Yes, crazy not because they are too hard it’s the adjustment. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have since childhood and some days I have to think fast to modify. My workouts all have modifier which maybe too easy for me (I like to get the most out of my workouts). I do then have to either adjust an extremity to not cause injury. An example is a lunge, but of course there is not just one. I have to decide how far I will be able to extend the leg or bend the knee and sometimes this is not always easy. NO I will not just stop, I will adjust.
Another challenge I sometimes have are push ups, some days it’s a knee push-up, but when it’s that one knee and the thumb of one hand I was lost until I researched and there is another solution. I have to position my body the correct distance from the wall and do wall push ups and Yes you feel the workout.
So, yes this makes me crazy because I am not happy with going through the motion of a workout feeling as if I have not worked out. Now on the flip of this after I adjust through either a few reps and sometimes few sets my extremity warms up and I am full into the workout which is usually the last set.
I do sometimes think how would I feel if I’d stop and wait another day, well, nah just a thought. I know my body and mind if I accept one excuse I will continue to make another and another then I’m full of excuses and anger for making and accepting the excused them I’m even more crazy.
Yes, my workouts make me crazy to resolve and adjustment to warm up a joint, but NEVER do I have the desire to STOP.
My advice to anyone who wants to stop with an ache (not to cause injury) ADJUST dont’t STOP.
To a week of Greatness in your workouts, you’re the best.
This is my promise to me, on loving myself.
I promise to:
1. Workout a minimum of 6 days a week
2. Drink my water daily 1/2 my body weight even though some days it may be late and I will be up most of the night excreting
3. Run or use the treadmill a minimum of 3 days a week 30 minutes or greater
4. Listen daily to at least one no two (I already listen to darrendaily) podcasts to enhance the greatness I have unleashed in me
5. Motivate, encourage people daily
6. Remove myself from all negative conversation
This is my daily, weekly list and I know my canines and felines would like to be included but their demands are HIGH but I will meet them 50/50 since their list change daily.
To a great week, much love and really what promises would you give to yourself and NO NO this is not a late Resolution for the New Year.
How is your foundation? Mine shaky, but before I was able to build a foundation I had to build a platform. WHAT? What? Yes a platform was my outline what I want to achieve on my journey in other words my goals. Each goal is my foundation and I have built on each.
Each goal on my fitness journey requires different approach and some are the same which I have now named “neighbor goal”. Prior to this approach I would vision what I wanted to achieve and was making small gains but I would also become so frustrated because it took seem like forever on the small gains and then ….. complete silence. I’d start again to yeah stop again. What was going on? I had no platform and no foundation.
Now, that I do and weekly I’m able to look and check on all “staying focus”. This is my fitness journey and I am willing to climb a few mountains to achieve my goals, just keeping it real y’all.
To a week of GREATNESS on your fitness journey.
How good are you at following the great mass of people or will you follow your own path.
Following our own path (which is our goals, and outlook), can and will be different from the mass of people. Yet, another lesson I had to learn. I’m again not a spring chicken, but my energy and goals in MY life has a lot of energy and fuel in the line. It is so easy to follow the usual especially in my fitness, and just stop. I would love to, ha ha ha, that’s a HUGE lie. I love working out, lifting weights, high cardio, running. My fitness journey😊❤️ .
How about being an exception and just be you. I had to struggle with this phrase in beginning my journey. I still get sneers or someone come and pinch to see how much skin is loose or negative talk. I understand what they don’t and I am on my path. There are so many on the same path as me (another growth).
I am Following the flow that agrees with my fitness goals. What flow are you following? Please ask yourself and evaluate. To the positive flow in your life, MUCH LOVE!!
Positive encouragement and motivation is a Must on your fitness journey
YES, let’s encourage others. I accept all motivation and positive encouragement on my fitness journey. I am turning my head to negative input. What? You think it’s rude for me to turn my attention elsewhere or walk away. You Have got to be kidding, right.
Yes I will walk away or shut completely down in the negative conversation about my fitness journey. This was a learned behavior for me. I once would engage and try to explain my journey to the negative talkers and it DRAINED me so much. I mean it drained my mindset and energy that it as difficult for me to workout or I would just not workout for days.
Yes, I have grown in mindset positively and I encourage you as I too do, to encourage anyone on their journey in positive words and motivation. Believe me they are already struggling especially if they are just beginning.
