Is it YOU or Is it YOU

The title seems as if I’ve repeated myself and I have.  In a recent share on IG and FB ( I post daily motivation quotes and how I interpret to apply for life).

Individualizing yourself.  This is one that I had to reflect on as I created the quote.  It is so easy to mimic the life of others.  We take the advice of others but then I notice people try to emulate that person 100 percent n then just stop their growth because they  see themselves as a failure.  This is not so.  Why?, What?

It is great to take the advice of others especially if it’s positive and can assist on whatever journey you’re currently traveling.  I use travel because a journey toward any goal is like a road trip.  The terrain changes.  Okay back to YOU.  Taking the advice does not mean to try to emulate their life.  You nor I do not know what their entire journey has been and nor do we know ALL the solutions.  We do know what is being shared but in applying all the good advice and inspiration, don’t forget you.

Forgetting YOURSELF will make the journey tougher, longer and you will loose your identity.  As we ( you and I) continue on our journey let’s remember learn  from others and apply within OUR life but to be honest and true to ourselves. I’ll be me and YOU be YOU.

I ask “ Is it YOU”. To a great week, month of Individualizing.

Authenticity

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How is that for a topic “Authenticity”.  I read a lot of personal development books and a few are a repeat because I note the extra insight I receive about me that boost my @ss, I sometimes that is what I need.  But just reading isn’t always enough, at least for me.  I also listen to different podcasts.  This word “Authenticity” is popping up a lot and what I’m learning and see in a few people how not authentic they are.  Also make a note I’m only about 95% so I got work to do, that 5 percent is not as easy as saying 1.2.3.4.5.

Even in my workouts and I do share on social media I once boasted about how the workout was tough or challenging  and my weights used. I once did just that.  But being authentic to yourself, followers means really being you telling it like it is and not just following alone because so many are doing it, or believing it.  It means really being true to you, loving you and proud of you.  It’s okay if you are in the lower percentage on some things and I’m speaking of workouts  at this time.

I at one time did not share how the workout was a challenge and I had to drop my weight from two 30 lb dumbbells to two 20’s or 15, as well as the reason.  Of course I’d post the pic of the dumbbells but not share the whole story.  I no longer do that, even in something so small as workouts and weights being authentic means being honest with yourself and others to whom you share.

What? Why?, because it is good for some to know it is okay if you have to drop set your weights to complete a routine and the reason.

For me the reasons are various:
1. Not enough sleep- without adequate sleep 6 hours minimum my workouts are sucky and I’m not able to lift heavy I mean a 10 lb dumbbell feels like 20 or 25
2. If my form is off, not standing correctly or only able to lift 1/2 the height or thrusting I know I need to decrease the weight because I am straining not getting the full benefit. There is a difference between straining and challenging.
3. Weight is challenging but my form is off and I’m at high risk of injury
4. My mindset is not with the workout and I need to either stop and repeat the entire workout later, or push through with decreased workouts to get the most out of that particular day’s workout.
There are more but just a short list.
So I ask how AUTHENTIC are you with yourself in any aspect of your life ?
Let this week be one to evaluate your authenticity and if necessary as I’m doing make steps to change.

Workout Gains

 

What the heck, who wants to gain doing workouts? Well that depends on your goal and it is all positive.

If you’re working out with weights there are benefits, yes you will gain muscle, heavier weights you will bulk up.  You can also get firmer and toner even leaner with weights.  For the females with that fear of bulk, it’s your weight lift or squat.  In other words how heavy, but before you bulk you will burn so many calories. Oh yeah your nutrition will have to also change for a bulk.

But the gains I’m focused on is all personal.

1. Attitude is positive and if you’re already there then it is enhanced
2. Personal appearance, you give it a little more attention and you should because your inner beauty or handsome good looks begin to exhibit. Now I want to share that inner to outer beauty was always there sometimes being hard on ourselves we don’t always see it. But now you are feeling it and your outer vision on you begin to see a different person.
3. You feel powerful on decisions and with this just may be open to more challenges you once feared.
4. Nutrition will change and once again you feel power and energized- “come on workouts”
5. Interactions with family, friends, co-workers, colleagues totally change. They will be at a loss. It’s okay sometimes a shock is good for a few of them.

So as that scale slowly change or fluctuates just remember all the “WORKOUT GAINS”. I’ve shared only a few but there are so many more.

To a week of workout gains……

How Often To Increase Your Lifting Weight

 

Really, How often? Well to be honest I cannot not answer the question, however I can give a few tips I use .  I’m a Beachbodyondemand lover,  all. To say I have several trainers with awesome workouts by a calendar. The trainers do suggest when its time to increase, do I follow?  Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

I increase my weights according to my strength, if I feel the current weight is not challenging I will increase prior to the trainer recommendation. On the flip if the weight is already challenging well no and no I’m not changing my weights.

