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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What Happens When You Reach Your Weightloss Goal

What happens when you hit your weightloss goal? Yes. It does happen. I know it seems impossible while you’re in the middle of your goals, but it does and will happen.

Listen to episode 33 of the #1LIFE1YOUPodcast

So, what happens? Are you done? No more gym. No more eating healthy… Stepped on the scale and the magic number appeared! Awesome!!!

No what?!

The answer is simple in writing but can be difficult in execution.

You keep going.

If you take ANYTHING away from what I say/write, it’s that there is no end goal for health and fitness.

I want you to be just as healthy at 60 and 70 as you are at 30.

I get that once you hit and reach your goal… Once you’re there and the high of accomplishment starts to wear off, it can be difficult to push yourself to keep going.

But, having the mentality that it’s not about summer diets or beach season, but it’s more about being healthy when you’re 75… that’s what will keep you going.

You hit your goal! Congrats. Are you happy? Yes? Awesome. Now the goal is to stay that way!

Keep eating healthy. Keep exercising.

We are in this for life. A ways remember that!

It’s YOUR Social Media

A small part of my talk with Rob Riley was about social media/media consumption, and the importance keeping it as positive as possible.

1LIFE1YOU Podcast Episode 31 w/ Rob Riley

The news makes its money from getting views, and with that showing you all the bad or horrible things happening draws more views. Think about it… we all look at the cars that crashed on the roadside..

And that’s what the news knows. The negative draws. But, that can have an impact on how you go about your day and life.

Negativity leads to more negativity.

The same goes for social media. If your feed/timeline is full of negativity, complaining, arguing, that will seep into your own life.

But the coolest thing about social media is, YOU CONTROL IT.

If John is posting negative things on his own social media, and you’re tired of seeing it.. unfollow him. Boom! All lf his negative posts are gone.

And this goes for EVERYONE. Friends, family, coworkers, everyone.

It’s your platforms. You build and create what you see and not see. And if they have a problem, oh well.

Your own peace of mind is more important than their follower count.

Try it out. Go through whatever platform you are on, and unfollow or delete anyone that constantly post negative things, and watch how much better you’ll feel as you start scrolling through your own feed.

Social media isn’t bad. It’s only a platform. People are the ones who choose how to use it.

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Eating Healthy Is Expensive Is An Excuse

Everyone thinks eating healthis super expensive, when it’s really not.

If you ever find yourself asking why the burger and fries from *insert fast food place here* is $1.99 and the salad from the same place is $7… there’s 2 reasons:

1. The burger and fries are of the CHEAPEST quality they can be and still be considered food.

2. The salad is actual food and real ingredients. And they mark it up because they pay more for REAL FOOD.

To counteract that, stop making your nutrition choices in a fast food place!

Go out and go food shopping for yourself.

A bag of salad is $3 (split into 2)

Healthy dressing $3 (split into about 6)

Family pack of protein $1.99-$2.49lb (split into 4 / lb)

So, per meal, you can have an actually healthy salad for $2.50 (make it $3 for added veggies)

Multiple that by 5, and you have 5 lunches for maximum $12 total.

Now, I know people that spend that, easily, on lunch everyday! And it’s doing their body no good. Ordering out, drive through, fast food, is either cheaper quality food or overpriced because that store has to make a profit.

You can do the same math for Breakfast and Dinner.

Eating healthy is expensive? But, you just spent $6 on a coffee that 800 calories. When you could of brought a dozen eggs, potatoes, spinach for $9, and that would last a week….

When you cook for yourself, eating healthy is not expensive.

And even if you do go out and buy healthier options while you’re out, and spend $10. Don’t say it’s expensive. Flip the mindset around and say it’s an investment in your body.

We say eating healthy is expensive because it’s an easy excuse to use to go eat fast food. Taking the easy option.

Eating healthy is as expensive as you want to make it. Saving money requires a little more effort. But, is it not worth it?

Is being healthy not worth the exter dollar or the extra hour meal prepping your lunch.

Stop making excuses for why you eat the way you do and take responsibility for your actions.

Your life. Your choices.