1-Year Fitness Update!

Hey Everybodyyyy! Happy Hump Day! 🙂

In today’s post I really wanted to be able to talk to you guys about my 1-year fitness update; how it’s been going, where I’m at with it right now, and where I hope to be in the next few months (my goal).

This is something that I’m a little nervous about, as I’m sure most people would be, just because health, fitness and weight in general, are all really sensitive topics to speak about, especially in this day and age. However, I thought it was important to share this with you guys for a few different reasons.

Important because firstly, it’s a pretty big milestone (for me). Secondly, because who knows, maybe somehow or another me speaking about this will help and/or inspire someone else in their own fitness journey, or to even START their own fitness journey. And lastly (although this sort of piggy-backs off of the first two reasons), because I just recently did an entire post on confidence and self-love (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), and so what kind of person/writer would I be if I didn’t speak out on something as important as body-positivity and self-love more in-depth for something as sensitive as this?

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How The Past Year Has Been Going:

The first thing I want to speak about with this is probably the most obvious thing, which is, how this past year has been (fitness-wise). And well….let’s be honest, dieting is hard and it sucks ass. You really have to learn self- control when it comes to something like this, ESPECIALLY if you’re used to eating a certain way for a certain amount of years, which I pretty much was.

I’ve mentioned it before, several times, but I am not only a picky-eater, I’m also a MAJOR junk-food eater. Put those 2 things together, and you’ve pretty much got a recipe for disaster (in my case anyway).

Now, I’ve never been the best eater, throughout my entire life. BUT, I will say that it got really bad when I was away in college (as I’ve spoken about once before in my first health post, the reasons for this, etc. which I’ll leave linked here ). I gained A LOT of weight in college, I would actually say that the majority of my weight gain happened in college (freshmen 15 is no joke ya’ll even though it extended over the course of 4-years, but whateverrr!).

But it just got to a point where I literally weighed the heaviest that I EVER did. I definitely wasn’t obese, but for my age, height, etc. the weight I was at (at the time) was NOT good. Plus, I was not happy and/or confident in my body AT ALL. It was a bad time, for a long time. And I’m sure other people noticed it obviously, but few actually told me about it. Which was fine I suppose, because it’s one of those things that you kind of just need to see/realize for yourself in order to make any sort of change.

There were times where Diego would REALLY try to push me to go to the gym, and I would go, but then I would just be eating whatever still before or after it, so it was completely defeating the purpose. It took a few months after I started my fitness journey for it to REALLY start. And what I mean by that is, for a good 4-5 months, I had gotten the whole working out, and going to the gym consistently part down, but I wasn’t taking the food portion of it seriously, so I hadn’t been seeing results.

It wasn’t until about May that I started to take both super seriously, not to the point that I turned anal about it, but to the point where I actually started seeing results now, so it was the actual exciting part.

And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s hard af to keep up a diet, there were SO many times when I would give in to any/all of the cravings that I had, whether it was with regular food or junk food, and would see what little progress I made turn to shit. However, I learned to not only control those urges, but also not deprive myself of the little things that I wanted, and would find healthier alternatives to go around that, while also being able to stick to my diet.

Every once in a while like during “that time of the month,” it gets a little difficult because of cravings and what not, but over time I have actually really felt like it’s gotten easier.

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Where I’m At Now:

Between going to the gym AT LEAST 4-5 times a week, and cleaning up my eating TREMENDOUSLY, I have seen SUCH an insane amount of progress.

I think you guys can agree with me that how we perceive ourselves and our bodies can be really iffy sometimes. Sure, you have your days where you’re feeling GREAT and super confident with yourself throughout workouts, after workouts, etc., but there are also those days where you pretty much look exactly the same, but the confidence just isn’t there. You don’t feel yourself which, as a result, causes your confidence to diminish a little.

