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.

Did You Know

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Good morning, afternoon, evening, just depends on when you read this post, I want it to be good for you in all aspects of your life.

Did you know, you have the control to stop, start, slow down a fitness program.  I’m saying this because I have heard in the last week so many of my friends, family and coworkers say, “ I really need to get to a regular routine in working out or I just don’t know if I can do it” and “I am not sure how you work this in your day”.

To begin with I want it, my fitness journey and change is I want it.  How bad do you want it. Because I want it I have to put in the time that works best for me to get it, for certain I can’t wish on it and close my eyes to the thought and it happens.  Because I want it I find the time, it may be 3AM, 9AM or 8PM.  If you keep making excuses, you will continue to get the same results.

It’s it too late to begin, NO.  Fitness has no limits on beginning as long as you know your limits, and not overload your self, but for certain you must BEGIN and whatever fitness regimen you’re in you must TRUST THE PROCESS.  Results don’t come after one or two workouts and does not come with a workout once a month or every other month.  There is commitment and consistency, both are required as well as nutrition but that’s anothe blog.

Did you know ….YOU HAVE CONTROL OF THIS, so STOP the excuses and start making plans.  Yes replace your excuses with a plan the outcome will be satisfactory to you. So let’s begin.

My Foundation on My Fitness Journey

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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.

Following The Flow

How good are you at following the great mass of people or will you follow your own path.

Following our own path (which is our goals, and outlook), can and will be different from the mass of people.  Yet, another lesson I had to learn.  I’m again not a spring chicken, but  my energy and goals in MY life has a lot of energy and fuel in the line.  It is so easy to follow the usual especially in my fitness, and just stop.  I would love to, ha ha ha, that’s a HUGE lie. I love working out, lifting weights, high cardio,  running.  My fitness journey😊❤️ .

How about being an exception and just be you. I had to struggle with this phrase in beginning my journey. I still get sneers or someone come and pinch to see how much skin is loose or negative talk. I understand what they don’t and I am on my path. There are so many on the same path as me (another growth).

I am Following the flow that agrees with my fitness goals. What flow are you following? Please ask yourself and evaluate. To the positive flow in your life, MUCH LOVE!!believe

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.

The POWER of “I Can”

Power who does not like it? At some part in our life we like power be it small or large.  But how do we use it? Well some better than others and not always in a positive way, but I am focusing on working out, yes, just fitness.

Fitness and Power, and these are powerful words.  If you are anything like me, I have challenges especially when it comes to well hell all workouts but greater with weights and certain cardio routines.  Once again I am a lover of “beach body” and beachbodyondemand.com  has all my workouts and favorite trainers except my running or biking.  Okay, keeping focus, “fitness and power”, I have told myself several times, “no I cannot do that move or weights, what increase past 10 pounds, this is crazy I need to find another program”. Changing programs did not help because it was the same thing jump, lunge how many times and I’d change again to find another challenge.  I still was saying to myself “I can’t”.

FINALLY I looked at my oversized body at that time and said “you got to get with it and do something because going to the gym once a week and really doing nothing for 2 hours is not cutting it lady”.  I teared up and look at how my body was disappointing me, no that’s wrong, how I’d abused and disappointed my body”. Like a soldier I marched back in the workout room, decided on a program on beachbody and begin my journey and every time I thought of “I can’t”, I changed it to YES I CAN, and I did. It was my mindset. Once I changed my mindset to I CAN, I was a new person, and so my journey begin.  I can not share the number of programs I have completed and repeated and laugh aloud when I remember me wanting to stop a specific routine and not lift weights. Depending on the trainer my weights can go as high as 130 on squats that’s really up from 10. Yep.

I challenge you from this day forward in your fitness to erase, cancel out the phrase , I can’t, become powerful because “ I CAN” is power and you can. I believe in you and me, we got this.

Truth

How true are you with your nutritional intake and workouts ? Come on the truth, really the truth…huh…what? Oh, I got it not sharing.  This was me once I did not want to accept that increase on the scale did not come from the prior evening of indulgence. I also had to accept that one day of week of workouts because I hit the gym hard was not going to balance the increase in weight.

Of course don’t forget the scale is not the only way to measure victories, but to the TRUTH.

ONE day of INDULGENCE did NOT tip the scale to 20 pounds of weight gained, nor will ONE HARD day of WORKOUT counter balance the 20 pounds gained. It takes commitment and consistency in workouts.

Commit to your workout program or regimen then be consistent, through my experiences on my fitness journey 21 days or more so 28 days of consistency will begin a great fitness relationship with your body and mind.  Nutrition can be taxing, for me I had to slowly remove or decrease certain foods. Do remember 85/15, 85  percent healthy and 15 percent indulgence (not to be daily).

To a week of recognizing your lies and changing them to TRUTH