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Once again here I am sharing my fitness journey, I love to because really it is not easy as a 1, 2, 3. I have to prepare. I have to mentally tell my self WHY I am on the journey, which sometimes require a few minutes of meditation. The meditation helps me to prepare my mind and body, to calm down to temporarily remove thoughts of the what needs to be done later, and concerns of others …. I have to focus on myself .
I focus on my strength and power within to give my all or as I usually say my 100 through the entire workout. Just a reminder my 100 varies it can be be an 80 but for that day it is a 100 because that is what’s in the tank .
My favorite “JUMP TO IT JUICE”, which I drink 20- 30 prior to my workouts on 80% of my workouts propels me to higher levels of energy.
I’m sure there are a few things I may add to my preparation, but these are the tops and they work for me.
To a week of productive and awesome workouts also to filling your 100.
This will be quick, because I for know how difficult it is to follow a “diet”. I am one to follow 80/50 or 85/15 rule in my intakes. Does this mean I don’t eat carbs? Uh yeah, honestly I cannot lift weights without carbs, but not over indulging. Yes I enjoy holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and NO do not tell me what I should avoid during these times. I will limit myself, which has taken me a minute to discipline myself.
I am honest I am short on following a diet of any kind, will I try YES. I am good for maybe 3 weeks then that’s it especially if it will hinder my workouts. I do like portion control and the amounts I am to consume, thank you @autumn calabrese
However if a diet works for you- YEAH. I want to apply what I can use long term and not fade away because I don’t like it when I get hangry. I like a nutrition that will become a part of my life and will help me on my journey to a “Healthier ME”. I choose NUTRITION.
Beginning my workout journey wasn’t easy. I’d look at other females regardless of age and would compare their results especially if it appeared we were doing the same workouts.
Reality since that time has taught me several things and has kept my journey ongoing even when it seems I am at a plateau.
1. We all have different DNA and body shapes, metabolism in workouts and nutrition differs.
2. Not knowing 100 percent what some one is consuming and how many workouts they are doing
3. The BIGGEST LESSON was, If I. Give 100 percent of each workout results will come. Now on this 100 percent, it can vary. Yes this isn’t a test of grading but giving my all you know there are days in a workout you feel a bit off but if you give your all as I learned that is my 100 for that day, tomorrow may be better and most of the time it is.
4. Being true to myself and applauding my progress as you should will get us to our goals.
5. FOLLOW the process of whatever workout you do, me it’s BEACHBODY and currently I am doing LIIFTFORMATION which is a hybrid of LIIFT4 @joelfreemanfitness and Transformation 20 @shaunt.
6. IGNORE those not on a journey. NOW everyone is not on a fitness journey but could be on a journey to improve certain aspect of their life. I only am saying ignore those not on a journey because they will not understand the struggles and seldom cheer for the accomplishments.
To a week of APPLAUDING, REWARDING OUR PROGRESS and Knowing Comparison is not ALWAYS a good thing.
WE ARE CHAMPIONS
I am loving my workouts and am really trying to add on more as I really can tell the difference when I extend my workouts. I’m sure many who read my blog know that I am a HUGE FAN of BEACHBODY. Yes I love working out at home with over 700 workouts and trainers to choose from and a schedule to follow- that really sounded like a commercial. UM well it wasn’t just sharing my workout regimen. Any who I sometimes combine a couple depending on the trainer.
I do rise at 3AM a couple of days to get in a workout prior to a long commute in other days I am good for 8 or 9 AM occasionally late evenings when a curve ball is thrown into my schedule. I was asked and told that’s too early, you need to be sleeping. Well maybe but I go to bed early to get at least 6 hours of sleep on the early AM . ALSO I know if you want CHANGE you have to make a CHANGE.
On my fitness journey I am making changes and if my traveling road gets rocky and taking me nowhere then I evaluate and what, yes make a change.
Beginning any fitness activity requires at some point. Drastic changes well I think it has to be what is suitable for the individual just like increasing weights, running longer or further in a shorter time. The BIGGEST factor in any fitness journey regardless of the reason is to ENJOY it , okay two factors and HAVE FUN.
To upcoming days of Enjoyable and FUN workouts because you as I have made time for our change
I knew exactly what day it was and I looked at the calendar to follow which muscles would be at work today. I compared the previous week weights and thought I would increase my weights but I was in for a BIG AWAKENING.
The sequence was changed. Okay I thought and was so wrong because the muscle groups (chest and back), also changed my ability to lift heavier weights. Oh yes I was able to increase on certain routines and others I had to decrease. Honestly I didn’t have to decrease but if I hadn’t, I would’ve been able to do 2 maybe 3 reps instead of 10. I was and still am satisfied with my decision.
I know now not to be so hasty in choosing my weights, at least before knowing the trainers workout plan of sequence… AND my fitness journey continues.
What the heck is that who has fun working out? 🙋🏽♀️. Am I smiling , really no, BUT I am enjoying my workout the challenge, me building a relationship with my body, learning my strength and endurance has out weighed what I thought my limits were. As well as the mental growth as a person.
Now back to the fun, remember when. you were younger going to the park and the energy, well it was a workout, a recess at school a workout. Hmm not sure if recess was a workout or a hallelujah time to think about that upcoming test or hoping you I wasn’t the next one that had to answer a question I didn’t know the answer to, but I enjoyed it between theses thoughts. So with this said if you are not sweaty, but high energy, making progress, breaking through plateaus, and looking to the next workout well, it maybe time to evaluate your workout. Workouts though challenging should be enjoyable and FUN.
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.