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.

To Change You Must…..

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To change, on my fitness journey I’m always looking and listening.  Okay let me clarify I look for ways to improve my current journey what can I also include in my fitness and nutrition.  I’m not in any going to exclude my current workout.  I had to learn the not so easy way.
To change I must
A. Be committed
B. Want the change
C. Be willing to follow the leader which means the program trainer and nutrition
E. Ask questions when in doubt instead of just quitting
F. Being committed means to not just say it but show up and do it
G. Evaluate before saying it doesn’t work for me, evaluate if I did 100% of what was required
Theses are a few assessments I learned of me to make change and see change on my fitness journey, how about you?

Lets be 💯 together in our goals.

Tweaking the Greatness Within

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If you didn’t know I’m here to tell you, YOU ARE GREAT.  Did you hear that or should I shout it again? Okay YOU ARE GREAT.

That is something I need to share because you are and it is good to hear it from someone else but okay to acknowledge it to yourself for you.  I once thought and was raised to believe you allow others to tell you you’re good, great you should not do this yourself.  This is such a a cow field and acres of yeah you know.  Waiting on someone else to admit your greatness may take a life time, maybe not that long but years.

How does greatness within relate to a workout well it does and I will explain.  There are so many people thinking working out will improve the person they are for the wrong reason.  Workouts will improve your physical appearance and your mindset about your appearance, improve confidence and make you feel like you own it (it is whatever your journey in life is).

NOW, did you know your physical appearance is already great whether you need to lose 5, 10, 40 or 100 pounds.  You just need to tweak it to get it to your desired healthy weight or size.  However know if you are working out the size change may come before the weight change.  The non-scale victory always show up first.

Tweak your workouts and nutrition will make a difference in your physique BUT I need to tell you THAT GREATNESS has always been there. Yes your mindset of positive, the confidence has been there you just had it locked in or only allowed it to flow slowly. SO yes tweaking is necessary.  Just as we tweak our wordings when writing, talking, our clothes, hairstyles, makeup, shave  don’t forget how GREAT you are.

To a new decade of GREATNESS.

Performance and Nutrition

Performance and nutrition has such a impact in fitness.  Now there are two ways to look at this maybe three.

1. Performance is great whether you are running, weight lifting, cycling just what ever workout you do already you are awesome. Me I do it all just so that I don’t get bored (which is easy) and to prevent my body from hitting or staying in a plateau.
It’s so easy to workout and burn calories, which is awesome however you want to burn calories correctly. Burn calories correct, yes make certain you are burning fat not muscles. How to prevent this, well with nutrition.

2. Nutrition with performance, well if you’re working out to get lean then from my experience not documented in any journal I can decrease caloric intake but Nottingham must be within reason and that is something a person really has to discover. Too low then you will fatigue quickly and drag instead of being energize from a workout and the same is if too many UNLESS. Unless you are bulking for muscle gain.
Hint- lifting weight doesn’t mean you’re bulking, females again you hear that. Weight lifting actually assist faster in burning fat, increasing your metabolism and developing lean muscles. Now if you’re lifting super heavy and increasing calories yep there is a bulk.
Another hint- increasing calories means food with nutritional value and several times a day not 3 meals but 5-7 and a snack again this applies also to develop a lean body.

 

3. Performance and Nutrition it is so necessary to keep it balanced. Know and keep a log on how your body is responding to the workouts with your nutrition. You can use an app, calorie counting or containers (which is my favorites because it is no counting calories). However another method I sometimes use is 2B Mindset which is neither of the stated.

Evaluate your performance, nutrition and how your body is responding and know your goals.
To a week of Greater performance, improved nutrition as your transformation begins.

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.

New Decade, New Year, New Resolutions or Beginning of New Lifestyle

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Happy New Year!!!!!. There are several things I now as well as you- 2020 begins a new decade, a new year and for many new resolutions.  It’s the resolutions I’d like to focus on.  Why?, well I once made resolutions and they were great, I followed through for a minute which means about a month for me then slacking and more slacking and then the resolution just vanished especially on my fitness journey.

What changed I did, instead of resolutions I opted for a change of lifestyle which is not or shall I say was not an easy transition.  I had to first commit to myself and rate did I really want to make changes, which ones I would commit to no matter what.  I wrote a letter to myself for me to look at every day which detailed my WHY and it was for only 30 days.  As I said it was not an easy transition for me on my fitness journey at first.  Noticing small changes in myself assisted me and I was able to extend for an additional 30 days and the journey begin.

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I’ve learned it was easy to make a life style change, evaluate, adjust versus a resolution or resolutions.  It was easy to toss a resolution first because I wasn’t committed and sometimes it or they were not realistic but a life style change with whys and adjustment for me was so much easier.  I’m thrilled I recognized what works for me.

How about you? Are you beginning a fitness journey and made resolutions for the journey? I ask are they realistic? Will you stay committed? I know you can but make it a lifestyle change begin with small changes and stay 100 percent to it and every 30 day evaluate and adjust and you too will recognize the difference in resolution and life style change.

Happy New Year, Happy New You