It's day 15. We're at the literal half point of #30DaysofDope.
Summer is pretty much officially gone. As I type this update, I'm in my office, at my desk, wrapped in the most heavenly of blankets. I would show you a picture, but the truth is, I've probably got eye crust going on and I know my hair is a hot mess. So I'll spare you that tragedy.
Let's dive in to week 2. I've got some juicy deets for ya!
Straight up, The Four Agreements is taking me on a journey. And this week's stop along that path has totally thrown me for a loop. I have been simultaneously juggling trying to act out the first agreement (be impeccable with your word) while digesting the concept of the second agreement (don't take anything personally).
Here's me, having an imaginary conversation with Don Miguel Ruiz in my mind while reading the second agreement:
Me: So... like...I'm supposed to not take the fact that this man gave me the finger on the freeway personally?
Me: And if someone talks ish about me behind my back, I'm supposed to let it just ride?
Ruiz: Pretty much.
Me: Oh, and the chick that keeps plagarizing my work? That's supposed to be cool?
Ruiz: It's not cool, but it ain't got nothing to do with you.
Clearly, I'm wrestling with this chapter - even though I'm very familiar with the concept. See what the second agreement requires is a shift in perspective, a move beyond yourself and your particular set of lenses for viewing the world and everyday interactions with people. And in the weeks ahead, I'm gonna be grappling with this agreement, because I'm the person that looks for the underlying meaning in everything. I read between lines that ain't even there.
I say all that to say, I've got some work to do. If I'm truly going to be who God has called me to be, I have to take the second agreement and live it out. And just like last week, I'm talking about this a little bit more in depth with my #DopeFam via e-mail. So look for that later this morning! Not on the list? Drop your e-mail in that pink top bar!
This is one area in which I'm legitimately proud of myself. Last week, I said I was in the process of pushing out of my comfort zone in the gym. This week, I'm keeping that move going strong - and it's paying off. What's funny is that at the beginning of the year, I said I wanted to be able to squat 200lbs, deadlift 200lbs, and bench 150lbs before December 31st.
About a month ago, I hit that squat goal and exceeded it by 5lbs. Deadlift, I'm maxing out at 185 (my hamstrings need some work). And my bench goal? I'm nowhere near it - currently maxing at 95lbs. And we're on the precipice of the 4th quarter of 2016. My goals aren't changing, but my approach is. See, a few months ago I was in a rush to get there, so I was lopping on plate after plate - seeking to be the "strong girl" in the gym. But my form was wack. My motivation was off.
Now, even though it's late in the year, I'm taking a few steps back. Working on form. Building the stamina. The endurance. The strength. Doing things the right way, so that when I hit the goal, I know I worked for it, chiseled away at it, and didn't rush the process.
Ultimately, I'm realizing that through consistent effort in the gym and in the kitchen, the goals I want to achieve are within reach. It's not gonna happen in 30, 60, or 90 days (like some folks on Instagram want you to believe) - but I'm really casting my vision 2-3 years out and celebrating the small wins along the way. I'll be sharing my wins at the end of this cycle - so stay tuned!
My #mealprep game is on point - and even though I'm still doing this low carb, high-er protien situation, I don't feel super deprived or like I hella miss carbs. In fact, in some ways my meal plan has re-ignited my passion for cooking. Every few days or so, I find myself itching to test drive some internet recipe (to see if it's actually good or not), or challenging myself to make a more macro-friendly version of the foods I enjoy. And it's fun. As a matter of fact, if you haven't already, check out the Dope Recipes tab here on the site, because I'll be updating as I discover new recipes and ways to create food that's better for you and actually tastes good.
But I'm by no means perfect - I have my weak moments and it seems like there's been challenge after challenge this month. Restaurants every weekend for birthdays. Special gatherings with food. I shoulda took a picture of my meal at California Pizza Kitchen for y'all. It was hilarious. I literally ordered Kung Pao Spaghetti with chicken and shrimp, and ate the meat and 1 forkful of spaghetti. I literally left a bowl of wet noodles behind. Next time, I'll order Kung Pao Spaghetti with no spaghetti, lol.
And I did eat a crazy amount of cookie dough on Tuesday this week, but on this Instagram post, I share why I'm not trippin.