Well in general, that’s happened to me pretty frequently, especially since, although I know I’ve made a lot of progress, I’m not quite where I want to be yet and some days are harder than others to see the results that a lot of other people see, in yourself.

HOWEVER, I’ve learned that I really need to give myself credit when it’s due, and little by little (with each pound being shed), I have been gaining the confidence back that I used to have a few years ago.

I think my progress actually hit me the most thanks to some pictures that I took last Thursday (on Thanksgiving). I’m not exactly sure what I was doing or why I was doing it, but at some point during the night I was scrolling through old pictures on my phone and came across the ones I took last year for Thanksgiving. It didn’t fully occur to me until I decided to do a side-by-side picture of that and the one(s) I had just taken earlier that day and this is what I saw:

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Last year thanksgiving vs. thanksgiving this year…a 26 pound difference. On the left, I was at about 203lbs and currently, on the right, I’m at 177.

I’m not at all happy and/or proud of the way I look on the left side, in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to be showing that picture compared to me now, BUT I am SUPER proud to see how much of a difference between the two there really is.

If you know me, and even if you don’t really but follow me on social media and see my posts, you would know in recent months how much work I’ve truly been putting in at the gym, and this is just proof of that. I am super proud of where I currently am at now and can’t wait to see where I’m going to be in a few months with this fitness journey of mine!!

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Where I Want To Be (My Goal):

As I said earlier, I’m not at all where I want to be yet, but I know that slowly but surely, I’m getting to meet that goal.

Ultimately, my main goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds and tone up my body a little more, then just continue to maintain it from there.

If I continue the work-out and eating regimen that I currently have, I really don’t see how or why I wouldn’t achieve these mini goals that I have set for myself (unless of course I just happen to throw it all out the window one day, which I don’t count on doing).

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Overall, it definitely has NOT been an easy fitness journey for me, but looking back at where I once was, and seeing where I am now, is enough motivation for me to keep pushing through. Besides, I’m not looking for easy and never have. And between my own confidence and Diego behind me pushing me to keep going, I know I’m going to end up hitting all of my fitness goals sooner rather than later.

Well guys, that’s it. That is my 1-year fitness update. I hope you guys like this post, and that in some way, shape or form it helped and/or motivated you to keep pushing through your hurdles that may be stopping you from going to the gym or just continuing your own fitness journey. You CAN do it. It’s going to take time and dedication, but it is 100% possible. Keep pushing through and I promise you that you’ll end up seeing results!

Thank you guys so much for reading, please like, follow, comment and share, and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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My Gym Playlist

What’s up everyone?!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a better weekend than what I had. I was stuck at home feeling really crappy from this cold I caught on Friday night 🤕, which is why I wasn’t able to post on Sunday like I typically try to do. But I’m starting to feel better now, so I’m working on this post while I have some downtime at work! 🙂

If you remember from reading my last post (8 Tips to Staying Motivated), one of the things I suggested was listening to music that not only makes you feel good, but also makes you feel like you can kickass throughout the day. In that post I mentioned that I wanted to be able to dedicate a complete post to the music that I typically tend to listen to, to motivate me not only in the gym, but in the mornings while heading to work, etc. So that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing today!

I managed to narrow them down to the 50 songs that I seem to go-to the most when I want something to really get me excited for my workout and in general. Also, some of these songs may be kind of “old”, but I’m a throwback music kind of girl so 🤷🏻‍♀️.

