How I Handle Depleted Energy Before Workout……. Sometimes

There are days when my energy level  and mind-set are not synced.  My mind knows what workout I will be doing and my body’s energy on a scale of 1-10 is a 2 and we know at least I know that is a poor piss workout.

The “sometimes” has meaning.  If my energy level is low due to a long work day I will take a power nap. If, however after pondering about in the AM and it is an early AM workout my energy level is low I do one of the two both after I drink my “jump to it juice”. I run a, yes running gets my adrenalin going and after 3-4 miles I am pumped and ready to pump the iron.

My other energy riser is my treadmill.  Now usually on the treadmill I begin with a speed of 3.4 and increase every 2-3 minutes until I reach a speed of 7 and stay there for about 2 miles.  On those low energy days, early AM workout I am on  a tight schedule so I begin at a speed of 5 and stay there for only 1 mile. My adrenalin is on and my workout is great.

This works for me, will it work for everyone maybe so, maybe no but if you can on a low energy day get some fast cardio in, get the adrenalin moving you will be surprise what you accomplish afterward.

To a week of adrenalin, energy fit people, much love.

My Cravings and Wokouts

Working out has its benefits, but to see the greater outcome,  you must have adequate  adequate nutrition.

I have weakness at times and oh my can be challenging so it was necessary for me to implement measures so I could stop sabotaging my workouts.  Do I indulge sometimes yes, am I 100% dedicated to eating healthy everyday. REALLY, heck no.

I have tried several whey proteins and bars to help me not only with protein intake but with cravings.  First I like flavor and taste, no aftertaste or chalky taste.  I like a protein powder that I can add almond milk, or water and again taste good, keep me full and decrease my cravings.  Decreasing my cravings for me is that I seldom have them or if I do my portion size is small and not  daily or weekly I am craving unhealthy foods.  I am now at 80/20, pushing more to 85/15, many weeks 100% healthy eating.

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I can honestly say the taste are so good and Shakeology with the  variety of flavors has diminished by cravings for so many food.  Is it as meal, no but for a short time it can substitute for a meal until you get your meal prepared or keep you from going to the tempting fast food restaurants and over eating.  The beachbars oh my, my, my  too tasty is my explanation and will satisfy hunger.

Just sharing how I handle my cravings, everyone has their go to and these or mine. To a healthy week and always great workout week.

Nutrition-Diet or Both or Life Change

Is it a diet or is it nutritional intake awareness? Is this a life style change?

Yes and yes  but there is a difference. A diet is temporary, looking for body change for a specific event.  You do look at your nutritional intake, omit meals (not healthy), avoid carbohydrates (there are good and bad), exercise beyond your normal.  Again yes, the outcome is fabulous, females looking beautiful, shapely, firm men just as handsome all types of  muscles present.  But….what happens when the event or season is over? Yeah I thought so back to normal and those carbs taste even better you do what? um hmm over indulge.

How about a “Life Change”? No this does not mean a lot of money.  I am saying this because prior to my journey and years of unhealthy eating I needed a life style change.  No more binging, purging and all those unhealthy habits.  I am talking about eating healthy daily, for a consistent, loving your self and your body change.

Does a life change mean no more carbs ever? Of course not.  Does it mean you must return to everyday for the rest of your life working out like you are insane, hell no. It does mean eating in moderation, carbs,(mostly healthy) but really some times we need that slice of cake, pie  (not the entire or half ).  As well as sometimes one roll is not enough but let’s not eat the whole package and not everyday do we need it.

Workouts are the same find a gym, a program as my favorite a “beachbody”

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I love that I am able to workout on my time following a schedule to workout muscles, tone, stretch without waiting and on a fatigue day I can use the moderator.

To everyone reading this blog or just past and share let’s make it a “Life Change” not just a temporary “diet”  change. To a week or day of decision to get it right. Much love.

Workout and Goal Setting

GOAL SETTING

How often do you work out? How much time are you spending on your workouts? Are you really applying yourself? Do you like your results? Have you set a goal?

I asked these questions because goal setting is very important. When I began my workout journey my goal was To Be just healthy. I am now able to share that I had many years of anorexia, bulimia and laxative abuse. My goal was to overcome this. I was actually able to hide this for many years from so many family and friends but not from myself.

Had a goal, and I still have a goal. To be healthy and nutritional fit. I have learned to stay focused thanks to groups and motivational reading. I have learned that the scale is a measure and device neither friend nor foe. Setting up goal to be healthy and fit for me is the weekly challenge that shows progress and occasionally a decline.

But I look at my goal in apply everything that I can to reach it. Having a goal in any aspect of your life without applying the necessity to achieve it is only a dream. Yes I do dream also I wanted to be a reality.

So this week I have stepped up a goal to focus on my nutrition, portion control and committed to my workouts-otherwise I’m not going to make my goal.

Let this day be a beginning for your goals, no more dreaming, you got this you are an achiever, now reach them  goals.

The Challenge of Weight Lifitng

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Weightlifting can sometimes be a challenge. There are days I can bench 85 -100 pounds, I can squat the same amount, and then there are days…….. I must decrease my weights. Sometimes it is because of a RA (rheumatoid arthritis flare), but there are days I just don’t have the strength.

