( I had to break the video into parts in order to post it. lol)
( I had to break the video into parts in order to post it. lol)
As noted yesterday, here are my before pictures!
I’m already fairly slim so my fitness journey will be all about toning, gaining more muscle and shredding body fat (lean out).
Meals of the Day:
Breakfast 6:00AM: Oatmeal & Greek Yogurt with Strawberries and Banana
Lunch 10:00AM: Spinach & Herb Wrap with thin sliced Steak, Spinach
Snack 1:00PM: Almond Dark Chocolate Chia Seed Bar and an Orange
Pre-workoutSnack/Meal : 1 slice of Ezekiel Bread with 2 slices of turkey bacon & 1 Whole egg & 1 Egg White & 10 ounces of my BCAA drink
Post-workouts Snack/Meal 5:30PM: Protein Shake (1 scoop of Vanilla Plant-Based, Chia Seeds, Spinach, Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, Strawberries)
(I meal prepped this dinner & this is what I’m having)
Dinner 8PM: 4oz Salmon, Whole Green beans and Sweet Potatoes
Tomorrow I will do a quick vlog blog on some of the foods & supplements that I’ve eaten & the nutritional value of them I’ve eaten today & tomorrow. Catch up with you all soon!
Hellllo everyone! I often post a lot about health, wellness, fitness, etc and decided to open up a little more and track my Fitness Journey via my blog. I’m excited to begin and get back to it with consistency but in the same breath, it’ll be new to me & just a tad bit unnatural for me only because I normally am not so public with (especially with something I see as personal) what I have going on. To be completely honest with not only myself but with you all as well, just like a lot of everybody, consistency has been my biggest downfall and the main reason why I’m not exactly where I want to be physically at this very moment. Lately, I’ve been inconsistent with counting my macros & watching how much I eat especially on the days I don’t work out, I don’t workout as often as I used to & I simply get too comfortable eating whatever I want, when I wanted it but complain about how I feel or how I feel I look and became the person that just talks & complains with little to no action. As mentioned in maybe my very 1st or 2nd blog that I posted, I’ve been athletic all my life. Once I graduated High School, it came to an end for me because I was no longer involved to sports or extracurricular activities that kept me in shape. As also mentioned, I originally started my fitness journey in the summer of 2015 and only stayed consistent for 2 months. I went completely cold turkey & ate healthy 95% of the time & seen results not only physically but mentally, from within. Once my birthday that year came around, I pretty much just gave up everything, got comfortable to where I fell back into my ways and found myself nostalgic over how I used to live my life (eating whenever I wanted whenever I wanted, off sleeping patterns, not working out, etc.) However, your Fitness Journey shouldn’t be something strict to the point to where you can’t and shouldn’t have fun.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s clearly ideal to eat 100% healthy Sunday through Saturday but in the real world, it’s all about B A L A N C E. The only reason why I say “in the real world” is because we’re only human and there are or can be times where we crack and indulge in what we want here and there, and that’s okay. Your lifestyle should or can follow a 90/10 rule of thumb or 80/20 aka 90% or 80% healthy choices and 10% or 20% your choice. With that being said, as long as your lifestyle is 8 or 9 times out of 10 healthy, you’re living a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
For me, I’ve been lenient with myself with the continuous unhealthy choices that I’ve made to the point where I’m starting this journey, yet again. So, the beginning of this time around, I’ll be a little more “cold turkey” and limiting myself to one cheat meal a week. Although this will be HARD, I’ve built somewhat of tolerance when I went down this road before for eating the way I know I should and eating what I want, when I can afford to cheat on my meals.
My fitness goal is to shred the body fat that I’ve accumulated over time, tone & build more muscle. Ive never really been too concerned with weighing myself on the scale because not only do I feel like how I look and feel inside & out matters more but because my goal is so specific, the number on the scale may not change as often as I’d like because by lifting weights & incorporating High Intensity Interval Training, I’d be shedding fat & gaining muscle. Nevertheless, I’ll still keep track of the number on the scale just to keep my eye on everything. I officially started my journey last Saturday, August 5th but I will post my before pictures tomorrow. From now on, in addition to me posting randomly about other things, I will post on how this journey is going for me, workouts (videos maybe 🤔) the things I eat, supplements I use, results, things I’ve learned, etc etc etc. I will utilize my own workouts that work(ed) for me, the foods that work(ed) for me & supplements I use to put them to work to showcase my very own results. I ultimately decided to share this journey with you guys because it benefits me in 2 ways: 1). I share my results to keep myself on track & motivated & 2). to also motivate others to get back on track or be here if someone needs/wants my help with what’s been working for me in hopes of it helping you too. So stay tuned! Be on the look out for new posts & updates. 🤘🏾✨
There is a lot of back and forth on whether or not you can drink freshly pressed juice in place of an actual meal. The reality of it is, is that in terms of meal replacements, it’s more ideal to use a smoothie or a shake as opposed to freshly pressed juice because of the thickness.. but in the same breath, it’s not unhealthy to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach. On a more personal level, I’ve actually tried both to see for myself and did the necessary research as needed, for me to be able to actually share.
Fresh juice can be consumed on an empty stomach. This infuses the body and tissues with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes. Because it is lacking fiber, it doesn’t require digestion and gives up a burst of energy. If fact, it’s best to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach and/or at least half an hour before a meal. This is when your stomach hungers for food and would absorb anything you consume. When you drink a healthy, nutritious juice, your body quickly absorbs all that you consume, wasting nothing. As a general rule, fresh juice provides complex carbs to fuel energy and can be taken any time of the day.
However, a smoothie is more ideal to be used as a meal replacement and is much more substantial and filling meal than a juice; smoothies contain all of the fiber from the fruit, and the fiber is what keeps you fuller longer. Every meal you eat HAS to be a balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Therefore, you have to actually make the smoothie thicker and like a meal for it to be more filling (meaning adding fats, fruit, vegetables and proteins to make it into a complete meal in liquid form).
Unless you’re on a juice cleanse, consuming raw, solid foods is evidently best. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can drink fresh juice in place of a meal. HOWEVER, if you’re looking to replace a meal with juice or smoothies, watch the sugar content in both the juices and smoothies that you make or consume. When you eat a lot of sugar at once, your blood sugar spikes and not to mention, adds on extra pounds.