How To Reduce Your Cooking Time By Cooking Your Weekly Food In Bulk

Think you don’t have time to cook?

Every wondered how the busiest folks pull off having meals precooked for themselves?

In today’s video, you will learn how to prepare a week’s worth of chicken breast like a bodybuilder by cooking in bulk!

 Take a trip down memory lane as MicVinny shows you how to prepare weekly chicken breast and turkey breast meals in bulk while eating like a bodybuilder.  A year before Michael V. Moore ever became “MicVinny” he put together this video showing the dedication he had towards eating right.

See the steps Michael took in the kitchen to ensure that he would look his best for the photo shoot session he had during a friendly bodybuilding competition.

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3 Magnificent Ways To Beat Post Vacation Blues

I got a confession to make.

It’s embarrassing but it’s the complete truth. Every since I took my first vacation in over a year, I’ve been stuck in a rut. I guess you can say that I have the blues.

The post vacation blues.

Have you ever had the post vacation blues before?

I’m currently trapped in a severe case of the post vacation blues! My body may physically be home but my mind is still elsewhere. With my mindset gone, I see that my normal habits have gone out the window!

What’s the longest it ever took for you to beat your post vacation blues?

My blues have been the mixture of a perfect storm. While on vacation, I suffered my first severe allergy attack. I don’t get sick too often so this was a complete shock to my body. My natural reaction was to rest and eat comfort foods.

While on vacation I was six hours behind my normal time zone. Once back in my time zone, my body sought to stay six hours behind by not sleeping properly. This lack of sleep prolonged my post vacation blues.

Today is the day that I decided I have had enough! I see the danger signs of what will happen if I continue to stay in this mindset. I want to help you solve your own post vacation blues problem as well.

Here’s my advice on how to get out of your own post vacation blues:

Go To Bed Early

The sooner you can get your body back on schedule the easier it will be to break free of being a sleep deprived zombie. It’s amazing how simply changing one hour of time can affect one’s sleep schedule. When you travel for several days that easily turns into several lost hours of sleep.

Once you return home, you can never get those hours back but you can get yourself back on a healthy sleep schedule. Your body will want to resist and stay up late. Fight it and go to bed early!

That will set the tone for the next day as you gradually try to develop a healthy bedtime routine. This is a much better option than staying up late and waking up early. That’s a routine that’s just asking for trouble.

Don’t Say “Tomorrow I Will…”

The biggest excuse you can tell yourself is “tomorrow I will…”.

Stop it!

When coming back from a vacation, it’s very important that you get back to normal ASAP.

Now I understand that the day you arrive from your trip, you may be severely jet lagged. You don’t have to be perfect on that day. What you should do is find at least one normal thing to do on that day. By just doing one thing from your normal routine, you make it easier to get back to your normal home self.

If you tell yourself “tomorrow I will…”, you’re setting yourself up for a week full of excuses. It will become harder and harder to get back into your routine because you’ve convinced yourself that it will be done tomorrow.

Always live in the moment, not the past or the future!

Make A Home Cooked Meal

The first day back from your trip is the easiest to eat take out or fast food. Depending on the time you arrive home, it may be too late to go shopping. That’s why you should make a rule for yourself to cook the second day you’re back home.

Most likely while on vacation you’ve been eating out consistently. That desire to eat out will continue until you decide to break it. The sooner you make your own food, the better your body will look and feel.

If you feel that you won’t have time to go shopping, you could always do yourself a favor and grocery shop the days before your trip. Buy some simple frozen vegetables and meat that can be stored in your freezer. The day you get back, just thaw your meat out in your refrigerator, so the second day it’s ready to be cooked.

If you want to go the extra mile, you could just pre-cook an entire meal and freeze it. That way you can just thaw in the microwave and have a meal ready to go!

When Things Go Badly During Your Post Vacation Flight Back Home

Learn what happened when the travel fitness expert experienced unexpected flight delays at LAX after his first trip to Hawaii.

Did he stick to his healthy lifestyle?

Did he workout every day?

Did he become addicted to honey chicken biscuit sandwiches?

Sometimes even the best vacation plans backfire!

See how MicVinny gained over 10 pounds while relaxing on his diet during his Hawaiian vacation.

Additionally learn about all the chaos on his return trip home that left him sick and severely jet lagged while being stuck at LAX due to a false airport shooting!

Watch the video to learn more!

