying and domestic violence, and I’ll be spending time researching things to see what is already out there in terms of information.

I also was able to travel to South Carolina from Ohio this weekend to participate in a jiu jitsu seminar as an Uki for my good friend black belt Jennifer Recinos.  The instruction and opportunity to roll with many different ladies was amazing!  I spent the entire day Friday in a car which kept me off the mat, but I planned ahead with some of the exercises the day before and will make up a little time as well during the week this week. It made for a very tired day today as I took a flight home to make sure that I was there and present for my nutrition clients as well as the jiu jitsu class I co-teach on Sundays.  I feel its important to keep my commitments and I planned appropriately to be there for them.

I feel I was most successful with my jiu jitsu sparring rounds this week, as I was able to complete 29 five minute sparring rounds, almost all which entailed rolling with upper belt women.  I also did some digging on where I was going to take my 10 boxing classes.  I have a current shoulder injury that I am in the process of healing up, so I want to wait until this is not aggravating me so I can fully focus on strong punching.

Food has also been good – I was strategic with cheat meals, paired them with workouts (still had protein, fats, and smart carbohydrates just not the best form of them) and the rest of my meals were full of great veggies and fully on track with my goals.  I sleep so well hydrated and properly fed.  It motivates me to do more of it.

One of the bigger struggles for me is mediation. It always has.  I have an incredibly active mind – which helps me with problem solving and day to day live.  In that way I am appreciative.  But with mediation, it is very difficult for me to sit still and see the thoughts pass by without wanting to act on them.  It’s hard for me not to use mediation as an idea factory – which is what seems to be happening.  I know I’ll get better at it, but for now ….. I’ll get there.  I want to do some training with Transendental Mediation as I am intrigued by the different brain waves that are accessed with TM.  I did some preliminary google searches on finding specific instruction in this area, and need to find something more local than what I was coming across on the web.

Going into this upcoming week I know that things will be a bit of a challenge. I work pretty much every day this week as a school psychologist in various duties throughout the day, which will test the limits of my food prep and workout organization.  I’m planning on rising to the occasion by planning meals ahead of time, going grocery shopping tomorrow, and doing workouts earlier in the day to make sure that time does not get away from me and take me from being able to get things done or stuck doing them at 11:30 pm when I should be going to bed.

Till next week.

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Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Sphere of Influence Kindness Challenge

Here’s some great ideas for random acts of kindness, curtesy of Revolution Martial Arts and Fitness founder Paul Castango, a fellow UBBT member who inspired me to start this project.  Go to the bottom of this page to see how you can participate.

  1. Leave money at a vending machine.
  2. Bake a treat for the elderly
  3. Serve at a homeless shelter
  4. Run a 5k for a good cause
  5. Let someone go in front of you in line
  6. Pick up litter around a beach/park/trail
  7. Give a stranger a compliment
  8. Make dinner for a family in need
  9. Pay someone’s expired parking meter
  10. Buy flowers to hand out on the street
  11. Leave a positive letter for someone to find
  12. Buy a movie ticket for someone
  13. Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant
  14. Write letters to soldiers
  15. Donate holiday gifts to charities
  16. Hold the door open for someone
  17. Thank a teacher with a gift
  18. Walk a neighbor’s dog
  19. Baby sit for free.
  20. Plant a tree
  21. Do a favor for someone without asking for anything in return
  22. Prepare a meal for your family
  23. Help someone with their groceries
  24. Give someone a gift card
  25. Plan a surprise for someone
  26. Leave your server a generous tip
  27. Make a family member breakfast in bed
  28. Bring a special snack to school/work for a friend
  29. Write a spontaneous thank you card
  30. Do a sibling’s chores without them asking
  31. Help someone with a flat tire
  32. Ask someone at school to join your group
  33. Write a list of things that you appreciate about someone and give it to them
  34. Help a neighbor with yard work
  35. Pay for someone’s morning coffee
  36. Make hot chocolate for your family on a cold day
  37. Or set up a hot chocolate stand!
  38. Help someone with their school work
  39. Pay for a classmate’s lunch
  40. Take the time to listen to someone
  41. Recycle things you see on the road
  42. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  43. Grow your hair long and donate it.
  44. Wash a neighbor’s dog or car for free
  45. Hide money in a random place for someone to find
  46. Let someone watch their favorite show
  47. Read to a sibling
  48. Help clean up someone else’s mess
  49. Write kind words on the sidewalk for people to see
  50. Give someone you care for a hug
  51. Share with your sibling or a friend
  52. Make a new friend at school or work
  53. Say “Thank you!” when you see service members
  54. Take a treat to a fire or police station
  55. Donate to Toys for Tots or any local collection
  56. Film a thank you message for someone
  57. Donate old water bottles to a homeless shelter
  58. Return someone’s cart at a store
  59. Pay someone’s toll
  60. Teach someone something new
  61. Donate food to a food pantry
  62. Smile at people whenever possible (its contagious!)
  63. Tell your principal how great your teacher is
  64. Bring in treats for everyone at work.
  65. Tell your boss how great your coworkers are
  66. Teach someone something new
  67. Tell a manager how great your service was
  68. Shovel someone’s driveway when it snows
  69. Write a poem for a friend
  70. Have a “tech free day” and connect with your family
  71. Genuinely forgive someone who had hurt you
  72. Make a music playlist for someone with their favorite music
  73. Visit a nursing home
  74. Help an elderly neighbor take out the trash
  75. Donate warm coat/mittens to charity (or any other appropriate survival items if you are from a warm climate!)
  76. Drop off cat/dog food at an animal shelter
  77. Encourage someone who is feeling down
  78. Do all the dishes after dinner
  79. Call a friend/family member you haven’t talked to in a while
  80. Help someone struggling with heavy bags
  81. Email or call an old teacher who made a difference in your life
  82. Give someone a book your think that they would like
  83. Stop someone from talking meanly about someone else
  84. Remember to be kind to yourself as well!


Lets see how many lives we can influence for the better, with everyone just doing a little bit.  We can make the lives of other people better by just telling them what yo

Directions – complete 10 Random Acts of Kindness from this list, or any other ideas that you have.  Ask 5 people that you know (or more!) throughout 2018 to also join you. Once you’ve completed yours, take a picture of your sheet (even better you with the sheet in action!) and upload to twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtags #adventurekindnesschallenge and #ubbt2018kindness.  You can also share the pictures below as a comment to this blog.  

Please add your first name and city/country to the bottom of your sheet so we can see how far we can reach!