My 2017 Guide to Wanting to Working Out

How many of you are like me and find yourself lacking motivation to work out? I would love to be one of those people who is super consistent and super motivated. Working two full time jobs limits my time and sometimes I’m just so exhausted when I get home. I have made it a goal this year to try and be more consistent! I love working out, but sometimes I fall out of the habit and it’s harder for me to start again. So I’m going to try to make it a habit again! I have put together a little list of ideas to help you gain motivation and maybe even trick yourself into liking working out. If I can trick myself for a month, then I’ll probably be back in the habit and will be back to loving it! IMG_6279(My first workout of 2017!!!)

Try Something New! 

Sometimes doing the same thing over and over can get mundane. I love trying new classes and new exercises to see what I love the most. For example, I recently just started working out with an online trainer! At first you may think that getting a trainer online is not as good as the real thing. I’m here to change your mind. I started doing Kayla and I had such a hard time staying motivated and wasn’t seeing results because I couldn’t stay consistent. Recently I started working with @trainerkelli through the @level212 fitness app. It’s COMPLETELY PERSONALIZED! I love it. She asks me what my goals are and tailors my workout to me specifically, so I can focus on which parts of my body I want to improve or what fitness goals I want to achieve. It’s 100 times better than a workout app that has the same workouts for everyone. If I have a really hard time with a certain workout, I can message Kelli and she’ll switch it up or I can ask her for advise on how to do it. She sets up my workouts for how many times I can fit in during the week and I have to check in with her, so I have a lot of motivation and I don’t want to cheat since it’s a real person and not a computer! There are videos linked to each workout and describe and show you how each one should be done. I’m going to be doing a post specifically about this later, but this has helped me so much over the past few weeks because it motivates me to get there! Image-7

Get a buddy!

Lots of people think this means you have to have someone who is going to do your whole workout with you. Most people want totally different results or just have different bodies that respond to different things. If you find someone you totally match with then woo hoo, maybe you found your “swollmate”. However, I think just having someone to go with makes it so much harder for me to say no! Half my problem is just getting there so if I have someone that is counting on me or who is willing to just go at the same time that helps me a ton! This helps me so much, even if it’s just driving to the gym together and we separate and do our own workouts!

Make a Bomb.com Playlist!

What is the worst thing that could possibly happen to me at the gym…forgetting my headphones! Music totally pumps me up and keeps me going! I read somewhere that music actually helps people work out longer and harder. Who needs pre-workout when you have Beyonce right?

Make it Convient for you!

You don’t have to go to the gym for a good workout! If you don’t have tons of time to drive to or spend at the gym, pop in a Jillian Michael’s video at home! Or go out for a quick run! Sometimes I just go over to the gym at my apartment complex when I’m trying to save time. It doesn’t have all of the machines that my normal gym does, but if it makes it easier for me to work out, why wouldn’t I take advantage of it?! Also you don’t have to work out at 5 AM! You workout when you have time. Don’t force yourself to do something that is not going to work for you. Remember we’re trying to make this about loving your workout again!

Set Realistic Goals!

I always over exaggerate mine. I’m like I need to lose 20 pounds! I need to work out every day! But when I look at my schedule 3 days a week seems much more likely. Start small and work your way up to your big goals. By hitting the small steps first you’ll see progress and it will be motivating. Then you can keep reaching for your ultimate goal. I get discouraged when I don’t see it happening right away and I think coming to terms with that will help me in the long run.

Don’t Overindulge, but Don’t Deprive!

As far as a diet goes, my best option is balance. I struggle with eating chicken and rice every day, so I don’t do it. I try to eat healthy, but I don’t deprive myself of a little treat or cheat day! If I go completely crazy on a diet I’m miserable. Some people are amazing at this, but for me a little bit of moderation goes a long way. If you’re miserable you won’t want to stick with it and ultimately you’re not going to see goals.

Have fun! 

