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Kickstart Your Day With The Right Morning Routine

Exercise, meditation, a healthy breakfast … these are some of the “#goals” aspirations for most Americans today. You’ve probably read all the blogs and seen the Instagram posts about how to start your day on the right foot, but how much of it is true? If you’re not heading to bed until after your favorite show ends, you might find it tough to wake up at the crack of dawn to do yoga before heading off to work.

Still, building a morning routine that works for your lifestyle is key to kickstarting your day with purpose (even if it’s just 5 minutes to yourself.)

How I Discovered My Morning Routine

I’m lucky to be a California guy. With quick access to the beach, I’m able to wake up and spend a little time in the sand to find my sanity in the morning. I wasn’t always so on top of my routine, though. Mornings used to be hectic: hit snooze 3 or 4 times (sometimes 5 or 6 times, who’s counting?) and then get ready in a frenzy.

Then I read “Purpose Your Day: Most Important Task (MIT)” on Leo Babauta’s site, zenhabits.com. In this short article, he talks about how creating a quick bulleted list of to-do’s first thing in the morning helps him feel more prepared for his day. I wanted to try the concept.

Today, I start my day as slowly as I can, waking about 30 minutes earlier than I used to. I make coffee, get ready, and write down my top three goals for the day on a slip of paper. When coffee’s done, I get in the car and head to the beach for a few minutes before going off to work.

Create Your Morning Routine

Journaling might not sound like your cup of tea, but writing down a vision for your morning can help you start crafting your routine. Think of what your perfect morning would look like. Would you hit the gym first thing? Cook up a filling breakfast? Spend time with your significant other before they head out the door? Write it all down. Then, pick two or three things you can implement ASAP—like, tomorrow morning. How early do you have to get up to make it happen?

Tweak your routine until you hit the sweet spot. It shouldn’t feel like a chore to get up and take time for yourself! Make it happen, and watch your productivity skyrocket.

Happy Routine Making,

My Sizes For This Look:

Pant: XXL

Jacket: XXL

 

What diet are you on?

       

One of the questions I’m most often asked is, “What diet are you on?” In short, my answer is, “I’m not on any diet.”

Shocking, right? Suffering from Binge Eating Disorder, I’ve tried nearly everything to lose weight. Dieting can be almost as compulsive as binge eating and fad diets are kernels of bread left along a trail, much like Hansel and Gretel. They promise a way home, but inevitably lead me to a worse path than I’d originally been on. Specifically I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins Diet, Nutri-System and many more. Each has their own take on weight loss from portion control to managing the types of foods you eat and don’t eat. However, none of them have worked and there’s a simple reason why – I have Binge Eating Disorder.

Not everyone suffering from Binge Eating Disorder is overweight. In fact, about 55-percent of sufferers are normal weight to a little over weight. Surprising when you think about the high-calorie intake a binge or several binges will give you, but it’s the truth.

Diets don’t work the same for people suffering with Binge Eating Disorder compared to people who don’t suffer from an eating disorder. Have you ever known someone who has been on a diet for a long time – months or years – without losing weight? Well, yeah that’s me. And, it’s not because I didn’t try my hardest. But, Binge Eating Disorder isn’t about your appetite, it’s about your obsessive thoughts and your compulsive actions. True to point, before receiving treatment, I would say 80 percent of my day was consumed by the thought of food.What am I going to eat next? When will my next binge be? Should I eat alone, or invite a friend to a buffet? How far out of town should I drive to not bump into anyone I know while I’m eating?

As of now I live a healthy lifestyle. It’s difficult for someone like me to eat in moderation. So many people can eat whatever they want but they don’t eat large portions which is one of the reasons they are average weight. When I went to Weight Watchers they would say, “Okay, you can have as many pieces of pizza that your points will allow.” This doesn’t work for someone like me. I can’t just eat two pieces of pizza because for the rest of the night I would be thinking about the other 6 pieces I didn’t eat – and wouldn’t stop thinking about those pieces until I ate them. That is one way in which Binge Eating Disorder peaks it’s ugly head in everyday life.

Eating healthier foods and only making enough food for one meal helps me control my portion size. I’ve tried meal prep but honestly that became too tempting having so much food readily available to me. Having so much food in my apartment is stressful. So what do you do? What can you do? Sadly, there is no can of magic beans to come to my aid. What has helped me is limiting what’s within easy reach. I cook enough for only the meal I’m eating. Sure, it takes extra work, but it helps. Another thing I do for my sweet tooth is separating bags of candy into 5 per sandwich bag. This type of portion control allows me to grab a bag on the run rather than grab an entire bag of candy that will be gone within 30 minutes.. This helps because I feel like I am eating a bag of candy even though I am only eating 5 pieces.

One more thing I have tried is getting food and/or ingredients delivered to my house. And this does help. My mind isn’t consumed by the thought of what I am going to cook and have for dinner.

At the end of the day, making the conscious effort to just eat healthier all around has become my lifestyle, sure I mess up every now and again but I’m human!

 

One of the questions I’m most often asked is, “What diet are you on?” In short, my answer is, “I’m not on any diet.”

Shocking, right? Suffering from Binge Eating Disorder, I’ve tried nearly everything to lose weight. Dieting can be almost as...

How To Find The Best Bomber Jacket For A Brawn Man

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean your style has to go into hibernation. Even if you’re a sweatpants-and-tees kind of guy like myself, you can still keep your everyday looks on point with a simple bomber jacket. Friday nights out with friends usually mean putting on something a little more stylish, after all. Those of us brawn and husky guys can still have fun in the wardrobe department—which is why I love the look of bomber jackets for winter.

WHAT IS A BOMBER JACKET?

Originally created for pilots and flight crews (and so sometimes referred to as a “flight jacket”), bomber jackets were originally made from durable leather. Today, these military-style flight jackets have become a real fashion statement for all kinds of guys. GQ Magazine has even said that they “make you look instantly more handsome.” I’ll take that, I don’t know about you!

Bomber jackets traditionally include two front pockets, and are sometimes lined with fur or faux-fur for added warmth. According to EBAY description, some modern nylon bomber jackets are reversible, making them an even more flexible addition to any brawn man’s closet.

FIND A BOMBER JACKET THAT KEEPS YOU WARM

It’s winter, and for most of us, that means one thing: we want to stay warm. Even if you’re spending very minimal time outdoors, you want to find outerwear that actually keeps you warm. This isn’t really the season for “jackets”, so it’s important to find a style made of thick enough fabric to keep you warm. As a husky man or brawn man, you’ll want to be on the lookout for too-thick materials that can add bulk to your frame. We’re not ashamed of our extra pounds, of course, but we want to find options to are flattering for us.

FIND ONE THAT GIVES YOU SOME CHARACTER

One thing I love about this bomber jacket I found at Banana Republic, not only does it fit perfectly but the faux fur piece around the next is removable, so it goes from being a cool Italian bomber to the chic black jacket that you can wear dressed down or dressed up!  Perfect for going from the office to after-hours in a cinch.

ISSUES

While bomber jackets are the new 'IN' thing at the moment regarding mens jackets there are some things to note. Bomber jackets are traditionally designed to be short (right at the waist usually) so being a 6"4 guy, bomber jackets aren't always practical. However, even brawn men can find a style that suits us. Shop around and be sure to try the jacket on the way you would really wear it. Reach up and around to be sure the sleeves aren’t too short, and the hem hits you at or below your waist.

Happy Hunting,

My Sizes For This Look:

Pant: 42W 32L (7 for Mankind, Austyn)

Jacket: XXL (Banana Republic)

Shirt: XXL (Jockey, Vneck)