BEGREATGUYS, Inc post #3

Reward your hard work. 

 

BUT 

 

Don’t depend use your reward against you.

 

In a world where sometimes we need a little motivation and a great deal of discipline to accomplish our goals, we have to find the time to reward our hard work. Yes, I said “hard work” because no matter how long it took you to accomplish something — you still have to put in some form of effort to finish it. I once had someone tell me “I walked a mile today, it isn’t much but it felt good” & my reply to this person was, “walking a mile is a lot because you could have stopped half way, but you continued until you finished”. So no matter what you think is a lot or a little, if you finished it — then you achieved something great. 

 

Rewarding yourself doesn’t have to be something ‘out of this world expensive’ unless you want it to be and doesn’t have to be daily, you can make it a monthly thing or a yearly big event, or something small each week. Rewarding your hard work doesn’t have to be done alone either, share your good news with friends and family and allow them to be apart of your big day! How you choose to reward yourself can be a broad range of things: new running shoes, something new for the bike, weekend vacation with the family, spa day, new fitness clothes from your favorite store, new gym bag, upgraded gym equipment for the garage, etc. The reward is for you to choose and something that will make you happy for accomplishing what you accomplished and keep you motivated to continue doing well for yourself. 

 

On the other side of things, rewarding yourself can be a positive thing gone negative if you aren’t cautious of how you reward your results. Some people may find their reward system may diminish their results/prevent them from further progress. These types of rewards are only benefiting you at the time, but in the long run they ruin what you worked hard for and set you back a couple of notches if you aren’t careful. The type of rewards I am speaking on are: eating a cookie for every mile you accomplish in the day, going to Mcdonalds for dinner on the weekends for eating healthier options during the week, buying clothes that are a size or two smaller to work towards, buying a motorized scooter instead of taking your bike to work, etc. These things are all good rewards in the beginning but these same rewards will work against you in the long term if you aren’t careful. 

For example maybe you decide since you are making so much progress, you will start to buy clothes a size or two smaller so that you have something to work towards each week or month, and while this type of motivation & reward doesn’t sound like such a bad idea upfront, in the long term it can turn into a bad decision because you become obsessed with wanting to fit the clothes and when you don’t feel as though you are making fast enough progress or it becomes a game of “I have had these same pair of jeans for 5 years hoping I would be able to fit them again”; it can start to weigh down on you mentally. Same with wanting to reward yourself with food, in the beginning it might sound like a good idea because you have chosen to cut them out of your life otherwise, but in the long term it can turn into a habit that becomes the delay of your progress. I believe if you want to eat something, do it but paying mind to the amount of it and how it may or may not effect your results is important because you don’t want to work hard for something and then end up losing it all due to your reward system because that same reward system is what is keeping you going in the first place — what sense would it be to have made an accomplishment then throw it all away at the same time.

 

Along side a good reward system would be to have a purpose/ A “Why” so that when the reward system fails you, you can use your purpose to keep you going again — a good purpose/good why, is one that drives you, keeps you grounded and doesn’t leave you with doubt. Sometimes our why’s can take the place of our rewards because our why is the reward.

 

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Birthday Weekend Recap

I finally turned the big 26 on Thursday (3-22-18) and wanted to share how fun the experience was this year to be around different people and share moments/memories. I don’t typically have the chance to take a  bunch of pictures when I am celebrating, but I love writing about it because this is my way of keeping them alive. 

 

Thursday was the start of my birthday and it was a huge surprise to have my mom come to the gym with a cake to wish me a happy birthday. I also, got to spend it with a few gym friends during a workout. I also went out of town to meet up with a friend and she bought me dinner for my bday 🙂

 

Friday- I worked all day, but a friend came down to spend the weekend with me from out of town, that was wonderful. 

 

Saturday- I had a dinner get together at Texas Roadhouse with friends and family members, the food was good and we shared some fun conversation. After dinner, my friend and I got invited to go out of town and to some local bars — we drove a hour away to her friend’s house and then made some stops to pick others up and headed to some bars. I didn’t get drunk by any means, but that was fine by me, I danced and had some shots and just enjoyed what life had to offer me. We got home around 2 in the morning and I had to work the next morning, so we fell right to sleep. 

 

Sunday- I woke up in pain and it sucked, I had to call off work for the first time since working for the company for 5 years in April (this April), it wasn’t planned this way, but thankfully my job understood my health condition and allowed me the day off. I slept all day pretty much, but when I woke up I tried to have something to eat and played some board games with my friend for a while & then shared some conversation and they left later that night. 

 

Overall my birthday weekend was everything I could imagine at turning 26, and I am happy I was so involved with people — I want to do a special thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on all my social media platforms, I definitely feel blessed! 

 

-Shay-lon

BLT Wrap Recipe

It has been forever since I posted a new recipe on the blog, so I am going to try to do it more regularly like I had planned in the beginning, bare with me. The foods/recipes I choose, I choose either because I have made them before, I have tried them before (someone else made it), because they are easy enough for me to make — therefore hopefully easy enough for all of you as well, or because they interest me enough to share with all of you. Typically I get my recipes off of Pinterest, but sometimes they are of my own or family member and/or close friend. 