These are in no particular order:

  1. Run It! By Chris Brown (feat. Juelz Santana)
  2. Turn Up The Music By: Chris Brown
  3. Limbo By: Daddy Yankee
  4. Confident By: Demi Lovato
  5. Danza Kuduro By: Don Omar (Feat. Lucenzo)
  6. Remember The Name By: Fort Minor (Feat. Styles of Beyond)
  7. F*ck Up Some Commas By: Future
  8. Me, Myself & I By: G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha
  9. No Role Modelz By: J. Cole
  10. Work Out By: J. Cole
  11. Talk Dirty By: Jason Derulo (Feat. 2 Chainz)
  12. Run This Town By: Jay Z (Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)
  13. Power By: Kanye West
  14. Famous By: Kanye West
  15. Let’s Go By: Calvin Harris (Feat. Neyo)
  16. Levels By Nick Jonas
  17. LA Devotee By: Panic! At The Disco
  18. Truffle Butter By: Nicki Minaj (Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
  19. Misery Business By: Paramore
  20. The Anthem By: Pitbull (Feat. Lil Jon)
  21. We Own It By: 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa
  22. Mercy By: Kanye West (Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
  23. Disco Inferno By: 50 Cent
  24. Bad and Boujee By: Migos (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
  25. Mi Gente By: J Balvin & Willy William
  26. Privacy By: Chris Brown
  27. For Free By: DJ Khaled (Feat. Drake)
  28. My Sh*t By: A Boogie
  29. Instruction By: Jax Jones (Feat. Demi Lovato)
  30. Cold By: Maroon 5 (Feat. Future)
  31. Don’t Stop The Music By: Rihanna
  32. Wild Thoughts By: DJ Khaled  (Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
  33. No Limit By: G-Eazy (Feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)
  34. Pray For Me By: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
  35. Games By: Demi Lovato
  36. CRZY By: Kehlani
  37. Waiting For You By: Unlike Pluto (Feat. Joanna Jones)
  38. One Kiss By: Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
  39. Fall In Line By: Christina Agulera (Feat. Demi Lovato)
  40. Dinero By: Jennifer Lopez (Feat. DJ Khaled & Cardi B)
  41. Look Alive By: BlocBoy JB (Feat. Drake)
  42. I Like It By: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
  43. Walk It Talk It By: Migos (Feat. Drake)
  44. X By: Nicky Jam & J Balvin
  45. Siguelo Bailando By: Ozuna
  46. Irresistible By: Fall Out Boy (Feat. Demi Lovato)
  47. I Believe By: Yolanda Adams
  48. Savior By: Iggy Azalea (Feat. Quavo)
  49. Beware By: Big Sean (Feat. Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko)
  50. Moment 4 Life By: Nicki Minaj (Feat. Drake)

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Alright guys, well that’s it. Those are my top 50 songs that I tend to gravitate the most when I’m looking for sick beats and lyrics to motivate me in the gym and otherwise.

As I mentioned, there are SO many other songs that I also tend to listen to that would fall into this category as well, but for the sake of not making this post RIDICULOUSLY long, I narrowed it down to just 50 of them.

Let me know if you guys feel the same way about any of the songs I mentioned, OR if you guys have any recommendations of music/songs that you think I should listen to.

See you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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8 Tips to Staying Motivated

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently, because I know that there are always certain days more than others that I tend to need and/or seek that bit of extra motivation in my day to day routines. So, when I sat down to really think about it, I realized that these 8 tips are ones that almost always seem to help me when I’m lacking that motivation. Sometimes I’ll do all of them at some point of my day, and sometimes I’ll just do a few of them.

Nonetheless, these tips always end up being my go-to on those motivation-less days to help get me through the day. These are obviously things that tend to work for ME, and I am well aware that what works for me, may not work for everyone, but I figure I share them because you never know who could end being benefited by them.

So let’s get started! 🙂

  1. Do things you love and that make you happy. Pretty straight-forward and obvious, no? There’s a reason I mention this, because as obvious as it may seem, a lot of people tend to not do it very much. Some people are super strict in their day to day routines. They mostly only do the things that NEED to get done during the week, like going to work, getting errands done, etc. But, try not to be so serious all of the time. Make sure that you’re making time throughout your day to do things that make YOU happy; whether that’s during your lunch break at work, after work, a night-time routine you have, etc. It’s extremely important and needed in order for you to keep yourself going, and actually WANT to carry-on with the rest of your day.

