One of the best ways to experience growth is by getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things! There is something so exhilarating, scary, YET rewarding about attempting something you’ve never done before. Take a new class, learn a new skill, try out a sport or hobby you’d normally pass on. No one’s saying you’re going to be great at it, but trying and failing at something new is better than not having tried anything at all.
So it’s time to pull out that notebook and start drafting that bucket list!
Travel. See New Places.
Travel, travel, travel. Although Covid 19 is imposing new restrictions on us. You can still get where you need to go as long as you do it safely.
Now of course everyone isn’t able to drop everything and hop on a flight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and do some exploring locally in your city, town or neighborhood! The point is, you need to get out more, make time for a walk or even a road trip, just make sure you get out and explore, meet new people, see new things and most importantly discover, make new memories, and enjoy!
Set Goals. Stick To Them.
Everyone has heard of having New Year’s resolutions, but let;s be honest; how many of us actually stick with them after the first few weeks of January. (Not many, right, I know ) But this time around you have a chance to change that narrative. Set goals, make a plan, and actually stick to it!
Obviously you had those New Year resolutions for a reason, perhaps you wanted to lose those extra pounds or put some extra cash towards your summer getaway. The point is, if you make a plan and stick to it, you will be happier, and thank yourself in the long run! So no matter what it is, whether big or small. Set your goals and intentions for the year and promise to see them through.
Invest In Yourself, Invest Your Money.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to INVEST. A super huge and awesome way you can experience growth this year is by making yourself a priority. Invest in yourself, invest in your health, invest in your dreams and goals, invest in your future and most certainly INVEST your money! Start making smart investments now that will pay off in the future! Get educated and knowledgeable about various investment opportunities available to you. Take a class or course, or get a coach!
The best part is you don’t have to invest your life’s savings, but with all the services and apps available today, it’s never been easier to grow your assets and become an investor, (the most important part is to do your research first! Find out what’s comfortable and what works for you.
Forgive Yourself and Others.
As the saying goes. Yesterday is gone, the future is uncertain, and tomorrow is not promised. Stop holding onto grudges and mistakes from your past, that time is gone and you will never get it back. It’s time to LET IT GO! It’s time to start looking towards the future with new found focus and intentions, but in order to do so, you have to learn how to forgive yourself and others.
Sometimes we inhibit our growth by hanging onto things we cannot change. It’s time to forgive yourself, move on, let the past stay in the past and be free!
Only 3 months into 2020 and what a year it has been. January left us shocked with the fatal helicopter crash that claimed Kobe Bryant’s death and the lives of 8 other’s.
Now an unexpected virus has crept into our lives country by country, county by county, and city by city.
I just want to say, what a way to start the decade.
“Corona” is the virus that will make America or break it.
With number of confirmed cases steadily on the rise in almost every state, more and more schools, and businesses are closing their doors. The stock Market has crashed and no one knows when this invisible virus “plans to finish it’s business.”
There are only 2 possible outcomes; America will either bounce back to be better than it was before, or it will fall to a place which we would have to take time recovering from.
It’s not just up to our leaders and the governors of our country and state, but it’s up to us as well. WE ALL PLAY A PART in the spread/containment of this virus, but only time will tell.
Who knows how long the pandemic will last, but we do need to make the best of it. Spend this quarantine time with your family, and just appreciating life, Pray, talk to God, and ask him for blessings, and guidance over you life.
Gain clarity for yourself. This quarantine is a break that most of us needed.
I’ll be the first in life to say this is true for me. This time has given me a new focus, and outlook on life. I was in absolute misery at my job, and not living up to my full potential.
After this pandemic is over they may not see me back!
I’m not saying quit your job, but use this time to focus on you. Ask yourself; if what you are doing is leading to the life and the things you want. If not; what can you do to start changing this.
What happens when you workout everyday for 30 days:
When you workout everyday for 3o days you turn your body into a lean, mean, fat burning, muscle machine and all your weight loss goals are achieved!
Sike, just kidding the latter part of that statement is completely untrue, unless your goal is to drop 3 to 5 pounds.
While a lot can change in 30 days, your results will vary based on your weight, diet, and of course the duration and stress level of your workout.
While exercise is a important part of weight loss, your diet plays a crucial part in the results you see.
If you’re going to consume a lot of sugar, carbs and processed food, during your 30 day workout then you might as well take a step back and rethink this whole fitness thing.
Consuming foods high in sugar, while exercising may even cause you to gain weight. So before you start your fitness journey make sure you’re also ready to make the necessary changes to your diet as well.
With all that being said here are some things you can expect when you workout everyday for 30 days.
After the first week of working out, the first thing I noticed was brighter, clearer, skin! Before I had started my workouts I would look at myself in the mirror and feel like my skin had a dullness to it.
Exercising is a great way to help your body expel toxins lying dormant underneath your skin. The more you workout, the more your skin will appear healthy and start to take on a natural glow!
The second thing I noticed after working out for a few weeks was that I had more energy than usual.
