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.

Are You Willing to Risk Your EGO

Are you? I’m asking this question because it is our EGO that affects our behavior when we as many say “step outside of the box”.  Our “comfort zone” in life really prevents our greatness from being unleash.

Now I will share my story of “My EGO”.  Yes I had one and so do you, but I am speaking of me.  When I begin my fitness journey. Okay that is incorrect because I have been on a fitness journey since my teens early adult, yep awhile back so what.  My journey in the early years was of me on and off again dieting, working out and my eating disorder was high then low; all those behaviors except when I worked out were abnormal, unhealthy and breaking my body down instead of building it up. However ,  I was a little cute but unhealthy as hell. This  is why I call my current journey , “the real fitness journey”.

Back to the ego, beginning my fitness journey I was a bit uneasy, I am no longer the young gal and I was overweight and with kids.  My body was lacking in continuous healthy nutrition, I was 15/85 which is 15 healthy and you know what the 85 was.  I didn’t want to hear my friends tell me as a few still do and they are in the health field. “Why are you doing this now, girl you was okay with the way you looked, are you afraid of lifting weights, afraid of running, and on and on.  I allowed these words to penetrate my mind and I delayed actually beginning  my journey.  My ego did not want to hear what I knew was coming.  I didn’t want to be considered out of my circle and talked about and what if ….” I fail”. Maybe I couldn’t stay focus and just fail.

Nope I put on my “big girl draws (underwear)”, and begin my journey.  Do I hear the negative, uh huh and it has a value of zero.  It’s my journey my fitness and my ego has declined anyone negativity.  I am on it now.

As for you, “are you willing to risk your EGO?  I bet there is greatness in. You, time to unleash.  To a greater week than last week, YOU ARE AWESOME.

Commit or Cancel

This week yes I am posting a lot about how I, in the past have started my New Year and mistakes I made and have since corrected.

Making new resolutions (keep it real), and follow through on them.  Once  you agree to a resolution, what steps must you do to accomplish the goal.  In my experiences especially on my fitness journey I previously made resolutions and yes by day 10 I’d begin to dwindle off and eventually cancelled that goal.

I have since  learned to set steps and weekly review.  This is only on my fitness journey of course it applies to any resolution.  I am a “beach body on demand”  lover and following through with workouts at one time was a flush.  I could not do the jumps, and push ups, have you ever did a ShaunT workout? Well yeah it is a workout in minutes you think the clock has stuck.  Lifting weights what the heck was this hulk looking man doing Sagi Kalev?  Okay this was a couple of years ago and I have since completed workout programs on beach body demand.

Through error and growth I no longer commit and cancel, because I will have cancelled the future and better me.  To beginning your greatness  and commitment and No No No cancellations.

Do You Challenge Yourself

My workouts are with weights, cardio, and HIIT.  I always keep a record so I can challenge myself. I challenge myself by increasing weights and reps if I wasn’t able to complete reps on the previous workout, I will increase my minutes in cardio, minutes and reps in HIIT.  Some days it can really be a challenge, but my increase be it weights, reps, or time must produce that thought  and feeling of “yeah I did it”, this prevents a plateau  and keeps me focused on the goal.  Complacency is not rewarding in a workout.
So this week, well it is almost over, maybe next week set a new goal in your workout and Challnge Yourself.
To a healthier you and to accomplishing that challenge.

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.

Is it Always Good to Push Limits In Workout

Is it ? is  it always good to push the limits in a workout? I’m not sure about this. I do think it is individualized and everyone must know their limits.

I do believe pushing the limits is great when you have had adequate sleep, nutrition, energized and ready for the challenge. As for myself I know that without either of the stated not only am I unable to push the limits my workouts are so sluggish. When I feel this going on especially with me getting into the weightlifting I know it is best for me to put that day on the burner or take a nap to rejuvenate myself.

One of my worst regrets that I have found out in my workouts is when I do a half @$$workout. I feel like I have cheated myself and wasted my time, when all I had to do is either take a nap are just do it all tomorrow. Which sometimes this   happens that I end up doing it all tomorrow.

I have learned to value my time; but the greatest thing it all workouts is to have a relationship with your body and know your limits went to push through and went to pull back.

To beginning a new relationship with your body and workouts have a great day of work outs.