Fitness

Is Working With a Coach *Really* Worth The Investment?

To be completely honest, I never saw the value in the investment to work with a coach. Why should I spend my dollars on someone when I have access to the resources I need right at my finger tips?

If I was uncertain, I could just type my question into the Googs and like magic—the solution appears. It’s fairly easy to learn the best methods and even stumble upon programs without spending a dime because all you need is the internet.

But is that really all you need? Just the information?

Here’s the thing: I had the information I needed to propel me forward, and yet, I was still running in circles, never actualizing my desires. And I’m sure you’re in a similar boat right now. You continue to convince yourself over and over you can figure it out on your own, but you find yourself still stuck.

Why is that?

Lack of information isn’t the problem, clearly. It’s the lack of accountability and support—the important fundamentals to achieving success. You need support. You need accountability. And you can’t provide either of those things on your own.

Once I realized that, I made a two thousand dollar investment for business coaching and it was one of the best decisions I made. For myself. For my sanity. And for my business.

And I know, making a hefty investment is petrifying—this is a valid feeling to experience—trust me, making the investment myself put me at the edge of my seat. But the value is there—and it’s worthy every penny.

Working with a coach will save you time, give you clarity, direction, and prevent you from experiencing the grief you go through when you’re on your own. You’ll have someone holding your hand and giving you a nudge when you’re not motivated—which is a lot more than you think. And most importantly, when you face the treacherous waters (and you will), you’ll have someone to help you sail out of the storm into the calm parts of the sea.

…so yeah, maybe the expense is worth it after all, don’t you agree?

Now, what you decide to do with this information is up to you. But, if you are ready to reach your greatest potential faster and with more ease—click HERE and apply to work with me.

Let’s fucking do this, babe.

xx

Devi

The Number One Reason You Can't Lose Weight

How many times have you committed to following a program perfectly, only to find yourself starting all over again…and again…and again?

Probably a lot, right?

You’re trapped in this cycle of ending and attempting—never actually getting anywhere. Never realizing your aspirations. And you’re fucking frustrated.

“If I could just get my shit together,” you think to yourself.

^^^ but this isn’t actually the problem.

The problem: you’re convinced anything less than perfect isn’t good enough. So when you fall short of the flawless expectations, you give up and restart later.

You’re going to mess up, babe. That’s reality. But those mess-ups aren’t the problem—believing your mess ups are keeping from your goals is the problem. As a recovering perfectionist, I get this is hard to conceptualize and release. But it’s critical if you want to affect real change.

So, here are two ways you can practice breaking up with it:

1. Instead of attaching to perfect action, get obsessed with taking ANY action: messy action, imperfect action, and above all, consistent action. Show up and do the work, even when it’s far from being perfect.

A habit is, at its core, an action taken so consistently it becomes nearly automatic. When ANYTHING is executed with frequency, every individual instance adds to the aggregate, but is by itself less important.

You don’t stress out over brushing your teeth, but it’s 100% the case you sometimes half ass it—what’s important is you’ve got good dental hygiene so your teeth don’t fall out of your head.

Same thing with anything else.

2. Reward yourself every time you take action—including the messy action, and especially when you wouldn’t have done it in the past.

If you stumble home drunk and still remember to brush your teeth, give yourself a high five.

Change is ALWAYS easier with positive feedback. Rewarding yourself for doing the hard thing when it’s hardest DESERVES some recognition. Those proverbial Gold Stars add up, building momentum.

With love,

Devi

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Is Doing More Better for Fat Loss?

Is doing more 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 better for fat loss?

Working out more only 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘴 like it’s a better fat loss plan, because you’re doing more. But how many times have you tried committing to the gym six days a week, only to find yourself falling off?

You assume it’s because you can’t get your shit together, right?

It’s not that, baby girl.

It’s because you’re over-committing yourself and doing too much too soon. You wind up feeling overwhelmed because it’s impossible to maintain.

And then you give up.

Circling us back to the answer of the original question—𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫. Better is what’s most practical for YOU and what you can be consistent with.

You’re more inclined to stick to something if it’s easy for you—and consistency is the true game changer here.

