Are You Doing This Correct

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What?, what the heck am I talking about?, doing what correct?

I have to share as I recently shared with someone in conversation about caloric intake.  It is normal especially if you are only using caloric calculation for your weight loss.  I am aware everyone is not into physical fitness and a workout is just not a desire,  psss but take a walk 2-3 times a week.  Okay back to calories, she stated she was decreasing her intake by 500-1000 calories a day and was very tired and felt like her energy had been drained.  The numbers are correct to decrease caloric intake daily.

HOWEVER, if you are already in a deficit, this does not apply to you.  She had begin with a deficit and then attempted for a few weeks (she did not say how many) decrease her intake.  Now let’s take in account she had just added a workout routine.  NOW be it said I am not a nutritionist, but it is so necessary to calculate your lifestyle into your intake.  The glory will be great for a few weeks or months then the body goes into starvation mode this really applies if you have a very active life and even more so if you are in a fitness program.

What do I recommend?, well most workouts, trainers have a nutrition recommendation, no they have several as applies to you and if you are good as you are I applaud you so many are. There are as many like me that require assistance, again what I like about my choice of workout there are calculations  to assist with intake as well the recommendation for proteins, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and there are several choices of free food.

So before you decrease caloric intake ASK or SEEK assistance to be sure you are not sabotaging yourself or your workout.  To a fitness of results CONGRATS you’re on the right track.

Nutrition Deprivation

I recently had a conversation with a friend in the middle of which the it turned hurried and without meaning and I really was about to end it and then she apologized.  Her words were not “I’m sorry it was I am hangry”. Oh was my reply because I was still recovering from a nice conversation to an out right weird ALMOST nasty conversation.  I suggested a quick nutrition bar to prevent overeating and later angry for the indulgence. I handed her one of mine with water.

Within minutes she was okay, our conversation was normal. She then asked do you always carry extra food and snack around? Well no was my reply and then I went on to share with her my fitness journey and nutrition as I am with you.

I have extra around because there are days I workout harder than others and as a “beachbodyondemand” subscriber sometimes I will do more than one workout. Of course I do have my post shakes and protein however I noted that I will gain inches and pounds worked out really hard or no change at all.

First let me clarify this happens any way, the fluctuation of weight, inches, energy because we are not the same daily and do not consume the same foods day in and day out, well I don’t.  HOWEVER I begin calculating my intake and my nutrition and noted a deficit.  Now to loose weight there should be a deficit but not a tremendous one.  I had a TREMENDOUS deficit and my body was holding on because it was hungry.  I know that sounds odd and it is because I wasn’t hungry. I also know with time because of years of eating disorder I would loose the weight and inches.

This was and is not my goal, I lift weights, do cardio for several reasons and being thin is not one.  I eat now to be healthy and workouts are for fit, healthy, muscle tone.  “Nutrition Deficit” would destroy it all.

So, I drink nutrition shakes and have packages (single serve) on me, nutrition bars a fruit. And eat accordingingly to recommendation for my workout. Nutrition Deprivation will slow the body’s response to a hard workout whether it be weights, cardio, running, kickboxing any physical activity on a regular.

If you are noting a decrease in response to workouts it just MAYBE  a nutrition deficit, perhaps you’re similar to me and may not get hungry.

To weeks of healthy, satisfying nutrition  I’m saluting your health and workouts.

The Past, The Present & The Future ME

It’s all about me for now on my fitness journey.

My Past – I have experienced  weight fluctuations, size fluctuations.  I’ve experienced almost every eating disorder known.  I was concerned and didn’t know how to handle when I was disliked by family, friends and yes even foes, I thought I had to appease so many.  I allowed myself to be taken advantage of.  BUT I continued to workout always a fitness junkie but there are eliminations for success in fitness.

You can not be physical engaged in any fitness and expect an outcome to be proud of with an eating disorder which will eventually affect your health.  I was blessed to only experience small bouts of anemia that only required Iron injections.  Appeasing others brings on stress and I was stressed 85% of the time.  Stress hinders a great response to any fitness and I neglected myself a lot.