I had more energy to do thing around the house, take my kids to the park, walking places, and running up steps in general. I noticed that I would be less out of breath when walking my daughters to and from school.
Because I incorporated jogging into some of my workouts, both my legs and lungs began to feel stronger.
The goal is to have a smaller waistline. The problem is that you might not see a drastic change after working out for 30 days. While I didn’t measure my waistline for changes in my circumference (which probably would have been a good idea) I did notice that my physique had a slimmer appearance, mainly in my arms, face, and chest.
What I did during my 30 day fitness challenge:
Seeing those small results and changes can really motivate you to continue on with your weight loss journey. The key to meeting your weight loss goals is to be consistent with both your dieting and exercise. Don’t stop at 30 days keep going!
My biggest challenge was establishing a healthy diet. Eating, more specifically snacking has always been a challenge for me. I’ve always been serial snacker.
Depression mixed with stress, anxiety, and a slew of other emotions made me an emotional wreck and a binge eater. I made the huge mistake of believing I could still have my snacks, thinking I’d just burn it off during my workout, which actually prevented me from seeing much movement on the scale.
I didn’t have a set time for doing my workouts, besides for in the afternoon, after work, or in the evenings. My workouts either consisted of a 15 minute jog around the block, or my favorite 30 minute Tae Bo workout video which I’ll link here.
Did I exercise every single day of the whole month: No. It was my goal to exercise every single day for 30 days, and out of those 30 days I missed a total of 2 days.
Was every day perfect, no. Was I always motivated, definitely not, but I didn’t give up.
I believe doing the 30 day fitness challenge is a great way to inspire yourself and jump start your fitness journey, even if you don’t continue to workout, every single day, keep your body moving, and get your heart pumping at least 4 or 5 times a week.
Where are you on your fitness challenge? Are you taking the 30 day fitness challenge? What are your weight loss goals, share your progress with me down below!
“Embrace Uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our lives won’t have a title until much later.” –Bob Goff
Accepting or embracing change can be difficult, painful even. It’s the reason why we procrastinate and put off those important projects and ideas that have the potential to change our lives.
The truth is in some way, shape, or form, we are scared; scared of what change may bring, scared of the effort we may have to put in, scared to leave our comfort zone, afraid of the difficulties we may face.
Some of us are so scared of failure that we never even start down the road that could lead us to our greatest success.
Today I made a change. I left my average entry level position job as a cashier.
Although I have held this position for a year, I have grown comfortable in it, comfortable in the familiarity of it, comfortable in it’s daily repetitiveness, and the safety of my routine.
Staying would have been an easy thing to do, but taking the easy way out leaves no room for growth or change, which is a basic necessity of life. We need growth and change, or otherwise our dreams, and goals begin to die.
To be honest I’m more than scared about starting a new job, especially one I’ve never done. I’m not even sure I’m mentally prepared for it, but one thing I do know is that I have the chance to grow, and when life presents you with the opportunity you take it.
This post is a reminder to go after your goals and dreams no matter how terrifying and unreasonable they may seem. Of course there’s a 100 chances of not achieving success, but it’s a fact that you never will if you never try.
So many people struggle with losing, weight, and maintaining a healthy weight once it’s gone. I happen to be one of those people who struggle with being overweight. I have recently restarted my weight loss journey so I’ve taken the liberty to write this post to give you a few tips to help you start on your journey to a healthier happier you, with that being said here is:
How To Lose 1 Pound a Week or More
Tip Number One (How To Lose 1 Pound a Week) : Count Calories
Reducing calorie intake is one way to start seeing lower numbers on the scale. Since there are approximately 3500 calories in a pound, you would simply have to consume 3500 calories less than you’d typically consume during the week to become one pound lighter.
Keeping track of the calories you consume is the tricky part. Knowing, and keeping track of the amount of calories in everything you eat can be frustrating and tedious, which is why I recommend using my favorite calorie counting app My Net Diary. (Click here to download the app)
My Net Diary allows you track everything from Breakfast lunch, dinner, and Snacks. It’s bar code scanning feature allows you to easily input your favorite snacks or packaged food without having to type anything in.
The app allows you input the amount of exercise that you do, and how many calories you burned doing it. Another amazing perk is that My Net Diary also allows you to track the amount of water you intake and can even send you reminders, (pictured in the slide show above) which leads me into
Tip Number Two (How To Lose 1 Pound a Week) : Drink More Water.
Now this may sound like an obvious no brainer, but some people (me included) find it difficult to consume the daily recommended amount of 64 ounces of water, or more.
I struggle with this especially, drinking water can be flat, plain old boring and tasteless, but luckily for those of us who abhor the thought of drinking water there are wonderful geniuses who have created flavored water, and have even added electrolytes to them, without adding all the extra unwanted sugar and calories.
My favorite brand is Propel. There are many flavors to choose from Watermelon, lemon, black cherry, grape, and all of them taste wonderful. They are all zero calories so feel free to replace those sugary drinks and sodas and indulge in bottle after bottle to meet your water goals.