So, how do you establish that?

1. If it feels like too much, take something out of the equation.

Example: if you’re trying to workout five days a week, but you’re having a hard time scheduling it all in, cut down to three or four days a week.

2. Start with one to two habits at a time and build from there.

Example: rather than trying to change everything in your diet at once, start by creating one healthy habit at a time and then add from there.

3. Be easy on yourself. No really, it’s just fitness, it’s not that serious. Stop beating yourself up about slipping up—you’re only human.

Love,

Devi

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Three Perspective Shifts That will Dramatically Improve Your Life

Three perspective shifts that will dramatically improve your life and finally allow you to get the results you want:

𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 >> 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

Attaching to the idea you need to be perfect with every action step you take paralyzes from taking any step at all. And without taking those steps, you remain stagnant.

Of course it would be nice to perfectly execute each one of your goals, but it isn’t going to work out that way…and it doesn’t even need to.

To move forward and see results, you just have to take consistent action—even if it happens to be messy action.

Messy action might mean working out for 15 minutes instead of your planned 40 because that’s all you have time for—and guess what? It’s better than doing nothing at all, because it’s still action in the right direction.

Do something. Literally anything. Even if and when it’s messy.

𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 >> 𝐀𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐭𝐞

If you’re running through the myriad of reasons as to why you hate something, it creates resistance making it even harder to do whatever it is.

We don’t work well when we operating from a place of hate. It leads to rebound, self-sabotage, and like I said, a fuck ton of resistance.

So, rather than heavily focusing on the pain—replace that pain with pleasure. Flip the script into something positive; find a new association and affirmation that stems from a place of love and enjoyment.

𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 >> 𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬

You want it and you want it right now. So you take all the drastic measures required to get those results FAST...only to fall off. Again.

You’re trying to bite off way more than you can chew, adhere to impossible commitment, and follow guidelines that only work for an extended period of time...if that.

If you want to create lasting results, you need to drop the quick-fix mentality and follow a program set up for long-term success.

There you have it three powerful ways to improve your life and get the results you’ve always wanted ⚡️ Put them to action and watch your life drastically improve.

Devi


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How to Finally Stick to the Program and Get the Results You Want

You’re not working out, and your diet consists of convenience—things you can easily grab on the go—usually not the most nutrient dense choices.

You want to lose weight, so you look up the quickest and best way to lose it.

You immediately decide to jump on this health kick come Monday, promising yourself you’re going to abandon all your old habits.

“𝘕𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴. 𝘕𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵. 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.”

In other words, you’re telling yourself, no more “bad” foods and I have to workout five days a week. Anything less is not enough.

After two weeks or maybe within the first week, you’re struggling. You want the pizza, you want to grab a drink with your friends, and you just don’t want to go to the gym today because work was exhausting.

You cave. You skip the workout and go to happy hour with your BFF.

Now you’re full of regret—you didn’t keep your promise because you didn’t follow the plan perfectly.

As a result, you give up, wait a couple weeks, and then try again. And again. And again.

Can you identify the problem?

(𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚝: 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎’𝚜 𝚝𝚠𝚘)

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 #𝟏:

You’re jumping from 0-100, real quick. In other words, you’re doing too much too soon and making an impossible commitment.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝘅 𝗶𝘁:

It should be: 𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 —> slowly cut back on “bad” habits by replacing them with habits that are aligned with your goals.

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 #𝟐:

You have the all or nothing mentality. Being a perfectionist does nothing other than hold you back. It holds you back from taking action, from moving forward, from acknowledging your wins, and from getting to where you want to be.

The minute you slip up, you feel like you failed and start all over. But that’s what’s actually messing you up—thinking you messed up and need to restart.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝘅 𝗶𝘁:

Consistency and adaptability drives results, not perfectionism. Be consistent at least 80-90% of the time and be adaptable when circumstances require changes.

If you’re trying to breakup with perfectionism, but you’re struggling with the breakup, let me help you. Let’s do this together.

You and me.

