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!

Macro Cheat Sheet

Before we get into the list…

What are macros???

Macronutrients provide energy in the form of calories and make up the three major parts of food – carbohydrates, fat and protein.

Paying attention to your Macros is a step further into Counting Calories.

This is good to know when looking at nutritional labels of food and drinks. The breakdown is there and you can know how many calories are coming from each.

What foods fit into each MACRO?

I made this macros cheat sheet for you to save and know what category a lot of different foods fall in to.

Some are carbs. Some fat. Some are a mix of protein and carbs. Some have a good percentage of all 3.

Check it out!

I think that’s a pretty solid list of foods.

I believe we should be eating a pretty solid balance of each macronutrient. I’m aiming to hit 34% Carbs, 33% Protein, 33% Fat when tracking and logging my food.

A healthy diet should have a mix of all macros.

Life Lessons From THE BOYS

Let’s start with a little background for those that don’t know what THE BOYS are. It’s an Amazon Prime series, that is doing very well. Here’s a quick overview of the show:

It’s taking the classic superhero storyline and placed it in a real world setting.

Me and E just finished the series (in 5 days! Bingers Unite!). And in thinking about it and talking about the show and characters, I thought it’d be cool to take some lessons from the show and apply it to your life.

*Some are more serious than others*

1. Team work makes the dream work

The show is really about 2 teams. The Supes and The Boys. And when things are going best for either side, it’s usually when the respective teams are working together.

Do you have a team that helps you? That pushes you to achieve goals? To bounce ideas off? Maybe you should. Just look at the Spice Girls…

2. Let Things Go

Over and over in The Boy, characters are using anger, revenge, spite to drive them, and it never makes them satisfied or happy. Looking at you Butcher and Hughie!

You can’t let those negative emotions drive your life.

3. Fame & Money does not equal happiness

Looking at Starlight’s story, she got everything she wanted, or at least thought she wanted. And when she had it all, she was less happy than before.

Finding happiness outside of money or fame is a more fulfilling way to live your life.

4. What happens in the dark always comes to the light.

There was a long list of characters that had secrets, or hidden personas. Hughie lying, Butcher keeping secrets, Homelander not being the 100% good guy character, ATrain using drugs, to how the Supes formed to begin with.

You can’t hide things forever. Being honest, and truthful will lead to a less stressful life.

5. Cherish the moments

You never know when you will have that last time with someone. Or when something tragic could happen. Live in the moment. Spend your time with the people you like being around.

Even if that person was a lab created terrorist who can’t be killed….

*And a couple quick one:

6. Don’t have sex with strangers.

7. Don’t stand in the street to have a conversation

8. A loving family comes in many forms (Looking at that final scene lol)

Ok. I’m done. Hope you enjoyed!