I’ve been asked how long will I continue my fitness journey so I need to clarify. My fitness journey is a journey but there is more. The journey is to unlike previous workout incorporate nutrition in my workouts. I’ve always been a workout individual not always committed, but I had every eating disorder and poor nutrition. It’s now different.
The journey, my journey is no longer a temporary journey, no longer that on and off #%%^. Nope. It’s a lifestyle continuous which means never ending. So perhaps instead of “My Fitness Journey” I should say “A New Lifestyle”. Either way I’m dedicated to empower myself, others in a healthy way.
I have to be honest, I love streaming my workouts and YES I’m 95% Beachbody the other well that’s 3 % using a few YouTube workouts mostly boxing, the other 2% is me doing lunges, squats, treadmill, or spinning .
What I had to learn is regardless how others may rave about a workout program it just may not be the one for me. There has been a few streamed workouts I followed just because I was following the crowd, however I wasn’t impressed or having fun.
Most of all and so important if you’re not having fun and excited about the next workout regardless of the sore muscles, then it’s probably time to rethink it. Being impressed with workouts are important because for me it’s the challenge. But agin it has to be fun.
Okay back to following the crowd. I felt guilty quitting you know not like a complete failure but I did feel I’d failed who? Yeah you guessed it. I’d not failed myself or others I was failing to accept this program is not for me.
This is when I became aware if I love the program the benefits or so fulfilling. Now fulfilling just isn’t the scale victories. Remember the non scale victories are greater. The energy, the mindset, the inches, that joy oh this list is longer but I will stop here. When you enjoy your workouts you become dedicated. Now remember I am a Beachbody streamer so not all programs are for me and gosh it’s not the trainer, because all the trainers are AWESOME. Sometimes it’s the program so I’m erasing my feelings of guilt and if you’re with a streaming workout program and not satisfied as well as feeling guilty if you quit. STOP, it’s okay to switch just don’t stop working out and oh don’t jump to anything easy. Just do you. You’re BETTER when you do you.
We’re halfway the first month of 2021, how are those resolutions, goals, intentions coming along? I’m going to share on my intentions at least one and that is my boxing. My intent is to box twice a week, thus far I’m at one time a week. Will I just accept that once a week is probably my limit? Uh no, because the time is there I need to get better on my timeline. The thing is if I can find time for that which has no value and definitely will not be an assess to me then surely there 30 maybe 40 minutes of boxing in addition to my regular workouts. I know and love the benefits of boxing for me. With this said “how about you?”
Are you still focused on your goals, resolutions or intentions? You can choose whatever word satisfies you. But really are you? Because many people are throwing up their hands ready to just stop and do what? Yep restart not next month but January 1 2022.🤔. That’s how long? Please stop it. Don’t stop, how can you accomplish what you want, what you know you deserve if you keep restarting. 🛑
It’s time to look and just tweak it and keep moving toward the greatness in your life that’s waiting for your change. Oh yeah it doesn’t have to be just about your fitness journey, it can be about whatever journey you are on . So PLEASE DON’T stop.
What toolbox you ask? Your daily toolbox. Oh did you think I was speaking on one with screwdrivers, saw replacements, nuts and bolts? Well no and yes because there are nuts and bolts in your daily toolbox.
The box I’m speaking of is the one that gets you motivated, get you in and keep you in that mindset of being the champion you are and pedaling towards those goals. Keep in mind that pedal can be fast or slow and sometimes very slow but you keep moving. That continuous momentum is so necessary, but what’s in your toolbox 🧰? Now the contents can change . I’ll share mine
I listen to podcasts which are chosen by the content that’s applicable for me and my goals. Quick pause every podcast is not for you, choose wisely as not to burn wasteful minutes. I read books of encouragement. Encouraged reading is different because it encourages me to continue and see through what I call ‘life fog”. Motivational reads are a combination of motivation and encouragement, now that’s my perception and I’m allowed you may see it different. Respect mine as I will yours. My workouts help me release, think and feel just great. I release unnecessary worry there are things I can change or contribute to the change (always positive), then there are things are what they are are and it’s not for me but someone else to change. I think and resolve while working out it just happens and the feeling well that’s from the endorphins. I journal, I have a daily calendar to include what I expect from myself outside of my medical professional. My toolbox is heavy some days and there are days I remove a few of life nuts and bolts the weight is lighter. What’s your load in your toolbox?
I just couldn’t complete the title for once I took a deep breathe because I once fell in the trap. You know what it is those words okay I’ll say it ” New Years Resolution (s)”. If you have made any and most people have and a lot of it relates to the fitness journey maybe I’m assuming because I once made those resolutions and my fitness journey. Not to change or discourage anyone but I am going to make a few suggestions.
Cancel the resolutions because you started so many times and gave up a few weeks any for some they’ve already given up and we’re still in the first week of the new year.
Evaluate your resolutions as to how realistic they are. Yes they are realistic but how realistic are they to you sticking to them.
