Strength Training Changed My View On Exercise And Now I'm Hooked

Strength Training Changed My View On Exercise And Now I'm Hooked

Strength training will prove, there is nothing you can't do.


If you've ever been to a gym, you know the feeling. You walk past all of the big bulky guys in cut off tank tops in the weight area. They know what they're doing, or at least they make it look like they do. You'll also see those women who look like some sort of boxer or trainer. She knows exactly what she's doing.

It's intimidating. I used to avoid it completely. I'd walk into the gym, and carefully not cross the border into weight-lifting-experts-area, and instead head straight for the treadmill. Many of us, women especially, are under the impression that cardio is the sole way to lose weight, and that weight lifting will only make us bulk up.

It was my mom who finally convinced me to try adding strength training into my cycle of workouts. She had begun doing lifting, and she had completely transformed. I saw her looking forward to exercising, and I saw her looking healthier and happier than ever.

I decided to do my research and come up with a routine to try.

Immediately, I was hooked.

Eventually, I was beyond pleased with how I felt. I was powerful, I was working hard, and I knew what I was doing.

Doing strength training a few times a week has made me look forward to exercising because I no longer feel like a weak, sweaty, mess when I go to the gym. On cardio days, my new strength brings more ease to my exercise. And on strength days, I blast my music, tune out the world, and work until I can't work any longer.

So if you're starting to feel discouraged about your health or your body, I encourage you to give strength training a try. There are plenty of workouts you can find online, and once you find some you like, you're going to see yourself looking better, and feeling stronger.

Strength training will prove, there is nothing you can't do.

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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.

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...

Cover Image Credit: Savanah Garcia | Instagram

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Stop Making Resolutions and Start Making Goals

Turn your "I want's" into "I will's."


Hello 2019! I'm writing this on January 8th, meaning I have had eight days to work on my New Year's resolutions. However, here's the thing: I did not make any resolutions this year. Ever since I've turned 13, I've had the same two resolutions: Put myself first and become healthier. I can safely say that six years later, those things have happened... but not because of "the magic" of the new year. Instead, I have achieved them because I turned them into goals.

Don't get me wrong; I think new year resolutions are fantastic. I believe that people should have goals in life and be motivated to work towards something, and the start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate your life and get things going. However, most new year resolutions are simply just wishes or aspirations that people have. Usually, there are no steps or a plan involved. Goals have those things. They involve making changes to your life, thinking about the next step, and checking your progress on a regular schedule. Wishes and aspirations are statements that lead to creating goals, and that is where most people give up.

This year, instead of creating a resolution, I sat down and thought about what I wanted to achieve during my lifetime. I thought about places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to experience, and people I want to talk to. I splurged it all onto a word document before organizing it into a list, specifically a bucket list. My list has 25 things on it, ranging from getting a tattoo to attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans to visiting each of the 50 states. At the time, my list was just an aspiration, and part of it still is. However, some things I have steps in mind for and am planning to cross off my list, meaning parts of my list are goals that I am trying to achieve.

If you're reading this and are one of the many people who made a resolution this year, do not fret! Instead, sit down and turn your wish into a goal. Create a plan. Break it down into steps. Figure out a time where you can monitor your progress. Do not expect the new year to magically help you into achieving what you want. Take some initiative and get it yourself. You can do it!

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