Chicago Fit Expo

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Hey guys!

So I wanted to talk a little bit about my experience this past weekend at the Chicago Fit Expo. I wasn’t sure how I would end up liking it, but it turned into a day that makes me want to travel to these expos all over the world. That’s doable, right?

Basically, the expo was a fitness playland. A meathead’s heaven.

I mean, only a certain kind of person gets excited when he/she receives a free bodybuilding.com shaker at the door. Woo!

I think what made me love the expo the most was just being in an environment with everyone that has the same interest. What was so amazing was that there were those that are just starting their fitness journey all the way up to established bodybuilders/black belts/instructors, you name it, and everyone in between.

There were tons of events, including seminars that bodybuilders put together, Jiu Jitsu, powerlifting and crossfit competitions, and companies selling their products and giving away samples. Then obviously there were the meet and greets, aka waiting on line for an hour for a minute spent with that person. Totally worth it though 😀

Btw, all those competitions were open to the public. As long as you registered, you were able to compete. How awesome!

Most exciting part? I got to meet some of the biggest names in the industry, along with the fitness coach that I look up to the most, Massy Arias. Unreal.

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Second most exciting part? I think I’ve got my motivation back! I’m ready to get back in the gym later today and try out some of the exercises I learned this weekend. There’s nothing like a good ol’ slap in the face from being surrounded by some of the most in shape people in the world to make you amped for your next workout.

Next stop, the Olympia! Maybe, possibly? 😀

 

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Tips To Get Motivated To Workout After A Long Day

I think everyone can agree that going to the gym after a long day at work, day in and day out, can sometimes seem like more of a chore than the most exciting part of your day. So how the heck do gym-goers stay so darn motivated?! How does one possibly get hyped to step in the gym and exhaust the body that was just busy for 8+ hours dealing with annoying people and situations? Read below & see how I do it 🙂

How I get my butt to the gym when all I want to do is curl up in bed and stay there forever:

  1. Drink coffee
    • I LOVE COFFEE. Dark, black coffee. I get excited every morning for my first cup of the day. Instead of a pre-workout supplement, I drink another cup. I’m still not really sure if coffee actually gives me tons of energy…but I like to think it does. Also, the idea of being able to drink a cup of coffee gets me more excited to then go to the gym afterwards. If you hate coffee, try some form of energizer to get you going. Maybe for you, that’s tea, or an energy drink or a pre-workout supp.
      • TIP: it helps to love what you’re drinking so your mind connects the pleasure of that with going to the gym.
  2. Try not to think about it, just go
    • On my train commute home every day I’m tempted to think non-stop about how tired I am & how amazing it would be if I could just skip the gym. The more I think and come up with reasons, well, excuses, the more likely it is that I won’t go. If I get home from my shift at say, 9:30 at night, I won’t even sit down. I’ll get changed into my gym outfit and just go go go. As simple as it is, sitting down will tempt me to cuddle with my puppies, start talking to my family and before I know it an hour has passed and I haven’t gone to the gym.
  3. Remember, afterwards you’ll be happy you did
    • Literally. Our brain produces a natural, happy chemical when we exercise. Grumpy when you get home from work? I bet you won’t be when you get home from the gym. Also, I have never, not once, regretted going to the gym. Easy as that.
  4. Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad workout
    • Even if you’re so tired and can’t fathom the idea of doing an intense workout, walk on the treadmill. Sit on a bike. It’s better than sitting on the couch in front of the T.V. with that pint of ice cream you told yourself you wouldn’t eat.
  5. Workout with someone
    • There have been countless times I’ve told my boyfriend that if I knew I wasn’t working out with him at the end of my work day, I probably wouldn’t have made it to the gym. A partner helps you just get there, mostly because you’ll disappoint him/her if you bail. Right? So get a buddy & motivate each other.
  6. Find workout clothes you love
    • You know when you buy a new pair of shoes, or pants or a shirt or any clothing item for that matter, you can’t wait to have an excuse to wear it? Well, think about that exciting feeling with workout clothes! And guess what! You’d have an excuse EVERY DAY to wear that new outfit. Personally, I feel better working out in a cute shirt and fun leggings rather than a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants. Your self esteem is lifted when you feel good in what you’re wearing. The same thing applies to the gym. Wear something you feel damn good in and I promise you’ll get excited to step in the gym.

