When Do I Increase My Weights

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Weight lifting has become a HUGE part of my fitness journey, and I am still working on as well have improved on my nutrition which is major.  I am fond of my home workouts for reasons I shall share later but my focus is on weight increase.

My workouts are with a trainer, and still at home.  There is a sheet to record weights used and monitor growth and the trainer actually suggests when to increase the weights. I am good in following the trainers because they have more knowledge than I.  However if my current weight use is still challenging I will not increase for reasons of : possible injury and compromising form to get the benefits.  When I am able to lift, lunge or press with weights that are not challenging or I am able to do 3-5 more reps without feeling a challenge then I will increase my weights.

I know by how much well, this depends on what I have at home.  There weights in between the 5 pound increase such as 10 to 12 instead of 15 or 15 to 17 instead of 20 and yes 20 to 22 instead of 25.  Oh yeah I am speaking of dumbbells because I can increase in increments of 2 or 2.5 on the barbels.  For me I have only that 12 on the dumbbells so I have to up my weights by 5 .  Which I do with caution.

Cautious weight increase is important to stay on the journey without injury and to benefit from the challenge of increasing the weights.  To a week of increasing weights and or reps with safety.

Supporting Others and Neglecting Myself

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Hi there I’m uncertain if I have used the correct title on this blog, not at all.  Simply put I am not neglecting myself by all means but I am neglecting my support.

As I travel and it is travel on my fitness journey, I see how so many of my friends, family, coworkers and just sometimes those occasional associates are so unsupported. Nothing positive, join a challenge group with you? What? This is a foreign or forbidden term, give positive support, are you CRAZY ?.  However I get emails to support their goals, or a challenge, listen to voice messages or texts for support. I have responded willingly because YES I do want the best for you however  I DO NOT value your goals GREATER than mine.

This has pressured my conscious thinking for while and I had to realize I have allowed my goals to be devalued.  Yes I will continue my journey with or without your support and I am hoping you can also do the same without mine.

To those on a fitness journey without the support of those so close and near, look ahead, keep up your pace, you are not alone. To a week of achieving  greatness.

Workout Demon

Do you know him or her? What? You never met? Really? Well, the demon was disguised because you have met.  Yes you know when you hear, “you deserve a few days off” and you are just lazy, upset with the flow of the day, energy drained from dealing with BS, not that you really need those days off unless. Your workout trainer said so or you or on vacation, traveling. Okay to assist on the vacation or travel you can join me and be workout ready where ever you go.

BUT don’t let that “workout demon” deter you from your fitness journey. Kick him out the way and get your  workout gear on and GET GOING.

To a week of destroying the workout demon.

I Cried After 6 Weeks of Workout

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It was Saturday, I completed 6 weeks and sometimes other workouts and a run but my focus was on this specific workout.  For 6 days a week, 20 minutes for 6 weeks.  On Day 1 that was it, but I felt I owed it to myself to try another day. Day 2 I knew I should have followed my first instinct just STOP but I went on to the next day. Day 3 the words of motivation pushed me through and each day the trainer gave motivation to complete the workout but words that  empowered a higher level of GREATNESS within.

Why did I cry? Because I was going to stop at a level I thought I was capable of in working out and trust me in 20 minutes I was stoked at the intensity and burn I received.  Sometimes we assume as I did that we are functioning at a level be it in workouts or just daily living we have grown in.  Believe me don’t there is such a higher level of you as I found out of me that exist and once that goal is reached you cry tears of joy.  My tears were of joy because I’d discover a greater strength of ME.

To a week of  A GREATER STRENGTH IN YOU.

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

I If there is anyone  who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.

It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey.  Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.

Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is.  There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.

Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.

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I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.

Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight.  Believe in it and believe in you.  We are both stronger than we  exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this .  To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”

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The People You Love Can Hurt/ Deter You

I know I am not the only one who has and will experience this.  Family members, spouses, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, you get it and YES they sometimes say things they hurt us on any journey be it physical as mine is or goal, accomplishment at work.

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For me it is my fitness journey.  I get remarks from love ones and by that I mean  family.  They notice every dang flaw, Oh I see that roll is there, those hips are you working out, girl get another serving or I’ll get you more looks like you are at a stand still in the haha weight loss so just eat it.

To you all, stop and evaluate your words, if I wasn’t strong, focused and determined I’d end my fitness journey.  Do you know what it takes to workout when your quads are burning like never before and keep pushing through.  Or that dress, or any clothing you thought you would fit perfect by now, but no and yes I am closer to that perfect fit just need to tweak a few things in the journey.  That roll is smaller, really I see it is still there every time I look in the mirror don’t need the reflection off your tongue and damn it don’t pinch it. I enjoyed the desert and no I know how to ask for more, perhaps you forgot it’s the inches and weight I’ve lost and losing- not my voice.  I shared the scale is not moving just making small talk.  I did not share my non scale victories, inches lost WOW, yes you can lose inches and not weight sometimes, did I just educate your negative thought again.  Thank me later with motivation and encouragement. Non scale victory is keeping my focus as it is my journey and know those closest to me don’t know what they think they know about me.

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However your words, actions did HURT me, for a minute okay maybe 30 minutes but I forgive you because you don’t know me after all.  Hopefully as I continue my journey you too will be willing to join me and change your mindset, fitness goals, and have a broader outlook on life.  YES because I do love you and see so much GREATNESS in you.

LOOKING INSIDE

TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.

I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments.  The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself.  About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I  run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.

Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker.  How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too.  There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside.  YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.

To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>