Sorta Kinda Vegan | 1Life1You Podcast 45

Episode 45 of the 1LIFE1YOU #Podcast I talk to Lesly, Co-Creator of Sorta Kinda Vegan

We cross a bunch of topics, including:

Why the name “Sorta Kinda Vegan”?

What her doctor was recommending that prompted her diet change

Who inspired her to start trying recipes

Eating Healthy

Getting In Front Of The Camera

Working Out

Testing Recipes

Branding

& A Whole Lot More!

Check it out. I think it’s a really good look into starting a plant based diet, without being so strict with yourself. And also, not succumbing to the pressure of fitting into a “Diet” box.

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National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This affects kids and adults alike.

I just wanted to compile some links and tips to learn more about what this month is about, to help reduce stress and anxiety, and ways to seek help if needed.

Mental Health America is a place to take a screen test, learn to take action, get informed, donate, and more.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great, overall place to look into to get info, find support, and get involved

Here’s a post about 9 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health Today , includes getting regular exercise and a healthy diet.

The Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition has info and helplines related to mental health, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and Covid19

If you know or have more info to share, let me know, and I’ll add it to the post for others to see.

And if you want to help and check in with your people, remember to not skip over checking on your “strong” friend. They may need it too.

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GoWoD Mobility App 1 Month Review

I’ve been wanting to get into a stretching/mobility/yoga routine for a while. I’ve started a few different things, but nothing stuck.

YouTube videos. Nope.

Pinterest posts. Nope.

Doing it myself. Definitely nope lol.

I follow a lot of different athletes, and a lot of high end CrossFit athletes use, and are sponsored by, GOWOD. So, I figured, if it was good enough for some of the fittest people in the world, it has to be at least worth checking out.


It’s an app. Which is great for me, because my phone is an extension of my hand.

Download. 14 Day Free Trial? Yes!

I put in all the basic info about myself, then take the initial mobility test.

It only takes a couple minutes, going through a bunch of different movements and motions. Trying to find out where my strong and weak points are. Once it’s done, it gives an overall percentage of mobility, and my strong and weak points.

My Day 1 Results

As you see, my strong point was my shoulders, and my weak points were my posterior chain.

From there, it built an option for a daily mobility routine (8/15/22 minutes), with a focus on my posterior chain.

It basically tells you to do your homework, and retest in a month.

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Some of the features:

There’s an option for pre & post workout stretching. Where you log in what exercises you’re doing today (squats, deadlifts, bench press, running, etc…) and put you desired time in, and it gives you a routine to do before and after your workout.

You can pick and choose your own routine based on:

TYPE: Massage, Banded Stretching, Stretching

ZONE: Pick a body part to work on, and a list of stretches pop up

TOOL: Choose stretches based on your accessible equipment (Barbell, Foam Roller, Bands, Lacrosse Ball, or nothing)

Overall Thoughts:

I think this is a well put together app and program.

It has a large library of mobility/stretching exercises to do for your full body.

The interface is super easy to use.

It’s not targeted for the commercial gym goer. This app is marketed for CrossFit style training. So, if you’re about machines and cable resistance in the gym, this may not be for you. 

Rating: 8.75/10

I really enjoy the app. I’ve used it almost every day. And will continue to. I say, at least try out the free 14 day trial. 

If you enjoyed this blog review, let me know if I should do more of these. 

Have More Confidence In The Gym

A ton of people have goals to lose weight / get in shape. And a ton of people go to their closest gym and sign up for a membership. But, what happens is, a lot of those people get discouraged from being in the gym for various reasons.

One of those reasons is a lack of confidence with being in that environment.

“Don’t know what to do.”
“I don’t want to look like a fool”
“Everyone in there is SOOO in shape!”

I’ve personally heard these exact quotes. So, I wanted to go over a few things you can do to help build your confidence in the gym and with working out.


Take a Tour & Ask Questions

When you first sign up for a membership, someone usually (SHOULD) takes you around the gym. This is where you ask questions, take notes. Most standard gyms are set up similarly. With Free Weights in one section, Leg Machines, here, Upper body Machine there, & Cardio Equipment over there. Even if you don’t remember it all, when you go back in, ask again!