 

I love wraps, they are simple to make and are very filling depending on the size you make them. Not to mention you can stuff them with whatever your heart deserves, making them as healthy and hearty as you would like or as unhealthy as you please. LOL The world is your oyster when creating a wrap. This particular recipe is the “BLT wrap” — for those of you who don’t know what BLT means: bacon, lettuce, tomato BUT of course there will be added ingredients to make it extra delicious, but feel free to play around the ingredients to your liking. 

 

Ingredients:

 
  • 10 slices of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (quartered)
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups of shredded lettuce
  • 4 burrito sized tortillas
  • 3 oz of cream cheese (softened) 
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the quartered grape tomatoes with the dash of salt and pepper
  2. Inside a another small bowl, combine the soften cream cheese with mayo and dijon mustard (mix well)
  3. In a large bowl, combine bacon, lettuce and tomato with the sauce
  4. divide the mixture evenly among the 4 tortillas 
  5. Roll the wrap tightly and cut in half on a diagonal 

As said before you may substitute ingredients to your preferences. Enjoy!

 
 

Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe

So.. I don’t know about you, but I love me Papa John’s garlic butter sauce (not a huge fan of their pizza) and I was just playing around on Pinterest, and for whatever reason, the idea to look up how to make my own garlic butter sauce intrigued me enough to MAKE IT! It was very simple & it taste good & not to mention it saves me money, lol 

For all of my garlic people out there, this recipe is for YOU 🙂

 

Ingredients:

 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter on the stove on low heat
  2. Spoon off foam on top
  3. stir in garlic powder and salt until dissolved
  4. remove from heat  & enjoy!
 

When Do I Use protein powder?? 

So.. I have had people ask me if I take protein shakes or any supplements regularly — and I think this is a good question for most fitness enthusiast as well as professionals to answer because I believe this question is important. For the sake of the question, I will answer if I take protein shakes, explain why or why not and share some of the ones I have tried and have liked. In a  future post, I will then answer if I take any supplements, lol 🙂

First of all, I DO NOT take protein shakes everyday of the week. As a matter of fact, I probably have one twice a week  if anything. Now this does depend if I have the protein on hand, or if I am purely just buying it from work (my gym serves protein shakes) if and when I have protein on hand, I usually will drink one a day and that’s only if I am going into work and need something to fill my stomach while during my shift or because I have taste for a shake and it beats eating a candy bar with no nutritional value. Now, if I purely buying it from work, then only about twice a week – ONCE. lol. so I will have it Monday and Wednesday and that is because I get them for free when I am working. Yay. I have to still invest into a food scale so I can do exact measurements but I like to think I am getting enough protein from food that I don’t need to rely on a protein shake all the time like some people. and when I do take protein shakes it is usually after a workout session because it is much faster to shake one up then to drive all the way home and make me a meal. lol. Just saying. 

I know people who have told me they take protein shakes about 3-4 times a day, in between meals and I only personally eat about 2 meals a day , if I am lucky, I have 3 main meals a day – I have to get better at eating the 6 small meals a day, but for me, I find it a lot harder to do that and I don’t think having that much protein a day would be beneficial for me unless I was at a huge calorie deficit or because I lacked it in my meals (which is very possible). Because of my goal of needing to lose 10-15 lb for my meet and to fit into a weight class I’d feel comfortable at (technically I would like to lose 20 lb) then I plan on redoing my macros and seeing where it leaves me, but I still don’t think my protein intake will need to be supplemented that often .. but we shall see. If I find my protein intake will need to be supplemented more often, then my answer might change but if not, then I will stick with what I am doing now when it comes to protein shakes. 

I am a firm believer that protein shakes hold good and bad because most people over indulge when they drink protein shakes and that can be the not so great thing, I think they should consist of protein obviously but depending on the other ingredients it could land you with high sugar, high carbs and probably calories that could account for 2 of your meals in a day. That is why I don’t drink them as often right now because I realize that they could be used against me as well if I am not cautious. If you are smart about the intake and ingredients; it could be useful to have a protein shake 🙂 

Now some of the ones I have tried, I have made YouTube review videos on: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAIrhf0FpxoQk4F_bznTjIg?view_as=subscriber

Quest – peanut butter protein shake (loved it)

Anytime Fitness Gym protein shakes (I like them)

&& BPi, Salted Caramel protein shake (it tasted okay, not too bad) but outside of that I haven’t really ventured out too much on trying new protein shake flavors from different companies unless I get free samples. 

Share some of the brands/protein you drink? 

How often do you take protein shakes?

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon  

 

 

Merry Belated Christmas|Day after Christmas

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas Eve & Christmas Day! Sorry I had been away from the blog world since Monday, I have been fairly busy because of the holidays —- which I consider a good thing, but this now means hopefully things will be dying down and I can get back to blogging regularly. With New Years on its way, I suppose we are preparing for 2018.

 

I would love for my readers/bloggers to answer a few questions?

