Reflecting on my fitness journey and the struggles I had at the beginning and how many times I begin and stopped. Really the the number is, I don’t know but I can say it was greater than 20. Yes that many and why? It took me a long while to understand me and why I would stop. The BIGGEST reason and it was only one, the others were just excuses to satisfy myself.
The BIGGEST REASON, I was not accepting me for me for the now. I was not happy with myself, how I look and how I felt and just kept thinking I don’t like me. I was not accepting myself for where I was and the person I was at that time. When I begin to accept me just as I was and looking at myself loving me for me just as I was but willing to adjust you know begin tweaking me. Yes, accepting myself I was able to see what changes I wanted to do and those I could implement immediately, plans, writing it down, staying focus. I had to accept the current me to grow into the me I wanted to be.
But this applies to not just fitness journey, it applies to any journey. So today if you’re wanting change and keep stopping to start over again, I ask you to STOP the stopping. I want you to ACCEPT YOU just as you are right now, love you. Now the changes you want, the goals, write them down, and every day evaluate, tweak but continue to ACCEPT YOU and keep moving toward those goals.
Yes, and yes I do. I had a person I chat with that once was on a regular but I am re thinking our association. Okay that’s neither here or there. Oh yeah and Yes I do is not me committing to a proposal but acknowledge that I have body fat. Yes I do.
I am on a fitness journey and believe me I have made HUGE changes in my body and physique. Am I where I want to be?, well let me think uh. NO. I will continue to workout and do as I am doing now. Yes I do need to focus a bit more on my nutrition but again I have come a long ways.
Critiquing my body and me where I am today will not stop me on my journey because I am not where you think I should be or because a fitness journey for life change is not just about appearance though it counts. There are so many non scale victories that only the individual will see and feel before others.
With that said YES I DO and YES I WILL continue on my journey regardless of the negative thoughts of others.
This week I’m encouraging all to stay focused, be you and your goal is reachable.
To change, on my fitness journey I’m always looking and listening. Okay let me clarify I look for ways to improve my current journey what can I also include in my fitness and nutrition. I’m not in any going to exclude my current workout. I had to learn the not so easy way.
To change I must
A. Be committed
B. Want the change
C. Be willing to follow the leader which means the program trainer and nutrition
E. Ask questions when in doubt instead of just quitting
F. Being committed means to not just say it but show up and do it
G. Evaluate before saying it doesn’t work for me, evaluate if I did 100% of what was required
Theses are a few assessments I learned of me to make change and see change on my fitness journey, how about you?
How is that for a topic “Authenticity”. I read a lot of personal development books and a few are a repeat because I note the extra insight I receive about me that boost my @ss, I sometimes that is what I need. But just reading isn’t always enough, at least for me. I also listen to different podcasts. This word “Authenticity” is popping up a lot and what I’m learning and see in a few people how not authentic they are. Also make a note I’m only about 95% so I got work to do, that 5 percent is not as easy as saying 184.108.40.206.5.
Even in my workouts and I do share on social media I once boasted about how the workout was tough or challenging and my weights used. I once did just that. But being authentic to yourself, followers means really being you telling it like it is and not just following alone because so many are doing it, or believing it. It means really being true to you, loving you and proud of you. It’s okay if you are in the lower percentage on some things and I’m speaking of workouts at this time.
I at one time did not share how the workout was a challenge and I had to drop my weight from two 30 lb dumbbells to two 20’s or 15, as well as the reason. Of course I’d post the pic of the dumbbells but not share the whole story. I no longer do that, even in something so small as workouts and weights being authentic means being honest with yourself and others to whom you share.
What? Why?, because it is good for some to know it is okay if you have to drop set your weights to complete a routine and the reason.
For me the reasons are various:
1. Not enough sleep- without adequate sleep 6 hours minimum my workouts are sucky and I’m not able to lift heavy I mean a 10 lb dumbbell feels like 20 or 25
2. If my form is off, not standing correctly or only able to lift 1/2 the height or thrusting I know I need to decrease the weight because I am straining not getting the full benefit. There is a difference between straining and challenging.
3. Weight is challenging but my form is off and I’m at high risk of injury
4. My mindset is not with the workout and I need to either stop and repeat the entire workout later, or push through with decreased workouts to get the most out of that particular day’s workout.
There are more but just a short list.
So I ask how AUTHENTIC are you with yourself in any aspect of your life ?
Let this week be one to evaluate your authenticity and if necessary as I’m doing make steps to change.
Happy New Year!!!!!. There are several things I now as well as you- 2020 begins a new decade, a new year and for many new resolutions. It’s the resolutions I’d like to focus on. Why?, well I once made resolutions and they were great, I followed through for a minute which means about a month for me then slacking and more slacking and then the resolution just vanished especially on my fitness journey.
