It is everywhere, what fitness that’s what. Fitness in ads on every media and so many begin a fitness program and so many begin, stop then begin again as well as many begin and just stop.
Fitness has many components and its not just the workout, say what? Yes many components and here are a few.
1. Workout- There are levels to any workout begin at your most comfortable level, then advance. Don’t compare yourself because everyone is different of course there will be similarities. It’s okay if you challenge yourself to a higher intensity in a workout and out of nowhere you have to adjust the intensity a bit lower, that’s gain; you’re responding to your body’s capability for that day.
2. Sleep – You want a good workout, well you need to get a good sleep in. I cannot decide the hours for you but a tired body cannot give 💯 percent in a workout. Oh you can go through the motion, but why? You should want to get the most out of your workout so get that slumber in.
3. Nutrition- So important, don’t over eat as well as don’t under eat.
4. Commit- How many days are you able to workout each week, commit to that number
5. The scale- yeah, about that gadget, it can only tell you how much you’ve gained or lost and it is important it cannot tell you how you feel about yourself, the new energy you now have, how many reps you’ve increased, increased flexibility, inches lost and so many other changes. Is the scale important, uh yes it has a role but don’t ignore or forget “all those non scale victories”
Okay just know these are a few components and very important in your fitness journey. I still have to remind myself of them so to woo hoo to the components of fitness.
Now, what? Before making what change and what change?
Before making a change and to continue on with my fitness journey I had to learn one thing and it took me awhile to learn it. Before making any change and be committed to the journey of the change I learned a lesson to remember. Now this is not a hard lesson but it is one that took a minute (just a phrase) to learn.
What is the lesson ? I had to learn to LOVE ME. Love me just as I was see my good qualities, erasing my negative thoughts of myself and ❤️ me. Loving me was just not accepting me but loving my arms, abdomen, thighs, and knowing I want to change them. I had to love my inner strength and smile at my outer strength as in me and it also applies to you there is greatness within us all that brings smiles and joy to so many.
Loving myself as where I was and am has assisted me in being steadfast in my journey. I can see my progression and look where I may need to tweak my journey. Yes see if I hadn’t learned this powerful lesson I would critic myself when I didn’t see a scale change, not admiring the non scale victories to push me on. Loving the change and feeling it but most of all Loving Myself as is now.
See success whether it is a physical journey, personal social gain, business oriented you must love yourself. If not loving yourself before the change how will you love the change and the journey or you.
So if not already begin today Love yourself, Enjoy your journey, Laugh, Smile and again with every wave of progression LOVE YOURSELF before the change and through out it all.
Yes, it has. I am still on my fitness journey, but my focus has to change. Why, well I want to be true to me. I know my struggles on this fitness journey of mine. I know how I’ve overcome obstacles, the biggest one was and is “eating disorder of extreme” . I know how my body responds to workouts and nutrition and better to some than others.
With this change I am really hoping it doesn’t take long for my body to respond. I know my body is accustomed to certain time of day and specific days of workout but I will be increasing and splitting the workouts. I know how my body responds to change and I am prepared for the struggle hopefully only 2 – 3 weeks. My body requires programming and my mind must sync with the body. Yeah when that happens it is a bit easier.
I call it change but it is actually tweaking my fitness journey. Tweaking and why, well I’m a bit on a plateau now and I need to come out of it. My focus will be greater on workouts and I know nutrition is SO IMPORTANT but I will have to deal with that later. One at a time. Too many changes well I will set myself up to fail.
I’m sure others can do it all at one time, nope doesn’t work for me. I now just try both NOPE again. I’ve been with this body for a long, long time and I know it, we have a relationship. So first fitness change then nutrition if needed. Changing to unleash a greater me and you know maybe you too can change or tweak what you already know for a greater you. TO OUR GREATNESS
I am truly a at home fitness person for so many reasons. If you’ve read previous post you’d know my reasons. I don’t swipe out any one who goes to the gym, this at one time was a favorite of. Mine and honestly there are days I miss the gym and then I remember my why.
