It was Saturday, I completed 6 weeks and sometimes other workouts and a run but my focus was on this specific workout. For 6 days a week, 20 minutes for 6 weeks. On Day 1 that was it, but I felt I owed it to myself to try another day. Day 2 I knew I should have followed my first instinct just STOP but I went on to the next day. Day 3 the words of motivation pushed me through and each day the trainer gave motivation to complete the workout but words that empowered a higher level of GREATNESS within.
Why did I cry? Because I was going to stop at a level I thought I was capable of in working out and trust me in 20 minutes I was stoked at the intensity and burn I received. Sometimes we assume as I did that we are functioning at a level be it in workouts or just daily living we have grown in. Believe me don’t there is such a higher level of you as I found out of me that exist and once that goal is reached you cry tears of joy. My tears were of joy because I’d discover a greater strength of ME.
I If there is anyone who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.
It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey. Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.
Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is. There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.
Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.
I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.
Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight. Believe in it and believe in you. We are both stronger than we exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this . To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”
I know I am not the only one who has and will experience this. Family members, spouses, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, you get it and YES they sometimes say things they hurt us on any journey be it physical as mine is or goal, accomplishment at work.
For me it is my fitness journey. I get remarks from love ones and by that I mean family. They notice every dang flaw, Oh I see that roll is there, those hips are you working out, girl get another serving or I’ll get you more looks like you are at a stand still in the haha weight loss so just eat it.
To you all, stop and evaluate your words, if I wasn’t strong, focused and determined I’d end my fitness journey. Do you know what it takes to workout when your quads are burning like never before and keep pushing through. Or that dress, or any clothing you thought you would fit perfect by now, but no and yes I am closer to that perfect fit just need to tweak a few things in the journey. That roll is smaller, really I see it is still there every time I look in the mirror don’t need the reflection off your tongue and damn it don’t pinch it. I enjoyed the desert and no I know how to ask for more, perhaps you forgot it’s the inches and weight I’ve lost and losing- not my voice. I shared the scale is not moving just making small talk. I did not share my non scale victories, inches lost WOW, yes you can lose inches and not weight sometimes, did I just educate your negative thought again. Thank me later with motivation and encouragement. Non scale victory is keeping my focus as it is my journey and know those closest to me don’t know what they think they know about me.
However your words, actions did HURT me, for a minute okay maybe 30 minutes but I forgive you because you don’t know me after all. Hopefully as I continue my journey you too will be willing to join me and change your mindset, fitness goals, and have a broader outlook on life. YES because I do love you and see so much GREATNESS in you.
TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.
I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments. The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself. About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.
Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker. How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too. There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside. YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.
To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>
I am in my second week of changing my routine and not just for my workouts. I read a lot of motivational self-help and inspiring books. I have also learned in my readings I am unable to apply all I am reading because it does not apply to me well not at the moment but maybe in growth I can apply.
With this said I have and continue to learn to adjust my life’s and workout routine to better fit my Life and with positive outcomes. At one time I was so confused in gathering my learnings and applying but learning and applying means that which will assist you for now. The other learned knowledge may need to be applied later. It’s the momentum of growth. However you may need to perhaps reread or highlight so later you can find that motivational point later.
I want to share what I have learned, it all works, just know when to apply, and when it does not apply to you at the moment.
CHANGE and GROWTH is GOOD, make this week another Growth of Greatness for YOU.
Being number one to yourself, I know it sounds a bit selfish, but is it? I too thought for many years this was selfish, however I have learned difference.
Okay, this does not mean just shop for yourself, never volunteer, or give gifts to others. Being number one to yourself means to take care of you. When you give care, self-love to yourself , you will as I am extending a higher love and care to others because you just feel good and it is different good.
Being number one to yourself can be a long or short list depends on your life style, health and goals but I will list a few things: Exercise, nutrition, medical care if necessary, pamper yourself with manicure, pedicure, facials, massages, sleeping adequate hours, family time, date nights and the list is longer.
Being number one to yourself will prepare you for the challenges of life and assist you as it has me in positive mindset to assist others and make decisions of empowerment.
It’s okay to choose a time, day to be Number One to YOU. You so much deserve it!!!!
This was last week, to begin I am usually a bit more organized and 90% on top of my meal planning. However when it is slow at work and I am stretching out my time I get a bit hyper. Not bad well, yes, if you complete task ahead of time and there is time left.
