Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”. I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating a RA flare is coming. Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar joint, which can be painful.
It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely. For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.
Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.
To days of staying focused.
Power who does not like it? At some part in our life we like power be it small or large. But how do we use it? Well some better than others and not always in a positive way, but I am focusing on working out, yes, just fitness.
Fitness and Power, and these are powerful words. If you are anything like me, I have challenges especially when it comes to well hell all workouts but greater with weights and certain cardio routines. Once again I am a lover of “beach body” and beachbodyondemand.com has all my workouts and favorite trainers except my running or biking. Okay, keeping focus, “fitness and power”, I have told myself several times, “no I cannot do that move or weights, what increase past 10 pounds, this is crazy I need to find another program”. Changing programs did not help because it was the same thing jump, lunge how many times and I’d change again to find another challenge. I still was saying to myself “I can’t”.
FINALLY I looked at my oversized body at that time and said “you got to get with it and do something because going to the gym once a week and really doing nothing for 2 hours is not cutting it lady”. I teared up and look at how my body was disappointing me, no that’s wrong, how I’d abused and disappointed my body”. Like a soldier I marched back in the workout room, decided on a program on beachbody and begin my journey and every time I thought of “I can’t”, I changed it to YES I CAN, and I did. It was my mindset. Once I changed my mindset to I CAN, I was a new person, and so my journey begin. I can not share the number of programs I have completed and repeated and laugh aloud when I remember me wanting to stop a specific routine and not lift weights. Depending on the trainer my weights can go as high as 130 on squats that’s really up from 10. Yep.
I challenge you from this day forward in your fitness to erase, cancel out the phrase , I can’t, become powerful because “ I CAN” is power and you can. I believe in you and me, we got this.
Are you? I’m asking this question because it is our EGO that affects our behavior when we as many say “step outside of the box”. Our “comfort zone” in life really prevents our greatness from being unleash.
Now I will share my story of “My EGO”. Yes I had one and so do you, but I am speaking of me. When I begin my fitness journey. Okay that is incorrect because I have been on a fitness journey since my teens early adult, yep awhile back so what. My journey in the early years was of me on and off again dieting, working out and my eating disorder was high then low; all those behaviors except when I worked out were abnormal, unhealthy and breaking my body down instead of building it up. However , I was a little cute but unhealthy as hell. This is why I call my current journey , “the real fitness journey”.
Back to the ego, beginning my fitness journey I was a bit uneasy, I am no longer the young gal and I was overweight and with kids. My body was lacking in continuous healthy nutrition, I was 15/85 which is 15 healthy and you know what the 85 was. I didn’t want to hear my friends tell me as a few still do and they are in the health field. “Why are you doing this now, girl you was okay with the way you looked, are you afraid of lifting weights, afraid of running, and on and on. I allowed these words to penetrate my mind and I delayed actually beginning my journey. My ego did not want to hear what I knew was coming. I didn’t want to be considered out of my circle and talked about and what if ….” I fail”. Maybe I couldn’t stay focus and just fail.
Nope I put on my “big girl draws (underwear)”, and begin my journey. Do I hear the negative, uh huh and it has a value of zero. It’s my journey my fitness and my ego has declined anyone negativity. I am on it now.
As for you, “are you willing to risk your EGO? I bet there is greatness in. You, time to unleash. To a greater week than last week, YOU ARE AWESOME.
How true are you with your nutritional intake and workouts ? Come on the truth, really the truth…huh…what? Oh, I got it not sharing. This was me once I did not want to accept that increase on the scale did not come from the prior evening of indulgence. I also had to accept that one day of week of workouts because I hit the gym hard was not going to balance the increase in weight.
Of course don’t forget the scale is not the only way to measure victories, but to the TRUTH.
ONE day of INDULGENCE did NOT tip the scale to 20 pounds of weight gained, nor will ONE HARD day of WORKOUT counter balance the 20 pounds gained. It takes commitment and consistency in workouts.
Commit to your workout program or regimen then be consistent, through my experiences on my fitness journey 21 days or more so 28 days of consistency will begin a great fitness relationship with your body and mind. Nutrition can be taxing, for me I had to slowly remove or decrease certain foods. Do remember 85/15, 85 percent healthy and 15 percent indulgence (not to be daily).
To a week of recognizing your lies and changing them to TRUTH
I know the choices we are presented with is SO overwhelming. Which is the best, why does it not work for me, is this a fad? What the heck is the nutrition and fitness world doing to me? I am agreeing, it is crazy 😜, insane.
