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.

Keeping The Focus

It is a MUST especially now,, and I am constantly reminding myself.  With all that is going on in the world today and the virus.  It is frightening especially if you are a healthcare worker as I and or an individual that is required to appear on the job as scheduled.

I say be aware of what is occurring, use every precaution necessary to protect yourself, but most of all don’t forget your focus.  I am reminding myself to stay focus on my fitness journey because the news updates can depress you, me all of us.  Let’s not forget we still have to live and that does not mean connecting to the media 24 hours or every awakening hour.

I am one to say how afraid I was, the changes although to protect us all and how quiet it feels even if  there are many disregarding alerts as well as precaution.  IT CAN BE DEPRESSING.

Again I urge us ALL to stay focus, live the life we are provide daily, apply the precautions (handwashing, washing off equipment in gym, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, or when at work wash equipment, if you are seek beyond your know allergies (this is allergy season) contact your PCP). Most of all  KEEP THE FOCUS.

To weeks of adhering to precautions and Keeping Your Focus.

Nutrition is So Important

Of course we all know nutrition is important, well more so when working out.  What so many do not know and I raise my hand or both because I lack the knowledge as well.  There are a various types of nutrition and not just unhealthy, healthy and healthier.

There is a nutrition for losing weight, reducing the caloric intake be mindful of the foods you eat. Losing weight also means to make certain you are taking in enough nutrition, if not there can a down side. Yes the scale will show a decrease at first which may be rapidly then the plateau comes along with other health problems.  The health problems may come later but not the plateau.  If the caloric intake is too low then the body begins to hold onto whatever it can to survive as well as your energy decreases.

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To reduce caloric intake make certain you’ve consulted a dietitian, MD or for me Portion fix on BOD.  Portion fix breaks down the protein, carbs, fruit and vegetables necessary for a healthy weight loss and it includes about 85% of food we already consume.  Now there is another nutrition program I use 2B Mindset,  teaches me how to arrange the food on my plate, depending on the time of day, what to eat first, how to enjoy every celebration known.  In reducing our intake it is IMPORTANT to get the correct nutrition in for a healthy weight loss.  Psst…. I’m still working on my nutrition some days are a bit difficult than others.

Now, If you want to lose weight and pack on the muscles don’t get shocked.  Your intake will increase, you will lose the fat but that lean, healthy muscle may not reduce the number on the scale.  What does this mean, well you need to decide if. You want tone lean body or if you want tone, lean body with muscles.  Either way NUTRITION is key.  You can workout for hours but without the right nutrition you just maybe sabotaging your workouts.

To weeks of GREAT workouts and GREAT NUTRITION.

How Could I ?

How could I?, before I complete this let me share a few details.  I begin a new workout and still as I begin week 3 am uncertain if I will endure the 5 day, 30 minutes a day, 8 week program.  I committed to sharing my response to this program in weight loss or gains as well as in inches lost or gained.

This new workout is Barre and I’ve recently heard of barre but never thought to explore it until by streaming workout offered it. So here I am and it is not at all what I envisioned or thought after the first 10 minutes.  It’s a combination of Pilates, yoga, muscle training, ballet and just everything.  Yeah it has it all and the weight use is light.  Okay back to the the topic, How Could I?

I did good on the first week in inches more so than in pounds but I was satisfied. Nonetheless, week 2 I just lost it I ate a entire sleeve of Girl Scout cookies, and two days later I completed the second sleeve.  Now I’m still eating my usual meals and I log my intake and workouts.  Calories in, calories expended through workout and just daily steps and whatever activity I do and they vary.  I also went to a friend’s birthday party and I showed out in eating but not all at once. I ate cake 2 different flavors, and oh my those potatoes and corn with the crawfish were too delicious. I don’t eat crawfish but I confess I indulged in the potatoes and corn. NOPE I’m not saying how much I ate cause you’d loose a few breathe.

Now I weighed myself and took measurements I had the audacity to question what, I ran a few times last week and I monitored my intake. I lost 0.9 lb and 4 inches much less than the following week. What the heck is going on? I asked myself and myself reminded me. You enjoyed those cookies, corn, potatoes so that’s what’s going on.

I’m not saying you cannot enjoy life but I know you do have to monitor portion size and if you do over indulge one day then it should be that one day not every other day, which I am so guilty and raise both hands to guilt.  With a slow metabolism I knew better. SO with that “How Couldd I” expect a greater loss.

Working out no matter the level of intensity I the nutrition is off except a slow response. I’m not angry with myself because I staggered off my fitness journey but this week I am SO COMMITTED .  I say when you get off your fit journey or any journey just get back on. Don’t stay off, don’t get angry.  Keep it moving me, you, we are human we make our own positive recovery.  To a Positive WEEK.

Did You Do It

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Yes did you do it?  A few days ago there was again a new national day I was introduced to, “Ditch Your Resolution”, really.

Well if you did, I’m encouraging you to reinstate them especially if it is for your health and you had a workout plan and nutrition plan that you feel was useless and not working, again Really.

You must to begin with Believe in yourself  and also Have patience.  There is no sudden miraculous change  in the fitness and nutrition world, well surgery.  Otherwise you have to plan for the journey.  I know I once and sometimes wish for that miraculous change, but I also know it takes input on that wish.

Input the time in workouts.  The gyms are always busy in the beginning of the year, if you can change your time. Find out from the staff the least busy times.  If you cannot do that then you can join me workout at home with so many choices and trainers.  Whatever you do don’t give up on you.  Also don’t make huge challenges in your workout you know you are not prepared for. Start out gradual and then increase the intensity or minutes and your body will tell you when, just again don’t stop.

Nutrition change is a challenge for many so you are not alone but don’t go making drastic changes you know you will not adhere to.  Don’t set yourself up for disappointment, notice disappointment not failure because you are not a failure.  Slow changes again or hey I know of a few nutrition program that are lifestyle changes not temporary but for life and are simple to follow.

Okay with that all said how about reinstating those intentions again, you in? Say yes, nod your head yes, smile not DO IT back to that journey.

Performance and Nutrition

Performance and nutrition has such a impact in fitness.  Now there are two ways to look at this maybe three.

1. Performance is great whether you are running, weight lifting, cycling just what ever workout you do already you are awesome. Me I do it all just so that I don’t get bored (which is easy) and to prevent my body from hitting or staying in a plateau.
It’s so easy to workout and burn calories, which is awesome however you want to burn calories correctly. Burn calories correct, yes make certain you are burning fat not muscles. How to prevent this, well with nutrition.

2. Nutrition with performance, well if you’re working out to get lean then from my experience not documented in any journal I can decrease caloric intake but Nottingham must be within reason and that is something a person really has to discover. Too low then you will fatigue quickly and drag instead of being energize from a workout and the same is if too many UNLESS. Unless you are bulking for muscle gain.
Hint- lifting weight doesn’t mean you’re bulking, females again you hear that. Weight lifting actually assist faster in burning fat, increasing your metabolism and developing lean muscles. Now if you’re lifting super heavy and increasing calories yep there is a bulk.
Another hint- increasing calories means food with nutritional value and several times a day not 3 meals but 5-7 and a snack again this applies also to develop a lean body.

 

3. Performance and Nutrition it is so necessary to keep it balanced. Know and keep a log on how your body is responding to the workouts with your nutrition. You can use an app, calorie counting or containers (which is my favorites because it is no counting calories). However another method I sometimes use is 2B Mindset which is neither of the stated.

Evaluate your performance, nutrition and how your body is responding and know your goals.
To a week of Greater performance, improved nutrition as your transformation begins.