Any tips, ideas, motivational strategies any of you fellow fighters can offer? Doesn't neccesarily have to apply to MMA.
Just keep showing up. Pretty soon you'll get to where you are tapping others. A few of us train with what we wear - uniform, vest, etc. Nothing hurts more than a 5min roll in full tac gear. I can say that a simple armbar saved my life one night. Never know when you'll use it.
Also, check out www.crossfit.com
for a damn good workout. I had about 6mos of xfit under my belt when I had my wreck. I'm still looking at another 3 months or so before I can hit it hard again. Before the xfit, I only thought I was in shape.