An “I hate working out” Guide to Getting Fit

Hello, World.

I’ve never really liked working out. I wouldn’t say I’m un-athletic; I played sports in high school, did hiking/volleyball stuff in college, etc. It’s not that I don’t like playing sports or doing athletic things. I just never got super stoked about the idea of working out, more specifically “hitting the gym.” I couldn’t find a method that worked for me. People who work out in the morning would tell me it was the best time, and I’d say, “eh, I don’t like that.” Then if I had stuff at night, I didn’t want to go in the afternoon, and definitely not after dinner. I had an excuse for why no time was good for me every time working out came up. I tried yoga, which I love, but I prefer classes and I like to have a buddy. In law school, it’s proven hard to find a buddy who wants to do yoga classes [however, if you’re at my law school and are into yoga, let me know!!]. Anyway, the whole gym thing really freaks me out. I don’t like the idea of walking around, sweaty, in front of people, and gyms in general just feel so judge-y. However, law school stress has finally gotten the best of me because I am changed. I now look forward to working out. I now get sad if I can’t make it to the gym. I feel so good after a long workout, and my focus and stress level is much better this semester! Working Out.png

But, I know I’m not the only person who hates the idea of working out. I am by no means an expert on working out, and this definitely won’t become a fitness blog! However, I wanted to share what’s worked for me in terms of getting into working out, sticking with it, and liking it!

Tip 1: Try different workouts until you find one that works for you. | I personally like machines, ellipticals, etc. So, I workout for an hour rotating machines, and mixing in biking or weighted machines. This works for me, and I feel good when I can do a harder workout as I get in better shape.

Tip 2: Get yourself there. | Wherever “there” is, get there. Whether you go running downtown, in the park, etc. or workout at a local gym, 90% of the battle is getting yourself to show up. Hold yourself accountable. Ease into it if that works for you, but just get to the place where you’re going to work out!

Tip 3: Reward yourself. | This is probably not the best tip, but it’s one that got me through the first few weeks. After my workout, I would immediately head to the local smoothie place, and get a smoothie or smoothie bowl to reward myself for making it to the gym. During the workouts, when I was sweaty and tired, I looked forward to the smoothie!

Tip 4: Don’t get discouraged when you aren’t seeing immediate results. | I think a lot of people feel like a workout regime isn’t working for them if they don’t see weight loss or tone immediately. That’s not necessary true. Depending on your starting point and your body, it varies how long it will take to see results. But, the results do come if you stick with it!

Tip 5: Don’t try to be the fitness guru you aren’t. | This is probably ironic since I’m not a fitness guru, but here I am, telling you how to get into working out. However, I don’t claim to be a fitness person, and I wouldn’t say I’m a gym rat. I don’t pretend that I’m the Hulk of the gym… I just go, listen to my workout playlist, get a good workout in, and go home. I focus on ME. Focusing on yourself and your journey is the most important part of getting fit, in my opinion!

Tip 6: Accept fitness is a process. | There are days I love my workout, there are days I feel like I’m wasting valuable study time, and there are days I go through the motions, and literally all I think about it what song I’m listening to. You have to take it at your own pace, and figure out what workout style is yours. Having the right mindset is really important! Don’t go into working out with “I want to have Kate Upton’s body,” or “I just want to be a size 0.” Those goals, while real, aren’t realistic. Love the body you have today, but give it some love by working on it however you want [whether that’s strengthening, toning, trimming, bulking, whatever!].

I guess you can say I’m a gym-convert, but I still wouldn’t classify myself as a gym rat or guru. I gained weight last semester from stress and eating in ways that I wasn’t used to… and I really beat myself up about it. I think I finally woke up and realized that I had the power to change what I was ridiculing about myself. However, I think body image is something I’ll probably always struggle with. Body positivity is relatively new [in the grand scheme of things], and I think the standards ingrained in me when I was younger will always haunt how I see myself. For one, I’ve always been tall. Taller than most girls, and my body isn’t going to look like my 5’1″ friend’s. In fact, my body won’t look like anyone’s because no one is built the exact same way. BUT, I think my mentality is much better today. I used to go into fitness with the mindset of “I just want a flat stomach, skinny legs, and slim shoulders.” And now I recognize that I only have one body to work with, and so I put the work in to feel more confident in this body I live in!

I hope this post makes those of you who want to get into fitness, but are uncomfortable with the stigma surrounding it feel a bit more at ease, and inspired to start trying different workout methods! We only have one body, so we must treat it well, instead of constantly telling ourselves what’s wrong with it!

Truly,

Callie leigh

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Fitness Goals 2017

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Every year I say I’m going to get fit. I’m going to work out regularly, and eat well, and do whatever the new trend is (green smoothie, anyone?). And I don’t. However, law school stress has pushed me into the realm of liking to work out. I look forward to that hour of getting active, and not worrying about anything but what song is playing on my playlist. So, I wanted to share my fitness goals, now that they’ve kind of already started because I don’t like to share something I’m unlikely to follow through on.

