It is a MUST especially now,, and I am constantly reminding myself. With all that is going on in the world today and the virus. It is frightening especially if you are a healthcare worker as I and or an individual that is required to appear on the job as scheduled.
I say be aware of what is occurring, use every precaution necessary to protect yourself, but most of all don’t forget your focus. I am reminding myself to stay focus on my fitness journey because the news updates can depress you, me all of us. Let’s not forget we still have to live and that does not mean connecting to the media 24 hours or every awakening hour.
I am one to say how afraid I was, the changes although to protect us all and how quiet it feels even if there are many disregarding alerts as well as precaution. IT CAN BE DEPRESSING.
Again I urge us ALL to stay focus, live the life we are provide daily, apply the precautions (handwashing, washing off equipment in gym, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, or when at work wash equipment, if you are seek beyond your know allergies (this is allergy season) contact your PCP). Most of all KEEP THE FOCUS.
To weeks of adhering to precautions and Keeping Your Focus.
How could I?, before I complete this let me share a few details. I begin a new workout and still as I begin week 3 am uncertain if I will endure the 5 day, 30 minutes a day, 8 week program. I committed to sharing my response to this program in weight loss or gains as well as in inches lost or gained.
This new workout is Barre and I’ve recently heard of barre but never thought to explore it until by streaming workout offered it. So here I am and it is not at all what I envisioned or thought after the first 10 minutes. It’s a combination of Pilates, yoga, muscle training, ballet and just everything. Yeah it has it all and the weight use is light. Okay back to the the topic, How Could I?
I did good on the first week in inches more so than in pounds but I was satisfied. Nonetheless, week 2 I just lost it I ate a entire sleeve of Girl Scout cookies, and two days later I completed the second sleeve. Now I’m still eating my usual meals and I log my intake and workouts. Calories in, calories expended through workout and just daily steps and whatever activity I do and they vary. I also went to a friend’s birthday party and I showed out in eating but not all at once. I ate cake 2 different flavors, and oh my those potatoes and corn with the crawfish were too delicious. I don’t eat crawfish but I confess I indulged in the potatoes and corn. NOPE I’m not saying how much I ate cause you’d loose a few breathe.
Now I weighed myself and took measurements I had the audacity to question what, I ran a few times last week and I monitored my intake. I lost 0.9 lb and 4 inches much less than the following week. What the heck is going on? I asked myself and myself reminded me. You enjoyed those cookies, corn, potatoes so that’s what’s going on.
I’m not saying you cannot enjoy life but I know you do have to monitor portion size and if you do over indulge one day then it should be that one day not every other day, which I am so guilty and raise both hands to guilt. With a slow metabolism I knew better. SO with that “How Couldd I” expect a greater loss.
Working out no matter the level of intensity I the nutrition is off except a slow response. I’m not angry with myself because I staggered off my fitness journey but this week I am SO COMMITTED . I say when you get off your fit journey or any journey just get back on. Don’t stay off, don’t get angry. Keep it moving me, you, we are human we make our own positive recovery. To a Positive WEEK.
Reflecting on my fitness journey and the struggles I had at the beginning and how many times I begin and stopped. Really the the number is, I don’t know but I can say it was greater than 20. Yes that many and why? It took me a long while to understand me and why I would stop. The BIGGEST reason and it was only one, the others were just excuses to satisfy myself.
The BIGGEST REASON, I was not accepting me for me for the now. I was not happy with myself, how I look and how I felt and just kept thinking I don’t like me. I was not accepting myself for where I was and the person I was at that time. When I begin to accept me just as I was and looking at myself loving me for me just as I was but willing to adjust you know begin tweaking me. Yes, accepting myself I was able to see what changes I wanted to do and those I could implement immediately, plans, writing it down, staying focus. I had to accept the current me to grow into the me I wanted to be.
But this applies to not just fitness journey, it applies to any journey. So today if you’re wanting change and keep stopping to start over again, I ask you to STOP the stopping. I want you to ACCEPT YOU just as you are right now, love you. Now the changes you want, the goals, write them down, and every day evaluate, tweak but continue to ACCEPT YOU and keep moving toward those goals.