My Monday Workout “Upbeat Strength”

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This workout is one of many of this amazing program I’m currently doing. “Morning Meltdown 100”, which means 100 workouts.  Upbeat strength required light, medium weights so I decided on 10’s and 20’s.  Okay this workout is slow, then fast , and there are combined workout and normally 20’s combined (40) is medium weight but we are working out to music and the beat gets you moving but it is not the same.  These 20’s felt like 50 lbs and I had to switch out.

There are so many trainers and as I’ve said in previous blogs, they are all good  you just have to find the one that works best for you.  I’m also learning you must also have patience and believe in the trainer.  Morning Meltdown is a different approach to the usual lifting and cardio even with lighter weights you work up a sweat and muscles are worked, I’m huffing and puffing and no I can’t blow anything down because I’m just trying to make to the end.

So Upbeat strength gave me the notion of being strong mentally and physically because I had to dig deep and not stop.  I encourage myself just one more rep then two and then that set is over. Strength in weights and mind, we are able to accomplish a little more in workouts and in life if we are Patient, Believe, and KNOW –WE CAN ACHIEVE.

To a week of upbeating your workout and your life.

Workouts With Different Trainers

Every trainer has a different approach to workouts. To many just watching will deter your thoughts.  How so because you might think as I’ve done in the past that it is too much.

Every trainer I’ve worked out with has been GOOD.  Really each one, no kidding, each one.  I know this seems like a lie, but it’s not.  I’ve had trainers at the gym and of course I do now workout a home, love beachbody. I want to clarify NOW as I’ve been confronted for having such a support for beachbody and home workouts.  With my fluctuating schedule and other responsibilities going to the gym was not able to help with my fitness journey as I was able to make it to the gym once maybe twice a week and sometimes not at all.  Home workouts gave me a freedom And I am able to keep my goal and fitness journey in focus.

Returning to “trainers”.  Trainers have a different approach but they all have the same outcome.  The trainer may not be the BEST for you for whatever reason. PLEASE let’s show respect and not BADMOUTH a trainer. Just move on to one that works for you as well as challenge you.

If you don’t have a trainer or feel you don’t need one okay.  Just keep a schedule of your workouts and increase, routines, reps, weights and add another this will prevent the muscles and body from being complacent.

Beachbody has many trainers and for whatever your level of fitness is and with this offer I had to earn instead of running away from a challenging trainer to modify and continue. This is how I’ve learned different approach, yet challenging, satisfying workouts.  I do cry sometimes, and I huff and puff, I fall down also I question the sanity of trainers when I am challenged.  BUT once again they’re ALL GOOD.

 

Preparing For My Workouts

 

Once again here I am sharing my fitness journey, I love to because really it is not easy as a 1, 2, 3.  I have to prepare.  I have to mentally tell my self WHY I am on the journey, which sometimes require a few minutes of meditation.  The meditation helps me to prepare my mind and body, to calm down to temporarily remove thoughts of the what needs to be done later,  and concerns of others …. I have to focus on myself .

I focus on my strength and power within to give my all or as I usually say my  100 through the entire workout.  Just a reminder my 100 varies it can be be an 80 but for that day it is a 100 because that is what’s in the tank .

My favorite “JUMP TO IT JUICE”, which I drink 20- 30 prior to my workouts on 80% of my workouts propels me to higher levels of energy.

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I’m sure there are a few things I may add to my preparation, but these are the tops and they work for me.

To a week of productive and awesome workouts also to filling your 100.

My Reasons for Combining Caridio and Weights

My fitness journey like so many has ups and down but there is one thing I know for certain it is necessary for me to combine my workouts with cardio and weights.

It took me awhile to like  weights, what got me interested?  There are a several reasons :
1. With my history of eating disorder it has assisted (not solely) in increasing my metabolism.
2. Weights has assisted me in giving shape to legs, arms and (in the works) lift that butt and the boobs.
3. I feel stronger also.
Now for the cardio- endurance, fat burning but so are weights, toning and leaning out muscles. By the way it took me a minute to realize with continuous weight training and no cardio, my muscles become define and contracted that it shorten my stretching another reason to combine the both.

All of my reasons for the combination which I am certain I have left out a few, these are my REASONS and may or may not apply to anyone else.

To a week of workouts, choose what works best for you and go get it.

Workout Demon

Do you know him or her? What? You never met? Really? Well, the demon was disguised because you have met.  Yes you know when you hear, “you deserve a few days off” and you are just lazy, upset with the flow of the day, energy drained from dealing with BS, not that you really need those days off unless. Your workout trainer said so or you or on vacation, traveling. Okay to assist on the vacation or travel you can join me and be workout ready where ever you go.

BUT don’t let that “workout demon” deter you from your fitness journey. Kick him out the way and get your  workout gear on and GET GOING.

To a week of destroying the workout demon.

The Benefits Of A Challenge Group

What is a Challenge Group? , for sure it’s not a competition group. You are not competing against others or measuring your fitness level against another.  It is a group of individuals, you can reside in the same area or you can be all about the country.  You post and share your fitness journey with each other, you cheer and encourage one another on their greatness and progress.  So what about the not so good days, well you are not alone, you cheer each other through that struggle, positive vibes, encouragement.   You will not receive negativity its like a cheering squad with in a cheering squad and everyone in the group is on the squad.  So why is it a “Challenge Group”?, because the squad encourages you to challenge yourself to dig deeper on your journey, not to give up when you think “I can’t”and well make that 100 mark you thought was the end a new beginning. When you are at 50 you get that cheer from so many.

