Working Out When You’re Sick A.F.

Working Out When You’re Sick A.F.

After a successful week of working out, hardcore, with no problems whatsoever, I got a double ear infection *insert sad face here*. I haven’t been sick for months, thank God, but once that infection hits it’s like seriously?! Could you not tell that I don’t have time to deal with sinus/ear infections?

Granted, I used to have chronic sinusitis, where I had them every. month. So, this is a lot more favorable for me. It still sucks though, haha.

So, after taking ONE DAY off from working out (yes, that’s a long time for me! LOL), I went to the gym today, ready to get through and chest and shoulder workout, even if that meant I’d be crawling out of the gym afterwards. And let me tell you–working out when you don’t feel your best is HARD. You probably know that by now, too.

Not only did I think it was a good idea to superset all my exercises and complete a burnout round, I also tried to use the weights that I last left off on. Not a good idea. I was doing incline bench presses with dumbbells and realized I had no energy whatsoever to lift what I usually do. So I had to go a little lighter–again, not bad, but still! I want my energy back!

Tomorrow is legs. That’ll be interesting. You can bet I’m going to be carb loading all day and taking some Aspirin for this nonstop headache. I know that I should stay home, let my body rest, but it’s really only my head that hurts. Ever have that? Where your whole body (minus your head) feels great, but you’re head feels like calling the shots. How selfish!

The gym is therapy, though. It’s my form of “me time” that helps me stay focused and happy. So, I guess you have to choose your battles, eh?

Gym Anxiety: Tips to Stop Caring what Others Think of You

“They were looking at us do deadlifts,” one of my friends whispered to me. It was leg day (the holy grail of gym days) and we were going hard, doing compound lifts and having fun together.

I can almost imagine what my face looked like–eyebrows furrowed, “huh?” kind of attitude. I barely look at gym goers–I’m in my own zone, in my own space, that I don’t really look at the people working out around me. I focus on my exercise, and on myself. Gym time is me time.

She motioned to a group of guys our age that were goofing off on hyperextensions. I rolled my eyes.

“Girl, really? Why do you care if they’re looking at us or not?”

“I don’t know,” she said sheepishly. We both laughed, and continued our workout.

FAST FORWARD

When I began training, I noticed some of my clients had anxiety over how many people were working out during our session. It was the same sort of feeling I got from my friend when we would work out and someone was watching us.

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Why I Don’t Diet (And How to Make it Work)

Diets–I hate that word. But ladies love it, and it sounds “powerful” when we tell our friends about a new diet we’re going on, and how we’re excited/nervous to try it. BUT, then you stop. Life gets in the way–it happens, and there’s no reason to feel bad about it. It’s what you do after you can’t maintain that diet lifestyle where you see things go downhill.

When I diet, I feel restricted–mainly because I am. Most diets incorporate taking out some food group, when we could instead moderate what we eat and keep them all. We want to aim for something that is attainable over time–not just a specific amount. Diets do not last; they will not produce constant results, because there’s always an end point.

I remember being a teen and seeing most diets say “you can’t have sweets, and you can’t have carbs”. Damn it–my two favorite things! How am I going to live? How long do I have to do it for?

See what I mean? Right from the start of a diet, you’re already asking HOW LONG it is. You know it’s not going to be a lifestyle; just a timed fad. And what happens after that diet is over? We eat those foods again (and most likely overeat them because we were restricted), and then go back to our old lifestyle habits.

I don’t want y’all to go through this cycle of dieting and overeating, because I have been there, done that, and it damages you. Maybe not physically, but mentally–you start to feel bad for eating foods you love, you start thinking less of yourself because you can’t follow a diet. I want you to feel empowered, especially when it comes to food. We should be eating to give our bodies nutrients anyways, to show our bodies that we care about them.

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COMFY Activewear Haul

COMFY Activewear Haul

I hate clothes shopping. Even if it’s for workout clothes. And I imagine that there are plenty other young ladies that feel the same way–they don’t want to be stuck in a clothing store only to find ONE thing after an hour search. Or is it just me? Yes? No? Oh well 🙂

SO, here are some clothes that I’d highly recommend for those that just want comfortable active wear that isn’t going to make them go nuts during a workout! There’s nothing worse than having a tight sports bra cramping your workout style.

