I Still Remember My “Third Leg”

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Puzzling as it sounds, I had a third leg or so it felt like. I often reflect on his to remind myself of again my transition and gains on my fitness journey.  I know I’ve shared this before and it is necessary for me to reflect on.

I have a history of horrible eating disorder.  Yes I’ve been through it all, anorexia- which I could go for a month or longer on water or a Sonic Route 44 once a day.  Bulemia if I consumed a meal greater than 500 calories or another bulemia is to workout until my burn has 3 to 4 times greater than my intake.  Oh yes I occasionally abused laxatives.  I was thin shapely an VERY VERY unhealthy.

On the flip of this I went through phases of just binging and binging and yes you guessed it, more binging.  I was large and angry because the manufacturers were making their clothes smaller.  I was not willing to accept the fact I was eat and had eaten out of smaller sizes.  I yo-yo for a minute then the third leg reality came.

I had a third leg.  I had gone from XS scrubs to XL and they were getting tight.  I one day put on my scrubs, right leg, left leg and I literally had to raise my abdomen up and drop it in my scrubs.  Now most people gain abdominal weight all around no mine just hung like a leg.  I privately cried and did not want to use the bathroom at work because of how long it took to undress and redress after doing my business.  I took a look and knew I needed to change and that’s when my fitness journey begin.

Do I fall off track sometimes but guess what?  I don’t have a third leg and NO I’m not back in XS scrubs but I am in M and they are getting just a bit loose but nearly enough for a small.

I eat normally, my intake fluctuates as so my craving but thanks to “ultimate portion fix and the containers” also 2BMindset my nutrition is one of health.  My workouts are all on point, streamed Beachbodyondemand.

So bye,bye third leg and on with my fitness journey.  To you I send my best that you can wave bye to anything in your life you are not excited about and move forward to your goal or goals as they just keep coming.

 

Response To a Workout-my change, your change

Working out for fitness and seeing the body’s response can be fast or slow.  This is the tea- WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT.

Knowing that we are different is to say there will be different responses.  The worst thing is to compare your body’s response to another.  I learned this and had to refocus on ME.  I know that my metabolism is off due to my history of an eating disorder and it’s going to take a bit more of everything not just workouts but nutrition as well.  With this known I know my response to any workout program is going to be slower. Am I upset well NO.

If you want CHANGE it is first to know yourself.  Knowing yourself is to know your body. Cardio workouts may give you little response and weight lifting may display a huge change  or vice versa.  Proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats does not react the same in everyone.  Again I say, know your body and if you don’t just move things around and figure it out or consult a nutrition, metabolism testing helps decide which food groups works best for you.  But whatever you DON’T STOP” just because your results are not as fast as someone else or different body parts are responding slower.

Also don’t forget the non scale victory or should I say victories because there are so many. Just keep working out and know and believe change is happening and your goal awaits. To weeks of VICTORY for working out I’m  saluting you with an extra lift.

How Often To Increase Your Lifting Weight

 

Really, How often? Well to be honest I cannot not answer the question, however I can give a few tips I use .  I’m a Beachbodyondemand lover,  all. To say I have several trainers with awesome workouts by a calendar. The trainers do suggest when its time to increase, do I follow?  Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

I increase my weights according to my strength, if I feel the current weight is not challenging I will increase prior to the trainer recommendation. On the flip if the weight is already challenging well no and no I’m not changing my weights.

Now the question is how do I know if they are not challenging, huh, have you ever lifted if not let me share.  When you’re lifting and on rep 3 or 4 you gotta dig in with a face you hope no one is taking pictures or video taping and by rep 8 you;r a bit shaky but know you can maybe do 2 more reps and that’s MAYBE, the weights are challenging.

If you are able to lift and it feels like air or you can continue to lift on and on without any muscle fatigue. Just stop and  increase the weights but if you like to go through the motion okay.  It’s not really going through the motion because if you continue on and on the muscle will fatigue, the increase in weights cause the muscle to work and fatigue sooner, but with safe measures.

With any weight lifting make it about you, as I do, your goals, your challenge and most of all your safety as I also do. To weeks of weight lifting of fun (you have to enjoy your workout), safety and meeting those fitness goals,  ENJOY.

Is Your Weight Loss Healthy

Is it, I know all weight loss should be considered a great move, BUT all weight loss is not healthy. This sounds confusing but don’t read into it and don’t think I’m trying to confuse you. NOWAY.

I have a few friends 👬 on weight loss journey and feel they are doing good and they are. Their concerns is not their workouts but their nutrition because they are not sure if their current nutrition will be forever.  First changing your mindset in nutrition is a plus x 20. This takes discipline and a lot of it.  However if your change is a FAD hmmm, probably needs to be evaluated.

A change in nutrition should be a lifestyle change one you are getting  adequate nutrition to sustain your body’s requirements and will be able to follow for the rest of your life.  Temporary change does not assist in a healthy you, its like placing a board on a hole in the road. You want to be lose fat, build muscle be it lean or bulky, also know everyone lose and build at a different rate. I should know because there are months my change is slower than a snail or a turtle.

