Why Nature Rocks!

Going to the gym every day is great for your health. It’s great for motivation, and it’s awesome when outside is a little dreary or extremely cold. However, when it starts hitting fall season, there is no better time in Arkansas to go outside and enjoy nature!

That’s exactly what I did tonight. I skipped the treadmill and went out on a hike. I’ll admit to y’all, I’m not the most outdoorsy person there is. Yet, when fall hits, this girl loves to hit the Arkansas outdoors! So what are some reason to go outside, enjoy the weather and be more active, well here are some reasons.

  1. The outdoors puts you in a better mood.
    When I’m outside, I am in a better mood. I see the little things in life that are wonderful. I notice what shape the clouds are in, how sweet smelling the air is, and the little flowers or changing colored leaves there are. Also, it makes you feel like one with nature, and as lame as that sounds it’s so true!
  2. You’ll want to go again.
    Being outside, makes you want to go out again. When you enjoy what you are doing you want to do it again. That’s the same with going outside and exercising. Honestly, that’s one of the reasons why I love fall. The weather is gorgeous and running outside is more fun than being in a stuffy gym.
  3. Breathing the outside air.
    If you think about it, when you’re outside in nature the air is better smelling. That sounds weird but it’s the truth. The air I would say is much better for you too. However, if you live in the city, I would suggest you go outside the city for that, but I haven’t lived in the city so I wouldn’t 100 percent know.
  4. It’s relaxing.
    When you’re outside you get away from all the hustle and the bustle. You can just chill and relax. Even though you are being active you actually can enjoy the workout.
  5. You just feel better overall.
    I love being outside. It’s just the bugs and other creepy crawlers that keep me from going out all the time. However, when there’s cool air or a bond fire I’m there.

Changing your routine up is great for you. I love doing that, cause I can get bored sometimes. But that’s how life is sometimes. With fall right around the corner, it’s going to be great to get outside and enjoy it!

So I hope y’all do the same! Till tomorrow XO

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Music + Workout = AWESOMENESS!

Y’all we made it to the WEEKEND! I swear every week is basically a countdown to the weekend. From the title, you can probably guess what I’m going to write about tonight. Yup, music! It’s literally something that’s a part of my life most of the time. Whether I’m at work, in the car, or working out I’m listening to music. So, I thought tonight I would give you about 20 songs that are currently on my workout playlist, and NO I don’t have the new Taylor Swift song on my playlist, and I’m not going to explain why.

So, how did I choose these 20? I have a large list of songs that I listen to when I workout. I like a variety of music genres, but when it comes to my workout I usually stick to pop or something that has an upbeat sound to it. I also decided to keep all the songs in this list pretty recently released songs. A few may be from 2016, but I tried to stay in 2017. Here it is:

  1. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
  2. Boys – Charli XCX
  3. Back to You – Louis Tomlinson (Ft. Bebe Rexha)
  4. Down – Fifth Harmony (ft. Gucci Mane)
  5. Most Girls – Hailee Steinfield
  6. Power – Little Mix (ft. Stormzy)
  7. Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry (ft. Skip Marley)
  8. Side to Side – Ariana Grande (ft. Niki Minaj)
  9. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  10. Life Goes On – Fergie
  11. Thunder – Imagine Dragons
  12. Cake – Flo Rida & 99 Percent
  13. Some Kind of Wonderful – Betty Who
  14. Kissing Strangers – DNCE (ft. Niki Minaj)
  15. Bacon – Nick Jonas (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
  16. Feels – Calvin Harris (ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean)
  17. Already All Ready – La’Porsha Renae
  18. Stay – Zedd, Alesia Cara
  19. Strip That Down – Liam Payne (ft. Quavo)
  20. I’m A Lady – Meghan Trainor

So I would love to know what you listen to! I’m always adding new songs to my playlist so please let me know what else I should add!

