I Almost ……….

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I am reflecting on my beginning days of 80 Day Obsession as I am in Round 2.  I was struggling my first few days of the program and almost threw in  the towel this it.  I completed Round 1 with moderate results and looking for greater results in Round 2.

This for me is a workout  requires focus and commitment.  In my beginning struggles I read people giving up and verbalizing how they felt the program was unsuccessful (1 week), really.  Others stating it was not enough, I knew it. My decision to quit was right or so I thought.

I then begin to think of my strengths.  Do I really want to stop, give it more time as I could hear Autumn saying “We are so close” in day 3 workouts or maybe day 4.  Also how can you evaluate any physical, workout in a few days or one week.  I almost FAILED myself listening to others and not really focusing on the workouts, end results to come.

I encourage anyone performing and  workout regimen to evaluate your goals, the workouts for YOU.  What others experience maybe  totally different of your experience.  Before throwing in the towel, evaluate why is this a choice.  This applies to all workout, weight lifting (increasing the weights), cardio (expanding the time), running, jogging.

Don’t FAIL yourself, BELIEVE in yourself…. the results are coming.

HOW LARGE ARE YOUR GOALS

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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.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Workouts

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Yes, yes and yes.  I have RA but I  do not allow it to prevent me from working out.

There are days I am good and go full speed with any Beachbody  workout.  I currently am with Autumn Calabrese- 80 Day Obsession.  There are days however I have to modify the modifier’s move.

No excuses.  Doing push ups, whether it is a flaring RA day  or not able to do a push up and with the desire, shoulder or hand discomfort I recommend push up supports.  There are different sizes and handles make a different.  I love Tony Horton (Beachbody.com) stands.  The knuckles works also, I love the stands.

RA in the knees, doing squats, push that butt back further do not squat as far but do squat. Jumping jacks I am good but this right knee sometimes kick back, so I step out side to side.

If you are committed as I am, not to say some days the RA pain can cause a delay in the work out, but I do get it done.  However I do not recommend pushing pain to discomfort. I do recommend knowing your limits, when to push pause on a workout if you are a Beachbody on demand subscriber, or any workout on media. At the gym take a break walk around to keep the body warm,

Be safe with RA, but no excuses.

Negative Environment and Achievement

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Establishing a goal especially if it involves a fitness program can bring out the negativity in your close friends.  Maybe you do not have these type of friends or maybe it is just that one.  I do have a few friends that are sarcastic negative.

“How long are you going to do this?”   “At your age you should just be happy”  “How are you going to do this and work?” “I really think fitness is overrated” .  “Look like your progress is slow” and so many more.

I hear the negativity and I feel the hurt of not being supported.  Should I drop my friends? Of course not, I limit my time and my discussions on my goals, actually I really do not respond.

How do I move forward?, I find a positive support group or groups.  I stay committed to me.

Whatever your goal is ,distance yourself from the negativity, get in a group of people with positive vibes, with goals similar are identical to yours, one that motivates you even on a bad day.

Good bye NEGATIVITY

Know YOUR Limits

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The road to success has curves, hills, rocks, and then you reach your destination.  However would you travel anywhere without proper preparation? Say on an empty tank? No oil? Flat tire? Or would you stop in the middle of flowing traffic without cause? How would you reach your destination.

This applies to exercise, or any goals you are trying to reach.

I am applying this metaphor to  workouts. You must have proper fuel to workout (nutrition / fuel). You must balance your carbohydrates and fats  (oil). You must have adequate sleep (flat tire), and to get results of any workout you must follow the specifics be it a calendar or and a trainer (stopping in the flow of traffic).

Know Your Limits, I have to remind myself with each workout my limits and you too should do the same.

Healthy Shakes

I will always remember as I keep photos of my days of eating disoroders.  Having an eating disorder is not a past life.  It is a disease.  There is no cure because it can return any day, any time, at any age.

I have tried as mentioned in prior blogs several programs to my over weight,  and several shakes.  My favorite and one I have adhered to is Shakeology. It comes in several flavors and you can add your healthy components to make it a desert.

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CARBS FUEL ENERGY

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Have you tried that workout you knew you could nailed but you failed? I can not speak for you. I can however share my experience.

I agree to no carbs for a few days with a friend of mine. The first day I  was a bit slow, thought it was my lack of water intake.  Some days I am busy so getting in the water can be a bit hectic, especially when I am not close to the little excretion room.

The second day I was unable to complete my workout. A thirty pound dumbell felt like 100 pounds, 15 pounds was as heavy.  I did complete my workout but with 5 and 8 pound dumbells, with a struggle.  I was wasted afterwards.

My discussion with my friend was as follow.  Are you consuming the right type of carbs and how much? Then came the list, I listened and it took every ounce of remaining strength to restrain myself from a scream.

I followed someone who ate every unhealthy carb.   on the market.

First and far most to anyone on a diet free of carbs, you are doing your body an injustice. Punish yourself and learn about healthy carbs, go ahead now read on it.  WE NEED CARBS.  Carbs create energy to help tackle those unwanted inches, pounds and fat. The carbs must be the healthy ones and there are many.