PLEASE Can WE Females Stop and Start

That sounds so conflicting stop and start, but yes  Please.

I say this for the females that don’t support each other on a fitness journey. I’ve recently read negative post on an individual I follow and I was blown away. Have I ever received negative posts for certain and I either respond positively (which is not always easy) or say nothing. This individual is sharing her journey and making changes and all so many can see is her current flaws and focus on that. REALLY, it’s about her, me and all the females on a fitness journey. It’s not easy but I will ask this – What Are You Doing? Is Your Life So Perfect? Do You Want or See ANY Change For Your Growth? What Journey DO You Need to Start (its okay that you’ve bashed someone else because me an so many others will be there to support you) WHY, because we love to empower those moving on in a positive direction making positive changes.

Today, if you are one that is bashing just STOP and START empowering. I’m done.  To weeks of  FEMALES EMPOWERING EACH OTHER.

STOP the Focus- It’s NOT Your AGE

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That’s right, I need you to stop that insanity.  I hear this a lot and I wonder, when will so many stop focusing on what the condition of health was in yester years.  Truth people didn’t live as long, didn’t have the medical knowledge as of today, and just thought it was normal to stop doing certain activities after a certain age.

WE have evolved in the fitness arena so just stop saying if you were younger because you are not but you can still do it. Yes but only if you want to.

It’s NOT Your AGE, it’s you.  All you, no one else but you of course your age too, but your age isn’t stopping you from being active it’s you.  SO now I need you to rephrase that excuse.  How about, “It’s not my age because I’m making changes in my fitness life, slow but change , I will no longer use my age as an excuse. I know there are so many workouts I can do and only a few I’m not able to and some I will be able to at a later date.  It’s NOT MY AGE”

Where Do You Start

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I’m getting this question from co-workers, friends well no need to give a list because it is the question of concern.  Where Do I Start.

There is no correct or incorrect way to begin a fitness program.  If you know of no health issues or feel safe to be examine by your PCP do so, however that may be difficult with the current COVID situation if so settle for telehealth (virtual MD visit).  Hopefully this will erase your concerns or erase the “excuse”.  If you need to see the MD for an excuse knowing you are healthy then yeah, you’re not ready to begin any fitness journey.  You must want to change before making the change.

Where do you start if all is well, ask yourself
A. What is my current fitness level. You already know if you’re active or not.
Am I ready to go harder or stay at the same pace. Newbies don’t over do it because you will either push through the muscle soreness or quit.
B. What am I looking for muscle strengthen, muscle building, cardio, barre, dance, boxing or all of it. You have to know what you want and you will progress to all of it but first know what you feel comfortable with. Remember whatever is your choice you can always modify.
C. Are you a gym person (now that most are re-opened), or all you a streaming person as I am. There are many streaming workouts but the one I use is too awesome. There are multiple trainers and a calendar to follow with each program. I’m uncertain what other streaming work outs have to offer. But if you are looking for a team, a calendar workout with a multitude of choices leave me a comment and let’s chat.
D. Make a decision and just start, jump in you will be welcomed wherever you begin.
E. Don’t forget you may have to adjust the nutrition, again don’t start making drastic changes.

Now Blast Off to YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY

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The Benefits of Water – However

 

Drinking water has so many benefits and there are many. Here are a few and only a few: skin, organs, hair, blood, replenish before and after workouts, aides in digestion, helps with flushing out toxins and the list continues.

My concerns and I have a huge one. We’re suppose to drink 1/2 our body weight. WHEN. I’m able to drink 1/2 only when I know I will be at home and not going out for anything because that doggone urge to empty the bladder just pops up and I’m stuck looking crazy where is nearest ladies room and please don’t let me have to walk 1/2 mile to get there. I know and I hear so many people verbalize they do it daily, really? I get close but honestly I’m good at 1/4 my weight when I’m on the move.

Is there a secret I should know? Am I the only one with some days on committing to 1/2 body weight water intake. I don’t think so, but for those who drink the correct amount (not adequate, sustainable) but 1/2 the body weight. Okay if you weigh 100 lbs. no need to respond but anyone greater share. I want to know your method because I feel really good when I drink a lot of water, but my faucet just doesn’t know when to turn off if you know what I mean .