Till tomorrow XO

Kick It in the A**

Well if you follow me on Instagram, then you will know why I’ve titled tonight’s blog “Kick It in the A**.” How many of you have something in your life that you just absolutely can’t stand? Or maybe it’s something that you really don’t like to do? For me, that would be running. I have already told you before that I think running sucks, and it does. If you like running, good for you! I’m glad! However, for me, it’s not my thing. I would much rather play basketball, Jazzercise, or some other activity.

As I was running today, I started thinking about what my mom would say to me growing up. As I was in the middle of complaining to her about an activity or some subject at school that was difficult and I had absolutely no interest in, she would tell me this. She would say, “Aynsley, you better start liking it if you’re going to get an A.” Or something like, “Well, you better start liking it if you want to be the best.” The point my mom was trying to make was that, I better start liking the thing I hated doing if I was going to be better at it.

That’s when I realized that I needed to change my attitude about running. It was time to switch my thinking. No one likes doing something they hate or they don’t like doing something that’s not fun. To me, running isn’t fun. So if you’re like me this is what I suggest. Find ways to make running fun! Here are a few things that I have done to either make running fun or make it a competition (I’m competitive and so I’ll do my utmost best to beat whoever is my competitor):

  1. Beat your goal for that run – Do you want a faster time? Track your time and beat it! Do you want to run farther? Track how far you run and be sure to beat it the next time and the next!
  2. Get you a solid playlist – Music is a beautiful thing. It can help you through some of the toughest times in your life or it can pump you up. So find you a playlist that is going to get you through that run. I like to have my pop music playlist. Something that has a really great beat and has fun lyrics!
  3. Imagine what you’re running to or from – Okay, so this may seem like a weird one, but trust me it works. If you imagine that you are running from something, more than likely you will run faster. On the other hand, if you imagine something exciting is waiting for you at the end of your run than you will run faster too! There are actually some virtual runs that can stimulate that. For example, a zombie run.
  4. Watch a tv show or movie – Now I don’t recommend you do this if you are running outside for obvious reasons. A tv show or movie can distract you from what you are doing. For me, if it’s a thriller movie or action packed movie, I can sometimes feel like the character and if they are running or fighting someone then I can get that intensity too and push myself in my run.

So those are just a few things that you can do to make your run more durable. I plan on kicking running in the a**, and hopefully, will start liking it more!

Till tomorrow lovelies! XO

Life Happens

Good late, late evening everyone! It’s been a couple days since the last time I wrote, and I truly apologize. It’s been a crazy Monday and Tuesday. We all know how that can be don’t we? We get all hyped for something, and then for some reason, life throws us a curveball.

So Monday, was just one of those Mondays where you planned the night before to get up and workout and plan to have it go your way, and then once it rolls around you end up looking at the clock and it’s gone. I woke up late, and I got to work late. I was able to still make sure to watch what I ate. Right after work, I then headed to my part-time job and thought I would hit the treadmill after that. However, that did not happen because I had to go run an errand in a nearby town, and by the time I got home I just got that “really don’t feel like working out” feels. I know that’s a lame excuse, but if I’m going, to be honest through this process, then I’m going, to be honest, and say there are times when I just “don’t feel like it.” This is definitely something that I am working on, and so it’s definitely on my “Get Over It” list.

Then Tuesday rolls around, and once again I’m thinking there will definitely be time for me to go running. Usually, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days that I go to my favorite place in the world to work out, Jazzercise, but on this Tuesday I wasn’t able to. The reason being is that my church had a ladies kickoff event, and I definitely wasn’t going to miss out on that! What might that be you may ask? Well, my dear friends, that would Heartfelt Ministries that we have, and it is probably one of the best things that have happened in my life. If you don’t have a group of people that you can go to and just be you, then please go find one! I’ll probably write about my Heartfelt Ministry experience in another post, so that way you can see how wonderful it is! Anyways, by the time the event was over, I was so tired that I wasn’t going to be able to finish a workout. Another lame excuse now that I write this. But, there it is.

Now it’s Wednesday, and I’m sure y’all are thinking, “Man, this girl has got to be the worst person at keeping up with goals.” Well, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. I mean who gets to 212 pounds with the intent of losing weight without somewhat sucking at keeping up with their workout and dieting regimen. Yet, even though I went through a 2-day hiatus, I didn’t gain back my weight, and I was still able to complete a decent run. So, here’s what I have to tell you.

