I knew exactly what day it was and I looked at the calendar to follow which muscles would be at work today. I compared the previous week weights and thought I would increase my weights but I was in for a BIG AWAKENING.
The sequence was changed. Okay I thought and was so wrong because the muscle groups (chest and back), also changed my ability to lift heavier weights. Oh yes I was able to increase on certain routines and others I had to decrease. Honestly I didn’t have to decrease but if I hadn’t, I would’ve been able to do 2 maybe 3 reps instead of 10. I was and still am satisfied with my decision.
I know now not to be so hasty in choosing my weights, at least before knowing the trainers workout plan of sequence… AND my fitness journey continues.
Weight lifting has become a HUGE part of my fitness journey, and I am still working on as well have improved on my nutrition which is major. I am fond of my home workouts for reasons I shall share later but my focus is on weight increase.
My workouts are with a trainer, and still at home. There is a sheet to record weights used and monitor growth and the trainer actually suggests when to increase the weights. I am good in following the trainers because they have more knowledge than I. However if my current weight use is still challenging I will not increase for reasons of : possible injury and compromising form to get the benefits. When I am able to lift, lunge or press with weights that are not challenging or I am able to do 3-5 more reps without feeling a challenge then I will increase my weights.
I know by how much well, this depends on what I have at home. There weights in between the 5 pound increase such as 10 to 12 instead of 15 or 15 to 17 instead of 20 and yes 20 to 22 instead of 25. Oh yeah I am speaking of dumbbells because I can increase in increments of 2 or 2.5 on the barbels. For me I have only that 12 on the dumbbells so I have to up my weights by 5 . Which I do with caution.
Cautious weight increase is important to stay on the journey without injury and to benefit from the challenge of increasing the weights. To a week of increasing weights and or reps with safety.
It was Saturday, I completed 6 weeks and sometimes other workouts and a run but my focus was on this specific workout. For 6 days a week, 20 minutes for 6 weeks. On Day 1 that was it, but I felt I owed it to myself to try another day. Day 2 I knew I should have followed my first instinct just STOP but I went on to the next day. Day 3 the words of motivation pushed me through and each day the trainer gave motivation to complete the workout but words that empowered a higher level of GREATNESS within.
Why did I cry? Because I was going to stop at a level I thought I was capable of in working out and trust me in 20 minutes I was stoked at the intensity and burn I received. Sometimes we assume as I did that we are functioning at a level be it in workouts or just daily living we have grown in. Believe me don’t there is such a higher level of you as I found out of me that exist and once that goal is reached you cry tears of joy. My tears were of joy because I’d discover a greater strength of ME.
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.
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.
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.
TRUE, TRUE TRUE, I enjoy working out, I am one that believe it is not an age limit. I know there are individuals of all ages that have limits of mobility, aches and pain. The body immune system does not attack according to age.
I have been blessed to meet individuals of all ages, sizes and definitely ailments. The one thing I encourage them all as they may say I wish I could walk, run, or be as active as I was before….., How do you feel about yourself. About yourself, not your physical mirror reflection because sometimes I run from mine and the picture of my last 5K I should keep running.
Okay back to YOURSELF, the inner you, your greatness, the positive mindset you share with others, how you have assisted a friend, your family, your child, neighbor the mean or nice coworker. How many hours of sleep have you forsaken to assist someone, the compliments you give, your smile, your laughter, your hug, your nod was great too. There is so many more words to describe the inner beauty of you just take a moment and look inside. YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.
To the moments you are LOOKING INSIDE and the beauty of it all, Have a GREAT ONE>
I am in my second week of changing my routine and not just for my workouts. I read a lot of motivational self-help and inspiring books. I have also learned in my readings I am unable to apply all I am reading because it does not apply to me well not at the moment but maybe in growth I can apply.
With this said I have and continue to learn to adjust my life’s and workout routine to better fit my Life and with positive outcomes. At one time I was so confused in gathering my learnings and applying but learning and applying means that which will assist you for now. The other learned knowledge may need to be applied later. It’s the momentum of growth. However you may need to perhaps reread or highlight so later you can find that motivational point later.
I want to share what I have learned, it all works, just know when to apply, and when it does not apply to you at the moment.
CHANGE and GROWTH is GOOD, make this week another Growth of Greatness for YOU.
This past week-end, specifically Saturday, I did nothing, well nothing productive. I did look at movies on HallMark yes that was it.
I woke up early 5:30 AM, and begin to evaluate my week and was not happy, I made excuses and more excuses and then I used to age thing. Yes, that’s it I am older and I am….. blah blah blah. I was satisfied with that. Satisfied and then the guilt set in.
Why did you not plan out the week, meal prep, and a few other things I neglected. I was upset at a few things that had happened at work and being dedicated, leading in areas, I was over looked on a few things with a personal apology because it was too late to change.
What? Why? And How long?, do you allow situations to affect yourself, your values and YOU. How long?, I am not sure about you but for me it was for this time, because it may happen again, one day. One day too long. I had to evaluate myself and shake it off. Yes shake it off. There are things we can change but the past sometimes gives us strength.
I am stronger than I was on Saturday, I have reclaimed MYSELF as well as taking my experience as a growth and tool in life to use.
Tears dried, focus on point and my life has resumed Yes so Sunday I worked out harder than ever, prayed for my new growth because of the past and feel GREAT. I gained in many ways (not weight) in one day.