What Ignites YOU on Your Fitness Journey

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There are days I’m not sure if I want to workout  or when/  Now don’t misinterpret I hate working out because I love it, enjoy it; however there are days I just feel a bit lazy for awhile.

When this happens I can only justify for a few minutes because there really isn’t an excuse.  With my streaming programs, the community that is involved I can do a workout in 10-45 minutes if I just want a change for the day because each workout has a calendar.   If you have never had an inspiring, motivational community then you have got to try my community. Beachbody On Demand Homepage: https://www.beachbodyondemand.com?referringRepID=1262129.  It’s a community like no other. ok now on with igniting

Okay I will go onto social media and see the inspiring comments from my previous workouts or view someone else on their workouts or just log onto wp and see inspiring posts from those I follow or and follow me.  Fire is higher when I listen to one of my many pod casts and then I am lit, on fire and ready to prepare for a great workout more so a great workout.  Sometimes we just need a little push.

STOP the Focus- It’s NOT Your AGE

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That’s right, I need you to stop that insanity.  I hear this a lot and I wonder, when will so many stop focusing on what the condition of health was in yester years.  Truth people didn’t live as long, didn’t have the medical knowledge as of today, and just thought it was normal to stop doing certain activities after a certain age.

WE have evolved in the fitness arena so just stop saying if you were younger because you are not but you can still do it. Yes but only if you want to.

It’s NOT Your AGE, it’s you.  All you, no one else but you of course your age too, but your age isn’t stopping you from being active it’s you.  SO now I need you to rephrase that excuse.  How about, “It’s not my age because I’m making changes in my fitness life, slow but change , I will no longer use my age as an excuse. I know there are so many workouts I can do and only a few I’m not able to and some I will be able to at a later date.  It’s NOT MY AGE”

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

I Wronged Myself

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I really did with my pre perception of my current workout- Barre Blend.  I almost  stopped the workout on day one until I was half through and realized I was sweating and breathing hard.  It challenged me with 3 lb weights. Huh what the heck I asked myself is going on.  The next day I felt that workout and the previous days workout in every muscle.

Now I know where my perception went off, “low impact”.  Barre is a low impact workout however it is high intensity and there are way to intensify it further.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know, but now I do.  Will I recommend barre to anyone? No, I recommend it to everyone for a new approach to an intense workout with fun and dance.

 

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Of course I stream my workout, Beachbodyondemand.com, because I need structure a calendar to follow a team I can talk to that is doing the same workout as well accountability. Yes I need it all but I still am stoked as to how I wronged myself.

 

I Gave Myself Permission

 

Have you experience one of those blah days and you need just time to yourself and your schedule isn’t as tight but you feel guilty about not following your routine.  Well this was me just a few days ago.

I felt guilty and yet I just wanted to lounge around.  It took me a few minutes and YES. I stood up shouted my name and gave myself permission to just do NOTHING.  Of course this was not for a long period of times but for a couple of hours and I felt good.

I was very pleased at myself afterwards and my day went GREAT.  My energy and focus were on point, I got a lot accomplished. Will I do this regularly, NO but I now know should I make this decision not to feel guilty.

I encourage you too to give yourself permission to do something you feel guilty about, now make certain it’s legal and not harming you or anyone else.  Enjoy it and feel the reward later. I Gave Myself Permission and now so should you.

 

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.

Did You Do It

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Yes did you do it?  A few days ago there was again a new national day I was introduced to, “Ditch Your Resolution”, really.

Well if you did, I’m encouraging you to reinstate them especially if it is for your health and you had a workout plan and nutrition plan that you feel was useless and not working, again Really.

You must to begin with Believe in yourself  and also Have patience.  There is no sudden miraculous change  in the fitness and nutrition world, well surgery.  Otherwise you have to plan for the journey.  I know I once and sometimes wish for that miraculous change, but I also know it takes input on that wish.

Input the time in workouts.  The gyms are always busy in the beginning of the year, if you can change your time. Find out from the staff the least busy times.  If you cannot do that then you can join me workout at home with so many choices and trainers.  Whatever you do don’t give up on you.  Also don’t make huge challenges in your workout you know you are not prepared for. Start out gradual and then increase the intensity or minutes and your body will tell you when, just again don’t stop.

Nutrition change is a challenge for many so you are not alone but don’t go making drastic changes you know you will not adhere to.  Don’t set yourself up for disappointment, notice disappointment not failure because you are not a failure.  Slow changes again or hey I know of a few nutrition program that are lifestyle changes not temporary but for life and are simple to follow.

Okay with that all said how about reinstating those intentions again, you in? Say yes, nod your head yes, smile not DO IT back to that journey.

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.

Inner STRENGTH

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Inner strength does not, well for me just me pushing myself to one more rep or lifting extra weight.  Inner strength is being strong to walk away from negative people, saying NO instead of yes when I know the topic is not favorable or positive towards my goals or life or harming someone else.

Inner strength to let go of friends you know are toxic  or unsupportive always about them. Am I ranting? No and yes. No because I have realized toxic people have slowed down a few of my life goals.  Now is this their fault, NO. It’s mine because I allowed it. Unsupportive, I know we are all different in many ways and similar in many, but that support is two ways. Yes is supporting you all the times and you never support me hmmm. Yep I have to dig deep and move on. This really can hurt for a few days but that deep breathe of clean air and light weight yeah feels good. This takes great inner strength because LIFE is short and who wants to limit association with friends and family. No one, but if it means clarity and enjoying your life and making goals become a reality ….. you get it. This just take Inner strength. I am still a bit weak in some areas but my strength is growing and I feel better in eliminating.

This applies to and for me. PLEASE do not run about eliminating people from your life.  Evaluate and not just on one incidence.  Communicate, explain your concerns and feelings.  It takes inner strength to do that also because it it’s so easy to shake it off and off and off.

Now, lets flex our INNER STRENGTH