This week, I spent some time reading in the Before the Cross: Fruit of the Spirit devotional lesson centered on peace. And this is where I start getting excited about #30Daysof Dope, because the texts that I'm reading start speaking to each other. In truly seeking God's peace - the peace that can't be swayed by the thoughts, opinions, and actions of others, nor by my circumstances - I have to actively learn to not take anything personally.
Did you catch that?
God's peace - the peace that surpasess all understanding, isn't something fleeting. It doesn't disappear when my bank account looks funny, or only exist in me when everything's all good. But I have to do my part. I can't be tossed about by every situation and circumstance. I have to make it a priority every day, to trust God.
And for someone as strong-willed as me, it's definitely a process.
But God has shown me more than enough times, that He is in control. So whenever I'm feeling anxious, antsy, stressed, or like a certain situation isn't moving how I planned for it to - I have to seek God's peace. My favorite scripture for this - which turned up in the devotional - is Philippians 4:6-7:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.One thing I love about this passage of scripture is that it doesn't say "tell God what you want, an you'll get it". God isn't some cosmic genie that we call on to get a new car, job, house, or boyfriend. But what he does give us is his peace - something that money can't buy. Peace is what holds us over when we're looking for that new job, car, or significant other. Peace is what allows us to approach these situations with the perspective that God has tailor-made blessings for each and every one of us
We just gotta trust Him :)
Well folks, that's all I got for this week! I wanna know how your week went too! Drop your updates in the comments below - or e-mail me at christina[at]30daysofdope.com.
Talk to you soon, #DopeFam!
If you missed the week 1 update, click here to catch up!
It's day 15. We're at the literal half point of #30DaysofDope. Crazy, right? Summer...
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Yo! I can't believe the first week of #30DaysofDope is over that quickly! I guess time flies when you're tryna be excellent, eh?
Here's a quick pulse check on ow the first week went for me. If you got my e-mail this morning, then just reply to that or hit me at christina[at]30daysofdope.com to let me know how you fared this first week!
Let's dive right in.
Reading The Four Agreements is really taking me on a journey to confront some of my own challenges, forreal. I mean, the first agreement alone - be impeccable with your word - is heavy. This ain't no "word is bond, son" type deal either. Being impeccable with your word is about realizing that your words have power - and with that power comes responsibility. We have to monitor closely the things we say to others, to ourselves, and that others say to us.
Easier said than done.
Now, before you haul off thinking I'm all high and mighty and got it together - let me tell you I struggle with this daily. Most of the time, I'm even-tempered, easygoing, and can carefully craft my words so as to not be hurtful or rude.
All of that goes out the window when I'm driving.
I'm sure you've heard the stories about traffic in LA. And the road rage. It's all true - times a million. And because of this, I find myself driving for what I like to call "maximum efficiency" - getting from point A to point B and back to point A avoiding traffic as much as possible.
In my errand running Tuesday morning (FedEx, Costco, Trader Joe's), I found myself in a verbal altercation of sorts. Long story short, this dude swung out onto the street and almost hit my car. As I honked and swerved to avoid him, he proceeded to edge alongside me and hurl expletives at me - as if the incident was my fault.
I could have ignored him. But I didn't. I REALLY wanted to hop out of my car and see if he was about that life, but it's a new season and God is working on me. But I did get caught up in the moment and yelled right back.
Normally, I would have driven off in a huff, and muttered to myself about where I'd like to stick my foot, but instead I found myself praying and asking God to forgive me. Because I know better. I'm supposed to be doing better. And that's what this is about. Knowing, doing, and being....better.
My mini goal for the following week? I'm gonna stop cussing people out (loud) and in my head while driving. Pray for me. No seriously - please do. The road rage struggle is real.
For a little more in-depth discussion about The Four Agreements and how it relates to the #30DaysofDope journey, check out the e-mail I sent this morning. Oh, and if you're not on the list - drop your e-mail addy in the pink topbar above. Don't worry - I don't e-mail my #DopeFam annoyingly.
Okay, can I just say that meal prep is a gift from the heavens above?
I'm sure you're looking at me like I'm tripping somethin serious. But hear me out.
My single biggest challenge with #30DaysofDope during the July cycle was food intake. I started off then, simply by measuring portions. But alas, I discovered when I got a meal plan, that I was eating too many carbohydrates. And that was simply because I loved carbs in all their forms - bread, pasta, rice, chocolate... you get the drift. In my meal prep, I aim to be low carb and high protein to meet my fitness goals.
