So WHAT

 

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, I Do

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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.

Did You Do It

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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.

Shoes or Barefoot

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This is a question I’m asked often, and was a recent topic among a few peers.  Do you workout bare feet or with tennis well both.  I think it’s your comfort level as well as where you’re working out.

 

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 You Must…..

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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?

Lets be 💯 together in our goals.

Fueling for a Workout

ENERGIZE

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.

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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.

Performance and Nutrition

Performance and nutrition has such a impact in fitness.  Now there are two ways to look at this maybe three.

1. Performance is great whether you are running, weight lifting, cycling just what ever workout you do already you are awesome. Me I do it all just so that I don’t get bored (which is easy) and to prevent my body from hitting or staying in a plateau.
It’s so easy to workout and burn calories, which is awesome however you want to burn calories correctly. Burn calories correct, yes make certain you are burning fat not muscles. How to prevent this, well with nutrition.

2. Nutrition with performance, well if you’re working out to get lean then from my experience not documented in any journal I can decrease caloric intake but Nottingham must be within reason and that is something a person really has to discover. Too low then you will fatigue quickly and drag instead of being energize from a workout and the same is if too many UNLESS. Unless you are bulking for muscle gain.
Hint- lifting weight doesn’t mean you’re bulking, females again you hear that. Weight lifting actually assist faster in burning fat, increasing your metabolism and developing lean muscles. Now if you’re lifting super heavy and increasing calories yep there is a bulk.
Another hint- increasing calories means food with nutritional value and several times a day not 3 meals but 5-7 and a snack again this applies also to develop a lean body.

 

3. Performance and Nutrition it is so necessary to keep it balanced. Know and keep a log on how your body is responding to the workouts with your nutrition. You can use an app, calorie counting or containers (which is my favorites because it is no counting calories). However another method I sometimes use is 2B Mindset which is neither of the stated.

Evaluate your performance, nutrition and how your body is responding and know your goals.
To a week of Greater performance, improved nutrition as your transformation begins.

New Decade, New Year, New Resolutions or Beginning of New Lifestyle

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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.

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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.

Happy New Year, Happy New You

Determination and Commitment are Relatives – Close

Now what does that sound like and how can they be related well I’m going to share with you.

Learning the not so easy way being determined to achieve a goal or goals as I am in my fitness journey is just that….. A DETERMINATION. Writing my goals down adjusting when necessary as this past week due to a slap of upper respiratory infection. But being determined means a focus a commitment and more commitments.
You can be determined to achieve a goal as I once was before I committed. I would be determined to change my nutrition and workouts as they were not working for me. I WANTED change, I whispered it, I shouted it, I even shared it and I know so many laughed and to be honest once I realized my own default I too chuckled.

DETERMINED huh, really okay. But I was not committed. Committing to one day, one week or one month is not determination its a wishful dream. I had to blast myself and still do. If I’m determined to stay on my fitness journey I MUST be COMMITTED.

So now you see how close the two are and they are ever so close.
To ending this decade and beginning a new one with determination and commitment to your goals to OUR goals.
I’ll squat and raise the bar to both

 

PLEASE It’s Not THE Age

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Not the age for what? Nor sue what I am bout to share, well here it it.  I have colleagues, friends and relatives that have concern of AGE.  Really do you think age stops you from working out, changing your lifestyle? NO it does not.

Beginning any workout regimen is not easy, especially if it has been years and you’ve been lazy or thinking I’m a bit too old for this. STOP and correct your self. Of course it is ALWAYS recommended to ask your physician especially if their or physical limits. Once you get the okay then get ready to go. Be warn you cannot start out at 100 when you are at 5. Don’t be impossible because most likely you will just stop and give return to old habits of…… doing just nothing.

Begin slowly, it takes time to build that endurance and you will just keep the focus. The focus of, well your goals and be realistic again. Don’t compare your progress with others, I made this mistake once, almost ran myself insane. Yes I wasn’t seeing the body and results I wanted in two weeks. It’s good at that time I had a coach that encouraged me to stay focused and know “change will come, but you have to believe in yourself the process”. For some this is easy other not as much so.
So its not the age It’s your mindset and it is easy to say the age because beginning any workout whether it be walking a few days a week, light weight lifting, cardio, yoga, Pilates which ever exercise regimen will get you up and moving.
Just FYI there are so many males and females 50, 60 and older building muscles to compete imagine that.
So again NOPE its not your age. NOW get ready to implement action plan to end the decade and begin another with GREATNESS- YOUR GREATNESS.