My Focus Has Changed

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Yes, it has.  I am still on my fitness journey, but my focus has to change.  Why, well I want to be true to me.  I know my struggles on this fitness journey of mine.  I know how I’ve overcome obstacles, the biggest one was and is “eating disorder of extreme” .  I know how my body responds to workouts and nutrition and better to some than others.

With this change I am really hoping it doesn’t take long for my body to respond. I know my body is accustomed to certain time of day and specific days of workout but I will be increasing and splitting the workouts. I know how my body responds to change and I am prepared for the struggle hopefully only 2 – 3 weeks. My body requires programming and my mind must sync with the body.  Yeah when that happens it is a bit easier.

I call it change but it is actually tweaking my fitness journey.  Tweaking and why, well I’m a bit on a plateau now and I need to come out of it.  My focus will be greater on workouts and I know nutrition is SO IMPORTANT but I will have to deal with that later.  One at a time.  Too many changes well I will set myself up to fail.

I’m sure others can do it all at one time, nope doesn’t work for me.  I now just try both NOPE again. I’ve been with this body for a long, long time and I know it, we have a relationship.  So first fitness change then nutrition if needed. Changing to unleash a greater me and you know maybe you too can change or tweak what you already know for a greater you.  TO OUR GREATNESS

Well, I Did It Again

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I did, I was expecting greater results from my 7th week of Barre Blend, however I was so wrong.  I gained 1.5 lb. although I lost a few inches I was hoping for a weight loss.

I WAS HOPING, those are words I can shout over and over. HOPING, why, how? There is no results to hoping if you are doing contradictory behavior. I was so off last week on my nutrition, way off.  There were a few days I was under caloric intake and then the rest I ate healthy but too much healthy.  See it is okay to eat healthy but even in healthy nutrition it has to be in proportion with your activity level. Yeah I WAS OVER. Okay knowing all I’ve shared how could I want different result.  As always I have shouted to myself,  “If you want change then you have to change”.  If you want greater results then you must put in the time of necessary for the change.  I did neither of this so yeah again I wanted change but my behavior said I didn’t.

So, yes, this week I’ve already written down what I need to implement to achieve the change I want on my  fitness journey.  Sometimes we need to just tweak and get it done.

It Is A WOW of a workout

I did a sample workout, I’ve been thrilled to do because I’d done a couple of the trainer’s workout before.  Now in case you didn’t know I stream my workouts, which for me has so many benefits.  Yes, the benefits but that is not my focus today.  I did a workout  and it was just a 30 minute sample.  After the workout I felt the adrenaline just flowing and I was excited I did the entire workout without stopping.

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Now I have did boxing on You Tube and each time I was sweaty and felt ever so good.  However this workout was different, there is boxing, weight lifting and an ab workout. Yeah, I even decreased my starting weight, recommended is light, medium and heavy.  From experience I know not to jump too high in the beginning until you get to know what the workouts will be like and which angle the trainer is using.  I decided on 5, 12 and 15 lbs.. I never used the 5 lbs.  This was Saturday’s workout and I felt nothing until I woke up today, Sunday.  My muscles each and everyone of them is feeling yesterday’s workout, greater in the back, shoulders and butt.  I’m wondering what the full workout will be like, but since I’m currently during a Barre and have 3 weeks late until I answer that question.  But My Oh My is my response.  Boxing at a new level.

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Is it POWER or STRENGTH or Both

There are days I get confused myself with power and strength.  With that said I’ve come to my conclusion and it works for me.

It takes both power and strength to endure on my path.  I need the strength for lifting and push through on a challenging workout as this also applies to challenges in life.  I also need the strength to be patient with my self and again sometimes in life challenges  oh in so many ways in life challenges.

I need the power to increase my weights and actually lift, because if I cant lift then why would I increase. I need the power to roll out of bed on those 3 AM mornings.

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I definitely need both the power and strength in my mindset. Being honest with myself I have to change my mindset sometimes in my goals because the fear is there and that negative doubting voice is also there.  It takes power and strength to push through that fear and both to shut up that negative voice.

I guess it is safe to say whatever applies to an individual,  for me I have to say both.  What applies to you? Which ever make this week and this to come of both POWER and STRENGTH.

I’m Halfway There

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I am at that point.  I completed week 4 of my current workout Barre Blend.  I’m excited to have made this far for several reasons and they are all mixed.

1. When I begin the first day and the first 10 minutes in I was thinking this is really low impact and on this day using the recommended weights 1-5 lbs., my choice 5. I had the 8 lbs. ready because really I THOUGHT 20 lbs. maybe this is combination workout.
2. Combination workout ballet, Pilates, yoga, light strength, kickboxing. Now why would this program recommend such light weights.
3. Did I mention it’s a combination workout well within 10 minutes may have been 9 I understood. I checked my weights did I accidently pickup the 8’s or 10 lbs. NOPE 5 lbs. and I quickly reduced to 3 lbs. and have been there for 4 weeks.
4. Honestly a few of the routines I had to drop the weights to nothing because I was losing form and balance oh endurance too. I first contributed the drop of endurance to me sometimes doing a pre-workout before my workout. My pre-workouts are usually 1-3 miles on the treadmill and 2 miles on the elliptical beginning at speed of 3.4 up to 7 but today I begin at 3.5 and increased to 8.5.
But it wasn’t the pre-workout that challenged my endurance and barre workout it was both the weights and a new approach to fitness on a new level.
5. As always follow the recommendation of the trainer.

This week-end sometime I will be purchasing 1lb. weights and maybe 2 lbs., because I know this low impact, high intensity will be challenging as each week the intensity increases and I want to be better (though I have improved) than the past 4 weeks.

To a week of progression.

I Wronged Myself

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I really did with my pre perception of my current workout- Barre Blend.  I almost  stopped the workout on day one until I was half through and realized I was sweating and breathing hard.  It challenged me with 3 lb weights. Huh what the heck I asked myself is going on.  The next day I felt that workout and the previous days workout in every muscle.

Now I know where my perception went off, “low impact”.  Barre is a low impact workout however it is high intensity and there are way to intensify it further.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know, but now I do.  Will I recommend barre to anyone? No, I recommend it to everyone for a new approach to an intense workout with fun and dance.

 

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Of course I stream my workout, Beachbodyondemand.com, because I need structure a calendar to follow a team I can talk to that is doing the same workout as well accountability. Yes I need it all but I still am stoked as to how I wronged myself.

 

I Gave Myself Permission

 

Have you experience one of those blah days and you need just time to yourself and your schedule isn’t as tight but you feel guilty about not following your routine.  Well this was me just a few days ago.

I felt guilty and yet I just wanted to lounge around.  It took me a few minutes and YES. I stood up shouted my name and gave myself permission to just do NOTHING.  Of course this was not for a long period of times but for a couple of hours and I felt good.

I was very pleased at myself afterwards and my day went GREAT.  My energy and focus were on point, I got a lot accomplished. Will I do this regularly, NO but I now know should I make this decision not to feel guilty.

I encourage you too to give yourself permission to do something you feel guilty about, now make certain it’s legal and not harming you or anyone else.  Enjoy it and feel the reward later. I Gave Myself Permission and now so should you.