And so far, so good. If you follow me on Instagram, or my other blog snapchat (maneobjective) then you've seen #mealprep in action. I literally cook whatever I want - just modified (if necessary) to fit my macros. One of my favorite recipes thus far has been the Low Carb Chinese Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry - because it's easy, flavorful, and gives greasy Chinese takeout a run for its money. Click here for that recipe!
Also, I can't express how clutch my Neocell Collagen Sport protein powder has been. I talked about why I love this protein so much, and the benefits of collagen for hair, skin, and body in depth here. And I even shared an easy Protein Caramel Iced Coffee recipe. Most days I need it, just to get to my protein goal. It also makes an amazing quick breakfast option (as I shared here on Instagram) for those of us who actually struggle to eat a decent breakfast - or eat breakfast at all.
As far as the gym is concerned, my workouts have been consistent. To be completely transparent with you all, I'm in the process of breaking out of a place of complacency. I do this weird thing in the gym sometimes. I'll struggle initially with something like, running 30 second sprints. Then I'll get to a place that feels good - like I'm in control and not about to pass out on the gym floor. So I keep doing that, never moving the speed, incline, or even length of time running up (or decreasing the rest time). Essentially, I get comfortable where I am. And I stay there.
I kid you not, I took me the entire first week to realize that I'm in one of those comfortable zones right now. The good news is yesterday (literally day 7), I started the process of breaking out. Upping the ante. Stepping faster on the stairmaster (my frenemy lol). Doing the extra 2 reps. Making sure with each exercise I was challenging myself - either by doing heavier weight, more reps, or perfecting my form.
But the kicker - without having my mind right and telling myself that I was more than capable, I couldn't have done it.
That's that mind-body connection for ya.
One of the habits I developed during the July #30DaysofDope cycle was that of just talking to God. Not putting on some liturgical dance, or using a bunch of lofty words - but literally just talking to God. Asking Him to guide my day. Talking to Him about whatever was on my heart. Asking Him to cover and keep my loved ones.
As that habit continues, I find myself looking at His word a little differently. Not just as a scripture to commit to memory - but really deep diving for understanding. That's why I'm in no rush to move through the Before The Cross: Fruit of the Spirit devotional. I've read through Love and Joy, and I'm going to go back and read them again. For understanding and application.
One of ways I know God is working, is by confirmation. As I worked the devotional and scriptures about Joy, I found myself smiling and nodding in church on Sunday - because guess what the sermon was about? Getting your hope back. Getting your joy back. It gave me goosebumps.
Well, that about wraps up week 1. Sorry this post was so long - I'm sure they'll get a little shorter as the weeks go on. Oh - and don't forget to tell me how things are going on your end, I wanna know! Drop 'em in the comments below - or e-mail me at christina[at]30daysofdope.com.
Talk to you soon, #DopeFam!
Yo! I can't believe the first week of #30DaysofDope is over that quickly! I guess time flies ...
If you're reading this, the first thing I want to say is thank you. Thank you for your support, your encouragement, and for joining me on this journey to personal excellence. I'm just a hair blogger - so the fact that you're willing to take this pivot with me, means a lot.
Today is day 1 of 30, and I've got this intense combination of excitement and trepidation swirling inside of me. I'm anxious to see who I'll be at day 30. But I know I can't get too far ahead of myself (even though I'm great at that) - one day at a time is where it's at.
So, this is day 1. And here are 5 tips for kicking off day 1 and setting the trajectory for the 29 days to follow. I'll be referring back to this list often to remind myself to stay the course.
1. Prep. Prep. Prep.
I don't know if you can relate to this at all - but nothing excited me like the first day of school. From elementary through my senior year of high school, that giddy excitement carried over into me setting out clothes, shoes, and making lunch the night before. And I got a strange high off getting new school supplies (don't judge me). New pens. New paper. New folders. I diligently prepped my backpack sometimes a week in advance of my first day. I channeled some of that same energy here - by rising early to get the party started. What that means is, making sure my iPad is good n' charged for reading the Bible and The Four Agreements. Prepping my gym bag for today's workout after work. Setting alarms for daily Bible reading. Meal prepping. Cleaning my work/blogging office up - because I'm a huge believer in the power of your environment. Prep for me may look different than prep for you, but the spirit is all the same. To avoid rushing and last minute terrible decisions that derail me from my goals, I'm setting myself up for success on day 1. Cause Suga Free said it best - if you stay ready, you ain't got to get ready.
