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Girls in Gi's 8th Anniversary Weekend!

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This coming weekend marks the 8th anniversary for Girls In Gis, which is an amazing organization dedicated to bringing women together in BJJ and providing a support network. Girls in Gis have grown exponentially over the past few years and it is so awesome to see how collectively woman can build something so amazing. I am super honoured to be the guest instructor along with the super talented Hannette Staack. We will both be sharing some techniques in a seminar the following day. Please book your spots asap for this event. It will be an opportunity not to be missed. 

Interview with BJJ Mums!

Me with Athena, my eldest daughter

Me with Athena, my eldest daughter

I was honoured to be interviewed by the organisation BJJ Mums which is based in Europe.  My focus with this interview was to spread the word about making the time to train even if you are a new mother.  I know for so many new mothers that not having the time to train and to do the things they loved doing before the baby is a big issue.. so big that I think postpartum depression is actually linked to a loss of identity. 

I encourage all women to lean in, ask for help, think outside the box and do what ever it takes to find solutions so that they can do what they love doing. I also encourage  all women to make sure they are the lead actor in their own movie and not just the supporting role.. Click here to read the full article: http://www.bjjmums.com/bjj-mums-on-interview-i-sophia-mcdermoot/

Mat Mothers by BJJ Tees

Sophia MCdermott Drysdale

I was honoured to be included in the group of badass BJJ moms who were interviews for this article written by Nikki Sulivan at BJJ Tees called Mat Mothers. The article features 5 ladies who have all achived awesome things in thier bjj journey and career all the while being mothers. The arcitle features Venessa Wexler, Rachel Morrison Casias, Monique Ricardo, April Parks and myself. We all shed some insight into juggling it all and goal setting. A motivation read for sure.  http://www.bjjtees.com/blog-2/mat-mothers/

Bikini Bodies are made in the winter, not the summer.

A bikini body is a year long task. Blowing out in winter and crash dieting in summer is not the way to go.

A bikini body is a year long task. Blowing out in winter and crash dieting in summer is not the way to go.

Bikini bodies are made in the Winter, not the Summer so when it is Winter it doesn't mean you can curl up on the couch and pig out while telling yourself that you will eat clean and hit the gym when it gets warmer. And when Summer comes around that doesn't mean you go on a crash diet to squeeze into your bikini for that beach trip which is a week away. Yo- Yo dieting and crash dieting are seriously one of the most damaging and aging things you can do to your body. Here is why...

Dieting or moments of calorie restriction put your body under undue stress where your body  releases stress hormones which store fat more effectively. Skipping even one meal can put your body into a  fat storing state! Continued calorie restricted dieting causes your metabolic rate to slow down, which is the rate at which your body burns calories for energy. Instead of using up your fuel for all your biological functions, your body stores your calories since it thinks it is starving and wants to save every last calorie for survival.  So pigging out and then crash dieting will actually make you fatter in the long run. 

The only way to long term weight loss is consistent healthy meals over time that nourishes your body while allowing your body to safely release stored body fat, but knowing HOW to eat for weight loss can be difficult. It is all about knowing WHAT to eat, WHEN to eat, HOW much to eat and WHY.

For those of you who have not already purchased my nutrition e book, now is the time to do it since the discount coupon code is only available for another couple of days. My book uncovers the HOW, WHAT, WHEN and WHY of eating for weight loss so that you can make life long informed choices to be in the best shape that you can be.