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.
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 now, I 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.
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?
I think you may have forgotten as I shared recently while conversing with with a friend. We were just chatting about self care and what we do. The list, well her list was long mine was short. Facials (cleanse, massage, mask, hot oil, lotion), body massage, foot massage, my nails(I do myself) and the warm bubble bath just thinking about it. Now her list was on and on so I silently assumed she just sat a whole week aside or maybe two.
I threw in an important one “workouts”. I heard air flowing for a minute without sound, What? Yes working out for me is more than the physical input. It helps with my energy and mindset. I enjoy the sweat and the adrenaline flow puts me in a stronger, positive mode and really helps me through the day in so many ways. I also explained this to her and she didn’t agree. I accepted that, sometimes we just have to agree to disagree and not change our mind. I stand strong, yep my workouts are a part of my self care the effects are so awarding.
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.
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.
I am truly a at home fitness person for so many reasons. If you’ve read previous post you’d know my reasons. I don’t swipe out any one who goes to the gym, this at one time was a favorite of. Mine and honestly there are days I miss the gym and then I remember my why.
I stream my workouts and YES I love BOD. I also have a calendar to follow with the greater than 700 workouts but that number has increased (probably need to check my own accuracy). I have to push play and with the COVID19 right now it’s challenging me to push play. I had to evaluate and realize I was following all the. News about it and I as truthfully as the news is, it can also be just as depressing. I had to challenge my NOW new challenger.
How, well I’m up on the news and I must be as a healthcare worker and an essential person as I am now known, but not to overwhelm myself. I must continue to use all the precautions and social distancing and as told in childhood – “JUST FOLLOW THE RULES”. This is one of times not to deviate from the rules and express a different opinion (which would be irrational and unsafe)
I know I’m pushing harder in all my workouts once I begin, so that few minutes of meditation after listening to a podcast or reading PD (personal development) has helped me SO MUCH. Also my prayers. I include the entire country / world in my daily Rosary prayers .
Today I’m just sharing a challenge and how I’m pushing through. Please share your challenge and means of pushing through. To this challenge and overcoming it in a POSITIVE Outcome.
So WHAT, now do you know the meaning of that? I bet not, but so what.
Okay I have to tell myself this and I think others should too as long as we’re not doing it on a regular basis. I am good for meal prepping, or have ready made salad fixings especially when I’m extremely tired. BUT there are days I do toss it to the side not intentionally. Like when I forget to make a grocery list and pick up everything else but what I need for me because I have enough. I was wrong . This is a recent occurrence and what did I do.
Well I stopped at Burger King and purchased the Impossible Whopper. It was okay, a bit large in size and I was only able to consume 1/2 of it . I was okay with this and said so what. Yes because I knew I would not eat it again at least for awhile.
So what is not only for me but for Anyone feeling guilty about deviating from a workout, well you will resume so what, if you’ve gain weight and not happy about it but you have begin working out and changed your nutritional intake, so what to the weight gain.
What I’m saying is making change to a better you and with change you cannot focus on reaching goals if you waste time on the past. Yes that burger is the past because I will not eat it again for several weeks most likely months. Did it hinder my workout umm just slightly.
So WHAT, what matters and is so important is the change or changes you,me, we have decided on to reach our goals.
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.
That sounds weird as if I am a robot right? Well I’m no robot and troubleshoot is just what I’ve recently begin saying to myself. Why this term well I have to evaluate myself. Sometimes it’s my workouts and other times it’s life and the ball it tosses.
Workouts first. I sometimes hesitate maybe laziness, fatigue (which is different from lazy), stress, frustration and this list can go on but hopefully you get the picture. I have to evaluate my reason and why. The why can itself create a list. Now then it’s time to troubleshoot the why or whys. How?, well I must look at the reason for example if I am stressed about a situation. I look deeper to determine if it actually involves me (sometimes we get caught up on change or circumstances of others and it effects us). If it does involve me what can I do, or is it a situation of change I need to adjust to and move along. This usually applies to on the job. If it is personal then what do I need to implement to distress myself and immediately because stress can lead to a multitude of health issues. So there, I trouble shot.
