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So you want to start working out?

I know we’re almost into the third month of the year, how’s your resolutions stacking up? Are you hitting the gym? What?! Not yet!?! You want to start but you’re scared/too lazy/don’t know how to? Here, let me help.

Make a Schedule – It’s really easy to say you’re going to do something and not do it BUT if you write it in your planner your tune may change. I always like to keep a to-do list everyday. Some of the tasks I know I’m going to do no matter what — like “gym” but hey it always does feel really nice crossing something off a list. Especially because some of the other tasks may be more difficult/may not get crossed off. Write it in your schedule, plan to go after/before work or at lunch like me.

Take Classes – I know the gym can be pretty intimidating. When I first started going I would go with my brother which made it really easy because working out with another person is so fun and less stressful. But then I moved out here and had to start working out solo. As a girl it can be extra difficult doing weights and such because dudes usually take those areas over and even though now I’m pretty comfortable with working out with a bunch of meathead guys, if you’re just dipping your toes in you don’t want to be scared off. I got back into the swing of things  by taking classes. There are plenty of classes for nearly anything — weight training? Take body pump. Cardio? Oh man so many like cycling and zumba. Also working out with a group of people motivates you and pushes you to keep going. I’ve noticed when I work out solo I kind of slack because nobody is watching me, and although nobody is watching you in the class either you still have that idea that you have to keep up with everyone and that pushes you to work out harder.

Research – Starting to work out can also be overwhelming. I mean you have so many body parts and muscles and there is so much equipment and exercise routines — where do you start? Maybe figure out what you want to work on first. First figure out what exactly or why exactly you’re working out — health? lose weight? competition? all of the above? — and then narrow it down by body part. Since you already have a schedule thanks to listening to my first suggestion, just split up what you want to do one what day. Maybe Monday you’ll do legs, Tuesday arms, Wednesday back, etc. Research some exercise routines so you know exactly where to go at the gym.

What is it that they say? If you do this more than three times you develop a habit? Just push yourself to go to the gym three times, then once you’ve done that do three more days, then three more. Soon it’ll be as automatic and common as brushing your teeth.

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The year so far…

2016 is off to a pretty great start. While there are some things stressing me out I think it is because life can’t be completely perfect. The whole point of life is searching for happiness, right? Sure there are moments of happiness and levels of happiness. For instance, you’re happy when you find someone you love, you’re happy when you get a job you like, but then you’re even more happy, next level happy, when you have both.

I have a tendency of being more negative than positive so sometimes it is nice for me to write why I am happy and why I am excited for this year. Sometimes when you read everything — see it there in plain sight — you learn to appreciate it more. Now I know November is usually the month to be thankful for but I already am so so thankful for this year and I know it’s going to to be a great one. Here are some reasons why:
  1. My health – I feel like I’m the most fit as I have ever been which is a bit unusual because I have been working out a little less than usual. I also think though my sort of “content-ness” with my body actually made me lose more weight. Sometimes focusing too much on working out and eating right stresses you out and you end up not losing weight but then when you kind of stop caring and just do what you like — it works out more for you.
  2.  My job – I recently had a great nanny job. I’m not a big kid person, I even consider myself the opposite of that but these kids are great. Unfortunately it is only part time and I received the opportunity to start working at another job next week. It’s a work at home and full time job, so I feel I can get more work done and save on gas. I am pretty sad that I have to stop playing with these kids but you do have to grow up sometime, you know.
  3. My relationships – As you know, December was a bit of a bumming month, I did some silly stuff and almost ruined something with a person I love. Fortunately, I’m a pretty lucky person and we’re back together, better than ever. Not only just him, my boyfriend, but I just have a great group of friends. I live with one of my favorite people, my roommate, and get to spend time with a bunch of other of my favorite people at open mics and shows. I never get sick of them. Sometimes I am weird though and get paranoid that I’m bugging them too much and apologize but they’re usually just like “what? no you’re not stop it.”
I think I just worry that something bad is going to happen all of the time. I’m not used to being this happy. I don’t remember if I have ever been this happy. So I’m just waiting for this bridge to collapse or something. When you aren’t used to all these good things you just expect the worst all of the time. I have to kind of stop myself from thinking negative and just enjoy it. Enjoy life and be happy because this year is going to be the best yet.

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My first Spartan race + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! I hope you had a great holiday season! I am guessing a few of you made New Years Resolutions to get fit and healthy, right? Are you sticking to it? How about getting a little push? By little push I mean a Spartan-like shove to sign up for a Spartan race!

The Spartan Races are making their way to Southern California and I was given the opportunity to try one out. I’m pretty excited and nervous about it.

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There are three types of Spartan Runs:
1. Sprint – 3+ miles and 15+ obstacles
2. Super – 8+ miles and 20+ obstacles
3. Beast – 13+ miles and 25+ obstacles

I have done several 5k fun races which is basically what the Sprint is, but I wanted to try and push myself so…I signed up for the Super. Have I ever ran 8 miles before? Nope. But there’s a first time for everything, right?!

You can also check out Joe’s podcast, “Spartan Up!” actually just went live a few days ago and there is a launch contest running with tons of prizes – http://www.spartanuppodcast.com/launch-contest/

They also have a Cruise! Crazy right?! You can actually get 50% off it, too if you use the code Cruise50.

I’m a mixture of excited and nervous about the race but it’ll be a blast. The race is January 24th and guess what? One of you guys can come too!

Win It! ONE winner will receive a free code to enter a Spartan race! Hurry though, the giveaway ends Friday!

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Sweaty Survey.

I saw this survey on Life is Bangin’ and it looked like fun so I decided to fill it out.

