All posts tagged: fitness

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 …

Update! A Year For Changes & Happiness

Hey B.A.D. Girls! Wow! I really had to dust off the cobwebs on my WordPress account. They have made a ton of changes since I posted last year. Yikes! I’ve been MIA from not only the blog but real life too. I made the decision to make 2015 more about ME. I needed to take a time out and really focus on what I could do to feel good about myself and where I am at in life at the moment. So I’ve decided to make changes and I thought I would share some of them with you all. 1. Hair. I chopped it short last September and then decided to add in some color. So I went with purple over my usual caramel/blonde highlight color. I’ve always been a plain jane when it comes to my hair so it being purple makes me so damn happy. 2. Travel. I always say I want to see the world, but then it never happens. This year I am finally crossing off a travel destination from my …

B.A.D. Girl Fitness Tip: Enjoy The Process

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Enjoy The Process A work out is just as much mental as it is a physical process. You have to train your brain to like it. If you dread your workout you are going to dread how long it takes you to see the results you want. Like attracts like. So start feeling good about your workout and your body will start to look good too.  Try new things until you find an activity that you actually enjoy doing. Celebrate every last squat. Enjoy the process and you will achieve your goal sooner. How do you enjoy working out? xoxo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Get Your Mind Right to Get In Shape

B.A.D. Girl Lifestyle Tip: The law of attraction states that what we think about and more importantly put feeling behind we bring about in our lives so everyday I make a conscious effort to think and feel good as much as I can. In doing this I have seen amazing results with my fitness goals and I want to share with you guys what I have been doing besides eating better and exercising. I have made the word “weight” a taboo. I no longer use the word weight because if you constantly worry about putting on weight or gaining weight or even losing weight the universe has no choice but to give you WEIGHT! I don’t feel Guilt. If I want to enjoy a piece of cake or order french fries with my meal I do it and I enjoy it and I don’t allow myself to feel guilty for it. Feeling guilty will attract more guilt in the form or weight gain! I use positive mantras. “I am healthy” and “I am slim” are my go-to’s. …

B.A.D. Girl Playlist: Top Workout Jams

I have seriously realized the importance of a killer playlist to motivate your work out especially when you are doing cardio. So I decided to share with you all some of my favorite jams that I currently have on rotation while I am running my ass off on the treadmill! Warm Up Songs: 1. Daft Punk & Pharrell – “Get Lucky“ 2. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines“ Upbeat Cardio Tracks: 3. Daddy Yankee – “Limbo“ 4. Havana Brown ft. Pitbull – “ We Run The Night“ Cool Down Jams: 5. Ciara – ” Body Party“ 6. Justin Timberlake – “Strawberry Bubblegum“ I find myself more times than not listening to the Daddy Yankee track during my entire cardio session sometimes because it keeps me so pumped. The song maintains a fast pace the entire time, which is perfect for keeping my energy up while I sprint my life away. Plus, my bf and I met the guy who wrote the track while we were in Puerto Rico for my birthday last …

If Your Pillows Could Talk…

Be (B)eautiful: “Most People commonly refer to me as THE Gangsta of LOVE.” Be (A)uthentic: “Let’s Keep it real. You know I am so clutch when a cutie comes over and sees me chillin’ on your bed. Don’t think you are the only one with game boo!” Be (D)etermined: “Seriously, don’t you dare think about sitting on that couch. Put the remote down and your sneakers on. Get your ass to the gym!” Seriously how smart is this idea? I want all of them please, especially the one about the gym! The pillows are handmade with recycled felt applique by designer Alexandra Ferguson and sold at her Etsy Shop. Check out her other designs too HERE. What would your pillow say if it could talk??!

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” ~Rosalind Russell

Be (B)eautiful: Blueberries have been said to help banish belly fat and they are full of antioxidants. So eat them fresh for the best results. (source) Be (A)uthentic: In order to reach your fitness goals you need to be realistic. B.A.D girls have busy lifestyles and we expect results fast. However, it is better to lose weight at a slower pace than trying to lose 20 pounds in 4 weeks. Don’t over exert yourself or start a crazy diet b/c you want to see quick results. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is just that- it is a LIFESTYLE and you need to change your habits in order to see long-lasting results. Be (D)etermined: So you lost your weight and are happy with your banging body. Now you can go back to your old habits and chill out with the work outs right? The answer is no. Once you shed some pounds or tone up its your job to maintain it. Your body will not maintain its figure on its own. Living a healthy lifestyle is …