There are days I’m not sure if I want to workout or when/ Now don’t misinterpret I hate working out because I love it, enjoy it; however there are days I just feel a bit lazy for awhile.
When this happens I can only justify for a few minutes because there really isn’t an excuse. With my streaming programs, the community that is involved I can do a workout in 10-45 minutes if I just want a change for the day because each workout has a calendar. If you have never had an inspiring, motivational community then you have got to try my community. Beachbody On Demand Homepage: https://www.beachbodyondemand.com?referringRepID=1262129. It’s a community like no other. ok now on with igniting
Okay I will go onto social media and see the inspiring comments from my previous workouts or view someone else on their workouts or just log onto wp and see inspiring posts from those I follow or and follow me. Fire is higher when I listen to one of my many pod casts and then I am lit, on fire and ready to prepare for a great workout more so a great workout. Sometimes we just need a little push.
Weight lifting has become a HUGE part of my fitness journey, and I am still working on as well have improved on my nutrition which is major. I am fond of my home workouts for reasons I shall share later but my focus is on weight increase.
My workouts are with a trainer, and still at home. There is a sheet to record weights used and monitor growth and the trainer actually suggests when to increase the weights. I am good in following the trainers because they have more knowledge than I. However if my current weight use is still challenging I will not increase for reasons of : possible injury and compromising form to get the benefits. When I am able to lift, lunge or press with weights that are not challenging or I am able to do 3-5 more reps without feeling a challenge then I will increase my weights.
I know by how much well, this depends on what I have at home. There weights in between the 5 pound increase such as 10 to 12 instead of 15 or 15 to 17 instead of 20 and yes 20 to 22 instead of 25. Oh yeah I am speaking of dumbbells because I can increase in increments of 2 or 2.5 on the barbels. For me I have only that 12 on the dumbbells so I have to up my weights by 5 . Which I do with caution.
Cautious weight increase is important to stay on the journey without injury and to benefit from the challenge of increasing the weights. To a week of increasing weights and or reps with safety.
My fitness journey like so many has ups and down but there is one thing I know for certain it is necessary for me to combine my workouts with cardio and weights.
It took me awhile to like weights, what got me interested? There are a several reasons :
1. With my history of eating disorder it has assisted (not solely) in increasing my metabolism.
2. Weights has assisted me in giving shape to legs, arms and (in the works) lift that butt and the boobs.
3. I feel stronger also.
Now for the cardio- endurance, fat burning but so are weights, toning and leaning out muscles. By the way it took me a minute to realize with continuous weight training and no cardio, my muscles become define and contracted that it shorten my stretching another reason to combine the both.
All of my reasons for the combination which I am certain I have left out a few, these are my REASONS and may or may not apply to anyone else.
To a week of workouts, choose what works best for you and go get it.
Oh my this is so a problem. I love vegetables. I can eat them cooked any way including raw for most of them. So what is the BUT, well I have IBS and some of them just don’t agree with me. They want to make be bloated and all gassy. Do you know that discomfort well it’s there and it’s a good thing I work out at home because the release during the workouts haha just glad I’m at home.
Now the biggest help in this is my superfood drink. It is not by anyways a cure for IBS or a prescription for IBS. JUST know for ME, my superfood is load with so many vegetables, vitamins, fiber, digestive enzymes, pre and post biotic, adaptogen herbs and botanicals, shucks the list goes on and on. Most of all it decreases my IBS discomfort and my nutrition isn’t compromised with the smaller amounts of veggie consumption.
Do you ever think was I doing it wrong? or maybe my body requires this now with age? Okay before you reply to the second question I already know our bodies make changes with age so don’t focus on that question too long. But really the change I’m referring to is associated with my workouts.
I once would do an intense workout, sweaty, stopping to catch my breathe then resume and after the workout shower and begin my day or just pick up where I took a break. But now, I am sipping on water or my hydrate during the entire workout. Today I’m thinking what changed? or was I just going through the movements and not giving my 100 or nowadays my 125? However I must say I feel my workouts now and really enjoy them.
Perhaps I was just going through the movements sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. How about you do you hydrate during your workouts?
Today I was informed I should have a light breakfast with high protein before working out. Nope that doesn’t work for me. If I eat prior to a workout well light or not I will have to wait a minimum of 2 hours. I’m sure it’s my faulty GI, slow at metabolizing or breaking down the food.
What happens if I try prior to 2 hours? Well I get nauseated, then I have to stop so many times because it feels like I’m about to puke, so no I cannot eat prior to a workout. BUT I can drink my “jump to it juice”. Yep 20 minutes later I’m ready to push harder, lift heavier and my adrenaline flow is on a high.
Nope, I don’t. I brag and share when I increase my weights or beginning a new workout program. By the way did I share with you I have the option to over 700 plus workouts with trainers that are too AWESOME, if this interest you or you just want to try or add something new to your workout leave me a message. Okay back to my no shame.
