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.

To Thee I PROMISE

This is my promise to me, on loving myself.

I promise to:

1. Workout a minimum of 6 days a week
2. Drink my water daily 1/2 my body weight even though some days it may be late and I will be up most of the night excreting
3. Run or use the treadmill a minimum of 3 days a week 30 minutes or greater
4. Listen daily to at least one no two (I already listen to darrendaily) podcasts to enhance the greatness I have unleashed in me
5. Motivate, encourage people daily
6. Remove myself from all negative conversation

This is my daily, weekly list and I know my canines and felines would like to be included but their demands are HIGH but I will meet them 50/50 since their list change daily.

To a great week, much love and really what promises would you give to yourself and NO NO this is not a late Resolution for the New Year.

My Foundation on My Fitness Journey

Road of travel

 

How is your foundation? Mine shaky, but before I was able to build a foundation I had to build a platform. WHAT? What? Yes a platform was my outline what I want to achieve on my journey in other words my goals.  Each goal is my foundation and I have built on each.

Each goal on my fitness journey requires different approach and some are the same which I have now named “neighbor goal”.  Prior to this approach I would vision what I wanted to achieve and was making small gains but I would also become so frustrated because it took seem like forever on the small gains and then ….. complete silence.  I’d start again to yeah stop again.  What was going on? I had no platform and no foundation.

Now, that I do and weekly I’m able to look and check on all “staying focus”.  This is my fitness journey and I am willing to climb a few mountains to achieve my goals, just keeping it real y’all.

To a week of GREATNESS on your fitness journey.

Encouraging Others – POSITIVELY

Positive encouragement and motivation is a Must on your fitness journey

YES, let’s encourage others.  I accept all motivation and positive encouragement on my fitness journey.  I am turning my head to negative input.  What? You think it’s rude for me to turn my attention elsewhere or walk away.  You Have got to be kidding, right.

Yes I will walk away or shut completely down in the negative conversation about my fitness journey.  This was a learned behavior for me.  I once would engage and try to explain my journey to the negative talkers and it DRAINED me so much.  I mean it drained my mindset and energy that it as difficult for me to workout or I would just not workout for days.

Yes, I have grown in mindset positively and I encourage you  as I too do, to encourage anyone on their journey in positive words and motivation.  Believe me they are already struggling especially if they are just beginning.

It’s going to be a great day, week, month, year ….. For all on their fitness journey, YOU ARE DOING GREAT.

I Had A Flare on Thursday

Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”.  I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating  a RA flare is coming.  Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar  joint, which can be painful.

It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely.  For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.

Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.

To days of staying focused.

Working Out- How Hard

barbells

My workouts especially like today, I want to stop when the pain in the muscles, not a pain indicating hurt, becomes intense.  I have a silent, brief chat with myself and ask, how much do I want change,  I am measured my goals on a red light or a green light.

It is okay to take a break in a workout but only for a few seconds, to stop NEVER, unless that pain is indicating injury otherwise, “rep it up, run longer, lift longer you get it”.

To a day of success workout and pushing through.

HOW DARE YOU….Miss RUDE

I am uncertain if “how dare you” are the best choice of words or “are you serious”.   I recently ran into an ex co-worker  and we both or I thought was excited to see each other after several years, okay many years.  Our greeting was great and we had a few laughs as we both were on a time schedule and the run in was coincidental.
Everything turned to a low when she said, ” my have you changed I remember when you was so much smaller, but I’d recognize your face anywhere”. I guess the face recognition was good.  I did not share with her before size 2 and 4 I was 20 and now 8 sometimes a 10.  I shared I was so unhealthy, my eating disorder and working out to cancel any calories I consumed. At this point I expected something like, oh my glad you changed that.
But no, deep breath, she said ” you didn’t look unhealthy and you was so much prettier, I think thin is you”. I was stunned and quickly changed the conversation to the weather and soon within seconds ended our conversation.
Now I asked when is thin better than healthy and fit? Am I lost, thin does not make you pretty or does it? Well no,
I will continue on my journey to being healthy and fit and most of all self-love. I still need more toning ; workouts ( weight lifting, cardio, yoga)  and healthy eating is my life style of change because I am still learning.
I WILL NOT return to my previous life of binging to weight out of control nor will I return to a life of eating disorder to be thin to look pretty.
To a week of a healthy and fit YOU.