I know some say resolved and it is but I feel I should go deeper and trouble shoot so I will not in a few weeks or month have to re-resolve. Just saying and it’s what works for me.
After resolution which sometimes take a few minutes, hours, days, a week or two and never prolonging into months. Using the example given in workouts once resolved I can give greater than 100 in my workouts and see results as well as feel better.
Life now. How do I troubleshoot that? Almost the same how am I affected and involved. Am I being a butthead and not wanting to adjust or is it a matter I need to handle? If it is the butthead I evaluate why am I being just that every reason I come up with I question it. If it an issue I need to handle personally then I implement a plan and follow through. Again resolved, resolution the same I just troubleshoot because I dig deeper in hopes of a zero return. It’s just me.
Either way I encourage you to evaluate the reason you sometimes delay your goals be it workouts or a life goal you are progressing in. TROUBLESHOOT IT.
It is, and I’d say it one thousand times. There are many struggles for me on my fitness journey.
1. Pushing myself to workout when I want to be just lazy which is not a good idea because I know me I’d use that excuse even when I’m not.
2. Making certain I don’t over indulge when I’m celebrating with friends and family. It is so easy to over indulge and there is a difference between enjoying yourself, (which I do) and over indulging. When I consume way too much my workouts are TOUGH. I be breathing harder, a 40 pound dumbbell feels like 90, two jumping jacks feel like I’ve ran a mile so I’ve learned, however there are a few times I forget.
3. When life challenges appear and you want to throw in the towel and just stop everything. For life challenges drain me, energy and all. On these time I PRAY and ask God for guidance and strength. Of course I read and listen to Personal Development books and podcast.
These are a few of my struggles and I pedal through, keep the focus and goal in my vision. For those who struggle just know you are not alone and you too should keep the focus and goal and know your goals are achievable.
It really did. I had personal things going on and I ALLOWED it to take my strength for a minute. But first I need to rewind from the beginning, usually after I do my my feline and canine chores in the AM I workout. Monday I decided to take care of a continuous pending issue which is personal and a different response from several people. I was about to explode and took a deep breathe, muttered a few quick prayers for strength and guidance. Did it get resolved, NOPE, but I will follow up in a few days.
With this, my energy was drained and I should have taken a few minutes to regroup but I did my set up, weights, workout mat and tuned into DAY 29 of my 100 days of workout. To begin I was not focused and almost stopped because my heart just was not in it. I paused my workout, took a deep breathe and did a mental conversation with myself. Allowing my strength, focus and energy to be taken away was a NO NO. Life is not always perfect but its how you handle it that matters. Staying focus and not losing sight of my goals is important because I know from experience if I do so without what I consider “ just cause” I’ll keep it up for a minute. That minute is not 60 seconds it could be days or weeks.
I prayed again, regrouped and gave my workout 100% of me. I must say I was proud. By the way I know that everyone is not a playful person I respect that, just respect that I am also I pray daily not only when situations arise; sometimes and some days I have to pray more.
To everyone I say, “stay focused on your goals be it a workout, life change, or empowering yourself for your greatness” Don’t allow situations to steal your focus, it’s life. Re-evaluate the situation, realign your focus and keep it moving, YOUR GOAL AWAITS
Just a few days ago, I’m not sure what was going on but after my first workout which was with weights I felt fatigued. Weird as it sounds it was not a normal fatigue like I’m tired but as if I was fatigued and wanted to do something else. WHAT the heck ? SOMETHING else, really. I had to check myself.
I do feel this way if I am fatigue from working out some fierce. Now I had given my 100 and had increased the weights slightly but the feeling of wanted to do something else. Hmm maybe I was a bit stressed but this usually pushes me to a GREAT workout. Was I being lazy? hungry? or just one of those days I didn’t want to do anything. Not sure but my remedy was to STOP.
I STOPPED, prepared myself a protein drink, read a chapter in my PD book and yep just like that I was rejuvenated. This does not always work but it did on this day and I kicked my second workout up a notch or two and gave it not 100 but 150.
I’m not sure yet what was going on but being committed to change is so important. I’ve learned do nothing for change will accomplish a 100 at nothing. Slow or Fast being committed will get me there. I reached my goal that day. Pushing Through with no excuses.