What I Am Listening To At The Gym

What I Am Listening To At The Gym

A lil list to spice up your next workout.

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Recently some friends have asked for some food and workout advice. So here it is. You can take it or leave it, but this is what has been working for me. Maybe it can work for you too!

One thing that has made me enjoy the gym is the opportunity to listen to and find new music. When I have a good song my workout is actually pretty enjoyable. Here is what filled my ears the other day at the gym. If you were wondering, my workout was on the elliptical where I treated every song as a mini high intensity work out. Meaning I started and ended with a consistent resistance and stair height, and in the middle I built intensity by continuously changing both the intensisty and height.

1. Give Me a Break- Barbara Lynn 

The clam instrumental, and soothing vocal of Barbara are perfect for a nice warmup

2. Figaro 

MF DOOMs melodic bars can be a fun challenge to keep step to. Plus if you listen to the words you will be struck by the lyrical talent that is DOOM.

3. Sniffing Vicodin in Paris 

this song is really fun to listen to and pretend you are in a trippy music video

4. Paper Tiger 

I have found switching up the types of music I listen to have made me loose track of time more than if I just listen to one genre. Loosing track of time at the gym is key to enjoying your time there. You should be there to stop thinking about things and relax.

5. Kill Jill

These guys know how to rap and mix a good song.

6. Opposite of Adults 

Throwing in a middle school classic into your workout mix is never a bad idea.

7. HUMBLE. - SKRILLEX REMIX

Should be very sweaty by now. The elevated heart rate actually makes this song very fun to elliptical to, and you feel like a bad ass.

8. Temperature 

The best way to follow skrillex. Keeps the heart rate up and charging.

9. Just Da Other Day

A good song to start a cool down to. Also if you don't know JID this boy is one of the most clever and talented rappers I have listened to. Check him out!

10. Chainsmoking 

A little grit and soul to finish up a nice workout.

That was that on the elliptical! If any of this is of help than I guess I did my job. Enjoy the music, and enjoy the workout ;)

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.
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I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

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To The Girl Working On Her Summer Body

These goals won't just come to you, you have to get out there and find the resources to get that goal!

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Even though summer is months away from now, all I think about is my summer body. All I want is to be in perfect shape for this upcoming summer with all the trips that are planned. I've realized that putting off working out isn't going to help anything. Really you need months to get that dream summer body we all dream about, so hitting the gym weeks before isn't really going to solve anything.

We all spend the money to get your hair done, nails done, spend money at the mall easily, and weekends out; not even a question. So why put a price point on your body? You wear that every single day. You want to look your best and feel your best, then invest in putting in the time to workout is worth it itself.

Don't put off getting into shape and your dream body till next year. If 2019 really is going to be your year then get it, girl! You are in control of every decision you make, but putting off one goal can lead to ruining the next goals to come!

These goals won't just come to you, you have to get out there and find the resources to get that goal!

There is no excuse for this year. If this is something you want, get it done! Health is so important these days! It gets you to those goals of your dream body and not only will you feel better physically you will feel better mentally also!

It's not about starving yourself to get this summer body, really there is no summer body; it's just a healthy body. Don't starve yourself to get the goal it's not healthy and can lead down paths no one should go through. Learn how to get out of the habit of eating junk and fast food all the time. Take the time to read about nutrition, meal prep, just eat healthier. Also don't completely overdo it, yes you will be working to be healthier, stronger, and fitter, but listen to your body. If something hurts don't overdo it and possibly damage yourself. As much as you want it, it's not worth injuring yourself over it.

Everybody is beautiful in their own way. But being healthy should be everyone's goal. It can really change your lifestyle.

I was always skinny but never entirely happy with my body. Plus I was always sick, whatever anyone had I would get. I was always dehydrated from not drinking enough water. And my mental health was not in a good state. Since I started working out I learned to love my body and I do 100% now. I drink my body weight in oz of water and it has me feeling so much better. I still have days where I wake up and don't feel good, but I get up and get what I need to get done and throughout the day I feel so much better. My mental health is in such a good state right now. Being more body positive and looking at life with such a more positive attitude really helps.

There are ways to get healthier and look out for your body. You just need to find the right ones for you! Crush those goals and kill it this summer!!

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