Slow the change, yes just slow down. A long list of change is a set up. I now will refer to my favorite work “tweak it”. Tweak what you’re doing. For instance if you are not working out and it’s just not you YET, how about one – two days a week for 10 minutes and stay focus on that for a month (trust me once your body begins to respond you will increase the time and days)
Your nutrition don’t start eliminating 100 things from your nutrition, seriously you trying to starve yourself ? Gradually eliminate things you are so addicted to. There are so many non benefitable foods consumed it doesn’t matter whether we eat them or not so those are the easy ones to just toss out and skip by in the grocery store or if you’ll like me order it online. During this elimination process again pace yourself and substitute the change with another food of greater nutrition value and better for you. Introduce and eliminate every two weeks. This is one time the slow place will win the race.
Just LOVE YOU and you’re halfway to the finish line of committing to a greater you and THOSE GOALS are ACHIEVABLE
On my fitness journey and just life I read books that both motivate me to stay focus on my goals and listen to podcasts of many. My recent podcast of motivation and inspiration is AWESOME and RELATABLE. Of course I’m reading books as well.
What is your inspiration or motivation this week or for the month ?
This is really happening and it’s not a shame game or pointing the finger game or pounding the gavel but once again there is NO MAGIC.
NO MAGIC in reshaping your life your fitness level your nutrition. Now understand there is change and loads of opportunity for change but there is no magic in the change. No wand, no swallowing one pill, one drink one workout and walah you’re transformed.
No drink, no workout, that’s gonna change you or me instantly because we decide now I’m ready. NO and NO and NO. If you didn’t understand once again I repeat NO. We must be committed and not for one day, we must stay on track be it daily, once, twice how many times a week you commit. We must measure, especially on a fitness physical journey the non scale victories and there are loads of these. We must commit to the entire package which is not once again a drink, a pill, a workout or just one meal and oh yes finally one night of good sleep.
NOPE, NO, UH UH, NAH it’s not instant. So once again I will say Don’t Get Discouraged.
I Repeat – CHANGE WILL COME, WHEN YOU CHANGE- Be Committed to YOU for YOU
Yes, I am and oh, that’s not a matrimony knot but I probably should think about that approach. I am tying the knot to my commitments to my workouts and nutrition. I have slightly fallen off. Now look I’m still working out but not as long or should I say as much as I usually do. I’m doing only one workout, occasionally I will do two but greater on one. I can feel the difference in my body and I’ve got to tie that knot of commitment.
The saying is 21 days and you’re committed and that works for a lot of people because so many scream it. For me, I just need to write it down on a calendar, place it so I may see it daily and I’m good once the motion is going for one week I’m committed.
Really, of course now if I don’t enjoy the feeling then yes its possible there maybe a change and that is why I believe you must enjoy and believe in what you do. I do enjoy working out so the joy is already there it’s allowing other things in life interfere with my workout and I am committing to “no more”.
Life happens and I need to keep my focus on my fitness journey. As for you do you need to tie the knot again? Is there or has there been an interference in your commitment?, If so join me let’s tie the knot again. To Greatness in RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT.
There are days I’m not sure if I want to workout or when/ Now don’t misinterpret I hate working out because I love it, enjoy it; however there are days I just feel a bit lazy for awhile.
When this happens I can only justify for a few minutes because there really isn’t an excuse. With my streaming programs, the community that is involved I can do a workout in 10-45 minutes if I just want a change for the day because each workout has a calendar. If you have never had an inspiring, motivational community then you have got to try my community. Beachbody On Demand Homepage: https://www.beachbodyondemand.com?referringRepID=1262129. It’s a community like no other. ok now on with igniting
Okay I will go onto social media and see the inspiring comments from my previous workouts or view someone else on their workouts or just log onto wp and see inspiring posts from those I follow or and follow me. Fire is higher when I listen to one of my many pod casts and then I am lit, on fire and ready to prepare for a great workout more so a great workout. Sometimes we just need a little push.
I’m getting this question from co-workers, friends well no need to give a list because it is the question of concern. Where Do I Start.
There is no correct or incorrect way to begin a fitness program. If you know of no health issues or feel safe to be examine by your PCP do so, however that may be difficult with the current COVID situation if so settle for telehealth (virtual MD visit). Hopefully this will erase your concerns or erase the “excuse”. If you need to see the MD for an excuse knowing you are healthy then yeah, you’re not ready to begin any fitness journey. You must want to change before making the change.
Where do you start if all is well, ask yourself
A. What is my current fitness level. You already know if you’re active or not.
Am I ready to go harder or stay at the same pace. Newbies don’t over do it because you will either push through the muscle soreness or quit.
B. What am I looking for muscle strengthen, muscle building, cardio, barre, dance, boxing or all of it. You have to know what you want and you will progress to all of it but first know what you feel comfortable with. Remember whatever is your choice you can always modify.
C. Are you a gym person (now that most are re-opened), or all you a streaming person as I am. There are many streaming workouts but the one I use is too awesome. There are multiple trainers and a calendar to follow with each program. I’m uncertain what other streaming work outs have to offer. But if you are looking for a team, a calendar workout with a multitude of choices leave me a comment and let’s chat.
D. Make a decision and just start, jump in you will be welcomed wherever you begin.
E. Don’t forget you may have to adjust the nutrition, again don’t start making drastic changes.