“If you want to build an impressive physique, you’re going to have to work HARD in the gym. You’re going to have to move weights that are just downright intimidating. You’re going to have to dig deep to finish the last set. You’re going to deal with muscle soreness and other aches.” Michael Matthews, Thinner Leaner Stronger. Love what Michael is saying here. So many people think that a lean good looking beach body is genetics or they feel that they just can’t get there. If you don’t like how you look in a swim suit, then change your behavior. But, if you don’t change you are going to continue to get what you have. Simple. Yes, it is going to take some hard work and dedication. Will you fall back a few times, yes you are only human. However, it is up to you to decide if you are going to get back at it or let yourself go again.
I am reading this book called Thinner Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews. A lot of points he has made so far are a good reminder of how we ALL can be what we want to be if we just put our mind to it. He discusses will power and how it’s just a mind game. One of his suggestions is to wait 10 minutes before indulging in a favorite unhealthy food. He talks a lot about dopamine and how it’s a drug to our brain. Dopamine is that release in the brain that gives us our quick satisfaction. Don’t give into it! Stop thinking about the favorite food and get your mind onto something else. The more you think about it and want it the worse it is and the more likely you are going to give in.
You want that lean body? You have to work for it! But, it’s so hard?!?! Well, what’s going to be harder enjoying the good foods you get to eat or sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for your results of some unfortunate case (disclosure…I am not saying that eating clean will be a guarantee of a disease free life…but it sure does give you a better chance). Think of those athletes that win The Crossfit Games, gymnasts that win the gold medal or simply the hottie that walks by on the street with ripped abs. You think they just ate anything they wanted to and didn’t work hard for their physique? Ha….guess again. I am sure there were days when they wanted to just give up, or not train and just sit at home and eat a bowl of ice cream. But, I can almost guarantee you they did not. They got up off their butt when they were tired and just didn’t want to go. When they had every excuse in the world to not go. I am sure they were in social situations when they had to say no to the double chocolate fudge cake that everyone else is eating. Or answer 50 million questions on why they weren’t eating the spaghetti and bread that everyone else was eating. Actually, you are right they probably didn’t have to say no to any of those situations because they surround themselves with the environment in which they didn’t have to worry about those types of situations. My point is, be strong in any situation you are given.
Tricks that work for me:
- Cook all meals for the week on Sunday. I usually do something in the crockpot, on the stove top and in the oven. So that is three meals ready for the week done all in one setting. Human beings like to get in a rhythm. The mess is already out so get after it.
- As soon as I get home from the grocery store I cut up veggies if not going to cook right away (there is something about having cut up veggies ready to go when going to cook).
- Have easy snacks on hand (hard boiled eggs, fruit, veggies, almond butter, beef jerky, almonds)
- Mix up recipes.
- Drink water.
- When grocery shopping don’t put in your cart what you should not be eating.
- Be prepared.
Some tricks that have helped me in the kitchen:
- Fill up the sink with a little water and soap so that you can use the same utensils quickly.
- I have learned that investing in quality utensils, pots and pans, knife, veggie chopper is definitely worth my money. Cooking really does go smoother with quality items in the kitchen.
- Tupperware has veggie saver containers. They really work:)
- I have a Thirty-One cooler that holds all of my lunch for the week.
- Nice storage containers to store lunch for the week.
- Organize your spice draw alphabetically. Either put them in a drawer where you can see all of them and labeled on the lid or buy a shelf type that you can easily access your spice.
- Make sure all bowls, pots and pans, etc are easily accessible.
- When and doubt play your favorite country song when cooking!
Until next time…Happy cooking and happy adventure to your beach body!