Be the best version of yourself.

Becoming the best version of yourself is more than just reaching a health goal, it’s accepting and loving yourself at every stage, the high, middle and lows while working towards it.

One of the biggest mistakes we make while trying to do that is having other people as our “goal”. I use to be one of those who would always have a fitness model as my goal, but then when I didn’t even look close to them, I would find myself feeling disappointed and would give up. This made me realize that I should only set becoming my best self as my goal.

Becoming your strongest, healthiest, and happiest self should be your only goal. And for this you’ll need to accept and love yourself, at whatever stage you are at. 

If you set your goal to be like someone else, you will always be disappointed. Everyone is unique in their own way, therefore you will never have the same exact body as someone else, unless you get surgery, and that still might not work.

You are beautiful just the way you are, and working on becoming your best self will just make you even more beautiful. You will be able to see your progress and the growth you’ve made.  

Use others to motivate you, learn from the things they have done to get to where they are at, and adjust it to your own lifestyle. But never copy exactly what they do. What works for someone might not work for you. This goes with everything in life.

IMG_7911.jpgFocus on yourself and don’t spend any more energy on obsessing over other people’s body or lifestyle. Use that energy to build yourself up.

One of the things you have to do in order to start working on becoming the best version of yourself is changing your mindset. You have to be patient and understand that everyone has their own journey. You will go through struggles, will need lots of discipline and dedication, you’ll need to let go of any unhealthy habits or people who are holding you back, but one thing you can’t do is give up on yourself.

You deserve to reach whatever goals you set for yourself. You deserve to be the healthiest, strongest, and happiest person you’ve ever met. It won’t be easy, but it is soooo worth it.

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One of the main reasons why you are in this planet is to improve, evolve, grow and become the best version of yourself there is. So now my question to you is, what will you do to become the best version of yourself?

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Avoid Cravings & Temptations!

          Aloha!! Has this happened to you? You just had lunch, but then 30mins later you remember you have some chocolate in the fridge, so you eat it. Then another 30mins go by and you start craving something salty and as if they read your mind, your coworker comes in with some chips to offer. By the time you know it, you’ve had about 3million calories in just one sitting.

          Well, that was me a few years ago, and even sometimes during that time of the month. As you may have read on my last blog, Oh Boy! Oh Boy! It’s almost here! mother nature was blessing me with something. But in all seriousness, we all go through it. We all get cravings or are constantly tempted to eat something that doesn’t necessarily go according to our meal plan.

          Let’s be honest, improving your eating habits is hard, and for some reason this is the exact time when your family decides to be super nice and offer everything they have. But trust me, its doable; it just takes consistency, dedication, discipline and willpower. Always do everything one step at a time.

          Most of these cravings are because of our hormones, stress, anxiety or even dehydration. But there are different things that you can do to switch your mindset and avoid them.

Here are 7 tips to help avoid cravings and not fall into temptations:

    1. Have a hearty breakfast. Eat a good balanced meal with low calories but enough protein and carbs, to help maintain your sugar levels and to help you stay satisfied throughout the day. This is why I love my Herbalife Shakes, because they are super simple and have what my body needs. You can also have eggs with some oatmeal, yogurt with nuts, and others.
    2. Replace your cravings with healthier options. Choose low processed carbs to keep your blood sugar levels steady. This means, no fries, crackers or chips, and going for whole grains and starchy veggies, such as sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, peas, squash, and others. Bake them instead of frying for a healthier option. Instead of chocolate, try snacking on nuts. If you want ice cream, try a sorbet or frozen yogurt. There’s always healthy options.
    3. Snack throughout the day. Technically, to maintain a healthy metabolism, you should be eating every two to three hours. This means that you should be having your three main meals and having healthy snacks in between, to keep you satisfied and avoid feeling famished and pigging out.
    4. Always be prepared. Have a plan. Prep your meals and snacks ahead of time, cook them at home. This will help you avoid having to run to the store or the vending machine for the quick unhealthy solution. Making them at home helps you have control over what goes into your food. Preparation is KEY!
    5. Drink lots of water throughout the day. Having a glass of water can boost your blood flow and can also help you feel full. Most of the time we feel hungry, when in reality our body is just dehydrated and needs some water. Try using a big water bottle like this really cute one, to help you keep track of the amount you have daily. I currently have a gallon of water a day. 3 Liter BPA Free Reusable Plastic Drinking Water Bottle Jug Container w/ Hand Holder Canteen and Stainless Steel Cap – Pink
    6. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause your body to crave more calories to be able to get the energy it needs to keep going.
    7. Change your mindset. Be mindful when you experience these cravings. Visualize your goal. Is having that going to get you closer to it? What are the consequences of you having it? Say “I don’t” instead of “I can’t”. What you say to yourself plays a big role in your life. Saying “I can’t” is sending a message to your brain that you are forcing yourself not to do something, while saying “I don’t” is reminds you that you are in control and have power over what you do. I can’t is a restriction and I don’t is a choice.

