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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 gym is my therapist.

As of late, suffice it to say my life hasn’t been the best. I’m truly sorry for this sudden splurge of posts that barely balance on that line of depressing yet uplifting. But, like in the writer’s block post, I’m writing to write and exercise my brain so hopefully some good stuff falls out.

Speaking of exercise though, let’s focus on that. Going to the gym has become a great trend as of late which is excellent, strong is the new skinny and I am glad as a society we’re heading in that direction. My thoughts on the gym and working out? I love it.

Exercise not only assists in making your body the best it could be (well it’s like 20% working out 80% eating right, but still) but it also releases endorphins and just makes you happy which is something I’ve definitely been in need of.

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There’s not much in my life that I can depend on but on the top of the dependable list is the gym and exercise. It’s always there when I need it when I’m feeling sad, angry, or just really itching to run, it’s there. It relaxes me and puts my mind at ease, even if it’s for just an hour or so a day I’m there, it helps. Constant racing of the mind is just..not the best.

It’s therapeutic. I don’t have health insurance and can’t afford a therapist plus why go to one when they just listen to your problems? I’d rather not discuss my problems and do something else to put the worry and problems at bay. The gym is the best therapist I’ve had. We don’t talk and stress, we just work.

Not only that but it’s something I can control. Much of life, even if it’s yours, you really can’t control it. You can’t really control if your application is going to shine through the 1000’s submitted, you can’t control whether you’re going to make a bucketload of tips twisting balloons, you can’t control if you’re going to run into Mr. Right at the bar, but you can control your exercise. You want to do weights? A Class? Running? Pick whatever you want. As someone who is definitely a person that likes to be in as much control and as organized as possible, the gym definitely helps me.

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I’m not one for posting selfies at the gym, so that’s why I took shitty photos. The last one is me post Body Pump class today while we were stretching. It’s a terrible photo but hey, you look like shit working out anyway, why would I want to display a close up photo of me?

Exercise is also something I’m good at. Lately, I’ve been in search of my funny again, worried about whether I’m the worst improviser, whether I’m not a good worker, whether I am getting more and more dumb because I haven’t been doing any “smart” work, but one thing I don’t worry about is how much I can squat or how much I can run. Not to say I am the best exerciser or runner or weight lifter but I’m not the worst and my muscles will grow and I can get better and better. It’s not like the jobs I’ve been getting lately where I can’t grow and stuck at a weird entry level position. Sure, they’re so different, but aren’t they kind of the same too?

If I didn’t have a gym membership who knows if I’d be here right now, this may be dramatic to say but I can argue that it has saved my life.

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Gran Fondo Italia Arrives in Los Angeles!

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The City of Beverly Hills is proud to announce the International cycling event, “Gran Fondo Italia” will take place September 28, 2014 at Beverly Canon Gardens. As the continuation of the first cycling series joining recreational cycling and the Italian lifestyle, the Gran Fondo Italia Beverly Hills ride will showcase the excellence of Italian food, wine, tourism and culture. Cyclists of all abilities can experience the best of Italian-style cycling with an unforgettable ride starting on Rodeo Drive, moving to the Pacific Coast Highway and touring the beautiful views in the Santa Monica Mountains. Cyclists will experience 48 and 98 mile courses, taking on the Piuma Road hill-climb and finishing at Beverly Hills City Hall with awards for men and women in multiple age group categories. The post-ride celebration will take place at the famed Beverly Canon Gardens. One lucky registered rider will also have the chance to win the best bike in the world, a Colnago C60.

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To participate, visit: www.thegranfondoitalia.com

I’ve never done one of these before but I’m gonna try it out. Probably just going to rock the 48 mile one, but it looks like a lot of fun. If you’re going let me know and I’ll see you there!

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Things That Make Me Feel Happy.

Lately I have been feeling really down. Sometimes you feel moody other times you do unintentionally hurt people because you’re grouchy and thus prolonging grouchiness but now double time for you and the person. But life goes on, you cannot keep living in the past regretting the mistakes you’ve made. It’s too late, you have made them so no point wasting time regretting. Instead enjoy the little things in life that make you feel happy and who knows the sunshine make chase those grouchy clouds away. I know it was a cheesy metaphor, but oh well! Here’s some things that make me happy.

1. This clip:

Seeing Jennifer Lawrence meet Jack Nicholson for the first time just makes me heart BURST over and over again. The innocent hitting on you back-ness that Jennifer Lawrence does back to him is exactly what any 20-something girl’s meeting Jack dream. At least mine. He is one of my favorite people in the world.

2. Going to the gym. – I’ve noticed lately a drastic change in my emotions and personality if I skip the gym for a week. If I liked science I would totally start researching working out compared to taking prescription medication, not that I take prescription medication, but I would argue working out is healthier than using drugs for depression. Actually I don’t even have to get into science because studies have been done, homie peep this: here. It makes me less grouchy and so much happier, you feel less stressed and everything. The key is going there all the time though. That whole “I don’t wanna go to the gym” feeling never goes away for me. But fight it!