There are days when my RA is flaring or I’m a bit fatigue or that nagging voice trying to encourage me to do something than a workout ( in other words just be lazy). Well how do I handle these days, I modify. I have no shame in modifying a workout, will I modify every day NO but there are days of justified excuses. No shame. Should I wait until when….. No because when may take too long. When, for me allows the excuses to build, I must erase the excuses.
Modification does give you results and if you’re still giving your 💯 or more the workout is a success, the change is still in process, the adrenaline flow is there and oh my the feel good post any good workout is awarding.
To you I say in any workout or goals of life – erase the excuses, modify, change the pace TEMPORARILY and most of all HAVE NO SHAME. Keep moving
Well I know you already know but really who is the ultimate leader.
Are you looking for a leader to assist you or stand by you on your fitness journey, so was I. I even used it as an excuse. There is no one to assist me on my fitness journey, I need someone to show me what to do do, I need a leader. I bet you’ve said it not just on a fitness journey but life.
We have access to so many people to help us, guide us tell us what to do and how. Here is the thing people. They are out mentors BUT they cannot do the work for us.
Lesson to be learned. They are our mentors motivational leaders, fitness trainers, and so on OUR MENTORS.
The LEADER IS YOU and ME. They cannot do the work for us. WE ARE THE ULTIMATE LEADERS OF OUR LIFE so now it’s time to exhibit our strength be the greater persons we are.
On my fitness journey and just life I read books that both motivate me to stay focus on my goals and listen to podcasts of many. My recent podcast of motivation and inspiration is AWESOME and RELATABLE. Of course I’m reading books as well.
What is your inspiration or motivation this week or for the month ?
This is really happening and it’s not a shame game or pointing the finger game or pounding the gavel but once again there is NO MAGIC.
NO MAGIC in reshaping your life your fitness level your nutrition. Now understand there is change and loads of opportunity for change but there is no magic in the change. No wand, no swallowing one pill, one drink one workout and walah you’re transformed.
No drink, no workout, that’s gonna change you or me instantly because we decide now I’m ready. NO and NO and NO. If you didn’t understand once again I repeat NO. We must be committed and not for one day, we must stay on track be it daily, once, twice how many times a week you commit. We must measure, especially on a fitness physical journey the non scale victories and there are loads of these. We must commit to the entire package which is not once again a drink, a pill, a workout or just one meal and oh yes finally one night of good sleep.
NOPE, NO, UH UH, NAH it’s not instant. So once again I will say Don’t Get Discouraged.
I Repeat – CHANGE WILL COME, WHEN YOU CHANGE- Be Committed to YOU for YOU
Did you know because every day I’m learning. I know a positive mindset assist so much in seeing and enjoying life to our utmost. But the mindset in pushing through and acquiring daily goals, yes this include working out and just life.
I began a new workout BOD and I knew it was high intensity and I as always do a quick usually 5 minutes meditation 🧘♀️. If you have to just modify do it focus on giving your 100. Was it a high intensity workout, Yes, but I pushed through and did not modify but I was soaked with sweat 😓 after the workout. I was proud of myself and the mindset. Not just for me but for You as well. Stop second guessing your capability and toss out those limiting thoughts and beliefs – just adjust for your 100 if necessary. Keep the mindset on a high, greater than 100 because your goals, my goals, our goals are waiting and a few have been waiting for awhile. It’s time we reached them and move to a higher goal.
I am, I must because if I want to progress toward my goals I need to dial a new number.
It’s important so important to know when it’s time to make that change. For me that change is when I see complacency and that’s what I am seeing in my nutrition. With that said I’m dialing a new number, I am increasing my commitment in the nutrition area of my fitness journey.
Now that does not mean I will not eat desserts, or snacks or 100% healthy food everyday. REALLY, heck no it means I need to be more aware of my portions because I can sometimes over do it. I need to when possible keep the hydration on point and most of all I need to believe in me. Yep believe I can do what is necessary to see a continuous progress in my journey.
I think you may have forgotten as I shared recently while conversing with with a friend. We were just chatting about self care and what we do. The list, well her list was long mine was short. Facials (cleanse, massage, mask, hot oil, lotion), body massage, foot massage, my nails(I do myself) and the warm bubble bath just thinking about it. Now her list was on and on so I silently assumed she just sat a whole week aside or maybe two.
I threw in an important one “workouts”. I heard air flowing for a minute without sound, What? Yes working out for me is more than the physical input. It helps with my energy and mindset. I enjoy the sweat and the adrenaline flow puts me in a stronger, positive mode and really helps me through the day in so many ways. I also explained this to her and she didn’t agree. I accepted that, sometimes we just have to agree to disagree and not change our mind. I stand strong, yep my workouts are a part of my self care the effects are so awarding.