You may have a couple of days that are some pretty sucky days, and you may think well this is a load of work for not a lot of results, but you’re wrong. When I got back from church I thought, “Do I really want to hop on the treadmill?” Yeah, I questioned myself, and then I walked to my room, put on my running shoes, and ran. Was it Jazzercise? No. Was it the workout I wanted to do? Not one bit. Did I feel better after? Heck yeah! Do I feel like I’m back on track? You betcha!

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t all fun and games especially when you’ve been used to just being an athlete who can eat whatever the heck they want to. So, why am I doing this if I just “don’t feel like it” on most days? I do it because I need and have to. Let me give you a list:

  1. I have to fit into a bridesmaid dress that may or may not be in American measurements (Heck, I’m going to Australia for this wedding)
  2. It’s good for my health
  3. I feel so much better after a good workout
  4. Drinking a gallon of water every day makes my complexion better (another bonus since I’m in a wedding)
  5. I would be lying if I didn’t put: I want to look good
  6. Australia (In a sense, have you seen the Hemsworth brothers? If you catch my drift lol)
  7. Lastly, overall I just feel like I’ve accomplished something

So whatever your reasons may be, just keep trucking on. It’s not always sunshine and butterflies, but trust me once you hop back on the horse or get back on track you’ll feel so much better. Not only will you feel better physically, but you will also feel better as a person because you will feel like you have accomplished something. Life gets in the way sometimes, and that is completely alright. It’s a rollercoaster, but as long as you hold on and enjoy the ride and it’s a wonderful and fabulous experience.

Until tomorrow beauties! XO

Instant isn’t always the best

Tonight’s post is not so much a post about exercising or healthy eating. Tonight I’m going to talk to you how instant pleasures aren’t always the best. In particular when it comes to weight loss and just life in general.

When starting #BridesmaidSweating challenge for myself, I was thinking that this was going to be a huge step in the right direction, and it has for the most part. But today I was sitting in church thinking about it, (I know I should be paying attention to the sermon), and I thought, “Wow this is going to be a long two months.” In this day and age, we want everything to be instant. When we go out to eat, we get angry if our food isn’t out by 30 minutes if we are at a sit-down meal or 10 min or less if we’re at a fast-food restaurant. If we are single and looking for love, it seems as if love is just a swipe right away. So sometimes we fool ourselves and think “Why can’t weightloss be that way too?”

Today I was thinking that. It’s day 7 or a week since I started this and I have 8 more weeks to go. I have 8 more weeks of eating right, exercising daily, and trying to drink a gallon of water EVERY. DAY. But right now, I want to already want to 20 pounds lighter. I want to be able to go back to the old days where I was playing basketball and could eat basically whatever I wanted to. Sadly, no one can go back in time and sadly I can’t just snap my fingers and be skinny.

So what does one do when feeling just a bit down? Well here’s what I plan on doing, dear friends, I’m going to get up early Monday morning and start my routine again. I’m going to be better than I was this past week. I’m going work harder at being a better me. It’s not going to be easy and I’m not going to like getting out of bed. Honestly, I’m going to hate getting out of bed every day.

I know I’ve said most of this stuff in my very first post, but we all have times in our lives that get us and we have to be reminded that we can still do it! And to prove how much I have improved since starting here are some facts. I have more energy when I get up in the mornings. My skin has improved since drinking more water. I am able to exercise for longer period of time. Last but certainly not least I am down two pounds this week! So that’s something to be proud of!

Tomorrow’s Monday. A new start and a new week. I know this post doesn’t seem as encouraging as others, but trust me I am excited for the new week! I’m excited for the next step in this journey and I am ready to see more results. Whether they are dropped pounds, improvements in my eating habits, or advancement in my exercising!

Till tomorrow dear ones!

Work Trip and Staying Healthy

It is day 6 of #BridesmaidSweating and I had a work trip to Hot Springs! Which was really awesome! I absolutely had a great time, but the only downside is that I didn’t really get to drink as much water as I would like and thinking about eating healthy is not something I want to do on a work trip.

