Fake it till you make it!

What is happening my friends!

Adam here!

So I have been pondering life a lot these past few days with what I want to do and achieve in life and I find this motivational quote keep coming into the back of my mind ‘Fake it till you make it!’. I have personally used this motivation myself to get through hard times.

This motivation is essentially saying that you should fake, either how you feel, what you are doing, who you want to be or where you want to be until you make what you are faking become a reality. Now many people may think this is a dumb way of trying to get somewhere, but by faking how we feel or who you want to be, it tricks our mind and body into becoming that exact thing without us realising. An example of this was after a break up I had. It made me miserable and I struggle to feel happy and cheerful for sometime. By using this motivation and faking being happy, I noticed myself quite quickly not actually having to fake it anymore and I made myself feel a lot better without realising. It’s hard to understand how a small piece of motivational words can have such a big and positive affect on your life, but honestly if you aren’t where you want to be or how you want to feel, act the way you are striving to become and see how quickly things can turn around for the better.

I would love to hear anyone else’s story’s of how they used this piece of motivation to help themselves get through difficult parts in their life or get them to where they wanted to be.

-A

Things i do in the morning to help me WAKE UP.

What is happening my friends!

Adam here.

Now we all know how hard it is in the morning to leave that warm, cosy bed, especially in the winter time when the outside world seems like you are in the arctic circle. I have struggled for a while with getting out of bed on time, but have been working hard on a few simple things that help me to wake up, get straight out of bed and start the day. So without further a do here they are.

1.  Motivation

A great way to help with the morning blues is to organise your day so that you have a lot to look forward to and are excited for the day to start. Even if this is a small thing, such as seeing a friend or getting your favourite treat, let your energy and motivation to do these little fun things, brighten the rest of your day. Excitement keeps that adrenaline pumping, which is more than enough to wake you up and get you ready for a action packed day. So plan exciting things or let exciting things happen, you will be a lot more motivated to start a day knowing so.

2. Coffee

Now i know this is a huge clich√©, but getting caffeine in you is the oldest trick in the book. It gets you up and about and ready to tackle whatever the day has to throw at you. It can help with subsiding hunger as well for those people on the go that do not have much time for breakfast. People can go from walking zombies to running marathons off this nectar of the gods, so if you are someone who hasn’t added or tried this in your morning wake up ritual I certainly suggest giving it a go. I never use to like coffee, but now i struggle to function in the morning without it.

3. Exercise

Another awesome way to perk you up in the morning is to do some exercise. Whether this is going for a run, walk, bike ride or going to the gym, i guarantee getting that heart rate up and working up a sweat will have you wide awake in no time. You also feel very accomplished after doing so, knowing you were out working hard, whilst everyone else was asleep.

4. Showering

It is a no brainer that getting some water on your face, whether you do it in the shower or not, helps to get you alert and wake you up. Most people love a long hot shower, especially when its cold. The best way to wake up is to have a little time under the cold water or by splashing the cold water on your face. It is a horrible sensation to start with, but trust me when i say it will wake you up and have you bouncing around the shower. Try having 30 second intervals about five times, changing back from cold to hot and see how well it works for you.

5. Stretching

When you get out of bed in the morning, try doing a few little stretches to loosen the body up after being still and stiff all night. Do a couple sets of toe touches, side bends and back twists to loosen up the main muscles in your body and get that spring back in your step.

6. Organisation

Having your clothes laid out, bag packed, breakfast prepared and a clear lay out of your schedule can help by taking your mind off the mundane tasks in the morning and have you focusing on the important things like waking up and preparing yourself mentally for the day ahead. I find the main thing for me, as soon as i wake up and get out of bed in the morning, i like to make my bed. Now many people would disagree, but as a bit of a perfectionist, i like the fact that you have already accomplished something in the day by doing this and when you get home from a long hard day, your bed is ready and waiting. It also helps to switch your mind on in the morning and take it off the tired sensation in your head.
Again, thank you for reading and i hope some of these things help you to wake up and enjoy the day. Comment anything that helps you in the morning.

– A

Easy ways to get more protein into your life without breaking the bank.


What is happening my friends!

Adam here.

So i had a friend ask me the other day how i get enough protein into my diet each day. He said he was struggling to get enough into his, even though he was having a protein shake, eating meat ect ect. I had a think about it and came up with a few ideas on the spot and thought i would share it with you. These are a few of my go to protein options.

PROTEIN POWDER

The easiest answer i had for him was to continue to have the protein shakes. They are a great way to get that extra protein in you without having to eat loads of high density protein food. They are also a lot easier to consume. If you are only having one shake a day, maybe try go up to two or even three, i you are really struggling and you have enough powder (not necessarily the cheapest option). Also do not let protein shakes replace a health meals. You can get protein powder cheap on sites like Ebay or my personal favourite site, AminoZ. Protein Powder such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey can be found for around $150, which usually has a $1 to 1 serve ratio (This is the best protein you can get on the market) They are a lot of other cheaper proteins so keep an eye out and choose what best suits you.

MEAT

The next obvious one is to eat meat. The more expensive meats such as lean turkey breast or mince, kangaroo, salmon and premium beef mince are great sources of protein with little fat and carbs to go with them, but unless they are discounted, I usually consider them out of the equation. I have found that the best cost effective meats to go for without breaking the bank are tins of tuna or salmon, chicken breast and some filleted fish ( I usually have fish due to my dad fishing a lot). Tuna can be found for $1 a can and chicken breast on special, around $8 a kilogram.

BEANS

Another great source of protein is beans. When preparing my meals i incorporate red kidney beans or black beans on top of my chicken breast to boost my protein intake for that meal and overall, the day.  Most beans are a great source of protein, but also have many other nutritional values such as fibre, potassium, magnesium and having very little to no fats. Other beans i use include navy, pinto and chickpeas ( I know it’s not a bean but its still too good not to mention). Most of these beans can be bought for around $1-2 a can at any supermarket.

DAIRY PRODUCTS

You then have your dairy products such a milk, cottage cheese and yoghurt. My favourite snack is Chobani yoghurt, which is high in protein, low in fat and when on special cheap ( $1 a portion). It comes in so many different flavours and tastes great. Milk is a good source of protein and when added to a protein shake or even on its own boosts your intake significantly whilst getting plenty of calcium. Cottage cheese is a good slow releasing protein, which meals it slowly gives the body protein over an extended period of time (6-8 hours). I usually would have this before bed on a rye crack to keep my protein levels high whilst i sleep. Downside, it may not be the cheapest thing and i find it tastes terrible. But it is good at what it does.

NUTS

Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts i find are also a good cost effective snack to boost that protein intake. These nuts are high in protein and fill you up in between meals which stops you snacking on unhealthy or not so nutritional food.

EGGS

Lastly, my other go to is eggs. I usually use the whole egg when cooking, but depending if i am dieting, i may just use the egg white. Eggs contain 6 grams of protein per egg and are an excellent healthy way to fill yourself up and taste great. My signature style of egg is definitely scrambled. Eggs usually cost anywhere from $3-6 a dozen.

I hope you enjoyed and took something out of this quick insight into my ways of getting cheap affordable protein into your diet. I would love to hear ways in which any of you get your protein or secret tips you may have.

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