Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Question Of The Week: "How do you prepare your meals and what do you do to stay motivated?"

Well hello again!  Okay, so the question came across that a few people obviously have some concerns about motivation, how to stay on your "diets", how to cook, what do I eat, how do I eat it, etc. etc...  Well guess what boys and girls, I am just like you and always have the same questions.

As far as my motivation towards things, even in life in general... I have obtained 90% of my life experiences, business success through, ready for it?  BEING POSITIVE.  Yes, I know it is a hard concept to grasp, BUT IT WORKS!  I am actually a humble person when it comes to my accomplishments, but like the old saying goes, "if I can do it, you can as well." Nothing besides my crazy personality is any different then what you can be.  It is all in attitude.  If you want it, you can get it.  I have an old saying... "Always dream more than you can afford, because one day you just may be able to afford your dreams." - Brian Vincent  I love inspiring others to do their best, and congratulate those who take control of their future in life and lifestyle.  But what makes me even more like you is that there is no secret remedy.  No secret recipe.. There is just a desire or want to lead a lifestyle that makes me feel good.  I have my days, have my months, I have my weeks... Then I reset, look forward and take the day by the balls!  I ask myself, what do I want, where do I wanna be?  How do I feel now? 

I have my fat days, my skinny days, my more "man-handsome" days... Also my best advice is this... WHEN you wanna start, START.  I hate when people say "Oh, I am starting my diet/workout/living lifestyle on MONDAY."  Okay... its nice you have a goal, BUT WHAT ABOUT TODAY?  Whats wrong with a thursday?  A Tuesday?  A saturday!?  The best thing you can do it shock your body for results.  So GET STARTED!  First of all, WHO LIKES MONDAYS besides me? (See, its all in your attitude!) hahaha OKAY.. so enough with my mind reset for all of you out there.

My EATING PLAN, as I call it due to the past statements and those who know me, I don't use the word diet.. why? The first three letters are DIE.. I don't wanna feel dead, I just wanna change my body... most people are so MISERABLE "DIEting" so I'd rather skip that feeling and just eat right...

My usual days when I clean up are as follows:

Meal 1:
AM after cardio:  1/2 cup to a cup (pending carb load days) of oatmeal w/ a sprinkle of Cinnamon and a small teaspoon of honey

Meal 2:
12 Hard Boiled Egg Whites - I used to do a ratio of one yoke to every 4 eggs but I don't like them and the added fat always made my metabolism slow down for some reason.

Meal 3:
Usually this is when I take my some more daily vitamins/supps and I take in a protein shake.

Meal 4:
4-6 oz of grilled chicken, usually blan with no seasoning... (my gf doesn't know how I eat it so dry) and 2/3 cups of asparagus or a sweet potato.

Meal 5: Same as above.

Meal 6: Same as above.

Meal 7 Protein Shake before bed.  I also make sure it is a protein that is either low in carbs or no carbs at all depending on how I feel.  I also usually scoop a teaspoon of peanut butter into it so as to slow my metabolism at night to let the protein absorb slower.  Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night I will also try and get another one in.

I usually eat between 7-8 meals a day taking in 325-400 grams of protein with enough carbs to maintain my BRAIN function.. when I feel lethargic or run down, it usually means my carbs are too low.  I also use the note of "when I forget things easily" my carbs need to be raised. 

Allot of people cycle carbs up and down, low high days, I have played around with this and sometimes it works, but my body adapts better to the "usual" stuff.  Whenever I changed constantly, my body never adapted well and my results usually took WAY longer.  What I do today also doesn't work tomorrow.  What you did last year, will not work this year.   Its a constant equation of what works and what doesn't. 

I keep all my food in "lock seal" container type of storage that I picked up at a local grocery store, if you wanna know more feel free to e-mail me and I will tell you what they are.  I use a regular, cloth cooler with a plastic insert and carry the food with me everywhere I go. :)

Cooking prep and time usually depends on how I cook the foods, I use steamer bags for all my veggies and grill most of my chicken dishes. Most cases to prepare my food it takes about an hour.

Most people will also say, NO RED MEAT? Are you veggan?   NOPE, no sir, no anti-steak red meat party here, just don't cook it or wanna take the time to.  Thats not saying if I wanna get steak in bulk, I would put it there.  Also most steaks carry a high content of fats.. In which my case is, fats stick right me... so I just avoid it...

Okay, so there is my "usual" rundown when I am eating clean.  I actually like it.  I like the feeling, feel way more healthy and try to have one "cheat" meal on the weekend... but usually I end up eating chicken in some way shape or form!  Ironic huh...

You will find that, like I tell my clients, if you want something, have it.  You will not binge as much and as you start seeing the results, you will not DESIRE the cheats as much as well.  There are plenty of secrets out there and so many I can share, over time, I will.... As for now, hope this gives some more insight into the world of fitness and the next time I will touch more upon the food choices to choose that are better as opposed to whats not.  There is no such thing as a "BAD FOOD", just bad decisions and not thinking of why your putting certain foods in your mouth!  Always think about every time you open that trap, why are you gonna chew it and digest it?  For your body?  OR For your mind!    Till next time, live in health! - Brian