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January 2011 Journal Entries (22)

Off the Road, but Missed the Ditch (UBBT update)

It seems I've veered off the UBBT road a little bit. Not irreparably so, as I'm regularly posting progress in all of the requirements, just shy of my daily goals, and a bit overtaken by other life activities, like work, which is bursting the boundaries of an 8-hour workday. With it being the end of a month, and a beginning of a new one, it's a great time to take stock of goals, so I find myself going back to my statement of intent to see what I really committed to, and re-upping.

I'm… Continue

Added by Lisa Spagnolo on January 31, 2011 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Awareness Observations

At the self defense class last Saturday, Mr. Oliver described the states of awareness. He also challenged us to play a game. When you are in public, look at the people are you. Are there any oblivious white? Any cause for an orange alert? Hopefully no red!

This morning I played the observation game at McKinley Park. Here are several observations...

An older lady was walking her older dog. She was steady in pace, alert with eyes up and a grouchy suspicious face. It was as… Continue

Added by Lisa Clark on January 31, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

UBBT Week 7 & 8

There is so much to reflect on in the last two weeks. The tournament was quite an experience. So was the class at the Joslin dojo. There was also my green belt project at Ride To Walk. All this seems hazy though. In the UBBT spirit is perseverance, here is the last two weeks assembled from loosely written reflections after the events and foggy memory.


The tournament was my second ever attended. The first was seven years ago in the bay area. Both felt overwhelming. Where do I…


Added by Lisa Clark on January 23, 2011 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Doing to Being

I'm especially excited about my cardio strides this past week.  Last Sunday, I had a short conversation with a friend of mine who is a regular long-distance runner.  Rather than having her share her experiences, and hearing them through a veil, I was able to ask her questions about my own walking/running, and how I should go about training to run more.    We were speaking from two points on the same continuum, not from completely different realms.  She suggested a good race distance--this may… Continue

Added by Lisa Spagnolo on January 23, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Week 7 - Decisions, Decisions

Seven weeks done and we're just about two months in now. Feels good. 


Still feeling good about the physical demands of the UBBT and still struggling with the mental challenges. In a way it feels good to be confident. I thought it would take a bit longer to get comfortable with knowing that I have to do 150 push ups today. You know? 


Meditation is such a challenge for me. Is there a class I can take??? Haha. I have been trying to do a few minutes after my…


Added by Chrissy Scott on January 23, 2011 at 9:37am — 1 Comment

Getting Started

So I know the majority (or all) have already begun their UBBT training. My beginning is...making the commitment. I have committed to joining, journaling, exercising, taking on a community project. I am excited to see my journey unfold throughout the year.

Added by Paige Dinh on January 21, 2011 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Get Well Soon....

Kaylee is on her path to putting in place her project for community service. Her vision is to create "Get Well" cards where she can distribute them out to hospitals and doctors’ offices. Her cards would be available to be handed out to anyone who needs; some kind words, words of hope, a picture, a child’s thought, a Prayer. That card that lets them know someone is thinking of them.


This gesture is anonymous. It is given at a time when an act of kindness is in…


Added by Paige Dinh on January 21, 2011 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

Open Tournament, Open Mind

On Saturday I competed in a Northern California GSKA Tournament. As someone that trains in traditional karate I've often shied away from open tournaments. I've had bad experiences in the past--everything from bad sportsmanship to questionable judging. This year however I've made it a goal to compete at 10 events and decided that I'm going to go in without old negative thoughts. Also competing along side me was one of my junior 11-year old…


Added by Mike Oliver on January 20, 2011 at 10:38am — 8 Comments

Week 6 and Some Serious Thought

Clearly this entry is a bit late, we are half way thru week 7 alreadly! That's okay...


I have something very specific to write about for this entry: Motivation.

I like how I feel more motivated as time goes. It's a different kind of motivated than I feel when I'm training for a race. It's a lot more calm. I've been thinking a lot about that difference lately.


