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Memorial Day Giveaway with Nine Line Apparel, 6 Pack Bags & Scivation (Info)!

I reached out to Nine Line Apparel a few weeks ago with my fingers crossed that they would be interested in contributing towards a huge Memorial Day giveaway contest exclusively for veterans. For those of you who don’t know or haven’t seen the Facebook ads, Nine Line Apparel is a veteran owned and operated military lifestyle and fitness apparel company that makes badass streetwear, accessories, backpacks, and more. They generously decided to donate a tank, tee shirt, gym shorts, water bottle and hat to the lucky winner. Once they were onboard I recruited 6 Pack Bags and Scivation (as you know I work with them) who were also excited about the idea and together are contributing an Innovator 300 and a tub of Xtend Perform. Here’s how this Giveaway works:

1) Follow me and Nine Line Apparel.

Follow me and Nine Line Apparel on Instagram. Check out Scivation and 6 Pack Bags on Instagram also! You won’t be disqualified if you don’t follow them but they’re two amazing companies that also do giveaways, contests, and provide great content for anyone who loves health and fitness.

2) Like the post.

Double tap. Make that heart appear. Show some love. It isn’t an ego thing, when you like the post it makes it visible to the people who follow you therefor more people can enter.

Tag a friend or family member in the military.

Tag someone that you know in the military to nominate them for the prize. The contest is open to men and women!

4) Nominate yourself (if you’re in the military).

So what if you’re in the military and nobody nominated you? You can nominate yourself! Comment on the post shouting out your branch to nominate yourself. You can keep it simple and just post “Army” or you can be creative and post “#armystrong”.

5) 48 hours.

The contest will be open for 48 hours. After that 48 hour window nominations will no longer be valid. The winner will be picked at random, then direct messaged by myself for a shipping address, a congratulations and thank you.

What’s the prize?

+ Nine Line Apparel Tank (Men’s or Women’s)
+ Nine Line Apparel Tee (M/W)
+ A pair of Nine Line Apparel Training Shorts
+ Nine Line Apparel Hat
+ Nine Line Apparel Steel Water Bottle
+ 6 Pack Fitness Innovator 300 Meal Management Bag
+ 44 servings of Xtend Perform

Scivation Xtend Perform Review

6 Pack Bags Expedition 300 (Review)

I really wanted to put together a campaign that says “thank you” to our friends and family in the military. It doesn’t even begin to pay them back but it’s a start. Hopefully more companies follow suit and every Memorial Day we can give more to our veterans.

6 Pack Fitness ACE Elite Luxury Backpack Review

My friends at 6 Pack Fitness sent me their brand new luxury non-meal management backpack, the ACE Elite Luxury Backpack. Now that I’ve finally had the opportunity to use the bag for a couple weeks, I can give a breakdown on what I like and dislike about it. I posted a quick video snippet on my Instagram to show it off but here I’ll give static images so you can really get a good look at why this bag is considered a “luxury” backpack. Here are the pros and cons of the Ace Elite Luxury Backpack:

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1. So many pockets & hidden compartments.

Each side of the bag has about 10 pockets, which seems overwhelming at first, but after a day or so you’ll find that it’s very convenient being able to compartmentalize everything in your bag. Instead of reaching into a jumbled mess to get your car keys everything is filed neatly. If you’ve ever reached into your bag to pull out one item, like your car keys, and consequently pulled out your keys, phone charger, chapstick, and money because everything was piled on top of each other then this bag is definitely for you.

As for the hidden compartments, they aren’t exactly “hidden” but because the lining is a tiled mosaic it makes smaller pockets seem stealthy. Chances are if someone goes into your bag while your back is turned they’ll end up staring at the lining long enough for you to catch them before they can even find something worth taking.

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2. Lots of storage room.

The back compartment of this backpack offers a laptop/tablet sleeve, storage space for things like supplements, toiletries, small pieces of workout equipment (ab roller, tiger tail, etc.), with a slightly hidden zip up compartment for gym clothes. Even though it isn’t a meal management bag, I used the storage space for supplements and food until I got to work to put my food in the fridge. For a small, light bag there’s seemingly endless storage space with a pocket designed for just about anything. There’s even a fleece lined compartment for sunglasses located safely in the front away from all of your other things .

ace backpack inside

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3. One of a kind, artistic lining.

I can’t get over how much I love the lining. The colorful, tiled mosaic lining is a surprise every time you unzip the bag. Each vividly colored tile has the 6 Pack Bags name and diverse fitness related images. The bag goes from stealthy to “all eyes on me” in one zip. It’s an awesome bag to look at alone, but once you open it you can expect some attention.

 4. Super light.

This bag probably weighs less than a pound which, when you compare it to the meal management bags and other multipurpose backpacks, is incredibly light. Even when it’s fully stocked with all of my supplies this bag feels like nothing. The large number of compartments helps to distribute the weight throughout the bag nicely.

5. Bad Ass in Stealth.

Black on black has always been a personal preference of mine. Blacked out cars, blacked out shoes, blacked out everything. This bag in particular looks absolutely badass in Stealth. It makes unzipping it to unveil the bright lining even more exciting. The Stealth design makes this backpack look like an elegant fashion piece that makes your co-workers briefcase look dated.


1. Does not hold any meals.

Of course one of the only hang ups with this bag is that there isn’t an insulated compartment for even one meal like The Contender. If there was a small storage compartment for one tupperware container on the bottom of the bag it would barely make the bag seem bigger visually, it wouldn’t add much weight, but it would most likely increase the price point raising the price to nearly $300.

6 Pack Bags Expedition 300 Review

2. The lining’s color scheme may turn some off and others on.

If you couldn’t tell already, I love the lining. As much as I love blacked out everything, I also love vibrant colors. Even blacked out whips need badass red, blue or yellow led interior lights or headlight accents. If you’re not into vibrant color schemes you may not be into the lining.

3. High price point. 

This is an amazing bag that comes at a high price point (as does anything in the luxury world). You’ll get a carefully crafted, one of a kind product but you’ll pay a premium for it. At $250 you better be sure you’re going to use this bag enough to get your money’s worth. If you live out of your car 5 days a week, if you feel like you never have enough pockets, if you take your laptop/tablet everywhere, then I definitely recommend investing $250 and getting a quality product you can show off.

Overall, this bag is awesome and I look bringing it anywhere that it’s socially acceptable to have. The 6 Pack Fitness team put a lot of work into making a one of a kind luxury backpack and they really nailed it.

6 Pack Bags Expedition 300 (Review)

“6 Pack Fitness creates iconic bags, luggage, and meal management travel gear for serious athletes, bodybuilding, CrossFit™ and fitness enthusiasts” – 6 Pack Fitness’ Mission Statement. After receiving the Innovator 500 as a gift and posting it on my Instagram repeatedly, I was headhunted by the6 pack bags expedition 3006 Pack Fitness team and given an amazing opportunity to work with them. Being an avid meal prepper with a degree in Dietetics and a career in the fitness industry, this was a dream come true. This review is going to focus on the Stealth Black Expedition 300 backpack though. The first bag they sent me after joining the team.6 pack bags fitness expedition 300

1. Holds 3 meals in 3 Sure Seal Containers
2. Includes a mini Sports Nutrition container
3. A fleece-lined pocket for a laptop/tablet.
4. Fleece-lined pockets for sunglasses and accessories.
5. Side pockets for shaker bottles
6. A large storage pocket that I use for gym clothes, supplements, and shower supplies.
7. Insulated refrigeration unit that stays cold for 12+ hours.
8. A small front pocket that I use as a quick First Aid kit (bandaids, lip balm, hydrocortisone, Neosporin, eye drops, etc.).
9. Includes a small carrying bag for gym shoes.

Great for:
1. Gym use, especially if you work as a Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor.
2. Hiking
3. Beach Days (although the Innovator 300 or 500 is a better option)
4. Office (although the Elite Executive Briefcase is a better option)

To summarize, I would definitely recommend getting the Expedition 300 if you work a fitness related job where your days are generally 8-9 hours. I used to carry the Innovator 500 around with a separate bag for gym clothes and a case for my laptop. What I like most about the Expedition 300 is that it holds just enough meals to get me through work, enough room for a change of clothes, and a compartment for my laptop at just . If your days are typically 9+ hours I would recommend stepping it up to the Expedition 500. If you work a job where the dress code is more business/business casual I would recommend looking into the Elite Executive Briefcase because it looks more professional but still functions like the Expedition 300. I’ll have a review of the Innovator 500 up soon that will highlight the features and benefits of that bag versus the Expedition 300.

3 Mistakes People Make When Cutting Carbs

It’s come to my attention that a lot of people struggle with a few key points when attempting to convert to a low carb diet. Let’s say someone is having chicken cutlet for dinner with a side of pasta and vegetables. Well the breading for that chicken cutlet is going to make up 1-2 servings of carbs and if you’re like most people you probably didn’t measure the amount of pasta you put on your plate. Your dinner alone could contain over 100 grams of carbs without you even feeling like you ate a lot of carbs.

These are the 3 Mistakes People Make When Cutting Carbs:

1. They have no idea how many grams of carbohydrates their body needs to maintain their current weight let alone lose weight.
2. They don’t know how to translate this into meals that provide the predetermined portion of carbs that they need in order to lose weight.
3. They may not know what foods are sources of carbohydrates. Yes, everyone knows bread, rice, and pasta are carbohydrates but few people realize that dried fruit and some starchy vegetables are high in carbs.

