Encouraging Others – POSITIVELY

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.

I Had A Flare on Thursday

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 Willing to Risk Your EGO

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.

Commit or Cancel

This week yes I am posting a lot about how I, in the past have started my New Year and mistakes I made and have since corrected.

Making new resolutions (keep it real), and follow through on them.  Once  you agree to a resolution, what steps must you do to accomplish the goal.  In my experiences especially on my fitness journey I previously made resolutions and yes by day 10 I’d begin to dwindle off and eventually cancelled that goal.

I have since  learned to set steps and weekly review.  This is only on my fitness journey of course it applies to any resolution.  I am a “beach body on demand”  lover and following through with workouts at one time was a flush.  I could not do the jumps, and push ups, have you ever did a ShaunT workout? Well yeah it is a workout in minutes you think the clock has stuck.  Lifting weights what the heck was this hulk looking man doing Sagi Kalev?  Okay this was a couple of years ago and I have since completed workout programs on beach body demand.

Through error and growth I no longer commit and cancel, because I will have cancelled the future and better me.  To beginning your greatness  and commitment and No No No cancellations.

Dehydration – During and Post Workout

There are days my workouts really dehydrate me and I drink a gallon of water and some days a few ounces less and other days more.  This as I mentioned in a previous blog when I am giving a 110 or 20 during a workout and the sweat is rolling (sorry ladies, I know a few still prefer perspire) from every office and pore in my body I note  later my lips and skin will dry out.

The sports drinks really do nothing for me, zip , well they quench my thirst.  I do enjoy HYDRATE a powder you mix with water.  This does my body great during workout and if I remember is great post workout.  Not only does HYDRATE assist with my dehydration it also assist with my leg and quad cramps.  I will admit I have sometimes mix my Hydrate with Pedilyte.

What is your choice of hydration? To a healthier you and great workouts.

Preparing for a Rest Day

On my journey of fitness, I have to consistently remind myself it is necessary to have a rest day.  I know and have heard of many people who workout 7 days a week consistently unless an illness or matter of emergent.

It is necessary for the body, muscles to rest as working out with weights everyday and muscle building, the muscles retain water.  The body needs to relax and allow the muscle to release.  Now I am one sometimes, require proof and seriously I thought this was another workout lie.  However, I have noticed my day of rest allows me to continue my journey of fitness with progression instead of as previously I would lift the same weight in pounds and add maybe one or two more reps.  Yes, my body would indicate I can increase but my reps would decrease.

Today if I am fatigued or feel as if I am unable to increase my weights for a specific number of reps, I will stop and use the previous weights but continue to increase.  This has helped my workouts (when working out with weights).   I also include  HIIT and Cardio in my workouts.  Ultimately I say choose the number of days of workout that suits your body and how your body response.

Whatever choice you make, have fun and keep up the great workouts…To a healthier you, much love.

Compare – Stop – Believe

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

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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”

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Instead let’s love ourselves and whatever journey you are on stay focused because you are already a winner, achiever.

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To a winning week of GREATNESS.