Working out, eating healthy, choosing foods with less or no preservatives, all of these are goals or a change in lifestyle. AWESOME. But what are your goals. We can have so many goals in getting healthy and fit we forget to actually set the goal.
I know, of course everyone is not like me, whom should I give thanks for that? Setting a goal to eat right, what does that mean to you? Really what does that mean?, eliminating, including but be specific. If you are unspecific will you achieve your goal.
A lesson I had to learn on my journey, my first goal was to eat right. I begin eating salads, loaded with dressing, eliminated fried foods, particular about my sweet consumption ( I have a sweet tooth). I WAS NOT eating right. I had to learn a salad over sized was not right, the wrong salad dressing and the amount was absurd. Decreasing my sweets intake, no I needed to find recipes to both satisfy my palette, reduce my caloric intake that would not put me to sleep or decrease my energy.
I share sincerely, what are your goals? what I recommend or what has worked for me and hopefully anyone can apply is what will you do to achieve those goals. Working out okay but why, set goals that are true to what you will do. Working out you ask hmm this is a goal. No if you have not chosen the frequency and when you will increase the frequency or the weights how long before you increase your weight, maybe a jog run combination how long before you are jogging without the run?
Working out to look good for an event, To just look good and feel good, to be healthy. Map it out, reach that goal, big or small you can do it. I believe in you.
To a week of success in goal planning and achieving.
I have heard every trainer state it is what you eat with your workout that brings results. have to agree, it is what you eat, however did you know consuming healthy foods can hinder your fitness progress. Well I did and did not. I know healthy foods, and thought my intake was on point, I was WRONG.
It is consuming the correct foods and the portion. I love portion control in Beachbody workouts. It does require calculation for caloric intake. But man oh man, with the portion control you have so much to consume. Honestly there are days I am unable to consume the food. What’s even more so is it all is what I was already eating, I just needed to tweak amounts and time.
My question to you, and to any one experiencing as I have results slow or not seen, look at your intake. Or if you have an eating disorder or had one which may slow your fitness results “Portion Control” just maybe for you.
Are you frustrated as I once was, because I was exercising and not seeing the results I wanted especially with the time I was spending on workouts.
- To begin with I was actually wasting a lot of non productive time in the gym, going at the wrong time waiting on machine. Now that I have discovered well recommend by a friend Beachbodyondemand. I can workout at home with a trainer on my schedule without a wait.
- Having the satisfaction of working out at home was and is great. i was choosing which workout I wanted to do. This showed little results. There is a scheduled program with each workout and there is a reason for this, to make certain each muscle is worked to a proven RESULTS. Another lesson I learned, “follow the program”.
- Hydration, it is necessary to drink adequate fluids, your body(muscles, organs, tissues require hydration).
- Nutrition, are you overeating or undereating? Eating less food in the beginning will assist with weight loss or fitness journey. However, for long-term this is a NO. The body will go into starvation mode. What happens, you fatigue easily, you crave unhealthy nutrition that can and will hinder your progress. You know, again with each of the programs on Beachbody there is a nutrition plan. Okay the plan is not generalized it is actually detailed to your weight and activity and the amounts of specific foods required to see results of a specific program. I was so surprised to learn I consumed foods though healthy was more than and some less than I needed. Wow thank you BeachBody. I cannot get this at a gym, not that I am aware of.
- Sleep, regardless of how busy our days are to see results adequate sleep is necessary. I had to actually time out my days with a calendar. Yes there are days I get 4 maybe 5 hours of sleep, but they are few.
Consider your lifestyle, are you using the components necessary to achieve success on your fit journey? If not it is NEVER too late to begin.
I salute you to success and if not a beachbody user, give it a try BEACHBODYONDEMAND
How are you rating your fitness progress? Is it the scale and you are frustrated because the scale is not moving or is moving forward?, say what.
The scale can be your FOE if you have not weighted the components of your progression.
- Are you lifting weights, a new addition to your workout, if so expect that scale to increase a bit, especially if there remains a few pounds of fat to burn. This was a lesson it took me awhile to learn.
- How do you feel? Yes there may be a way to go on your journey, but really how do you feel? Energy improved, confidence improved, how about your stand and sitting? I bet your posture is so improved even you have not noticed. When I noticed I was sitting taller in my usual seats, I thought the seats were lowered or changed.
- Are your clothes fitting a bit loose than normal, even if it is 1/4″ looser this is progress.
- How about those cravings? Decreased or just gone? As your fitness journey continue you will note there are many changes you do not have to put an effort to your body and mind will respond different. Especially to foods.
- Your sleep and focus on life will change, did you not see this?
There are so many components in the journey to a health and fitness. I am still learning and the scale is a small picture, because these are progress the scale just does not measure only you and I can measure. With knowledge of the components of fitness we can make the scale a friendly.
A few squats, lunges, push ups I salute to you on your journey to fitness.
I am traveling on a journey to HEALTH and FITNESS. Having experienced years of an eating disorder I now just aim to be be FIT.
In my journey I had to cross the bridge to being healthy and fit. I have experienced a weight that took me to size 18, I binged and binged and used any excuse for my binge except that I was over eating.
I then rushed to the other side disregarding “healthy”, I went from an 18 to a 2 and then 4. How I went days without anything and when I ate I headed to the bathroom did not want any thing in my stomach or the medicine draw for laxative and sometimes I workout out. You think workout was good and it is if you are not trying to burn up twice the few calories you have taken in.
I vow not to be thin but to be healthy fit. I now ignore the STOP sign to deter me from daily workout using specific programs, (thank you BeachBody). I do adhere to the yield sign indicating I need to use portion control on some of my favorite foods. I respect the green light that tells me to stay focus on my goals.
The bridge of my journey to health and fitness does not allow for U turns, (discard all eating disorder habits). Every thing in proportion nutrition, workouts, positive thoughts, hydration, and sleep ……Yes this journey is still on for me.
On my journey to a better, healthy, fit lifestyle I am learning so much. Last week I learned I needed to tweak my schedule as my life style change.
Life style change not only means I have to adjust my workouts but also my intake.
As our activity increase or decrease or as weight lifting increases so much our nutritional intake. It is so easy to forget that we have increased weights or our life style is busier and not understanding why we are fatigued. Coffee, green tea, energizers are only a short fix. Without adequate nutrition, the body (muscles) will go into starvation mode and just slow down causing fatigue.
Just remember to adjust and tweak your nutritional intake to your daily activities for a continuous healthy life style. A share I am learning and applying on my journey
Are you one of those individuals that work hard and have limited time to work out, or just do not always want to make that drive to the gym? I have an answer