We are all different in many ways and people’s body react differently. I have received frowns and an um when I say, the weight is not changing but the inches are decreasing. I’ve been asked how is that so? Well to be honest I don’t know but I do know I’m not the only one that experience the weight / inches mystery on their fitness journey.
People, people, people we are all different in so many ways. Just know some people lose weight and the inches slowly peel off, some lose weight and inches, some like me a little weight, a lot of inches then they both slow down. The good news is it will all come together. How I again don’t know. However I will say for certain if you keep moving forward, putting in the workouts, and have good nutrition intake the results will come. Most of all stop 🛑 comparing. We all (those of us on a fitness journey) have similarities and difference BUT we need to embrace our individual uniqueness as we all cross the finish line of achievement- OUR GOALS.
The title seems as if I’ve repeated myself and I have. In a recent share on IG and FB ( I post daily motivation quotes and how I interpret to apply for life).
Individualizing yourself. This is one that I had to reflect on as I created the quote. It is so easy to mimic the life of others. We take the advice of others but then I notice people try to emulate that person 100 percent n then just stop their growth because they see themselves as a failure. This is not so. Why?, What?
It is great to take the advice of others especially if it’s positive and can assist on whatever journey you’re currently traveling. I use travel because a journey toward any goal is like a road trip. The terrain changes. Okay back to YOU. Taking the advice does not mean to try to emulate their life. You nor I do not know what their entire journey has been and nor do we know ALL the solutions. We do know what is being shared but in applying all the good advice and inspiration, don’t forget you.
Forgetting YOURSELF will make the journey tougher, longer and you will loose your identity. As we ( you and I) continue on our journey let’s remember learn from others and apply within OUR life but to be honest and true to ourselves. I’ll be me and YOU be YOU.
I ask “ Is it YOU”. To a great week, month of Individualizing.
I was asked the question of what’s my “niche” in workouts. I was stunned by the question, fumbled for an answer and just didn’t know how to respond. I didn’t know there was a “niche” for workouts and I really did not answer. The person who asked me responded “so you just do whatever?”. My response was no but please share what type of fitness are you doing?. No response, nothing, I think I heard an ant snore.
Really is there a niche for workouts ? I do follow a calendar, controlled, streaming workout but a “niche”. I need to refocus. Nope I don’t have a niche in my workouts I enjoy others more than others and that depends on my energy and sometimes the challenges make me want to stop (but I don’t).
So for anyone out there trying to find out if I have what I never, ever heard of until recently a NICHE, the answer is NO. I love let me see, hmm, let me think. Oh yeah, got it I love barre (barre blend), boxing (10 Rounds) and a few you tube boxing workouts, Lifting (Liift4, Body Beast, ) and all workouts on beachbodyondemand. I love running on pavement and the treadmill, walking, jogging, yoga, Pilates and dancing. Okay dancing not sure if you know but beach body has dance workouts yep and you burn the calories and not just a few.
Now if you want to try any of the beach body workouts for two weeks and experience the joy and fun of workouts then click on the link.
Now, what? Before making what change and what change?
Before making a change and to continue on with my fitness journey I had to learn one thing and it took me awhile to learn it. Before making any change and be committed to the journey of the change I learned a lesson to remember. Now this is not a hard lesson but it is one that took a minute (just a phrase) to learn.
What is the lesson ? I had to learn to LOVE ME. Love me just as I was see my good qualities, erasing my negative thoughts of myself and ❤️ me. Loving me was just not accepting me but loving my arms, abdomen, thighs, and knowing I want to change them. I had to love my inner strength and smile at my outer strength as in me and it also applies to you there is greatness within us all that brings smiles and joy to so many.
Loving myself as where I was and am has assisted me in being steadfast in my journey. I can see my progression and look where I may need to tweak my journey. Yes see if I hadn’t learned this powerful lesson I would critic myself when I didn’t see a scale change, not admiring the non scale victories to push me on. Loving the change and feeling it but most of all Loving Myself as is now.