Drinking water and stay hydrating is an essential factor to weight loss, without proper hydration it’s impossible for your body to help you burn fat and build muscle. So if you didn’t think drinking water wasn’t important, think again.
Tip Number Three (How To Lose 1 Pound a Week) : Intermittent Fasting.
Intermittent fasting is loosely described as eating between specific periods of time, and not eat at all during others. For example there are 24 hours in a day, someone who is practicing intermittent fasting may only eat during an 8 hour period starting at 12pm in the afternoon. This means that he/she would have their first meal or bite to eat at 12 and would stop consuming food/meals by 8p.m.
The person would then not eat anything else again till 12 noon the next day, and this schedule or pattern of eating would repeat everyday. Most people do 6 to 8 hours of eating then spend the remainder of the time fasting.
The beauty of intermittent fasting is that you can start your eating period during whatever time of the day, as long as you confine your food intake between those 6 to 8 hours afterwards.
For the best results it’s best to choose a starting time that you feel comfortable with and stick to this time to get your body in the habit of only eating during those hours. Actively limiting your time eating throughout the day will help you to control boredom, and random snacking and over consumption of food by setting boundaries for yourself.
Side Note: (This does not mean that you get to gorge yourself with food during eating hours)
Tip Number Four (How To Lose 1 Pound a Week): Change the way You Snack.
Snacking was and still is a challenge for me. I like to munch on things that are full of sugar and salt, whether or not I’m hungry, bored lonely, or feeling blue, snacking is one of my favorite things to do.
It has also been the cause of much of my weight gain. If you are an emotional snacker like myself, don’t beat yourself up for it, things happen, life happens… but you have to remember to pick yourself back up.
There’s a saying that goes, “if you don’t start any trouble there wont be any.” I’m not sure how true that is for every case, but in the case of the way you eat or snack, you control everything that goes into your body.
In other words when you’re at the grocery store and you see that favorite tub of ice cream or that favorite box of cookies you love, resist the urge to put it in your cart. In fact close your eyes, and avoid that aisle all together, then proceed to make your way back to the produce, or nutrition aisles to find a healthier alternative.
Nip unhealthy eating in the butt. If you don’t have that box of cookies at home then you wont be able to eat the entire box, if you don’t go Dunkin Donuts you wont be tempted to add a sugary donut to whatever sugary caffeinated drink you already have.
Mind over Matter. Sometimes you have to trick yourself. It’s scientifically proven that eating makes feel calmer and happier. That’s why so many people eat when they feel down or upset. Imagine if you could trick your brain into believing that you are eating something when you’re not.
Believe it or not you can, by chewing gum. When you chew gum you go through the same motions as if you were eating actual food. You chew and while you don’t actually swallow your gum you do swallow saliva which in turn makes your brain believe you are eating something.
Mind blowing. I know.
So the next time you think you want to snack try reaching for a piece of minty sugarless gum instead, not only will it save you all those empty calories you were about to consume, it will give your breath a minty fresh blast.
Tip Number Five (How To Lose 1 Pound a Week) : Move More.
The dreaded word, a fat person’s worst nightmare (or should I say my worst nightmare) exercise… If only there were a way to lose weight without it. But before you panic it may not be as bad as you think.
I’m not saying you have to start off running a mile but walking a mile would be a good place to start.If you could find a way to implement walking more into your daily schedule, along with the other tips mentioned in this post you should begin to see a slight improvement in your waistline.
If you have a fit watch or step counter on your phone check to see if you’re meeting your daily step goal, which should be at least 10,000 steps a day. If you conclude that you’re not meeting your step goal during your typical day, then it’s time to get to stepping and start adding more activity to your day.
If walking is not enough to get your heart pumping then take it up a notch. A 15 minute jog will strengthen your lungs, and build stamina. Even if walking or jogging doesn’t suit you, find something fun that you enjoy that also gets you moving like dancing or playing outside with your kids. Since you’re just getting started on your fitness journey your activity doesn’t need to be extreme or strenuous, but enough to burn off those excess calories.
So in review these are my five tips on how to lose 1 pound a week or more:
Drink More Water
Change the way you snack
These tips may sound simple but it may still take time for you to remember to log every item you eat or adjust your routine to add more activity, it wont be perfect at first but remember to stay consistent.
Want to share your journey with me, I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for loosing the weight drop a comment below or send me a message on IG @real.queens.killing.it.
Welcome to The Boss Millennial! My name is Marleana, and I will be your host/conductor for this ride. I’m glad you’re here because this journey isn’t meant to be taken alone, so come on in, get settled, we’re going to become the best of friends. It’s here on this blog, on this web page, where we are going to discuss this thing called life, the good, the bad, the virtuous and the evil, and the ugly along with the pretty.
It’s 2019, the world is a sweet but bitter place. If you’re not ready to laugh, cry, pray, grow, inspire or be inspired then this blog is not for you, and it’s time for you to go. We will be breaking all kinds of chains and boundaries concerning health, wealth, family, and relationships both physical, spiritual, and mental.
So thank you for being here and lets get ready to begin!