I’ve had clients say to me “I’ve been cutting out carbs for a few weeks now and I haven’t seen any results. I can’t lose weight no matter what I do”. Then, when I ask them what a typical breakfast looks like they say something along the lines of “yogurt with granola and fruit”. So what you just told me is that you’re cutting back on carbs but for breakfast you had a sugary protein with carbs and carbs.

In short, here’s my advice

1. Get an Idea of How Many Grams of Carbs You Need

You can use free tracking apps like MyFitnessPal to get a good idea of how many grams of carbs, protein and fat you should be eating, or you can consult with a nutritionist or dietitian for advice. Once you’ve figured out how many calories you need every day and how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat you need every day to maintain your weight, you’ll be one step closer to figuring out how many grams you need to cut to lose weight.

2. Cut the Servings of Carbs You Eat Everyday

Sounds a little obvious right? If you normally eat a bagel every day for breakfast doing something as simple as switching to half a bagel every day is enough to spark some results. This is by no means the most effective method, but it’s a method none the less.

3. Clean Up Your Carbs

Switching from white rice to brown rice probably isn’t going to spark the weight loss you’re after alone but it’s a good place to start. Let me be the first person to say that the commercial where they say “sugar is sugar, your body doesn’t recognize the difference” is the most misinforming piece of nutritional information of all time. Your body absolutely knows the difference between the sugar you get from a piece of fruit and the sugar you get from an iced caramel macchiato. Keep 80% of  your carbs from whole sources like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. They’ll keep you feeling satiated longer and they’re less likely to be stored as fat for a few reasons: it’s much harder to eat 100 grams of carbohydrates from vegetables than it is from candy, they won’t spike your blood sugar as much, and you’ll automatically increase your intake of fiber and micronutrients.

4. Use the Nutrition Info Label on Packaged Foods

A typical serving of carbs is about 15 grams. If you absolutely have to eat a processed, packaged food make sure you look at the nutrition info and see how many grams of carbs are in each serving and more importantly, WHAT IS 1 SERVING? 1 serving size of poptarts is one pastry…nobody eats one pastry. If you never check the serving size on the nutrition info label then you could easily be eating 2x the amount of carbs that you think you’re eating.

If you have any questions feel free to comment on this post. Check out my Instagram for low carb, high protein meals that are easy to make and a lot more exciting than eating salads all day. Like this meal (minus the wine and breadsticks):


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Shout out to my sister, Jackie, for this topic idea. She’s an awesome cook and sees people making this mistakes all the time!

How Meal Prepping Can Save You Thousands

People tend to look at me like I’m from another planet when I show up to work with a backpack that holds my gym clothes, laptop, 3 meals, water bottles and accessories.
The truth is that I’m not only saving hundreds to thousands of dollars every year by doing this, but I’m also staying conscious of my health goals. Nothing is up to chance for me. I have health goals, financial goals, and education goals. The only way you achieve your goals is if you plan and execute that plan as flawlessly as possible. As far as finances go, these are a few reasons why I think planning and prepping your meals in advance is important:

1) You Can Budget Your Weekly Grocery Trips More Easily

When you plan your meals in advance you can estimate the price it will cost to make every meal. This can be extremely helpful when trying to balance your budget by estimating how much money you’ll spend on groceries every month. When you know what you’re going to eat in advance it expedites the process of shopping for groceries, saving you time, and you can shave off a few dollars by buying specific items in bulk (nuts, eggs, grains, etc). Even if you’re only able to shave $50 off of your monthly grocery costs, those savings will add up to $600 per year.

2) Pennies Now, Thousands Later

If you’re one of many Americans who habitually buy lunch, coffee, or snacks every day, those little purchases can add up. Here’s an example, let’s say that you buy lunch every day that you’re at work and it costs you $10 on average. 10 dollars per day multiplied by 5 days per week multiplied again by 52 weeks in a year comes out to $2,600 spent on lunch per year. Now, if you were to prepare your own lunch in advance you could spend less than $2 on a balanced meal for lunch and that would only cost you $480 per year. That’s an annual savings of $2,120!

3) Enjoy Yourself While You’re Out But Be Conscious

When you follow a strategic meal plan to accomplish your health & fitness goals you’re less likely to eat out at restaurants, and if you do, you’re more likely to cut out pricey alcoholic beverages and appetizers that don’t fit your plan. Cut out dining all together and you’ll save another $4,800 per year if you spend roughly $100 per week on alcohol and dining out. This doesn’t mean the end of your social life though. You can still enjoy fine dining by preparing home cooked gourmet meals before going out to an event.

With the right budget and a little planning you should be able to eat well every day, never be hungry, and save a lot of money at the same time.

I got my meal prep bags from 6 Pack Bags. My girlfriend uses the leather pocketbook that looks like a Kate Spade bag but also holds a few meals. Check ’em out. Tell them I sent you.

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