Compare – Stop – Believe

I am not certain how everyone else feels, but for me there are days I have to check myself. When I say check myself I mean my attitude on fitness journey.

You ever look at someone who is so fit, toned and muscles popping in the right place? As a female I think muscles are awesome as long as you do not look like the Hulk 24-7, but flexing, contest I just adore.  I am so guilty in comparing my journey and success of journey to others and look at someone else and do the EVIL thing.  I say it is evil because we are made up differenlty, our bodies, response to different workouts, food consumption, metabolism.  Instead of admiring of course I am one to always complement, but that EVIL which is

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Yes “Compare” is unfair to me to you.  Everyones’ struggle and success is different.  Instead of comparing I have learned and must remind myself to set goals and continue my journey.  Goal setting allows me to check myself and see my own success.  So I say let’s eliminate the “evil”

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Instead let’s love ourselves and whatever journey you are on stay focused because you are already a winner, achiever.

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To a winning week of GREATNESS.

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.

Birthday Celebration & A Workout

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It was my birthday and I wanted to enjoy with celebrations which meant  a lot of carbs. I knew this would affect my workout but I was uncertain to the degree it would affect it.

I received a shock when I was unable to run a full 3 miles well not at the speed I usually do. At first I thought something was wrong, then I remembered. It was the meal I had eaten that night in my system affecting my performance.

I thought I had everything measured out just right but I was wrong. You see when your body get used to eating for function and not for hungar,greed, boredoom , celebration; over eating on carbs or any food does not fuel the body. Instead is slows it down.

This week I am in for new beginnings just like an oil change on a car, I got to get my engine which is my body back to operating speed and geared up to go. How a few hours of  fun can affect several days of functioning, WOW.

My journey continues, slow down but back to speed. I am not upset though because I needed to enjoy my birthday probably at a lesser degree.

So for any and all who had few days that they were off their schedule, do not quit be a winner because you are a winner you and I are in it to win it. To a great week of my success in yours as well.

Timing Your Workouts

 

Every day, every week,  time your workouts. The purpose of scheduling  your workouts is so that you get the ultimate response from each and every squat,  cycling, bench press, push up that you do. If you schedule your workouts and  really incorporate them  into your daily and weekly life you become  committed. It is now a habit.

It is essential as I have found, yes there are times  I must adjust, the times not the workouts nor do I omit a workout planned on a day.  Well only if I am experiencing an arthritic flare (severe). I do  adjust if I am physically  fatigued, because I know that will be a poor, piss workout. On the flip side if I have allowed frustration to enter into my life I will go for it, (these days I give it a bit more) and I feel great after.  A power nap really makes a difference for me, I se an alarm and use no excuse when it goes off, COMMITMENT and my WHY.

To a great week and a great workout!!!!!!!

 

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.