I am loving my workouts and am really trying to add on more as I really can tell the difference when I extend my workouts. I’m sure many who read my blog know that I am a HUGE FAN of BEACHBODY. Yes I love working out at home with over 700 workouts and trainers to choose from and a schedule to follow- that really sounded like a commercial. UM well it wasn’t just sharing my workout regimen. Any who I sometimes combine a couple depending on the trainer.
I do rise at 3AM a couple of days to get in a workout prior to a long commute in other days I am good for 8 or 9 AM occasionally late evenings when a curve ball is thrown into my schedule. I was asked and told that’s too early, you need to be sleeping. Well maybe but I go to bed early to get at least 6 hours of sleep on the early AM . ALSO I know if you want CHANGE you have to make a CHANGE.
On my fitness journey I am making changes and if my traveling road gets rocky and taking me nowhere then I evaluate and what, yes make a change.
Beginning any fitness activity requires at some point. Drastic changes well I think it has to be what is suitable for the individual just like increasing weights, running longer or further in a shorter time. The BIGGEST factor in any fitness journey regardless of the reason is to ENJOY it , okay two factors and HAVE FUN.
To upcoming days of Enjoyable and FUN workouts because you as I have made time for our change
What the heck is that who has fun working out? 🙋🏽♀️. Am I smiling , really no, BUT I am enjoying my workout the challenge, me building a relationship with my body, learning my strength and endurance has out weighed what I thought my limits were. As well as the mental growth as a person.
Now back to the fun, remember when. you were younger going to the park and the energy, well it was a workout, a recess at school a workout. Hmm not sure if recess was a workout or a hallelujah time to think about that upcoming test or hoping you I wasn’t the next one that had to answer a question I didn’t know the answer to, but I enjoyed it between theses thoughts. So with this said if you are not sweaty, but high energy, making progress, breaking through plateaus, and looking to the next workout well, it maybe time to evaluate your workout. Workouts though challenging should be enjoyable and FUN.
Weight lifting has become a HUGE part of my fitness journey, and I am still working on as well have improved on my nutrition which is major. I am fond of my home workouts for reasons I shall share later but my focus is on weight increase.
My workouts are with a trainer, and still at home. There is a sheet to record weights used and monitor growth and the trainer actually suggests when to increase the weights. I am good in following the trainers because they have more knowledge than I. However if my current weight use is still challenging I will not increase for reasons of : possible injury and compromising form to get the benefits. When I am able to lift, lunge or press with weights that are not challenging or I am able to do 3-5 more reps without feeling a challenge then I will increase my weights.
I know by how much well, this depends on what I have at home. There weights in between the 5 pound increase such as 10 to 12 instead of 15 or 15 to 17 instead of 20 and yes 20 to 22 instead of 25. Oh yeah I am speaking of dumbbells because I can increase in increments of 2 or 2.5 on the barbels. For me I have only that 12 on the dumbbells so I have to up my weights by 5 . Which I do with caution.
Cautious weight increase is important to stay on the journey without injury and to benefit from the challenge of increasing the weights. To a week of increasing weights and or reps with safety.
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.
Hi there I’m uncertain if I have used the correct title on this blog, not at all. Simply put I am not neglecting myself by all means but I am neglecting my support.
As I travel and it is travel on my fitness journey, I see how so many of my friends, family, coworkers and just sometimes those occasional associates are so unsupported. Nothing positive, join a challenge group with you? What? This is a foreign or forbidden term, give positive support, are you CRAZY ?. However I get emails to support their goals, or a challenge, listen to voice messages or texts for support. I have responded willingly because YES I do want the best for you however I DO NOT value your goals GREATER than mine.
This has pressured my conscious thinking for while and I had to realize I have allowed my goals to be devalued. Yes I will continue my journey with or without your support and I am hoping you can also do the same without mine.
To those on a fitness journey without the support of those so close and near, look ahead, keep up your pace, you are not alone. To a week of achieving greatness.
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.
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.
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”
I know I am not the only one who has and will experience this. Family members, spouses, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, you get it and YES they sometimes say things they hurt us on any journey be it physical as mine is or goal, accomplishment at work.
For me it is my fitness journey. I get remarks from love ones and by that I mean family. They notice every dang flaw, Oh I see that roll is there, those hips are you working out, girl get another serving or I’ll get you more looks like you are at a stand still in the haha weight loss so just eat it.
To you all, stop and evaluate your words, if I wasn’t strong, focused and determined I’d end my fitness journey. Do you know what it takes to workout when your quads are burning like never before and keep pushing through. Or that dress, or any clothing you thought you would fit perfect by now, but no and yes I am closer to that perfect fit just need to tweak a few things in the journey. That roll is smaller, really I see it is still there every time I look in the mirror don’t need the reflection off your tongue and damn it don’t pinch it. I enjoyed the desert and no I know how to ask for more, perhaps you forgot it’s the inches and weight I’ve lost and losing- not my voice. I shared the scale is not moving just making small talk. I did not share my non scale victories, inches lost WOW, yes you can lose inches and not weight sometimes, did I just educate your negative thought again. Thank me later with motivation and encouragement. Non scale victory is keeping my focus as it is my journey and know those closest to me don’t know what they think they know about me.
However your words, actions did HURT me, for a minute okay maybe 30 minutes but I forgive you because you don’t know me after all. Hopefully as I continue my journey you too will be willing to join me and change your mindset, fitness goals, and have a broader outlook on life. YES because I do love you and see so much GREATNESS in you.
TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.
I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments. The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself. About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.
Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker. How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too. There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside. YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.
To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>
I am in my second week of changing my routine and not just for my workouts. I read a lot of motivational self-help and inspiring books. I have also learned in my readings I am unable to apply all I am reading because it does not apply to me well not at the moment but maybe in growth I can apply.
With this said I have and continue to learn to adjust my life’s and workout routine to better fit my Life and with positive outcomes. At one time I was so confused in gathering my learnings and applying but learning and applying means that which will assist you for now. The other learned knowledge may need to be applied later. It’s the momentum of growth. However you may need to perhaps reread or highlight so later you can find that motivational point later.
I want to share what I have learned, it all works, just know when to apply, and when it does not apply to you at the moment.
CHANGE and GROWTH is GOOD, make this week another Growth of Greatness for YOU.