I Still Remember My “Third Leg”

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Puzzling as it sounds, I had a third leg or so it felt like. I often reflect on his to remind myself of again my transition and gains on my fitness journey.  I know I’ve shared this before and it is necessary for me to reflect on.

I have a history of horrible eating disorder.  Yes I’ve been through it all, anorexia- which I could go for a month or longer on water or a Sonic Route 44 once a day.  Bulemia if I consumed a meal greater than 500 calories or another bulemia is to workout until my burn has 3 to 4 times greater than my intake.  Oh yes I occasionally abused laxatives.  I was thin shapely an VERY VERY unhealthy.

On the flip of this I went through phases of just binging and binging and yes you guessed it, more binging.  I was large and angry because the manufacturers were making their clothes smaller.  I was not willing to accept the fact I was eat and had eaten out of smaller sizes.  I yo-yo for a minute then the third leg reality came.

I had a third leg.  I had gone from XS scrubs to XL and they were getting tight.  I one day put on my scrubs, right leg, left leg and I literally had to raise my abdomen up and drop it in my scrubs.  Now most people gain abdominal weight all around no mine just hung like a leg.  I privately cried and did not want to use the bathroom at work because of how long it took to undress and redress after doing my business.  I took a look and knew I needed to change and that’s when my fitness journey begin.

Do I fall off track sometimes but guess what?  I don’t have a third leg and NO I’m not back in XS scrubs but I am in M and they are getting just a bit loose but nearly enough for a small.

I eat normally, my intake fluctuates as so my craving but thanks to “ultimate portion fix and the containers” also 2BMindset my nutrition is one of health.  My workouts are all on point, streamed Beachbodyondemand.

So bye,bye third leg and on with my fitness journey.  To you I send my best that you can wave bye to anything in your life you are not excited about and move forward to your goal or goals as they just keep coming.

 

Workout Gains

 

What the heck, who wants to gain doing workouts? Well that depends on your goal and it is all positive.

If you’re working out with weights there are benefits, yes you will gain muscle, heavier weights you will bulk up.  You can also get firmer and toner even leaner with weights.  For the females with that fear of bulk, it’s your weight lift or squat.  In other words how heavy, but before you bulk you will burn so many calories. Oh yeah your nutrition will have to also change for a bulk.

But the gains I’m focused on is all personal.

1. Attitude is positive and if you’re already there then it is enhanced
2. Personal appearance, you give it a little more attention and you should because your inner beauty or handsome good looks begin to exhibit. Now I want to share that inner to outer beauty was always there sometimes being hard on ourselves we don’t always see it. But now you are feeling it and your outer vision on you begin to see a different person.
3. You feel powerful on decisions and with this just may be open to more challenges you once feared.
4. Nutrition will change and once again you feel power and energized- “come on workouts”
5. Interactions with family, friends, co-workers, colleagues totally change. They will be at a loss. It’s okay sometimes a shock is good for a few of them.

So as that scale slowly change or fluctuates just remember all the “WORKOUT GAINS”. I’ve shared only a few but there are so many more.

To a week of workout gains……

Intermittent – Why I Can’t

There is so much going on in the fitness world, workouts, diets, and fasting.  Intermittent fasting is getting a lot of chatter and so far I’m hearing good results.  I was approached by a colleague and asked if I’d ever tried it.  My face went blank and I stared before I answered because I could tell by her excitement she had tried it and was doing it regularly.

Why did I stare, well I hadn’t shared my fasting days, which were really my anorexia days.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be judged.  Not that it matters on this subject but the negative conversation that come up I just wasn’t feeling it. I did however share with her the details why I can’t intermittent fast purposely.

Purposely yes, some days life just keep me busy before I realize it has been 18 hours darn near 24 sometimes that I have eaten.  My blood sugar is low, my attitude is not very pleasant and I’m hangry.   When this happens I make certain my first bite will be either a protein, for me usually peanut butter or a protein bar or a plate of veggies.  I then follow up with a glass of water, wait a few minutes and I’m okay.

Intermittent fasting is not for me due to my volleying anorexia, bulimia, and overeating I just try to do it  all my way. Yep eating 85/15 sometimes 75/25 (not often) and working out and hanging onto my fitness journey in a healthy way.  My eating fluctuates because I do use portion containers –  Portion fix with Autumn Calabrese is good in making sure your nutrition is not lacking so you can eat almost anything. Now 2BMindset another nutrition intake on Beachbodyondemand.com with Ilana Muhlstein. Eating what you normally eat at specific times and portion make a HUGE difference. Which is my favorite, uh neither. No favorite when they both are batting 100.

