It Happens

Today I had that experience, you know the one when the body and mind just will not sync.
My body was feeling it, the endorphins were rising as I’d already scheduled my workout time . Of course I still do home workouts and YES, ABSOLUTELY I’m still streaming on beach body demand. I do have that flexibility to workout whenever but I cannot forget my life. With responsibilities and so much more, it works best for me to schedule my workouts especially when me and my squad are doing it together.
BUT today my body was ready and my mind just wasn’t. I kept second guessing the workout one because I was working out solo and another I was just being you got lazy. I pushed myself to begin after I sat my stage (weight set up) and since I was doing a leg day with weights I decided heavy, 15,25,35 lbs would be good. Here again I started thinking maybe not go lighter. Lighter and not challenge myself, heck no.
I prefer to challenge heavy then decide if I need to increase or do a drop set. Safety and form with weights are so important. After the warm up I was so ready and am I glad I followed through. Sometimes it’s necessary to push ourselves and then smile 😊 afterwards. Yes you can be proud of you 👏 you don’t have to wait on someone else recognition.
I’m proud of my leg day although I probably should have increased the last set on those lunges to 40 lbs. maybe next time.

2021 How About Those New …

I just couldn’t complete the title for once I took a deep breathe because I once fell in the trap. You know what it is those words okay I’ll say it ” New Years Resolution (s)”. If you have made any and most people have and a lot of it relates to the fitness journey maybe I’m assuming because I once made those resolutions and my fitness journey. Not to change or discourage anyone but I am going to make a few suggestions.

  1. Cancel the resolutions because you started so many times and gave up a few weeks any for some they’ve already given up and we’re still in the first week of the new year.
  2. Evaluate your resolutions as to how realistic they are. Yes they are realistic but how realistic are they to you sticking to them.
  3. Slow the change, yes just slow down. A long list of change is a set up. I now will refer to my favorite work “tweak it”. Tweak what you’re doing. For instance if you are not working out and it’s just not you YET, how about one – two days a week for 10 minutes and stay focus on that for a month (trust me once your body begins to respond you will increase the time and days)
  4. Your nutrition don’t start eliminating 100 things from your nutrition, seriously you trying to starve yourself ? Gradually eliminate things you are so addicted to. There are so many non benefitable foods consumed it doesn’t matter whether we eat them or not so those are the easy ones to just toss out and skip by in the grocery store or if you’ll like me order it online. During this elimination process again pace yourself and substitute the change with another food of greater nutrition value and better for you. Introduce and eliminate every two weeks. This is one time the slow place will win the race.
  5. Just LOVE YOU and you’re halfway to the finish line of committing to a greater you and THOSE GOALS are ACHIEVABLE

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Having The Strength

I am so pushing through for strength as my injury gets better but I must admit on a few days last week I over did it and I had to ice and elevate for hours.

Change especially with an injury in the fitness arena as I have become so addicted to is depressing. Of course not to the point of inflicting harm on my self but being limited. I can still lift weights but not too heavy and it takes a minute t get them near me. Of course it’s the home gym but the weight are not near the weight bench and I have to steady myself on 1.5 legs. I still have restricted weight on the left. My mobility is so much better and I am more than grateful for my progress. I have to keep the benchin one position because I cannot get up and down so fast so a few lifts are not my greatest.

But it takes good strength to keep pushing through. Now this is not the strength of weight lifting but the strength of mindset.

Stay strong and keep the strength to accomplish your fitness goals. I’m there with you.

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The Transition is Confusing Sometimes

As I continue on my fitness and before I complete the post I will stop just for a moment. If YOU are anyone you know that is interested in working out at home and would love to join me and begin their own or even you, your own fitness journey, I welcome you and just send me your email for additional information. No commitment just info.

Back to this transition thing, on my journey I workout, giving my 100 and am so disappointed when I do not see the changes I want. Should I stop? what the heck am I doing incorrect? Is it time to look at another program? Did my nutrition get off? Just WHAT?

I ask myself all these questions and there are answers. It’s usually my nutrition and I forget to look at the non-scale victories. I know I have shared this before and will continue at intervals to remind myself and you. When on a fitness journey we will have so many non scale victories overlooked.

That scale can be a friend and an enemy. How so because we forget the non scale victories and these are actually what gives us strength. How. well the scale cannot weigh in on how you’ve improved your positive attitude in life even more so than normal (because I know you’re already positive), your commitment to yourself and respect to yourself and others. How your energy is higher and you are doing more for YOUR life as well as happier. Your clothes are looser and you’ve increased your weight lifting range, run longer, jump higher or step higher. Now if this could be weighed in on the transition it would be awesome, but it can’t.

What now, well it’s up to you and me. It’s our mindset and we must remind ourselves of the victories we have achieved on a fitness journey. But don’t stop with the fitness journey on any journey in your life look at the accomplishments. We’re closer than we think.

CLOSER, yes because if we continue I know the change we are moving towards is there. I know if I continue on my fitness journey that transition is there. KEYWORDS continue and don’t stop.

Does the Weather Affect My Workouts

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I was asked this question by someone knowing I have RA and workout as she also have RA and continues to use excuses to workout a couple of days month.  Yes you read it a month.  I am not making mockery of anyone for we all have limitations just some of us know how to adjust IF WE ARE COMMITTED.

