HOW DARE YOU….Miss RUDE

I am uncertain if “how dare you” are the best choice of words or “are you serious”.   I recently ran into an ex co-worker  and we both or I thought was excited to see each other after several years, okay many years.  Our greeting was great and we had a few laughs as we both were on a time schedule and the run in was coincidental.
Everything turned to a low when she said, ” my have you changed I remember when you was so much smaller, but I’d recognize your face anywhere”. I guess the face recognition was good.  I did not share with her before size 2 and 4 I was 20 and now 8 sometimes a 10.  I shared I was so unhealthy, my eating disorder and working out to cancel any calories I consumed. At this point I expected something like, oh my glad you changed that.
But no, deep breath, she said ” you didn’t look unhealthy and you was so much prettier, I think thin is you”. I was stunned and quickly changed the conversation to the weather and soon within seconds ended our conversation.
Now I asked when is thin better than healthy and fit? Am I lost, thin does not make you pretty or does it? Well no,
I will continue on my journey to being healthy and fit and most of all self-love. I still need more toning ; workouts ( weight lifting, cardio, yoga)  and healthy eating is my life style of change because I am still learning.
I WILL NOT return to my previous life of binging to weight out of control nor will I return to a life of eating disorder to be thin to look pretty.
To a week of a healthy and fit YOU.

High Energy Days Frighten Me

Working out has great benefits, but those days when my energy level is soaring and working out does not fatigue me I am at a lost.  On these days I complete so much, so why am I frightened?  It’s the bedtime seriously when this happens I may sleep only 2-3 hours not good. Adequate sleep is a necessary component in workouts, allowing the muscle to relax and your body to respond  to your workout- weight loss or and inches loss otherwise results can be disappointing.  I fear these days because my next workout will suffer, I do not like going through the motion of a workout  50 percent Nah not good.

I am not sure if anyone else experience this, if so share how you handle your high energy days.  To a healthier you.

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.

Understanding Your Body

This is a topic I have to remind myself.  As. Much as I love working out I have to remind myself how my body responds to certain exercise.  I do not know if others experience this, but I am thinking at least one or two people experience the workout cut back.
A workout cutback is when you know a good exercise is great and give you that adrenaline flow but you get a bit bulky in an area of your body than you want.  Bulky is good as I know and love building muscles, however certain exercises will bulk and shape my already thick thighs (they have decreased) and I must say shapely.  I love working out on the elliptical machine when that urge to run is throbbing and this Texas weather is saying no.  The treadmill is great but the adrenaline flow and caloric burn is with greater satisfaction on the elliptical.
I have to make certain that I don’t use my elliptical machine or any greater than once a week because my thighs will bulk greater than desire.  Of course chest press, rotating press has decreased my breast but I can deal with that. Just the bulking of my thunders I am not fond of.
I am aware of the desired slim, tone and bulk (back and arms) for me I am aiming for. I hear many females complain about bulking of arms and back, some of us like to bulk …..however you can decrease your weights increase your reps to get the body you are aiming for.
I recommend understanding and knowing your body this will keep your workouts FUN and excitement as well as keep you Focused and make those goals closer each day.
To a healthier you and a great workout week.

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.

Compare – Stop – Believe

I am not certain how everyone else feels, but for me there are days I have to check myself. When I say check myself I mean my attitude on fitness journey.

You ever look at someone who is so fit, toned and muscles popping in the right place? As a female I think muscles are awesome as long as you do not look like the Hulk 24-7, but flexing, contest I just adore.  I am so guilty in comparing my journey and success of journey to others and look at someone else and do the EVIL thing.  I say it is evil because we are made up differenlty, our bodies, response to different workouts, food consumption, metabolism.  Instead of admiring of course I am one to always complement, but that EVIL which is

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Yes “Compare” is unfair to me to you.  Everyones’ struggle and success is different.  Instead of comparing I have learned and must remind myself to set goals and continue my journey.  Goal setting allows me to check myself and see my own success.  So I say let’s eliminate the “evil”

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Instead let’s love ourselves and whatever journey you are on stay focused because you are already a winner, achiever.

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To a winning week of GREATNESS.

Finding The Right Workout For ME

Finding my workouts for my fitness journey has taken me a minute, a long minute. I’d go to the gym, but it would not always fit into my work schedule, or mother schedule, daughter schedule.  Also there were days I’d go and just use what ever darn equipment I could and this was before my days of weight lifting.

I am not my any means knocking the gym, but a person as myself need guidance and a calendar to follow otherwise I am all over the place.  Do I get a good workout well……. and that is my answer.

Thanks to my finding Beachbody and ShaunT who was my first BB trainer I feel I am trainable and no longer just staggering about.  Did you know and maybe so, but I did not know they have workouts (over 700) yep, that you choose depending on your level of fitness that make you sweat and feel as if you’ve worked out for 2 hours.  Yes and yes, Yoga, Dance, Weights, Cardio, Weights and Cardio, and my favorite which I used at the beginning a what??? Yep they have that too a modifier until you can build up to a level for the “badassers”.  My name for the fittest of people .

My love for weights begin with beachbody, interested, give me a holla. But whatever workout you are doing make it the best because you are the best.

To a week of wokouts at your best.  Much love.