I stream my workouts and YES I love BOD. I also have a calendar to follow with the greater than 700 workouts but that number has increased (probably need to check my own accuracy). I have to push play and with the COVID19 right now it’s challenging me to push play. I had to evaluate and realize I was following all the. News about it and I as truthfully as the news is, it can also be just as depressing. I had to challenge my NOW new challenger.
How, well I’m up on the news and I must be as a healthcare worker and an essential person as I am now known, but not to overwhelm myself. I must continue to use all the precautions and social distancing and as told in childhood – “JUST FOLLOW THE RULES”. This is one of times not to deviate from the rules and express a different opinion (which would be irrational and unsafe)
I know I’m pushing harder in all my workouts once I begin, so that few minutes of meditation after listening to a podcast or reading PD (personal development) has helped me SO MUCH. Also my prayers. I include the entire country / world in my daily Rosary prayers .
Today I’m just sharing a challenge and how I’m pushing through. Please share your challenge and means of pushing through. To this challenge and overcoming it in a POSITIVE Outcome.
I did a sample workout, I’ve been thrilled to do because I’d done a couple of the trainer’s workout before. Now in case you didn’t know I stream my workouts, which for me has so many benefits. Yes, the benefits but that is not my focus today. I did a workout and it was just a 30 minute sample. After the workout I felt the adrenaline just flowing and I was excited I did the entire workout without stopping.
Now I have did boxing on You Tube and each time I was sweaty and felt ever so good. However this workout was different, there is boxing, weight lifting and an ab workout. Yeah, I even decreased my starting weight, recommended is light, medium and heavy. From experience I know not to jump too high in the beginning until you get to know what the workouts will be like and which angle the trainer is using. I decided on 5, 12 and 15 lbs.. I never used the 5 lbs. This was Saturday’s workout and I felt nothing until I woke up today, Sunday. My muscles each and everyone of them is feeling yesterday’s workout, greater in the back, shoulders and butt. I’m wondering what the full workout will be like, but since I’m currently during a Barre and have 3 weeks late until I answer that question. But My Oh My is my response. Boxing at a new level.
There are days I get confused myself with power and strength. With that said I’ve come to my conclusion and it works for me.
It takes both power and strength to endure on my path. I need the strength for lifting and push through on a challenging workout as this also applies to challenges in life. I also need the strength to be patient with my self and again sometimes in life challenges oh in so many ways in life challenges.
I need the power to increase my weights and actually lift, because if I cant lift then why would I increase. I need the power to roll out of bed on those 3 AM mornings.
I definitely need both the power and strength in my mindset. Being honest with myself I have to change my mindset sometimes in my goals because the fear is there and that negative doubting voice is also there. It takes power and strength to push through that fear and both to shut up that negative voice.
I guess it is safe to say whatever applies to an individual, for me I have to say both. What applies to you? Which ever make this week and this to come of both POWER and STRENGTH.
I am at that point. I completed week 4 of my current workout Barre Blend. I’m excited to have made this far for several reasons and they are all mixed.
1. When I begin the first day and the first 10 minutes in I was thinking this is really low impact and on this day using the recommended weights 1-5 lbs., my choice 5. I had the 8 lbs. ready because really I THOUGHT 20 lbs. maybe this is combination workout.
2. Combination workout ballet, Pilates, yoga, light strength, kickboxing. Now why would this program recommend such light weights.
3. Did I mention it’s a combination workout well within 10 minutes may have been 9 I understood. I checked my weights did I accidently pickup the 8’s or 10 lbs. NOPE 5 lbs. and I quickly reduced to 3 lbs. and have been there for 4 weeks.
4. Honestly a few of the routines I had to drop the weights to nothing because I was losing form and balance oh endurance too. I first contributed the drop of endurance to me sometimes doing a pre-workout before my workout. My pre-workouts are usually 1-3 miles on the treadmill and 2 miles on the elliptical beginning at speed of 3.4 up to 7 but today I begin at 3.5 and increased to 8.5.
