For this post I had a few smaller things I wanted to write down that some many find valuable or that might be funny.
Cover everything in peanut butter.
I think sugar is horrible for you. However, I also really like sweets specifically baked goods or just chocolate bars.
One good strategy I’ve found to indulge less is to cover whatever sweets you’re eating with peanut butter. Peanut butter is very filling so you’ll get full by eating a much smaller quantity then you otherwise would’ve.
If you like chocolate based stuff like me this is a good option because peanut butter goes well with chocolate.
For example, if you have a box of chips-a-hoy get a jar of peanut butter with a wide top and scoop as much as you possibly can onto each cookie. Odds are in 5 or so cookies you’ll have eaten a substantial amount of peanut butter and be feeling fairly full.
Using this method is a great way to cut down on the sweets you’re eating.
Create the illusion you’re poor.
The name is for comedic effect but hear me out.
For me, I feel like I have as much money as whatever my online banking account shows when I log in.
So what if I create the illusion that the number I see when I log in is lower then it actually is?
What I’ve done in the past is kept a little bit of cash in a safe place and tried to just kind of forget about it. Nothing crazy, let’s say 300$.
One of my roommates used to pay me rent money in cash so instead of depositing it into my account I would let the cash build up for a couple months before adding it back into my bank account.
Obviously I knew the cash was there, but I tried to just keep myself in the mindset that I was living off the number in my bank account excluding the cash.
An example of this could be that you go to dinner with a friend, the bill is 100$, he gives you 50$ in cash and you run your card.
Try just putting that 50$ in a safe spot instead of depositing it and don’t think to much about it. It’ll be a nice surprise later on!
Don’t destroy your body.
I’ve consistently done weight training since highschool.
The first couple years I was constantly trying to up my weight on bench press, curl an extra 5lbs, and in general treating lifting as a consistent with myself to get the amount I was lifting up.
However, I started hitting a level after awhile where I was noticing legitimate discomfort in my joints. For curls this is when I got to the point where I was holding a 45lb weight in each hand.
At this point, I had been weight training for around a year.
I started developing a new philosophy.
I started trying to do more reps on lower weights and superset multiple lifts with lower weights
eventually started focusing on stretching before ever picking up a weight and transitioned from bench press into pushups and traded curls for pull ups.
I looked less jacked but noticed that I was developing each muscle I would train in a more complete way. I also noticed that I felt more agile and limber.
I recommend not stressing about the weight you’re lifting. Instead focus on developing a personal workout regiment that makes you’re body feel limber and agile. Going to the gym is primarily to feel good. Looking good will naturally follow with consistency and pushing yourself to the limit.
Take the cheese off.
One gross pattern I’ve noticed in America is a sort of psychosis to eat as much cheese as possible on everything. I actually thought about writing an entire post about this because it’s funny but decided not to.
For example, at Chipotle people will get queso on their burrito, get a bucket of queso on the side to pour onto their burrito, and add shredded cheese to the burrito.
This is bad.
Even worse is taco bell where they have a new way to stuff your face with cheese advertised nearly every month.
Cheese isn’t evil but it’s definitely less necessary for health then vegetables or meat.
Try to leave the cheese off your food and you’ll be doing your body a favor.
I don’t have any big point to tie all of these topics together but thanks for reading! 🙂