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.

Supporting Others and Neglecting Myself

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Hi there I’m uncertain if I have used the correct title on this blog, not at all.  Simply put I am not neglecting myself by all means but I am neglecting my support.

As I travel and it is travel on my fitness journey, I see how so many of my friends, family, coworkers and just sometimes those occasional associates are so unsupported. Nothing positive, join a challenge group with you? What? This is a foreign or forbidden term, give positive support, are you CRAZY ?.  However I get emails to support their goals, or a challenge, listen to voice messages or texts for support. I have responded willingly because YES I do want the best for you however  I DO NOT value your goals GREATER than mine.

This has pressured my conscious thinking for while and I had to realize I have allowed my goals to be devalued.  Yes I will continue my journey with or without your support and I am hoping you can also do the same without mine.

To those on a fitness journey without the support of those so close and near, look ahead, keep up your pace, you are not alone. To a week of achieving  greatness.

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

The FEAR Of A New Workout

Has there been anyone with this experience whether it be with a new trainer or like me a new workout program.  The unexpected can be so challenging in workouts atleast for me again, I develop a fear.

I know you ask what is the fear, you are on a “fitness, health journey”. Indeed I am but I fear failure.  Yes, I fear if I am going to have to pause my workout program and how many times or if it will such a challenge I may give up.

Well, my new 20 minute workout is a challenge to begin, I knew it would be but WOW, not as much.  For all reading and are roaring with laughter at 20 minutes, STOP.  This trainer works you out and every muscle in 20 minutes you feel as if its been at most an hour.  Honestly the first day I almost quit, yep you heard it.  Today being day 2 I was half way in which was about 10 minutes maybe 9mins 57 seconds.  What the hell, either way I stopped took a deep breath as sweat is pouring, NO.  No, I cannot do it I tried and my inner challenging voice spoke up “Really, here you go again with this bull crap, shake it off  you know tomorrow you are going to be angry for quitting or will that be today”.  Shut up inner go get it me, shut the*&#@ up. This transpired for about 2 minutes on pause and I resumed  because I knew it wasn’t I could not do the workout, though challenging. I feared the Routine, Failure, and just plain FEAR of change.

I got over myself and completed day 2 I have 6 weeks of this workout and I WILL COMPLETE – yes I’m over the fear now…. The Challenge because its not easy.

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.