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Hit the Gym 3 times a week.

Trying to find a groove was tricky, but I tired to make it to the gym a few times a week. However, now that I’m more familiar with my schedule this semester, I’m going to do the MWF routine. It seems to be the best option, and I feel like it’ll keep me healthy and positive during the week!

DRINK MORE WATER. 

I’m really kind of terrible about drinking enough water. I’d much rather have some tea or a chai latte. But now that I’m working out, I know I need to be a lot more conscious of drinking enough water, and making sure my body is getting the nourishment it needs.

Say no to sugar (except once a week).

I have a huge sweet tooth. I love sugar, and I crave it as soon as my stress level rises. So, rather than reach for a chocolate bar, I’m training myself to drink a glass of water or eat something with natural sugar (fruit). Cutting sugar is difficult, but over the last few years, I’ve upped my sugar intake, and noticed a huge change in my energy and my body.

Don’t get discouraged when I don’t see immediate results.

I’m putting myself first this year. I’ve always struggle with body-image issues, and I think that working out because I want to is most important. Not because I want to lose weight or something external. I want to feel good and confident. If I lose weight, it’ll be a bonus, but right now I just want to encourage myself to take control of the insecurities I have. I want to work out because it makes me feel good. I usually get annoyed I’m not losing five pounds every gym visit. Now, I just look forward to going to the gym, not what my thighs will look like after.

What are your fitness goals for 2017?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Fitness Attire

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One of my goals for the summer was making working out a part of my everyday routine. So far I’ve done well. Granted I’ve been home about a week, I’m not saying I met the goal, but I wake up motivated to get outside or do some exercises or go on the elliptical. Playing sports in high school, and then walking everywhere or hiking or hitting the gym my first two years was good, but then somewhere along the way I lost my ability to have time to go workout. I used to do yoga, but my yoga buddy got just as busy, and we stopped doing yoga together. I was always stressed and had trouble making time to make working out a priority. Now, though, I want physical exercise to be a part of my everyday life. I feel much happier when I get to workout. I think something that’s important to me when working out is feeling good while working out. I get self conscious, so if I don’t feel good when working out, my motivation to keep working out goes down a bit. I don’t want to be doing mountain climbers and worrying about my shirt coming up. Today, I want to share my top picks for workout clothes!

Cute yoga leggings:

Free People Turnout Leggings Love this Lululemon jacket!:

Old Lululemon, but I love the jacket and leggings! 

Minimalist Sports Bra

Lighten Up Tank

 

Puma Running Shoe

High Times Pant

Where do you go for workout clothes? What’s your go-to work out outfit?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Top Apps That Every College Student Should Have

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Today’s society, as many of you probably already know, is riddled with technology. We cannot escape it, and we are often glued to our iPhones. I mean, there are millions of apps available at our fingertips, and I know that I personally check Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter every fifteen minutes. I justify my obsession as a “study break,” but I know that’s basically the same as a heroin addict saying he or she is taking a break from “the real world.” I’ve been thinking, though, about all these apps, and which apps I use the most, and which come in handy the most when I am in school. So, I thought it would be fun to share the top apps for college students. There are hundreds of apps that all do essentially the same thing, with a few features that vary, but I wanted to share the apps that I use, and that I have come to believe to be the best.
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First, iStudiez Pro. This app is a scheduling app for classes. You can add your professors, classes, class times, office hours for professors, room locations, any assignments, etc., and the app will track it for you, sending you reminders 15 minutes before class, making your professor’s office location available within seconds so you don’t have to refer to a syllabus or get online while walking to your appointment or class. Having assignments available by class is also super helpful, and a nice backup to planners and the calendar in your phone. I have a very anal personality, so I like to triple check everything, and this app definitely helps me keep deadlines, assignments, and meetings straight!
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Second, Clear is a great app for making sure you accomplish everything you have in the day. It’s basically a to-do list-making app. You can swipe items off your list as you finish them, and arrange them by color in order of importance. I always make lists, especially to-do lists when life is too crazy to even think straight, so it’s super handy.

Third, Chegg. Every college student knows how annoyingly expensive textbooks are, and Chegg is a great resource for finding cheap, used textbooks. I tend to buy new copies of books for my Major classes, and buy all general ed class books used, with the intention of selling them back at the end of the semester. When in need of cheap textbooks, check out this app before looking at amazon.com or barnes and noble.com.
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Fourth, Evernote. This app goes well with Clear and iStudiez Pro. In this app you can make a checklist, add reminders, take snapshots of notes written on classroom boards, or create a notebook directly on your phone. This app also has a market store that sells great school supplies!