To prevent myself from slipping back into unhealthy eating habits I will not test myself because I know my relationship with myself.  I do applaud all doing the intermittent fasting and with great results. Keep up the greatness within you and what works for you.

SO to everyone let’s eat…….

Response To a Workout-my change, your change

Working out for fitness and seeing the body’s response can be fast or slow.  This is the tea- WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT.

Knowing that we are different is to say there will be different responses.  The worst thing is to compare your body’s response to another.  I learned this and had to refocus on ME.  I know that my metabolism is off due to my history of an eating disorder and it’s going to take a bit more of everything not just workouts but nutrition as well.  With this known I know my response to any workout program is going to be slower. Am I upset well NO.

If you want CHANGE it is first to know yourself.  Knowing yourself is to know your body. Cardio workouts may give you little response and weight lifting may display a huge change  or vice versa.  Proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats does not react the same in everyone.  Again I say, know your body and if you don’t just move things around and figure it out or consult a nutrition, metabolism testing helps decide which food groups works best for you.  But whatever you DON’T STOP” just because your results are not as fast as someone else or different body parts are responding slower.

Also don’t forget the non scale victory or should I say victories because there are so many. Just keep working out and know and believe change is happening and your goal awaits. To weeks of VICTORY for working out I’m  saluting you with an extra lift.

The Struggle is REAL

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It is, and I’d say it one thousand times.  There are many struggles for me on my fitness journey.

1. Pushing myself to workout when I want to be just lazy which is not a good idea because I know me I’d use that excuse even when I’m not.

2. Making certain I don’t over indulge when I’m celebrating with friends and family.  It is so easy to over indulge and there is a difference between enjoying yourself, (which I do) and over indulging.  When I consume way too much my workouts are TOUGH.  I be breathing harder, a 40 pound dumbbell feels like 90, two jumping jacks feel like I’ve ran a mile so I’ve learned, however there are a few times I forget.

3.  When life challenges appear and you want to throw in the towel and just stop everything.  For life challenges drain me, energy and all.  On these time I PRAY and ask God for guidance and strength.  Of course I read and listen to Personal Development books and podcast.

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These are a few of my struggles and I pedal through, keep the focus and  goal in my vision.  For those who struggle just know you are not alone and you too should keep the focus and goal and know your goals are achievable.

Overworking The Muscles…is it possible?

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Why yes it it.  I know when my workouts are super successful when I am all sweaty, muscles fatigued and I have to sit for a few minutes before contemplating my movements.  This is awesome, BUT there is a BUT with an intense workout it is necessary  to do several things.

1. HYDRATE –hydration is good for the body and muscles and should be done during and post workout.  The choices are enormous and the choice is yours.  For me it “Hydrate”  that’s the name a supplement that supplies my body the essentials naturally and without added sugars.  Water just water is good it is also good to add Himalayan salt to the water.  These are my three choices but there are other products I just don’t use them.

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2. REPLENISH – replenish the muscles with proteins post workout, again there are many what I love most is “Shakeology” , whey or vegan.  My choice is vegan .  If the muscles are worked hard, they need to be refueled. Can’t operate on empty or low fuel to an outstanding level.  You do know you are outstanding, if not well you’ve been informed so refuel post workouts.  Refueling doesn’t necessary have to be a protein shake any protein is good.  A shake is my choice.

3.  STRETCHING- It’s just easy to complete a workout and move one but stretching post any workout is so important especially with weight lifting. You lengthen the muscles out and get to enjoy the stretch, decrease the chances of increased muscle spasms, you are also cooling both the muscles and the  body down as well as your breathing slowly returns to normal.

Overworking the muscles just  doesn’t mean giving 100 % but you are giving 150 and more but it is necessary to reward the body as I’ve  learned, so it will be prepared for tomorrow’s workout.

To all the over achievers on their workout journey, keep doing you- you are so amazing.

Can Skinny Be Healthy

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Can skinny be healthy, well there are two answers to the question, I know confusing but there is an explanation. Sometimes individual appear to be skinny but they really are not. Let me explain.  Skinny.

Skinny is unhealthy if you have an eating disorder as I have experienced.  Skinny by means of skipping numerous meals, this is UNHEALTHY.

Skinny because you’ve changed your eating habits, increased proteins, decreased carb intake, healthy fats, working out and the pounds are shedding with increased muscle tone, this is HEALTHY. Also this skinny which it is not, but strong with toned, lean muscles appears to others to be skinny.

So there are the answers simple and easy to understand.  There are other factors to each but I wanted to make it simple sometimes a long explaination is not necessary.

To a HEALTHY week,  no a HEALTHY LIFE.