Hi friends! We are about two weeks into the year and I am sure we have all set a few New Year’s Resolutions. Some of us are able to power through and achieve them, but if you are anything like how I used to be, sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions may be turning out to be harder than you thought.
Should you try to diet during the holidays? How can you avoid gaining that extra 5-10lbs during the holiday we all seem to gain? What about all the dinners you have to attend? These are all questions I get asked a lot this time of year and I wanted to touch on them again because it can be a hard time of the year for people who are trying to stay on track with their health and fitness goals and finish the year strong. I have compiled a list of common issues I have run into and what I typically do for each one; of course, you may find something that works different for you and that’s great!!
Have you ever heard the quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” by Jim Rohn? He has a point – the people we are around have a lot of influence on us, whether we are aware of it or not. One of the best things I have ever done for myself when it comes to self care and changing negative self talk to positive self talk was I really paid attention not only to the people that I surrounded myself with in person, but also the people I surrounded myself with on social media. You may not realize this, but the people you surround yourself with on social media can actually make a big impact on how you feel about yourself.
After I had my daughter, I tried to go for a run and I kept falling. Like, actually falling down when I was trying to run. Even though I used to be a runner, my joints and ligaments were still really loose from having a baby. I remember trying to do one pushup, and I couldn’t even do one regular pushup – my arms and my core were too weak. Even though I had been working out during my pregnancy, I had lost so much strength, and I remember feeling really defeated by it. I remember thinking, “gosh, I am so far away from my goal,” and it was overwhelming and the negative self talk I had at that time was paralyzing.
And I get it. You go into a health store and there are protein powders after protein powders after protein powders. It can be hard to know what to look for on the labels, and many times you feel stuck picking whichever has the prettiest labeling. Well it doesn’t have to be like that and I understand why it is. A question that I receive quite often and from my own website is, “how do I know what to look for when I am picking a protein powder?” Here is a guide on how I select protein powders and hopefully it helps.
A lot of people ask me, “how do you stay healthy while you are traveling a lot?” And I do travel a lot – whether I am heading to Utah to film Dollar Workout Club videos, visiting the MRM offices in California, or going to speaking events, it seems I am always on the road. Maintaining my goals is something that I have personally experimented a lot – and I will be the first to say there have been times where I have nailed it and other times….where I could have done better. Here are a few of my favorite tips for staying fit and healthy on the go:
One question I seem to get so often, especially from women is “how do I know how much weight I’m supposed to be lifting when I am working out?” This is a really good question and it is one that it took me a while to figure out myself when I was first starting working out.
I get asked a lot about emotional eating – and to be totally honest, it’s something I have struggled a lot with too. I am nowhere near perfect and I still struggle with it from time to time, but I want to help share my experiences and the tools I use that help me get out of that vicious cycle of feeling bad about myself, which leads to emotional eating, which leads to me feeling worse about myself, and repeat.
One of the biggest questions I get in regards to fitness and healthy living is how to set yourself up for success when you’re just beginning your path towards your health goals.
In the fitness industry, you will hear the word “macros” a lot. Specifically, “If It Fits Your Macros”, which is a popular diet based around the percentages of macros you consume. There are a lot of books and websites dedicated to teaching you how to create entire meal plans around your macros, but first – what exactly are macros?