I Almost ……….

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I am reflecting on my beginning days of 80 Day Obsession as I am in Round 2.  I was struggling my first few days of the program and almost threw in  the towel this it.  I completed Round 1 with moderate results and looking for greater results in Round 2.

This for me is a workout  requires focus and commitment.  In my beginning struggles I read people giving up and verbalizing how they felt the program was unsuccessful (1 week), really.  Others stating it was not enough, I knew it. My decision to quit was right or so I thought.

I then begin to think of my strengths.  Do I really want to stop, give it more time as I could hear Autumn saying “We are so close” in day 3 workouts or maybe day 4.  Also how can you evaluate any physical, workout in a few days or one week.  I almost FAILED myself listening to others and not really focusing on the workouts, end results to come.

I encourage anyone performing and  workout regimen to evaluate your goals, the workouts for YOU.  What others experience maybe  totally different of your experience.  Before throwing in the towel, evaluate why is this a choice.  This applies to all workout, weight lifting (increasing the weights), cardio (expanding the time), running, jogging.

Don’t FAIL yourself, BELIEVE in yourself…. the results are coming.

Working Out With RA-Excuses or Not

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Working out with rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge.  I hear so many people use it as an excuse, and “Why not”.  I know please do not yell, there is pain.  Yes I know because I am one with RA, and at a young age (juvenile RA).

If you are one with RA or know someone with it that continue to say ” I would but the pain is there or I do not want to cause anymore pain than necessary” . I say to them do not talk about it.

First you must be motivated, second you must just begin.  If you are just beginning any workout and have medical issues get the okay from your DOC. Second beginning a new workout start on the low side, in other words MODIFY.  Your body will tell you when to advance. Thirdly know there will be days you cannot move as fast, or lift as much weights, push ups can be challenging.

I am a fan of “beachbodyondemand.com” . I can choose which trainer and program I want to follow with a calendar and modifier on workouts.  This is my focus to fitness on my journey, however I lift weights, run, solo.  There are days my RA prevents me from lifting heavy weights, I do not throw in the towel but I do decrease the weights.  Push ups, which I finally am able to do, I use my knuckles, some days I am on my knees, or using power stands, again I adjust but do not give up.  Jogging, running I am good but then again I may have to do a mix jog and walk.

I am encouraging all those with RA and really want to workout, or once worked out and stopped, PLEASE erase the excuse or excuses. I say adjust for fitness.

My fitness journey now is another round of 80 Day Obsession, weight lifting 2-3 days  and a run of 1-3 miles 3 days a week.

I Cried,I Smiled, I Rejoice

I cried, I smiled and I rejoice.  I feel GREAT.

Sunday I complete a workout Beachbody, of course.  80 Day Obsession with Autumn Calabrese.  This is an awesome phased work outs (3)  and each can be so challenging, but here is my story.  Three maybe four days into this workout, I threw in the towel,  and this was Phase I.  I could not do this, too challenging and too advanced of course I’ve worked out with Shaun T, but this was too too much, I thought.

I found myself, maybe because I felt as if I’d failed myself, not sure, but I did another day. I left weights and am a huge fan of Sagi  “Body Beast”, but these moves with weights, bands, sliders challenged me.

Sunday 15 April, I completed 80 Day Obsession, I cried. I had completed the workout I almost worked away from. The challenge outside of my comfort in movements.

Monday, 16 April, I smiled.  I measured myself and weighed for posting (challenge group). I was 18 pounds lighter and 12.25 inches shredded. I was so pleased I did not give up.

Tuesday, 17 April I rejoiced, did a happy dance.  Completing 80 Day Obsession was not an ending to  my goals it was a beginning to continue. Tuesday I begin ” A Week of Hard Labor” a Sagi- Body beast workout.

