Do Not Compare – Spare the Despair

1+3+4=8    2+2+2+2=8   4+4=8  etc…….

There are a few ways in addition to get to the sum of 8.  Just as each number adds us so does each day we put into our workouts.   As long as we, (I say we because I have to remind myself of this) are putting our all into workouts and nutrition is on point we will see results.

It is easy  sometimes to look at how another individual is achieving their goals faster and maybe using heavier weights, or more reps and wow looking so fit.  This can be motivation for some and for others upsetting.  I tell you, to just doing your best and results will come.  Do not COMPARE, as there are many ways to get to 8, the outcome , you and I will achieve our goals .  I believe in me so I  want you to believe in you.

SPARE the DESPAIR

Eating Healthy Without Results

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I have heard every trainer state it is what you eat with your workout that brings results. have to agree, it is what you eat, however did you know consuming healthy foods can hinder your fitness progress.  Well I did and did not.  I know healthy foods, and thought my intake was on point, I was WRONG.

It is consuming the correct foods and the portion. I love portion control in Beachbody workouts. It does require calculation for caloric intake. But man oh man, with the portion control you have so much to consume. Honestly there are days I am unable to consume the food.  What’s even more so is it all is what I was already eating, I just needed to tweak amounts and time.

My question to you, and to any one experiencing as I have results slow or not seen, look at your intake.  Or if you have an eating disorder or had one which may slow your fitness results “Portion Control” just maybe for you.

 

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Components of Weight Loss

Are you frustrated as I once was, because I was exercising and not seeing the results I wanted especially with the time I was spending on workouts.

  1. To begin with I was actually wasting a lot of non productive time in the gym, going at the wrong time waiting on machine.  Now that I have discovered well recommend by a friend Beachbodyondemand.  I can workout at home with a trainer on my schedule without  a wait.
  2. Having the satisfaction of working out at home was and is great. i was choosing which workout I wanted to do.  This showed little results.  There is a scheduled program with each workout and there is a reason for this, to make certain each muscle is worked to a proven RESULTS. Another lesson I learned, “follow the program”.
  3. Hydration, it is necessary to drink adequate fluids, your body(muscles, organs, tissues require hydration).
  4. Nutrition, are you overeating or undereating? Eating less food in the beginning will assist with weight loss or fitness journey.  However, for long-term this is a NO.  The body  will go into starvation mode.  What happens, you fatigue easily, you crave unhealthy nutrition that can and will  hinder your progress.  You know, again with each of the programs on Beachbody there is a nutrition plan.  Okay the plan is not generalized it is actually detailed to your weight and activity and the amounts of specific foods required to see results of a specific program.  I was so surprised to learn I consumed foods though healthy was more than and some less than I needed. Wow thank you BeachBody.  I cannot get this at a gym, not that I am aware of.
  5. Sleep, regardless of how busy our days are to see results adequate sleep is necessary. I had to actually time out my days with a calendar.  Yes there are days I get 4 maybe 5 hours of sleep, but they are few.

Consider your lifestyle, are you using the components necessary to achieve success on your fit journey? If not it is NEVER too late to begin.

I salute you to success and if not a beachbody user, give it a try BEACHBODYONDEMAND

 

PATIENCE On the Journey

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The journey to fitness is not an overnight goal.  As Autumn Calabrese says in her            “80 DAY OBSESSION”, “If progress and goals were attained in one day then it would be “1 Day Obsession”.

It is upsetting when we look in the mirror and do not see the progress we are working so hard to achieve.  I lose it at times,  questions pop up, how long?, when? oh is this just a waste?

Well I have to remind myself as I so encourage you to do the same. How long did I allow myself to get in the condition I am and how long have I actually put into the change I am aiming for?

When did I begin the journey  and when was the last time I actually  measured,observed my progress.

Is this a waste of time? Okay look at the progress, all of it. I know it takes patience, and sometimes a lot of patience.  Also it is necessary not to measure or compare to others. Every time I do this I see a greater progression in someone else and want to be where they are today.  However I do not know their journey, nor do I know how their body’s response to certain workouts.

Some of us have a slow response, others mediocre response and some so fast.  Either way it is necessary with the slightest response to appreciate it, STAY FOCUS, stop the toe tapping, and BE PATIENT

The Scale – Friend or FOE

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How are you rating your fitness progress? Is it the scale and you are frustrated because the scale is not moving or is moving forward?, say what.

The scale can be your FOE if you have not weighted the components of your progression.

  1.  Are you lifting weights,  a new addition to your workout, if so expect that scale to increase a bit, especially if there remains a few pounds of fat to burn. This was a lesson it took me awhile to learn.
  2. How do you feel? Yes there may be a way to go on your journey, but really how do you feel? Energy improved, confidence improved, how about your stand and sitting? I bet your posture is so improved even you have not noticed.  When I noticed I  was sitting taller in my usual seats, I thought the seats were lowered or changed.
  3. Are your clothes fitting a bit loose than normal, even if it is 1/4″ looser this is progress.
  4. How about those cravings? Decreased or just gone? As your fitness journey continue you will note there are many changes you do not have to put an effort to your body and mind will respond different.  Especially to foods.
  5. Your sleep and focus on life will change, did you not see this?

There are so many components in the journey to a health and fitness. I am still learning and the scale is a small picture, because these are progress  the scale just does not measure only you and I can measure. With knowledge of the components of fitness we can make the scale a friendly.

A few squats, lunges, push ups I salute to you on your journey to fitness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Workouts

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Yes, yes and yes.  I have RA but I  do not allow it to prevent me from working out.

There are days I am good and go full speed with any Beachbody  workout.  I currently am with Autumn Calabrese- 80 Day Obsession.  There are days however I have to modify the modifier’s move.

No excuses.  Doing push ups, whether it is a flaring RA day  or not able to do a push up and with the desire, shoulder or hand discomfort I recommend push up supports.  There are different sizes and handles make a different.  I love Tony Horton (Beachbody.com) stands.  The knuckles works also, I love the stands.

RA in the knees, doing squats, push that butt back further do not squat as far but do squat. Jumping jacks I am good but this right knee sometimes kick back, so I step out side to side.

If you are committed as I am, not to say some days the RA pain can cause a delay in the work out, but I do get it done.  However I do not recommend pushing pain to discomfort. I do recommend knowing your limits, when to push pause on a workout if you are a Beachbody on demand subscriber, or any workout on media. At the gym take a break walk around to keep the body warm,

Be safe with RA, but no excuses.

Negative Environment and Achievement

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Establishing a goal especially if it involves a fitness program can bring out the negativity in your close friends.  Maybe you do not have these type of friends or maybe it is just that one.  I do have a few friends that are sarcastic negative.

“How long are you going to do this?”   “At your age you should just be happy”  “How are you going to do this and work?” “I really think fitness is overrated” .  “Look like your progress is slow” and so many more.

I hear the negativity and I feel the hurt of not being supported.  Should I drop my friends? Of course not, I limit my time and my discussions on my goals, actually I really do not respond.

How do I move forward?, I find a positive support group or groups.  I stay committed to me.

Whatever your goal is ,distance yourself from the negativity, get in a group of people with positive vibes, with goals similar are identical to yours, one that motivates you even on a bad day.

Good bye NEGATIVITY