Being Strong- The Meaning

 

I am constantly telling myself to be strong doing my workouts. This does not always mean increase my weights.  There times it means to stay focus in the workout and do one maybe two more reps, do not give in and I have this.  Sometimes I get in a funk and decide okay three reps is enough or I’m not good at this routine.  I then stop briefly to refocus my thought and tell my self I am strong and push through without injury.  Honestly its not that easy it takes focus and training the mindset.  I have to focus on my goals and decide if I want to waste time on working out at a level of 2/10 instead of 10/10.  Of course that 2 will eventually get me closer to my goal and it is better than doing no workout, but if its not my best then I’m wasting time. Not sure about you but knowingly wasting time is a no no.

Being strong also is what I tell myself when conversing with someone or several people and it is going south, like really negative and I’m unable to immediately remove myself and my inner self is bubbling to say “shut the F up the facts are wrong and just listen to yourself and so much more”  But I have to be strong until I can peacefully remove myself, which sometimes seems an eternity even if it is only five minutes.

Being strong again for me means “stay focus” and “be patient”.  For both of these focus and patience require strength.  Why because sometimes a focus regardless of the level of commitment, the end goal is unseen as well as being patience some times it appears as if the outcome is so far off.  I tell myself to be strong.

Sure seems like I talk to myself a lot, Uh huh I do.  I speak loud and silently to negate that thought changing my mindset, goals and attempting to weaken me.

To you, you’re not alone.  Let’s  BE STRONG in our goals in workouts, work place be it with an employer or if you are an entrepreneur and  all other life challenges.

Follow Your Strength

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Follow your strength is a nice and polite way of saying don’t under lift but don’t over lift. I recently listened to two guys brag about their weight lifting . One  said I may be able to lift that in a few days.   They had stated their lifting weight one with bulging arms ( time to buy new new shirts. The other you could see developing muscles but not yet bulging. My eyes really popped.  One thing I was listening and not part of the conversation but if you are lifting 45 pounds less than someone don’t think in afewdays you will be able to the same.  It is wise to follow your trainer or listen to your body it speaks to you.  Really.

First of all you don’t know how long it took an individual to get to their lifting weight, what is the routine. I know this because I workout with several trainer (beachbodyondemand) and it depends on the series of routine, the position, the pace and other factors which decides the weights to use.  Do my lifting increase, slowly yes.  Most of all good form and safety is important.

Speaking from experience and growth I say follow your strength, your body will tell you when its time to increase because the weights will seem lighter or you will do far more reps than you thought. Challenge yourself but again with safety and not too rapidly, which can cause injury.  Also it’s okay to challenge yourself with an increase in weights for a few reps then decrease.

Consistency is key, you will get there.  To weeks of challenges on weight lifting with great results.

The App or The Containers

I know you are wondering what the heck? An app or containers, what does it all mean.  On my fitness journey I am really focused on my intake, with any fitness journey  change is NOT made by exercise alone. NUTRITION has a major role and with my years of eating disorder I must always be knowledgeable of my intake. This does not mean I don’t eat carbs I do, pastry of all types included.  Do I sometimes in celebrating go over, yes just not daily or weekly.  Before you think I also have those weird cravings and I again satisfy my cravings but not overly.

Having an eating disorder too thin, too thick, too skinny, too fat.  I just want to be a healthier me without undereating or overeating.  I do use an APP and I am guilty for not using it daily but I’m good for 5-7 days a week.  The APP keeps me focused monitor my calories and breaks down my macros and micros all good also calculates my fat content.  The APP as much as I like it it does not break down exactly how much proteins, vegetables, healthy fat, carbs I should take in. Am  I  saying APPs for nutrition are bad, NOPE they do work, you just need to know which is important.

Now to the containers, I am a team beachbody @teambeachbody.com fan, loaded with over 700 workouts with different trainers, and each have a nutrition plan with 95% of the food you already eat via use of containers or a method 2BMindset.  Both are so awesome.  The containers break down how much of it should each day to promote healthy intake as well as see results of your workouts.  I’m getting better but I still need improvement.

When consuming the right amounts of food there is a lot of food, and when I’m really 100 on my nutrition I notice a greater results to my workouts.

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Which do I choose, both sometimes I am so amazed as to how much food I consume with the containers and still be under versus just eating and inputting for macros and micros. They both work, its up to the individual to decide which works with their life style and workout.  It’s also up to the individual to decide which APP is best for them.

My journey consists of the containers and  Lose It APP.

To a week of Happy, Healthy, Good eats and Great Workouts.

Motivational Reading

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I am one that this is very important to me.  I read and have read a lot of motivational books.  Honestly there are several I have not completed.

Let me explain as to why I didn’t complete the readings and  these are not excuses, just my why.  Before I list my why and I am not sharing my incompleted reads, the books may have and continue to motivate others just not me.

My whys:

1. The writer and I just was not on the same page- I wasn’t able to relate and drifted often in my read.  If I drift I know me I can not learn or apply anything in the book.

