I Didn’t Know Changing the Sequence will Change My Weights

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I knew exactly what day it was  and I looked at the calendar to follow which muscles would be at work today.  I compared the previous week weights and thought I would increase my weights but I was in for a BIG AWAKENING.

The sequence was changed.  Okay I thought  and was so wrong because the muscle groups (chest and back), also changed my ability to lift heavier weights.  Oh yes I was able to increase on certain routines and others I had to decrease.  Honestly I didn’t have to decrease but if I hadn’t, I would’ve been able to do 2 maybe 3 reps instead of 10. I was and still am satisfied with my decision.

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I know now not to be so hasty in choosing my weights, at least before knowing the trainers workout plan of sequence… AND my fitness journey continues.

My Reasons for Combining Caridio and Weights

My fitness journey like so many has ups and down but there is one thing I know for certain it is necessary for me to combine my workouts with cardio and weights.

It took me awhile to like  weights, what got me interested?  There are a several reasons :
1. With my history of eating disorder it has assisted (not solely) in increasing my metabolism.
2. Weights has assisted me in giving shape to legs, arms and (in the works) lift that butt and the boobs.
3. I feel stronger also.
Now for the cardio- endurance, fat burning but so are weights, toning and leaning out muscles. By the way it took me a minute to realize with continuous weight training and no cardio, my muscles become define and contracted that it shorten my stretching another reason to combine the both.

All of my reasons for the combination which I am certain I have left out a few, these are my REASONS and may or may not apply to anyone else.

To a week of workouts, choose what works best for you and go get it.

To Thee I PROMISE

This is my promise to me, on loving myself.

I promise to:

1. Workout a minimum of 6 days a week
2. Drink my water daily 1/2 my body weight even though some days it may be late and I will be up most of the night excreting
3. Run or use the treadmill a minimum of 3 days a week 30 minutes or greater
4. Listen daily to at least one no two (I already listen to darrendaily) podcasts to enhance the greatness I have unleashed in me
5. Motivate, encourage people daily
6. Remove myself from all negative conversation

This is my daily, weekly list and I know my canines and felines would like to be included but their demands are HIGH but I will meet them 50/50 since their list change daily.

To a great week, much love and really what promises would you give to yourself and NO NO this is not a late Resolution for the New Year.

I Had A Flare on Thursday

Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”.  I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating  a RA flare is coming.  Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar  joint, which can be painful.

It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely.  For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.

Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.

To days of staying focused.

The POWER of “I Can”

Power who does not like it? At some part in our life we like power be it small or large.  But how do we use it? Well some better than others and not always in a positive way, but I am focusing on working out, yes, just fitness.

Fitness and Power, and these are powerful words.  If you are anything like me, I have challenges especially when it comes to well hell all workouts but greater with weights and certain cardio routines.  Once again I am a lover of “beach body” and beachbodyondemand.com  has all my workouts and favorite trainers except my running or biking.  Okay, keeping focus, “fitness and power”, I have told myself several times, “no I cannot do that move or weights, what increase past 10 pounds, this is crazy I need to find another program”. Changing programs did not help because it was the same thing jump, lunge how many times and I’d change again to find another challenge.  I still was saying to myself “I can’t”.

FINALLY I looked at my oversized body at that time and said “you got to get with it and do something because going to the gym once a week and really doing nothing for 2 hours is not cutting it lady”.  I teared up and look at how my body was disappointing me, no that’s wrong, how I’d abused and disappointed my body”. Like a soldier I marched back in the workout room, decided on a program on beachbody and begin my journey and every time I thought of “I can’t”, I changed it to YES I CAN, and I did. It was my mindset. Once I changed my mindset to I CAN, I was a new person, and so my journey begin.  I can not share the number of programs I have completed and repeated and laugh aloud when I remember me wanting to stop a specific routine and not lift weights. Depending on the trainer my weights can go as high as 130 on squats that’s really up from 10. Yep.

I challenge you from this day forward in your fitness to erase, cancel out the phrase , I can’t, become powerful because “ I CAN” is power and you can. I believe in you and me, we got this.

Sharing About Me and My Journey

Road of travel

My fitness journey to where I am TODAY has not been one of ease.  To begin my journey and stay focus at the beginning was with difficult.  First let me say my journey is continuous and a life style.

Okay, sharing, I have a history of an eating disorder,  contributing factors, low self-esteem (parents pay attention to your child, sometimes saying no does not mean I am not interested in an activity, it maybe I don’t think I am good enough because …..), bullying, and a few other factors.  I am glad in later years of growing up my mother realized “the esteem” issue.  Getting back to the disorder growing up I was heavy and then as an adult for years far too many I fluctuated from size 2 to 22.  Yes, my metabolism is shot or was but has improved.  Just over a year as I took my journey serious I cried everyday I got dressed.  My size was 20  I had to pick up my stomach and put it in my pants like a leg.  How did I get t this size again, I did it, I ate, first I tried to use the death of my mother as an excuse but no, and several other excuses but no.  It was me.  Until I accept that I was the cause of the weight gain I probably would not have begun my journey.

Today I fluctuate between size 8 and 10 and yes I still have. More toning, weight loss and muscle to gain, It’s a journey/lifestyle.  My travels thus far have been pleasant.

With my poor eating and weight gain, still sharing, I loss my hair, almost all of it.  I have alopecia.  Poor nutrition, stress , my hair with my change has begun to return, however instead of growing front to back my growth has begin at the back and still I have about 2” in the front with strands, so I have a six head instead of a forehead..haha.

Good share, I workout 5-6 times a week, occasionally 7.  I have ran several 5Ks time to go for the 10, I love weight lifting, even with RA, which I have had since childhood.  I portion control my food, finally and very recent have made it to 85/15 in nutrition.

My journey is real, I may slow down, but never stop.  To anyone and all on a journey of life changing I say, stay focused,  YOU can reach your destination regardless of the winding road.  I believe in you and so should you.

To a healthier YOU,  a journey of success, Much love

Preparing for a Rest Day

On my journey of fitness, I have to consistently remind myself it is necessary to have a rest day.  I know and have heard of many people who workout 7 days a week consistently unless an illness or matter of emergent.

It is necessary for the body, muscles to rest as working out with weights everyday and muscle building, the muscles retain water.  The body needs to relax and allow the muscle to release.  Now I am one sometimes, require proof and seriously I thought this was another workout lie.  However, I have noticed my day of rest allows me to continue my journey of fitness with progression instead of as previously I would lift the same weight in pounds and add maybe one or two more reps.  Yes, my body would indicate I can increase but my reps would decrease.

Today if I am fatigued or feel as if I am unable to increase my weights for a specific number of reps, I will stop and use the previous weights but continue to increase.  This has helped my workouts (when working out with weights).   I also include  HIIT and Cardio in my workouts.  Ultimately I say choose the number of days of workout that suits your body and how your body response.

Whatever choice you make, have fun and keep up the great workouts…To a healthier you, much love.