Of course there are factors that can affect this. Factors such as in adequate hours of sleep, too little or too high caloric intake, usually it is the too little, stress, inadequate fluid intake. These are just a few. However I do encourage myself as I encourage anyone else that experience days as this, to just decrease the weights and keep going.

I know a as I sometimes motivate myself to not give up, do not be disappointed; you are a WINNER  don’t stop now. To a great week of WORK OUT and being STRONG.

Me Before You….Is This Selfish

You know I have always been taught that is selfish to think of yourself first. I agreed with this for many years. But how about when it comes to working out, this is what I need and I know so many people need to begin their day.

But a friend calls and want to talk for 45 minutes, that’s your workout time. Or a friend comes by and want to chat for hours that you work out time and meal prep time. Someone want you to go shopping with them your are about to work out. Do you go along with it or do you just say come chime in a workout nor that they may or may not probably not. But they do encourage you that you have time to do it later which may affect your schedule later.

I have learned to say no. This is not the time maybe later or another day because I need this worked out so that I can function for the rest of my day. Selfish I don’t think so sometimes you have to think about ourselves. I know some you are going to feel different and I will respect that. But unless it’s an emergency is know when it’s my workout time this helps create a greater me.

To a workout week of greatness.

Birthday Celebration & A Workout

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It was my birthday and I wanted to enjoy with celebrations which meant  a lot of carbs. I knew this would affect my workout but I was uncertain to the degree it would affect it.

I received a shock when I was unable to run a full 3 miles well not at the speed I usually do. At first I thought something was wrong, then I remembered. It was the meal I had eaten that night in my system affecting my performance.

I thought I had everything measured out just right but I was wrong. You see when your body get used to eating for function and not for hungar,greed, boredoom , celebration; over eating on carbs or any food does not fuel the body. Instead is slows it down.

This week I am in for new beginnings just like an oil change on a car, I got to get my engine which is my body back to operating speed and geared up to go. How a few hours of  fun can affect several days of functioning, WOW.

My journey continues, slow down but back to speed. I am not upset though because I needed to enjoy my birthday probably at a lesser degree.

So for any and all who had few days that they were off their schedule, do not quit be a winner because you are a winner you and I are in it to win it. To a great week of my success in yours as well.

Pictures…Tell a Story

I recently looked at a picture that was taken of me on a family reunion. I really was not satisfied with the picture, in my mind I saw a fat roll, my cheeks a little chunky, really I have hig cheek bones. Then I thought about it, this is progress girl, remember what you look like last year.

I was unable to fit the pants, I wore a  two size shirt larger; had I forgetten  my progress. Of course, there was a little roll, which I did not want to see, but it did turn things for me. It showed me my progress and  what areas I really need to work on. Also I am in size 10 pants,  that are getting baggy, last year I was a size 16. Last year I  wore extra-large T-shirt, this year a medium.

Sometimes we as people critique our current situation and forget our accomplishments. Actually I did become somewhat depressed looking at my pictures, then that bright star begin to shine. I had to turn this into positive and I did. I looked at my picture and saw  greatness, I saw improvement, I saw all accomplishments, I saw things that I was omitting.

Some times we look at pictures and see the small things we would  like to erase or crop out. Ok let’s  make those changes but do not forget how far you have come. Compare, look at where you was and appreciate where you are today so that you can move forward to tomorrow’

To a great week of work out in a better picture of you.

Timing Your Workouts

 

Every day, every week,  time your workouts. The purpose of scheduling  your workouts is so that you get the ultimate response from each and every squat,  cycling, bench press, push up that you do. If you schedule your workouts and  really incorporate them  into your daily and weekly life you become  committed. It is now a habit.

It is essential as I have found, yes there are times  I must adjust, the times not the workouts nor do I omit a workout planned on a day.  Well only if I am experiencing an arthritic flare (severe). I do  adjust if I am physically  fatigued, because I know that will be a poor, piss workout. On the flip side if I have allowed frustration to enter into my life I will go for it, (these days I give it a bit more) and I feel great after.  A power nap really makes a difference for me, I se an alarm and use no excuse when it goes off, COMMITMENT and my WHY.

To a great week and a great workout!!!!!!!

 

Nutrition is A Key Part of Workouts

 

Working out has become a part of my life. My workouts have assisted me in transforming my body and my lifestyle. I also know regardless how hard and the frequency of my workouts, it is all ccancelled if I my intake is out of control.

Not only must I have adequate nutrition, my portions and frequency must be correct. I was unaware until a year ago well until  I became familiar with  portion containers,  I was eating healthy but my portion sizes were all wrong.  I also learned that contrary to the traditional three meals a day this  did not apply to me.

On my journey to health, fitness, and lifestyle change,  frequency and quantity of consumption  is what I had to focus on. I previously  believed  I was doing good, fantastic, bragging,  consuming so many vegetables and probably as many fruits.   I was really increasing my weight, because I was yes, yes, and yes, overeating

On my  journey I’m still learning,  as well as  improved.  I am consuming protein, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits, dressing, seeds in portions with my workouts.  I feel good and the transformation is HAPPENING, yes.

If you have a problem with your weight loss and this may not be the complete solution but look at your  nutritional intake, the frequency and the amount that you’re consuming daily   An adjustment  may make a difference.

To a powerful week,   great workout and awesome nutritional intake…..