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.

Truth

How true are you with your nutritional intake and workouts ? Come on the truth, really the truth…huh…what? Oh, I got it not sharing.  This was me once I did not want to accept that increase on the scale did not come from the prior evening of indulgence. I also had to accept that one day of week of workouts because I hit the gym hard was not going to balance the increase in weight.

Of course don’t forget the scale is not the only way to measure victories, but to the TRUTH.

ONE day of INDULGENCE did NOT tip the scale to 20 pounds of weight gained, nor will ONE HARD day of WORKOUT counter balance the 20 pounds gained. It takes commitment and consistency in workouts.

Commit to your workout program or regimen then be consistent, through my experiences on my fitness journey 21 days or more so 28 days of consistency will begin a great fitness relationship with your body and mind.  Nutrition can be taxing, for me I had to slowly remove or decrease certain foods. Do remember 85/15, 85  percent healthy and 15 percent indulgence (not to be daily).

To a week of recognizing your lies and changing them to TRUTH

2019 Filling The Pages….Writing My Story

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It is a New Chapter, because it is a New Year, YEAH!!!! 2019.  I am writing my story of self improvement.  I have exactly 365 days (starting from January 1) to write this chapter of my book.  I  want to  wear the biggest smile ever  on the completion of this chapter               31 December 2019.

How and What will you fill your empty pages with.  To a Year of “GREATNESS”

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.

A Workout Calendar- How It Helps …ME

My health journey includes nutrition, workouts, sleep, self-care and a few other factors to make the journey complete.

My workouts are essential part of my journey and it took me a minute or two to find our what really works and the decision I made.

I would go to the gym and workout. First I would warmup on a treadmill, eliptical, or whatever was available to get my cardio flowing waking up my endorphins. I would then go to again whatever weight machine was available and if I had to wait I walked about fiddling with a few machines I had no interest in because I did not know the benefits to me (my fault for not asking).

I am not sure if I shared with anyone I am a Beachbody lover with all the trainers and over 700 workouts. It took me a minute to get focused. I would work out like I wanted to not following any schedule and I never pushed my self and tell me, “why the heck I was angry when I saw very little results?”. It was not Beachbody’s trainers surely not and so many people was raving about their results including a few of my associates. I was pissed, yes I enjoyed working out at home, no wait but I needed to see some type of results an inch, a pound, just something.

Okay I thought let’s look at this again before you give up. I am so happy I did. Each trainer has a workout calendar, with specific workouts. The workouts will alert you to challenge yourself but not to break form because of the risk of injury, if unable to complete the challenge ( weight increase, do not modify or limit use od modifying) return to your comfort just don’t stay.

Following the calendar as well as making time on my calendar for my workouts has helped me stay focused, increased my cardio, weights beyond my once ever believe as moves I would never consider. I was able to eliminate limited time or no time by scheduling time on my calendar.

The Power of the calendar ……… Plan, schedule… to a great workout week and a healthier you.

Sore Achy Muscles- How Do I Resolve

Much as I love to workout someday, especially on the days I am giving my workout a 110 or 20 my muscles feel the workout later.  The lactic acid in the muscle build up and my muscles cramp, sore  and honestly it makes me want to just sit and not move, but that will not happen.
My remedy, I have several but a favorite which is an old-time use. The hot/warm water soak in epsom salt. I know for many this does not work and for as many it does. I raise my hand because for me it works.
Second remedy for is the foam roller, this feels like a deep tissue massage and the results are amazing and the relief is awesome.
Yoga is great now there are certain yoga exercises that stretch and tone and will give you a workout. I focus on just stretching muscles, relaxing and a little meditation assist with relieving the sore, achy muscles.
Getting a massage, deep tissue for me, and the right masseuse /masseur. I have experienced a few I wanted them to pay me for lying there because I felt nothing.
These are my methods of relief, what are yours? I am so open for suggestions.
To a week of workout fulfillment and a healthier you.

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.