My Focus Has Changed

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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

Well, I Did It Again

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I did, I was expecting greater results from my 7th week of Barre Blend, however I was so wrong.  I gained 1.5 lb. although I lost a few inches I was hoping for a weight loss.

I WAS HOPING, those are words I can shout over and over. HOPING, why, how? There is no results to hoping if you are doing contradictory behavior. I was so off last week on my nutrition, way off.  There were a few days I was under caloric intake and then the rest I ate healthy but too much healthy.  See it is okay to eat healthy but even in healthy nutrition it has to be in proportion with your activity level. Yeah I WAS OVER. Okay knowing all I’ve shared how could I want different result.  As always I have shouted to myself,  “If you want change then you have to change”.  If you want greater results then you must put in the time of necessary for the change.  I did neither of this so yeah again I wanted change but my behavior said I didn’t.

So, yes, this week I’ve already written down what I need to implement to achieve the change I want on my  fitness journey.  Sometimes we need to just tweak and get it done.

Pushing Play Today was and Beginning to Be Challenging

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.

Is it POWER or STRENGTH or Both

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.

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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.

So WHAT

 

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.

Did You Do It

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Yes did you do it?  A few days ago there was again a new national day I was introduced to, “Ditch Your Resolution”, really.

Well if you did, I’m encouraging you to reinstate them especially if it is for your health and you had a workout plan and nutrition plan that you feel was useless and not working, again Really.

You must to begin with Believe in yourself  and also Have patience.  There is no sudden miraculous change  in the fitness and nutrition world, well surgery.  Otherwise you have to plan for the journey.  I know I once and sometimes wish for that miraculous change, but I also know it takes input on that wish.

Input the time in workouts.  The gyms are always busy in the beginning of the year, if you can change your time. Find out from the staff the least busy times.  If you cannot do that then you can join me workout at home with so many choices and trainers.  Whatever you do don’t give up on you.  Also don’t make huge challenges in your workout you know you are not prepared for. Start out gradual and then increase the intensity or minutes and your body will tell you when, just again don’t stop.

Nutrition change is a challenge for many so you are not alone but don’t go making drastic changes you know you will not adhere to.  Don’t set yourself up for disappointment, notice disappointment not failure because you are not a failure.  Slow changes again or hey I know of a few nutrition program that are lifestyle changes not temporary but for life and are simple to follow.

Okay with that all said how about reinstating those intentions again, you in? Say yes, nod your head yes, smile not DO IT back to that journey.

Authenticity

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How is that for a topic “Authenticity”.  I read a lot of personal development books and a few are a repeat because I note the extra insight I receive about me that boost my @ss, I sometimes that is what I need.  But just reading isn’t always enough, at least for me.  I also listen to different podcasts.  This word “Authenticity” is popping up a lot and what I’m learning and see in a few people how not authentic they are.  Also make a note I’m only about 95% so I got work to do, that 5 percent is not as easy as saying 1.2.3.4.5.

Even in my workouts and I do share on social media I once boasted about how the workout was tough or challenging  and my weights used. I once did just that.  But being authentic to yourself, followers means really being you telling it like it is and not just following alone because so many are doing it, or believing it.  It means really being true to you, loving you and proud of you.  It’s okay if you are in the lower percentage on some things and I’m speaking of workouts  at this time.

I at one time did not share how the workout was a challenge and I had to drop my weight from two 30 lb dumbbells to two 20’s or 15, as well as the reason.  Of course I’d post the pic of the dumbbells but not share the whole story.  I no longer do that, even in something so small as workouts and weights being authentic means being honest with yourself and others to whom you share.

What? Why?, because it is good for some to know it is okay if you have to drop set your weights to complete a routine and the reason.

For me the reasons are various:
1. Not enough sleep- without adequate sleep 6 hours minimum my workouts are sucky and I’m not able to lift heavy I mean a 10 lb dumbbell feels like 20 or 25
2. If my form is off, not standing correctly or only able to lift 1/2 the height or thrusting I know I need to decrease the weight because I am straining not getting the full benefit. There is a difference between straining and challenging.
3. Weight is challenging but my form is off and I’m at high risk of injury
4. My mindset is not with the workout and I need to either stop and repeat the entire workout later, or push through with decreased workouts to get the most out of that particular day’s workout.
There are more but just a short list.
So I ask how AUTHENTIC are you with yourself in any aspect of your life ?
Let this week be one to evaluate your authenticity and if necessary as I’m doing make steps to change.