1. Which are you more responsive to during a workout: positive encouragement or peer pressure?
Peer pressure. Usually in spin class if I’m next to another girl I try to race with them. Or if I’m in a body pump class I make sure to get the heaviest weights or the heaviest compared to other girls my size. It really pushes you to work under pressure.

2. What’s something on your fitness bucket list?
A triathalon definitely. Also even a marathon. Not sure if any of these will happen in the near future but I have ran a few 5ks, hopefully next year I’ll run a 10k and then move up from there.

3. Would you rather be in a group fitness class that’s overwhelmingly crowded or awkwardly empty?
Awkwardly empty. I’d rather have some space then be squished and uncomfortable. Plus it’s never really that awkward unless it’s just you and the trainer.

4. Rank these activities in order of your preference/interest (favorite to least favorite): running, Zumba, yoga, Cross Fit, swimming, hiking, biking, pilates, kickboxing, sports that involve balls, spinning, weight lifting.
I’ve never taken Cross Fit so I’m not going to include it.
Swimming, running, weight lifting, spinning, pilates, hiking, biking, sports that involve balls, kickboxing, yoga, and zumba. Basically I love all of them up to biking so they were all hard to categorize. I love swimming but I hardly do it but it is the most fun.

5. Would you rather work out next to someone with major B.O. or someone who grunts constantly?
Someone who grunts constantly, I can just put my iPod on and won’t have to hear it. B.O. is a lot harder to cover up.

6. What’s your standard workout wear? (T-shirt/tank top, shorts/capris?)
Usually a t-shirt with a sports bra under it and capris/pants. I don’t have many shorts.

7. Favorite post-workout snack?
I usually work out in the morning before breakfast so afterwards I’ll make a smoothie or have some granola, berries, honey, and greek yogurt OR if I’m doing a night workout I have dinner after and it’s usually a salad with a crumbled veggie burger or fish or something like that.

8. Which are your strongest muscles? Most neglected?
My calves are super strong part genetics because of my dad part working out. But my arms are always first to show signs of getting toned. Most neglected is probably my flutes or even back I used to be hardcore into deadlifts when I worked out with my brother but ever since I moved I haven’t had many great back workouts.

9. Would you rather be trained by Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper? (Or a favorite celeb trainer of your choice!)
I don’t really know either of them. Just any trainer that would kick my butt. Harvey from Celebrity Fit Club, hahaha.

10. What’s one thing you’ve learned about fitness or your body in the last year?
Muscles have memory but fat does too. So if I really want to get in shape I really have to stick to it because once I slack the tone disappears. But also a huge part of that is eating right, I really need to curb my sweet tooth.

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Start Eating Healthy #2: MSG and Clean Eating.

Hey guys, so I recently watched this documentary the other day called Hungry for Change. It was super informative and eye opening just about the products we consume and what is in them. One of those gross ingredients is MSG and it is in nearly everything. For some reason, at least for me, growing up I thought MSG was just something in Chinese food but nope it is in EVERYTHING.

It’s a flavor enhancer that makes you pretty much addicted or crave that certain food. That’s why cakes and cookies and greasy, fried foods smell and taste so good. So you are prone to eat these gross items more and thus get fatter and more unhealthy. It also has links to migranes, diabetes, and obesity (duh).

While there are arguments saying that there is nothing bad about MSG I think the whole idea of trying to enhance a fatty, gross food to make it taste so much better and makes me want it so much more is unhealthy enough. It’s almost as if it is a drug and that’s kind of scary.

Honestly like regular meal wise like lunch and dinner and even breakfast I eat pretty healthy. My downfall is my sweet tooth. But I’m trying to cut that out. I’ve started clean eating and while my clean eating isn’t completely perfect and I haven’t been 100% on track with it (I ate out last night with a friend at a chinese buffet and fried bananas and a chocolate fountain was involved) I am trying to limit myself. Have one cheat day because you don’t want to not enjoy some things but also you want to feel good so you don’t want to overdo it. So it’s not really limiting yourself from eating yummy things because these “yummy” things are kind of harmful to you especially longterm. Being that I’m pescatarian I’m trying to eat a lot of smoothies involving greens, fruits, and veggies and salads and just good food where I can read the ingredients, pronounce them properly, and know what they are. It’s actually pretty not that hard finding food like that. But I do buy primarily produce.

I’m only on like day 4 and had my cheat day already but I’d say it is going well. I feel less bloated. Let’s see how long I keep up with it though. It’s just one of those mind over matter things though and I feel pretty confident about it. I want to try and cut out sugar too, but that may be more difficult, haha.

How do you guys try and eat healthy?

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Reasons Why I’m Lucky: #2

The past few days/weeks I haven’t been feeling so happy, this post is mainly for myself to make me realize how lucky I am and to not dwell on silly things that make me feel miserable.


1. Friends. – I’ve lived in California less than a year and I have met such amazing people within that time span. Such supporting, friendly, there for you people. Yes two are back home right now, one moved back to the east coast, one went to grad school, but I still have like four solid people I can count on and that is pretty incredible considering I only had four at home and I’ve lived there my whole life. Also just having friends and relatives from home visit and you become even closer to them even if you just hang out with them for a weekend.


2. Freedom. – Freedom is a double edged sword, yes I can write I can act I can do whatever I want but I have random jobs to support such freedom so I can pay the bills. I still enjoy it and it’s great how freedom brings such creativity. Also being not completely tied down to jobs I get to travel a little still and just enjoy life.


3. Health. – Along the way I have met many people that have struggled with alcohol and drugs, I do struggle but with silly things like chocolate. Lately I’ve realized that I feel more happy and healthy when I go to the gym everyday and eat the right foods, I am just really blessed to be healthy and not have to struggle with any vices or terrible addictions and to actually enjoy working out.

Why are you lucky?

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