Have a plan
Before you step into the gym to workout, you should know exactly what you want to accomplish. If you want to workout your legs, write down 4-5 exercises you want to do. Having a plan provides you focus, and takes away that “deer in headlights” look you can get when you don’t know what to do next. You can write this out yourself (with googles help) or hire someone to write out a plan for you. But, having a plan is essential.

Don’t compare yourself to others
We all fall victim to this. Looking at the guy with the huge arms or the girl with the great legs, and you start to feel self conscious about yourself. DON’T!!! The guy with the giant arms, he’s been working out for 5 years consistently. The girl, she comes in every week for the last year to workout.

Never compare your day 1 to someone else’s day 500. Only compare yourself to your past self. Have patience with yourself, and trust the process. If you’re doing what needs to be done in the gym (& kitchen), the progress will come. Trust me.

A couple other things to consider:

  • Be ok with looking like a mess
  • Be proud of your sweaty shirt
  • Celebrate when you go for a heavier weight
  • Or run a faster time
  • Buy noise resistant headphones and rock out to your favorite songs
  • With that, have your playlist ready before stepping into the gym. This small thing can save sooo much time!
  • And lastly, enjoy yourself! If a commercial gym isnt for you, find another activity that gets you moving. Trust me, there is something out there for EVERYONE. You just have to find it.

Top 3 Reasons To Meal Prep

I think meal prepping, for a LARGE amount of people, is the key to success or failure in reaching their current health and fitness goals.

1. It takes the guessing game out of your eating habits

You meal prep, you don’t worry about what’s for lunch at work. Or stopping for a snack at wawa or sheets. You know what you’re having before you even leave the house.

2. You know EXACTLY what you’re eating

When you meal prep, you know serving size. You know ingredients. You know exactly what you used to cook your food. No hidden ingredients like when you go out to eat.

3. Saves time

It may not seem like it when you’re spending 2 hours in the kitchen on a sunday. But, over the course of the week, you’ll save soooo much time. Meal prepping and cooking in bulk, even just your dinners, can save you 2/3/4 hours of not having to cook, or stop for food, the rest of the week.

Meal prepping is a major key in seeing results. If you don’t want to cook, there are meal prep services out there that will send you prepped meals to just heat up.

You’ll save money by doing it yourself, but, both will work!

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15 Tips To NOT Gain Weight During The Holidays

The holiday season is the time to bring people together. Celebrate. See family…. And gain unwanted weight.?.?.?.

It’s why, in a survey done about New Years Resolutions,  45% of people had “Lose weight or get in shape” as part of their resolutions.

And this time of the year plays a BIG part in that. Between Thanksgiving (for some, Halloween!), and New Years, a lot of people gain unwanted weight. I’ve asked a few people about past years weight gains. Some said 5-10lbs, some went up to 15+lbs.

That’s a lot of weight in such a short amount of time. So, I wanted to share some tips, and tricks to combat that seasonal weight gain.

  1. Maintain a normal workout routine.
  2. Don’t skip workouts. 10 or 15 minutes is better than nothing.
  3. Get proper sleep (less sleep= more cravings).
  4. It’s ok to say NO. To seconds, extra food, more wine…
  5. Fill your plate with a lot of protein and veggies. Aim for at least 70%.
  6. 1 plate rule. Fill it up. No second trips.
  7. For salads, choose oil based over creamy dressings
  8. Be picky with food. Eat the food you REALLY want. Not just because it’s there.
  9. No grazing. Hold a convo or catch up with people away from the kitchen.
  10. Be mindful of snacking. Eating the cookie is fine. Eating the whole tray, not so much.
  11. Don’t have back to back unhealthy meals.
  12. Be mindful of alcohol.  Liquid calories add up quick!
  13. Go for a walk after a big meal.
  14. Keep stress levels down. Meditate,  do yoga.
  15. Enjoy yourself! Any unwanted weight that you put on can go away once you’re back into a normal health/fitness routine.

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