WILLPOWER MAKES CHAMPIONS

 
 
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them. A DESIRE. A DREAM. A VISION. They have to have last minute stamina. They have to be a little faster. They have to have the SKILL and WILL. But the WILL must be STRONGER than the SKILL
— MUHAMMAD ALI


I remember the first day of working out I wasn’t able to do 20 jumping jacks. It’s so embarrassing, but that’s how unhealthy and out of shape I was.

For some reason, I thought it was ok to remain fat and unhealthy. 


I thought my friends and family loved the way I was. No one had a problem with my roundness. I thought I was cute on some days with my round cheeks. I mean I loved myself but I wasn’t entirely in love with my body and the way I was living. 


So going back, I remember it was the first day of working out, I started listing reasons and excuses in my head to screw change and go back to what I was comfortable with, “being overweight and unhealthy". My body wasn’t use to the sweat, the tight chest, the huffing and puffing, the uncomfortable mess, but I had a strong mind. The thought of losing control of my health and being tied to a wheel chair or not being able to keep up with my future kids or being told that I had diabetes was what propelled me to persevere.


Now that I realized how committed I was with my journey, I can confidently say, I had

“Willpower”. 


Know it. Learn it. Be it!


Familiarize yourself with the word. We all have it. 


Willpower is self-control and it’s self-discipline. The dictionary defines it as the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.


It requires you to focus on forcing your mind to do what your body doesn’t want to do. I mean come on, it’s easy to sit on the couch and watch endless hours of reality tv than to pump iron and run your heart out on a treadmill. It’s easy to eat that juicy delicious cheeseburger than to grab a boring bland salad. It’s easy to give into temptation, period!


Luckily, willpower is a learned skill. You can actually strengthen your willpower with practice and of course patience.  So the question now is: What can I do to strengthen, harness this force to help me reach my full potential? 


Here are my top 5 Tips to help you with the oh so powerful word, “Willpower”

  1. Clarity on your “WHY”. Remember the previous article I wrote I stated, "when you’re close to your breaking point and you want to give up, pull out your 'why' card". It’s important to know your goals. What exactly do you want your life to be like and why. Gaining clarity eliminates room for negotiation and it gives you a clear sense of what you want out of your journey. 
    • Now I don’t like to dictate and call out ppl on their goals and “whys” but if its a shallow reason (doing this to look like a supermodel), you might want to reconsider.
  2. Be aware of your emotions, problems, and circumstances. Solve the problems you can and reflect on your emotions daily. I am a firm believer in journaling and in almost every posts I’ll write about the importance of documenting your life. Use your journal as a gateway to escape or solve your problems. Majority of our issues that we have are self-inflicted. We create it in our head by overthinking. However, organizing thoughts on paper can strengthen your problem solving skills and it helps you organize your thoughts which in turn can help you understand your emotions. Reflection is important because it gives you an awareness of your weaknesses and strengths, what you can improve and how you can grow which leads me to the next point.
  3. Take full responsibility, own up to your mistakes, be willing to pay the price, and learn and grow. There are tons of fireballs thrown at us. Life has it’s way of throwing curveballs but no matter how many rocks and stones get thrown at you, believe you can. It doesn’t matter how you were raised, what kind of environment you’re in, QUIT playing the victim, instead of looking to blame, divert your attention to how you can succeed and how you can follow through with healthy decisions and actions. Don’t feed the “victim” card but nurture your determination and willpower by remaining positive. 
    • Every time I would get down and beat myself up for making a mistake, I would flip the equation and focus on what was working, what I was doing right, and how far I’ve come. Give yourself credit which leads me to.
  4. Loving yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle. Willpower is loving yourself enough to respect your goals. Many of us punish ourselves with strict diets or routines we don’t even like. We don’t have to whip ourselves to live miserably. It’s seriously a set up to swing in the direction of overindulgence once you’ve had enough torture. 
    • The secret to it all is forming habits that are healthy, fun, and pleasurable to you. We’ve been totally wrong by being conditioned to think that hard work, healthy clean foods and exercise is the devil’s world BUT it’s not. We forget that healthy habits can be enjoyable. When you find what makes you happy during your transformation, you’ll learn to love the process and in turn, it won’t be so much of a torture. 
  5. Last, focus on improvement instead of perfection. Drop perfectionism and focus on your values. This encourages growth and improvement. 


Willpower is self-control and it grows over time when practiced daily. Don’t expect to have topnotch polished willpower at the start of your journey. Take small steps, work hard, be patient. 
Through every posts I hope I’ve encourage you to continuously strive, to never give up, to always be positive, and to always remain optimistic.

Have the WILL to push, to succeed, to gain POWER through overcoming challenges. 

Today, FOCUS on your WILLPOWER and tell yourself,

“I AM WILLPOWER”. 


