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Are You Being True To Yourself?

Not giving it your all during a workout, stopping at the fast food restaurant on the way home,  telling yourself your not eating that much, thinking that your jeans  won’t button because they shrunk in the dryer… who are you fooling?  Your friends?  Family?  Spouse?  Who cares?  Does that hamburger hurt your family?

 

When you do not give it your ALL at the gym, the only person your hurting is yourself!  When you eat that fast food, the only person you’re hurting is YOURSELF!  When you are lying about the tight jeans, the only person your hurting is?   You get the picture.  Look at yourself in the mirror, no REALLY look at yourself in the mirror,  and be honest with YOU!  At the end of the day, that’s all you have.

 

 

Accept everything about yourself–I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end–no apologies, no regrets.–Clark Moustakas

Work Out Your Workouts

I am always setting new goals and challenges for myself, so that I always have something to work for (added incentive if you will).  I am always tweaking and mixing up my workouts.

So,  for the past few weeks I have been doing a totally different workout regime that I have never done before.  I have ALWAYS done cardio!  Lately my body hasnt really been changing.  I decided I wanted to do even more weight lifting.  So I figured when in Rome, right? A lot of weight lifters/body builders do not do cardio the same day they lift because it has been said they “counteract” each other.  It’s something I have never tried,  so after getting out of my own head and convincing myself it’s ok to not do cardio every day, I jumped in head first and gave it a try.  I was planning on trying it for at least a month and see what would happen.  I most definitely notice a change in my muscles after a couple weeks which is what I wanted.

HOWEVER, and this is a bigggggg however, I also noticed a change in my energy level, I felt bloated all the time, my knees hurt like crazy, and I just felt like crap! It’s been a long time since I haven’t done cardio everyday, and the effects of not doing it for a couple weeks is crazy and mind blowing!  So, once again I am changing my workout.

So here’s my point, we read articles, hear from professionals, and know “the rules” to obtain certain goals, but in the end you have to listen to your body.  Experimenting with your workouts, eating, and even suppliments in the end make you and your workouts more productive!  While we should “follow” the rules, your workouts need to be fine tuned to YOU!

Also, setting new goals for your body is always a great idea.  It keeps you on track and focused on a goal.

In the mean time, while trying this new weightlifting routine, I got contacted my MuscleAndFitness.com  to be part of a supplement testing program.  I figured why not.  I love love love Muscle and Fitness magazine and their web site.

I got my first package and in the little brown box was and amazing pre-workout supplement called X Fit Trainer  pre workout formula.   It was awesome, and gave me that extra energy (that I wasn’t  getting from not doing cardio) to make it through a long weight lifting session.  If you are looking for a pre- workout supplement, I highly recommend this one!

Here’s a challenge to all my readers:

Set a fitness goal for yourself.  Email me your  goal and then email me when you reach that goal.  When I have heard from several people I will make a post featuring all of you who have met your goals.  Who’s down?

 

To be a part of Muscle and Fitness supplement testing program check it out here: Muscle and Fitness Sampling Program. 

Earn Your Weight Loss

You must earn your weight loss, and learn lessons throughout your journey if you ever want it to last, be maintained, and to be a lifestyle… and not just a “diet” (have I mentioned how much I hate that word?). Your mistakes, trials, tribulations, and victory’s are what make you a better person and the same lessons apply to your body!

There is NO miracle. There is NO “fast and easy” weight loss.   It’s hard work, dedication, commitment, and consistency.  Slow, steady weight loss is the only way to go to lose and maintain a healthy way of living for the rest of your life.

Anything that makes you loose weight fast is NEVER going to be a lasting thing.   Just think about it this way, “if you do it right, you earn every pound you loose from sweat and sacrifice.” You cherish it.  If  something gets handed to you and there is no effort involved, you don’t really have an “attachment”.  and don’t know what is really involved. You didn’t have to work for it!  With hard work comes pride.

Think about this:  If you implement exercise, eating right, and living healthy, only one year from now you could be at, or very close to your goal!  Let me say that again, ONLY ONE YEAR  from now you could be at, or very close to  your goal.  Years come and go by so very fast, especially the older we get.   One year is not a very long time in the whole scheme of things!  How awesome would that be if you could be there this time next year?!?!?!

Start today!  Don’t wait until Monday, New Years, or next month… START TODAY!  Today change one thing that leads to a healthy life, then change one thing tomorrow.  It’s not about a crash diet or crazy workout routine.  It’s about changing habits of day to day life and becoming the healthiest and the best you that you can be!

 

 

 

No Excuses!

Let’s face the truth here, people have more excuses why they can’t work out and eat right than they have shoes!

EVERYBODY could find the time if they “really” wanted to.  Everyone has at least 20 mins in their day to dedicate to taking care of their bodies!  You only get ONE body, why wouldn’t you want to care for it?

20 minutes a day is better than doing nothing at all!  Wake up 20 min early and do a work out video, take a brisk walk around the block… there really are a ton of things that you can start doing today that doesn’t require you to join a gym.  I lost 120 lbs and didn’t step foot in a gym.

 

Here are a couple awesome and inexpensive 20 minute workouts:

 

A little more expensive option, if you have an Xbox and Kinect, there are several different “games” you can get for workouts:

There are so many more, these are just a few.

A stability ball  and a exercise band are awesome home gym additions!  You could do the majority of a workout just with these!

If you are looking for an awesome investment, buy an elliptical, a stationary bike, or a treadmill.  There are tons out there, even the cheaper ones are better than sitting on the couch and doing nothing.

Let’s face it, there are a million reasons why you can’t work out, but at the end of the day you will feel better mind, body, and soul if you do.   When you have eating and exercise under control, EVERYTHING else in your life seems more in control.