 
 
  1. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
  2. What is your day after Christmas like?
  3. What is one gift that you enjoyed the most from Christmas?
  4. Do you like listening to Christmas tunes?
  5. Did you eat better this year vs the previous year (i.e healthier, more portioned out, etc.) 
  6. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Leave all your answers in the comment section! feel free to share this post among your peers so that they can answer as well!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon

Whole Foods VS Walmart

I figured this would be a fun little discussion between two grocery stores. The reason why I chose these two is because: 1) whole foods is known to be one of the better stores to have healthier options, 2.) most people know what a “Walmart” is and it is another grocery store that is popular among Americans. Both of these grocery stores have pros and cons and some of you might shop at one or the other or both depending on your needs and finances. 

 

My town does not have a Whole Foods store, but we do have a Walmart – two of them. I don’t particularly like shopping at Walmart because of it being constantly busy, sometimes the people piss me off (this is just honesty) and I live closer to a Kroger store but I will shop there for my feminine products and minor grocery depending on what it is. When I resided in Colorado Springs (I now reside in Ohio) I would go to Whole foods just for the burritos they made, so good! yum! but never actually shopped at a Whole Foods Store. The closest Whole foods to me would be about a hour or so away, so not too bad. 

 

Keep in mind this blog topic isn’t meant to make one out to be BETTER than the other – but to give perspective and start an engaging conversation as to why you shop at one or the other, or both! Maybe you don’t shop at either one of these stores, and if that is the case, share what store you prefer and why! This will be from my own perspective/data and also from research! 

 
 

Walmart:

Pros:

 
  1. They pride themselves with “Always low prices”
  2. Price matching
  3. newspaper ads, online presence
  4. During the holidays some of them offer layaway
  5. You can buy food, clothing, electronics, furniture, misc, household cleaning supplies, etc – in other words, ONE STOP SHOP! 
  6. they typically have restaurants inside them, so if you get hungry
  7. Their locations are vast
  8. huge employer
  9. most have a vision place to get exams, eyeglasses, contacts
  10. most offer a tire/lube place to have your vehicles tires replaced or oil change
  11. instore pick up or ship to home option
  12. Some might add the entertainment value (all sorts of society shop at Walmart) for a while there was a site or YouTube channel called the “people of Walmart”
  13. offers a credit card
  14. Typically attracts other businesses when a new Walmart comes to town
  15. Self check out option
  16. They accept EBT, debit/credit, checks, cash, Walmart gift cards, etc as a form of payment
  17. Typically open 24 hours
  18. Great Value brands for cheaper prices
  19. Gives towards charity
  20. They bake cakes for special occasions

Cons:

  1. Typically has one or two registers open – so either have to use the self check out or wait in long lines 
  2. Whenever I have gone to a Walmart and needed help finding a particular product, 95 percent of the time the employee didn’t even know what it was, didn’t know where it was located within the store
  3. I have found where they mark something down on a tag and it is the same price as the regular price
  4. I am not a huge fan of their produce area 
  5. I have been told the pay rate sucks as an employee there (depending on where you live)
  6. Their pricing of clothing isn’t that much cheaper than shopping someplace else with better quality (in my opinion where I reside)
  7. The cashiers always seem in a sad or bad mood whenever I’ve been there. lol I have had some rude ones too! 
  8. I don’t like their quality of beef or chicken 
  9. Sometimes the great value price is higher than the name brand
  10. People drive like maniacs through their parking lot — this is just from my own experience 
  11. It’s a huge store, many times you have to go from one end to the other to get everything you need – so if you are ever in a rush for time, this is probably not your go to

Now this whole pro and con list is again from my experience and different research I’ve done, be sure to add your own opinions to either list! 

 

Whole Foods

Pros:

  1. Good for college students who are need of a job (research says many college students work here to earn extra income)
  2. Supposedly great medical insurance 
  3. Quality products 
  4. Most if not all of them offer a salad bar, food kitchen area to have food made out for you to go or stay and eat
  5. surrounded by people who like eating healthier food options
  6. Educates people on healthy eating
  7. Variety of food products
  8. All meat sources at Whole foods is said to be raised without hormones or antibiotics 
  9. Gluten free food selection
  10. Typically more local foods found here
  11. They care about the environment
  12. By 2018 they are supposedly going to commit to GMO labeling on all their products
  13. Quality standards for both farm and wild caught seafood
  14. offers coupons
  15. online recipes on their site
  16. able to shop online
  17. offer flyers
 

Cons:

  1. Not a one stop shop
  2. tends to be more expensive
  3. Located in bigger cities vs smaller communities (typically)
  4. spending more and bringing home less groceries (a reviewer said)
  5. Some people prefer trader Joes over whole foods.
  6. Bigger stores – again can make it harder to navigate
  7. Have been reported they sometimes make it hard to tell the prices of things on their shelves

Again, Whole foods list of pros and cons came from my own experience and other reviews I had seen online. Feel free to add to either list your opinions! 

 

I hope all of you enjoyed this fun topic between the two stores! the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHOOSING A GROCERY STORE is choosing one that fits your needs and budget! 🙂

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon