When people look in my fridge, they suspect that there is some type of science project going on. What is that? Is that water or booze? It’s water. I just modify it a little.
I am sure you are quite aware of brands such as crystal light, MIO, and Powerade creating small squirt bottles of flavoring to add to your water. They are all totally fine… If you like poison. One of the main ingredients in the product is propylene glycol. That would be anti-freeze. They use the same stuff to de-ice plane wings before takeoff. The reason that this is in the product is because if you were to squirt one of these things into a drink of incredibly cold water, the MIO would not dissipate. It would bead up and be ineffective.
Here is a safe alternative. Go out and get an infusion jar. Target and Walmart have them for $10. Fill it with water and fresh fruit. In 4-5 hours the fruit will infuse your water and it will be delicious! I don’t always drink water, but when I do….. (Wait, I always drink water)…Stay thirsty my friends…. Just don’t drink anti-freeze.
This drink has plenty of “Punch” without destroying your last workout. Grab a rocks glass and toss in a few blueberries (antioxidants) and some raspberries (k tones aid in weight loss). Add one tsp of agave nectar (natural sweetener). Muddle the berries thoroughly. Add 1 and 1/2 ounces of 100% Blue Agave Tequila. You don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive tequila. There are plenty of reputable brands that won’t break the bank. I would like to suggest Don Eduardo, Herradura, or Camerana. Squeeze 1/2 of a lime into glass. If you microwave the lime for 10 seconds, then roll it gently with the palm of your hand on the counter, it will juice easier when it is cut/squeezed. Empty contents of the glass into a shaker and add some ice. Shake vigorously while doing a little dance in anticipation of your new concoction. Pour contents of shaker back into the glass and garnish with whatever you want. Enjoy!
I have the same routine before my workout. I throw on a black wife beater, gym shorts and matching shoes. I splash some water in my hair and gel it up to perfection while sipping my creatine saturated elixir. I grab my keys, music, gloves and head for the door. “Did you just gel your hair? I thought you were going to the gym?” says my wife. “Of course I did. Kiss me. I’ll be back in 2 hours.” She doesn’t get it.
Sure I gel my hair, but why do people dress up to go to the gym? You see it all the time. Some people look like they are heading to the club and then they jump on the treadmill. I’m guilty. I’ll admit it. But what’s the point? You are just going to get all sweaty during your workout. Why make an effort to look snazzy? The answer is simple. It is the same reason girls wear make up when they are not going anywhere special. Confidence. When you look good, you feel good and you get a better workout.
Go to the gym with your head high. If you want to dress up, feel free. If you want spiked hair or a cute sports bra, have at it. There are no guidelines to what makes you feel confident. The choice is yours….
The above image can be a very frustrating place for some. For others, it is just a tool used to get ready for the day. Why such a big difference?
Everybody is different.
Have you heard that before? Well, let’s break it down. EVERY- Every means that no one is excluded. It means all, without exception, without exemption, together and combined. BODY- this is your physical self, bones, muscles etc. DIFFERENT- it means unique, not the same, special, incredible and amazing.
Yes, your body is incredible and amazing. I promise. It is completely fine if you want to gain muscle, tone up, lose a few pounds or even a hundred! But for now, CELEBRATE your body because it is unlike any other. Have confidence in yourself and who you are. Walk tall and stand proud. Make the mirror your best friend today.
Whenever people leave the gym, I hear the same crazy statements. “I had such a good workout! I’m going to reward myself with some double fudge cake!” Guys, you are just as guilty. “Man, I should be going to jail because I just murdered that workout bro! I’m going to reward myself with a 6 pack of beer and some wings!”
Where does anyone get the idea that you can reward yourself 10 minutes after your workout?
Let me explain. If you burn 1,000 calories in a an intense workout, that is excellent. If you turn around and eat 1,000 calories worth of cake (one slice in some cases) or have beers and wings (2,000+ cals in some cases), YOU HAVE WASTED YOUR WORKOUT! You did not just find a lost puppy. There is no instant reward. You went to the gym. Yeah, you got it in, but don’t waste it. The math is simple. You have to burn more calories than you take in. Eating a REWARD meal after your workout is counter productive. Be very careful that you do not fall into this trap. I am all about rewards, but be smart about it. Put a dollar in a jar every time you workout. On the outside of the jar put a picture of that thing you want. My jar has a picture of a tattoo. It is expensive and will take time to get. And it will be worth every time I trained.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. I promise you. You will get your reward. It is not instant, but you you will get it. Getting in shape takes time; a lot of time. Do not get discouraged. Stay focused and you will meet your goals. You do not have to do an overhaul either. Start small. Pick two days a week to workout. After a month, add another day to workout and continue the trend. You will see results when you are consistently attempting to get them. Consistency is key. Keep your head up…. the body you want is attainable with the right amount of effort…
I started a relationship with you based on trust. You trusted me to eat right and work out everyday. I trusted you to go down on me every week. You have not been holding up your end of the bargain. I took all the bad foods out of the kitchen and pantry and threw them all away. I sought help from a nutritionist on how to “eat clean.” I signed up for the gym and I went every day. I even train with a personal trainer twice a week. I have poured sweat out. My hands have bled from lifting weights and punching. I have even cried tears from pure exhaustion when I started training. But, I kept going. I kept trying. I never gave up on you…. Until now. You have done nothing but frustrate me. Every morning I think to myself “today is the day I will be at my goal weight!”… And every day I mount you, proud and confident, just to be shut down by your stupid face and shitty grin. You refuse to move!! Why do you have to be such an @$$hole?! We started out so good. Remember the first day I brought you home? You were so excited and so was I. I gave you the most expensive batteries. I even gave you prime location in the house so everyone could see how glorious you were. Those first months, you went down on me a ton. Every morning; like clockwork. Then you started slowing up. You weren’t interested in what I was trying to do. You didn’t care that I had put a number on a pedestal that I have been trying to reach. It’s like you don’t even know me! I have been busting my @$$ for you! And now what? You are going to act like I haven’t done cardio everyday this month? You are going to act like I didn’t have to pay extra at every restaurant or be so picky at dinners just so I could stick to my food regiment? Well guess what?
I don’t need you! I can lift 10 times more than I ever could. My clothes fit incredibly and have even had to buy new clothes because the other ones are too big. My body is toned, my digestion system is awesome, and I feel stupendous! My stress levels are down and my stamina is off the charts! I can last longer then I ever did in the past! -Working out, of course 😉 –
So…scale, I’m not going to give you the satisfaction of pissing someone else off everyday by giving you to a friend or donating you to Goodwill. Instead, I’m going to take this hammer and SMASH YOU because that it what you deserve…. Oh, and by the way, I have been cheating on you with a a body fat scale…. And she goes down on me every week…. Enjoy the dumpster.