Sharing About Me and My Journey

Road of travel

My fitness journey to where I am TODAY has not been one of ease.  To begin my journey and stay focus at the beginning was with difficult.  First let me say my journey is continuous and a life style.

Okay, sharing, I have a history of an eating disorder,  contributing factors, low self-esteem (parents pay attention to your child, sometimes saying no does not mean I am not interested in an activity, it maybe I don’t think I am good enough because …..), bullying, and a few other factors.  I am glad in later years of growing up my mother realized “the esteem” issue.  Getting back to the disorder growing up I was heavy and then as an adult for years far too many I fluctuated from size 2 to 22.  Yes, my metabolism is shot or was but has improved.  Just over a year as I took my journey serious I cried everyday I got dressed.  My size was 20  I had to pick up my stomach and put it in my pants like a leg.  How did I get t this size again, I did it, I ate, first I tried to use the death of my mother as an excuse but no, and several other excuses but no.  It was me.  Until I accept that I was the cause of the weight gain I probably would not have begun my journey.

Today I fluctuate between size 8 and 10 and yes I still have. More toning, weight loss and muscle to gain, It’s a journey/lifestyle.  My travels thus far have been pleasant.

With my poor eating and weight gain, still sharing, I loss my hair, almost all of it.  I have alopecia.  Poor nutrition, stress , my hair with my change has begun to return, however instead of growing front to back my growth has begin at the back and still I have about 2” in the front with strands, so I have a six head instead of a forehead..haha.

Good share, I workout 5-6 times a week, occasionally 7.  I have ran several 5Ks time to go for the 10, I love weight lifting, even with RA, which I have had since childhood.  I portion control my food, finally and very recent have made it to 85/15 in nutrition.

My journey is real, I may slow down, but never stop.  To anyone and all on a journey of life changing I say, stay focused,  YOU can reach your destination regardless of the winding road.  I believe in you and so should you.

To a healthier YOU,  a journey of success, Much love

Words I Despise……Still On a Diet

Today I am sharing a short blog, word I despise…. Still on a diet?

No, it is not a diet, it is my lifestyle.  A diet to me is sort termed.

I AM NOT ON A DIET

I AM NOT ON A DIET

IT IS MY LIFESTYLE AND I LOVE IT

IT IS MY LIFESTYLE AND I LOVE IT

Get it, I really hope so.

Now I have shared my day of frustration because some of my dear friends and family fail to understand.

Changing Taste Buds, Cravings Oh My

I remember if I let my sometime busy days interfere with my meals blood sugar drops, or the headache.  I do not like the hunger headache.  Although I meal prep some days I am too busy to have that break and it is so easy  to eat what a Pharmaceutical rep  has brought in or the workplace has provided.

As I continue to focus on my 85/15 eating there are days temptation and those hangry (angry because you are hungry with a headache) pains hit and I want to say just give me anything.  The solution that has helped me is to just stop and drink 8-16 ounces of water, then  wait about 5 minutes.  My hunger decreases, the original thought “just give me anything” fades.  I take bites of my prepared food and feel better.

Now, truth is there are days after that water I have tried a bite of other foods. First the more you make better choices at eating the more you will taste the undesirable.  Now I can taste the extra oil, extra sodium will either burn my lips or dehydrate me, too much carbs my energy level takes a dive.

How do I manage that 15% well, that is usually on planned outings, celebrations and I do small portions.  Took me awhile to get to this point but I am but yes, yes sometimes I do go to 20%. I jut deal with it and do not repeat for a while at least.

Loving myself and you should love yourself as well.  To a week of a healthier US.

My Cravings and Wokouts

Working out has its benefits, but to see the greater outcome,  you must have adequate  adequate nutrition.

I have weakness at times and oh my can be challenging so it was necessary for me to implement measures so I could stop sabotaging my workouts.  Do I indulge sometimes yes, am I 100% dedicated to eating healthy everyday. REALLY, heck no.

