It’ Easy To Mimic- It’s Better To Be You

I have to be honest, I love streaming my workouts and YES I’m 95% Beachbody the other well that’s 3 % using a few YouTube workouts mostly boxing, the other 2% is me doing lunges, squats, treadmill, or spinning .

What I had to learn is regardless how others may rave about a workout program it just may not be the one for me. There has been a few streamed workouts I followed just because I was following the crowd, however I wasn’t impressed or having fun.


Most of all and so important if you’re not having fun and excited about the next workout regardless of the sore muscles, then it’s probably time to rethink it. Being impressed with workouts are important because for me it’s the challenge. But agin it has to be fun.


Okay back to following the crowd. I felt guilty quitting you know not like a complete failure but I did feel I’d failed who? Yeah you guessed it. I’d not failed myself or others I was failing to accept this program is not for me.

This is when I became aware if I love the program the benefits or so fulfilling. Now fulfilling just isn’t the scale victories. Remember the non scale victories are greater. The energy, the mindset, the inches, that joy oh this list is longer but I will stop here. When you enjoy your workouts you become dedicated. Now remember I am a Beachbody streamer so not all programs are for me and gosh it’s not the trainer, because all the trainers are AWESOME. Sometimes it’s the program so I’m erasing my feelings of guilt and if you’re with a streaming workout program and not satisfied as well as feeling guilty if you quit. STOP, it’s okay to switch just don’t stop working out and oh don’t jump to anything easy. Just do you. You’re BETTER when you do you.

Are You Guilty Too?

How many times during a workout have you underestimated your strength just because you’ve become complacent. Well this was me last eve. I under estimated my capability in my workout. First to acknowledge I workout at home. This is the only way I’d be able to workout at least 4-6 days a week otherwise I would be at one. How do I know because I’ve been there. One thing I had to learn was how to eliminate excuses in my fitness journey and still I’m adjusting. So glad I was introduced to beachbody, the benefits, the nutritional meal plans (there is more than the delicious nutritional shakes).
I usually what I call pre stage my workouts. In other words set the stage for the workout. I decided in “Back & Biceps” workout I would use 10,15,20 & 30 lb dumbbells. I knew I can always do a drop set. Not familiar with the term, well that’s when you start heavy for so many reps and if you lose form (without the correct form you just going through the motion), you decrease the weights and continue. Occasionally I have increased instead of decreasing.

This is my pre workout stage. Oh yeah I used the 10 lbs only once and in my rows I replaced the 30 lbs with……..

Yes 40 lbs. So stop second guessing your strength, you’re stronger in strength lifting than you think. You Got This

That Darn Comfort Food

I am guilty, I admit it I really over indulged and that was a few days ago. It has taken me a few days to get that me feeling back. I’m usually for tossing out, leaving behind food or just don’t eat the foods I know will drain my energy. Knowing my body I am so aware what foods and how much of it will put a strain on my energy and that’s not just for workouts. My thoughts are a bit sluggish and I’m just, well, “lazy”. Lazy isn’t all I feel bloated and I will have a lot of flatulence.


What I’ve learned is not to punish myself too much. I increase my water intake more than normal. I’m good for 64 to 80 ounces on most days so yes I increase that. I resume my normal nutrition. What I don’t do which works but that balance in life is still off, is starve myself for several days. Without any nutrition I’m still in that zombie mode, lazy, slow at responding, tired, sleepy and that list can be extended but I’ll stop here. Punishing yourself for over indulgence can and will be hard on the body and mind. Just resume your normal.

With that said if you’re indulging every day then there is a problem. Easy way to resolve it is find out your why, then tackle it like a touchdown, home run, 3 point basket goal.

No punishment, because sometimes we just have to enjoy a bit of comfort food. Let’s agree no extended indulgence (unless it’s vacation should you take one) and that should be moderate indulgence.

I Know, I Am Who I Am and You are You

Yes I am. I have listened to concerns in the first week of 2021 about individuals starting to implement change to look or similar appearance of someone else. Now I know we all sometimes look at another and silently or loudly if you know them complement them on a look. BUT I NEED you guys to listen to me…………….

We all have similarities but we are all different. No you cannot look like that person if you’re not changing habits, thoughts and many times the people who you accompany yourself with that have total contradictory views on your goals, in other words negative. What takes someone 2 months to change may take you a week or six months are you willing to stick with your program or goal until then. Perhaps their metabolism is different or their life style, the stress, the routine so many variables. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop it.

You are who you are. Be realistic know your weakness and strengths in working toward your “committed change”. Uh huh you have to be committed and know YOU. The change in my workouts are all on my strengths and weakness I gravitate to my strengths first because they are so easy to increase the momentum for change. I adjust my weakness slowly so they can become my strengths (we need a cross over). I have learned and if you are different, halleluiah, if I move to rapidly in changing my weakness I slow down and it happens. Yes, those weakness will remain my weakness until I do that gradual change. Okay gradual may not be for you but know how fast you can go and again stay committed.

Just as I want to make change in my fitness journey, lifestyle with ongoing noticeable, positive change well I’d like you too as well. And if it’s not the fitness journey whatever journey you are making a change in I’m cheering you on. GOOOOOOOO

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.

Who Told You That and WHAT

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I can only think as I share my journey with many of all ages and hear these sayings. “WHAT”.  Okay a list and I’m not sure if these are to deter me, mock me or if people believe it.

