My Beginning, Resumption,Continuation is MINE

I know these words seem harsh and confusing but let me explain as this all has to do with my focus on my health, life journey.

There are times I may incorporate a healthy habit into my life or food or sometime omitting an unhealthy behavior or food from my life.  It is a new beginning for me and it is about ME.  I love and welcome all positive motivation words of encouragement.  I erase and yes sometimes rudely reject the negative response, “why now, after years of eating the food or habit why change, at your age will that help and so on”. It’s MY beginning, another chapter of improvement in my life. Maybe I missed something but is there an age limit to empower your life or health?, uh no.

If I stop a behavior for a short time such as early AM workout to mid morning or later, don’t tell me I really should reconsider.  Why ? There are days I may require longer hours of sleep but 7-8 works and just daydreaming of a workout will not assist me to my goals, yep ACTION is required. Yes I will resume without your permission friend, (I think you are my friend)

I will continue on my journey of transition which includes workouts, eating healthy 85/15, drinking water in amounts of satisfaction and whatever is necessary to improve ME. All of this is Mine. I respectfully accept all my friends not wanting to improve their life and health  just don’t share your excuses and negativity with me PLEASE, as I applaud all my friends on their journey for life and health changes.

Change is awesome and I really believe we are all awesome, just need to shake off a few things. To your beginning, resumption and continuation …..Much love.

 

It Has To Be FUN

 

I am rolling over, hesitating  to rise and then I remember, to give Thanks and praise, morning chores and then my chore. Of course my chore is not really a chore it is FUN.

What the heck am I speaking of ? FUN , my workouts they are FUN.  Wow I have said that enough.  But really if you are working out one, two, three, times or more a week at home with your trainer on my loved BOD or at the gym, maybe with friends it should be fun. If your workouts are unfilling, and not FUN, (there goes that word again), you need to change.  Having fun and challenging yourself keeps you motivated well it does me and make me feel guilty when I am trying to skip a workout or just not giving 100 in my workout.  The Fun and joy of seeing and feeling my results is so awesome.

If your workouts are not FUN, then it’s time to rethink. Oh challenging yourself, swearing during your workouts and sweating does not mean it’s not fun it means you have a goal and you are pushing through.  Boring is not fun just clarifying.

To a year end and year beginning of FUN workouts.

The Last Time – REMEMBER

I have days as today when I am so undecided, what to eat, (even though I have meal prepped), should I workout out by my calendar or do my own work out, should I, should I.  So many should I, I am not always indecisive but, then some days I am so indecisive I have to remember who the hell I am.

Okay back to “the last time”.  In my indecisiveness I now reflect on past decisions.  Remember the outcome, was you satisfied with that awful decision and how far did it set you back and on a few and I mean few I can say I made gains.

See for me, my indecisiveness usually is because I am lazy and want to do something else such as not working out by a set calendar that will show physical gains sometimes slow bu the gains are positive or delaying a chore that needs attention and the delay is time-consuming or eating too much or not enough and the awful outcome of either is not satisfying.

Today I ask you if you are hesitating to make a reoccurring decision, REMEMBER  the last time and the outcome.  To all Champions and you are one REMEMBER and make the BEST decision.

Thin vs Fit….. the time

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Being thin is to many an ultimate goal. Small, Xsmall and sometimes XXS. If this is a natural for you I applaud you and by the way, there is nothing wrong with being small.  But being FIT is so much of a better choice.

Let’s compare those not small by nature and not by fitness.  You eat  you purge you repeat.  This action requires time planning because you know you want to purge when no one is around and if you wait too long it takes longer.  I know because this is a road I have traveled. Moving along, abuse of laxatives, be careful because everyone is not in love with the fragrance of your bowel excretions, timing is important. Hmm.  The liquid diet mainly water, you will get light-headed, your blood pressure will drop, you’re cold and if not careful pass out.  These are just of a few time, unhealthy actions to be thin and they are all time-consuming .  Moving along.

Being fit, you eat, meal prep, snack and you do enjoy holidays and celebrations.  You workout, you excrete, expel without shame (most of the time).  Your energy level to the 100th, you have healthy toned body or in the progress of getting there (that’s me, still on my journey).