To say the least and  the most, challenge yourself when you  feel a workout maybe a bit much.  You too can cry (tears of joy), smile (success of change body image), rejoice (because you are now ready for another challenge)

BEING ILL WHEN TO RESUME WORKOUT

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I, nor anyone can answer this question unless you are under MD supervision.  I was recently diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I never thought it was debilitating. I  was wrong, so many of the fruits and vegetables I normally eat I can no longer eat, WHAT, WHY .  I was angry,  but I was compliant for a while.

I felt horrible, nothing moving in the gut, walking was painful, ( thankful I was off).  With several intervention, I got relief, 2 days. but my abdomen was in pain. I  felt tired and really wanted to just rest but my body and energy level was saying “you can work out”.  I do not know if you have ever experience your  body out of sync this is so frustrating.

I made a decision, (mainly because my energy was causing restlessness). I dressed  and was ready for a workout.  Well not 100% but 75% was good. My purpose of sharing is to know when your body is ready to resume a workout. Listen to your body, do not push beyond your capability, but if your body and mind says so, do so slow beginning and then WOW sooner than you know you will be back to speed. I did and I am so happy I did.

Resuming a workout can be harmful if MD has reasons to put it on hold, but gratifying  if you are the reason. I will do 50 pound bicep curl to your decision to resume your workout.

HOW LARGE ARE YOUR GOALS

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Working out, eating healthy, choosing foods with less or no preservatives, all of these are goals or a change in lifestyle.  AWESOME.  But what are your goals.  We can have so many goals in getting healthy and fit we forget to actually set the goal.

I know, of course everyone is not like me, whom should I give thanks for that?  Setting a goal to eat right, what does that mean to you? Really what does that mean?, eliminating, including but be specific.  If you are unspecific will you achieve your goal.

A lesson I had to learn on my journey, my first goal was to eat right. I  begin eating salads, loaded with dressing, eliminated fried foods, particular about my sweet consumption ( I have a sweet tooth). I WAS NOT eating right. I had to learn a salad over sized was not right, the wrong salad dressing and the amount was absurd.  Decreasing my sweets intake, no I needed to find recipes to both satisfy my palette, reduce my caloric intake that would not put me to sleep or decrease my energy.

I share sincerely, what are your goals? what I recommend or what has worked for me and hopefully anyone can apply is what will you do to achieve those goals.  Working out okay but why, set goals that are true to what you will do.  Working out you ask hmm this is a goal. No if you have not chosen the frequency and when you will increase the frequency  or the weights how long before you increase your weight, maybe a jog run combination how long before you are jogging without the run?

Working out to look good for an event, To just look good and feel good, to be healthy. Map it out, reach that goal, big or small you can do it.  I believe in you.

To a week of success in goal planning and achieving.

 

Do Not Compare – Spare the Despair

1+3+4=8    2+2+2+2=8   4+4=8  etc…….

There are a few ways in addition to get to the sum of 8.  Just as each number adds us so does each day we put into our workouts.   As long as we, (I say we because I have to remind myself of this) are putting our all into workouts and nutrition is on point we will see results.

It is easy  sometimes to look at how another individual is achieving their goals faster and maybe using heavier weights, or more reps and wow looking so fit.  This can be motivation for some and for others upsetting.  I tell you, to just doing your best and results will come.  Do not COMPARE, as there are many ways to get to 8, the outcome , you and I will achieve our goals .  I believe in me so I  want you to believe in you.

SPARE the DESPAIR

Eating Healthy Without Results

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I have heard every trainer state it is what you eat with your workout that brings results. have to agree, it is what you eat, however did you know consuming healthy foods can hinder your fitness progress.  Well I did and did not.  I know healthy foods, and thought my intake was on point, I was WRONG.

It is consuming the correct foods and the portion. I love portion control in Beachbody workouts. It does require calculation for caloric intake. But man oh man, with the portion control you have so much to consume. Honestly there are days I am unable to consume the food.  What’s even more so is it all is what I was already eating, I just needed to tweak amounts and time.

My question to you, and to any one experiencing as I have results slow or not seen, look at your intake.  Or if you have an eating disorder or had one which may slow your fitness results “Portion Control” just maybe for you.

 

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