I was on my way to the gym this morning, listening to the radio. I have SiriusXM radio in our car, and I listen mostly to Liquid Metal, Hair Nation and Ozzy’s Boneyard. I flipped over to the 80’s channel and they played Eye of the Tiger. I immediately got pumped! It’s one of my favorite songs to work out to! Crank it up, and let’s go crank ’em out!
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I was excited Wednesday when my online purchase from Walmart came in. I bought a foam roller, to aid in relieving back pain and stiffness, which I’ve been dealing with for a few years. Obviously, having all this extra weight on my frame isn’t helping matters; but, with the loss of weight, I’m hoping that the majority of that issue will go away. I took it to the gym with me yesterday and today, rolled out my back and my hips. Oh man! The relief was almost instant! One of the best purchases I’ve ever made! Just imagine your muscles as meat, and the foam roller is like a meat tenderizer!
I had used one of these several months ago, while going to physical therapy and I vowed to eventually get one. Most of the rollers I saw in stores or online were a little pricey. This bad boy only costs $14.00! It’s like having your own masseuse! There are different ways to use this, and I’ll cover these with pictures on a post in the next few days. Stretching before and after a workout is CRUCIAL. I cannot emphasize that enough!
Today, I decided to bump up my workout a little by adding 15 minutes of brisk walking on the treadmill before lifting. Get the heart rate up. Get the adrenaline flowing and the blood pumping. I will start doing this every day I’m at the gym. Eventually, I’ll get to where I’m jogging on the treadmill. Sweat is just fat crying!
When I’m at the gym, I’m focused. Focused on a variety of things: Form (very crucial!), pushing through the sets, and when the day comes I can look in the mirror and see the payoff for all my hard work and determination. Not to mention smaller, better fitting, rocking clothes! A sense of style is a sense of one’s self. I will not be denied! It may take a while, but, in the meantime, I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment, knowing that these are merely small frames towards the bigger picture. I sometimes catch myself envisioning me wearing loud, flashy clothes like these Zubaz pants! I remembered these from my younger years growing up. They were all the rage for guys and girls who were in the gym working out. I got a pair last Christmas, but they were snug. The goal by Christmas this year is to be rocking them with no fitting issues!
I like to wear flashy clothes, what can I say? I’m picturing these pants with a black or a purple compression shirt!
Does anybody remember these pants being all the rage back in the day?
I filled out an email about a blogger showcase contest. I figured, “What the heck-I’ll enter!” There wasn’t any criteria as far as amount of followers on social media, how long you’ve been a blogger, etc. Not going to win if you don’t play! One of the questions that was asked was, “Why did you start blogging?” Well, to be honest, I had contemplated jumping into blogging going on several months now, but, I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to blog about. Sure, music is one of my core values that I hold near and dear; but, it’s such a broad subject, and for me, I felt it would be a real challenge to reach and connect with readers. I want to interact with those that comment on my posts. I want a CONNECTION. Once I made the choice to get going on this journey (you, the reader will probably see that word a lot, because, to me, it IS a journey!), the choice to blog about fitness, weight loss and weight lifting was the perfect fit. So, to answer the question of why I started blogging? Simple! I started blogging as a way to convey my thoughts on weight training, weight loss and to reach an audience, to hopefully inspire someone (or several) to set the wheels in motion to lose weight and lift weights! Encourage them by saying if I can do this, you can too! All it takes is a commitment to one’s self. Do it because YOU want to do it for YOU!
Tomorrow, 7/15/17, will be 2 weeks since I’ve started this journey. It’s been a struggle somewhat. There have already been little things I’ve noticed that have changed. I don’t crave junk hardly at all. I was doing some reading up on weight loss, and I read where adding more protein to your diet will actually help curb those cravings for stuff like chocolate. Drinking more water helps too! I’m looking forward to the physical changes I know are coming soon!
I was at Target today after my workout, and I saw these water bottles and decided to take a picture, after arranging them. Words to live by. Daily