You get the cheer, the shares of suggestions to break plateaus, share your progress exchange recipes and oh my the list just grows.  Of course everyone does not require a challenge group but the benefit is priceless.

With this shared think about it, any questions, just ask me. Continue reading “The Benefits Of A Challenge Group”

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

I If there is anyone  who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.

It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey.  Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.

Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is.  There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.

Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.

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I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.

Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight.  Believe in it and believe in you.  We are both stronger than we  exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this .  To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”

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What? You Thought it Happened When?

 

What?, you are giving up? I am with misunderstanding.  I have a few friends and acquaintances wanting to know what I’ve done recently as they have noticed some change in my attitude and physical change.

First I should clear the attitude, I would previous verbalize my dissatisfaction or comment on negative behavior but I have stopped, well not stopped but I begin looking at the positive and keeping my mouth zipped.  You’d be surprise how many people do not like to positive words in some situations.  Physical change is nutrition and workouts.

Back to the beginning in friends and acquaintances, I share my journey highlighting what I feel is applicable to that individual.  Are they receptive, of course but only for a few days maybe a week and then share with me I must have done something different because they are not seeing the results as me.  To begin everyone’s body respond different to workouts and nutritional change, some fast, some slow but for certain NOT OVERNIGHT.  It’s a journey not overnight oats  or quick shake up result.

You have to follow the process, believe in your self and most of all really want the change.  Without the desire and commitment, yeah well uh huh its a lost. I am correcting all those believing change happens overnight, well somethings but mindset and physical change DOES NOT, WILL NOT, CANNOT – Happen Overnight.

To the believers  have a Fab week.

The POWER of “I Can”

Power who does not like it? At some part in our life we like power be it small or large.  But how do we use it? Well some better than others and not always in a positive way, but I am focusing on working out, yes, just fitness.

Fitness and Power, and these are powerful words.  If you are anything like me, I have challenges especially when it comes to well hell all workouts but greater with weights and certain cardio routines.  Once again I am a lover of “beach body” and beachbodyondemand.com  has all my workouts and favorite trainers except my running or biking.  Okay, keeping focus, “fitness and power”, I have told myself several times, “no I cannot do that move or weights, what increase past 10 pounds, this is crazy I need to find another program”. Changing programs did not help because it was the same thing jump, lunge how many times and I’d change again to find another challenge.  I still was saying to myself “I can’t”.

FINALLY I looked at my oversized body at that time and said “you got to get with it and do something because going to the gym once a week and really doing nothing for 2 hours is not cutting it lady”.  I teared up and look at how my body was disappointing me, no that’s wrong, how I’d abused and disappointed my body”. Like a soldier I marched back in the workout room, decided on a program on beachbody and begin my journey and every time I thought of “I can’t”, I changed it to YES I CAN, and I did. It was my mindset. Once I changed my mindset to I CAN, I was a new person, and so my journey begin.  I can not share the number of programs I have completed and repeated and laugh aloud when I remember me wanting to stop a specific routine and not lift weights. Depending on the trainer my weights can go as high as 130 on squats that’s really up from 10. Yep.

I challenge you from this day forward in your fitness to erase, cancel out the phrase , I can’t, become powerful because “ I CAN” is power and you can. I believe in you and me, we got this.

Are You Willing to Risk Your EGO

Are you? I’m asking this question because it is our EGO that affects our behavior when we as many say “step outside of the box”.  Our “comfort zone” in life really prevents our greatness from being unleash.

Now I will share my story of “My EGO”.  Yes I had one and so do you, but I am speaking of me.  When I begin my fitness journey. Okay that is incorrect because I have been on a fitness journey since my teens early adult, yep awhile back so what.  My journey in the early years was of me on and off again dieting, working out and my eating disorder was high then low; all those behaviors except when I worked out were abnormal, unhealthy and breaking my body down instead of building it up. However ,  I was a little cute but unhealthy as hell. This  is why I call my current journey , “the real fitness journey”.

Back to the ego, beginning my fitness journey I was a bit uneasy, I am no longer the young gal and I was overweight and with kids.  My body was lacking in continuous healthy nutrition, I was 15/85 which is 15 healthy and you know what the 85 was.  I didn’t want to hear my friends tell me as a few still do and they are in the health field. “Why are you doing this now, girl you was okay with the way you looked, are you afraid of lifting weights, afraid of running, and on and on.  I allowed these words to penetrate my mind and I delayed actually beginning  my journey.  My ego did not want to hear what I knew was coming.  I didn’t want to be considered out of my circle and talked about and what if ….” I fail”. Maybe I couldn’t stay focus and just fail.

Nope I put on my “big girl draws (underwear)”, and begin my journey.  Do I hear the negative, uh huh and it has a value of zero.  It’s my journey my fitness and my ego has declined anyone negativity.  I am on it now.

As for you, “are you willing to risk your EGO?  I bet there is greatness in. You, time to unleash.  To a greater week than last week, YOU ARE AWESOME.