2. Listen to music that hypes you up & makes you feel good. I don’t know about anyone else, but on my way to work every morning (which is about a 20-30 minute train ride and 5-10 minute walk afterwards), I always try to listen to particular songs that I know are not only going to really wake me up, but also hype me up to start my day. And 9 times out of 10, it works. The only “downside” to this is that by the end of it, I’ve got the beats stuck in my head, and all I really want to do is dance throughout the day, but ya gotta pick your battles right? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂. (*I’m planning on doing an entire post on the music that always ends up hyping me up and making me feel good, although it was going to be more so of a gym playlist kind of post, but I definitely want to incorporate this in there now*).

3. Wear clothes that you feel good in. I know this one can be a little tough, more so during the week because most people are working and what not, but who says you can’t look and feel cute at work? Screw what everyone says that you’re not there to impress anyone, I mean you’re not, but you should be impressing YOURSELF and make yourself FEEL good in whatever it is you’re wearing. Chances are if you look good, then you’re going to feel good, and if you’re feeling good, then you’re definitely going to want to kick ass and conquer the day.

4. Listen to podcasts. This has been SUCH a big one for me recently. I more so have been listening to these at night, on my way home from the gym, but nonetheless, it helps SO much. The inspirational podcasts I’ve been listening to in recent weeks has really become such a huge part of my night-time routine, and I’m SO glad that it has. Believe it or not, listening to motivational podcasts can really spark something in you to find what you’re passionate about in life and attempt to take whatever steps necessary to get where you want to be. (*I’m also planning on doing an entire post dedicated to my favorite motivational podcasts that have been inspiring me SO much lately, so stay tuned for that!*)

5. Go to your favorite place(s). You’d be surprised what going to some of your favorite places could do for you in sparking your motivation. There are 2 places in particular that I absolutely LOVE to go to, that almost always not only spark my motivation, but also my creativity and if I were lacking inspiration as well. It kind of helps me release any stress that I may have, clears my mind and gets everything rolling again.

6. Reading & looking up motivational quotes. Am I the only one that does this? Anytime I’m lacking motivation wherever I am (whether at home, work, etc.), I will legit sit and just look-up motivational quotes on Google. Believe it or not, it really does help (me anyway). It helps because it shows me that whatever I’m feeling, I’m not the ONLY one feeling it, and there’s a weird sense of comfort in that. I’ll look at different websites and images for motivational quotes, post and/or screenshot a few that I like the most, and viola I end up feeling the slightest bit better and more motivated then when I first started my day. Google never fails me!!

7. Thinking about the future and where you’re going to want to be in 5-10 years. This one is super important. Anytime that I am feeling unmotivated and like I’m at a stand-still in my life, I take just a few minutes to think about where I am right now and where I eventually know that I want to be in my life, in a few years, everything I want to have, everywhere that I want to go, etc. and I INSTANTLY feel better and more motivated then ever before. If you have goals that you want to achieve, and remember that everything you’re feeling and going through at the moment is just temporary, and keep in mind that you WILL get to where you want to be one day, I guarantee you that will spark your motivation more then it probably ever has. I don’t know about anyone else, but thinking and/or planning (to some extent) my future, from the smallest things to the biggest, is such an exciting feeling to do and makes me never want to stop working towards all of those dreams and goals that I have.

8. And finally, Go to the gym and workout. Is anyone else surprised that this one managed to get thrown in there somehow? 😂 But seriously, personally, being able to get a good sweat in everyday at the gym (even though it’s almost never at the very start of my day like many people typically tend to suggest), always makes me feel motivated after the fact. It makes me feel good in all aspects and makes me want to do more (not workout-wise). Again, this is one of those things that will make you look good, as a result make you feel good, and as a result of THAT make you want to continue to kick ass and push for more!

I hope these tips were helpful to you guys in one way or another and you find your motivation to keep going, because once you spark that, you can only go up-hill from there!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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