How To Build Lean Muscle

When people say they want to build "lean muscle" or they are going on a "lean bulk" what they are essentially saying is that they are going to build muscle and bulk in a controlled manner. There is just MUSCLE. Not lean, not bulky. It's all the same muscle. Similarly with the word toned - there is no such thing as being "toned". What toned actually means is that the person who you are referring to as "toned", has taken time to build muscle and then also took time to shed the fat to reveal that muscle. On the opposite side of the spectrum is what we call a "dirty bulk" which in the bodybuilding world simply means to YOLO your diet, eat as much as you can, and just focus on gaining weight and not caring if it's fat or muscle. I personally … [Read more...]

Don’t Compare Yourself.. To Yourself

"Don't compare yourself to others." I'm sure you've heard this phrase over and over, and for good reason. Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time, energy, and emotion that probably isn't positive. I know that the time I've spend comparing myself to other people tend to be negative and simply put me down. It happens sometimes still, but I'm much more aware of it and catch myself once I start to fall into this comparison trap. You may be nodding your head in agreement, and maybe you're thinking that you are guilty of doing the same thing. However, what about comparing yourself to yourself? You know, maybe you competed in a fitness competition and now you are 1, 2, 5+ months or weeks post competition and you notice that … [Read more...]

When and Why to Forget About “Balance”

Balance. I feel like this is a word thrown around a lot lately, and everyone is talking about it - either finding balance, having balance, what is balance even, etc. Lets start with what is balance? Well, I'm sure it will mean something different to everyone, very much like the word "healthy" is different to everyone. Lets start with a fitness example, of course. Some people may think balance means not counting their macros and exercising how and when they want, but some people may feel more balanced when they do count their macros and having a specific plan to follow. Neither way is right or wrong, it's just different to different people. I feel like there is a lot of tension around this word, very much like there is a lot of tension … [Read more...]

LA Fit Expo Experience

Wow. So usually on this blog I've been keeping it less and less like a day-in-the life type of blog and more of a topic/informative post type of blog. However, this was something I just had to share and document with you all. I decided very last minute to go to the LA Fit Expo, even though it was a super short trip. I always say I want to go to expos but never do, either because of work, money, or all of the above. I vowed to myself to be more spontaneous this year, and I certainly have gotten off on a great foot already. I knew I wanted to experience an expo, and I also wanted to meet all of my fellow internet friends (other you tubers, bloggers, and instagram friends) as well as all of my subscribers/followers. So last minute I said … [Read more...]

How To Figure Out Your Path in Life

Don't know what you want to do with your life? Welcome to the club. Seriously, neither do a billion of us millennials. Sometimes I have this feeling where I'm like, "Oh, I'm only 23, it's fine". But most of the time, it goes a little something like this: "Shit. I'm already 23. Which means I'm almost 24. Which means I'm definitely officially old now." "I'm graduating college in 2.5 months, WHAT IS LIFE." "Do I even know what I want to do? Am I even going to, or want to use my degree?" Okay, obviously I'm exaggerating juuuuuust a bit, but I'm sure we've all had this feeling at some time in our young lives. First of all, breathe. It's okay if you're not really sure what you want to do with your life. It's completely normal, … [Read more...]

Will Getting Leaner Make You Happier?

You wake up, head over to the scale, weigh yourself, and BAM - your mood instantly declines. You look in the mirror and immediately, your eyes start scanning your body and your mind is only focusing on the things you don't like about yourself. All you can see is every imperfection, everything you don't like about your body, everything you want/wish you could change about it. You tell yourself "I'm going to get leaner, and then I'll be happy". Does this sound familiar to you? I know it does to me. I've been there, and I can tell you from first hand experience that leaner does NOT equal happier. In fact, it actually turns out quite the opposite. If you start your fitness journey hating your body, you certainly won't learn to love it … [Read more...]

Instead of New Years Resolutions, Focus on This

I never make "New Year's Resolutions". I have nothing against them, but let's be real, I completely forget about them in a couple of weeks. Yup, guilty. Resolutions can also mean "fixing a problem". Sure, we all got through shit in life. However, I don't things should necessarily be seen as problems that need fixing. A lot of people also tend to make resolutions based on themselves, which is the main reason why I don't think you need to think of yourself as a "problem". The good thing about a new year, is to leave whatever happened in the year before behind you. You live and you learn. Everything that happens in life is a learning opportunity, whether it was something good or something bad. That's life. Instead of making … [Read more...]

Blogging Year In Review

I have to admit, I didn't blog as much as I would like this year. Once my YouTube channel started to take off, blogging kind of took the back burner. When I first started blogging (gothextramile if any of you are MVP readers from back in the day), I was posting more lifestyle type posts - similar to what I did in the day, what I was eating, etc. Lately, my blog has kind of transitioned more into an informative type of blog focusing on specific topics. I really love writing, and I have a ton of ideas constantly floating in my mind. I'd love to hear some feedback from any of my readers about what you guys like to see. I want to focus more on blogging this year, in addition to YouTube, so having your input would mean the world! As for … [Read more...]

The First Time I Realized I Want to Be More Than Just Average

The "first time" is a tough time to actually pin-point, because there were actually multiple instances I've had this realization. I think as humans, it's natural for us to second guess everything, make certain decisions, take different paths than what we should, change our minds constantly, so on and so forth. That's life, and that's how we learn and how we really discover ourselves as well as the path we are supposed to take in life. "I want to be more than just average." Deep down I've always known this. Ever since I was little, I would talk about how I wanted to make it big, be known, and make a difference in this world - one way or another. I was never really sure how I would go about doing that, or what exactly it would be that would … [Read more...]

Would You Give Up Sex for IBS Symptom Relief?

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IBS in America. As always, all thoughts are my own.  Oh, IBS. I've been dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for quite some time now, and I'm sure you all are aware. I've talked about it plenty of times on my social media channels that I often get emails from people who are also suffering and asking for advice. The crazy thing about IBS, is it seems to be like this mystery illness. No one knows why they have it, how to treat it, how to cope with it, and it's so very individualized. A lot of people also just feel defeated, myself included, and end up just learning to deal with it and try and forget about it. However, this shouldn't be the case. We should try to understand this condition more, … [Read more...]