I have tried several whey proteins and bars to help me not only with protein intake but with cravings.  First I like flavor and taste, no aftertaste or chalky taste.  I like a protein powder that I can add almond milk, or water and again taste good, keep me full and decrease my cravings.  Decreasing my cravings for me is that I seldom have them or if I do my portion size is small and not  daily or weekly I am craving unhealthy foods.  I am now at 80/20, pushing more to 85/15, many weeks 100% healthy eating.

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I can honestly say the taste are so good and Shakeology with the  variety of flavors has diminished by cravings for so many food.  Is it as meal, no but for a short time it can substitute for a meal until you get your meal prepared or keep you from going to the tempting fast food restaurants and over eating.  The beachbars oh my, my, my  too tasty is my explanation and will satisfy hunger.

Just sharing how I handle my cravings, everyone has their go to and these or mine. To a healthy week and always great workout week.

Nutrition-Diet or Both or Life Change

Is it a diet or is it nutritional intake awareness? Is this a life style change?

Yes and yes  but there is a difference. A diet is temporary, looking for body change for a specific event.  You do look at your nutritional intake, omit meals (not healthy), avoid carbohydrates (there are good and bad), exercise beyond your normal.  Again yes, the outcome is fabulous, females looking beautiful, shapely, firm men just as handsome all types of  muscles present.  But….what happens when the event or season is over? Yeah I thought so back to normal and those carbs taste even better you do what? um hmm over indulge.

How about a “Life Change”? No this does not mean a lot of money.  I am saying this because prior to my journey and years of unhealthy eating I needed a life style change.  No more binging, purging and all those unhealthy habits.  I am talking about eating healthy daily, for a consistent, loving your self and your body change.

Does a life change mean no more carbs ever? Of course not.  Does it mean you must return to everyday for the rest of your life working out like you are insane, hell no. It does mean eating in moderation, carbs,(mostly healthy) but really some times we need that slice of cake, pie  (not the entire or half ).  As well as sometimes one roll is not enough but let’s not eat the whole package and not everyday do we need it.

Workouts are the same find a gym, a program as my favorite a “beachbody”

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I love that I am able to workout on my time following a schedule to workout muscles, tone, stretch without waiting and on a fatigue day I can use the moderator.

To everyone reading this blog or just past and share let’s make it a “Life Change” not just a temporary “diet”  change. To a week or day of decision to get it right. Much love.

Workout and Goal Setting

GOAL SETTING

How often do you work out? How much time are you spending on your workouts? Are you really applying yourself? Do you like your results? Have you set a goal?

I asked these questions because goal setting is very important. When I began my workout journey my goal was To Be just healthy. I am now able to share that I had many years of anorexia, bulimia and laxative abuse. My goal was to overcome this. I was actually able to hide this for many years from so many family and friends but not from myself.

Had a goal, and I still have a goal. To be healthy and nutritional fit. I have learned to stay focused thanks to groups and motivational reading. I have learned that the scale is a measure and device neither friend nor foe. Setting up goal to be healthy and fit for me is the weekly challenge that shows progress and occasionally a decline.

But I look at my goal in apply everything that I can to reach it. Having a goal in any aspect of your life without applying the necessity to achieve it is only a dream. Yes I do dream also I wanted to be a reality.

So this week I have stepped up a goal to focus on my nutrition, portion control and committed to my workouts-otherwise I’m not going to make my goal.

Let this day be a beginning for your goals, no more dreaming, you got this you are an achiever, now reach them  goals.

The Challenge of Weight Lifitng

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Weightlifting can sometimes be a challenge. There are days I can bench 85 -100 pounds, I can squat the same amount, and then there are days…….. I must decrease my weights. Sometimes it is because of a RA (rheumatoid arthritis flare), but there are days I just don’t have the strength.

Of course there are factors that can affect this. Factors such as in adequate hours of sleep, too little or too high caloric intake, usually it is the too little, stress, inadequate fluid intake. These are just a few. However I do encourage myself as I encourage anyone else that experience days as this, to just decrease the weights and keep going.

I know a as I sometimes motivate myself to not give up, do not be disappointed; you are a WINNER  don’t stop now. To a great week of WORK OUT and being STRONG.