Thank you all for the encouragement. So after trying to plan out my schedule for the next 2 months, it seems like 4 training sessions per week at my gym is feasible. Being a firefighter, I have the luxury of working about 9 days a month. However, since my work schedule is etched in stone, some training days will vary. Plus, I intend to workout at the station on each shift, mostly weight training, with some cardio thrown in. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be grappling days. Yuri Viilefort will be teaching these classes, which starts this Thursday. The owner of my gym recently hooked this up and I honestly had no idea who this was until I googled him. However, I am very excited that my gym will now have 2 training sessions solely for grappling. I will also do 1 pit class (which I hate) per week and 1 generally MMA class per week. At my gym, these are hybrid MMA classes (which I love). I will also be doing an early morning (or as early as possible) self-training session of either running or some pit variation that I can do myself.
I really dont plan on anything extravagant for dieting. I am only 4-5 pounds away from the heavyweight limit (224) and as much as I would like to be 199 (cruiserweight), I think thats too much in 9 weeks. So I am going to shoot for a weigh in of 215-220.
Thats it for now.