10 Empowering, Inspiring Quotes To Start You Off The New Year

10 Empowering, Inspiring Quotes To Start You Off The New Year

This is going to be a great year, and it all starts with you!

As the year comes to an end, we take the time to reflect on how it all came down and make a game plan to improve. Even if you feel like there's no way you can ever know as much as you do now, there's always room to grow and every experience minuscule or not, shapes us.

Some questions you may pose yourself are:

"Have I improved my physical & mental health this year?"

"Did I spend money that I should have saved?"

"Am I staying true to myself?"

"Did I follow through with my resolutions from last year?"

If you fall short of a few resolutions you made previous to last year, no need to worry. A new year is upon us! Some of us may find ourselves scavenging for a list of ways to improve for the upcoming year but can't find the words to suffice them.

We all want to accomplish the impossible, have great physical and mental health, worry less, and it is possible!

(but of course, wait until after the apple pie is finished during the holidays) There is no limit on how many plates you grab during the holidays. We all deserve to indulge at the end of the New Year, but when January 1st hits... There's no time for grabbing seconds at the table.

If you have trouble finding the right words you need to give you a jump start on the treadmill or your goals this year, look no further:

A few words of inspiration & Pinterest boards never hurt anyone.


No matter where you are now, always remember that tomorrow is a new day.


And don't stop until you find it.


Don't be the one that holds yourself back. Travel and gain a new perspective.



Once you stop doubting yourself and put your best foot forward everything falls into place.


Treat others' how you would want to be treated and look for ways to pay it forward.



Be constant with your actions and follow through


You're always making progress, don't compare them to others when the journey is different. Be your own comparison


I know it's easy to look at what we want to improve, but take some time to make a reverse bucket list, as well. Be grateful for the things you have accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back.

You might be surprised when you write it all down and realize how long that list comes out to be.

Listen to your heart and follow through with your actions, don't make excuses this year!

Flip to a blank page this year and make it a bright journey.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.

BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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You owe Yourself everything, And everyone else Nothing

Give yourself everything you need to be happy, and let others give themselves everything they need.


"You owe yourself everything, and everyone else nothing." A year ago, I wouldn't have imagined myself saying this. I always believed that you had to be a nice person; you always had to be a nice to everyone.

I'm not telling you to not be nice. Trust me, kindness goes a long way. But, what I'm saying is, be a nice person to yourself first. Always, always grant your own wants, wishes, and needs before someone else's because, at the end of the day, you only have yourself to be happy with.

And, maybe in the process of granting your own happiness, you'll hurt some people along the way. I know it sucks, but that's OK. You're going to be OK, and they are going to be OK.

I don't care how hard of a pill it is to swallow or how much it hurts, but anyone has the right to "ghost" you whether you've known them for two years or two weeks and you have the right to do the same.

We do not owe anyone anything in this world.

But, we do owe ourselves everything. We owe ourselves everything that makes us happy.

Sometimes we have to do things to hurt others in order to help yourself. And sometimes people are going to hurt you.

You have every right to say no. Every right to say no to dinner, every right to say no to a movie, every right to say no to sex, every right to say no to a friendship or a relationship. You have the right to say no to anything.

You have every right to say no and you have every right to say yes to yourself. Yes to a night alone after a long week, yes to a day spent with family instead of friends, yes to a day off work, yes to your mental health, yes to your own happiness.

And when you say "yes" to yourself, do not worry about what the "no" is going to do to others. Because yes, maybe it will hurt, but we all get hurt in this life. And maybe if we could all stop hurting ourselves, getting hurt would hurt just a little less.

Everyone controls their own happiness, so give yourself everything you need to be happy and let others give themselves everything they need.

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