My Workouts Can Make Me CRAZY

Yes, crazy not because they are too hard it’s the adjustment.  I have rheumatoid arthritis and have since childhood and some days I have to think fast to modify.  My workouts all have modifier which maybe too easy for me (I like to get the most out of my workouts).  I do then have to either adjust an extremity to not cause injury.  An example is a lunge, but of course there is not just one.  I have to decide how far I will be able to extend the leg or bend the knee and sometimes this is not always easy.  NO I will not just stop, I will adjust.
Another challenge I sometimes have are push ups, some days it’s a knee push-up, but when it’s that one knee and the thumb of one hand I was lost until I researched and there is another solution.  I have to position my body the correct distance from the wall and do wall push ups and Yes you feel the workout.
So, yes this makes me crazy because I am not happy with going through the motion of a workout feeling as if I have not worked out. Now on the flip of this after I adjust through either a few reps and sometimes few sets my extremity warms up and I am full into the workout which is usually the last set.
I do sometimes think how would I feel if I’d stop and wait another day, well, nah just a thought. I know my body and mind if I accept one excuse I will continue to make another and another then I’m full of excuses and anger for making and accepting the excused them I’m even more crazy.
Yes, my workouts make me crazy to resolve and adjustment to warm up a joint, but NEVER do I have the desire to STOP.
My advice to anyone who wants to stop with an ache (not to cause injury) ADJUST dont’t STOP.
To a week of Greatness in your workouts, you’re the best.

To Thee I PROMISE

This is my promise to me, on loving myself.

I promise to:

1. Workout a minimum of 6 days a week
2. Drink my water daily 1/2 my body weight even though some days it may be late and I will be up most of the night excreting
3. Run or use the treadmill a minimum of 3 days a week 30 minutes or greater
4. Listen daily to at least one no two (I already listen to darrendaily) podcasts to enhance the greatness I have unleashed in me
5. Motivate, encourage people daily
6. Remove myself from all negative conversation

This is my daily, weekly list and I know my canines and felines would like to be included but their demands are HIGH but I will meet them 50/50 since their list change daily.

To a great week, much love and really what promises would you give to yourself and NO NO this is not a late Resolution for the New Year.

My Foundation on My Fitness Journey

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How is your foundation? Mine shaky, but before I was able to build a foundation I had to build a platform. WHAT? What? Yes a platform was my outline what I want to achieve on my journey in other words my goals.  Each goal is my foundation and I have built on each.

Each goal on my fitness journey requires different approach and some are the same which I have now named “neighbor goal”.  Prior to this approach I would vision what I wanted to achieve and was making small gains but I would also become so frustrated because it took seem like forever on the small gains and then ….. complete silence.  I’d start again to yeah stop again.  What was going on? I had no platform and no foundation.

Now, that I do and weekly I’m able to look and check on all “staying focus”.  This is my fitness journey and I am willing to climb a few mountains to achieve my goals, just keeping it real y’all.

To a week of GREATNESS on your fitness journey.

I Had A Flare on Thursday

Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”.  I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating  a RA flare is coming.  Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar  joint, which can be painful.

It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely.  For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.

Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.

To days of staying focused.

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.

Developmental and Motivational Reading Does it Help

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Have you tried it? I mean really reading developmental and motivational books. I have read so many developmental as well as motivational books by some of the greatest gurus  in every industry. And as I have gotten older and wiser I realized I failed them. The reason is any type of developmental or motivational book will never help you, if you do not apply what you are reading.

I know everyone don’t need this and it does depend on  your life, where you are, your goals.  I use it for several reasons  personality due to my low self-esteem and also on my weight loss and health journey, my work place and business.   I’m not certain of other people I know MY grow requires assistance, guidance and have learned to raise my hand when I need HELP.  HELP decreases or eases the struggle just as my reading of so many others blogs haves assisted me in many ways and “Thank You” if you are one of several I follow.

The need to be strong I have it. The need and desire to continue on I have it. What I do lack at times is the motivation I need to help me unwind, unleash, push up the ladder, to get over fears.

If you are lacking in any area of your life family, friends, relationships, workouts, job-related issues, this list can go on, but I am stopping, sure you get it; I suggest find a book of  motivation, one that you can relate to and trust me it will give you a different persona of yourself and will help you  be the greater person that you know you are, as I am finding a greater me.

This week  I am reading an awesome book. “Get Over Your Damn Self ” by Romi Neustadt.  I just completed chapter 3, but I have applied some of my learnings from previous chapters and I see personal growth.

To a week of a GREATER YOU. Continue reading “Developmental and Motivational Reading Does it Help”

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.