The Biggest Secret To Skinny

The Biggest Secret To Skinny

I'm ready to spill.

In May of 2015, I decided to take my love for fitness to the next level by committing to my first physique competition. Five contests later, I've taken the opportunity to document my fitness journey through an Instagram account to give my followers an "inside look" at what my training and diet is like. I post progress pictures, transformation "then" versus "now" photos, and stage footage while using my experience and degree in exercise science to talk about the "truths" of the fitness industry. Over time, the inquiries and DM's began to flood my inbox. How can I lose 15 pounds? How do I get toned and skinny? How do I make my abs show? How did you do it? Can you give me your diet plan? What's your secret? Well, today's the day. I'm ready to spill my biggest and most effective secret to getting your dream body.

It doesn't exist. There isn't one.

Do you really want to know how you do it? Here's the real, honest, and unfiltered truth. You follow a diet that you don't cheat on. You hit the gym and you hit it hard. You give your all during cardio sessions. You don't skip the gym because you're tired. You don't try to outwork a bad diet. You don't make excuses for yourself.

You make the effort. You make the commitment. You make the choice. Wait -- who makes the choice? You. You make the choice to eat well, work out, and make proactive decisions that align with your goals to move you forward.

But if I have to choose the things that carry the most success with them, it's sacrifice. You make sacrifices. That's the "secret" you need to understand first. You can't have the rockin' bod you want so badly and come home drunk from the bar and eat half a pizza, an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's, and a small child with your friends. Now listen, that's not to say you can't have a good time and go out with your squad, but that is to say, you know, maybe you don't have to drink every weekend. Maybe you don't have to eat this and have to eat that. You have to develop self-control and the ability to make the choice. You can still make unforgettable memories without the things that will derail your progress and goals. As sad as it is, I often hear an excuse along the lines of, "...but my friends don't get it and they'll judge me and they'll get mad at me and blah blah blah." If your "friends" judge you for working towards a healthier and happier you, and for some outlandish reason don't support that, are they really your friends in the first place?

The second and often underrated concept is consistency. You can't hit the gym only on your "good" days, throw your diet out the window on weekends, or pick and choose when you want to "do it". Day in and day out, you have to work towards whatever your heart is set on. You work hard, keep your eye on the prize, and stay patient. You aren't going to have ripped abs or bulging quads in a month. It takes years. Yes, years, to change the composition of your body. If you give up after not seeing progress in four weeks, you'll never know what you could have looked like in 6 months. Or in a year. Or in two years. If you commit to creating a better, faster, and stronger body and stay consistent, you will be rewarded. You will achieve your goals -- but every day (not just when you feel motivated) you have to be willing to push your limits and stay focused. The grind doesn't stop or slow down. This is not a sprint, this is a marathon.

Here's the thing, guys. This isn't a quick fix. There isn't any magic here. The "secret" is sacrifice. The "secret" is hard work, dedication, discipline, and consistency. The "secret" is passion. You have to make a choice. What will yours be?

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.


When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.

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Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.

Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.

Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.

So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?

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