Sending positive vibes your way. Thank you for reading. 

Helpful Weight Loss Tips

 
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I recommend that you first watch my YouTube videos as I go over steps I took during my weight loss journey.

If you are expecting me to offer the quickest, fastest, easiest way to drop weight this isn't the blog for you. I do not offer shortcuts or try to give you information for short-term goals. It's a lifestyle change.

With that being said, IF there is one thing I hope I can encourage you to do is RESEARCH. There are so many FREE online resources out there that can help you get started. Make GOOGLE your best friend. Research every piece of information there is about health and make sure it's from credible sources.

Keep in mind: there are a lot of misinformation and bias out there. Do not believe everything you hear, even from professionals themselves. Always do your own research. Take advice from different sources and see what works best for you and your lifestyle.

Remember, this is your journey. The best investment you could ever make is on yourself, I'm sure you can afford it and if you think you can't, you'll end up paying more for it in the future. 

Again, watch my Youtube video on top of reading the list down below. Cheers


TOP TIPS

  • Set realistic goals and have a plan behind it
    • I advise you to not only set a plan for success but set a recovery plan for when you fail b/c it is most likely you'll have set backs and failures, but that's what makes it so beautiful. You live and you learn. Mistakes are proof that you're trying. Plus, don't feel pressured to get it perfect, but instead work towards improving yourself daily.
  • Develop good healthy habits to replace bad habits. This one can be very difficult but extremely crucial during your transition phase into weight loss. Do not change too much things at once. It should be slowly and gradually. I would recommend that in the first week or month, you change one bad habit and develop a healthy one.
    • For instance, if you drink a lot of soda/sugary drinks throughout the day, reduce and replace with water. You'll have to go at your own pace. Once you break one bad habit and get the hang of the new healthy habit, you can accelerate. 
MOTIVATION INFUSER BOTTLE <3 If you have a hard time drinking water, try placing fruits/veggies in it. It can be used as a natural sweetener. I personally love the combination of strawberries and blueberries. On days I wanna detox, I'll throw in cucumbers and lemons. Further, I like to use an infuser bottle b/c it's easy to clean up but if you don't have one you can easily place it in a bottle or mason jar. 

MOTIVATION INFUSER BOTTLE <3 If you have a hard time drinking water, try placing fruits/veggies in it. It can be used as a natural sweetener. I personally love the combination of strawberries and blueberries. On days I wanna detox, I'll throw in cucumbers and lemons. Further, I like to use an infuser bottle b/c it's easy to clean up but if you don't have one you can easily place it in a bottle or mason jar. 

  • Be Resilient by definition it means to be able to withstand or recover quickly when faced with difficult situations. I'm sure we all heard of that little nagging voice that pushes you to procrastinate, be lazy, and give up.  When it reasons with you to screw your new lifestyle change, you have to fight back and pull out your "why" card. Why are you doing this weight loss? Who are you doing it for? Why is it important to you? NEVER GIVE UP. 
  • Document: make sure you record your journey on a journal, webcam, or on your phone. I can't stress how important it is to record it all. I kept a digital journal and a webcam diary of when I first started my transformation. There is power in organizing your thoughts on paper and it's eye opening to see yourself talk about your struggles and successes. Also, journaling is a great way to track your progress and habits. 
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Other helpful tips

  • Eat slowly, it takes 20 minutes for your body to send out signals to your brain that it's full
  • Drink a FULL glass of water first thing in the morning, before your meals, and a glass before bed. It kick starts your metabolism, helps you eat less, and it's good to be hydrated. 
  • Try to eat 5 times a day so that your blood sugar and insulin levels will be controlled and you'll have energy throughout the day. 
  • Do NOT starve yourself because doing so can slow down your metabolism or you could potentially damage your metabolism. Instead, eat snacks in between meals
  • Reduce junk foods: chips, cookies, donuts, basically foods packed with preservatives BUT don't deprive yourself. If you're craving it or want it, make sure you read food label and consume the right portion size. 
  • Consume high fiber foods as it reduces cholesterol, lowers glycemic response in your meals and promotes efficient digestion. High fiber foods: I love are broccoli, sweet corn, potato with skin, brown rice, Quest Bars, and beans. 
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol: causes bloating and there's a lot of empty calories. 
  • In most of your meals you should have a protein, carb, and fat, plus vegetable. 
  • Portion control. If you have to weigh or measure your food to know proper serving size, do it. Now, in one of my IG posts, I vent out about how I became a number slave, so be careful to not be obsessed over this. Anything too extreme is dangerous. 
  • Work out at your pace and find a workout that you love to do. Remember, it's a lifestyle change so you're going to have to find something you enjoy doing.   
  • For effective fat loss, look into HIIT training: High Intense Interval Training. 

I hope those tips help. If you have any more questions fill free to email or comment down below. Cheers