Preparing For My Workouts

 

Once again here I am sharing my fitness journey, I love to because really it is not easy as a 1, 2, 3.  I have to prepare.  I have to mentally tell my self WHY I am on the journey, which sometimes require a few minutes of meditation.  The meditation helps me to prepare my mind and body, to calm down to temporarily remove thoughts of the what needs to be done later,  and concerns of others …. I have to focus on myself .

I focus on my strength and power within to give my all or as I usually say my  100 through the entire workout.  Just a reminder my 100 varies it can be be an 80 but for that day it is a 100 because that is what’s in the tank .

My favorite “JUMP TO IT JUICE”, which I drink 20- 30 prior to my workouts on 80% of my workouts propels me to higher levels of energy.

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I’m sure there are a few things I may add to my preparation, but these are the tops and they work for me.

To a week of productive and awesome workouts also to filling your 100.

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

My Reasons for Combining Caridio and Weights

My fitness journey like so many has ups and down but there is one thing I know for certain it is necessary for me to combine my workouts with cardio and weights.

It took me awhile to like  weights, what got me interested?  There are a several reasons :
1. With my history of eating disorder it has assisted (not solely) in increasing my metabolism.
2. Weights has assisted me in giving shape to legs, arms and (in the works) lift that butt and the boobs.
3. I feel stronger also.
Now for the cardio- endurance, fat burning but so are weights, toning and leaning out muscles. By the way it took me a minute to realize with continuous weight training and no cardio, my muscles become define and contracted that it shorten my stretching another reason to combine the both.

All of my reasons for the combination which I am certain I have left out a few, these are my REASONS and may or may not apply to anyone else.

To a week of workouts, choose what works best for you and go get it.

My Early AM Workout VSA Later Workout

My workout time varies and I am noticing a different in my energy after specific times.

My early AM workouts after I have completed my duties to the canines and felines of the house as I have recently found out they are the Royalty, me just their servant.  Anyways after and I get my workout on my adrenaline flow is high and I am feeling Great, my focus is higher and I really do accomplish more in less time.

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On those days, which are few but they remain, I drag about pondering on things mostly what I can’t change immediately it takes a minute or two to get my mindset into workout mode.  Once my mind is there I have noticed I don’t have the same level of energy after even though I have given my 100 in the workout.  I am really trying to figure this one out as well as make less time on pondering.

To a week of workouts regardless of when.

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

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.

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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”

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Fighting the Uh-Huh, I Thought So

Getting my fight on is not physical but mental and well yes it is physical in my mind.  When I accomplish a goal and I remember the many  whispers or spoken out I thought so looking or waiting for a quit or stop.

There are times, of many not just myself but you and so many others experience the why, is this good for you,  no stop while you are ahead, don’t do it, or I wouldn’t be able to do it, or the giant. Uh-huh I thought so, which comes after you stop towards a goal or slow down to revise a goal due to a hiccup so you can achieve your goal.

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On my fitness journey I have heard so many positive encouragements, but every now and then those negatives will stand out when we hit a plateau or need to revise our daily lives.  I know ignore the negatives and trust me they shout out loud but believe they are fewer than we think it’s just the noise. The noise makes my fight stronger, toward my goals.

This is my fitness and health journey, yes this time is about, who, huh, yep IT’S ABOUT ME.  If I slow down, don’t cheer me on with “I thought so”, I ‘m about to shut you up because I am revising a stronger plan to follow. Please back up, I don’t want your consolation, I’m not out of gas, I am refueling with a larger tank. That’s okay you did not see it because  again It’s about me.

Long pause,  join me in mind thought, progression, goal setting and achievements, let’s turn the side line of Uh huh I thought so, to YEAH YOU’RE A CHAMPION I KNEW IT.   Maybe they too will remember and begin a new positive goal in their life.

To a week of ACHIEVEMENTS

My Workouts Can Make Me CRAZY

Yes, crazy not because they are too hard it’s the adjustment.  I have rheumatoid arthritis and have since childhood and some days I have to think fast to modify.  My workouts all have modifier which maybe too easy for me (I like to get the most out of my workouts).  I do then have to either adjust an extremity to not cause injury.  An example is a lunge, but of course there is not just one.  I have to decide how far I will be able to extend the leg or bend the knee and sometimes this is not always easy.  NO I will not just stop, I will adjust.
Another challenge I sometimes have are push ups, some days it’s a knee push-up, but when it’s that one knee and the thumb of one hand I was lost until I researched and there is another solution.  I have to position my body the correct distance from the wall and do wall push ups and Yes you feel the workout.
So, yes this makes me crazy because I am not happy with going through the motion of a workout feeling as if I have not worked out. Now on the flip of this after I adjust through either a few reps and sometimes few sets my extremity warms up and I am full into the workout which is usually the last set.
I do sometimes think how would I feel if I’d stop and wait another day, well, nah just a thought. I know my body and mind if I accept one excuse I will continue to make another and another then I’m full of excuses and anger for making and accepting the excused them I’m even more crazy.
Yes, my workouts make me crazy to resolve and adjustment to warm up a joint, but NEVER do I have the desire to STOP.
My advice to anyone who wants to stop with an ache (not to cause injury) ADJUST dont’t STOP.
To a week of Greatness in your workouts, you’re the best.