I had my breakfast, lunch and snack. Breakfast consumed AM snack gone and I was hyper, beyond and I decided to try just one or what should have been none. I had one Reese’s miniature cup. Yum so good but then I remembered I had put out more than one type not just the normal chocolate peanut butter cup, but there was dark chocolate and white chocolate. Honestly the flavor is almost the same but me being bored tried another and another and yes you get the pic. Before I knew it I had not one but eight wrappers on my desk.
I had allowed myself to be tempted by myself, no one else to blame, just me. Shamefully I wrapped the wrappers in paper towel, tossed it in the garbage, and did what I should have prior to overdosing on a chocolate peanut butter rush. I swallowed WATER. Yes water and lots of it. Was I craving Reese’s, no I was hyper and bored.
I was unable to rewrite my sugar consumption however I became knowledgeable on craving and bored. Usually my cravings are satisfied with a few bites, but my overindulgence when I am bored is limitless. I MUST get better. I was extremely happy when my next infusion patient came, work.
I know avoid the snacks, maybe but I order them for the patients I infuse and Reese’s is not the only chocolate or snack available. I purchase snacks according to the patients. The worse thing is to order a lot of healthy and good snacks you have to toss because no one, well maybe a few will eat.
I know my behavior when I am bored and should not allowed myself to be tempted. I am vowing to remind myself of this. How about you? Really do you eat for nutrition or is your intake affected sometimes by LIFE? You are normal just evaluate and place a system to avoid the extreme intake.
This past week-end, specifically Saturday, I did nothing, well nothing productive. I did look at movies on HallMark yes that was it.
I woke up early 5:30 AM, and begin to evaluate my week and was not happy, I made excuses and more excuses and then I used to age thing. Yes, that’s it I am older and I am….. blah blah blah. I was satisfied with that. Satisfied and then the guilt set in.
Why did you not plan out the week, meal prep, and a few other things I neglected. I was upset at a few things that had happened at work and being dedicated, leading in areas, I was over looked on a few things with a personal apology because it was too late to change.
What? Why? And How long?, do you allow situations to affect yourself, your values and YOU. How long?, I am not sure about you but for me it was for this time, because it may happen again, one day. One day too long. I had to evaluate myself and shake it off. Yes shake it off. There are things we can change but the past sometimes gives us strength.
I am stronger than I was on Saturday, I have reclaimed MYSELF as well as taking my experience as a growth and tool in life to use.
Tears dried, focus on point and my life has resumed Yes so Sunday I worked out harder than ever, prayed for my new growth because of the past and feel GREAT. I gained in many ways (not weight) in one day.
Time to do what? Why?. I have read several motivation books from the greatest and there is one thing that is common. To create change a habit, develop a new habit you must give it time. This time does not readily say Success but to get us (me, you and all others wanting a change) it puts us on the path to our success.
The time does not mean one day this week in 3 weeks apply the change and maybe 4 months later. The commonality is 3 weeks, yes create that habit for 3 weeks. In three weeks you will develop other habits to propel you to accomplishment but you must begin. Will you immediately note change?, yes some big, some small but it is change.
To three weeks of unleashing more greatness within and about you, I know you got it “GREATNESS’
What?, you are giving up? I am with misunderstanding. I have a few friends and acquaintances wanting to know what I’ve done recently as they have noticed some change in my attitude and physical change.
First I should clear the attitude, I would previous verbalize my dissatisfaction or comment on negative behavior but I have stopped, well not stopped but I begin looking at the positive and keeping my mouth zipped. You’d be surprise how many people do not like to positive words in some situations. Physical change is nutrition and workouts.
Back to the beginning in friends and acquaintances, I share my journey highlighting what I feel is applicable to that individual. Are they receptive, of course but only for a few days maybe a week and then share with me I must have done something different because they are not seeing the results as me. To begin everyone’s body respond different to workouts and nutritional change, some fast, some slow but for certain NOT OVERNIGHT. It’s a journey not overnight oats or quick shake up result.
You have to follow the process, believe in your self and most of all really want the change. Without the desire and commitment, yeah well uh huh its a lost. I am correcting all those believing change happens overnight, well somethings but mindset and physical change DOES NOT, WILL NOT, CANNOT – Happen Overnight.