3. Performing – Well this kind of counts. This is a kind of double-edged sword thing. If I rock a stand up I am crazy jazzed, insanely happy adrenaline rush, just a bouncy ball of happiness. But if I don’t think I did even 80% I get pissed at myself. You’re your own worst critic you know? Fortunately I’d say 4 our of 5 performances I am on it. But sometimes when you perform when you’re sick you might suck, shit happens.

4. Puppies.

I MEAN COME ON.

So there’s my mini list. Literally I just watched that clip on silent because my computer at work has no speakers and it’s still incredible. I also like money, vacations, and surprise texts/pictures from old friends. Those are just a few, what are some things that make you happy?

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Working out changes.

Working out is difficult to keep up, you get lazy, there’s a lot of different pies and television shows that exist to try and keep you from working out, but in the end there are many more pros than cons towards working out. One pro is all the changes you and your body goes through, here’s a few.

1. Seeing the Change. – Do spin class or running, you will see your legs become more firm and stronger. I love working out because even if I take some time off your muscles have memory. I worked out pretty well in 2012 but I have been lacking in 2013, at least in January, but February I was back at it. Within a few days my muscles became tighter and stronger just like 2012, because they remembered! I could still rock some mean dead lifts because my muscles remembered! Just remember though, miss working out for a bit and they will become flabby again. Keep at it and your body will improve and get stronger and stronger. It’s awesome.

2. Feel the Change. – After a workout, you may feel sore but it’s a great soreness, you earned it. You also feel better, exercise releases endorphins so you’ll become happier. You will also feel stronger too. I know whenever I’m angry or moody I take it out in the gym, afterwards I just feel so much better. It is a huge stress releaser.

3. Hear the Change. – Nothing makes you feel great about yourself more than other people noticing. Peer pressure and worrying about what people think about you is a huge issue going on in our generation. So when someone notices if you have been working out and getting more fit and mention it to you, it just makes you feel awesome. At least it does for me. Little things like people saying “boom calf muscle!” on my facebook picture makes me feel good and proud about myself and my work at the gym.

What are some things you enjoy about working out?

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BEDA: Workout Playlist.

Everyone has one. Mine is actually like 200+ songs. Seriously. But here are my favorites:

1. My Chemical Romance – “Teenagers”
2. Madonna – “Hung Up”
3. The Bravery – “Ours”
4. American Hi-Fi – “The Art of Losing”
5. Kanye, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver – “Monster”
6. Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
7. Taking Back Sunday – “Make Damn Sure”
8. Britney Spears – “Do Somethin'”
9. Lady Gaga – “Marry the Night”
10. Teddybears – “Cobrastyle”
11. Avril Lavigne – “Girlfriend”
12. Le Tigre – “Deceptacon”

Sure they may not be the best songs and some of them I may not listen to them in any other situation, but they have good quick beats and that’s what I like listening to. Yup.

What about you guys? What is your workout playlist?

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BEDA: My Own Personal Training.

So yesterday I had a free personal training session that I went to. It was fun, but not super informative and it let me to thinking, is this really neccessary? Like who spends $150 for three 50 minute sessions just to do lunges and mountain climbers? I think it is pretty ridiculous. I think with all the available research online you can be your own personal trainer and that’s just what I’m going to do for myself.

Typically, I tend to focus on one or the other strength or cardio but I really should focus on both so here is the plan, at least for this week:

Tuesday (yesterday): Strength routine
Wednesday: Cardio
Thursday: Cardio
Friday: Strength Routine
Saturday: Strength Routine
Sunday: Cardio
Monday: Maybe Both

I planned it out so that I can do Body Pump and the Nike Training Camp as my strength routines because I’m not fond of working on weights by myself. I’m a competitive person and I like working in a class. Cardio is usually just treadmill or spin class, but I may incorporate hiking as well. I’m off tomorrow and friday so instead of doing just one I may do a mixture of running and hiking up a mountain which kind of is a bit of a strength training session in itself. Monday there’s a Spin class then a Body Pump class that I enjoy so I may also do both.

I’m going to Miami on Tuesday guys so I need to kick it in gear.

Remember if you are a guy or a girl you should be doing both cardio and strength training because they both help burn fat and get yourself in shape.

To be honest, working out isn’t an issue for me but eating is. While writing this I ate the last of my chocolate bunny and some amazing crunchmaster roasted vegetable crackers. Damn, I am such a snacker.

But some great websites to become your own personal trainer to learn about some awesome exercises and just interesting facts are fitsugar.com and sparkpeople.com they are my standards. The Internet is an incredible tool and you can learn so much from it that you seriously don’t need to be spending crazy money on a personal trainer. If you need a personal trainer to have a routine and someone else to push you, then find a workout buddy, go to meetup.com or even craigslist, there’s always someone out there that needs to work out too, especially with summer just around the corner.

Now if you’ll excuse me, all this talk about working out has gotten me motivated to work out so I think I’m going to do my cardio routine of the day! See you all tomorrow!

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