What Unfortunately Happens While Seeking A Faster Fitness Highway

What are the main roads you find yourself driving on everyday?

When was the last time you found yourself automatically arriving at a destination while your mind daydreamed while driving?

Imagine having consistent roads like that in your life every single day. Roads in which you space out because your body automatically knows how long it’s going to take to travel on that route.

As you travel to work in zombie mode, you happen to glance at a sign:  New Highway Coming Soon.

Is that actually true?

You receive a notice in the mail later that day that states this new highway will provide a new path that goes directly to your job’s location. The information in the pamphlet states that your current 45-minute drive will only take five minutes on this new highway!

No longer will you have to daydream on the way to/from work because this new road will be a faster straightforward linear path. You become giddy with excitement as you realize how much time this will save each day!

Two weeks later

You get another notice in the mail stating that the new highway’s construction will begin shortly. To help pay for the construction, the county will add a new 5% highway tax.

“How dare they try to raise my taxes without my permission!”

You slam the letter down in anger. Minutes later, you decide to calculate just how much money all of this will be costing you. As you do the math, you realize that the highway taxes will cost less than your current weekly trips to the gas station.

“I guess it is a bargain. It’s only a temporary tax.”

You use that positivity and look forward to the project being completed. The letter states that it will be completed in less than a year.

Construction Begins

construction worker with blue hard hat and orange safety vest

On your way to work you start to notice construction zone signs with cones placed in the area where the new highway will begin.

“Yes! They are breaking ground!”

You see the construction crews in their orange safety vests and cool construction equipment. Tractors are moving dirt while pile drivers are breaking ground. You see about a hundred workers dedicated to their tasks.

“Wow, they will get this project done easily! Look at how many people they have and their dedication!”

Month Two

The crew has been working hard and you can see that the new highway will be beautiful. It will have lots of lanes so the traffic will just flow naturally. You’re super excited.

Month Three

As the new highway is being completed, you start to notice that the road you’re currently traveling on is starting to get even bumpier than it was before. You notice rubble from the other road’s construction start to make its way onto this main road.

As the month carries on, you start to see warnings signs and more lanes being merged down. Your previous 45-minute commute to work now takes an hour and half to complete.

Month Five

You start to get frustrated every time you drive on your main road because now it takes you almost two hours to get to work.

“What the heck is going on?”

As you pass the new highway, you notice you don’t see as many construction workers as before. You barely see ten on a good day.

“Is this what my taxes are paying for!”

Month Six

This is the month you thought they would be at least half way down with the new highway. You’ve noticed that there hasn’t been any progress in the project for over a month. You’re furious and demand an explanation because now your main road takes you two and a half hours to get to work!

“If I had known it was going to be like this, I would have never agreed to pay for that new highway!

Which Road Do You Constantly Choose?

Person looking at a winding road

Like everything in our precious world, we want results NOW! Not tomorrow but NOW! When we go on our diet and exercise journeys, we get excited by others before and after photos. We expect those same results in that same exact time.

What normally happens is that our progress is great during the first month. We are firing on all cylinders. We have almost no obstacles at all.

But over time, the program loses its attractiveness. Life gets in the way and we have setbacks and delays. That brand new highway (or body) that we strongly want seems to be taking longer than planned.

We become just like the construction workers in this article and start taking breaks. By taking breaks and losing our focus, we delay ourselves from getting to our final destination in a timely manner.

Remember that both of these roads are going to the same place. One was suppose to be a short cut while the other can get you to your destination as long as you keep following it. All you need is patience.

Know that no matter what obstacles pop up (vacations, all you can eat buffets, late business meetings, hotels with no gyms), it’s going to be up to YOU to decide just how long it takes.

Don’t’ be so quick to look for shortcuts in health! Otherwise you will always be stuck on “fast” highways that go nowhere!


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6 Warning Signs That You Need A Break From Weightlifting

Sooner or later it’s going to happen.

It’s probably happening right now and you’re just too dedicated to notice.

You have heard the old clichés such as:

Winners never quit.

You have to work hard to get hard.

It’s not exercise unless you feel pain!

Or whatever other macho term is thrown out there.

No matter how excited you are for your diet and exercise plan, you’re not going to be able to keep that energy up forever.

There’s going to come a point in which you will experience some setbacks. I would like to help you see these warnings before you completely crash and fall off your fitness wagon completely.