2. Create a morning routine.
Today is Thursday, which means like most of you guys, I'm off to work. Although I work from home, the mental energy required to shift myself into work mode (and not say, screw off half the morning watching YouTube reviews in bed) is the same. So to keep myself in line, here's what I'm committing to every morning:
+ Bible, devotional reading, and prayer.
+ Shower and making the bed (if you make the bed, you're less likely to get back in it)
+ Some sort of physical activity (stretching, squats, elliptical...something to get my blood going)
+ Drinking my NeoCell Protein Smoothie (breakfast) with unsweetened Almond Milk
Creating a morning routine will help put me on autopilot, and minimize the amount of wasted time and mental energy spent making small decisions. With more efficient time management and a reserve of brain power, I'll be mentally ready to attack the work day and give the best to maneobjective.com and my #30DaysofDope community.
3. Keep a positive quote nearby.
I'm a visual person, and I always find having visual reminders nearby to be extremely helpful. Whether it be changing your phone background, sticking a Post-It on your monitor, or dedicating a whiteboard to it, keeping some positive reinforcement somewhere readily accessible will pull you through the slumps or snap you back to attention when your mind starts drifting. It can be a quote, a single word, or a favorite scripture. I have a whiteboard next to my desk with 1Thessalonians 5;16-18 written on it - to help shape my perspective over the next 30 days:
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
4. Keep your goals handy.
In addition to mindset, and not setting myself up for success, another reason my goals and plans fall through is because I simply don't look at them. I can't be the only person that set a goal in January, forgot about it, and set the same goal again the next January because it never got met. Time to switch things up and actually do what we said we were gonna do. For us, that means keeping the #30DaysofDope prep list handy, along with your own notes and goals for the month. Wherever you have them - keep 'em somewhere you'll look often. If you need the PDF of picture version of the prep list, drop me an e-mail at christina[at]30daysofdope.com and I'll send it to you! #accountability
5. Tell a friend.
Dope: telling a friend you're doing #30DaysofDope and them agreeing to help hold you accountable. Even doper: having a friend join you in the process. My sister and 2 of our friends are joining me in #30DaysofDope, so I feel incredibly blessed to be able to have a strong support network behind me and vice versa. Even if your friends aren't down, still sharing your plans and goals with them will help you in staying the course because your goals have gone from this very, very private thing - to something that other people know about. It's another layer of accountability, and helping you keep your promises to yourself. Plus, having a support system to lean on is vital to this process. So if you haven't already, join the e-mail list (or e-mail me at christina[at]30daysofdope.com) and follow the Instagram @30daysofdope. I'll be your support - we're building a community here.
Do you have any tips for kicking off a personal challenge? Share in the comments below or on Instagram with the hashtag #30daysofdope!
If you're reading this, the first thing I want to say is thank you. Thank you for your s...
Can I just say, this recipe is lit. I don't mean to brag or boast, but I've been trying to hone my Chinese culinary skills for a minute - and it's always been hit or miss. Today, my dear friends, we have a certified hit on our hands.
I first debuted this dish on Snapchat Instagram for #MealPrepMonday, and the response was awesome. I'm all for my people, so when the recipe requests rolled in - I happily obliged. Get ready to experience a Chinese food dupe that's full of flavor, low in carbs, high in protein, a LOT healthier than the take-out version, and super easy to make. You'll be so enamored with the flavor, you won't even care there's no rice underneath.
Let's get started.
Note: The portions/amounts I'm using reflect approximately 6 meal prep servings. You can feel free to tweak/switch up the recipe to fit your macro and meal prep needs.
Ingredients for Chinese Brown Sauce
+ 2 cups water
+ 1 tablespoon Better Than Bullion Reduced Sodium Chicken Base (or just swap this and the water for 2 cups of chicken stock if you have it)
+ 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
+ 3 tablespoons brown sugar (although I'd recommend 2 tablespoons for less sweetness)
+ 3 cloves of minced garlic (I use the frozen Dorot garlic cubes)
+ 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
+ 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
+ 1 tablespoon corn starch
|Chicken on le grill.|
+ 1088g boneless skinless chicken thighs (approximately 9-10 pieces of chicken)
+ 600g frozen broccoli florets (I used Earthbound Farm Organics)
+ 1/4 to 1/2 sliced red bell pepper (I used 1/4 because that's all that was in the fridge)
+ 1/4 of an onion sliced
+ Himalayan Pink Salt
+ Coarse ground pepper
+ Granulated garlic
+ Granulated onion
+ 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
+ cooking spray
Tools & Utensils
+ 1 large pot or wok
+ 1 small pot
+ cutting board and knife
+ slotted spoon
+ spoons (for tasting)
+ food scale and measuring utensils (if you're prepping)
+ small and large bowl and container for transporting/mixing ingredients
+ outdoor grill (optional but recommended)
Note: to avoid introducing too much water into your stir fry, take your broccoli out of the freezer and let it thaw as you begin cooking. Or, just use fresh broccoli.
