How could I?, before I complete this let me share a few details. I begin a new workout and still as I begin week 3 am uncertain if I will endure the 5 day, 30 minutes a day, 8 week program. I committed to sharing my response to this program in weight loss or gains as well as in inches lost or gained.
This new workout is Barre and I’ve recently heard of barre but never thought to explore it until by streaming workout offered it. So here I am and it is not at all what I envisioned or thought after the first 10 minutes. It’s a combination of Pilates, yoga, muscle training, ballet and just everything. Yeah it has it all and the weight use is light. Okay back to the the topic, How Could I?
I did good on the first week in inches more so than in pounds but I was satisfied. Nonetheless, week 2 I just lost it I ate a entire sleeve of Girl Scout cookies, and two days later I completed the second sleeve. Now I’m still eating my usual meals and I log my intake and workouts. Calories in, calories expended through workout and just daily steps and whatever activity I do and they vary. I also went to a friend’s birthday party and I showed out in eating but not all at once. I ate cake 2 different flavors, and oh my those potatoes and corn with the crawfish were too delicious. I don’t eat crawfish but I confess I indulged in the potatoes and corn. NOPE I’m not saying how much I ate cause you’d loose a few breathe.
Now I weighed myself and took measurements I had the audacity to question what, I ran a few times last week and I monitored my intake. I lost 0.9 lb and 4 inches much less than the following week. What the heck is going on? I asked myself and myself reminded me. You enjoyed those cookies, corn, potatoes so that’s what’s going on.
I’m not saying you cannot enjoy life but I know you do have to monitor portion size and if you do over indulge one day then it should be that one day not every other day, which I am so guilty and raise both hands to guilt. With a slow metabolism I knew better. SO with that “How Couldd I” expect a greater loss.
Working out no matter the level of intensity I the nutrition is off except a slow response. I’m not angry with myself because I staggered off my fitness journey but this week I am SO COMMITTED . I say when you get off your fit journey or any journey just get back on. Don’t stay off, don’t get angry. Keep it moving me, you, we are human we make our own positive recovery. To a Positive WEEK.
So WHAT, now do you know the meaning of that? I bet not, but so what.
Okay I have to tell myself this and I think others should too as long as we’re not doing it on a regular basis. I am good for meal prepping, or have ready made salad fixings especially when I’m extremely tired. BUT there are days I do toss it to the side not intentionally. Like when I forget to make a grocery list and pick up everything else but what I need for me because I have enough. I was wrong . This is a recent occurrence and what did I do.
Well I stopped at Burger King and purchased the Impossible Whopper. It was okay, a bit large in size and I was only able to consume 1/2 of it . I was okay with this and said so what. Yes because I knew I would not eat it again at least for awhile.
So what is not only for me but for Anyone feeling guilty about deviating from a workout, well you will resume so what, if you’ve gain weight and not happy about it but you have begin working out and changed your nutritional intake, so what to the weight gain.
What I’m saying is making change to a better you and with change you cannot focus on reaching goals if you waste time on the past. Yes that burger is the past because I will not eat it again for several weeks most likely months. Did it hinder my workout umm just slightly.
So WHAT, what matters and is so important is the change or changes you,me, we have decided on to reach our 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.
Yes did you do it? A few days ago there was again a new national day I was introduced to, “Ditch Your Resolution”, really.
Well if you did, I’m encouraging you to reinstate them especially if it is for your health and you had a workout plan and nutrition plan that you feel was useless and not working, again Really.
You must to begin with Believe in yourself and also Have patience. There is no sudden miraculous change in the fitness and nutrition world, well surgery. Otherwise you have to plan for the journey. I know I once and sometimes wish for that miraculous change, but I also know it takes input on that wish.
Input the time in workouts. The gyms are always busy in the beginning of the year, if you can change your time. Find out from the staff the least busy times. If you cannot do that then you can join me workout at home with so many choices and trainers. Whatever you do don’t give up on you. Also don’t make huge challenges in your workout you know you are not prepared for. Start out gradual and then increase the intensity or minutes and your body will tell you when, just again don’t stop.
Nutrition change is a challenge for many so you are not alone but don’t go making drastic changes you know you will not adhere to. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment, notice disappointment not failure because you are not a failure. Slow changes again or hey I know of a few nutrition program that are lifestyle changes not temporary but for life and are simple to follow.
Okay with that all said how about reinstating those intentions again, you in? Say yes, nod your head yes, smile not DO IT back to that journey.
I workout at home so it depends on the workout and trainer. There are workouts I am on my mat bare feet and then I noticed my balance is off or I’m unable to get the routine correct because my base is so off. When this occurs I must pause the workout and put on foot wear. However if I on the treadmill or elliptical I wear light tennis. Light because I can increase y speed and this just may be psychological but yeah it works for me and it is time to replace those light tennis.
In other words, what works for you and helps you to be comfortable and all in giving your 100 then that’s the workout foot wear for you.
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?
It is so important to know your body and how it responds under stress. Under stress I mean a workout. Everyone does not respond the same.
There are different times and I have no idea what make a difference I will have what I call “my jump to it juice” powerful energy drink to get me started on my workout. My juice gives me that extra I need to push harder especially if it’s a weight lifting day included with an intense cardio workout. Now there are days I have to have substance like food which is usually almond butter on multi grain toast with 1/4 banana sliced. However unlike my juice which I am ready to go for it in 20-30 minutes, I must wait an hour. I know an hour is a lot of time too many but I will get so nauseous if I push it. There are friends that can eat a nice healthy breakfast and 20- 30 minutes later they are fueled up and ready to give their workout 100 +. I can’t, Ive tried several times not for me.
Now on the other side there are so many can go on a cup of strong coffee or just nothing. Again it is important to know what works for you to begin your workout and to endure the workout. Yes now that you are in it, make certain you also are hydrated well during your workout. Know your body because H20 maybe enough but you may need to add electrolytes, there are many choices or a few dashes of Himalayan salt. Just stay tuned to the body and know what works and what doesn’t.
To weeks of getting your body fueled for awesome workouts.