Preparing For My Workouts

 

Once again here I am sharing my fitness journey, I love to because really it is not easy as a 1, 2, 3.  I have to prepare.  I have to mentally tell my self WHY I am on the journey, which sometimes require a few minutes of meditation.  The meditation helps me to prepare my mind and body, to calm down to temporarily remove thoughts of the what needs to be done later,  and concerns of others …. I have to focus on myself .

I focus on my strength and power within to give my all or as I usually say my  100 through the entire workout.  Just a reminder my 100 varies it can be be an 80 but for that day it is a 100 because that is what’s in the tank .

My favorite “JUMP TO IT JUICE”, which I drink 20- 30 prior to my workouts on 80% of my workouts propels me to higher levels of energy.

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I’m sure there are a few things I may add to my preparation, but these are the tops and they work for me.

To a week of productive and awesome workouts also to filling your 100.

Is It Nutrition Or A Diet

 

This will be quick, because I for know how difficult it is to follow a “diet”.  I am one to follow 80/50 or 85/15 rule in my intakes.  Does this mean I don’t eat carbs? Uh yeah, honestly I cannot lift weights without carbs, but not over indulging.  Yes I enjoy holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and NO do not tell me what I should avoid during these times.  I will limit myself, which has taken me a minute to discipline myself.

I am honest I am short on following a diet of any kind, will I try YES. I am good for maybe 3 weeks then that’s it especially if it will hinder my workouts.  I do like portion control and the amounts I am to consume, thank you @autumn calabrese

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However if a diet works for you- YEAH.  I want to apply what I can use long term and not fade away because I don’t like it when I get hangry.  I like a nutrition that will become a part of my life and will help me on my journey to a “Healthier ME”.  I choose NUTRITION.

My One Week of Celery Juice Fad or…….

I see it on social media and an associate of mine was thinking of doing it but was hesitant. Of course curiosity was there and had been lingering for a few months now so I decided to give it a try.

First I want to say these are my results after a week and a week is not adequate time to form a conclusion as I’ve noted others have raved on different results and if I continue maybe I will see greater results.
Okay to begin with I have a history or well a diagnosis by GI (gastroenterologist) MD as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). My first day and my first few swallows I had several moments of belching, I know sounds gross. I also noticed specific foods only small quantities as they were high risk to cause a flare on the FODMAP were easily digestive, which means less bloating.

I am uncertain if it was the celery juice or my favorite “Shakeology” was kicking in strong but my off cravings decreased even more. My energy was also slightly elevated more than usual. Will I stop the celery juicing, ah no I am really curious to see if there are more benefits.

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This is not at anyway saying, “Hey y’all, this is the treatment for IBS, energy or curved cravings”. This is JUST MY current experiences and evaluation after one week. Everyone is different and responses to specifics are different.

Well, now I am adding celery juice to my journey for now.

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Workout Demon

Do you know him or her? What? You never met? Really? Well, the demon was disguised because you have met.  Yes you know when you hear, “you deserve a few days off” and you are just lazy, upset with the flow of the day, energy drained from dealing with BS, not that you really need those days off unless. Your workout trainer said so or you or on vacation, traveling. Okay to assist on the vacation or travel you can join me and be workout ready where ever you go.

BUT don’t let that “workout demon” deter you from your fitness journey. Kick him out the way and get your  workout gear on and GET GOING.

To a week of destroying the workout demon.

The Benefits Of A Challenge Group

What is a Challenge Group? , for sure it’s not a competition group. You are not competing against others or measuring your fitness level against another.  It is a group of individuals, you can reside in the same area or you can be all about the country.  You post and share your fitness journey with each other, you cheer and encourage one another on their greatness and progress.  So what about the not so good days, well you are not alone, you cheer each other through that struggle, positive vibes, encouragement.   You will not receive negativity its like a cheering squad with in a cheering squad and everyone in the group is on the squad.  So why is it a “Challenge Group”?, because the squad encourages you to challenge yourself to dig deeper on your journey, not to give up when you think “I can’t”and well make that 100 mark you thought was the end a new beginning. When you are at 50 you get that cheer from so many.

You get the cheer, the shares of suggestions to break plateaus, share your progress exchange recipes and oh my the list just grows.  Of course everyone does not require a challenge group but the benefit is priceless.

With this shared think about it, any questions, just ask me. Continue reading “The Benefits Of A Challenge Group”

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

I If there is anyone  who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.

It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey.  Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.

Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is.  There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.

Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.

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I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.

Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight.  Believe in it and believe in you.  We are both stronger than we  exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this .  To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”

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The People You Love Can Hurt/ Deter You

I know I am not the only one who has and will experience this.  Family members, spouses, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, you get it and YES they sometimes say things they hurt us on any journey be it physical as mine is or goal, accomplishment at work.

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For me it is my fitness journey.  I get remarks from love ones and by that I mean  family.  They notice every dang flaw, Oh I see that roll is there, those hips are you working out, girl get another serving or I’ll get you more looks like you are at a stand still in the haha weight loss so just eat it.

To you all, stop and evaluate your words, if I wasn’t strong, focused and determined I’d end my fitness journey.  Do you know what it takes to workout when your quads are burning like never before and keep pushing through.  Or that dress, or any clothing you thought you would fit perfect by now, but no and yes I am closer to that perfect fit just need to tweak a few things in the journey.  That roll is smaller, really I see it is still there every time I look in the mirror don’t need the reflection off your tongue and damn it don’t pinch it. I enjoyed the desert and no I know how to ask for more, perhaps you forgot it’s the inches and weight I’ve lost and losing- not my voice.  I shared the scale is not moving just making small talk.  I did not share my non scale victories, inches lost WOW, yes you can lose inches and not weight sometimes, did I just educate your negative thought again.  Thank me later with motivation and encouragement. Non scale victory is keeping my focus as it is my journey and know those closest to me don’t know what they think they know about me.

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However your words, actions did HURT me, for a minute okay maybe 30 minutes but I forgive you because you don’t know me after all.  Hopefully as I continue my journey you too will be willing to join me and change your mindset, fitness goals, and have a broader outlook on life.  YES because I do love you and see so much GREATNESS in you.