So what do you do in these kinds of situations. Cause we all know life happens, and you just want to sit at home on the couch in your fat pants and stuff your face. Or maybe you’re in a really neat part of the country and you just want to have fun! Well today was definitely the latter for me. I was in another town and I knew I didn’t really want to stick to my healthy eating. However, I knew I needed to.

The question is, what was I going to do to enjoy my trip and still have a healthy day? Well this is what I did.

My coworker and I left for our floral convention around 6am this morning. What I had from breakfast was a cutie, bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit and coffee. When we got to the convention I made sure to have some water to drink on the way and I almost finished my entire bottle.

When lunch time rolled around there was a ton of tasty options to choose from like loaded waffle fries, corn dogs, and chicken strip basket. Then there were two pretty healthy options which were chicken salad sandwich and a chicken wrap. I SO badly wanted that tasty chicken strip baskets with waffle fries, but I knew if I wanted something really great for supper I best go with the healthy option. That’s what I did. I got myself a chicken salad sandwich with a side of fruit and water. I did try one of my coworker’s waffle fries and it was DELICIOUS! I’m going to also add that I didn’t snack on this trip either. So that helped me kind of keep my calorie count down. (I don’t keep track of calories but I kind of watch it).

After watching a really great show of body floral designs, it was getting close to supper time! Man, was I excited! We all went out to this really great German restaurant named, Steinbaus Keller. I had schnitzel with a really great cheese sauce, potato pancake, and fried potatoes. Let me tell you it was some FANTASTIC food!

I y’all all what I ate because you may be going on a trip or life may happen and it can feel like you want to just forget about eating healthy. Well you don’t have to. You can still have a little fun and still keep on track with your healthy lifestyle. You shouldn’t feel bad cause you want to try the new pizza restaurant. Just keep in mind how much you intake!

Today, was a great day for me! I ate some great food and surprisingly with all the walking we did around the convention I met my activity goals!

So do let one trip or hiccup in life keep you from your goals!

Falling in love with H2O

Water. It’s something that covers 70% of the earth, and we are told that it makes up a good majority of our bodies. So why am I writing this on my 5th day of #BridesmaidSweating? Well, dear friends, the reason is that I have been challenging myself every day to drink a gallon of water. It has been a very interesting, to say the least.

So why drink a gallon of water every day? According to Livestrong.com, “Water makes up more than 60 percent of your body weight, and without it, you would not survive more than a few days. All of your body’s cells and organs need water to run, and it also functions as a lubricant in your body. Excess water is removed from your body through sweating as well as urination. MedlinePlus recommends drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses per day. While a gallon of water is double the recommended intake, the excess will simply be excreted by your body.”

But there are more benefits that I personally have seen this week at least. For starters, I haven’t seen the bathroom so many times in one than I have this week! If you’re looking for something that will be cleansing your body daily without having to deprive yourself of food try this. You will be going to the bathroom so much that you’ll start planning your drives home where there are available bathrooms right off the road.

The second thing that I have noticed is that I’m not as hungry as I usually am. When you start drinking more water you are so full of it, that you don’t even feel the need to eat. But please eat! Your body needs that energy fuel! What I do is try to space out my drinking. This way I’m rushing to the bathroom a ton. Granted, I didn’t figure that out till later this week. So if you can find a way to schedule how much you drink a day it helps out a ton!

One other thing that I have also noticed is that my skin is on its way to looking better. There’s not a lot of results to show right now, but I can already tell the difference from when I first started. My eyes don’t look so tired, my skin has a natural glow to it, and it’s starting to clear it up. I will tell you up front that I’m not the best at skin care, but this has definitely helped my skin A WHOLE TON.

If you don’t believe me when I say water is healthy for me after all that, check out some of these cool cats who took a Gallon of Water a Day Challenge. You will see their before and after pictures and how drinking this much can be such a great additive into your daily lifestyle!

Well, that’s all I have for tonight lovelies! Just remember HYDRATE!