Okay the time to be healthy and fit is so much less than these unhealthy actions to be unhealthy thin.  Is it time for a change, just asking.

To a life of FIT, much love.

How Deep Must I Dig

Actually, this has nothing to do with the size or shape of shovels, neither does it relate to the depth, but it relates to how deep me, you and others dig when it comes to our goals.
Using a shovel, the strength and endurance to complete a task depends on each individual.  Is it easier to stop when fatigue and wait till later, which can be minutes, hours or days and then we are back to the beginning.  The shovels are just a metaphor to me and hopefully to you to dig deeper.

Sometimes that last push, last rep, maybe the  last shovel is all we need to see results.

As I push through my days of fitness, I am noting that extra second, minute or rep has made a difference in my progress.  I also notice in my life goals  I must dig deeper when I hit that fake wall.  It is fake wall because it is a way to be broken down, in,  off  whatever is necessary to remove for the goal of success.

This week I challenge You and Myself to let’s dig deeper to our goals and results are certainly to be seen

Working Out- How Hard

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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.

Following The Concept of I Can

Is this a real concept, well as I ask myself on a daily basis are you sure?  Then I think only for a second and  recite out loud Yes and again Yes I can.

When I have a thought to challenge myself whether it is in my workout or in my  daily life. I vision a goal and think is this real? can I do it?  Of, course I can and through fails I had to include two other questions  in following the concept of “I can”

  1.  How bad do I really want it, not as a dream but really want it.  Knowing that I can is good, but knowing the meaning of the thought/dream and if I really want it.  I know I said this but again through error I have learned you must really want it.
  2. Now that I know I really want it, am I willing to commit to the time, possible temporary life change and sacrifices to achieve my ” I can”.

So important, following “I can”, the concept is real but I as you must look at these two components which are not limited to workout but daily goals and turning dreams, thoughts to reality.

To a powerful week of I can and much success….

 

A Workout Calendar- How It Helps …ME

My health journey includes nutrition, workouts, sleep, self-care and a few other factors to make the journey complete.

My workouts are essential part of my journey and it took me a minute or two to find our what really works and the decision I made.

I would go to the gym and workout. First I would warmup on a treadmill, eliptical, or whatever was available to get my cardio flowing waking up my endorphins. I would then go to again whatever weight machine was available and if I had to wait I walked about fiddling with a few machines I had no interest in because I did not know the benefits to me (my fault for not asking).

I am not sure if I shared with anyone I am a Beachbody lover with all the trainers and over 700 workouts. It took me a minute to get focused. I would work out like I wanted to not following any schedule and I never pushed my self and tell me, “why the heck I was angry when I saw very little results?”. It was not Beachbody’s trainers surely not and so many people was raving about their results including a few of my associates. I was pissed, yes I enjoyed working out at home, no wait but I needed to see some type of results an inch, a pound, just something.

Okay I thought let’s look at this again before you give up. I am so happy I did. Each trainer has a workout calendar, with specific workouts. The workouts will alert you to challenge yourself but not to break form because of the risk of injury, if unable to complete the challenge ( weight increase, do not modify or limit use od modifying) return to your comfort just don’t stay.

Following the calendar as well as making time on my calendar for my workouts has helped me stay focused, increased my cardio, weights beyond my once ever believe as moves I would never consider. I was able to eliminate limited time or no time by scheduling time on my calendar.

The Power of the calendar ……… Plan, schedule… to a great workout week and a healthier you.

High Energy Days Frighten Me

Working out has great benefits, but those days when my energy level is soaring and working out does not fatigue me I am at a lost.  On these days I complete so much, so why am I frightened?  It’s the bedtime seriously when this happens I may sleep only 2-3 hours not good. Adequate sleep is a necessary component in workouts, allowing the muscle to relax and your body to respond  to your workout- weight loss or and inches loss otherwise results can be disappointing.  I fear these days because my next workout will suffer, I do not like going through the motion of a workout  50 percent Nah not good.

I am not sure if anyone else experience this, if so share how you handle your high energy days.  To a healthier you.