How to Get Over the Gym Slump

Hey guys :)!

I wanted to show you some ways on how to keep your workouts exciting if you ever feel like you’re stuck or lacking motivation. This happens to me from time to time (and is currently going on right now). I get bored with my workouts, get bored with the gym & sometimes even go as far as saying I get bored with lifting. GASP.

If any of you ever feel this way, know that you’re not alone! We get tired of doing anything over and over again, so the same thing applies to exercise. Simply changing up my workouts helps get me back on track.

Below is a video of a workout that my boyfriend and I did recently to help me switch things up a bit.

 

Exercises:

  1. The first exercise you see me doing is a pushup with a 25 pound plate on my back. This was my first time attempting this, so realizing that I was actually able to push myself back up with the added weight gave me instant excitement & gratification. Those two emotions alone already made my workout satisfying. There are a bunch of different ways to do a pushup. Experiment by adding weight, changing hand positions or even putting your hands on a medicine ball to push up on.
  2. The second exercise my boyfriend is doing is using the ropes in a jumping jack motion. Let me tell you, these ropes are a GREAT addition to your workouts. Not only is he getting some cardio in, but he’s working his arms and shoulders at the same time.
  3. The third exercise I’m performing is a pushup into a bent over row then lastly into a deadlift. Arms, shoulders, core, back, chest, glutes and quads are all being worked here. Who doesn’t love an exercise that gets so many parts working at once?!
  4. The fourth exercise shows how to use the ropes to really work your obliques. Again, still working arms and shoulders but to keep himself balanced when switching from side to side, he needs to activate his core.

 

Let me know if you guys have tried some of these exercises or if you’re going to do them for the first time! Xo

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

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The Sunshine Blogger Award:

Nominated?  Here’s the rules:  Check out my Q & A.  Have a look at my nominees; new bloggers, those I dig and those I think you should check out.  I have provided list of questions for you.  Create your own blog post and answer your set of questions while nominating some bloggers of your choice! (don’t forget to let them know!)

I was nominated by Kelli of Kelifornia79.com, & boy am I happy I was! She introduced me to her blog and wow! Need a review on anything beauty? Her blog is a must see 🙂

Kelli’s questions, my responses:

  • How Long Have you been blogging?
    • Hmm, about 2 months or so. Baby blogger. I’m still learning the ropes of this whole new world we have here 🙂
  • Who inspires you?
    • Ah, so many people. For starters, I’m fortunate enough to work in the industry I love-makeup. Therefore, my coworkers inspire me, my boss inspires me, my clients inspire me. I think everyone in my life inspires me in their own different, unique way. Was that cheesy?
  • What is your longest running, tried and true beauty item?
    • Mac “Soft and Gentle.” As much as I love other highlighters I’ve tried, this one seems to have just the perfect amount of pink & gold tones for my skin color.
  • Where is ‘your happy place’?
    • The gym, there’s something about completely exhausting myself that makes me calm & happy. Or anywhere with a good book and hot coffee.
  • Currently binge watching Netflix?  Whats your Favorite TV show?
    • I actually don’t want TV -___-
  • What [who] was your first band/show/concert?
    • An American Idol concert lol I think Clay Aiken performed?
  • Most used makeup/beauty brand?
    • I use so many different brands every day. From Kevin Aucoin to Inglot all the way to Loreal.
  • Who are your pets? (if any)
    • My puppies :)! Kodi (a husky) and Roxy (a shepard/corgy mix).
  • Favorite online shopping destination?
    • I don’t online shop either lol. When I want something, I want it now. Is that weird? haha.
  • Where is or where would you like your next vacation destination to be?
    • Next destination is Chicago for the first time,  so  I’m pretty hyped!

 

My Nominees:

 

My Questions:

  • How Long Have you been blogging?
  • Who inspires you?
  • What is your longest running, tried and true beauty item?
  • Where is ‘your happy place’?
  • How did you choose the name for your blog?
  • What made you want to stop blogging?
  • Most used makeup/beauty brand?
  • Favorite hobby?
  • Favorite place to shop?
  • 3 places on your bucket list to visit?