The Start of Some Serious Dedication

I realize that I have been contributing to this blog for quite some time now yet I have failed to provide you with the necessary balance.  What balance am I talking about?   Fueling your body with nutrient dense foods, supplementing with things like bone broth and fermented products, getting enough real sleep every night…those are all helpful in ataining a well-rounded sense of health.  They are all meaningless; however, if you do not engage in some exercise.  When I first started this blog I decided to call that portion Move Your Body because that’s all it is…I just want you to move.  Your body was designed to move.  I have failed to provide a lot of information about the kinds of workouts that I do…and trust me, I am no expert.  Maybe that is why I haven’t posted anything there.  When it comes to cooking and eating…hell, I’m an expert at that!  I know what tastes good, and I know what to do to get it there.  As for workouts, well that’s another story.

I struggle with workouts myself, all the time.  I do work out a fair amount, but that’s not to say that I don’t have room for improvement.  What I need improvement on is maybe having more of a set routine.  When it comes to my workouts they are very spontaneous.  I exercise 4-5 times a week, but I don’t typically  know what I am going to do until just minutes before.  Usually it depends on two main things — what shift I am working that day and how tired I am.  If I am working a closing shift, then I work out when I wake up.  If I work an opening shift I exercise as soon as I get home, around 3 pm.  My main area for improvement would be keeping better records of past workouts.  With keeping records you are able to look back on a particular workout a few days later and see what you can do to do it faster or maybe with heavier weight.  If you are consistently pushing yourself then you see better results and you stay entertained.  Because I decide on a workout last minute there are times where I don’t come back to a particular one for a while and by that time I either don’t remember how well I did previously, or I just do it without upping weight or improving in any way.

Don’t get me wrong — recently I performed a deadlift workout where I lifted the heaviest I have ever been able to.  I knew that much!  I saw stars!  But consistently I need to be better at recording all weighted movements and times.  This will help motivate me, and hopefully I will see even more results.  I think that due to this inconsistency I have slacked a bit.  I am ready to give some serious dedication to my physical activity.  I provide my body with lots of nutritious food.  I try to keep my stress levels down.  I sleep in as dark of a room as possible to insure that I get good quality sleep every night.  Overall, I’d say that I feel very healthy…but I know that improved workouts will take me even further.  Again, I have no professional know-how when it comes to working out.  I do what I enjoy doing, partly for fun.  Working out is so fun!  I enjoy feeling strong and energetic, and I am excited to share more of this part of my life with you.

I have not given enough attention to my workouts recently; in fact, I have not worked out in 5 days!  That is unlike me.  So we’re going to do something about this!  From now on, I will post what I do for workouts.  I am going to do what my body is designed to do — I am going to move myself; I am going to lift heavy things; I am going to be flexible; I am going to get my heart going.  Since I haven’t worked out in a while I figured today was a great day to start up again.  I asked myself, what kind of workout do I want to do?  Then I asked myself, what do I hate doing the most?  Burpees.  I hate burpees the MOST.  So, crap…let’s do some of those!  Real easy one to start off with — here’s what it looked like:

5 Rounds for Time of:

Burpees 10 reps.

Sit-ups reps of 50, 40, 30, 20, 10

Completed all 5 rounds in 24 minutes.

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