Thursday, October 30, 2008

If It Isn't Broke Why Are You Trying To Fix It?!

I learned that lesson the hard way this week. I know what works and what doesn't when it comes to my body and my workouts. I've been lifting some good weights for the past few years and got my body to the place where it really liked being, and I was keeping it there just fine. Well the past months have been kinda crazy in more ways than one for me and I started really trying to push the weights up. I think I was using them as a stress-reliever. I was actually doing just fine with that, but suddenly got to the point where I'd worked some parts too much and they were a tad more developed than what I'd wanted. I like looking healthy and fit, but I also like looking feminine and girly at the same time. That's when I discovered Valerie Waters and her Valslides. They sat unopened for the longest time, but when I finally started using them--they worked their magic. I followed her plan and 'voila'... I was able to bring down the parts that needed it. I then started incorporating a lot of her moves into my lifting program and found a perfect complement with the two programs. I was able to manipulate both to work for my body--oh things were wonderful. My food and exercise were on track and Linda was a happy girl.

Fast forward to the past month. Don't know why I did it, didn't need to do it, just decided to try it--I got a whole new program and started doing work I know better than to do (but did it anyway). I've been orchestrating my own workouts for quite a while now and I'm just a bit tired of it. I wanted someone else to train the trainer for a while. I wanted someone else to run the show so I could just go in and do the work. Well, I should have just left well enough alone. If you have certain body parts that can't tolerate certain moves, you stay away from them. Well, most people do--and I have been up until this last week when I received the new program. I thought, well let me give this a shot--it's new--my body will love something new, right?! Ha-Ha...NOT! I did in one week what I managed to avoid doing over the last three years. I hurt myself. I have an ankle that is held together by plates and screws on both sides, with a couple pins thrown in just for fun (and to hold my heel bone on too). I also have lame elbows so just can't do certain isolation work. Now mind you, I've been running on that ankle since I broke it and have had no residual problems..well after jumping rope twice this week on's killing me and almost dropped me to the floor when it gave way today. The elbows were put through the paces with triceps work and endless curls that they aren't used to doing either--the pain I had today almost brought tears to my eyes! It's so true that compound moves are all you really need--I've done minimal isolation work in the past and still managed to get some nicely defined muscle without putting myself at risk.

What I was doing was working...I should have researched more and thrown in a few new things to entertain myself for a while. Everything was running smoothly and the body was feeling good.

I taught myself a good lesson..don't mess with what works. Don't let a temporary lapse bring you down--take a step back until you can clearly see the situation. Is this a life and death health issue that I'm rambling on and on about--no it's not (and I realize that). But this is the only body I have and I wanna keep it running nice and smooth for as long as I can. If I don't take care of it, nobody else will. Hopefully I didn't do anything that a little rest and ice won't cure.

Lesson learned--not soon to be forgotten!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Maintenance..Or Is It?

When people undertake a new fitness or weight loss goal they always want to know how they can 'maintain' after that point. They want to know if they can go back and eat cookies, candy, cake, more fat, more carbs, etc... They think that once they've reached their goal, they can start to 'enjoy' again. I was one of those people too--which is probably why it took me so long to get the point of taking it off and keeping it off. I also used to refer to the post diet glory as Maintenance too-oh if I only knew then what I know now. These days I try to refer to my post diet simply as 'this is how I eat now--this is the new me'. It really is a life style vs. just the simplicity of maintenance. Once you reach your goals, you have to keep moving forward along that same path. You can't just go back and start eating all the things that got you into this fix to begin with. Would I love to be able to eat bread, pasta and candy on regular basis--you bet I would! I'm a sandwich kinda gal--could eat them for lunch and dinner every day--the bigger, wetter, messier the better..yup, those were the glory days! Now I know better. I know that if I do want to 'maintain' what I've achieved, I have to continue to eat the way I have been eating. I've learned how to make healthy, albeit satisfying choices. I learned how eating in moderation is not a bad thing..I can still feel fulfilled without eating the whole cow. A lot of people have the mentality that if they reach their goals, they deserve a reward. Am I saying that you can never have a snack or treat again--no way, that's just not realistic. But this is where you need to be careful so that the cycle doesn't begin to repeat itself. A reward here, a little treat there, then the snowball tends to get bigger and bigger. Try and think of it like this--you undertook a new endeavor. You succeeded at accomplishing your goals. Do you really want to go back to the old ways? I don't think so. You've taught your body a whole new it really seems to like. It makes you feel better, look better, and your heart probably thanks you every day..try and hang on to that for as long as you can.

You've created a whole new you--it's worth more than just some routine maintenance..this is a 'Lifestyle' for you now. It's something that's going to take you toward a longer, more happy, healthy future. Don't let the old ways overtake the new--hold on to what you've accomplished.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Good Intentions

We all have them, right? We all do our best to follow through on them, but what happens when you don't? I feel like my life is all about good intentions--where my family is concerned, my clients, my job, everything. I started this blog with the best of intentions of cluing everyone in on what I think about the 'issues' of the world of health and fitness. Hah! Only a fraction of time into it and I'm already lagging. It's not that I don't have a thick skull full of things I want to say, it's just that I can't seem to eek out any more hours in the day to make it happen. I work too much and I'm spreading myself too thin. BUT, I still want to make things happen. I want my kids to know that mom is there for them no matter what--it's a challenge, but I make sure I'm there for the goings-on in their lives (whether they want me to or not--LOL!). I want to find new and exciting things for my clients to do so that they'll feel great about themselves--I want them to continue to be happy they came to me in the first place. I still want to challenge myself and see how far I can go with all of this. I enjoy posting and chatting with all the new friends I have on Twitter as well as with the circle of friends I've developed on Figure Athlete (what a great group of girls over there!). I've also found a whole new group of great people courtesy of Valerie Waters' Red Carpet Ready Club. I love all the new things I've learned courtesy of all these people. I'm just coming to the conclusion that I don't have time to really enjoy and utilize it.

So I ask, "How do you handle all your good intentions?" How do you find time for you and all that you hold near and dear. I need some guidance on this one..I would love to hear everyone's thoughts.