Is it YOU or Is it YOU

The title seems as if I’ve repeated myself and I have.  In a recent share on IG and FB ( I post daily motivation quotes and how I interpret to apply for life).

Individualizing yourself.  This is one that I had to reflect on as I created the quote.  It is so easy to mimic the life of others.  We take the advice of others but then I notice people try to emulate that person 100 percent n then just stop their growth because they  see themselves as a failure.  This is not so.  Why?, What?

It is great to take the advice of others especially if it’s positive and can assist on whatever journey you’re currently traveling.  I use travel because a journey toward any goal is like a road trip.  The terrain changes.  Okay back to YOU.  Taking the advice does not mean to try to emulate their life.  You nor I do not know what their entire journey has been and nor do we know ALL the solutions.  We do know what is being shared but in applying all the good advice and inspiration, don’t forget you.

Forgetting YOURSELF will make the journey tougher, longer and you will loose your identity.  As we ( you and I) continue on our journey let’s remember learn  from others and apply within OUR life but to be honest and true to ourselves. I’ll be me and YOU be YOU.

I ask “ Is it YOU”. To a great week, month of Individualizing.

Is There a Niche in Fitness

I was asked the question of what’s my “niche” in workouts.  I was stunned by the question, fumbled for an answer and just didn’t know how to respond.  I didn’t know there was a “niche” for workouts and I really did not answer.  The person who asked me responded “so you just do whatever?”. My response was no but please share what type of fitness are you doing?.  No response, nothing, I think I heard an ant snore.

Really is there a niche for workouts ? I do follow a calendar, controlled, streaming workout but a “niche”.  I need to refocus.  Nope I don’t have a niche in my workouts I enjoy others more than others and that depends on my energy and sometimes the challenges make me want to stop (but I don’t).

So for anyone out there trying to find out if I have what I never, ever heard of until recently a NICHE, the answer is NO. I love let me see, hmm, let me think. Oh yeah, got it I love barre (barre blend), boxing (10 Rounds) and a few you tube boxing workouts, Lifting (Liift4, Body Beast, ) and all workouts on beachbodyondemand.  I love running on pavement and the treadmill, walking, jogging, yoga, Pilates and dancing. Okay dancing not sure if you know  but beach body has dance workouts yep and you burn the calories and not just a few.

Now if you want to try any of the beach body workouts for two weeks and experience the joy and fun of workouts then click on the link.

Beachbody On Demand Homepage: https://www.beachbodyondemand.com?referringRepID=1262129

Yes joy and fun because you will stay committed when you enjoy and fun just has to included, why don’t ask, just have fun and enjoy

I’m A Snacker

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Yes, yes, yes, I am a snacker which means I try to always have healthy choices around.  There are times I do crave and will eat potato chips. Are these chips a healthy brand, NOPE, if I crave it there is no substitution for Lays.  I do however have healthy choices available.

I am good with Beachbody bars available in 3 flavors. beachbars

The third is a chocolate almond crunch. I also make my own, say what? Yes I make homemade granola which is not only for a snack, but I sprinkle on my salads and vegetables.

Now to the snacking it is not daily but I am working on stopping the snacking and increase my hydration (water) which helps when I want to snack without cause. I have also become aware of snacking when I get impatient, stress or having to make certain decisions. Again it’s water, but there are days I do just need a snack because I’m not able to sit down for a meal. Or at work swallow a meal in 5 minutes, its just that way.
I will continue however to work on my snacking but for now I will keep it as healthy as possible.

It’s Commitment

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It is about the commitment and how so important.  I was so committed today because I so wanted to just STOP my workout today.  Stop just for today not permanently.

It’s a norm for me on rising after expelling by night build up to cleanup-up if necessary after my canines they are my fur babies and the felines. Not certain of the rush but sometimes they miss the pad so I have to mop with the pick up and exchange. I have one cat with wobbly legs so sometimes she misses the liter box. My AM chores which can take 20 minutes to an hour but today it was so quick I decided to additional clean up. I shouldn’t have. I know clean up is important not downsizing it but t my air condition is off and early AM is not so bad but there is no ventilation surviving on fans and that is not bad, but definitely not my usually cool temp and the ventilation/ circulation I really notice the difference.