It’s going to be a great day, week, month, year ….. For all on their fitness journey, YOU ARE DOING GREAT.
Thursday is one of the day I roll out at 3AM, that is for me to do my usual and to workout before beginning my “real day”. I never know when I am about to or have no precipitating factors indicating a RA flare is coming. Any hoo, I woke up with this lovely right thumb of mine swollen at the basilar joint, which can be painful.
It was per my schedule of LIIFT4, Shoulder day which definitely meant weights. It would have been so easy for me to just skip the workout until later, or completely. For me knowing my mindset and dedication to my goals skipping completely wasn’t an option, perhaps later but NO I had other plans later. What did I do, yes, I did my usual AM responsibility so my household can remain live able and worked out. I just decrease my weights instead of 20 and 25 lb. dumbbells I used 15, instead of 10 and 12 lb dumbbells I used 8. Did the pain subside, no, but it was decreased and later in the day it was gone.
Working out is not to injury ourselves, but there are times as was for me, we can as I did make adjustments and stay focused.
To days of staying focused.
Are you? I’m asking this question because it is our EGO that affects our behavior when we as many say “step outside of the box”. Our “comfort zone” in life really prevents our greatness from being unleash.
Now I will share my story of “My EGO”. Yes I had one and so do you, but I am speaking of me. When I begin my fitness journey. Okay that is incorrect because I have been on a fitness journey since my teens early adult, yep awhile back so what. My journey in the early years was of me on and off again dieting, working out and my eating disorder was high then low; all those behaviors except when I worked out were abnormal, unhealthy and breaking my body down instead of building it up. However , I was a little cute but unhealthy as hell. This is why I call my current journey , “the real fitness journey”.
Back to the ego, beginning my fitness journey I was a bit uneasy, I am no longer the young gal and I was overweight and with kids. My body was lacking in continuous healthy nutrition, I was 15/85 which is 15 healthy and you know what the 85 was. I didn’t want to hear my friends tell me as a few still do and they are in the health field. “Why are you doing this now, girl you was okay with the way you looked, are you afraid of lifting weights, afraid of running, and on and on. I allowed these words to penetrate my mind and I delayed actually beginning my journey. My ego did not want to hear what I knew was coming. I didn’t want to be considered out of my circle and talked about and what if ….” I fail”. Maybe I couldn’t stay focus and just fail.
Nope I put on my “big girl draws (underwear)”, and begin my journey. Do I hear the negative, uh huh and it has a value of zero. It’s my journey my fitness and my ego has declined anyone negativity. I am on it now.
As for you, “are you willing to risk your EGO? I bet there is greatness in. You, time to unleash. To a greater week than last week, YOU ARE AWESOME.
My workouts especially like today, I want to stop when the pain in the muscles, not a pain indicating hurt, becomes intense. I have a silent, brief chat with myself and ask, how much do I want change, I am measured my goals on a red light or a green light.
It is okay to take a break in a workout but only for a few seconds, to stop NEVER, unless that pain is indicating injury otherwise, “rep it up, run longer, lift longer you get it”.
To a day of success workout and pushing through.
Working out has great benefits, but those days when my energy level is soaring and working out does not fatigue me I am at a lost. On these days I complete so much, so why am I frightened? It’s the bedtime seriously when this happens I may sleep only 2-3 hours not good. Adequate sleep is a necessary component in workouts, allowing the muscle to relax and your body to respond to your workout- weight loss or and inches loss otherwise results can be disappointing. I fear these days because my next workout will suffer, I do not like going through the motion of a workout 50 percent Nah not good.
I am not sure if anyone else experience this, if so share how you handle your high energy days. To a healthier you.
My workouts are with weights, cardio, and HIIT. I always keep a record so I can challenge myself. I challenge myself by increasing weights and reps if I wasn’t able to complete reps on the previous workout, I will increase my minutes in cardio, minutes and reps in HIIT. Some days it can really be a challenge, but my increase be it weights, reps, or time must produce that thought and feeling of “yeah I did it”, this prevents a plateau and keeps me focused on the goal. Complacency is not rewarding in a workout.
So this week, well it is almost over, maybe next week set a new goal in your workout and Challnge Yourself.
To a healthier you and to accomplishing that challenge.