All the clothes that I bought you can click so that you can buy them, too (isn’t that convenient? You don’t even have to go outside!). I personally found them in store, but to save the hassle of searching through rows and rows of clothes, it’s just easier to purchase them online. The links I list do not mean you have to buy them there–if you find a cheaper site, or you find them in store, go right for it! This is just to help you 🙂


Nike Womens Dri-Fit Racerback Tank Top Red M

This has become my new favorite workout tank. Maybe it’s because it kind of matches my hair (it’s hard to find clothes that flatter certain hair colors), but this tank is SO comfortable, and I love how it looks with the sports bra I’m wearing underneath.

9/10

 

Reebok Performer Singlet Shirt

I am in love with the back! It’s very pretty.

Size is M

8/10 (definitely need a different hair color, but a 10/10 if I was still blonde 😉 )

 

 

ASICS Women’s Racerback Bra, Abstract Nuage Print, Small

^^I need a L/G in order for it to fit my bust; just something to take into consideration, because I am a 34C 🙂

This is the closest sports bra I could find to the one I bought (I found this at Burlington Coat Factory for $7.99), so I am sorry that I couldn’t find this color on the web. If you can find it online please let me know so I can update it.

BUT, the one that I listed sounds exactly like the one I have, just different colors. Because it’s seamless, it’s very comfortable, and I wish they actually had different colors because I don’t have too much that matches neon. It’s always hard finding a sports bra that also looks “normal”, as there are some weird looking what-the-heck-is-this type bras that I have tried on, so it’s hard for me to find sports bras. This one is super comfortable and does not feel itchy whatsoever. I’ll probably buy more from the link above so that I have a solid black one, too.

 

I am 100% happy with what I was able to find. I did try on a lot of other tanks and sports bras, but I am very stingy on spending money on clothes. If I know I’m not going to wear it, because I’m not completely comfortable in it, then I won’t buy it. That simple. That’s why I like sharing what I find, because you’ll have some considerations when you want to buy more activewear!

Where do you buy your activewear?

Baylee

How to Track Your Workouts (And Why You Should!)

How to Track Your Workouts (And Why You Should!)

(This is an honest, unpaid review of a mad awesome app)

Ever heard someone say that in order to see results, you have to log your workouts? I would back this guy up–he/she knows a thing or two. And, to be honest, it’s one of the easiest things to do, so why not do it for your own good? So, I’m going to teach you how to track your workouts so that you see the results you want! 🙂

Why is it important to track your workouts?

It’s crucial to make sure that you are constantly pushing yourself, and make sure you are making progress (through adding weight, doing more during a workout, and so on). I can tell that I’m progressing when I look at where I first began, with all the weights and reps recorded, compared to where I am now, and that’s one perk of tracking workouts from the beginning of my journey.

If you don’t know how to track your workouts, it’s a lot simpler than you think–you don’t need to bring that notepad to the gym, or write it all down on your phone. Instead, there’s an app that will gladly help you keep everything in one place.

And this app is…

*Drum roll please*

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BodySpace!

BodySpace allows you to create your own workouts, try a workout someone else is doing, and even schedule future workouts so you have them in the palm of your hand right when you walk into the gym. This helped save me a lot of time, both in the gym and out of the gym (when I’m searching for my last PR on a piece of paper in my house!) and has been so awesome that I’ve been using it for 2 years now.

It was one of the best things I discovered from Bodybuilding.com when I was constantly on their website, reading articles while practicing for my Personal Trainer Certification Exam and I really fell in love with their website and content. I would highly recommend visiting their website if you haven’t already heard of it (which I believe would be highly unlikely!).

Best thing? It’s free 🙂

How do you track your workouts?

Baylee

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

Not seeings results is a very common thing you hear in the fitness field, mainly because people aren’t s

ure, or educated enough on the body, to get to where they want to be.

