Being thin is to many an ultimate goal. Small, Xsmall and sometimes XXS. If this is a natural for you I applaud you and by the way, there is nothing wrong with being small. But being FIT is so much of a better choice.
Let’s compare those not small by nature and not by fitness. You eat you purge you repeat. This action requires time planning because you know you want to purge when no one is around and if you wait too long it takes longer. I know because this is a road I have traveled. Moving along, abuse of laxatives, be careful because everyone is not in love with the fragrance of your bowel excretions, timing is important. Hmm. The liquid diet mainly water, you will get light-headed, your blood pressure will drop, you’re cold and if not careful pass out. These are just of a few time, unhealthy actions to be thin and they are all time-consuming . Moving along.
Being fit, you eat, meal prep, snack and you do enjoy holidays and celebrations. You workout, you excrete, expel without shame (most of the time). Your energy level to the 100th, you have healthy toned body or in the progress of getting there (that’s me, still on my journey).
Okay the time to be healthy and fit is so much less than these unhealthy actions to be unhealthy thin. Is it time for a change, just asking.
To a life of FIT, much love.
Actually, this has nothing to do with the size or shape of shovels, neither does it relate to the depth, but it relates to how deep me, you and others dig when it comes to our goals.
Using a shovel, the strength and endurance to complete a task depends on each individual. Is it easier to stop when fatigue and wait till later, which can be minutes, hours or days and then we are back to the beginning. The shovels are just a metaphor to me and hopefully to you to dig deeper.
Sometimes that last push, last rep, maybe the last shovel is all we need to see results.
As I push through my days of fitness, I am noting that extra second, minute or rep has made a difference in my progress. I also notice in my life goals I must dig deeper when I hit that fake wall. It is fake wall because it is a way to be broken down, in, off whatever is necessary to remove for the goal of success.
This week I challenge You and Myself to let’s dig deeper to our goals and results are certainly to be seen
My workouts especially like today, I want to stop when the pain in the muscles, not a pain indicating hurt, becomes intense. I have a silent, brief chat with myself and ask, how much do I want change, I am measured my goals on a red light or a green light.
It is okay to take a break in a workout but only for a few seconds, to stop NEVER, unless that pain is indicating injury otherwise, “rep it up, run longer, lift longer you get it”.
To a day of success workout and pushing through.
I am uncertain if “how dare you” are the best choice of words or “are you serious”. I recently ran into an ex co-worker and we both or I thought was excited to see each other after several years, okay many years. Our greeting was great and we had a few laughs as we both were on a time schedule and the run in was coincidental.
Everything turned to a low when she said, ” my have you changed I remember when you was so much smaller, but I’d recognize your face anywhere”. I guess the face recognition was good. I did not share with her before size 2 and 4 I was 20 and now 8 sometimes a 10. I shared I was so unhealthy, my eating disorder and working out to cancel any calories I consumed. At this point I expected something like, oh my glad you changed that.
But no, deep breath, she said ” you didn’t look unhealthy and you was so much prettier, I think thin is you”. I was stunned and quickly changed the conversation to the weather and soon within seconds ended our conversation.
Now I asked when is thin better than healthy and fit? Am I lost, thin does not make you pretty or does it? Well no,
I will continue on my journey to being healthy and fit and most of all self-love. I still need more toning ; workouts ( weight lifting, cardio, yoga) and healthy eating is my life style of change because I am still learning.
I WILL NOT return to my previous life of binging to weight out of control nor will I return to a life of eating disorder to be thin to look pretty.
To a week of a healthy and fit YOU.
My health journey includes nutrition, workouts, sleep, self-care and a few other factors to make the journey complete.
My workouts are essential part of my journey and it took me a minute or two to find our what really works and the decision I made.
I would go to the gym and workout. First I would warmup on a treadmill, eliptical, or whatever was available to get my cardio flowing waking up my endorphins. I would then go to again whatever weight machine was available and if I had to wait I walked about fiddling with a few machines I had no interest in because I did not know the benefits to me (my fault for not asking).
I am not sure if I shared with anyone I am a Beachbody lover with all the trainers and over 700 workouts. It took me a minute to get focused. I would work out like I wanted to not following any schedule and I never pushed my self and tell me, “why the heck I was angry when I saw very little results?”. It was not Beachbody’s trainers surely not and so many people was raving about their results including a few of my associates. I was pissed, yes I enjoyed working out at home, no wait but I needed to see some type of results an inch, a pound, just something.
Okay I thought let’s look at this again before you give up. I am so happy I did. Each trainer has a workout calendar, with specific workouts. The workouts will alert you to challenge yourself but not to break form because of the risk of injury, if unable to complete the challenge ( weight increase, do not modify or limit use od modifying) return to your comfort just don’t stay.
Following the calendar as well as making time on my calendar for my workouts has helped me stay focused, increased my cardio, weights beyond my once ever believe as moves I would never consider. I was able to eliminate limited time or no time by scheduling time on my calendar.
The Power of the calendar ……… Plan, schedule… to a great workout week and a healthier you.
Working out has great benefits, but those days when my energy level is soaring and working out does not fatigue me I am at a lost. On these days I complete so much, so why am I frightened? It’s the bedtime seriously when this happens I may sleep only 2-3 hours not good. Adequate sleep is a necessary component in workouts, allowing the muscle to relax and your body to respond to your workout- weight loss or and inches loss otherwise results can be disappointing. I fear these days because my next workout will suffer, I do not like going through the motion of a workout 50 percent Nah not good.
I am not sure if anyone else experience this, if so share how you handle your high energy days. To a healthier you.
There are days my workouts really dehydrate me and I drink a gallon of water and some days a few ounces less and other days more. This as I mentioned in a previous blog when I am giving a 110 or 20 during a workout and the sweat is rolling (sorry ladies, I know a few still prefer perspire) from every office and pore in my body I note later my lips and skin will dry out.
The sports drinks really do nothing for me, zip , well they quench my thirst. I do enjoy HYDRATE a powder you mix with water. This does my body great during workout and if I remember is great post workout. Not only does HYDRATE assist with my dehydration it also assist with my leg and quad cramps. I will admit I have sometimes mix my Hydrate with Pedilyte.
What is your choice of hydration? To a healthier you and great workouts.