Instructions for Chinese Brown Sauce
First, prepare your Chinese Brown Sauce. Bring the water and Better than Bullion Reduced Sodium Chicken Base to a simmering boil. Again - you can also swap this for 2 cups of already made chicken stock if you have it. Add in your low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic. Whisk until flavors are well blended and the sugar is dissolved completely. Add in toasted sesame oil and rice wine vinegar, again whisking until flavors are well blended.
Once the flavors are well blended, grab a spoon and taste your mixture. It should taste faintly of teriyaki - but more savory with only a hint of sweetness. Feel free to tweak the recipe and make it to your liking at this point - adding more soy sauce, a little ginger, red chili flakes for spice, more sesame oil, etc. However you want your sauce to taste, now's the time to add that stuff in.
After you've got your brown sauce where you want it, grab a small bowl, and spoon out approximately 3 tablespoons of the brown sauce mixture. Add in your corn starch, and whisk quickly to create a slurry. Quickly add your slurry back to the sauce and stir vigorously for approximately 1 minute, to make sure the corn starch is well blended and will help thicken your sauce. Lower the heat and let the brown sauce cook until it thickens enough to coat the whisk and not immediately run off (approximately 5 minutes). At this point, turn the fire off and let your sauce cool - because it's chicken time.
|Stir Fry riiiiight before the brown sauce.|
First things first, let's season up the chicken - unlike BuzzFeed Tasty (#shade lol). Keeping the seasoning profile on this one super simple allows the Chinese Brown Sauce to really shine through. Season your chicken with Himalayan Pink Salt, coarse black pepper, granulated garlic, granulated onion, and paprika to taste. After the chicken is thoroughly seasoned, pour the grapeseed oil on and mix the chicken again for a light, even coating.
Next, you've got a few options as to how to cook the bird. My personal recommendation is on an outdoor grill if you have one. The char on the chicken melds beautifully with the Chinese Brown Sauce and really makes this dish a winner. But if you can't or just don't want to, pan fry it (no oil needed) on top of the stove.
After the chicken is completely cooked, let it rest and cool enough to not be super hot to the touch. After the chicken has sufficiently cooled, slice it into thick pieces and set aside.
In a large pot or wok, spray cooking spray and add sliced onion and bell peppers. Sautee on medium high heat until tender. Add in slicked chicken thighs and broccoli. Stir until broccoli is tender. Add in Chinese Brown Sauce and stir until all ingredients are coated. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5-6 minutes.
Portion out, or eat it directly out of the pot. Either way, enjoy!
|Meal prep portions.|
+ 29 calories
+ 0.5g protein
+ 6g carbs
+ 0.3g fat
+ 4.3g sugar
Macros for Stir Fry Per Serving (makes 6 servings)
+ 245 calories
+ 41.1g protein
+ 6.8g carbs
+ 7.1g fat
+ 0g sugar
Pretty dope, right? If you try this recipe out, give me a holler on Instagram @ 30DaysofDope or let me know in the comments below!
Y'all. Y'all. Can I just say, this recipe is lit. I don't mean to brag or boast, ...
Are you ready for September 1st? I am. And right now, I'm laying the foundation for dopeness by compiling some of my favorite culinary tips, recipes, and reviews to share with you all here. Today is a special one for my Starbucks lovers! The Iced Caramel Coffee with Cream is a popular drink (next to the Caramel Frapp, of course) but both are not the business for #dopebody goals.
If you're on my e-mail list, then you got the PDF of the #30DaysofDope prep checklist, and if you read the blog post, then you know I'm 137% about that meal prep life now. I had a meal plan designed by my friend Kohran of A-1 Lifestyle, and he laid out my meal plan with macro and calorie goals to a tee. Without getting into the nitty gritty details, I had to cut a LOT of carbs. And carbs just doesn't mean rice, bread, or pasta - it means sugar, too.
