Helllloooooo, I know you're in there. New year, new you right?
This is going to be your year, I promise. Now is as good as any time to crack down, and let that fit girl inside of you break out.
We both know she's in there, bursting with energy to come out. Do some stretch, run in place, and charge that workout head on.
I've been lifting weights for over four years, and no, I am not manly. Lifting weights allowed me to burn fat while cardio allowed me to improve my overall health and body weight.
Going to the gym every day still doesn't happen- don't think you have to go daily to see results. Not true, pinky promise.
Here are my tips to you, to begin and stay on track to releasing that fit, strong, healthy girl inside of you.
EAT HEALTHY/MEAL PREP
I'm a college girl, and I (try to) meal prep weekly. Sometimes it works because I'm procrastinating school work, and other times it doesn't because I procrastinated too long.
Planning out your meals for the next days to come, drastically increases your chances of making healthy choices and sticking to them.
Fueling your body with amazing colorful food (no, not Trix cereal, try again) will amp your body for amazing workouts.
Not only will natural, healthy food give you energy and your body everything it needs, but it will help other cycles too.
You'll sleep better, wake up easier, and some girls even have an easier time of month.
(Did I mention that dark chocolate is natural?)
TREAT YO SELF
Okay yes, I totally just told you to eat healthily. But common... all the time?
You're working hard, and following a healthier life style does not mean punishing yourself. If you're dying to eat that ice cream, go invest in some Halo Top and eat the whole thing.
I eat their mint chocolate chip pints weekly... okay sometimes daily.
Whatever your favorite cheat food is, eat it. Just practice moderation and keep in mind what is best for your body.
KNOW YOUR BODY
Nobody can walk into a gym and lift the heaviest weight. You're going to see people who have been working out daily for years in the gym.
Also, that super intense HIIT workout you found on Pinterest is probably going to kill you.
Know your body, and know where to start. If that means picking up 5-pound weights and mimicking the guy next to you, do it. That's what I did.
There are thousands of videos, websites, and ideas online. Ignore what others are lifting, and listen to your body.
Sarah Bowmar is an amazing person to follow for fitness advice and workout ideas that will surely kick your butt...and shape it too.
Be bold, be fierce, be you. Maybe weight lifting isn't for you. What about kick-boxing? Interval training? Cross-fit?
There are a bajillioooonnnnnn different workouts and outlets for you and your inner fit girl. Run, jog, hip-hop, whatever it is, do it. Get up and get moving.
You'll feel weird at first, but everyone does. I felt like such a loser when I walked into a gym, it's normal.
Don't be afraid of people looking at you either- guess what? They're not. The gym is "me" time for every person in their, and the mirror are so we can all check ourselves out and go "damn girl, looking good".
So go to that mirror, look at your butt, and appreciate it.
Know what you're doing before you get there. I work out every night at the same time, with a plan already in my head.
Sometimes I walk through the motions, yawn a few times, pat myself on the back and leave.
(hey... at least I went.)
Other times, you're going to walk into the gym with a plan, and you're going to murder that exercise. Maybe even do more. Whatever it is, do it.
Do what you have to do, to make it worth it. Girl, you got this.
You can do it. Baby steps, it all takes time. But you have to start somewhere.
So grab your BFF, put on some cute gym clothes, and kick your own butt. Hey, kick hers and maybe she'll kick yours.
Being healthy is about loving yourself, and your body. It's about making the choices you need to make to live a long, healthy life.
So wake up tomorrow, and show the world who is boss.
(You, you are the boss.)