Let me help you through the breakup. I’ll show you how let go of the all or nothing mentality so you can finally get to where you want to be. Click the link HERE apply to work with me. After you send in an application, we will have a conversation to see what you need and how I can help you.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Devi

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Sometimes You Just Have to Eat Pizza at 4am

Ever since moving to NYC, I’ve consistently found myself stumbling into a pizza parlor around midnight, in the midst of bar hopping.

𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜: “𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚐𝚘 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝?”

𝙼𝚎: “𝙳𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚘 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚊 𝚜𝚕𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚒 𝚙𝚒𝚣𝚣𝚊 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚑.”

Having the option to eat anything I want, at any time I want, is one of the many reasons I love New York City.

And indulging on pizza at 2...4...sometimes 5am also means indulging on that thing I love about this magical city.

20 years later, I can tell the story about living in New York and ending my drunken nights with a slice of pepperoni pizza.

Eating pizza is enhancing my experience in a myriad of ways—supplying happiness, creating stories, satisfying my taste buds, filling my belly.

Listen.

Sometimes your choices aren’t going to be aligned with your fitness goals, but they are going to be aligned with your happiness.

And happiness *is* an investment in your health, too.

If you eat pizza at midnight, you didn’t fail. You *just* ate pizza.

That’s it.

Consistency is what drives results—not perfection. If you’re consistently working out and consistently choosing nutrient dense foods 80% of the time—you’re crushing it.

Don’t take fitness too seriously, my darlings. Let it enhance your life, not take you away from it.

....but on a more serious note, who else likes eating pizza at 2am?


To happiness and pizza,

Devi


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Four Ways to Stay Motivated and Hold Yourself Accountable

“BUT HOW DO I STAY MOTIVATED?”

You don’t.

Sometimes you’ll be motivated, and sometimes you won’t. That’s the reality of motivation, it sporadically shows up and vanishes within a second.

I know you’re familiar with this inevitable truth, because you’ve perpetually found yourself saying, “Ehh. I don’t feel like it today.” only a couple days after saying, “I’m so motivated to crush this!”

Motivation is without a doubt the most unreliable source to depend on; it’s capricious by nature and the lifespan is quite unpredictable and usually ephemeral.

This, my darling, this is why you need more than than just your aspiration to succeed—you need accountability. Something or someone to hold you responsible—especially on the days you don’t feel like it.

Because, lets face the obvious, it doesn’t matter how much you want something, there will be days—even weeks—when you don’t want to put in the work to get that something.

So, yeah, accountability.

Here’s how you can create it:

ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER:

There’s something powerful about having someone in your corner, giving you that little nudge to take action. To put in the work. To do the damn thing.

Rather that someone is just sending you a daily text or actually doing the work with you—it becomes seemingly easier to do it with someone by your side.

I know for me, working out with someone, as opposed to doing the whole solo thing is far more easier and enjoyable.

Two is better than one.

HIRE A COACH:

Hiring a coach is one of the best investments you can make for innumerable reasons. The investment itself holds you accountable, because if you’re like the majority, you don’t want your money to go to waste. And in addition to that, you’re coach is checking in with you and helping you create a plan of execution when you’re in the midst of turbulence.

All and all, they keep you on track and help you proceed with purpose.

ANNOUNCE IT TO THE PUBLIC

You’re more likely to follow through when you tell various people what you’re working toward. It’s called the power of social expectations.

This is why starting a fitness IG account or simply proclaiming your goals on social media is such an impactful weapon.

You see, it isn’t that you’re saying your goal—it’s that you’ve declared it to the public and now you have people watching you—people who aren’t you and that’s important.

You’re drive is automatically heightened when other people are involved. You don’t want to let them down and you certainly don’t want to look like a failure.

CREATE AN INCENTIVE

Rewards make you work harder to get what you want. And sure, while the end goal is, in a way, the reward—having little incentives along the way to complete those mundane tasks is certainly persuasive.

This could be daily, weekly, or even monthly rewards. They can be both small or big.

Lulu Lemon leggings always convince me. It’s my own form of manipulation to get anything done.

There you have it. Four effective ways to help you get shit done when you don’t feel like it.

xx

Devi

The Best Thing to Do When You're on Your Period.

