This past month in my black belt training has been focused on trying to set the habits in regard to my diet, martial arts training, and workout routine that will last and set me up for success in the rest of the year. The routine I want to set is to eat healthy, cutting out processed food, and sweets, and replacing it with more fruits and vegetables. In regards to my martial arts training, I am trying to train at least two times a week and with maximum effort and focus. Finally, I would like to set a workout routine that I do every night before going to bed. I have done these things with varying success, but recently, I have been much more consistent beginning to get into the desired habit. The biggest struggle for me has been snacking, I will frequently find myself hungry and wandering into the kitchen looking for something to eat, and frequently I will find myself making the wrong decision in what to eat, and I have to consciously remind myself to instead grab a fruit sometimes. Occasionally, I will still walk away with something I shouldn’t be eating, but I am trying to change that, and recently, I haven’t done that nearly as much. In terms of my training, I have not been able to train with the same frequency that I have in the past as I am trying to balance the school work in my Junior year of high school and some other personal factors with martial arts. In response to this, I am trying to put in the extra effort, when I am on the mat. Finally, I have been trying to get into the habit of working out almost every day. This can be difficult after school, homework, and on some days, teaching, but I think I have done a good job doing something almost every night. Throughout the course of the year I expect to ramp up the intensity of these workouts, but for now, I am trying get into the habit of doing a workout consistently.