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

COMPARISON Can Affect YOUR Goal

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This exactly when we compare too much.  Okay I’m not saying not to compare at all, because it is human, but we must know the limits and exactly when to STOP.

Working out is challenging enough but when we as I have to call myself out so many times look at others and their results from workout and see a greater response and wonder…. “why am I not seeing these results” or “why is it taking me longer and I’m seeing slower results”  and so many more thoughts of comparison.

First we are all different in DNA, genetics.  There are so many reasons but comparing  in a negative way will cause FAILURE how?, because there is that possibility you just may give up. PLEASE don’t. Stay focused being the best of you in your workouts, your nutrition KEEP IT POSITIVE.

Now that Ive said that how do I know, well this was all me. Comparing looking at others results wondering when I would notice change, forgetting about the non scale victories and the small changes ( that are adding up).

Be a WINNER , compare things that don’t affect your goals such as nail polish, tools, dress colors, drills but stay focus.  WINNING the SELF GOALS …. we got this

Pushing Through

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Just a few days ago, I’m not sure what was going on but after my first workout which was with weights I felt fatigued.  Weird as it sounds it was not a normal fatigue like I’m tired  but as if I was fatigued and wanted to do something else.  WHAT the heck ? SOMETHING else, really.  I had to check myself.

I do feel this way if I am fatigue from working out some fierce.  Now I had given my 100 and had increased the weights slightly but the feeling of wanted to do something else.  Hmm maybe I was a bit stressed but this usually pushes me to a GREAT workout.  Was I being lazy? hungry? or just one of those days I didn’t want to do anything.  Not sure but my remedy was to STOP.

I STOPPED, prepared myself a protein drink, read a chapter in my PD book and yep just like that I was rejuvenated.  This does not always work but it did on this day and I kicked my second workout up a notch or two and gave it not 100 but 150.

I’m not sure yet what was going on but being committed to change is so important.  I’ve learned do nothing for change will accomplish a 100 at nothing.  Slow or Fast being committed will get me there.  I reached my goal that day. Pushing Through with no excuses.

To a week of no excuses to your goals.

Are You Doing This Correct

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What?, what the heck am I talking about?, doing what correct?

I have to share as I recently shared with someone in conversation about caloric intake.  It is normal especially if you are only using caloric calculation for your weight loss.  I am aware everyone is not into physical fitness and a workout is just not a desire,  psss but take a walk 2-3 times a week.  Okay back to calories, she stated she was decreasing her intake by 500-1000 calories a day and was very tired and felt like her energy had been drained.  The numbers are correct to decrease caloric intake daily.

HOWEVER, if you are already in a deficit, this does not apply to you.  She had begin with a deficit and then attempted for a few weeks (she did not say how many) decrease her intake.  Now let’s take in account she had just added a workout routine.  NOW be it said I am not a nutritionist, but it is so necessary to calculate your lifestyle into your intake.  The glory will be great for a few weeks or months then the body goes into starvation mode this really applies if you have a very active life and even more so if you are in a fitness program.

What do I recommend?, well most workouts, trainers have a nutrition recommendation, no they have several as applies to you and if you are good as you are I applaud you so many are. There are as many like me that require assistance, again what I like about my choice of workout there are calculations  to assist with intake as well the recommendation for proteins, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and there are several choices of free food.

So before you decrease caloric intake ASK or SEEK assistance to be sure you are not sabotaging yourself or your workout.  To a fitness of results CONGRATS you’re on the right track.

Nutrition Deprivation

I recently had a conversation with a friend in the middle of which the it turned hurried and without meaning and I really was about to end it and then she apologized.  Her words were not “I’m sorry it was I am hangry”. Oh was my reply because I was still recovering from a nice conversation to an out right weird ALMOST nasty conversation.  I suggested a quick nutrition bar to prevent overeating and later angry for the indulgence. I handed her one of mine with water.

Within minutes she was okay, our conversation was normal. She then asked do you always carry extra food and snack around? Well no was my reply and then I went on to share with her my fitness journey and nutrition as I am with you.

I have extra around because there are days I workout harder than others and as a “beachbodyondemand” subscriber sometimes I will do more than one workout. Of course I do have my post shakes and protein however I noted that I will gain inches and pounds worked out really hard or no change at all.

First let me clarify this happens any way, the fluctuation of weight, inches, energy because we are not the same daily and do not consume the same foods day in and day out, well I don’t.  HOWEVER I begin calculating my intake and my nutrition and noted a deficit.  Now to loose weight there should be a deficit but not a tremendous one.  I had a TREMENDOUS deficit and my body was holding on because it was hungry.  I know that sounds odd and it is because I wasn’t hungry. I also know with time because of years of eating disorder I would loose the weight and inches.

This was and is not my goal, I lift weights, do cardio for several reasons and being thin is not one.  I eat now to be healthy and workouts are for fit, healthy, muscle tone.  “Nutrition Deficit” would destroy it all.

So, I drink nutrition shakes and have packages (single serve) on me, nutrition bars a fruit. And eat accordingingly to recommendation for my workout. Nutrition Deprivation will slow the body’s response to a hard workout whether it be weights, cardio, running, kickboxing any physical activity on a regular.

If you are noting a decrease in response to workouts it just MAYBE  a nutrition deficit, perhaps you’re similar to me and may not get hungry.

To weeks of healthy, satisfying nutrition  I’m saluting your health and workouts.

How Do You Know What’s The Best Workout

This is a question I was recently asked ” How do you know what’s the best workout”. Sadly I could not answer the question.  Now don’t get startled before I share my reason.

I believe all workouts are “The Best”, yes I do. Now the concerns are is the workout for you, the intensity – too much or too little.  If it’s weights are you able to use weights and most people are.  Let me pause you can use 3 pound weights until they feel like 1 pound for as long as you like.  You do not have to increase because the trainer or it is recommended.  For certain EVERY trainer wants you to be safe, the gains will come.

Best workouts really depends on the relationship you have with your body and mindset.  You know your limits when you’ve exceeded or have not given your 100.  NOW the biggest challenge  is YOUR COMMITMENT.  If you are NOT committed to follow through with a trainer whether it is at the gym or like me using the trainers on BEACHBODYONDEMAND my favorite at home workout for unlimited positive reasons, your response to the workout may be negative BUT the blame is ???

Follow through means the entire program because response to workouts vary among all of us and for certain 2 days or 1 week may not or only show a small response.  Follow through also means adhering to the nutrition (I still struggle sometimes with nutrition). Follow through means being  aware of the non scale victories-  inches lost, feeling good about yourself, the extra rep or two you can perform, weights increased on a workout, increased positive response to life.

Discover YOUR Best workout begin and or continue because I think you are AWESOME.