That said, a trip to Starbucks would easily consume alllll my carbs for the day and then some. To kick my hankering for a coffee drink and switch up breakfast, I played around in the kitchen and created a Protein Caramel Iced Coffee drink.
This drink is full of vanilla and caramel flavor, while being sweet - but not too sweet. Just a warning: in this recipe I use decaf coffee (I had to, I was consuming too much caffeine drinking coffee AND pre-workout daily) - but you can feel free to swap that with your fave. Even with the decaf, I had tons of energy and it kept me satisfied until lunchtime thanks to Neocell Collagen Sport Recovery Protein. It's seriously amazing - click here to read the review and discover the connection between collagen, protein, weight loss, healthy hair, and great skin!
Let's get to this recipe. It tastes great and the macros are dope. Here we go:
+ 5oz decaf coffee (I used Sprouts Organic French Roast Decaf K-Cups)
+ 4oz Califia Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
+ 2 tablespoons Califia Pecan Caramel Almond Creamer
+ 2 tablespoons Walden Farms Caramel Sauce (1 tablespoon in the mix, 1 tablespoon for garnish)
+ 1 scoop Neocell Collagen Sport Recovery Protein in French Vanilla
+ 6-8 cubes of ice
Tools & Utensils
+ Blender (I use a Ninja with the single-serving Nutri Cup)
+ Measuring cup or food scale with fluid ounces
+ Measuring spoon
Brew your coffee or espresso and let it cool to at least room temperature. Add all ingredients into the Nutri Ninja or single serve blender cup, along with 4 ice cubes.
Blend until completely mixed together. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of Walden Farms Caramel Sauce around the top to finish.
If you would like the Starbucks effect, transfer blended drink to another container, drizzle Walden Farms Caramel Sauce around the sides of the cup, and return drink to the Nutri Ninja cup. Add 4 or more ice cubes to keep drink cool.
Sip and enjoy!
Macros for this recipe:
+ 172 calories
+ 30.6g protein
+ 7.4g carbs
+ 4g fat
+ 4g sugar
Macros for Venti Starbucks Caramel Iced Coffee with Cream:
+ 180 calories
+ 4g protein
+ 36g carbs
+ 2g fat
+ 36g sugar
If you try this recipe out, let me know in the comments or on Instagram @ 30DaysofDope! I'll probably tweak it soon to duplicate a Starbucks Caramel Frapp!
Are you ready for September 1st? I am. And right now, I'm laying the foundation for dopeness ...
The greatest barriers to our success lies within the mind. To lay the mental landscape for success, I'm enlisting the help of a book that I loved but need to read again - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. You don't have to read this book with me, but if you did, that would be pretty darn dope. Why? Because the agreements in the book are pretty much the blueprint for dopeness:
If you're a better listener than I am, Audible has a free 30 day trial and you can get the book here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/The-Four-Agreements-Audiobook/B002VA3GJO
For Kindle download or to order a physical copy for under $7, here it is on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aXuvka
Intermediate: Use MyFitnessPal (or any method above) to track meals - but take it a step further. Invest in a food scale like this one, or use measuring utensils to parcel everything out. Begin monitoring your food intake and making adjustments (or healthy swaps). This is what I did in July.
Advanced: Go full on meal prep status. Create your own meal plan, weigh everything out, and prep like a crazy person. Or, get a custom meal plan from my friend Kohran of A-1 Lifestyle by e-mailing a1lifestyle247365[at]gmail.com (that's what I did..and yes I paid for it!). Then weigh everything out and prep like a crazy person. Even though I just started this one, I can tell you right now it requires the most discipline, focus, and effort. You have to be mentally ready for this one. And if you are, welcome! (P.S. - you're going to need meal prep containers like these that I got from Amazon and some NeoCell Collagen Sport Protein Powder.)
And lastly - I cannot stress this enough - GET ON THE LIST! Get on the #30DaysofDope e-mail list! This is where I'll be checking in with my peeps, answering questions, and providing exclusive information. I'll even be enlisting support from some of the dopest folks I know - and you can only get this stuff if you're on the list. GET ON THE LIST. I don't mean to yell, but it's super important.
And you're dope for doing this.
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- #30DaysofDope Launching September 1st! Here's What You'll Need.
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- #DopeRecipe: Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot
- #DopeRecipe: Protein Caramel Iced Coffee
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- #30DaysofDope Update: Week 2