Hi there I’m uncertain if I have used the correct title on this blog, not at all. Simply put I am not neglecting myself by all means but I am neglecting my support.
As I travel and it is travel on my fitness journey, I see how so many of my friends, family, coworkers and just sometimes those occasional associates are so unsupported. Nothing positive, join a challenge group with you? What? This is a foreign or forbidden term, give positive support, are you CRAZY ?. However I get emails to support their goals, or a challenge, listen to voice messages or texts for support. I have responded willingly because YES I do want the best for you however I DO NOT value your goals GREATER than mine.
This has pressured my conscious thinking for while and I had to realize I have allowed my goals to be devalued. Yes I will continue my journey with or without your support and I am hoping you can also do the same without mine.
To those on a fitness journey without the support of those so close and near, look ahead, keep up your pace, you are not alone. To a week of achieving greatness.
Do you know him or her? What? You never met? Really? Well, the demon was disguised because you have met. Yes you know when you hear, “you deserve a few days off” and you are just lazy, upset with the flow of the day, energy drained from dealing with BS, not that you really need those days off unless. Your workout trainer said so or you or on vacation, traveling. Okay to assist on the vacation or travel you can join me and be workout ready where ever you go.
BUT don’t let that “workout demon” deter you from your fitness journey. Kick him out the way and get your workout gear on and GET GOING.
What is a Challenge Group? , for sure it’s not a competition group. You are not competing against others or measuring your fitness level against another. It is a group of individuals, you can reside in the same area or you can be all about the country. You post and share your fitness journey with each other, you cheer and encourage one another on their greatness and progress. So what about the not so good days, well you are not alone, you cheer each other through that struggle, positive vibes, encouragement. You will not receive negativity its like a cheering squad with in a cheering squad and everyone in the group is on the squad. So why is it a “Challenge Group”?, because the squad encourages you to challenge yourself to dig deeper on your journey, not to give up when you think “I can’t”and well make that 100 mark you thought was the end a new beginning. When you are at 50 you get that cheer from so many.
You get the cheer, the shares of suggestions to break plateaus, share your progress exchange recipes and oh my the list just grows. Of course everyone does not require a challenge group but the benefit is priceless.
My workout time varies and I am noticing a different in my energy after specific times.
My early AM workouts after I have completed my duties to the canines and felines of the house as I have recently found out they are the Royalty, me just their servant. Anyways after and I get my workout on my adrenaline flow is high and I am feeling Great, my focus is higher and I really do accomplish more in less time.
On those days, which are few but they remain, I drag about pondering on things mostly what I can’t change immediately it takes a minute or two to get my mindset into workout mode. Once my mind is there I have noticed I don’t have the same level of energy after even though I have given my 100 in the workout. I am really trying to figure this one out as well as make less time on pondering.
It was Saturday, I completed 6 weeks and sometimes other workouts and a run but my focus was on this specific workout. For 6 days a week, 20 minutes for 6 weeks. On Day 1 that was it, but I felt I owed it to myself to try another day. Day 2 I knew I should have followed my first instinct just STOP but I went on to the next day. Day 3 the words of motivation pushed me through and each day the trainer gave motivation to complete the workout but words that empowered a higher level of GREATNESS within.
Why did I cry? Because I was going to stop at a level I thought I was capable of in working out and trust me in 20 minutes I was stoked at the intensity and burn I received. Sometimes we assume as I did that we are functioning at a level be it in workouts or just daily living we have grown in. Believe me don’t there is such a higher level of you as I found out of me that exist and once that goal is reached you cry tears of joy. My tears were of joy because I’d discover a greater strength of ME.
I If there is anyone who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.
It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey. Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.
Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is. There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.
Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.
I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.
Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight. Believe in it and believe in you. We are both stronger than we exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this . To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”
I know I am not the only one who has and will experience this. Family members, spouses, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, you get it and YES they sometimes say things they hurt us on any journey be it physical as mine is or goal, accomplishment at work.
For me it is my fitness journey. I get remarks from love ones and by that I mean family. They notice every dang flaw, Oh I see that roll is there, those hips are you working out, girl get another serving or I’ll get you more looks like you are at a stand still in the haha weight loss so just eat it.
To you all, stop and evaluate your words, if I wasn’t strong, focused and determined I’d end my fitness journey. Do you know what it takes to workout when your quads are burning like never before and keep pushing through. Or that dress, or any clothing you thought you would fit perfect by now, but no and yes I am closer to that perfect fit just need to tweak a few things in the journey. That roll is smaller, really I see it is still there every time I look in the mirror don’t need the reflection off your tongue and damn it don’t pinch it. I enjoyed the desert and no I know how to ask for more, perhaps you forgot it’s the inches and weight I’ve lost and losing- not my voice. I shared the scale is not moving just making small talk. I did not share my non scale victories, inches lost WOW, yes you can lose inches and not weight sometimes, did I just educate your negative thought again. Thank me later with motivation and encouragement. Non scale victory is keeping my focus as it is my journey and know those closest to me don’t know what they think they know about me.
However your words, actions did HURT me, for a minute okay maybe 30 minutes but I forgive you because you don’t know me after all. Hopefully as I continue my journey you too will be willing to join me and change your mindset, fitness goals, and have a broader outlook on life. YES because I do love you and see so much GREATNESS in you.