I know my workout habits and thresholds fairly well. In the past when I picked a race to train…


Added by Chrissy Scott on January 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Better and Better: UBBT Progress

At the end of this week I’m reflecting on and savoring some minor accomplishments, and getting ready for new challenges. I’m proud of what I accomplished for UBBT during the work conference, not as much as during a normal schedule, but much more than I would have ever imagined in those circumstances:  7.55 miles ; 460 crunches and modified pushups; 6 repetitions of basics; 7 acts of kindness (this was really hard because there’s so much self-management). Meditation time was also difficult to…


Added by Lisa Spagnolo on January 14, 2011 at 5:03pm — 1 Comment

UBBT Team Workout #1

Saturday, before our dojo kotohajime cleaning, those of us involved with the Ultimate Black Belt Test got together for our first team workout. As the leader of the team and of this particular workout, I knew that I would be expected to bring on a decent challenge. Never one to disappoint, we laid it on thick.


Each us did the following:

  • Ran 1 mile
  • 480 Kicks
  • 240 Push-ups
  • 240 Sit-ups
  • And about 10 minutes of…

Added by Mike Oliver on January 12, 2011 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

1st ubbt

Wow...what a group workout, I awoke to many sore muscles I didn't realize would have been sore, thanks Mr.Oliver for the group workout and the reminder to drink lots of water, I found that extremly helpful today.

Added by Adren Bradley on January 9, 2011 at 5:18pm — 6 Comments

MS 150, here we come!

Good Morning Martial Arts Family!

I'm writing with a different purpose this morning. Some of you have heard me mention that I'm doing a bike ride this April. Well, here's the scoop on what the bike ride really is:


I'm participating in the MS150. It's a 150  mile bike ride to raise money for MS (m…


Added by Chrissy Scott on January 9, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

UBBT First Group Class

Our first class together as UBBT Team 8 was something unique. It's satisfying to know I personally could complete the class... the sheer numbers! In the first half: 240 pushups, 240 situps, 480 wall kicks. The second half felt more like playtime: bear crawl, lunge kicks, flutter kicks, and more. I wondered at points if the exercise was beyond my hard limits, and pushed on to find myself at the very brink. We all survived the intensive workout in good health.

The intensity was a large… Continue

Added by Lisa Clark on January 8, 2011 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

UBBT on the road!

I'm writing this post from San Diego (rough!), and the first professional conference of my year.  A lot of my workday involves sitting at a computer.  At conferences though, we do a lot of running--back and forth down the convention center--as well as a lot of sitting, which is often on the floor in the back of the room by the power outlet (for the dying laptop).

This is also my first conference since starting karate, and in particular, starting UBBT. It's only one day in, but I've…


Added by Lisa Spagnolo on January 7, 2011 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Week 5 and a Status Check

Week 5:

  • Brought in the new year (woo!)
  • Ended the first month and started the second
  • Achieved the rank of Shichi Kyu
  • Broke the 5000 mark on push-ups and sit-ups
  • Started learning my first kata!

That's one busy week.


Feeling pretty good about things but thankful that I spent some time on my tracking spreadsheet. Staring at that thing and color coding rows, cells,…


Added by Chrissy Scott on January 6, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Week 5- Evidence of Change

Life has blessed me with the same doctor most of life. She knows me from when my four front teeth fell out in two days, when I played sports year round, when growth spurts started, and ended, when I entered high school, when I graduated high school and went to college. So the first visit back after the college hiatus was more like a chat with an old friend.

It was still a check up though. Blood pressure. Good.Pulse. Normal. Allergies? Same. Then the moment came when she stuck the… Continue

Added by Lisa Clark on January 4, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

okay 2011...

The work outs have been on track, finally got a 4mile walk in yesterday and I'm hopeful for another walk tonight...gotta keep the motivation to walk in the rain! My acts of kindness are comming along quite well, I have 2 community projecs completed and have found my "living hero" whom I'm interviewing next week...wow what great accomplishments so far, here's to a great 2011-together-!

Added by Adren Bradley on January 3, 2011 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

Project Idea: Book Drive

A firebomb at the Arden-Arcade branch damaged 1,000 books this morning! Let's get a book drive going and see what we can do. This would be a great project idea for any of our students.


Who's game for taking this one on?


News 10 Link: …


Added by Mike Oliver on January 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

A Tofu Smoothie... Mmmm

Tofu Goodness Just For You

Just wanted to offer up another tofu recipe. This one will likely be more appealing... I mean, who doesn't love smoothies?!?!?! The thing with this recipe is that it hides the tofu really well because it calls for silken tofu. Silken tofu basically has the consistency of yogurt so it's a perfect swap.


6 ounces silken tofu

1 medium banana

2/3 cup soy milk (any milk works really,… Continue

Added by Chrissy Scott on January 2, 2011 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

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