As mentioned in previous blogs find the change that works for and with you, because an unhealthy weight loss can be as damaging to the body as overeating.

To a journey of healthy weight loss- STRONG and HEALTHY is the new Skinny.

The App or The Containers

I know you are wondering what the heck? An app or containers, what does it all mean.  On my fitness journey I am really focused on my intake, with any fitness journey  change is NOT made by exercise alone. NUTRITION has a major role and with my years of eating disorder I must always be knowledgeable of my intake. This does not mean I don’t eat carbs I do, pastry of all types included.  Do I sometimes in celebrating go over, yes just not daily or weekly.  Before you think I also have those weird cravings and I again satisfy my cravings but not overly.

Having an eating disorder too thin, too thick, too skinny, too fat.  I just want to be a healthier me without undereating or overeating.  I do use an APP and I am guilty for not using it daily but I’m good for 5-7 days a week.  The APP keeps me focused monitor my calories and breaks down my macros and micros all good also calculates my fat content.  The APP as much as I like it it does not break down exactly how much proteins, vegetables, healthy fat, carbs I should take in. Am  I  saying APPs for nutrition are bad, NOPE they do work, you just need to know which is important.

Now to the containers, I am a team beachbody @teambeachbody.com fan, loaded with over 700 workouts with different trainers, and each have a nutrition plan with 95% of the food you already eat via use of containers or a method 2BMindset.  Both are so awesome.  The containers break down how much of it should each day to promote healthy intake as well as see results of your workouts.  I’m getting better but I still need improvement.

When consuming the right amounts of food there is a lot of food, and when I’m really 100 on my nutrition I notice a greater results to my workouts.

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Which do I choose, both sometimes I am so amazed as to how much food I consume with the containers and still be under versus just eating and inputting for macros and micros. They both work, its up to the individual to decide which works with their life style and workout.  It’s also up to the individual to decide which APP is best for them.

My journey consists of the containers and  Lose It APP.

To a week of Happy, Healthy, Good eats and Great Workouts.

STOP Pretending

Now what is this? Stop pretending, well yes I once pretended so many times and let me share this is not with an imaginary friend, it was all about me.

I’d gain weight and I would go from mirror to see which mirror exhibited the best looking body I wanted, mind you still over weight but all mirrors are not the same and all are not truthful.  When shopping I’d purchase sizes too small and return them stating something was wrong.  Yep pretending.  I pretended all the way to my undies until I purchase a pair that almost choked my circulation in my legs, again pretending.

I had to STOP PRETENDING.  When you stop pretending you’re the size you was or want to be and look at yourself and LOVE YOUSELF for you, you will stop pretending.  Not only will you cease with the imaginary view of you, gues what ? Well you will begin to implement changes in your life to get to the person, body or even mindset you want to be

You will as I did make realistic goals see the real and great you.  You do know that you’re GREAT AWESOME right? If not well now you do so EMBRACE it.  Took me awhile but I do so now and again so should you.

In my fitness journey sometimes I don’t see what I really want to or where I want to be but I erase the pretense,  make changes tweak here and there and continue on the journey. I’ve learned Pretending is really wasteful time and will decrease progression.

To days of keeping it real…………

Isn’t It Time

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This is exactly what I once had to ask myself.  Isn’t it time I take control of my excuses of fitness.  I had excuses greater than a thousand as to why I couldn’t workout and when I did workout I had excuses as to why I couldn’t perform a specific workout.

Okay I’m a FAN, LOVER of @beachbodyondemand. There are so many at home workouts and trainers.  I was unable to get to the gym at one time like I wanted to, life changes so we (I), have to adapt.  I joined the beachbody team because it was appeasing to my current life.  What did I do? Yep I made choices on trainers to use and later which of their workouts I would do to make it better for me I decided which routine in the workouts I’d do.  What the heck?

I wanted a refund because this $hit was not working for me. Truthfully it wasn’t not at all, did I deserve a refund well YES. Yes I really did but did I submit for one NO. Why since this was not working for me nor the gym and I wanted to stay on my fitness journey but I was lost in the travel. The gym was not going to work due to changes HOWEVER, @teambeachbody would. Why did I change well it was TIME.  Time for me to admit several things.

1. I was not following the calendar set for each workout, I was making my own choices. Now this is so allowed by adding on but not by way of doing it my way. These are trainers and they have more experience with credentials.

2. When I did a workout I decided which ones I’d give 💯 to and just sit on the others or do very little because it looked difficult. I didn’t want to workout with the modifier.

3. I was  not, as I now am continuously doing twerking my nutrition.

So no it’s was me I had to accept it was all me. It was time to accept I needed to refund my self a change of positive dedication to ME.  Sometimes we must look to see if we are doing all of what we seek. If not then apply.  Those difficult reps only required me to modify and then get in it and erase my own excuses.

To sum it up this has been a awhile back but I still sometimes am challenged and must remind myself  STOP 🛑 the CLOCK, time for a mind reset. Yep it’s time.

To weeks of  resetting your time clock of thinking for a GREATER YOU