Here is what happened, I was swifting (wet jet) and spot drooping Clorox as I went along, not paying attention I tumbled in the process of placing the bottle down and spilled. The fumes were enormous. I just pour water and coughing because this concentrated Clorox was so strong. I increased the speed on the fan, took the canine out because now they were sneezing, moved the felines into a room with a fan, raised the window. Why didn’t I take them out, well I also have outside that has taken up residency in the backyard and my older feline 16 years of black beauty is not so friendly at first and she is declawed so no.
The fumes subsided but not completely gone, what next? I set my workout space and begin Barre Blend workout. Of course today was cardio.

Yes I worked out in warm temp and was sneezing, coughing and snotting through it all. I endured it because I was committed but now hours later I just wondered why I didn’t take my workout to the outside. The fumes are now minimum. I hope I remember this, but my technician is suppose to come repair my air and I will not be using Clorox without extra precaution.

I WAS COMMITTED, although it’s not always this, we just have to make that choice. Just so you’ll know I was poring with sweat post Barre Blend today along with sneezing, coughing and everything that follows a large Clorox spill.

 

 

Am I the Only One

How many times do I ask myself this? Am I the only one, how many times do you ask yourself this question?

For me today I’ve aske m self this a thousand times or so it seems.
1. Am I’m the only one that is working out as much in my age group
2. Am I’m the only that gets frustrated when I can’t get all my workout in, today I planned for 2 but my responsibility list was long.
3. Am I the only one that laundry piled up and it will be late before I can get to it or although there aren’t but a few dishes I will place them in the dishwasher and either wash them on another day or turn the dishwasher on in hopes I don’t runout of glasses because unless its a holiday it’s paper plates.
4. Am I’m the only one that everything is breaking, the lawn mower, the edger, the chain saw (limbs on the tree- I do my own)
5. Am I the only wondering how the heck I can keep my house cool because today my air went out and it will be 2 days before the contractor can come out (thanks for home warranty).
6. Today this list is long and then I had to think.

Really, no you’re not it just sometimes I’m hard on myself and have everything planned and then comes the life curve. I just have to deal with it because I have so much to be thankful for in these times.

Tomorrow as I pray the Rosary I will ask God to continue remind me of all the blessings I have received, those I know of and those I don’t because HE has given strength to survive, handle and still be Me despite life’s curve.

How about you? Are you looking at the goodness that surrounds you and know you can handle the curve life tosses to you. You got this, We got this we’re not the only one.

Committed to My Fitness Journey

My fitness journey is still in motion but right now it is fluctuating and bouncing all over.  Is this a good thing yes and no.  Yes because I am continuing to workout and NO because I am bouncing about on my second workout.

Do I continue to stream my workouts, yes, but honestly I’m one that needs structure, structure in a workout, yes which is a calendar, telling me what to do next.  Why, because the trainers in my streaming workouts have developed a calendar with their workouts to make certain all muscles are worked not to over exhaust any muscle, proper body alignment to prevent injury.  OK that seems easy well for me and I know the relationship I have with my body and exercise I will continue to do the most comfortable workout every day.  Good, no because to get results in ANY workout you must work every muscle. What does this means, well it means you have to challenge yourself and not become complacent.

Complacency will slow progress and can actually create boredom and with that comes the STOP 🛑.  That’s not a goal for me, adjusting my time schedule will be a new week-end focus to stay committed.

Why am I sharing this ? To let others that get stuck sometimes know they are not alone and we have to change to stay committed  on whatever journey in life we’re on; for me it’s my fitness journey.  The change may require more than a few minutes. Yep I will be putting a plan into action writing out the details every details. If you’re committed as I am put a plan into action, write it out. Writing it down, evaluating then follow through makes a HUGE difference.

Let’s do a set-up, push-up, lunge, squat, jog, boxing punch, bicep curl or a barre stretch to committing on our journey.