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.

Finding The Right Workout For ME

Finding my workouts for my fitness journey has taken me a minute, a long minute. I’d go to the gym, but it would not always fit into my work schedule, or mother schedule, daughter schedule.  Also there were days I’d go and just use what ever darn equipment I could and this was before my days of weight lifting.

I am not my any means knocking the gym, but a person as myself need guidance and a calendar to follow otherwise I am all over the place.  Do I get a good workout well……. and that is my answer.

Thanks to my finding Beachbody and ShaunT who was my first BB trainer I feel I am trainable and no longer just staggering about.  Did you know and maybe so, but I did not know they have workouts (over 700) yep, that you choose depending on your level of fitness that make you sweat and feel as if you’ve worked out for 2 hours.  Yes and yes, Yoga, Dance, Weights, Cardio, Weights and Cardio, and my favorite which I used at the beginning a what??? Yep they have that too a modifier until you can build up to a level for the “badassers”.  My name for the fittest of people .

My love for weights begin with beachbody, interested, give me a holla. But whatever workout you are doing make it the best because you are the best.

To a week of wokouts at your best.  Much love.

Pictures…Tell a Story

I recently looked at a picture that was taken of me on a family reunion. I really was not satisfied with the picture, in my mind I saw a fat roll, my cheeks a little chunky, really I have hig cheek bones. Then I thought about it, this is progress girl, remember what you look like last year.

I was unable to fit the pants, I wore a  two size shirt larger; had I forgetten  my progress. Of course, there was a little roll, which I did not want to see, but it did turn things for me. It showed me my progress and  what areas I really need to work on. Also I am in size 10 pants,  that are getting baggy, last year I was a size 16. Last year I  wore extra-large T-shirt, this year a medium.

Sometimes we as people critique our current situation and forget our accomplishments. Actually I did become somewhat depressed looking at my pictures, then that bright star begin to shine. I had to turn this into positive and I did. I looked at my picture and saw  greatness, I saw improvement, I saw all accomplishments, I saw things that I was omitting.

Some times we look at pictures and see the small things we would  like to erase or crop out. Ok let’s  make those changes but do not forget how far you have come. Compare, look at where you was and appreciate where you are today so that you can move forward to tomorrow’

To a great week of work out in a better picture of you.

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!!!!!!!

 

When to Increase Your Weights

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Increasing your weights is a decision that I have found several females have difficulty knowing when and how much. This should be a very easy decision, how ever it can be made difficult if you are listening to the negativity of weightlifting especially for females.

I know as I have and many females have her lifting heavy weights will make you bulky. There is truth and there is none truth to this. The truth is there are female bodybuilders that put a lot into their weightlifting and they are going to bulky, but also lean. And that is a routine that they are working on a goal that they have in mind. If you just want to work out with weights which will make you leaner, burn fat faster and really make you look good increasing your weights will not make you bulky.

If you are a new weightlifter as I am at an older age as I am just kidding any age female your body will tell you when it’s time. The current weight that you are using will become so light  and make the workout feel useless it is time the end to increase your weight. Our you can stay at your same weight but increase your reps you will still get the same results. However if you feel that you’re not challenging yourself it is time to increase the weights.

As females we must become the master of what we want to be, our own goals, believing in ourselves.  Now put a plan into action erase the negativity in thoughts and words and become the best YOU  are at weightlifting.

To a week of unleashing negativity and building those muscles I’m wishing you the best.

Wednesday Leg Workout

Today was a great leg day workout:

Side to side squats  25x2x10x3

Alt. weighted squat jump 20 x10x3

Figure 4 squats 20x10x3

Slider side lunge 20x2x10x3

Low rocking side lunge 20x2x10x3

Sumo double slide 20x10x3

Sumo cross jump  20x10x3

Goblet sumo squat 40x10x3

What a leg day

My Workout Struggle With Flares

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There are days when working out things so difficult especially when I am having a flare. I have to make a decision whether to continue a workout or put it to the side. Then I think do I really want to be a quitter every time I feel plain that I know I can endure. So I had to make a decision whether to push through to meet my goals are just put everything on hold for a few days.

I did make a decision, I am not a quitter so I decided to do my workouts. The difference is I had to decrease my weights, I had to modify some of my movements. I had to proceed with caution. My workout was a success my pain remain the same but I was able to do my workouts without harming my body and I was proud.

I know everyone cannot do this however I do encourage those who are working out with RA began to know their limits and not be a quitter. I am saying this because this is a autoimmune disease that I’ve had to battle since childhood. To have a quality life sometimes we have to push through just with caution.

To everyone working with rheumatoid arthritis I ask you to know your limits be caution but never give up, never quit. Just as I believe in me I also believe in you have a great workout week