The weather does not affect my workouts completely.  This is not a yes or no question for ME.  I may have a flare especially in my left thumb discomfort.  I can always when this occur adjust my position on push ups as well as decrease my weight lift range.

Now what does affect my joints is my nutrition.  Certain foods will send me into a full flare of the joints, swelling and the pain is out of control.  How do I overcome well I drink a sea of water or so it seems because I am trying to flush out the good tasty high in everything toxic for my body but still good.  Of course if I’d just take a few bites, I will not experience the flare.  Before I close food is not the only contributing factor to a RA flare and I’ve been with the auto-immune disease since childhood.

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If you’re committed and your intentions are aligned with your actions you adjust, erase the excuses, scale back but not down when necessary but YOU KEEP MOVING.

I REPEAT

 

This is really happening and it’s not a shame game or pointing the finger game or pounding the gavel but once again there is NO MAGIC.

NO MAGIC in reshaping your life your fitness level your nutrition. Now understand there is change and loads of opportunity for change but there is no magic in the change.  No wand, no swallowing one pill, one drink one workout and walah you’re transformed.

No drink, no workout, that’s gonna change you or me instantly because we decide now I’m ready.  NO and NO and NO.  If you didn’t understand once again I repeat NO. We must be committed and not for one day, we must stay on track be it daily, once, twice how many times a week you commit. We must measure, especially on a fitness physical journey the non scale victories and there are loads of these. We must commit to the entire package which is not once again a drink, a pill, a workout or just one meal and oh yes finally one night of good sleep.

NOPE, NO, UH UH, NAH it’s not instant. So once again I will say Don’t Get Discouraged.

I Repeat  – CHANGE WILL COME, WHEN YOU CHANGE- Be Committed to YOU for YOU

I’m Tying The Knot Again

 

Yes, I am and oh, that’s not a matrimony knot but I probably should think about that approach.  I am tying the knot to my commitments to my workouts and nutrition.  I have slightly fallen off. Now look I’m still working out but not as long or should I say as much as I usually do.  I’m doing only one workout, occasionally I will do two but greater on one.  I can feel the difference in my body and I’ve got to tie  that knot of commitment.

The saying is 21 days and you’re committed and that works for a lot of people because so many scream it.  For me, I just need to write it down on a calendar, place it so I may see it daily and I’m good once the motion is going for one week I’m committed.

Really, of course now if I don’t enjoy the feeling then yes its possible there maybe a change and that is why I believe you must enjoy and believe in what you do.  I do enjoy working out so the joy is already there it’s allowing other things in life interfere with my workout and I am committing to “no more”.

Life happens and I need to keep my focus on my fitness journey.  As for you do you need to tie the knot again?  Is there or has there been an interference in your commitment?, If so join me let’s tie the knot again.  To Greatness in RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT.

20 Minutes In An Hour

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That’s my current workout it’s over in 20 minutes, I’m sweaty and not just a drip or two. I’m soaked.  My equipment is a step and before you laugh or raise your brow it is not just a step workout, definitely not one from years ago.

I am a bit puzzle but I am in Phase two of this three phase workout.  Each phase is 2 weeks and there are 3- one minute transformer in each, the goal each week is to not just give your 100 but to beat your number from the previous week.  It’s a challenge but it’s over in 20 minutes and I’m trying to figure out how a 20 minute workout make you feel as if you’ve worked out for an hour.  Where am I now? Phase 2 week 4 and my numbers are up this week even when I had to modify.

All I can say after each workout is “oh my, I did it”.

PLEASE Can WE Females Stop and Start

That sounds so conflicting stop and start, but yes  Please.

I say this for the females that don’t support each other on a fitness journey. I’ve recently read negative post on an individual I follow and I was blown away. Have I ever received negative posts for certain and I either respond positively (which is not always easy) or say nothing. This individual is sharing her journey and making changes and all so many can see is her current flaws and focus on that. REALLY, it’s about her, me and all the females on a fitness journey. It’s not easy but I will ask this – What Are You Doing? Is Your Life So Perfect? Do You Want or See ANY Change For Your Growth? What Journey DO You Need to Start (its okay that you’ve bashed someone else because me an so many others will be there to support you) WHY, because we love to empower those moving on in a positive direction making positive changes.

Today, if you are one that is bashing just STOP and START empowering. I’m done.  To weeks of  FEMALES EMPOWERING EACH OTHER.

STOP the Focus- It’s NOT Your AGE

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That’s right, I need you to stop that insanity.  I hear this a lot and I wonder, when will so many stop focusing on what the condition of health was in yester years.  Truth people didn’t live as long, didn’t have the medical knowledge as of today, and just thought it was normal to stop doing certain activities after a certain age.

WE have evolved in the fitness arena so just stop saying if you were younger because you are not but you can still do it. Yes but only if you want to.

It’s NOT Your AGE, it’s you.  All you, no one else but you of course your age too, but your age isn’t stopping you from being active it’s you.  SO now I need you to rephrase that excuse.  How about, “It’s not my age because I’m making changes in my fitness life, slow but change , I will no longer use my age as an excuse. I know there are so many workouts I can do and only a few I’m not able to and some I will be able to at a later date.  It’s NOT MY AGE”