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

Is it Fatigue or Lazy

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Is there a difference?, absolutely. Fatigue as I am sometimes, so tired that 5 minutes seems like 25 minutes  when I close my eyes and I am not able to focus without batting my eyes seems like 40 times. Laziness is when any excuse to sit and avoid what I should be doing.

I know this is confusing, what does laziness and fatigue have to do with an exercise regimen?, EVERYTHING. Laziness you lose focus and if the habit continues you become complacent and poof there goes your regimen.  My regimen of focus is workout, but this applies to any and all goals.

Fatigue, you rest and do whatever it takes to stay focus, total alignment with your goals.

I am guilty in the last month as to siting “fatigue”, of course I was one day a week, but I used it instead of “laziness”. I was lazy and lost focus.  Of course I worked out, but not putting in a 10, I gave it a 3 maybe.

Guilty and I just stopped and realized I did not like what I saw in the mirror (again) and how frustrated small things made me. I am one week back on track and love it.

Are you really fatigued or is it laziness, it is not too late to make that decision and make that change, you’re gonna love it.

The Book of ME

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Yes there is a book of ME, a book of YOU too. I have, as of today begin to look at myself as a book.  My cover the outer me as I am transforming does not define me ( for those that get it twisted).  My inner is transforming daily with my workout and each day is  a new chapter bringing brilliance and joy to my Transformation (which is my volume ’till December 31).  Each day gets better.

Today I had a super great workout, 2 miles on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the elliptical, weights with a Beachbody giant ( well he is really buffed) Sagi Kalev- Bulk Chest and great ab workout with Shaun T- Cize, Crazy 8 Abs.

Working out at home has so many benefits for me and most of all I no longer have an excuse. Of course working out is only a fraction of being healthy and fit- as  a reminder I, we need hydration, sleep, and the nutrition.  I am still as stated many times trying to stay 80/20 in healthy eating but I am honestly at 75/25 -transforming.

To a great workout week, healthy eating and transformation,

The Travel To Health and Fitness

I am traveling on a  journey  to HEALTH and FITNESS. Having experienced years of an eating disorder I now just aim to be be FIT.

In my journey I had to cross the bridge to being healthy and fit.  I have experienced a weight that took me to size 18, I binged and binged and used any excuse for my binge except that I was over eating.

I then rushed to the other side disregarding “healthy”, I  went from an 18 to a 2 and then 4. How I  went days without anything and when I ate I headed to the bathroom did not want any thing in my stomach or the medicine draw for laxative and sometimes I workout out.  You think workout was good and it is if you are not trying to burn up twice the few calories you have taken in.

I vow not to be thin but to be healthy fit.  I now ignore the STOP sign to deter me from daily workout using specific programs, (thank you BeachBody). I do adhere to the yield sign indicating I need to use portion control on some of my favorite foods.  I respect the green light that tells me to stay focus on my goals.

The bridge of my journey to health and fitness does not allow for U turns, (discard all eating disorder habits). Every thing in proportion nutrition, workouts, positive thoughts, hydration, and sleep ……Yes this journey is still on for me.