See success whether it is a physical journey, personal social gain, business oriented you must love yourself. If not loving yourself before the change how will you love the change and the journey or you.
So if not already begin today Love yourself, Enjoy your journey, Laugh, Smile and again with every wave of progression LOVE YOURSELF before the change and through out it all.
I did, I was expecting greater results from my 7th week of Barre Blend, however I was so wrong. I gained 1.5 lb. although I lost a few inches I was hoping for a weight loss.
I WAS HOPING, those are words I can shout over and over. HOPING, why, how? There is no results to hoping if you are doing contradictory behavior. I was so off last week on my nutrition, way off. There were a few days I was under caloric intake and then the rest I ate healthy but too much healthy. See it is okay to eat healthy but even in healthy nutrition it has to be in proportion with your activity level. Yeah I WAS OVER. Okay knowing all I’ve shared how could I want different result. As always I have shouted to myself, “If you want change then you have to change”. If you want greater results then you must put in the time of necessary for the change. I did neither of this so yeah again I wanted change but my behavior said I didn’t.
So, yes, this week I’ve already written down what I need to implement to achieve the change I want on my fitness journey. Sometimes we need to just tweak and get it done.
I am at that point. I completed week 4 of my current workout Barre Blend. I’m excited to have made this far for several reasons and they are all mixed.
1. When I begin the first day and the first 10 minutes in I was thinking this is really low impact and on this day using the recommended weights 1-5 lbs., my choice 5. I had the 8 lbs. ready because really I THOUGHT 20 lbs. maybe this is combination workout.
2. Combination workout ballet, Pilates, yoga, light strength, kickboxing. Now why would this program recommend such light weights.
3. Did I mention it’s a combination workout well within 10 minutes may have been 9 I understood. I checked my weights did I accidently pickup the 8’s or 10 lbs. NOPE 5 lbs. and I quickly reduced to 3 lbs. and have been there for 4 weeks.
4. Honestly a few of the routines I had to drop the weights to nothing because I was losing form and balance oh endurance too. I first contributed the drop of endurance to me sometimes doing a pre-workout before my workout. My pre-workouts are usually 1-3 miles on the treadmill and 2 miles on the elliptical beginning at speed of 3.4 up to 7 but today I begin at 3.5 and increased to 8.5.
But it wasn’t the pre-workout that challenged my endurance and barre workout it was both the weights and a new approach to fitness on a new level.
5. As always follow the recommendation of the trainer.
This week-end sometime I will be purchasing 1lb. weights and maybe 2 lbs., because I know this low impact, high intensity will be challenging as each week the intensity increases and I want to be better (though I have improved) than the past 4 weeks.
Reflecting on my fitness journey and the struggles I had at the beginning and how many times I begin and stopped. Really the the number is, I don’t know but I can say it was greater than 20. Yes that many and why? It took me a long while to understand me and why I would stop. The BIGGEST reason and it was only one, the others were just excuses to satisfy myself.
The BIGGEST REASON, I was not accepting me for me for the now. I was not happy with myself, how I look and how I felt and just kept thinking I don’t like me. I was not accepting myself for where I was and the person I was at that time. When I begin to accept me just as I was and looking at myself loving me for me just as I was but willing to adjust you know begin tweaking me. Yes, accepting myself I was able to see what changes I wanted to do and those I could implement immediately, plans, writing it down, staying focus. I had to accept the current me to grow into the me I wanted to be.
But this applies to not just fitness journey, it applies to any journey. So today if you’re wanting change and keep stopping to start over again, I ask you to STOP the stopping. I want you to ACCEPT YOU just as you are right now, love you. Now the changes you want, the goals, write them down, and every day evaluate, tweak but continue to ACCEPT YOU and keep moving toward those goals.
So WHAT, now do you know the meaning of that? I bet not, but so what.
Okay I have to tell myself this and I think others should too as long as we’re not doing it on a regular basis. I am good for meal prepping, or have ready made salad fixings especially when I’m extremely tired. BUT there are days I do toss it to the side not intentionally. Like when I forget to make a grocery list and pick up everything else but what I need for me because I have enough. I was wrong . This is a recent occurrence and what did I do.