              But like I also mentioned on my last blog, if you’re really craving something, just have it. Sometimes depriving ourselves from something will only make the craving bigger. Of course, make sure that it is not something you are doing on a regular basis, because then what is the point of trying to be healthy. Remember, everything in moderation. But if you know you have been behaving, following your plan, then WTH! Just have it!


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    Drink lots of water.
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    Healthy breakfast.
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    Healthy snacks.
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    Hearty Meal.
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    Be prepared.
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    Plenty of sleep.

     

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Oh boy! Oh Boy! It’s almost here!

Oh, what a week!! This may not be the most appealing blog for a few of you, but the struggle is real, so I know lots of you ladies will relate.

“I have cramps”, “I feel bloated”, “I have a headache”. Yes! We’ve all used those excuses to get out of working out or doing anything. I know because I have used them too. It is almost that time of the month for me, so it has been a struggle getting to the gym or even getting up from my bed. Yes…. It can be that bad.

Our cycle can be a drag and interfere with our social life, workouts and even our healthy eating routine. I feel your pain. Actually, most women tend to ditch the gym during that time of the month. But many studies show that, in fact, women feel better when they get moving during their cycle. I know! I know! The last thing you want to do when on your period is workout. But working out can actually help relieve the cramping, bloating and also helps regulate the flow. Not only that, but it can help combat those mood swings and get you in a better mood.

First, let’s understand a little bit more about what happens during our cycle.

During Week 1, you’re in a low hormone phase, and you tend to channel more carbs for energy instead of fat, so hard and fast workouts may feel easier to do around this time. A workout recommendation is to do HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). The hormones shifts make fuel more accessible to your body, so it helps you push harder and get more out of this short but intense workout.

On Weeks 2 & 3, you’re starting to ovulate, so you need to listen to your body. You are probably bloated or feeling lazy. You’re feeling more sensitive, so be kind to yourself and try not to do any exercise that would bother your knee, and make sure to not skip your warm-up.

During Week 4 you may feel even more sluggish and with a lack of motivation, so plan ahead for it. During this time, muscle breakdown increases so try less stressful routines and schedule them ahead of time. Also, battle your cravings by adding healthy carbs to your diet, like sweet potatoes.

Something I also try to do is take some pain relievers and my Herbalife Women’s Choice tabbies a few days ahead of time, this way I can beat the cramps before they get to me and keep me from going to the gym. Of course, if the cramps are intolerable, it is recommended you visit your doctor.

So, how does working out help? When you workout you release endorphins which can trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduce the perception of pain. It helps reduce the levels of stress and anxiety, which reduces the severity of your cramps and helps your circulation. It beats fatigue and headaches as it activates your heart muscles and increases energy levels.

Now, if you’re really not feeling it, listen to your body and just take a rest day or don’t go as hard at the gym. But as long as you get moving, it will help you feel better overall. Working out during your period can help you feel more powerful, stronger and even increase muscle mass.

So, now you know. Don’t let a little bleeding slow you down from your routine and the results you’re already getting.

Pay attention to your cycle so you know how to work with it, put on your workout clothes and go get it in!

 

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