Trouble Shooting Myself

 

That sounds weird as if I am a robot right? Well I’m no robot and troubleshoot is just what I’ve recently begin saying to myself. Why this term well I have to evaluate myself. Sometimes it’s  my workouts and other times it’s life and the ball it tosses.

Workouts first. I sometimes hesitate maybe laziness, fatigue (which is different from lazy),  stress, frustration and this list can go on but hopefully you get the picture.  I have to evaluate my reason and why. The why can itself create a list. Now then it’s time to troubleshoot the why or whys.  How?, well I must look at the reason for example if I am stressed about a situation. I look deeper to determine if it actually involves me (sometimes we get caught up on change or circumstances of others and it effects us).  If it does involve me what can I do, or is it a situation of change I need to adjust to and move along. This usually applies to on the job. If it is personal then what do I need to implement to distress myself and immediately because stress can lead to a multitude of health issues. So there, I  trouble shot.

I know some say resolved and it is but I feel I should go deeper and trouble shoot so I will not in a few weeks or month have to re-resolve. Just saying and it’s what works for me.

After resolution which sometimes take a few minutes, hours, days, a week or two and never prolonging into months. Using the example given in workouts once resolved I can give greater than 100 in my workouts and see results as well as feel better.

Life now. How do I troubleshoot that? Almost the same how am I affected and involved.  Am I being a butthead and not wanting to adjust or is it a matter I need to handle? If it is the butthead I evaluate why am I being just that every reason I come up with I question it. If it an issue I need to handle personally then I implement a plan and follow through. Again resolved, resolution the same I just troubleshoot because I dig deeper in hopes of a zero return. It’s just me.

Either way I encourage you to evaluate the reason you sometimes delay your goals be it workouts or a life goal you are progressing in. TROUBLESHOOT IT. 

Intermittent – Why I Can’t

There is so much going on in the fitness world, workouts, diets, and fasting.  Intermittent fasting is getting a lot of chatter and so far I’m hearing good results.  I was approached by a colleague and asked if I’d ever tried it.  My face went blank and I stared before I answered because I could tell by her excitement she had tried it and was doing it regularly.

Why did I stare, well I hadn’t shared my fasting days, which were really my anorexia days.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be judged.  Not that it matters on this subject but the negative conversation that come up I just wasn’t feeling it. I did however share with her the details why I can’t intermittent fast purposely.

Purposely yes, some days life just keep me busy before I realize it has been 18 hours darn near 24 sometimes that I have eaten.  My blood sugar is low, my attitude is not very pleasant and I’m hangry.   When this happens I make certain my first bite will be either a protein, for me usually peanut butter or a protein bar or a plate of veggies.  I then follow up with a glass of water, wait a few minutes and I’m okay.

Intermittent fasting is not for me due to my volleying anorexia, bulimia, and overeating I just try to do it  all my way. Yep eating 85/15 sometimes 75/25 (not often) and working out and hanging onto my fitness journey in a healthy way.  My eating fluctuates because I do use portion containers –  Portion fix with Autumn Calabrese is good in making sure your nutrition is not lacking so you can eat almost anything. Now 2BMindset another nutrition intake on Beachbodyondemand.com with Ilana Muhlstein. Eating what you normally eat at specific times and portion make a HUGE difference. Which is my favorite, uh neither. No favorite when they both are batting 100.

To prevent myself from slipping back into unhealthy eating habits I will not test myself because I know my relationship with myself.  I do applaud all doing the intermittent fasting and with great results. Keep up the greatness within you and what works for you.

SO to everyone let’s eat…….

How Often To Increase Your Lifting Weight

 

Really, How often? Well to be honest I cannot not answer the question, however I can give a few tips I use .  I’m a Beachbodyondemand lover,  all. To say I have several trainers with awesome workouts by a calendar. The trainers do suggest when its time to increase, do I follow?  Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

I increase my weights according to my strength, if I feel the current weight is not challenging I will increase prior to the trainer recommendation. On the flip if the weight is already challenging well no and no I’m not changing my weights.

Now the question is how do I know if they are not challenging, huh, have you ever lifted if not let me share.  When you’re lifting and on rep 3 or 4 you gotta dig in with a face you hope no one is taking pictures or video taping and by rep 8 you;r a bit shaky but know you can maybe do 2 more reps and that’s MAYBE, the weights are challenging.

If you are able to lift and it feels like air or you can continue to lift on and on without any muscle fatigue. Just stop and  increase the weights but if you like to go through the motion okay.  It’s not really going through the motion because if you continue on and on the muscle will fatigue, the increase in weights cause the muscle to work and fatigue sooner, but with safe measures.

With any weight lifting make it about you, as I do, your goals, your challenge and most of all your safety as I also do. To weeks of weight lifting of fun (you have to enjoy your workout), safety and meeting those fitness goals,  ENJOY.

Monday’s Workout ALMOST Failed

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It really did. I had personal things going on and I ALLOWED it to take my strength for a minute.  But first I need to rewind from the beginning, usually after I do my my feline and canine chores in the AM I workout. Monday I decided to take care of a continuous pending issue which is personal and a different response from several people.  I was about to explode and took a deep breathe, muttered a few quick prayers for strength and guidance.  Did it get resolved, NOPE, but I will follow up in a few days.

With this, my energy was drained and I should have taken a few minutes to regroup but I did my set up, weights, workout mat and tuned into DAY 29 of my 100 days of workout.  To begin I was not focused and almost stopped because my heart just was not in it. I paused my workout, took a deep breathe and did a mental conversation with myself.  Allowing my strength, focus and energy to be taken away was a NO NO.  Life is not always perfect but its how you handle it that matters.  Staying focus and not losing sight of my goals is important because I know from experience if I do so without what I consider “ just cause” I’ll keep it up for a minute.  That minute is not 60 seconds it could be days or weeks.

I prayed again, regrouped and gave my workout 100% of me.  I must say I was proud. By the way I know that everyone is not a playful person I respect that, just respect that I am also I pray daily not only  when situations arise; sometimes and some days I have to pray more.

To everyone I say, “stay focused on your goals be it a workout, life change, or empowering yourself for your greatness” Don’t allow situations to steal your focus, it’s life.  Re-evaluate the situation, realign your focus and keep it moving, YOUR GOAL AWAITS

My Monday Workout “Upbeat Strength”

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This workout is one of many of this amazing program I’m currently doing. “Morning Meltdown 100”, which means 100 workouts.  Upbeat strength required light, medium weights so I decided on 10’s and 20’s.  Okay this workout is slow, then fast , and there are combined workout and normally 20’s combined (40) is medium weight but we are working out to music and the beat gets you moving but it is not the same.  These 20’s felt like 50 lbs and I had to switch out.

There are so many trainers and as I’ve said in previous blogs, they are all good  you just have to find the one that works best for you.  I’m also learning you must also have patience and believe in the trainer.  Morning Meltdown is a different approach to the usual lifting and cardio even with lighter weights you work up a sweat and muscles are worked, I’m huffing and puffing and no I can’t blow anything down because I’m just trying to make to the end.

So Upbeat strength gave me the notion of being strong mentally and physically because I had to dig deep and not stop.  I encourage myself just one more rep then two and then that set is over. Strength in weights and mind, we are able to accomplish a little more in workouts and in life if we are Patient, Believe, and KNOW –WE CAN ACHIEVE.

To a week of upbeating your workout and your life.