You are bloated, uncomfortable and emotional. Your are more prone to feeling sensitive and vulnerable. Your productivity is shot to shit, and the only thing you can fathom doing is laying in bed, eating copious amounts of food—preferably coated in chocolate. All while simultaneously having blood flow out of your body.

This happens every month.

Rather than demanding yourself to push through it, to sack up—slow down and actually listen. Let your body rest, let her bleed, give her love. Give yourself permission to do the thing that is going to make you feel better.

You're probably feeling one or all of these things below, and this is how I want you to handle it:


“I feel disgusting”

You’re experiencing discomfort throughout your body. You feel heavy, bloated, boggled down with cramps, and suddenly you catch yourself looking in the mirror in utter disgust.

You are faced with body image issues, perhaps more than you’re used to.

Remind yourself that this is part of menstruation—this is how your body reacts. Don’t let something natural be accompanied with shame, embarrassment and self sabotage. Instead, proceed with consideration and compassion.

You can bring awareness to the change, without attaching it to a meaning. Instead of saying, “Ew. Gross. I am so bloated.” You can objectify it and say, “I am bloated because of my period. This is normal.”

Detach from the notion that implies your body’s biology is disgusting. You’re body is beautiful and so is the nature of it’s inner workings.

“I don’t want to move.”

Working out is beneficial, but it can also feel unbearable—especially when the flow is heavy. Rather than forcing yourself to exercise intensely, exercise intuitively.

The first couple of days might call for doing something easygoing. You’re body could be asking, “Hey, you. Can we do something laid-back today?”

Listening to your body’s intuition—she is communicating with you and it’s your job to honor her needs.

If she is asking you to slow down, you need to do exactly that. Self care isn’t always about vigorous exercise, sometimes it’s the exact opposite. Try going for a walk in mother nature or flowing through a vinyasa — move your body in a way that feels right. It could be something intense, but it could be something light. Let go of the narrative that’s telling you what you’re doing isn’t enough, because adhering to your body’s needs is more than enough.

“I want to eat everything!”

You’re hungrier and have more cravings than usual. While gluttony isn’t the answer, eating slightly a bit more could be. If you feel like consuming more food or need to have chocolate single night, do it—just don’t over do it.

Everything in moderation is fine. Restriction never works, especially on your period.

“Why am I crying?”

You don’t need to hide your emotions under a mask or have a justifiable reason as to why you feel the way you do. Cry for absolutely no reason, shred to tears, pour it all out.

It’s okay, you’re allowed.

 

All and all, you’re probably going to be moving less, eating more, feeling emotional AF. But, be kind to yourself, baby girl, because all of that is perfectly okay.


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How I Overcome an Eating Disorder & Body Dysmorphia - Podcast With Fitfluential

In this interview with FitFluential, I discussed how I overcame an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. Tune in to hear my story and the tools I used to work through it by listening to the link below.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How my parents raised me and how I got into fitness.

  • The moment that made me realize I needed to change.

  • How I felt every day when I still had an eating disorder.

  • Why being too strict about your fitness is mentally damaging.

  • My binge-triggers and how I recovered from it.

  • Why I stopped doing cardio.

  • My thoughts on body type trends and acceptance.

Key Takeaways:

  • When you find what makes you happy, it’s a million times easier to stick to it.

  • Stressing over your health and fitness is still stress.

  • We’re relying too much on other people’s external validations.

How to Stay on Track on Vacation (While Enjoying Yourself, too!)

Ya know how vacation is about sitting back and fully taking advantage of the fact that you have absolutely nothing to worry about?

Well, back in my dieting days, it used to be the complete opposite. Vacation stressed me out—it was more anxiety ridden than anything and that’s just not how vacation should be spent.

I hate admitting it, but I actually turned down a few trips because I was too concerned and hung up on reaching my goals. I was obsessed—fitness overpowered my life. And the very few trips that I did go on during that phase in my life, my thoughts were consumed with what I was eating or how I would fit in a workout. I would spend time before trips planning where I could eat and locating the closest gyms near the hotel. I’d pack meals for the plane and immediately grocery shop when I arrived…THE FUCK??

