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How I stay Motivated To Work Out

80% of people who sign up for a gym membership in January will stop going within the first 5 months of the year. Here is how I avoid being one of those people.

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What’s In My Gym Bag?

I pretty much live at the gym. I do my best to go at least 5 days a week and I am very proud to say that I’ve stuck to that commitment since I started on my fitness journey back in January. It has become part of my daily routine and I don’t feel 100% if I don’t get a good work out in. Being that I frequent the gym on the regular I thought I would share with you all some of my must-have items that I carry in my gym bag. 1. Headphones: I only use headphones when I am at the gym or flying in an airplane. I find them uncomfortable so there is no way I was going to spend a lot of money on a pair so finding these bright pink babies for just $5 at Target was a total win for me! They work great! 2. Lifting Gloves: I train at the gym by lifting weights where it can get heavy and strenuous so protecting my hands from callouses is a must! …

B.A.D. Girl Review: The Katy Hearn 8 Week Fitness Challenge

On January 19th I started an 8 week fitness challenge hosted by the amazing Katy Hearn. She is an insta-famous fitness trainer well known for her amazing glutes that she built on her own in the gym! I have always been relatively slim but thanks to college living and alcohol I put on a solid 30 pounds. Since college I have been trying to lose the same 10/15 pounds for what feels like forever. I know 10 pounds isn’t a huge number but it does make a drastic difference for someone my size. I’ve cleaned up my eating over the years but I have not been consistent in the gym. Signing up for this challenge was exactly what I needed to get into a routine at the gym and finally make a consistent effort. Winter Challenge Overview:  The challenge ran from January 19th -March 16th and consisted of an 8 week training plan customized to either home or gym with email and social media support for the entire 8 weeks. The fitness plan incorporated weight and …

B.A.D. Girl Tip: How to Be Authentically YOU

So, who are you, really? I’m not talking about the persona who has been created via social media. I want to know who you are when the world isn’t watching. I am talking about the authentic you who was there before the experiences of life (and Instagram) started shifting things for you. It is our personal responsibility to find that person and open her up to the world so that she can be reconnected with who you present to the world everyday. That is when the magic happens and lasting success starts making its way into your life. Here are my tips for living authentically: 1. Disconnect. Skip the social media feeds every once in a while. It will allow you to focus on yourself and not what everybody else is doing. 2. Alone Time. Spend some quality time getting to know who you are at this time of your life. Are you happy? 3. Do More Happy.  Make an effort to do more things that genuinely make you feel good. Who cares if its …

The REAL Reason Why You Aren’t Happy

It’s virtually impossible to be happy when all you do is focus on the negative aspects of your life. Every time you speak, tweet, THINK negative things and more importantly allow these thoughts to effect how you feel you are attracting more of the same.  So keep talking about your stressful job, lazy s/o, and lack of funds if that’s the life you want to continue experiencing. Do you really want to be happy? Start focusing on feeling good and putting your mind to focus on the things that you do want. Stop complaining to everyone about your problems and instead make a conscious effort to really focus on your blessings and all of the amazing things you desire that will essentially make you feel happy. Make a Pinterest board if you have to, but do something that will allow you to put your energy towards positive thoughts. Like the quote above says, happiness is a habit which means we need to develop it over time.  How your life turns out is on you so make …