Sunday, November 20, 2016


hi friends! i hope this week was a great one for you! let me know in the comments something positive that happened to you this week! i've been super into fitness lately, so this post will be a little bit different! if you're anything like me, motivation can be hard to find when it comes to exercising. working out, getting to the gym, and making time to exercise is tough! especially when you're already busy. i mean, i'm a college student! i don't have time to work out! right? wrong. what i've come to find is that EVERYONE is busy. you just have to make time to treat your body well! so, how do you do that? i've written down my top 5 few tips + tricks on how to get your motivation back!

1.get up early!
something i struggle with is not IF i'm going to workout, but WHEN. i mean, i'm a junior in college taking 18 hours this semester. i have homework, a social life, time to relax, and time to SLEEP. (some mornings when i wake up, my first thought is "i can't wait to go to bed tonight!" ha! is that sad? can anyone relate?) what i've found is the easiest way to find time is to make time. and the easiest way to make time is to get up earlier than usual. if you decide to "make time" after school or work, you never know what might come up in the day and interfere with you from getting to the gym! i get up at 6 am every morning. that's right. six o clock. and my first class isn't until 9:15. at first, it was tough. it was really tough. waking up before it was light out, and getting my tired booty out of the bed. it would be one thing if i was waking up that early to go to NYC or something, but i'm voluntarily waking up that early to go to the gym. some people might view that as crazy, but i've gotten to the point where i love it! i wake up every morning and have time to myself. i get to put my headphones in, exercise my body, and be done with working out by 8 am! 

a few tricks to getting up early :
  • pick out your outfit from head to toe the night before. every night before i go to bed, i pick out everything (including my socks) that i will wear to the gym, so i can head out the door as quickly as i can!
  • DONT SNOOZE. although it may seem like 10 more minutes will make a huge difference, it won't. 
  • once your alarm goes off, try your hardest to sit up. i've found that whenever i roll over in my bed, half asleep, to turn my alarm off, i end up falling back asleep. my body has gotten in the habit of shooting up whenever my alarm goes off.
  • as stupid as it sounds, look through your phone. i usually grab my phone and check my texts, email, facebook, etc. it gets my mind going and helps me become more awake by reading and engaging my brain.

2. go to bed early!
this seems obvious given #1, but it makes SUCH A DIFFERENCE. going to bed early makes getting up early the morning so. much. easier. i go to bed every day (not weekends) by 11 at the latest. honestly, it's usually around 9:30-10. yes, i know i'm in college. yes, i know i should be having the time of my life. HOWEVER, getting up early only works if you get a good nights sleep the night before!!! nothing too exciting is usually happening on week days, so going to bed early isn't an issue. on the weekends i take a break from getting up early and don't set my alarm, but my body wakes me up around 8 nearly every time. "but mallory! you're a college student! don't you ever have to stay up late writing a paper??" i'm a journalism major and an english minor, so i write at least one paper per week. but instead of staying up all night writing it, i write it after my workout in the morning! for example, i get up at 6 and usually stay at the gym until 7:45-8. after that, i have until 9:15 for my first class. so if i know i have an assignment to finish, i make sure i get to the gym on time and even cut my workout short sometimes! there's a saying "the only bad workout is the one you didn't do" so i remind myself of this when i have to run back to my room to do something! on those mornings, i usually don't put together a cute outfit and put on make up like i do usually, so it gives me a solid hour and a half in the morning to work on any unfinished assignments.

3. turn it into a lifestyle
once you actually decide to START- it isn't that hard to follow through. i played sports my whole life all throughout high school, so coming to college was the first time i had to decide to take care of my body. i mean, would you believe me if i said before college i had never gone to the gym before? because i hadn't. i had never been to a gym just to workout, because i was always having workouts and practice for sports all year round! i had no idea how to workout, but i decided to start. and now i've gotten to the point where i hate not working out. i workout 5-6 days a week, every single week. i've developed a HUGE passion for fitness. if you would have asked me 3 years ago if i would want to go to the gym, it would be a resounding NO. but now i wake up every day and it's the first thing i do! once you start eating healthy, exercising (a lot or a little) you just FEEL better. the feeling gets addictive, and it's the best addiction you can ask for.

4. make it fun
i'm not going to sit here and say that i smile through every workout. to be honest, most mornings i'm in such a daze i don't say a single word the entire time i'm in the gym. what i'm saying is to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. for example, my favorite thing to work is my booty and legs. i LOVE squatting, leg press, leg extension, etc. i look forward to leg day. everybody has a specific body part they enjoy working more than others. find what you love and let it consume you in the gym! this is not to say to ignore every other body part. i hate cardio. but you know what i want? abs. so i do cardio 3 times a week. to get maximized results, you will work every part of your body. but it doesn't have to be miserable. for example, i hate lunges! so on leg day, i hardly ever do lunges. maybe once every 2 weeks. i do the exercises that i enjoy, and that make me sweat. my favorite exercises are the ones where i can really feel the burn. and it's okay to mess around in the gym! when i first started going, i had no idea how to work any of the machines. don't be afraid of looking like an idiot! every single person in the gym - whether it be you, or a body builder, had to start somewhere. try exercises that you find enjoyable. and do them. a lot. 

here's me goofing off after grant told me to try a pull-up! i hate pull-ups, so i didn't do one! ha! 

5. find inspiration + love your own body
one of my favorite things to do for inspiration is to take progress pictures! try and taking some. not for anybody else to see, just to help you be reminded of how far you have come. i love the quote "exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate." your body can do INCREDIBLE things. you would be amazed if you just gave it a try! results might not come immediately, but they will come. a few ways to stay inspired:
  • make a pinterest board of workouts and inspiration pictures! (i have one! you can follow me here!
  • TAKE PROGRESS PICTURES. day to day it might not look like much is changing, but pictures will help show you how far you've come! 
  • learn to love your own body. wanting to improve your body is healthy, but craving another's body is self-destructive. everybody's body is different!
  • eat well! it helps you feel better, so you will be more motivated to actually wake up in the morning!
  • but cute workout clothes! it doesn't have to be lulu, target has a great selection!
  • write motivational quotes all over your space! i have them hung on my wall, on my phone, on my mirror, etc
i hope you all have found these tips helpful! these are what have helped me in my personal life, so i hope they can help you all! i was thinking of posting my workout routine- including what i eat, workouts i do, etc! would you guys like to see content like that? thanks for reading! now get out there and SWEAT!

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