This is not how vacation should be. Learn from my mistakes and let vacation be vacation.

If I could go back, I’d whisper in my ear and say, “Weight loss is not that serious, Devi. Cherish these moments and make memories because it is far more important than weighing five pounds less or reaching your goal a week faster.”

I mean, if you think about it and put things into perspective, does one week of being perfect with your routine completely change your body?

No. It doesn’t.

That same concept applies when you reverse it. One week off will not destroy all the habits you’ve built and progress you’ve made. In fact, I think taking a week off from dieting can be extremely beneficial for sanity and refueling that motivation. A week of indulgences often leaves you craving for movement and nourishing foods, which in turn makes it easier for you to want to get back into your routine.

To that, I will say I don’t think vacation means you throw everything out of the window, it’s just giving yourself permission to let loose. Taking care of your body is important—you just don’t have to be obsessive about it, especially on vacation.

With that said, here are some non-obsessive guidelines you can follow when traveling. These guidelines will prevent you from having to re-overcome inertia while allowing you to thoroughly enjoy yourself—that’s what I call a win, win.

SCHEDULE IN MOVEMENT.

Make a commitment to schedule in daily movement, even if that means a shorter workout, just do something. The concern isn’t to set expectations to make strength improvements or aesthetic changes, but rather to stay consistent to keep momentum.

So, set a timer for 10-15 minutes and complete a circuit of exercises. Lucky enough for you, I created a free guide with six quickie workouts that are perfect for traveling. You can download that HERE.

OR

The cool thing about vacation is that it offers new opportunities to move your body in ways that aren’t available to you at home, like: rock climbing, hiking, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding. Take advantage of the myriad of ways you can move and have fun with it.

HYDRATE, MOTHA FUCKA.

Drink plenty of water…and wine, but mostly water. When you’re traveling you are more susceptible to dehydration and a weakened immune system; water will help prevent dehydration from happening and flush out toxins—drink up.

An easy way to ensure you’re staying hydrated is to carry a water bottle with you at all times. I bring mine everywhere I go.

Oh…and since I brought wine into the equation. I wrote an entire article on how to drink alcohol without comprising your goals which you can read HERE. Basically to sum it up, enjoy a one or two of your favorite cocktails and then stick to lower calorie beverages the rest of the evening to avoid overloading on sugar (and horrible hangovers).

BUT WHAT DO I EAT?

Ignore all that nonsense that tells you to pack your food and to avoid this and to avoid that—that’s completely asinine. It’s vacation for fuck sake.

Experience the culture and get a taste of everything it has to offer you, literally and figuratively. If you go to New York, eat the pizza (don’t forget to fold it). If you go to Italy, eat the pasta. If you go to Nashville, eat the bbq. Eat it—without guilt or shame attached to it.

Just don’t over do it.

You know that really uncomfortable feeling you get from eating too much? Yeah, lets avoid that. It makes you feel lethargic, tired, bloated and miserable.

Eating a slice of pizza on the streets of New York City will enhance your experience, but letting that spiral into binge does not. That often steals away your experience because you feel too gross and too exhausted to do anything more.

Vacation is the time to let loose and enjoy yourself, but it isn’t a permission slip to go balls to the wall. Stop when you’re satisfied, not stuffed. Avoid the discomfort. No one wants to feel like crap on vacation.

Here is a helpful tip: instead of mindlessly grazing throughout the day, eat fewer meals (like two or three). By doing so it decreases the chances of over eating and over consuming too many calories. It’s also helpful to prioritize protein and veggies because it keeps you more satisfied than a meal that is primarily made up of carbs.

SUPPLEMENT.

Let’s be honest, your nutrition is completely thrown off and eating a vegetable is sometimes nearly impossible, that’s where supplements come in handy.

I don’t take anything crazy, other than my regular supplements and a few additional ones like a greens powder and one for my gut health.

Check out the greens powder HERE.

Check out total gut health HERE.

TAKE A CHILL PILL.

Most importantly, relax, unwind, have fun, and make memories.


Happy Travels,
Devi