Challenging Workouts

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My workouts some days are challenging especially when my RA is painful and a swollen joint or two. I’ve had followers and friends state they are not sure how or why I workouts with swollen joint, so I want to clarify.  I’ve hade RA since childhood and there wasn’t a lot of excuses and believe it or not I am better as an adult than a child with RA.  I will never compare my flares with others as everyone’s pain is different as well as how each of us is able to deal with the pain.

I really try not to allow my pain unless it is severe dictate my day, so that is why I use a towel. That is my workout towel on my exercise mat.  I use it for extra cushion for my left thumb. There are days I am unable to put pressure on my left hand .  If I try I am fallling over , slipping because my balance is off.  BUT with the extra cushion it really decreases the pressure and impact of my weight on the left hand and I can do my workout without laughing at myself. Yes I do that too and so would you if you saw a rep without the towel.  Now I also use the towel at times for the right knee but not often.

I just want to share if you really want to workout there is a way to adjust and sometimes you have to be created for yourself. Of course I do not recommend anyone to push themselves beyond their level of comfort or safety- KNOW YOUR LIMITS.  I know mine. And for now the towel works.

To a week of pushing through and not allowing RA always dictate our next moves in working out.   If you have a deficit of any kind I am saluting you too- Adjust and Push through.  WE GOT THIS.

Are You Doing This Correct

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What?, what the heck am I talking about?, doing what correct?

I have to share as I recently shared with someone in conversation about caloric intake.  It is normal especially if you are only using caloric calculation for your weight loss.  I am aware everyone is not into physical fitness and a workout is just not a desire,  psss but take a walk 2-3 times a week.  Okay back to calories, she stated she was decreasing her intake by 500-1000 calories a day and was very tired and felt like her energy had been drained.  The numbers are correct to decrease caloric intake daily.

HOWEVER, if you are already in a deficit, this does not apply to you.  She had begin with a deficit and then attempted for a few weeks (she did not say how many) decrease her intake.  Now let’s take in account she had just added a workout routine.  NOW be it said I am not a nutritionist, but it is so necessary to calculate your lifestyle into your intake.  The glory will be great for a few weeks or months then the body goes into starvation mode this really applies if you have a very active life and even more so if you are in a fitness program.

What do I recommend?, well most workouts, trainers have a nutrition recommendation, no they have several as applies to you and if you are good as you are I applaud you so many are. There are as many like me that require assistance, again what I like about my choice of workout there are calculations  to assist with intake as well the recommendation for proteins, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and there are several choices of free food.

So before you decrease caloric intake ASK or SEEK assistance to be sure you are not sabotaging yourself or your workout.  To a fitness of results CONGRATS you’re on the right track.

How Do You Know What’s The Best Workout

This is a question I was recently asked ” How do you know what’s the best workout”. Sadly I could not answer the question.  Now don’t get startled before I share my reason.

I believe all workouts are “The Best”, yes I do. Now the concerns are is the workout for you, the intensity – too much or too little.  If it’s weights are you able to use weights and most people are.  Let me pause you can use 3 pound weights until they feel like 1 pound for as long as you like.  You do not have to increase because the trainer or it is recommended.  For certain EVERY trainer wants you to be safe, the gains will come.

Best workouts really depends on the relationship you have with your body and mindset.  You know your limits when you’ve exceeded or have not given your 100.  NOW the biggest challenge  is YOUR COMMITMENT.  If you are NOT committed to follow through with a trainer whether it is at the gym or like me using the trainers on BEACHBODYONDEMAND my favorite at home workout for unlimited positive reasons, your response to the workout may be negative BUT the blame is ???

Follow through means the entire program because response to workouts vary among all of us and for certain 2 days or 1 week may not or only show a small response.  Follow through also means adhering to the nutrition (I still struggle sometimes with nutrition). Follow through means being  aware of the non scale victories-  inches lost, feeling good about yourself, the extra rep or two you can perform, weights increased on a workout, increased positive response to life.

Discover YOUR Best workout begin and or continue because I think you are AWESOME.

Trying to Find That Time …….

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I am loving my workouts and am really trying to add on more as I really can tell the difference when I extend my workouts. I’m sure many who read my blog know that I am a HUGE FAN of BEACHBODY.  Yes I love working out at home with over 700 workouts and trainers to choose from and a schedule to follow- that really sounded like a commercial. UM well it wasn’t just sharing my workout regimen.  Any who I sometimes combine a couple depending on the trainer.

I do rise at 3AM a couple of days to get in a workout prior to a long commute in other days I am good for 8 or 9 AM occasionally late evenings when a curve ball is thrown into my schedule.  I was asked and told that’s too early, you need to be sleeping. Well maybe but I go to bed early to get at least 6 hours of sleep on the early AM . ALSO I know if you want CHANGE you have to make a CHANGE.

On my fitness journey I am making changes and  if my traveling road gets rocky and taking me nowhere then I evaluate and what, yes make a change.

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Beginning any fitness activity requires at some point. Drastic changes well I think it has to be what is suitable for the individual just like increasing weights, running longer or further in a shorter time.  The BIGGEST factor in any fitness journey regardless of the reason is to ENJOY it , okay two factors and HAVE FUN.

To upcoming days of Enjoyable and FUN workouts because you as I have made time for our change

When Do I Increase My Weights

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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.

Hold The Banner High-trust the process- Your Goal Are Closer

I If there is anyone  who knows about “frustration and wanting to give up” on workouts, healthy eating and being on a fitness journey with a positive mindset, it would be ME.

It’s the way it is, looking for fast and immediate change on a fitness journey.  Now the younger you are you will see faster results so in the words of so many trainers “trust the process”, “believe in yourself”, “stay focused” and the one I have to remember and say aloud so many times each week “STOP COMPARING”.

Isn’t it so easy to compare when you see others especially if you are doing a “Beachbodyondemand” workout. You see results that are eye-popping and I scream WOW. Truth is I’m comparing my results to others and should not because there may be factors, no let me just tell it like it is.  There are reasons sometimes my results are slower or maybe it is just not physical.

Guilty as is. I don’t always follow the recommended caloric intake or and food portions.

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I sometimes am stressed about somethings I can’t change, but I guess I enjoy the stress for a few days before I realize it’s life grow and go forth. Oh and its sleep sometimes I am sleep deprived because I think I have to accomplish so much in a day which I am better at prioritizing and improving daily, no maybe weekly most times. Oh yeah the age factor, hormones has bounced on the result play, yeah just pitched in without an invite.

Nonetheless if you like me stay focus and trust the process you will see results, in inches, mindset and weight.  Believe in it and believe in you.  We are both stronger than we  exhibit and you probably like me should relinquish this .  To a week of “TRUSTING THE PROCESS”

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Changing My Routine for ME

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.