Why I am Starting this Training Log: I have spent the last year of my life "sitting on my backside" as a result of focusing in on my studies and unfortunately for my body, "sitting on my backside" has included a strict diet of coffee, cigarettes, terrible food and, when trying to relax, copious amounts of alcohol. The problem escalated in the last couple of months when my Masters program kicked in and I moved to Sweden. Between August and this January I was living in a tiny wooden hut in the middle of a forest (with no kitchen to cook my own meals) and had nothing much to do but study (usually involving chain smoking). I realized this had to change about a month ago when I had a "health incident". Walking home from the library one night I began to notice that every step I took hurt my stomach. To the point that when I got back to my cabin I was near the point of wanting to throw up because it had become so painful. I went into the nearby hospital the next day and was told that my stomach acidity was out of control and had inflamed as a result of my bad health habits combined with my stress levels. The problem cleared up in about a week of watching what I ate but the message was pretty clear: I need to get back to Martial Arts. Three positive things will result from becoming physically active again: 1. Lower stress levels. 2. I will once again look pretty decent when "nekkid". 3. It will encourage me to change other habits (generally my drinking/smoking tends to come and go and only really kicks into high gear when I have no reason to not do bad things to my body). The Plan As It Stands 1. By the end of March I want to get a functional level of fitness back. I have been jogging and doing some light body-weight exercises over the last week and I have already noticed how fragile I feel, how out of shape and lacking in co-ordination I am. The goal for the end of this month is to get to a point where I can exercise with moderate to high intensity without feeling like I'm risking an injury. 2. At some point I'd like to get back into MMA, or No-Gi or even knock-down karate, generally I find it much easier to exercise when I have a reason. However I intend to wait until my body is ready before I start blowing money on lessons for which I have to travel across town to attend. TRAINING LOG. BEGIN!