The App or The Containers

I know you are wondering what the heck? An app or containers, what does it all mean.  On my fitness journey I am really focused on my intake, with any fitness journey  change is NOT made by exercise alone. NUTRITION has a major role and with my years of eating disorder I must always be knowledgeable of my intake. This does not mean I don’t eat carbs I do, pastry of all types included.  Do I sometimes in celebrating go over, yes just not daily or weekly.  Before you think I also have those weird cravings and I again satisfy my cravings but not overly.

Having an eating disorder too thin, too thick, too skinny, too fat.  I just want to be a healthier me without undereating or overeating.  I do use an APP and I am guilty for not using it daily but I’m good for 5-7 days a week.  The APP keeps me focused monitor my calories and breaks down my macros and micros all good also calculates my fat content.  The APP as much as I like it it does not break down exactly how much proteins, vegetables, healthy fat, carbs I should take in. Am  I  saying APPs for nutrition are bad, NOPE they do work, you just need to know which is important.

Now to the containers, I am a team beachbody @teambeachbody.com fan, loaded with over 700 workouts with different trainers, and each have a nutrition plan with 95% of the food you already eat via use of containers or a method 2BMindset.  Both are so awesome.  The containers break down how much of it should each day to promote healthy intake as well as see results of your workouts.  I’m getting better but I still need improvement.

When consuming the right amounts of food there is a lot of food, and when I’m really 100 on my nutrition I notice a greater results to my workouts.

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Which do I choose, both sometimes I am so amazed as to how much food I consume with the containers and still be under versus just eating and inputting for macros and micros. They both work, its up to the individual to decide which works with their life style and workout.  It’s also up to the individual to decide which APP is best for them.

My journey consists of the containers and  Lose It APP.

To a week of Happy, Healthy, Good eats and Great Workouts.

Motivational Reading

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I am one that this is very important to me.  I read and have read a lot of motivational books.  Honestly there are several I have not completed.

Let me explain as to why I didn’t complete the readings and  these are not excuses, just my why.  Before I list my why and I am not sharing my incompleted reads, the books may have and continue to motivate others just not me.

My whys:

1. The writer and I just was not on the same page- I wasn’t able to relate and drifted often in my read.  If I drift I know me I can not learn or apply anything in the book.

2. The writer took several chapters reiterating the same thing in each chapter- I was lost and bored.  I do believe in reiterating but also connecting and I kept getting the same message.  Again receiving the same message is good but it needs to connect.  The leg is connect to what? Yep need to connect for movement in my reading.

3. If you have too much to share in Chapter 1 and 2, I always give that benefit of doubt, I’m overwhelmed. If I’m overwhelmed too much I may be able to relate but feel I’m an under achiever instead of applying all the information.

4. Just plain, simple and honest – I don’t know what the HECK you are talking about and can not relate in Chapter 1, 2 or 3.

Motivational reading is beneficial only if you are able to relate and apply learnings for a greater you and for me this is important  as much as my time.  So YES I have tossed several back on the book shelf but so many I ready, apply cherish and applaud the authors.

If not started I urge anyone to begin motivational reading regardless of the phase of your life or your life journey. To Motivational Reading- have a good one.

STOP Pretending

Now what is this? Stop pretending, well yes I once pretended so many times and let me share this is not with an imaginary friend, it was all about me.

I’d gain weight and I would go from mirror to see which mirror exhibited the best looking body I wanted, mind you still over weight but all mirrors are not the same and all are not truthful.  When shopping I’d purchase sizes too small and return them stating something was wrong.  Yep pretending.  I pretended all the way to my undies until I purchase a pair that almost choked my circulation in my legs, again pretending.

I had to STOP PRETENDING.  When you stop pretending you’re the size you was or want to be and look at yourself and LOVE YOUSELF for you, you will stop pretending.  Not only will you cease with the imaginary view of you, gues what ? Well you will begin to implement changes in your life to get to the person, body or even mindset you want to be

You will as I did make realistic goals see the real and great you.  You do know that you’re GREAT AWESOME right? If not well now you do so EMBRACE it.  Took me awhile but I do so now and again so should you.

In my fitness journey sometimes I don’t see what I really want to or where I want to be but I erase the pretense,  make changes tweak here and there and continue on the journey. I’ve learned Pretending is really wasteful time and will decrease progression.

To days of keeping it real…………

How Strong and Focused Am I

First of all I want to say I am strong, but I was unaware until recently.

This all begin near a month ago.  I had my well woman’s exam and which also included a BMD (bone mass density) due to previous medication I took years ago.  Every test came back normal, well almost EXCEPT the mammogram. ABNORMAL in each breast.  I must say when you get that type of news  you’re not sure what to do.  For me I went numb and weak at all extremities.  I took a breath and knew I had to reschedule for further testing (scans and ultrasounds). 2.5 weeks later. It doesn’t seem long but my mind was going weary.

I didn’t tell anyone, WHY? Well I didn’t want the negative conversations, or the stories I just didn’t want to hear them.  I didn’t want pity talks.  I didn’t tell my family for several reasons.  Also the family reunion was approaching and 4th of July.  I didn’t want to be the downer for anyone’s holiday spirit nor the gossip or tea at the family reunion.  Now don’t get me wrong not all friends, associates or family members are negative

Did I cry, YES and I know there are so many approaches to treatment in abnormal mammogram.  I continued with my daily routine, work family life and continued to workout every day, giving each my 100 and sometimes more. I enjoyed the 4th of July and really enjoyed my family reunion.