What changed I did, instead of resolutions I opted for a change of lifestyle which is not or shall I say was not an easy transition. I had to first commit to myself and rate did I really want to make changes, which ones I would commit to no matter what. I wrote a letter to myself for me to look at every day which detailed my WHY and it was for only 30 days. As I said it was not an easy transition for me on my fitness journey at first. Noticing small changes in myself assisted me and I was able to extend for an additional 30 days and the journey begin.
I’ve learned it was easy to make a life style change, evaluate, adjust versus a resolution or resolutions. It was easy to toss a resolution first because I wasn’t committed and sometimes it or they were not realistic but a life style change with whys and adjustment for me was so much easier. I’m thrilled I recognized what works for me.
How about you? Are you beginning a fitness journey and made resolutions for the journey? I ask are they realistic? Will you stay committed? I know you can but make it a lifestyle change begin with small changes and stay 100 percent to it and every 30 day evaluate and adjust and you too will recognize the difference in resolution and life style change.
What the heck, who wants to gain doing workouts? Well that depends on your goal and it is all positive.
If you’re working out with weights there are benefits, yes you will gain muscle, heavier weights you will bulk up. You can also get firmer and toner even leaner with weights. For the females with that fear of bulk, it’s your weight lift or squat. In other words how heavy, but before you bulk you will burn so many calories. Oh yeah your nutrition will have to also change for a bulk.
But the gains I’m focused on is all personal.
1. Attitude is positive and if you’re already there then it is enhanced
2. Personal appearance, you give it a little more attention and you should because your inner beauty or handsome good looks begin to exhibit. Now I want to share that inner to outer beauty was always there sometimes being hard on ourselves we don’t always see it. But now you are feeling it and your outer vision on you begin to see a different person.
3. You feel powerful on decisions and with this just may be open to more challenges you once feared.
4. Nutrition will change and once again you feel power and energized- “come on workouts”
5. Interactions with family, friends, co-workers, colleagues totally change. They will be at a loss. It’s okay sometimes a shock is good for a few of them.
So as that scale slowly change or fluctuates just remember all the “WORKOUT GAINS”. I’ve shared only a few but there are so many more.
That sounds weird as if I am a robot right? Well I’m no robot and troubleshoot is just what I’ve recently begin saying to myself. Why this term well I have to evaluate myself. Sometimes it’s my workouts and other times it’s life and the ball it tosses.
Workouts first. I sometimes hesitate maybe laziness, fatigue (which is different from lazy), stress, frustration and this list can go on but hopefully you get the picture. I have to evaluate my reason and why. The why can itself create a list. Now then it’s time to troubleshoot the why or whys. How?, well I must look at the reason for example if I am stressed about a situation. I look deeper to determine if it actually involves me (sometimes we get caught up on change or circumstances of others and it effects us). If it does involve me what can I do, or is it a situation of change I need to adjust to and move along. This usually applies to on the job. If it is personal then what do I need to implement to distress myself and immediately because stress can lead to a multitude of health issues. So there, I trouble shot.
I know some say resolved and it is but I feel I should go deeper and trouble shoot so I will not in a few weeks or month have to re-resolve. Just saying and it’s what works for me.
After resolution which sometimes take a few minutes, hours, days, a week or two and never prolonging into months. Using the example given in workouts once resolved I can give greater than 100 in my workouts and see results as well as feel better.
Life now. How do I troubleshoot that? Almost the same how am I affected and involved. Am I being a butthead and not wanting to adjust or is it a matter I need to handle? If it is the butthead I evaluate why am I being just that every reason I come up with I question it. If it an issue I need to handle personally then I implement a plan and follow through. Again resolved, resolution the same I just troubleshoot because I dig deeper in hopes of a zero return. It’s just me.
Either way I encourage you to evaluate the reason you sometimes delay your goals be it workouts or a life goal you are progressing in. TROUBLESHOOT IT.
Say WHAT? Can you I say that again, of course, Challenges do create and motivate atleast for me.
My workouts especially the current one I am currently doing challenges me. It’s not the weights but just the routines and then weights are added and I’m trying to keep on beat before the routine changes, I’m huffing and puffing and then I get angry for a minute or three. Angry because I question why the heck am I doing this particular workout, why not just sit this routine out and see what the next one will be or just stop the program ?
Why, why, then I grasp a hold on what is going on. Why because I want change not just physical but also mental. SO what happens, I resume the workout and challenge myself on the routine and really what happens is so surprising and appeasing. Then I think, how often I have did the same thing in life.
In life it is sometimes easy to take an easier out than challenge what we think we can’t do, because of fear, or mockery from others, sometimes lazy or the fear of losing a friend. But if you as I did challenge small things and see the outcome and most of all feel GREAT then its time. TIME to unlock our greatness, mine included.
This week or days head challenge yourself in areas you thought were unreachable, goals of satisfaction and watch the greatness in you shine and will motivate you to higher goals and challenges. Just as I believe in me, I also believe in you.