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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.


Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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