Following The Flow

How good are you at following the great mass of people or will you follow your own path.

Following our own path (which is our goals, and outlook), can and will be different from the mass of people.  Yet, another lesson I had to learn.  I’m again not a spring chicken, but  my energy and goals in MY life has a lot of energy and fuel in the line.  It is so easy to follow the usual especially in my fitness, and just stop.  I would love to, ha ha ha, that’s a HUGE lie. I love working out, lifting weights, high cardio,  running.  My fitness journey😊❤️ .

How about being an exception and just be you. I had to struggle with this phrase in beginning my journey. I still get sneers or someone come and pinch to see how much skin is loose or negative talk. I understand what they don’t and I am on my path. There are so many on the same path as me (another growth).

I am Following the flow that agrees with my fitness goals. What flow are you following? Please ask yourself and evaluate. To the positive flow in your life, MUCH LOVE!!believe

Encouraging Others – POSITIVELY

Positive encouragement and motivation is a Must on your fitness journey

YES, let’s encourage others.  I accept all motivation and positive encouragement on my fitness journey.  I am turning my head to negative input.  What? You think it’s rude for me to turn my attention elsewhere or walk away.  You Have got to be kidding, right.

Yes I will walk away or shut completely down in the negative conversation about my fitness journey.  This was a learned behavior for me.  I once would engage and try to explain my journey to the negative talkers and it DRAINED me so much.  I mean it drained my mindset and energy that it as difficult for me to workout or I would just not workout for days.

Yes, I have grown in mindset positively and I encourage you  as I too do, to encourage anyone on their journey in positive words and motivation.  Believe me they are already struggling especially if they are just beginning.

It’s going to be a great day, week, month, year ….. For all on their fitness journey, YOU ARE DOING GREAT.

I Had A Flare on Thursday

Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”.  I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating  a RA flare is coming.  Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar  joint, which can be painful.

It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely.  For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.

Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.

To days of staying focused.

The POWER of “I Can”

Power who does not like it? At some part in our life we like power be it small or large.  But how do we use it? Well some better than others and not always in a positive way, but I am focusing on working out, yes, just fitness.

Fitness and Power, and these are powerful words.  If you are anything like me, I have challenges especially when it comes to well hell all workouts but greater with weights and certain cardio routines.  Once again I am a lover of “beach body” and beachbodyondemand.com  has all my workouts and favorite trainers except my running or biking.  Okay, keeping focus, “fitness and power”, I have told myself several times, “no I cannot do that move or weights, what increase past 10 pounds, this is crazy I need to find another program”. Changing programs did not help because it was the same thing jump, lunge how many times and I’d change again to find another challenge.  I still was saying to myself “I can’t”.

FINALLY I looked at my oversized body at that time and said “you got to get with it and do something because going to the gym once a week and really doing nothing for 2 hours is not cutting it lady”.  I teared up and look at how my body was disappointing me, no that’s wrong, how I’d abused and disappointed my body”. Like a soldier I marched back in the workout room, decided on a program on beachbody and begin my journey and every time I thought of “I can’t”, I changed it to YES I CAN, and I did. It was my mindset. Once I changed my mindset to I CAN, I was a new person, and so my journey begin.  I can not share the number of programs I have completed and repeated and laugh aloud when I remember me wanting to stop a specific routine and not lift weights. Depending on the trainer my weights can go as high as 130 on squats that’s really up from 10. Yep.

I challenge you from this day forward in your fitness to erase, cancel out the phrase , I can’t, become powerful because “ I CAN” is power and you can. I believe in you and me, we got this.

Are You Willing to Risk Your EGO

Are you? I’m asking this question because it is our EGO that affects our behavior when we as many say “step outside of the box”.  Our “comfort zone” in life really prevents our greatness from being unleash.

Now I will share my story of “My EGO”.  Yes I had one and so do you, but I am speaking of me.  When I begin my fitness journey. Okay that is incorrect because I have been on a fitness journey since my teens early adult, yep awhile back so what.  My journey in the early years was of me on and off again dieting, working out and my eating disorder was high then low; all those behaviors except when I worked out were abnormal, unhealthy and breaking my body down instead of building it up. However ,  I was a little cute but unhealthy as hell. This  is why I call my current journey , “the real fitness journey”.

Back to the ego, beginning my fitness journey I was a bit uneasy, I am no longer the young gal and I was overweight and with kids.  My body was lacking in continuous healthy nutrition, I was 15/85 which is 15 healthy and you know what the 85 was.  I didn’t want to hear my friends tell me as a few still do and they are in the health field. “Why are you doing this now, girl you was okay with the way you looked, are you afraid of lifting weights, afraid of running, and on and on.  I allowed these words to penetrate my mind and I delayed actually beginning  my journey.  My ego did not want to hear what I knew was coming.  I didn’t want to be considered out of my circle and talked about and what if ….” I fail”. Maybe I couldn’t stay focus and just fail.

Nope I put on my “big girl draws (underwear)”, and begin my journey.  Do I hear the negative, uh huh and it has a value of zero.  It’s my journey my fitness and my ego has declined anyone negativity.  I am on it now.

As for you, “are you willing to risk your EGO?  I bet there is greatness in. You, time to unleash.  To a greater week than last week, YOU ARE AWESOME.

Truth

How true are you with your nutritional intake and workouts ? Come on the truth, really the truth…huh…what? Oh, I got it not sharing.  This was me once I did not want to accept that increase on the scale did not come from the prior evening of indulgence. I also had to accept that one day of week of workouts because I hit the gym hard was not going to balance the increase in weight.

Of course don’t forget the scale is not the only way to measure victories, but to the TRUTH.

ONE day of INDULGENCE did NOT tip the scale to 20 pounds of weight gained, nor will ONE HARD day of WORKOUT counter balance the 20 pounds gained. It takes commitment and consistency in workouts.

Commit to your workout program or regimen then be consistent, through my experiences on my fitness journey 21 days or more so 28 days of consistency will begin a great fitness relationship with your body and mind.  Nutrition can be taxing, for me I had to slowly remove or decrease certain foods. Do remember 85/15, 85  percent healthy and 15 percent indulgence (not to be daily).

To a week of recognizing your lies and changing them to TRUTH

Nutrition – Macros, Portion Control,Paleo, Keto

 

I know the choices we are presented with is SO overwhelming.  Which is the best, why does it not work for me, is this a fad? What the heck is the nutrition and fitness world doing to me? I am agreeing, it is crazy 😜, insane.

So, which do you choose? Have you tried any and if so how committed were you.  Honestly my favorite is “portion containers”, thank you Autumn Calabrese.  Portion control is very similar to counting macros. Paleo and Keto is high on the nutritional food intake.  Honestly I am only suggesting not recommending, but which ever works for you, giving you the benefits YOU desire not your friend but YOU, then that’s your choice. Just make certain your choice is one of a lifestyle and not a temporary choice.  Also check with your MD if you notice a drastic change or even before to be certain especially if you are on medications.

To a choice and year of a “Fit Nutritional You”.