But it wasn’t the pre-workout that challenged my endurance and barre workout it was both the weights and a new approach to fitness on a new level.
5. As always follow the recommendation of the trainer.
This week-end sometime I will be purchasing 1lb. weights and maybe 2 lbs., because I know this low impact, high intensity will be challenging as each week the intensity increases and I want to be better (though I have improved) than the past 4 weeks.
For me it’s a “thing” because it just is. I know and have heard for so many times you need to drink water and the benefits of. Now don’t misunderstand me, I do drink water and lots of it most of the time. Yes most of the time because, honestly it’s not to MY best interest to drink a lot “all the time”.
You’re suppose to drink 1/2 your weight in water and I notice a different in my body, weight and skin when I do. Okay I must pause to say I love water, it took me a few years to make it part of my daily regimen a few years ago, so yes I love water however….
If you’re an individual that is close to a bathroom 24 hours a day or within 30 minutes I applaud you. My lifestyle and all it entails this is not me. You’d be surprise how. Many times I’ve gone to restaurants, (oh I hope no one I’ve lied to is reading this), I pretend I’m meeting someone then ask for the ladies room afterwards I sit for a few and say I’ve been stood up or pretend I just received a text indicating my fake person just cancelled. I ran out of restaurants. So yeah I can’t do that and I few times I had to stop at a gas station or piss my pants so, yeah NOPE don’t want to do that again. On days I commute on Park and Ride well there isn’t an option of getting off and if I did I’d have to use a field and then I’d be charged for indecent exposure.
With all this said, I’m not sure so many people just drink all this water. BUT on days I know I will be stable like at home or within 15- 20 minutes away I do drink 1/2 my weight in water. I recommend for those who share and have the same concerns to drink what you can and when possible drink 1/2 your weight in water. For those that can do it daily I’m applauding you and keep up the water intake because their are so. Many benefits.
So WHAT, now do you know the meaning of that? I bet not, but so what.
Okay I have to tell myself this and I think others should too as long as we’re not doing it on a regular basis. I am good for meal prepping, or have ready made salad fixings especially when I’m extremely tired. BUT there are days I do toss it to the side not intentionally. Like when I forget to make a grocery list and pick up everything else but what I need for me because I have enough. I was wrong . This is a recent occurrence and what did I do.
Well I stopped at Burger King and purchased the Impossible Whopper. It was okay, a bit large in size and I was only able to consume 1/2 of it . I was okay with this and said so what. Yes because I knew I would not eat it again at least for awhile.
So what is not only for me but for Anyone feeling guilty about deviating from a workout, well you will resume so what, if you’ve gain weight and not happy about it but you have begin working out and changed your nutritional intake, so what to the weight gain.
What I’m saying is making change to a better you and with change you cannot focus on reaching goals if you waste time on the past. Yes that burger is the past because I will not eat it again for several weeks most likely months. Did it hinder my workout umm just slightly.
So WHAT, what matters and is so important is the change or changes you,me, we have decided on to reach our goals.
Yes, and yes I do. I had a person I chat with that once was on a regular but I am re thinking our association. Okay that’s neither here or there. Oh yeah and Yes I do is not me committing to a proposal but acknowledge that I have body fat. Yes I do.
I am on a fitness journey and believe me I have made HUGE changes in my body and physique. Am I where I want to be?, well let me think uh. NO. I will continue to workout and do as I am doing now. Yes I do need to focus a bit more on my nutrition but again I have come a long ways.
Critiquing my body and me where I am today will not stop me on my journey because I am not where you think I should be or because a fitness journey for life change is not just about appearance though it counts. There are so many non scale victories that only the individual will see and feel before others.
With that said YES I DO and YES I WILL continue on my journey regardless of the negative thoughts of others.
This week I’m encouraging all to stay focused, be you and your goal is reachable.