The Transition is Confusing Sometimes

As I continue on my fitness and before I complete the post I will stop just for a moment. If YOU are anyone you know that is interested in working out at home and would love to join me and begin their own or even you, your own fitness journey, I welcome you and just send me your email for additional information. No commitment just info.

Back to this transition thing, on my journey I workout, giving my 100 and am so disappointed when I do not see the changes I want. Should I stop? what the heck am I doing incorrect? Is it time to look at another program? Did my nutrition get off? Just WHAT?

I ask myself all these questions and there are answers. It’s usually my nutrition and I forget to look at the non-scale victories. I know I have shared this before and will continue at intervals to remind myself and you. When on a fitness journey we will have so many non scale victories overlooked.

That scale can be a friend and an enemy. How so because we forget the non scale victories and these are actually what gives us strength. How. well the scale cannot weigh in on how you’ve improved your positive attitude in life even more so than normal (because I know you’re already positive), your commitment to yourself and respect to yourself and others. How your energy is higher and you are doing more for YOUR life as well as happier. Your clothes are looser and you’ve increased your weight lifting range, run longer, jump higher or step higher. Now if this could be weighed in on the transition it would be awesome, but it can’t.

What now, well it’s up to you and me. It’s our mindset and we must remind ourselves of the victories we have achieved on a fitness journey. But don’t stop with the fitness journey on any journey in your life look at the accomplishments. We’re closer than we think.

CLOSER, yes because if we continue I know the change we are moving towards is there. I know if I continue on my fitness journey that transition is there. KEYWORDS continue and don’t stop.

I Love Veggies, I Do But……

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Oh my this is so a problem.  I love vegetables.  I can eat them cooked any way including raw for most of them.  So what is the BUT, well I have IBS  and some of them just don’t agree with me.  They want to make be bloated and all gassy.  Do you know that discomfort well it’s there and it’s a good thing I work out at home because the release during the workouts haha just glad I’m at home.

Now the biggest help in this is my superfood drink.  It is not by anyways a cure for IBS or a prescription for IBS.  JUST know for ME, my superfood is load with so many vegetables, vitamins, fiber, digestive enzymes, pre and post biotic, adaptogen herbs and botanicals, shucks the list goes on and on.  Most of all it decreases my IBS discomfort and  my nutrition isn’t compromised with the smaller amounts of veggie consumption.

Once Upon A Time

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Do you ever think was I doing it wrong? or maybe my body requires this now with age? Okay before you reply to the second question I already know our bodies make changes with age so don’t focus on that question too long. But really the change I’m referring to is associated with my workouts.

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I once would do an intense workout, sweaty, stopping to catch my breathe then resume and after the workout shower and begin my day or just pick up where I took a break. But nowI am sipping on water or my hydrate during the entire workout.  Today I’m thinking what changed? or was I just going through the movements and not giving my 100 or nowadays my 125?  However I must say I feel my workouts now and really enjoy them.

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Perhaps I was just going through the movements sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know.  How about you do you hydrate during your workouts?

What Works For Me

Today I was informed I should have a light breakfast with high protein before working out. Nope that doesn’t work for me. If I eat prior to a workout well light or not I will have to wait a minimum of 2 hours.  I’m sure it’s my faulty GI, slow at metabolizing or breaking down the food.

What happens if I try prior to 2 hours? Well I get nauseated, then I have to stop so many times because it feels like I’m about to puke, so no I cannot eat prior to a workout. BUT I can drink my “jump to it juice”.  Yep 20 minutes later I’m ready to push harder, lift heavier and my adrenaline flow is on a high.

ENERGIZE

I’m Dialing A New Number

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I am, I must because if I want to progress toward my goals I need to dial a new number.

It’s important so important to know when it’s time to make that change.  For me that change is when I see complacency and that’s what I am seeing in my nutrition.  With that said I’m dialing a new number, I am increasing my commitment in the nutrition area of my fitness journey.

Now that does not mean I will not eat desserts, or snacks or 100% healthy food everyday. REALLY, heck no it means I need to be more aware of my portions because I can sometimes over do it.  I need to when possible keep the hydration on point and most of all I need to believe in me.  Yep believe I can do what is necessary to see a continuous progress in my journey.

I’m dialing….

Where Do You Start

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I’m getting this question from co-workers, friends well no need to give a list because it is the question of concern.  Where Do I Start.

There is no correct or incorrect way to begin a fitness program.  If you know of no health issues or feel safe to be examine by your PCP do so, however that may be difficult with the current COVID situation if so settle for telehealth (virtual MD visit).  Hopefully this will erase your concerns or erase the “excuse”.  If you need to see the MD for an excuse knowing you are healthy then yeah, you’re not ready to begin any fitness journey.  You must want to change before making the change.