Now the question is how do I know if they are not challenging, huh, have you ever lifted if not let me share.  When you’re lifting and on rep 3 or 4 you gotta dig in with a face you hope no one is taking pictures or video taping and by rep 8 you;r a bit shaky but know you can maybe do 2 more reps and that’s MAYBE, the weights are challenging.

If you are able to lift and it feels like air or you can continue to lift on and on without any muscle fatigue. Just stop and  increase the weights but if you like to go through the motion okay.  It’s not really going through the motion because if you continue on and on the muscle will fatigue, the increase in weights cause the muscle to work and fatigue sooner, but with safe measures.

With any weight lifting make it about you, as I do, your goals, your challenge and most of all your safety as I also do. To weeks of weight lifting of fun (you have to enjoy your workout), safety and meeting those fitness goals,  ENJOY.

Pushing Through

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Just a few days ago, I’m not sure what was going on but after my first workout which was with weights I felt fatigued.  Weird as it sounds it was not a normal fatigue like I’m tired  but as if I was fatigued and wanted to do something else.  WHAT the heck ? SOMETHING else, really.  I had to check myself.

I do feel this way if I am fatigue from working out some fierce.  Now I had given my 100 and had increased the weights slightly but the feeling of wanted to do something else.  Hmm maybe I was a bit stressed but this usually pushes me to a GREAT workout.  Was I being lazy? hungry? or just one of those days I didn’t want to do anything.  Not sure but my remedy was to STOP.

I STOPPED, prepared myself a protein drink, read a chapter in my PD book and yep just like that I was rejuvenated.  This does not always work but it did on this day and I kicked my second workout up a notch or two and gave it not 100 but 150.

I’m not sure yet what was going on but being committed to change is so important.  I’ve learned do nothing for change will accomplish a 100 at nothing.  Slow or Fast being committed will get me there.  I reached my goal that day. Pushing Through with no excuses.

To a week of no excuses to your goals.

Workouts With Different Trainers

Every trainer has a different approach to workouts. To many just watching will deter your thoughts.  How so because you might think as I’ve done in the past that it is too much.

Every trainer I’ve worked out with has been GOOD.  Really each one, no kidding, each one.  I know this seems like a lie, but it’s not.  I’ve had trainers at the gym and of course I do now workout a home, love beachbody. I want to clarify NOW as I’ve been confronted for having such a support for beachbody and home workouts.  With my fluctuating schedule and other responsibilities going to the gym was not able to help with my fitness journey as I was able to make it to the gym once maybe twice a week and sometimes not at all.  Home workouts gave me a freedom And I am able to keep my goal and fitness journey in focus.

Returning to “trainers”.  Trainers have a different approach but they all have the same outcome.  The trainer may not be the BEST for you for whatever reason. PLEASE let’s show respect and not BADMOUTH a trainer. Just move on to one that works for you as well as challenge you.

If you don’t have a trainer or feel you don’t need one okay.  Just keep a schedule of your workouts and increase, routines, reps, weights and add another this will prevent the muscles and body from being complacent.

Beachbody has many trainers and for whatever your level of fitness is and with this offer I had to earn instead of running away from a challenging trainer to modify and continue. This is how I’ve learned different approach, yet challenging, satisfying workouts.  I do cry sometimes, and I huff and puff, I fall down also I question the sanity of trainers when I am challenged.  BUT once again they’re ALL GOOD.

 

Learning Not to COMPARE

 

 

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Beginning my workout journey wasn’t easy.  I’d look at other females regardless of age and would compare their results especially if it appeared we were doing the same workouts.
Reality since that time has taught me several things and has kept my journey ongoing even when it seems I am at a plateau.
1. We all have different DNA and body shapes, metabolism in workouts and nutrition differs.
2. Not knowing 100 percent what some one is consuming and how many workouts they are doing
3. The BIGGEST LESSON was, If I. Give 100 percent of each workout results will come. Now on this 100 percent, it can vary. Yes this isn’t a test of grading but giving my all you know there are days in a workout you feel a bit off but if you give your all as I learned that is my 100 for that day, tomorrow may be better and most of the time it is.
4. Being true to myself and applauding my progress as you should will get us to our goals.
5. FOLLOW the process of whatever workout you do, me it’s BEACHBODY and currently I am doing LIIFTFORMATION which is a hybrid of LIIFT4 @joelfreemanfitness and Transformation 20 @shaunt.
6. IGNORE those not on a journey. NOW everyone is not on a fitness journey but could be on a journey to improve certain aspect of their life. I only am saying ignore those not on a journey because they will not understand the struggles and seldom cheer for the accomplishments.
To a week of APPLAUDING, REWARDING OUR PROGRESS and Knowing Comparison is not ALWAYS a good thing.
WE ARE CHAMPIONS