Here are 6 Warning Signs that you may need a break from working out:

Stalled Lifts

Our workout goal is to always get better with each following exercise session. Getting better can be defined as:

  • Adding more weight
  • Running a couple seconds longer
  • Doing more reps.

Your health and body improves, as you get better at exercise. If you haven’t been doing that, you’re just spinning your wheels at the gym.

When a person continues to work out for weeks and months, eventually they’ll encounter a phenomenon called overtraining (aka burnout). Overtraining is easy to misdiagnose.

When you first start exercising you quickly experience fatigue and soreness due to your body getting adapted to new stressors and exercise. That initial training week can falsely be interpreted as overtraining.

True burnout happens anywhere from 6 weeks to four months of non-stop continuous effort. We’re talking giving it your all for each workout session. When working so hard for so long, your body will naturally start to break down.

Lifting weights that use to be easy a few weeks ago, now become increasingly difficult even when the weight is lowered. Yes, It’s true that your lifts are not always expected to increase every single week.

But when you find yourself stuck lifting the same weights for the same reps for several weeks, that’s a sign that you need to take a break because your body could be experiencing burnout.

No Passion

If you are dragging yourself to the gym with no purpose, you’re lacking focus. Lacking focus makes you forget why you’re truly going to the gym in the first place. If you have no passion for lifting weights and exercising, you’re not going to try as hard.

Keep that passion!

It’s critical to have passion so you can get past sticking points and continue to grow.

Gym Attitude Impacts Diet Attitude

If you don’t care about exercising, why should you care about your diet? When we fail to do one, we typically start abusing the other. To have a good relationship, you have to treat both with respect. If you neglect one, the other is going to start suffering.

If you stop exercising, then the great results you get by eating healthy will not seem as important as before. When you’re kind to your gym time, you’ll find it’s easier to be kind to your diet.

Don’t underestimate this complicated relationship!

Think About Dieting 24/7

Being obsessed with your diet is never a good thing. Your body is already stressed from lifting weights and exercising. Adding more stress such as worrying sets you up for self-sabotage.

A diet should not define your life. Your life can still carry on despite what you eat. When we make our lives all about our diets, we give the diet all the power.

Our days start to become much more miserable. We start obsessing over the things we can’t eat vs. the things we can. Like a fiend, we start paying more attention to the scale. If that scale doesn’t say what we want it to say, we’ll second-guess our diets and curse at ourselves.

Those who understand diet is just a means to the end and don’t obsess over it will have a much relaxed journey than those who obsess.

Normally the longer you’re on your plan, the more you’re going to be on a diet which means you start to wonder if it’s even worth it. Once you become obsessed with it, that’s a great sign that you need to chill out.

cat yawningNot Sleeping Enough

If you’re under sleeping and going to the gym frequently, you’re hurting your body. I know it seems like there are never enough hours in the day, but you have to dedicate 7+ hours towards sleep.

Getting sleep is what allows your body to repair itself. Sleep aids in muscle growth and fat loss.

If you’ve been suffering from lack of sleep for so long, maybe it is a great time to take that break and focus on just sleeping more instead of going to the gym for a few days.

Injuries

When you workout nonstop for weeks, the chances of you getting injured increase. As the workout sessions increase, it becomes easier to develop sloppy exercise techniques. All it takes is one bad second to equate to months of back, shoulder, knee, and etc. pain!

Don’t let the injury put you on the sidelines. If you find yourself having lots of minor injuries, take that break BEFORE those small injuries become major.

What Should You Do

If you are suffering from any of the above warning signs, all you need to do is take one week off from training. This off week is simply called a deload week.

During a deload week you can still go to the gym, but instead of your normal weight percentage, just decrease the weight by 50% and do 8-12 reps of your normal exercises.

That weight is light enough where you’re going through the exercise movements but still giving your body a break by reducing the workout intensity.

If all you’ve been doing is lifting weights for the past weeks, maybe take this week to do some much needed stretching. If you’ve been neglecting stretching, start incorporating it! Stretching helps with avoiding injuries. Learn a few stretches or take some yoga classes.

Additionally, use a deload week to remind yourself about your goal. If you didn’t have a fitness goal before, take the time to come up with a six-week goal.

Let the six weeks be another marker for yourself to check in on your progress. Possible take a deload week on your next cycle’s week six and repeat as you keep pursuing your fitness goals.


Taking a break is one of the most helpful ways you can accomplish your overall goal while still keeping your drive!

Try it for yourself!