1. Is this workout appropriate for your age? Is there an age limit to workouts, if you can do it well do it.
2. What’s your reason, I don’t understand. My workout reason is that I enjoy it, the way I feel in so many ways and YOU don’t need to understand my why for my fitness, however if you’d like to join me to experience the joy, fun and change I am, well come on over Let’s Do This.
3. Are you afraid of injury, I thought you had RA. Yes, I do have RA and if I’m not flaring I’m good and if I am I just adjust the move, weight or whatever is necessary for me to complete the workout. Yes, I’m afraid, afraid I will become lazy, unhealthy and let others decide MY designation in MY fitness journey.
4. I was told that after a certain age blah blah blah. Really and no one ever told you to encourage others, or not to place limitations on your self, maybe someone said your age should not define your capability or stop your growth in every possible area of your life and that does include fitness.

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I encourage ANYONE that wants to begin a fitness regimen PLEASE do so. You are denying yourself if you listen to the whispers that say no, you can’t, or don’t.
It’s time to drown out the whispers and become You for YOU. Do IT

Accept ME Accept YOU

Reflecting on my fitness journey and the struggles I  had at the beginning and how many times I begin and stopped.  Really the the number is, I don’t know but I can say it was greater than 20.  Yes that many and why? It took me a long while to understand me and why I would stop.  The BIGGEST reason and it was only one, the others were just excuses to satisfy myself.

The BIGGEST REASON, I was not accepting me for me for the now.  I was not happy with myself, how I look and how I felt  and just kept thinking I don’t like me.  I was not accepting myself for where I was and the person I was at that time.  When I begin to accept me just as I was and looking at myself loving me for me just as I was but willing to adjust  you know begin tweaking me.  Yes, accepting myself I was able to see what changes I wanted to do and those I could implement immediately, plans, writing it down, staying focus. I had to accept the current me to grow into the me I wanted to be.

But this applies to not just fitness journey, it applies to any journey.  So today if you’re wanting change and keep stopping to start over again, I ask you to STOP the stopping.  I want you to ACCEPT YOU just as you are right now, love you. Now the changes you want, the goals, write them down, and every day evaluate, tweak but continue to ACCEPT YOU and keep moving toward those goals.

Tweaking the Greatness Within

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If you didn’t know I’m here to tell you, YOU ARE GREAT.  Did you hear that or should I shout it again? Okay YOU ARE GREAT.

That is something I need to share because you are and it is good to hear it from someone else but okay to acknowledge it to yourself for you.  I once thought and was raised to believe you allow others to tell you you’re good, great you should not do this yourself.  This is such a a cow field and acres of yeah you know.  Waiting on someone else to admit your greatness may take a life time, maybe not that long but years.

How does greatness within relate to a workout well it does and I will explain.  There are so many people thinking working out will improve the person they are for the wrong reason.  Workouts will improve your physical appearance and your mindset about your appearance, improve confidence and make you feel like you own it (it is whatever your journey in life is).

NOW, did you know your physical appearance is already great whether you need to lose 5, 10, 40 or 100 pounds.  You just need to tweak it to get it to your desired healthy weight or size.  However know if you are working out the size change may come before the weight change.  The non-scale victory always show up first.

Tweak your workouts and nutrition will make a difference in your physique BUT I need to tell you THAT GREATNESS has always been there. Yes your mindset of positive, the confidence has been there you just had it locked in or only allowed it to flow slowly. SO yes tweaking is necessary.  Just as we tweak our wordings when writing, talking, our clothes, hairstyles, makeup, shave  don’t forget how GREAT you are.

To a new decade of GREATNESS.

Is Your Weight Loss Healthy

Is it, I know all weight loss should be considered a great move, BUT all weight loss is not healthy. This sounds confusing but don’t read into it and don’t think I’m trying to confuse you. NOWAY.

I have a few friends 👬 on weight loss journey and feel they are doing good and they are. Their concerns is not their workouts but their nutrition because they are not sure if their current nutrition will be forever.  First changing your mindset in nutrition is a plus x 20. This takes discipline and a lot of it.  However if your change is a FAD hmmm, probably needs to be evaluated.

A change in nutrition should be a lifestyle change one you are getting  adequate nutrition to sustain your body’s requirements and will be able to follow for the rest of your life.  Temporary change does not assist in a healthy you, its like placing a board on a hole in the road. You want to be lose fat, build muscle be it lean or bulky, also know everyone lose and build at a different rate. I should know because there are months my change is slower than a snail or a turtle.

As mentioned in previous blogs find the change that works for and with you, because an unhealthy weight loss can be as damaging to the body as overeating.

To a journey of healthy weight loss- STRONG and HEALTHY is the new Skinny.

COMPARISON Can Affect YOUR Goal

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This exactly when we compare too much.  Okay I’m not saying not to compare at all, because it is human, but we must know the limits and exactly when to STOP.

Working out is challenging enough but when we as I have to call myself out so many times look at others and their results from workout and see a greater response and wonder…. “why am I not seeing these results” or “why is it taking me longer and I’m seeing slower results”  and so many more thoughts of comparison.

First we are all different in DNA, genetics.  There are so many reasons but comparing  in a negative way will cause FAILURE how?, because there is that possibility you just may give up. PLEASE don’t. Stay focused being the best of you in your workouts, your nutrition KEEP IT POSITIVE.

Now that Ive said that how do I know, well this was all me. Comparing looking at others results wondering when I would notice change, forgetting about the non scale victories and the small changes ( that are adding up).

Be a WINNER , compare things that don’t affect your goals such as nail polish, tools, dress colors, drills but stay focus.  WINNING the SELF GOALS …. we got this