Fifth, Pandora. I love this app because I HAVE to listen to music when I do homework. If I’m doing some really serious studying I will either not listen to music or listen to classical music. Sometimes while I’m studying I listen to Epic Movie scores because they’re, well, epic.
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Sixth, Groupon. Since college is expensive, and doing fun things usually requires spending some money, this app is a great way to save money. It offers hundreds of coupons. If you want to do an activity with friends, but can’t quite decide what to do, you can check this app and see if there are any great deals at places that sound fun. I had a friend who used a Groupon to get fondue with friends. I can’t have fondue, but it’s still awesome, and there are even better deals!

Seventh, MyFitnessPal. Dining Hall food is fattening. There is a reason the freshmen 15 exists. There is also the fact that more people start drinking more or start eating more than usual because there are entire sections of the dining hall dedicated to cake, donuts, etc. There is also an increase in soda and coffee consumption because of the need for caffeine. All of these things may taste awesome, but are also pretty unhealthy. When I entered college, I desperately wanted to avoid the 15. I had two plans, first, I planned to lose 15 pants prior to starting college so that if I gained 15 pounds I would be my normal size. Or, second, I would simply watch what I ate, and work out more frequently. The second plan was the route I took. This app will help you monitor calories, workouts and the calories burned, and ensure that you’re body is remaining healthy.
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Eighth, NikeTraining. I recently started using this app, so I don’t have quite as much to say. What I do know is that it will help you to structure a workout routine! I put in my current weight, height, etc., then put in that I’m a beginner and that my goal is that I want to get lean. You can change this based on how frequently you workout so beginner, intermediate, and pro. Then set your goal based on if you want to get lean, strong, or toned. Based on what you plug in, it plans out a month-long workout routine for you to follow every day. I was also excited because it incorporates yoga!

Ninth, Hautelook. I love clothing, as you probably know, but it’s hard to buy clothes when I’m in school, trying to pay for all those expenses and whatnot. Hautelook is Nordstrom Rack at your fingertips. It’s great for shopping, while still saving money. It has so many brands, and allows you to stay fashionable while going to school. This app has a ton of great deals, and although its not academic, it’s still awesome for people who want to be able to shop and buy new clothing for less (especially if you’re avoiding the 15).

Other apps I like? Amazon, Spotify, A Beautiful Mess, and Picstitch! College is about academics, yes, but it’s also a social experience, and music, photos, etc. are still important parts of everyday life! What apps do you like?

Truly,
Callie Leigh

Current Obsessions.

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Everyone has obsessions, right? Whether it’s instagram, bracelets, shoes, celebrities, whatever. So, I thought I would share my current obsessions.
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Fitness: these lovely long leggings for running. Being tall, it’s difficult to find leggings that are long enough! In the Beauty category, I have a ridiculous obsession with deep lip colors. I never really used to wear anything on my lips, but since I died my hair darker I love wearing lipstick because otherwise I look even more pale than normal (which is saying something). As for my fashion obsession, that is easily these boots from LL Bean. My boot obsession, for people that know me well, is stage five. It’s rather serious, and at times fatal to my wallet, but what can I say, I love a good boot. In the craft department, I want to try DIY glitter jars. One of my resolutions is to do something crafty each week, and I have a feeling this project will be on my to-do list very soon. Another resolution is to be healthier, which is why green smoothies are my current obsession for food or recipes. They are supposed to be super good for you, and really break down the green of your choice to release all the nutrients and nourish your body. A friend who used to drink these daily once told me you have to chew each piece of lettuce in a salad 100 times before all the nutrients are released. Who has time for that when you can simply drink a smoothie while getting ready in the morning?
On the music front, Colbie Caillat’s ‘Hold On’ is on repeat in my iTunes. I love this song so much, the beat, the words, everything. It’s powerful and wakes me up in the morning. In the hair arena, I’m trying to get better at doing my hair up. I’m one of those people that is stupidly insecure when my hair is up, but I want to find hairstyles I like that are easy and quick to do on mornings when I’m running late for class. You’d think having a sister as a hair stylist would be beneficial, unfortunately she’s an artist, and I’m a little challenged when it comes to my hair. The app I’ve opened the most on my phone recently is HAUTELOOK. If you don’t know about it, go download it then continue reading this post. It’s basically Nordstrom Rack at your fingertips. Dangerous, but addictive stuff. So many good deals! Lastly, and perhaps my most severe obsession is Scandal. I’m not a huge TV person, but when I like a show, I love a show. This show is on ABC, and is fast-paced and so unpredictable I watch episode after episode without realizing how long I’ve been on my couch. Both my parents and my sister are also obsessed with it, which is awesome because we talk about it and watch it together! So, nine things I’m currently obsessed with. What are your obsessions at the moment?

Truly,
Callie Leigh