I was asked the question of what’s my “niche” in workouts. I was stunned by the question, fumbled for an answer and just didn’t know how to respond. I didn’t know there was a “niche” for workouts and I really did not answer. The person who asked me responded “so you just do whatever?”. My response was no but please share what type of fitness are you doing?. No response, nothing, I think I heard an ant snore.
Really is there a niche for workouts ? I do follow a calendar, controlled, streaming workout but a “niche”. I need to refocus. Nope I don’t have a niche in my workouts I enjoy others more than others and that depends on my energy and sometimes the challenges make me want to stop (but I don’t).
So for anyone out there trying to find out if I have what I never, ever heard of until recently a NICHE, the answer is NO. I love let me see, hmm, let me think. Oh yeah, got it I love barre (barre blend), boxing (10 Rounds) and a few you tube boxing workouts, Lifting (Liift4, Body Beast, ) and all workouts on beachbodyondemand. I love running on pavement and the treadmill, walking, jogging, yoga, Pilates and dancing. Okay dancing not sure if you know but beach body has dance workouts yep and you burn the calories and not just a few.
Now if you want to try any of the beach body workouts for two weeks and experience the joy and fun of workouts then click on the link.
Yes, yes, yes, I am a snacker which means I try to always have healthy choices around. There are times I do crave and will eat potato chips. Are these chips a healthy brand, NOPE, if I crave it there is no substitution for Lays. I do however have healthy choices available.
I am good with Beachbody bars available in 3 flavors.
The third is a chocolate almond crunch. I also make my own, say what? Yes I make homemade granola which is not only for a snack, but I sprinkle on my salads and vegetables.
Now to the snacking it is not daily but I am working on stopping the snacking and increase my hydration (water) which helps when I want to snack without cause. I have also become aware of snacking when I get impatient, stress or having to make certain decisions. Again it’s water, but there are days I do just need a snack because I’m not able to sit down for a meal. Or at work swallow a meal in 5 minutes, its just that way.
I will continue however to work on my snacking but for now I will keep it as healthy as possible.
I can only think as I share my journey with many of all ages and hear these sayings. “WHAT”. Okay a list and I’m not sure if these are to deter me, mock me or if people believe it.
1. Is this workout appropriate for your age? Is there an age limit to workouts, if you can do it well do it.
2. What’s your reason, I don’t understand. My workout reason is that I enjoy it, the way I feel in so many ways and YOU don’t need to understand my why for my fitness, however if you’d like to join me to experience the joy, fun and change I am, well come on over Let’s Do This.
3. Are you afraid of injury, I thought you had RA. Yes, I do have RA and if I’m not flaring I’m good and if I am I just adjust the move, weight or whatever is necessary for me to complete the workout. Yes, I’m afraid, afraid I will become lazy, unhealthy and let others decide MY designation in MY fitness journey.
4. I was told that after a certain age blah blah blah. Really and no one ever told you to encourage others, or not to place limitations on your self, maybe someone said your age should not define your capability or stop your growth in every possible area of your life and that does include fitness.
I encourage ANYONE that wants to begin a fitness regimen PLEASE do so. You are denying yourself if you listen to the whispers that say no, you can’t, or don’t.
It’s time to drown out the whispers and become You for YOU. Do IT
How many times do I ask myself this? Am I the only one, how many times do you ask yourself this question?
For me today I’ve aske m self this a thousand times or so it seems.
1. Am I’m the only one that is working out as much in my age group
2. Am I’m the only that gets frustrated when I can’t get all my workout in, today I planned for 2 but my responsibility list was long.
3. Am I the only one that laundry piled up and it will be late before I can get to it or although there aren’t but a few dishes I will place them in the dishwasher and either wash them on another day or turn the dishwasher on in hopes I don’t runout of glasses because unless its a holiday it’s paper plates.
4. Am I’m the only one that everything is breaking, the lawn mower, the edger, the chain saw (limbs on the tree- I do my own)
5. Am I the only wondering how the heck I can keep my house cool because today my air went out and it will be 2 days before the contractor can come out (thanks for home warranty).
6. Today this list is long and then I had to think.
Really, no you’re not it just sometimes I’m hard on myself and have everything planned and then comes the life curve. I just have to deal with it because I have so much to be thankful for in these times.
Tomorrow as I pray the Rosary I will ask God to continue remind me of all the blessings I have received, those I know of and those I don’t because HE has given strength to survive, handle and still be Me despite life’s curve.
How about you? Are you looking at the goodness that surrounds you and know you can handle the curve life tosses to you. You got this, We got this we’re not the only one.
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 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.