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.
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, 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.
Is it, I know all weight loss should be considered a great move, BUT all weight loss is not healthy. This sounds confusing but don’t read into it and don’t think I’m trying to confuse you. NOWAY.
I have a few friends 👬 on weight loss journey and feel they are doing good and they are. Their concerns is not their workouts but their nutrition because they are not sure if their current nutrition will be forever. First changing your mindset in nutrition is a plus x 20. This takes discipline and a lot of it. However if your change is a FAD hmmm, probably needs to be evaluated.
A change in nutrition should be a lifestyle change one you are getting adequate nutrition to sustain your body’s requirements and will be able to follow for the rest of your life. Temporary change does not assist in a healthy you, its like placing a board on a hole in the road. You want to be lose fat, build muscle be it lean or bulky, also know everyone lose and build at a different rate. I should know because there are months my change is slower than a snail or a turtle.
As mentioned in previous blogs find the change that works for and with you, because an unhealthy weight loss can be as damaging to the body as overeating.
To a journey of healthy weight loss- STRONG and HEALTHY is the new Skinny.
I know you are wondering what the heck? An app or containers, what does it all mean. On my fitness journey I am really focused on my intake, with any fitness journey change is NOT made by exercise alone. NUTRITION has a major role and with my years of eating disorder I must always be knowledgeable of my intake. This does not mean I don’t eat carbs I do, pastry of all types included. Do I sometimes in celebrating go over, yes just not daily or weekly. Before you think I also have those weird cravings and I again satisfy my cravings but not overly.
Having an eating disorder too thin, too thick, too skinny, too fat. I just want to be a healthier me without undereating or overeating. I do use an APP and I am guilty for not using it daily but I’m good for 5-7 days a week. The APP keeps me focused monitor my calories and breaks down my macros and micros all good also calculates my fat content. The APP as much as I like it it does not break down exactly how much proteins, vegetables, healthy fat, carbs I should take in. Am I saying APPs for nutrition are bad, NOPE they do work, you just need to know which is important.
Now to the containers, I am a team beachbody @teambeachbody.com fan, loaded with over 700 workouts with different trainers, and each have a nutrition plan with 95% of the food you already eat via use of containers or a method 2BMindset. Both are so awesome. The containers break down how much of it should each day to promote healthy intake as well as see results of your workouts. I’m getting better but I still need improvement.
When consuming the right amounts of food there is a lot of food, and when I’m really 100 on my nutrition I notice a greater results to my workouts.
Which do I choose, both sometimes I am so amazed as to how much food I consume with the containers and still be under versus just eating and inputting for macros and micros. They both work, its up to the individual to decide which works with their life style and workout. It’s also up to the individual to decide which APP is best for them.
My journey consists of the containers and Lose It APP.
To a week of Happy, Healthy, Good eats and Great Workouts.
Can you hear it, are you listening? Well can you and do you?
So many times I am guilty of not listening to my body especially when it comes to nutrition. I shared this with a friend as she shared she was not seeing results from a diet she was 100% in tuned to and noted weight gain and fatigue. We discussed the non scale victories and she denied so many and now she was getting depressed. I then asked how long 6 months. Was this necessary yes. There are so many times in change especially nutrition and workouts we look for “sudden change” , “immediate results”.
There are many that notice a change within a week and it is exhibited for others- GOOD FOR THEM. I’m not one to see rapid results and so many others are standing, sitting next to me on this one. I do (my opinion) believe in 4-6 weeks there should be at least one, always looking for more(that’s me too). If your body is sending signals indicating no, you note depression, getting ill and your PCP cannot find anything abnormal nor any of the other specialist and YOU believe it’s the change in nutrition just stop.
I know I’m no expert but what happens if you STOP evaluate for a few weeks to determine if the symptoms disappear. This is exactly what happened to my friend. She stopped the specific diet and in 2 weeks begin feeling energized, a weight change (decreased) and there were a few other rewards .
Every diet is not for everyone, every ones results are different. We as I have had to do tweak my nutrition many times. We just need to find out what works for us and our body as well as listen to the body. The body does speak to us, we just need to listen.
Now what is this? Stop pretending, well yes I once pretended so many times and let me share this is not with an imaginary friend, it was all about me.
I’d gain weight and I would go from mirror to see which mirror exhibited the best looking body I wanted, mind you still over weight but all mirrors are not the same and all are not truthful. When shopping I’d purchase sizes too small and return them stating something was wrong. Yep pretending. I pretended all the way to my undies until I purchase a pair that almost choked my circulation in my legs, again pretending.
I had to STOP PRETENDING. When you stop pretending you’re the size you was or want to be and look at yourself and LOVE YOUSELF for you, you will stop pretending. Not only will you cease with the imaginary view of you, gues what ? Well you will begin to implement changes in your life to get to the person, body or even mindset you want to be
You will as I did make realistic goals see the real and great you. You do know that you’re GREAT AWESOME right? If not well now you do so EMBRACE it. Took me awhile but I do so now and again so should you.
In my fitness journey sometimes I don’t see what I really want to or where I want to be but I erase the pretense, make changes tweak here and there and continue on the journey. I’ve learned Pretending is really wasteful time and will decrease progression.
This is exactly what I once had to ask myself. Isn’t it time I take control of my excuses of fitness. I had excuses greater than a thousand as to why I couldn’t workout and when I did workout I had excuses as to why I couldn’t perform a specific workout.
Okay I’m a FAN, LOVER of @beachbodyondemand. There are so many at home workouts and trainers. I was unable to get to the gym at one time like I wanted to, life changes so we (I), have to adapt. I joined the beachbody team because it was appeasing to my current life. What did I do? Yep I made choices on trainers to use and later which of their workouts I would do to make it better for me I decided which routine in the workouts I’d do. What the heck?
I wanted a refund because this $hit was not working for me. Truthfully it wasn’t not at all, did I deserve a refund well YES. Yes I really did but did I submit for one NO. Why since this was not working for me nor the gym and I wanted to stay on my fitness journey but I was lost in the travel. The gym was not going to work due to changes HOWEVER, @teambeachbody would. Why did I change well it was TIME. Time for me to admit several things.
1. I was not following the calendar set for each workout, I was making my own choices. Now this is so allowed by adding on but not by way of doing it my way. These are trainers and they have more experience with credentials.
2. When I did a workout I decided which ones I’d give 💯 to and just sit on the others or do very little because it looked difficult. I didn’t want to workout with the modifier.
3. I was not, as I now am continuously doing twerking my nutrition.
So no it’s was me I had to accept it was all me. It was time to accept I needed to refund my self a change of positive dedication to ME. Sometimes we must look to see if we are doing all of what we seek. If not then apply. Those difficult reps only required me to modify and then get in it and erase my own excuses.
To sum it up this has been a awhile back but I still sometimes am challenged and must remind myself STOP 🛑 the CLOCK, time for a mind reset. Yep it’s time.
To weeks of resetting your time clock of thinking for a GREATER YOU