I am not certain how everyone else feels, but for me there are days I have to check myself. When I say check myself I mean my attitude on fitness journey.
You ever look at someone who is so fit, toned and muscles popping in the right place? As a female I think muscles are awesome as long as you do not look like the Hulk 24-7, but flexing, contest I just adore. I am so guilty in comparing my journey and success of journey to others and look at someone else and do the EVIL thing. I say it is evil because we are made up differenlty, our bodies, response to different workouts, food consumption, metabolism. Instead of admiring of course I am one to always complement, but that EVIL which is
Yes “Compare” is unfair to me to you. Everyones’ struggle and success is different. Instead of comparing I have learned and must remind myself to set goals and continue my journey. Goal setting allows me to check myself and see my own success. So I say let’s eliminate the “evil”
Instead let’s love ourselves and whatever journey you are on stay focused because you are already a winner, achiever.
To a winning week of GREATNESS.
Have you tried it? I mean really reading developmental and motivational books. I have read so many developmental as well as motivational books by some of the greatest gurus in every industry. And as I have gotten older and wiser I realized I failed them. The reason is any type of developmental or motivational book will never help you, if you do not apply what you are reading.
I know everyone don’t need this and it does depend on your life, where you are, your goals. I use it for several reasons personality due to my low self-esteem and also on my weight loss and health journey, my work place and business. I’m not certain of other people I know MY grow requires assistance, guidance and have learned to raise my hand when I need HELP. HELP decreases or eases the struggle just as my reading of so many others blogs haves assisted me in many ways and “Thank You” if you are one of several I follow.
The need to be strong I have it. The need and desire to continue on I have it. What I do lack at times is the motivation I need to help me unwind, unleash, push up the ladder, to get over fears.
If you are lacking in any area of your life family, friends, relationships, workouts, job-related issues, this list can go on, but I am stopping, sure you get it; I suggest find a book of motivation, one that you can relate to and trust me it will give you a different persona of yourself and will help you be the greater person that you know you are, as I am finding a greater me.
This week I am reading an awesome book. “Get Over Your Damn Self ” by Romi Neustadt. I just completed chapter 3, but I have applied some of my learnings from previous chapters and I see personal growth.
To a week of a GREATER YOU. Continue reading “Developmental and Motivational Reading Does it Help”
Weightlifting can sometimes be a challenge. There are days I can bench 85 -100 pounds, I can squat the same amount, and then there are days…….. I must decrease my weights. Sometimes it is because of a RA (rheumatoid arthritis flare), but there are days I just don’t have the strength.
Of course there are factors that can affect this. Factors such as in adequate hours of sleep, too little or too high caloric intake, usually it is the too little, stress, inadequate fluid intake. These are just a few. However I do encourage myself as I encourage anyone else that experience days as this, to just decrease the weights and keep going.
I know a as I sometimes motivate myself to not give up, do not be disappointed; you are a WINNER don’t stop now. To a great week of WORK OUT and being STRONG.
Every day, every week, time your workouts. The purpose of scheduling your workouts is so that you get the ultimate response from each and every squat, cycling, bench press, push up that you do. If you schedule your workouts and really incorporate them into your daily and weekly life you become committed. It is now a habit.
It is essential as I have found, yes there are times I must adjust, the times not the workouts nor do I omit a workout planned on a day. Well only if I am experiencing an arthritic flare (severe). I do adjust if I am physically fatigued, because I know that will be a poor, piss workout. On the flip side if I have allowed frustration to enter into my life I will go for it, (these days I give it a bit more) and I feel great after. A power nap really makes a difference for me, I se an alarm and use no excuse when it goes off, COMMITMENT and my WHY.
To a great week and a great workout!!!!!!!
Is it ? is it always good to push the limits in a workout? I’m not sure about this. I do think it is individualized and everyone must know their limits.
I do believe pushing the limits is great when you have had adequate sleep, nutrition, energized and ready for the challenge. As for myself I know that without either of the stated not only am I unable to push the limits my workouts are so sluggish. When I feel this going on especially with me getting into the weightlifting I know it is best for me to put that day on the burner or take a nap to rejuvenate myself.
One of my worst regrets that I have found out in my workouts is when I do a half @$$workout. I feel like I have cheated myself and wasted my time, when all I had to do is either take a nap are just do it all tomorrow. Which sometimes this happens that I end up doing it all tomorrow.
I have learned to value my time; but the greatest thing it all workouts is to have a relationship with your body and know your limits went to push through and went to pull back.
To beginning a new relationship with your body and workouts have a great day of work outs.
Increasing your weights is a decision that I have found several females have difficulty knowing when and how much. This should be a very easy decision, how ever it can be made difficult if you are listening to the negativity of weightlifting especially for females.
I know as I have and many females have her lifting heavy weights will make you bulky. There is truth and there is none truth to this. The truth is there are female bodybuilders that put a lot into their weightlifting and they are going to bulky, but also lean. And that is a routine that they are working on a goal that they have in mind. If you just want to work out with weights which will make you leaner, burn fat faster and really make you look good increasing your weights will not make you bulky.
If you are a new weightlifter as I am at an older age as I am just kidding any age female your body will tell you when it’s time. The current weight that you are using will become so light and make the workout feel useless it is time the end to increase your weight. Our you can stay at your same weight but increase your reps you will still get the same results. However if you feel that you’re not challenging yourself it is time to increase the weights.
As females we must become the master of what we want to be, our own goals, believing in ourselves. Now put a plan into action erase the negativity in thoughts and words and become the best YOU are at weightlifting.
To a week of unleashing negativity and building those muscles I’m wishing you the best.
Today was a great leg day workout:
Side to side squats 25x2x10x3
Alt. weighted squat jump 20 x10x3
Figure 4 squats 20x10x3
Slider side lunge 20x2x10x3
Low rocking side lunge 20x2x10x3
Sumo double slide 20x10x3
Sumo cross jump 20x10x3
Goblet sumo squat 40x10x3
What a leg day