During a training session I noticed one of my hardest working clients was looking a little frazzled; although we had upped most of the weight on his exercises, and had him losing weight fairly quickly, he didn’t seem to be in too good of a mood like usual. I asked him and he told me something a lot of people hear and say in the beginning of fitness journeys.

“I feel like I’m not seeing results.”

This is something Personal Trainers dread to hear, and raises a couple questions.

Is it me? Could I be doing something more for him and his goals?

Is it him? Is he not doing all that he can on those days off to be reaching his goals?

Personal Trainers want to see you succeed. They want you to feel good about yourself. And to hear (and clearly see) that my client was not happy made me not happy. We were making great progress, and yet he wasn’t happy. Heck, I was so proud of how much progress he was making, but he wasn’t. Why is he not seeing results?

And that’s when a light bulb went off in my head. He was focusing on the end goal, and not looking at how much progress he was making. He just wanted to get the results–get that lean, muscular body in less time than it was taking. And that’s why he wasn’t happy.

When we talked, we discussed how we had lost x amount of weight (which was awesome for how long we had been training together!) and how he was getting stronger every week, and he realized what I had beforehand. After that, the workout went a lot smoother, and became more fun 🙂

Ladies and gents, your fitness journey is a life journey.

This isn’t always the case, though–sometimes, you aren’t progressing, and you don’t know why. So, let’s break it down some more and look at some reasons why you may not be seeing the results you want:

You’re not seeing results because..

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What the Florida Keys Taught Me

What the Florida Keys Taught Me

“Life is different in the Keys,” one of my clients told me before I was to leave to Florida. How different could it really be, though? It’s only Florida.


Well, let me say, my client was right–it is different, lol. It’s a lot more relaxed. For a young adult who’s always on GO and impatient, the Keys will teach you a lesson or two. But this isn’t going to be a dull list–it’s going to be a funny one 🙂 Here are some things I got the pleasure to learn on vacation.

  • Never spray sunscreen in the opposite direction of the wind. My cousin learned this and got a face full of sunscreen, lol. A lot of chuckles were passed.
  • Drink on vacation but don’t get tipsy/drunk. My uncle had the goal one day to get me drunk off the resort’s bar. Unfortunately, he succeeded. I didn’t mind it, as I’m with family and we were having fun, but when we got back to the hotel, I felt bad. My grandfather had bought me vodka and cranberry juice which I never had the opportunity to share with him, and I didn’t recover fully for three days (another note to self–stick to shots). So, I’ll stick to one drink (at a time) and not getting anywhere near the tipsy stage while on vacation.
  • Get on the highway FAST. We almost got hit coming onto Route 1 because everyone drives like maniacs! Use your caution and best judgment. And when in doubt of the driver’s abilities, scream.
  • Watch the sunset. The sunset is amazing, especially in Key West. Sit down and watch it. Everyone comes to the docks in Key West and it gets quiet around the time the sun’s about to completely set. It’s a beautiful experience

  • Become one with nature–go snorkeling, kayaking, or out on a boat. Watch for the wildlife out there and see what you can find. There’s sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, sting rays and tons of fish. Look at them! Look at how peaceful they are, just swimming along like Dory. It’s so easy to connect with nature in the Keys, and it’s awesome!
  • Watch for car doors–haha! I have to put this in. We were hurrying to get to a dock one day and I closed the car door on my finger. Two weeks later and I am STILL recovering, and my finger still hurts like a b***h. Don’t do it. Just don’t, lol.
  • RELAX. Don’t think about work, school, or any other stressors. Just sleep in, relax, and breathe. The Keys is full of relaxation and spaces you can just be by yourself. Go by the water, lie in a hammock (my fave), close your eyes, and just take in the moment. Your body and mind will thank you.

The Keys and the time I spent with my family helped me concentrate on what was also really stressing me out during my daily life, and I made changes to stop that stressor even before I got home (that goes against the relax bullet, I know, but it made me feel extremely better). I also connected with family so much more than I imagined I would, which was the ultimate pro 🙂

And if you’re in the Keys, know that I am very jellin’ 😉

Baylee