2. The writer took several chapters reiterating the same thing in each chapter- I was lost and bored.  I do believe in reiterating but also connecting and I kept getting the same message.  Again receiving the same message is good but it needs to connect.  The leg is connect to what? Yep need to connect for movement in my reading.

3. If you have too much to share in Chapter 1 and 2, I always give that benefit of doubt, I’m overwhelmed. If I’m overwhelmed too much I may be able to relate but feel I’m an under achiever instead of applying all the information.

4. Just plain, simple and honest – I don’t know what the HECK you are talking about and can not relate in Chapter 1, 2 or 3.

Motivational reading is beneficial only if you are able to relate and apply learnings for a greater you and for me this is important  as much as my time.  So YES I have tossed several back on the book shelf but so many I ready, apply cherish and applaud the authors.

If not started I urge anyone to begin motivational reading regardless of the phase of your life or your life journey. To Motivational Reading- have a good one.

STOP Pretending

Now what is this? Stop pretending, well yes I once pretended so many times and let me share this is not with an imaginary friend, it was all about me.

I’d gain weight and I would go from mirror to see which mirror exhibited the best looking body I wanted, mind you still over weight but all mirrors are not the same and all are not truthful.  When shopping I’d purchase sizes too small and return them stating something was wrong.  Yep pretending.  I pretended all the way to my undies until I purchase a pair that almost choked my circulation in my legs, again pretending.

I had to STOP PRETENDING.  When you stop pretending you’re the size you was or want to be and look at yourself and LOVE YOUSELF for you, you will stop pretending.  Not only will you cease with the imaginary view of you, gues what ? Well you will begin to implement changes in your life to get to the person, body or even mindset you want to be

You will as I did make realistic goals see the real and great you.  You do know that you’re GREAT AWESOME right? If not well now you do so EMBRACE it.  Took me awhile but I do so now and again so should you.

In my fitness journey sometimes I don’t see what I really want to or where I want to be but I erase the pretense,  make changes tweak here and there and continue on the journey. I’ve learned Pretending is really wasteful time and will decrease progression.

To days of keeping it real…………

Isn’t It Time

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This is exactly what I once had to ask myself.  Isn’t it time I take control of my excuses of fitness.  I had excuses greater than a thousand as to why I couldn’t workout and when I did workout I had excuses as to why I couldn’t perform a specific workout.

Okay I’m a FAN, LOVER of @beachbodyondemand. There are so many at home workouts and trainers.  I was unable to get to the gym at one time like I wanted to, life changes so we (I), have to adapt.  I joined the beachbody team because it was appeasing to my current life.  What did I do? Yep I made choices on trainers to use and later which of their workouts I would do to make it better for me I decided which routine in the workouts I’d do.  What the heck?

I wanted a refund because this $hit was not working for me. Truthfully it wasn’t not at all, did I deserve a refund well YES. Yes I really did but did I submit for one NO. Why since this was not working for me nor the gym and I wanted to stay on my fitness journey but I was lost in the travel. The gym was not going to work due to changes HOWEVER, @teambeachbody would. Why did I change well it was TIME.  Time for me to admit several things.

1. I was not following the calendar set for each workout, I was making my own choices. Now this is so allowed by adding on but not by way of doing it my way. These are trainers and they have more experience with credentials.

2. When I did a workout I decided which ones I’d give 💯 to and just sit on the others or do very little because it looked difficult. I didn’t want to workout with the modifier.

3. I was  not, as I now am continuously doing twerking my nutrition.

So no it’s was me I had to accept it was all me. It was time to accept I needed to refund my self a change of positive dedication to ME.  Sometimes we must look to see if we are doing all of what we seek. If not then apply.  Those difficult reps only required me to modify and then get in it and erase my own excuses.

To sum it up this has been a awhile back but I still sometimes am challenged and must remind myself  STOP 🛑 the CLOCK, time for a mind reset. Yep it’s time.

To weeks of  resetting your time clock of thinking for a GREATER YOU

COMPARISON Can Affect YOUR Goal

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This exactly when we compare too much.  Okay I’m not saying not to compare at all, because it is human, but we must know the limits and exactly when to STOP.

Working out is challenging enough but when we as I have to call myself out so many times look at others and their results from workout and see a greater response and wonder…. “why am I not seeing these results” or “why is it taking me longer and I’m seeing slower results”  and so many more thoughts of comparison.

First we are all different in DNA, genetics.  There are so many reasons but comparing  in a negative way will cause FAILURE how?, because there is that possibility you just may give up. PLEASE don’t. Stay focused being the best of you in your workouts, your nutrition KEEP IT POSITIVE.

Now that Ive said that how do I know, well this was all me. Comparing looking at others results wondering when I would notice change, forgetting about the non scale victories and the small changes ( that are adding up).

Be a WINNER , compare things that don’t affect your goals such as nail polish, tools, dress colors, drills but stay focus.  WINNING the SELF GOALS …. we got this