My Present -& My Future -Today change and implementations is helping me to a proud future. That future begins at 1200 AM everyday.  I workout to be strong, fit, healthy- NOT THIN.   I’ve experienced the thin and the torture I did to my body was and is not an easy recovery.

I love family, friends and have learned to love but cautious of the frienemy, but no longer allow intimidation, words of negativity, nonsupport and abuse (which comes in many ways) have a value. I LOVE MYSELF, Yes . My journey to fitness is for my health, joy and loving all the GREAT aspect of life- THE FUTURE- MY FUTURE.

To GREAT WORKOUTS & GREAT LIFE.

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Is It Nutrition Or A Diet

 

This will be quick, because I for know how difficult it is to follow a “diet”.  I am one to follow 80/50 or 85/15 rule in my intakes.  Does this mean I don’t eat carbs? Uh yeah, honestly I cannot lift weights without carbs, but not over indulging.  Yes I enjoy holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and NO do not tell me what I should avoid during these times.  I will limit myself, which has taken me a minute to discipline myself.

I am honest I am short on following a diet of any kind, will I try YES. I am good for maybe 3 weeks then that’s it especially if it will hinder my workouts.  I do like portion control and the amounts I am to consume, thank you @autumn calabrese

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However if a diet works for you- YEAH.  I want to apply what I can use long term and not fade away because I don’t like it when I get hangry.  I like a nutrition that will become a part of my life and will help me on my journey to a “Healthier ME”.  I choose NUTRITION.

My One Week of Celery Juice Fad or…….

I see it on social media and an associate of mine was thinking of doing it but was hesitant. Of course curiosity was there and had been lingering for a few months now so I decided to give it a try.

First I want to say these are my results after a week and a week is not adequate time to form a conclusion as I’ve noted others have raved on different results and if I continue maybe I will see greater results.
Okay to begin with I have a history or well a diagnosis by GI (gastroenterologist) MD as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). My first day and my first few swallows I had several moments of belching, I know sounds gross. I also noticed specific foods only small quantities as they were high risk to cause a flare on the FODMAP were easily digestive, which means less bloating.

I am uncertain if it was the celery juice or my favorite “Shakeology” was kicking in strong but my off cravings decreased even more. My energy was also slightly elevated more than usual. Will I stop the celery juicing, ah no I am really curious to see if there are more benefits.

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This is not at anyway saying, “Hey y’all, this is the treatment for IBS, energy or curved cravings”. This is JUST MY current experiences and evaluation after one week. Everyone is different and responses to specifics are different.

Well, now I am adding celery juice to my journey for now.

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The Benefits Of A Challenge Group

What is a Challenge Group? , for sure it’s not a competition group. You are not competing against others or measuring your fitness level against another.  It is a group of individuals, you can reside in the same area or you can be all about the country.  You post and share your fitness journey with each other, you cheer and encourage one another on their greatness and progress.  So what about the not so good days, well you are not alone, you cheer each other through that struggle, positive vibes, encouragement.   You will not receive negativity its like a cheering squad with in a cheering squad and everyone in the group is on the squad.  So why is it a “Challenge Group”?, because the squad encourages you to challenge yourself to dig deeper on your journey, not to give up when you think “I can’t”and well make that 100 mark you thought was the end a new beginning. When you are at 50 you get that cheer from so many.

You get the cheer, the shares of suggestions to break plateaus, share your progress exchange recipes and oh my the list just grows.  Of course everyone does not require a challenge group but the benefit is priceless.

With this shared think about it, any questions, just ask me. Continue reading “The Benefits Of A Challenge Group”

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

I If there is anyone  who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.

It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey.  Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.

Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is.  There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.

Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.

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I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.

Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight.  Believe in it and believe in you.  We are both stronger than we  exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this .  To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”

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