When being selfish is ok

A quick story from someone that DM’d me on Instagram.

You can listen to episode 27: being selfish is ok

It may sound messed up to some and some may not understand, but she was telling me about how she has been taking her own time back. And being more selfish with who or what she gives her time too.

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The Pants That Fit

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I got a message a couple days ago. And i ask the things I always ask, “How was the week? Good? Bad? Great?”

And, she says that she’s having a good week. Workouts going well. Food is getting better. And she goes on to tell me that she had a NON SCALE VICTORY that she didn’t plan on having so soon.

The goal, that she was hoping to accomplish in October, was to fit into these pants that she had that didn’t fit.

She said, talking to a friend about vacation coming up, and she wanted to go try on these pants…

And… THEY FIT!

Now, I think that’s awesome. But, it is a risk she took. It could have gone a couple ways.

1. They fit! The hard work she’s been doing is being seen.

2. They don’t fit…

A) Gets discouraged by the effort of the last 2 months

B) Motivates her to go harder

But, they fit! And that’s a really big win. The confidence it builds. The reassurance of the process. The knowing that the hard work is paying off.

You may not always see it. The scale may tell you something different on different days. But, how you feel. How does your clothes fit you. They are big markers on your progress.

#NonScaleVictory

5 Things To Do To Guarantee Yourself Results

If we’re talking health and fitness (which, we always are lol), I believe doing these 5 things and building up these 5 habits will lead to guaranteed results with any and all of your health and fitness goals. And really, I think these have transferability to other areas of your life too…

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The Starting Point For Losing Weight

Listen to episode 24: The Starting Point For Losing Weight

We’re in a time of instant…. everything! And, diets, nutrition, results are advertised as no different.

You’ve seen them:

  • 7 Day Cleanse
  • 21 Day Diets
  • 9 Day Eat Only With Your Right Hand Diet

*I made one of them up*

But, no one wants to talk about the basics. About where you should actually start and focus on.

I get it. It’s not sexy. Its not going to sell books. It doesn’t have a fancy name.

Hear me out. I trust and believe, weightloss, getting to a healthy weight and body fat percentage, always comes down to the basics.

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Stop The Comparison Game

If you prefer to listen to the audio version, I talk about this on Episode 23 of the 1LIFE1YOU Podcast

Family. Friends. Coworkers. Celebrities. Strangers on the Internet. We live in this time where everything is accessible. Everything can be seen, read, and talked about anywhere in the world. And that’s really really cool.

But the gift and the curse (no jayz) is that, with all that accessibility to people’s lives and opinions, we tend to fall in the “Comparison Game”.

Looking at others. Comparing your faults to their perceived perfections. Comparing the timeline of someone else to where you are in life.

I see and hear it a lot. And, it’s not just about social media (though it plays a big part in this problem).

When something good happens to someone. Or someone is progressing in life faster than you. Or has more good things going on than you….

That’s all negative energy.

That’s all time you are wasting thinking about something you have NO control over. And you have to let that way of thinking go.

If it happens while you’re scrolling through social media, then close the app. Or unfollow the people that provoke those negative thoughts. You have the power.

If it happens in person, step away from that environment. Excuse yourself. Get away.

She gets it

Negative thoughts won’t just go away, but you have to start making yourself aware when it’s happening. Close the app. Unfollow the person. Walk away.

You can take it a step further and literally write down something positive about you. Right on the spot. Either with a pen and paper or in your note section on your phone.

It’s about realizing the trigger, but changing the reaction to it.

It happens to me. I’ll scroll Instagram and see this or that person in the same field as me doing amazing things, and I’ll start the Comparison Game. So, what I did was unfollowed everyone. And I’ll slowly rebuild it back to keep a positive energy for ME on MY timeline.

Comparing yourself to other is a nasty habit to have. You must know your trigger points and change the reactions to them. As soon as possible. Break the habit by building a new, positive one.

Tips and Tools To Meal Prep Right

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We talked about the benefits of counting calories and passed along a macros cheat sheet. So, now let’s put those to use and talk about meal prepping!

Think about meal prepping like those microwaveable tv dinners, but (hopefully) waaaayyyy healthier for you.

Being prepared for your day/week is a large chunk of the battle. Having meals and/or snacks with you will definitely stop you from hitting the vending machines at work. Or stopping at a fast food spot for lunch.

Having meals prepped and ready. Knowing ingredients and potion amounts plays a huge role in nutrition.

He knows how to meal prep

Let’s go over the simple how-to:

1) Pick a day to meal prep

I do it twice a week, to keep the food I’m eating fresher. Usually on Sundays and Wednesdays.

2) Pick the meals to cook

Remember, you know your calorie and macros numbers. Now, figure out what you want to cook to help you reach those numbers.

Also, you may not need to cook EVERY meal ahead of time.

I like making my breakfasts and lunches for my prep. It’s when I’m at my busiest, so I know I need food ready.

This part will take some time and experimenting to get your meals and calories to match. Have patience and play around with different meals.

3) Eat the meals you cook

I know this can sound simple, but it happens! If you have chicken and broccoli for lunch at work because thats part of your goals, but your coworkers are ordering pizza, you have to be strong willed. Stick to the game plan.

Now, let’s go over some of the tools that are going to help you meal prep like a pro

First thing I would definitely recommend you having is a food scale

I actually own 2 (I know! LoL). The one above, and one like this one:

Both are under $20, and both will get the job done.

The difference between 4oz of steak and 6oz of steak can be about 80-100 calories.

Measuring cups and spoons are another thing you need to properly meal prep.

Eye balling oil or peanut butter can cost you 100s of calories. Take the 2 seconds and measure it out.

We have a set like this one:

Can’t beat under $10

And, of course, you need a place to store your meal prepped meals, right?!

Everyone who knows me knows I eat out of the reusable containers more than I eat out of a regular bowl or plate.

These 24oz containers I think are a perfect size for most meals.

Under $15 for 20

Having those 3 tools (along with using myfitnesspal) have been a HUGE help in me doing my meal prep, and doing it right!