The thin lifestyle is serious business. It’s entirely consist of making the suitable choices for a favorable outcome. It’s about skipping drinks or dessert, going to bed early to wake up early for the gym, and may cause you to ditch friends that would rather go to a movie to sit and overeat over rock climbing or swimming followed by a lunch at a juice or salad bar.
Sometimes the best diet/fitness plan is determination. When you want it bad enough you’ll work hard to get it. Take me for example, I want abs therefore, I’ve cut out the cheese, bread and sugar. Is it hard; well duh! I want a deep dish pan of 5 cheese pizza with a side of frozen Kit Kats NOW!
Majority of the time it’s the people around you that sabotage your thin strides. Then, why not replace those fatty friends with lean firm thinspirations. If achieving the ideal body is all about cutting the negative out and adding positive to your new lifestyle, well these gentlemen of “Junk Food Journals” entry 6 are the perfect poster men for summertime fine.
What I enjoy about these guys guys tales to fitness is that it’s less about the food or workout but all about living a healthy life and making your road to fitness an adventure.
Hi my name is Antonio (IG: @ulovetoni) and I am a creative director living in the New York City area. Health is very important to me, so amongst my busy schedule I find time to workout at least 4 times a week and pick healthy snack options while I’m on the go.
Workout Philosophy: Most people especially guys go to the gym to bulk up and get cut; they try to lift as much as they can. Technique is very important; doing less weight the proper way is the key to results.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with bananas, blueberries and strawberries and eggs with cheese, tomatoes and avocados are two of my favorites!
Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil dressing.
Dinner: Two grilled chicken breast with mixed vegetables.
Cheat Day: I cheat everyday because I’m in the process of gaining weight.
Diet Trick: Diets are not really my thing, when I’ve tried them I lose weight fast. I just focus on eating healthy. The trick with eating healthy is making your own meals and bringing them along with you.
Problem Area: I’m naturally slender with a high metabolism, so putting on muscle and keeping it is my biggest issue.
Key to Discipline: The hardest part of working out is when I first start and you didn’t seen any improvement. Once I seen improvement, the mirror became my discipline and it motivates me to go to the gym.
My name is Johnté Lee (IG:@shy_johnnie). I’m 25 years old, originally from Miami, currently residing in Atlanta, Ga.
Workout Philosophy: I workout to stay healthy first, and secondly to look good. My choice to indulge in fitness related activities such as rock climbing, daily workouts, biking, etc… is strictly for me. I think it’s important to set goals for yourself, it’s also important to expand and stick to your fitness routines to obtain those goals.
Breakfast: We’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’re breaking your fast of how many ever hours your body has been deprived of nutrition while sleep. I usually have a light breakfast; a parfait consisting of Greek yogurt, fruits (strawberries, blueberries and mangos) and oats. On other days, two hard boiled eggs with grapefruit.
Lunch & Dinner: I generally eat the same things for lunch and dinner. However, lunch is likely a lighter portion. My diet consists primarily of chicken and fish. I love trying alternate ways of preparing meals so that I don’t feel that my meals are repetitive. I prepare my meats either pan seared with olive oil, grilled or baked, I also pair them with different vegetables such as broccoli, squash, zucchini, asparagus, the list goes on. Wild Salmon (a great source for protein and iron) with lemon pepper seasoning and asparagus (good source of fiber, folate and vitamin A) would be my favorite dish.
Cheat Day: My cheat day is generally toward the end of the week, Friday and/or Saturday. Although, I do have cravings that I almost always give into during the week, I don’t really indulge until the end of my ‘workout week’. Of course depending on what I’ve indulged in, I have to challenge myself even more when I return to my workout routine.
Diet Trick: I guess my diet trick would be eating whenever I get hungry. I’m careful to not overeat, but if I do have a craving I will definitely have a light snack (nuts, protein bar, protein shake) which keeps my metabolism up and also gives me energy throughout the day.
Problem Area: My problem area would definitely be my legs. I’ve been a bit more consistent with my leg routines lately and I have progressed, but it’s been a very long road. I’m an ectomorph body type and it’s hard for me to build muscle, especially in my legs, so I have to work extremely hard to put any mass on them.
Key to Discipline: My discipline comes with my passion to reach the fitness goals that I have in place. It’s extremely important to remain focused, consistent and to also have an effective workout plan. This will ensure results. If you lack any of the above results and progress will lack as well. Generally people become less determined when they are not getting the results they want.
Workout Routine: My workout routine is pretty tedious, but I will try and be brief. I start off with cardio; I try to get 3/4 miles in on the treadmill. I generally do 5 or 6 sets and between 10-15 reps of whichever exercise. There are also times that I follow Pyramid Training (As weight increases, reps decrease). I also enjoy calisthenics, which is a great way to increase flexibility and body strength. Jumping rope is great exercise for both upper body and lower body. After a good workout I hit the sauna for about 15-20 mins (make sure you are hydrated) helps with muscle relaxation, increases blood flow and also releases those nasty toxins that we encounter on a day to day basis.
I’m Eon Green (IG:@ettiennevert) a nomad and bon vivant who is always in search of inspiration and beauty in all of its forms. While I am originally from Jamaica I grew up all over and consider myself a citizen of the world. My interests include fitness, art & culture, cuisine, and my personal wanderlust. For me, the question of ‘where to next?’ is just as important as ‘what experiences can I create?’
Workout Philosophy: “Life is too short to be basic.” I think we all have a very brief moment everyday when we can chose to be sedentary or remain in motion. I apply that idea to many areas of my life but with working out the challenge to be consistent or find the time during a busy day is something I look forward to. I’m always looking for ways to overcome myself and the seemingly ‘easy’ route.
Breakfast: Breakfast is fairly large and includes whole grain foods high in fiber and protein (oatmeal with golden raisins, flax seeds, raspberries and almond butter). Low sugar fruit (apricots, melons, apples, etc) and always a hot drink (green tea or hot water and lemon is great and has so many benefits for the body).
Lunch: I eschew most simple carbohydrates and processed foods so lunch is usually a medium sized amount if protein (chicken, fish or beef) and a high fiber vegetable accompaniment or soup (lentil vegetable is a personal favorite).
Dinner: See above!
Cheat Day: I love sweets and enjoy good quality chocolate and descendant French pastries. Luckily I have a lot of muscle mass and a fast metabolism that allows me to indulge a bit more than most. The benefit of consistency is training your body to efficiently utilize food, whether it is lasagna or quinoa.
Diet Trick: Healthy fats are often overlooked. A teaspoon of coconut or olive oil will do wonders for digestion and vitamin absorption.
Problem Area: None. I give myself and my body respect and credit for hard work.
Key to Discipline: Mix it up! Make it fun, social, and a topic of conversation. I look for ways to get outdoors and connect with others in an active way.
Workout Routine: No secret formula other than sweating and pushing myself for 60 minutes a day. Getting creative and maintaining high intensity with little rest the whole time.