Health

Lazy Girls Can Work Out Too!

If you’re at all like me, then going to the gym can be a major hassle… Between all the intimidatingly fit people, to the jacked men (which can be oh-so-distracting) it is hard to feel confident while working out in such an environment! I always want to look my best, but sometimes going to the gym is just TOO hard.

Here are some tips for girls who have a hard time getting to the gym (like myself) but still WANT to improve!

  • If you are going to go to the gym – be confident! Don’t worry about what other people are doing, how fast they are running, how little they are sweating – chances are they are feeling just as insecure about their own workout and appearance, so they won’t be worried about what you are doing.
  • I know that for me, the hardest part about going to the gym is actually getting there… I have to convince myself over and over again that it is worth it to go, but still even then it is not enough.  So, on those days that you can get yourself to the gym – make it count! If you live close enough, walk or bike to the gym; if you have to drive, then park in the last spot to burn a few extra calories before and after your workout! Make these habits to enhance every workout.
  • Rainy day? There’s nothing wrong with watching some Netflix, but make it worth your while! Do some sit-ups during Scandal or some squats during Grey’s Anatomy – binging does not have to be bad! Even better: take Netflix with you to the gym! Bring your phone or tablet and get lost in your favorite show while crushing it on the elliptical. Who says you can’t multitask?
  • Take advantage of your resources. The internet and On Demand are loaded with workouts you can do right at home! Grab out your yoga mat and start sweatin’! No gym required.
  • Work out with a friend! This is ALWAYS better than working out alone, and you can push each other to perform better. Go for a jog and struggle together.  A workout buddy is the best kind of friend.
  • Classes, classes, classes. Check out your local gym’s class schedule and see what interests you.  Don’t be afraid to take a yoga class even if you have never tried it before! Zumba and kickboxing are my favorites – you will have a blast while blasting calories! Grab your gal pal and your water bottle and get to class!
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Health

May Food Finds!

THESE ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER. No exaggeration. Even if you aren’t a ~huge~ coconut fan, these things will blow your mind. They’re tasty and crunchy and the bag lasts forever (unless you’re like me and have NO self control). Seriously though, these are amazing. And are sold pretty much at any supermarket (I got mine at Stop&Shop) so they are easy to get! Please buy and eat these little gems of deliciousness.

This is 2nd on my list of May Food Finds because I have found a new love for iced tea. However, I have NOT recently become a millionaire, so I’d rather not spend $5 per drink at Starbucks three times a day.  So if you’re also not a millionaire and love iced tea then this is perfect! This little box makes 6 huge pitchers, and are only like $3 a box…so yeah I’m pretty obsessed.


Ugh I love Trader Joe’s. Like honestly, I could live there if it was not filled with obnoxious customers who are ALWAYS in the way. But these chocolate covered almonds are amazing because they give you a little taste of chocolate without completely putting your calorie count over the edge. And almonds are good for you, dark chocolate has TONS of health benefits…so basically it’s a salad (right?!) These are a good buy along with everything else at Trader Joe’s. Go get ’em. And send me some more because this box is GONE.

Health

How to Make Your Daily Yogurt GOOD…(and filling)

I feel like yogurt is one of those foods that everyone eats because it is good for us, but no one really loves it, we just kind of tolerate it.  During my first year of college I learned how to make my yogurt not only taste good but also fill me up (which can be hard to do…) My tips to making yogurt both yummy, filling, and still healthy include:

  1. Chia Seeds – Cannot stress this enough… they taste like nothing but have AMAZING health benefits, such as being a whole grain, a good source of protein, and loaded with antioxidants. Love Love LOVE.  (The little black things)
  2. Coconut Flakes – Ugh these are delicious.  If you are scared to try them like some of my friends, DON’T BE! So good and so good for you! That is the best combination, isn’t it?
  3. Berries – Now this should be an obvious one, but if you’re like me, then often you’ll either forget about them, or be too lazy to wash them.  But let me tell you – it is worth it to just wash them! Just buy a fun strainer and boom that is half the battle.  My favorites are blueberries and raspberries, but I like to mix in pineapple from time to time (I know, not a berry…but any fruit is really fine.)
  4. Walnuts – These WILL fill you up and add some crunch to your breakfast.  Just make sure not to use too many, because they are high in fat!
  5. Granola – There are so so so many types of granola (my favorite is called Purely Elizabeth; honestly, YUM.) But my advice is to try out a few and pick your favorite! Granola adds even more crunch to your daily yogurt, and are rich in nutrients – so it is NEVER a bad idea!

If you are not already putting these in your yogurt then I hope you will try! This list has honestly changed the way I see breakfast now.  I am actually excited to get up in the morning because of my yogurt concoctions. Pour in the yogurt, COVER it with everything good, and eat up!!