If you hate running, don’t run! Maybe try a Zumba class or Yoga! Find what you love and what makes you happy and stick with those exercises. Remember you are not the same as the girl next to you and different things are going to work better for different bodies! If you find something you love, and are having fun while doing it, you are much more likely to have it become a habit and you will look forward to your work out.

I hope these tricks were helpful and I’d love to hear what your thoughts are and also your goals and progress! Leave me a comment with what your health goals are for the year and if you have any other tricks you think work the best send them my way!!!

The 27 List

It’s that time of year again. My birthday is on Wednesday. Another year older…Time to set goals…see how many things I did NOT accomplish last year lol. Just Kidding. I shouldn’t look at it that way. I had a pretty interesting year. A lot of changes, a lot of good things happen. So I’m hoping that I will be able to do a lot of fun things this year and get a lot done. I have found that the older you get though…the more things you have to add to your list…and sometimes that it a little difficult haha.

Now to look back…Here are the things I actually did get done off of my “26” list last year:

8. start my savings account…yeah I know. I’m 26 and I don’t have one. – I did finally start one. lol…sad I know.

18. go to three concerts of bands/people i have never seen before. – I actually went to a few this year…my favorite being Florence! Loved her!

20. see a baseball game in a stadium other than angels stadium. – I went to Chicago and saw the Tigers and Cubs play…Wrigley Field was awesome and so was Chicago.

22. buy a dining room table.

So…I didn’t totally accomplish a lot on my list…but I got a new job…I moved into a new apartment and live by myself…I have decorated a ton, but am not all the way done…and have done a bunch of stuff with my blog…so here is my new list, which I have made some changes too so some of the things will be the same, but a lot of it is different because I have decided I want to do some different things.tumblr_mbk34xLy7f1rt8py0

The “27” List

1. Run a Half Marathon -I’m doing it this year. Last year I couldn’t because of work and this year I am going to. Even if I die and even if I take 5 hours to do it. I am going to.

2. Buy a new car.

3. Read 25 books. That’s only 2 a month.

4. One of those books needs to be a Classic.

5. I still need to buy a bike.

6. Finish decorating my house.

7. Go on a trip with my girlfriends.

8. Travel to a new city.

9. Save a certain amount of money. (I know what this amount is…you don’t need to know)

10. Buy a gun. Then take a class to learn how to shoot it right.

11. Take a class…like cooking? or pottery?

12. Declutter!

13. Watch all of the movies that were up for the Oscar this year.

14. Swim with a dolphin. This is going to happen. At some point in my life.

15. Ride an elephant.

16. See a tiger in the wild.

17. Obtain a Chloe bag.

18. Do a mud run.

19. Go to Europe.

20. Make a scrapbook.

21. Go to Costa Rica.

22. Attend a fashion show.

23. Learn to sew. 

24. Make something that I am proud of.

25. Stand up for myself.

26. Continue to build my blog.

27. Be happy and content.

Favorites Lately – Adam J. Kurtz Balloons and more!

Adam J. Kurtz Balloons – adamjkurtz.com

These would be the best balloons I ever got. sorry-i-am-such-an-asshole-balloons-020513-380

StreetBauble Four Stacking Rings Mixed Metal – etsy.comStreetBauble Stacking Rings Mixed Metal

Zara ‘Studded Biker’ Ankle Boots – zara.comZara Studded Biker Ankle Boot

Teacups Printed Dress – gap.comTeacup printed Dress

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Initial Stacking Rings – shopjules.comstacking rings

Ikat Ogge Duvet Cover – westelm.comIkat Ogee Duvet Cover

Striped Asymmetrical Zip Cotton Jacket – loft.comLoft Striped Asymmetrical Zip Cotton Jacket

Steven by Steve Madden ‘Ravesh’ Pump – nordstrom.comSteven by Steve Madden Ravesh PumpLove this whole album, but obsessed with this song!

Tegan and Sara – Closer