Days later it was time.  I woke up worked out, showered and drove myself to my appointment.  I had a short wait and then it was time scans, 3D scans and ultra sound. In between I read a book “Girl Code”. NOW to make me nervous I had to repeat each test again and no one was saying anything and I was unable to read their expression.  On the third repeat I couldn’t take it I had to leave the waiting  area and cried but shockingly it was short.  I went back in and on the last ultrasound I just waited in the room for the doctor.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted her to hurry in and just telll me what was our next step or take as long as necessary.  But she came in.

I went cold, numb and weak.  Well it turns out I have cyst in each breast and benign. The purpose of the repeats was to be sure there was nothing hiding. I dressed and on my way out I cried. As I was walking to the car my daughter called and I told her where I was and why as well as the outcome.  She was angry but happy.  Once in the car out of nowhere I cried hard and I felt a weight lifted from me.

So the next day I continued with my workout and each day I have included a new goal.  I still shed a tear but know I am blessed because so many do not get the news I did.  It’s GREAT, LIFE IS GREAT.  I will continue my workouts staying focus.  Silly how I stayed focused through this, but I NOW know I am STRONG.  Also my fitness journey ha a companion- My Life journey which is changing all for the best.  It is surprising how so much greener the grass looks and the sky is bluer, rain feels great and again LIFE IS GREAT. Although I’m still reserving my thoughts on humidity .

Enjoy life and much as you do your fitness journey.  I once thought it was the same but its not.

Challenging Workouts

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My workouts some days are challenging especially when my RA is painful and a swollen joint or two. I’ve had followers and friends state they are not sure how or why I workouts with swollen joint, so I want to clarify.  I’ve hade RA since childhood and there wasn’t a lot of excuses and believe it or not I am better as an adult than a child with RA.  I will never compare my flares with others as everyone’s pain is different as well as how each of us is able to deal with the pain.

I really try not to allow my pain unless it is severe dictate my day, so that is why I use a towel. That is my workout towel on my exercise mat.  I use it for extra cushion for my left thumb. There are days I am unable to put pressure on my left hand .  If I try I am fallling over , slipping because my balance is off.  BUT with the extra cushion it really decreases the pressure and impact of my weight on the left hand and I can do my workout without laughing at myself. Yes I do that too and so would you if you saw a rep without the towel.  Now I also use the towel at times for the right knee but not often.

I just want to share if you really want to workout there is a way to adjust and sometimes you have to be created for yourself. Of course I do not recommend anyone to push themselves beyond their level of comfort or safety- KNOW YOUR LIMITS.  I know mine. And for now the towel works.

To a week of pushing through and not allowing RA always dictate our next moves in working out.   If you have a deficit of any kind I am saluting you too- Adjust and Push through.  WE GOT THIS.

Staying Committed

My fitness journey has hills, mountains, winding roads, slopes, gravel and smooth surface.  I encounter them all and my lesson which I have to focus on is “Stay Committed “.

Having a relationship with myself, just slain for knowing your mindset and your weakness; I know mine most of them when it comes to working out. I know if I come to a complete halt in my workouts  for greater than two days, I’m setting myself up for a failure or probably a hard restart.  With this said I encountered an almost halt on my workouts today.

My fitness journey is me following a workout and calendar and sometimes as I am now for the next several days combining two workouts.  Today I increased weights, jumped higher, lunged lower and just put on a “you got this show”. I was all in and when it came to my second workout my muscles were burning.  The energy was still there  but I didn’t want to push through to injury or super exhaustion, I’ve been there.  What did I do? Well there is a modifier in my workouts and I followed the modifier for half of my second workout then I was able to return to normal workout.

Modifying does not make it easier, you still have to push hard and give it your best or “100”.  It just mean a decrease in your lunge, or decrease in your jump maybe a bounce.  There are many who think modifying is for beginners or those  testing the waters of a workout. All FALSE.  Now I know because I’ve  heard I wouldn’t want to modify any workout, I’d rather wait until I can do it for the ultimate gain.

I will not bash, trash or argue the “wait”, but will you start. I will continue to reiterate. First make a decision that you really want to make a change (I’m talking about workouts but it can apply to any goals in life).  Ready for the change then COMMIT .  This is why I modified and why I push through.  I am committed to my fitness journey whether my results are slow or fast because without the commitment my results will be, oh yeah I will not have any results.

To weeks of commitment to yourself and to your goals as I am.

Pushing Through

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Just a few days ago, I’m not sure what was going on but after my first workout which was with weights I felt fatigued.  Weird as it sounds it was not a normal fatigue like I’m tired  but as if I was fatigued and wanted to do something else.  WHAT the heck ? SOMETHING else, really.  I had to check myself.

I do feel this way if I am fatigue from working out some fierce.  Now I had given my 100 and had increased the weights slightly but the feeling of wanted to do something else.  Hmm maybe I was a bit stressed but this usually pushes me to a GREAT workout.  Was I being lazy? hungry? or just one of those days I didn’t want to do anything.  Not sure but my remedy was to STOP.

I STOPPED, prepared myself a protein drink, read a chapter in my PD book and yep just like that I was rejuvenated.  This does not always work but it did on this day and I kicked my second workout up a notch or two and gave it not 100 but 150.

I’m not sure yet what was going on but being committed to change is so important.  I’ve learned do nothing for change will accomplish a 100 at nothing.  Slow or Fast being committed will get me there.  I reached my goal that day. Pushing Through with no excuses.

To a week of no excuses to your goals.