Well I stopped at Burger King and purchased the Impossible Whopper. It was okay, a bit large in size and I was only able to consume 1/2 of it . I was okay with this and said so what. Yes because I knew I would not eat it again at least for awhile.
So what is not only for me but for Anyone feeling guilty about deviating from a workout, well you will resume so what, if you’ve gain weight and not happy about it but you have begin working out and changed your nutritional intake, so what to the weight gain.
What I’m saying is making change to a better you and with change you cannot focus on reaching goals if you waste time on the past. Yes that burger is the past because I will not eat it again for several weeks most likely months. Did it hinder my workout umm just slightly.
So WHAT, what matters and is so important is the change or changes you,me, we have decided on to reach our goals.
Yes did you do it? A few days ago there was again a new national day I was introduced to, “Ditch Your Resolution”, really.
Well if you did, I’m encouraging you to reinstate them especially if it is for your health and you had a workout plan and nutrition plan that you feel was useless and not working, again Really.
You must to begin with Believe in yourself and also Have patience. There is no sudden miraculous change in the fitness and nutrition world, well surgery. Otherwise you have to plan for the journey. I know I once and sometimes wish for that miraculous change, but I also know it takes input on that wish.
Input the time in workouts. The gyms are always busy in the beginning of the year, if you can change your time. Find out from the staff the least busy times. If you cannot do that then you can join me workout at home with so many choices and trainers. Whatever you do don’t give up on you. Also don’t make huge challenges in your workout you know you are not prepared for. Start out gradual and then increase the intensity or minutes and your body will tell you when, just again don’t stop.
Nutrition change is a challenge for many so you are not alone but don’t go making drastic changes you know you will not adhere to. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment, notice disappointment not failure because you are not a failure. Slow changes again or hey I know of a few nutrition program that are lifestyle changes not temporary but for life and are simple to follow.
Okay with that all said how about reinstating those intentions again, you in? Say yes, nod your head yes, smile not DO IT back to that journey.
How is that for a topic “Authenticity”. I read a lot of personal development books and a few are a repeat because I note the extra insight I receive about me that boost my @ss, I sometimes that is what I need. But just reading isn’t always enough, at least for me. I also listen to different podcasts. This word “Authenticity” is popping up a lot and what I’m learning and see in a few people how not authentic they are. Also make a note I’m only about 95% so I got work to do, that 5 percent is not as easy as saying 126.96.36.199.5.
Even in my workouts and I do share on social media I once boasted about how the workout was tough or challenging and my weights used. I once did just that. But being authentic to yourself, followers means really being you telling it like it is and not just following alone because so many are doing it, or believing it. It means really being true to you, loving you and proud of you. It’s okay if you are in the lower percentage on some things and I’m speaking of workouts at this time.
I at one time did not share how the workout was a challenge and I had to drop my weight from two 30 lb dumbbells to two 20’s or 15, as well as the reason. Of course I’d post the pic of the dumbbells but not share the whole story. I no longer do that, even in something so small as workouts and weights being authentic means being honest with yourself and others to whom you share.
What? Why?, because it is good for some to know it is okay if you have to drop set your weights to complete a routine and the reason.
For me the reasons are various:
1. Not enough sleep- without adequate sleep 6 hours minimum my workouts are sucky and I’m not able to lift heavy I mean a 10 lb dumbbell feels like 20 or 25
2. If my form is off, not standing correctly or only able to lift 1/2 the height or thrusting I know I need to decrease the weight because I am straining not getting the full benefit. There is a difference between straining and challenging.
3. Weight is challenging but my form is off and I’m at high risk of injury
4. My mindset is not with the workout and I need to either stop and repeat the entire workout later, or push through with decreased workouts to get the most out of that particular day’s workout.
There are more but just a short list.
So I ask how AUTHENTIC are you with yourself in any aspect of your life ?
Let this week be one to evaluate your authenticity and if necessary as I’m doing make steps to change.