To The Person Heading Back To The Gym, You've got this!

To The Person Heading Back To The Gym, You've got this!

You already have the tools to change your life.


It's probably been a while since you've been to the gym. Maybe you've never been at all. It looks intimidating. Everyone there looks like they know what they're doing. They must know how to use all of the equipment. They must know how to reach their fitness goals.

Don't be afraid.

Don't compare yourself to the people working out next to you. The comparison will kill you.

Don't be afraid to look yourself in the mirror. Why are you really here? What are you trying to accomplish?

Start with small, attainable goals. Don't think, "I want to lose 20 pounds by the beginning of summer." Instead try goals like, "I want to feel stronger at the end of my work out." "I want to learn how to use one new machine every time I come to the gym,' or "I want to be active for at least 30 minutes every day."

Know your limits. Running for an hour is not realistic for someone who has never trained to do so before. Doing too many reps is going to cause you to burn out. If you can't walk or even move the next day you're going to start missing workouts and lose your momentum.

Ask questions. The gym is staffed with trainers to help you stay safe and reach your goals. Ask other members to give you tips. You'll learn something new, and will meet new people that can keep you accountable.

Think about your life outside of the gym. Are you eating enough food to help your body recover? Are you eating the right foods? Are you drinking enough water during the day? Make sure you aren't denying yourself small indulgences. Eat what you want, but pay more attention to serving sizes.

You don't have to go to the gym every day. Your body will need time to recover, especially in the beginning. Skipping days doesn't make you a failure. Slipping up on your diet doesn't make you a failure.

Try to make your workouts as enjoyable as possible. Make yourself a playlist that fits your mood. Throw on your headphones and block out the rest of the world. Allow yourself to forget everything and think only about yourself. Forget the hundred other things that need to be done. The world will still be there when you're done.

When your muscles ache and your lungs burn remember your strength. Power through that last rep. Allow yourself to feel proud when you finish a set. Find confidence in your strength.

Don't attach your confidence or self-worth to your weight. Look at your body when you want to see results, not the scale. The results won't be immediate and other people will probably notice a difference before you do. Take a picture in the beginning and compare the differences every month. You'll be surprised what you'll see even if the scale doesn't move.

You're stronger than you think. You have everything you need to make a positive change for yourself. You can reach your goals. Don't be discouraged if things don't go as planned.

I'm right there next to you trying to change my life too.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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