Where do you start if all is well, ask yourself
A. What is my current fitness level. You already know if you’re active or not.
Am I ready to go harder or stay at the same pace. Newbies don’t over do it because you will either push through the muscle soreness or quit.
B. What am I looking for muscle strengthen, muscle building, cardio, barre, dance, boxing or all of it. You have to know what you want and you will progress to all of it but first know what you feel comfortable with. Remember whatever is your choice you can always modify.
C. Are you a gym person (now that most are re-opened), or all you a streaming person as I am. There are many streaming workouts but the one I use is too awesome. There are multiple trainers and a calendar to follow with each program. I’m uncertain what other streaming work outs have to offer. But if you are looking for a team, a calendar workout with a multitude of choices leave me a comment and let’s chat.
D. Make a decision and just start, jump in you will be welcomed wherever you begin.
E. Don’t forget you may have to adjust the nutrition, again don’t start making drastic changes.

Now Blast Off to YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY

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Weight VS Inches

We are all different in many ways and people’s body react differently.  I have received frowns and an um when I say, the weight is not changing but the inches are decreasing.  I’ve been asked how is that so? Well to be honest I don’t know but I do know I’m not the only one that experience the weight / inches mystery  on their fitness journey.

People, people, people we are all different  in so many ways.  Just know some people lose weight and the inches slowly peel off, some lose weight and inches, some like me a little weight, a lot of inches then they both slow down.  The good news is it will all come together. How I again don’t know. However I will say for certain if you keep moving forward, putting in the workouts, and have good nutrition intake the results will come. Most of all  stop 🛑 comparing. We all (those of us on a fitness journey) have similarities and difference BUT we need to embrace our individual uniqueness as we all cross the finish line of achievement- OUR GOALS.

I’m A Snacker

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Yes, yes, yes, I am a snacker which means I try to always have healthy choices around.  There are times I do crave and will eat potato chips. Are these chips a healthy brand, NOPE, if I crave it there is no substitution for Lays.  I do however have healthy choices available.

I am good with Beachbody bars available in 3 flavors. beachbars

The third is a chocolate almond crunch. I also make my own, say what? Yes I make homemade granola which is not only for a snack, but I sprinkle on my salads and vegetables.

Now to the snacking it is not daily but I am working on stopping the snacking and increase my hydration (water) which helps when I want to snack without cause. I have also become aware of snacking when I get impatient, stress or having to make certain decisions. Again it’s water, but there are days I do just need a snack because I’m not able to sit down for a meal. Or at work swallow a meal in 5 minutes, its just that way.
I will continue however to work on my snacking but for now I will keep it as healthy as possible.

Friday – The Week Workout Wrap UP

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I am so happy Friday is here, just kidding and mocking so many people.  I’ve learned through years of growth in so many ways to enjoy and cherish each and every day.  I’m one to raise my hand as I know each day, week, month will have different levels of joy as well as there is a lesson in each whether we are aware of it or not, IT’S THERE.

I completed my 5th week of Barre Blend, by the way if you’ve never tried a barre work out and think it is too easy you have wronged yourself in so many ways.  Nonetheless I completed week 5 and continue to use 2 lb. weights, there will be no heavy weights in a barre workout.  I learned that quick. My balance has improved so much and for reason or reason unknown to my  shoulders have been on fire with each workout this week . Next week will begin week 6, there are 8 weeks in this program which is streamed on BOD and who know I may just repeat it again, because I did not know what I now know about barre workouts.

To complete my week in full as I love Barre Blend I will do heavy lifting not that it’s necessary to complement the barre workout because I love weight lifting.  As I continue my fitness journey and note the changes in my body as well as my nutrition I get so EXCITED. Excited for the change but to know I did not stop or give up on me regardless to unsupportive friends and family. Age  is not the factor but learning to accept, respect yourself is and sometimes it has to be about YOU.

So this week give Yourself more on whatever journey you are pursuing and make it about YOU, because it is.

The Components of Fitness

It is everywhere, what fitness that’s what.  Fitness in ads on every media and so many begin a fitness program and so many begin, stop then begin again as well as many begin and just stop.

Fitness has many components and its not just the workout, say what? Yes many components and here are a few.

1. Workout- There are levels to any workout begin at your most comfortable level, then advance. Don’t compare yourself because everyone is different of course there will be similarities. It’s okay if you challenge yourself to a higher intensity in a workout and out of nowhere you have to adjust the intensity a bit lower, that’s gain; you’re responding to your body’s capability for that day.
2. Sleep – You want a good workout, well you need to get a good sleep in. I cannot decide the hours for you but a tired body cannot give 💯 percent in a workout. Oh you can go through the motion, but why? You should want to get the most out of your workout so get that slumber in.
3. Nutrition- So important, don’t over eat as well as don’t under eat.
4. Commit- How many days are you able to workout each week, commit to that number
5. The scale- yeah, about that gadget, it can only tell you how much you’ve gained or lost and it is important it cannot tell you how you feel about yourself, the new energy you now have, how many reps you’ve increased, increased flexibility, inches lost and so many other changes. Is the scale important, uh yes it has a role but don’t ignore or forget “all those non scale victories”

Okay just know these are a few components and very important in your fitness journey. I still have to remind myself of them so to woo hoo to the components of fitness.