So, which do you choose? Have you tried any and if so how committed were you. Honestly my favorite is “portion containers”, thank you Autumn Calabrese. Portion control is very similar to counting macros. Paleo and Keto is high on the nutritional food intake. Honestly I am only suggesting not recommending, but which ever works for you, giving you the benefits YOU desire not your friend but YOU, then that’s your choice. Just make certain your choice is one of a lifestyle and not a temporary choice. Also check with your MD if you notice a drastic change or even before to be certain especially if you are on medications.
To a choice and year of a “Fit Nutritional You”.
This how I felt the first few days of 2019, not that I didn’t workout , because I did it was the recover of enjoying the holidays. YES 🙋🏽♀️I’m guilty I enjoy my eats on holidays and I try not to over indulge the entire season but I do, I’m normal (I 🤔). Of course we know one meal of indulgence does not make you gain weight, as well as one workout does not make you thin or fit.
For me the over indulgence of carbs always affect my workouts, thanks to the cookies, cakes, pies and yes those alcoholic beverages ( I really did sip before all the ice melted). I worked out, gave each workout my total 💯, but it was a struggle. My biggest success of my first fitness week was not to stop my journey.
It is easy to stop, I’ve experienced this. I stopped because of my choices and I remember the thoughts I had for stopping. I am sharing with anyone needing that push, I am jump starting your fitness journey and yelling “don’t stop”. A few days of huffing and puffing, sweating over excessively, muscle soreness you will be back on track as I am.
To a GREAT YEAR on your FITNESS JOURNEY.
I will not. I have great friends and family, then again I am not 100 percent sure of that statement. WHY? Well when I hear, “girl let’s go here its okay to skip a day of workout” or “you’re tired take a break or two it’ll come back another day “. Huh? What?.
Do you really think this is supportive of my goals? Heck no but it may of yours. I know my mindset, I self motivate myself when I am tired or really want to hang out as well as I adjust my schedule to support my goals. I may wake up early, workout, to hang out, or take a nap when I am tired before a workout. BUT I know my body and mindset.
I have learned as I have previously listened to the advice of others not on a fitness journey and how it deters me off my fitness journey path. Because I truly love my family and friends I adjust and am hoping they are purposefully not trying to work against me I adjust. I recommend this to anyone having to decide and don’t want to say NO. Remember as I had to and still do, “this is my journey not anyone’s else”, although I am game up for anyone wanting to join me, 😃☺️😉.
I will not however allow you intentionally or non intentionally to interrupt my fitness journey and fail myself. It’s a no go.
To a great week of Fitness Fulfilment.
This week yes I am posting a lot about how I, in the past have started my New Year and mistakes I made and have since corrected.
Making new resolutions (keep it real), and follow through on them. Once you agree to a resolution, what steps must you do to accomplish the goal. In my experiences especially on my fitness journey I previously made resolutions and yes by day 10 I’d begin to dwindle off and eventually cancelled that goal.
I have since learned to set steps and weekly review. This is only on my fitness journey of course it applies to any resolution. I am a “beach body on demand” lover and following through with workouts at one time was a flush. I could not do the jumps, and push ups, have you ever did a ShaunT workout? Well yeah it is a workout in minutes you think the clock has stuck. Lifting weights what the heck was this hulk looking man doing Sagi Kalev? Okay this was a couple of years ago and I have since completed workout programs on beach body demand.
Through error and growth I no longer commit and cancel, because I will have cancelled the future and better me. To beginning your greatness and commitment and No No No cancellations.
It is a New Chapter, because it is a New Year, YEAH!!!! 2019. I am writing my story of self improvement. I have exactly 365 days (starting from January 1) to write this chapter of my book. I want to wear the biggest smile ever on the completion of this chapter 31 December 2019.
How and What will you fill your empty pages with. To a Year of “GREATNESS”
In 2018 I set goals, some I accomplished and several I allowed to fall by the wayside because I failed to keep MY focus. This is a contribution to my growth on my fitness journey. My mindset for life.
I learned a lot in 2018 about myself in my world of fitness, professional growth, growth in and with my family and friends.
2019 is here and I am being allowed to grow in all aspects of life, correct a few of my errors (because somethings cannot be corrected later).
Thanks 2018 for allowing me to begin a new Chapter of me for 365 days in 2019.
To YOUR New Beginnings Happy New Year.