My Road Back To Happiness, Key One!

The Maze, Find Your Way To Happiness!

It is instantly changing, the way we understand happiness, the way we define it and they way we find it. It can’t be always the same; we live, we grow, we go through experiences, we get distracted and we forget the reasons and the motivations. Our lives are always changing, whether we notice that or not. The road to happiness, pretty much looks like a maze, we often get lost looking for it, but if we really want to find it, we definitely will.

Back in 2012 I went through some experiences, that made me sit and really think and wonder; what makes me actually happy. I asked myself the same question for months, and I had different answers. Every time I found an answer, I questioned it: Are you real? Do you last for a good long time? Do you give me a good feeling for a long period of time? Or are you just playing with me, being cool and playful now? Do you when I remember you ignite a fire inside me, each and every time? Or just this one time?

After too many days of thinking, I finally found Three Keys Of Happiness for me, which I will share with you later, remember, back in 2012. Time passed and I went through new experiences, mostly bad ones in 2014, which brought me down big time, made me negative, depressed, aggressive, unsatisfied, sad and lonely, even when surrounded by lots of people. 2014 all in all was bad, was really awful, and the negativity of it dragged itself through me towards 2015, and seeing months passing by, and the 1st quarterly of the year over, it freaked me out, and I though to myself: “Aha, no more 2014 in my life! I need 2012’s attitude back!” But do you think this happened planned? Never! Such things happen “Accidentally”

Happiness Key One: Success, Achievement And Sense Of Fulfillment

Yes, to feel happy you gotta achieve something, sometimes raise your bar up high and achieve something big, but hey! Sometimes you can’t, so how about a Small/Medium size achievement?

How do we do that? Set a goal, say a short term one, something you can achieve in a month or two. Work on it, get busy, and wait for it to grow, harvest it when it’s ready!

Sometimes, we get too busy trying to achieve something, that we don’t notice that we did already, thinking: “Oh No! Not yet, not that soon, not that way!”, but hey! What if you and your achievement got noticed, pointed out and praised? Won’t that make you happier than you praising yourself? So please, do it, and do it right, criticize yourself till you think it’s perfect, but when somebody comes and says “Oh wow! You have done all that?”, please stop, and take a second and give yourself some applause! Others noticing your efforts when you least expect it, is an achievement by itself!

Early 2014 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an Auto-Immune disease that attacks small joints; like in hands, feet and spinal cord. But now I highly doubt it’s RA, maybe just Arthritis. Anyway, that health issue didn’t allow me to work out or teach my classes for a few months, pain was unbearable, I slept and woke up with pain, stiffness and the feeling of me being too damn old for life! Immobility is a scary thing. Which made me depressed, lazy and demotivated, so I ate a lot ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT! KATIA WTF! lol

Time passed by, and I was taking my medications as I should have, I did make sure to swim, if not daily then day after day, but still that wasn’t sufficient, but things started getting better over time. Teaching some classes became an option, and later more and more and back to cardio, but my laziness became habitual.

2015 I decided it’s time to stop being lazy, it’s time to lose weight before summer time comes and it’s time to bring my fitness level back, at least, or if possible jump over a higher wall, why not increase my fitness level? Nothing can stop me now, my joints are doing well, thank God!

And guess what? It all started when I started calorie-counting! Did I reach my goal? Mine??? No, not yet, but hey! People already noticed my appearance, my fitness level and the elevated energy in my classes!

Bottom line, get up, set a goal and start working on it! I already gave you The First Key Of Happiness, don’t waste no more time!

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Body Under Maintenance, Week Two!

This is one part of the gym

Hi there!

My second week of working out extra was pretty tough, because week one smashed the hell out of my muscles, but I pushed myself to keep going. I was planning to train my legs again this week but I decided against it in the last minute because I taught enough BODYPUMP™ and BODYCOMBAT™ classes, beside other classes.

After 14 days of taking Animal Cuts I decided to stop taking it because I started disappearing, but at the same time I’m just on a one week break from it, will be back to it on time, since I really can’t hold on to any diets, I was pretty stressed during the second week, and food happens to be a reliever. But I can’t complain much, my second week regarding working out and teaching classes were challenging which made it fun.

My Training, Week Two

DAY ONE “BACK & BICEPS”

We did the following exercises:

Back:

  • Lat Pull Down “Machine”
  • Low Row “Machine”
  • Wide Lat Pull Down “Cable”
  • One Arm Row “Dumbbell”

Biceps:

  • Superset: Dumbbell Curls, Seated Cable Curls, Dumbbell Hammer Curls.

I was pretty beat up to be honest, but I fought to finish my workout, I felt accomplished only at the end of it.

DAY TWO “Chest & TRICEPS”

We did the following exercises:

Chest:

    • Bench Press “Barbell”
    • Incline Chest Press “Dumbbells”
    • Incline Chest Fly “Dumbbells”
    • Chest Press “Cable”
    • Pectoral Chest Fly “Machine”

Triceps:

  • Superset 1: Two Arms Over Head Extension “Barbell”, Two Arms Over Head Extension “Dumbbells”
  • Superset 2: Cable Push Down, Dips

Bob was pretty busy this day, I found another coach to help me, since I decided to increase the weights for the chest. I was more energetic during day two. But my previous workout affected my power during my classes in the next day, which I think is normal, it had to be compromised.

In the first week I worked out my shoulders with my triceps, but this week I worked chest and triceps instead.

DAY THREE “SHOULDERS”

Yes, shoulders only! But I did 2 extra workouts, compared to last week. We did the following exercises:

Shoulder:

  • Shoulder Press “Dumbbells”
  • Full Circuit Lateral Raise “Dumbbells”
  • Front Raise “Plate”
  • Bent Lateral Raise “Dumbbells”
  • Superset: Upright row “Barbell”, Shrugs “Dumbbells”

In the first week Bob decided 3 sets of work for me for almost all the exercises, but this week for shoulders I decided to go for 4 sets of work, and heavier weights.

Bob was busy again and I wasn’t excited to work my ABS alone, I’m depending on whatever ABS exercises I do during my classes.

RESULTS:

  • More Muscle Soreness
  • Eating More “Due to stress and fatigue”
  • Taking L-Glutamine For Recovery
  • Sleeping better at night
  • Stopped Taking Power Naps
  • More Muscle Definition In The Upper Body
  • I Feel A Bit Stronger In My Upper Body

Haha sometimes it’s just hard to get your ass out of somewhere warm and comfy and say “I’m going to the gym to workout”, especially when you know some kick ass class is waiting for you later in the evening. But I’m really trying. I also hope to work out my legs during week 3!!

I will try next time to take a picture with Bob 🙂

People! Keep pushing, please! Nothing happens easily, nothing happens while being lazy!

Stay Cool!

Katia 😀