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In Fitness, Health, Life, The Self-Care Series on
February 12, 2018

Yoga: Why it Works?

Hello Happy Souls,

I’m so happy to share the next post in my Self-Care Series on PYM. This next post is written by two amazing yoga instructors and business owners from AM Yoga in Grand Rapids, Ashley Yost & Mali Jane.

These ladies have not only created a successful business, but they have also changed so many lives through the practice of yoga, including mine. As you know, I struggle with anxiety and starting yoga has helped me tremendously. You guys know I only share content I stand behind, and I definitely stand behind the perspective of these two women. Let’s learn how and why yoga works… Read more

In Advice, Fitness, Health on
January 11, 2018

Why I Started Practicing Yoga

 Hello Beautiful Souls,

Yoga is a practice of the mind and body, it is all about bringing awareness to the present moment through breath and movement. Yoga actually means “connection”. Many people do yoga for various reasons, some for exercise and others for mental health. I recently picked up the practice to help combat and build a relationship with my anxiety. I’ve tried a few yoga classes prior to officially joining and committing to the practice.

After bringing the practice into my everyday life, I have realized it is so much more than just an exercise or breathing. Many people believe you have to be flexible or super fit to be “good” at yoga. If you’re one of those people, you’ve got it all wrong. If you think yoga is all about being “good”, then you’re in it for the wrong reasons. Read more

In Fitness, Life, Motivation on
August 30, 2017

What’s Project Comeback?

Hello Pretty People,

If you follow me on social media, you’ll notice that every once in awhile I share snaps or photos of my “project comeback”. You may wonder what I mean by that. Project Comeback is a term I have picked up to refer to the time I use to get my life back on track.

Life gets busy. We can lose track of working out, eating healthy and all around, taking care of ourselves. It happens!

That was last week for me. It’s easy to fall into this and it’s also okay to fall into this. We are human and we do not have to stick to anything that’s uncomfortable. I started back at university this week, which means a change in my schedule. And I say a new schedule calls for new goals!

To me, project comeback isn’t just about getting back in the gym or eating a salad. It’s about getting a clear vision of my goals and doing what it takes to accomplish them. Sometimes that means adjusting my goals and going back to the basics! I’m going to share some of the steps I take to focus my mindset and get my sh*t together.

My Project Comeback

Set New Goals: My schedule has taken a complete 180 from what I was doing this past summer. Therefore, I am setting new goals to accommodate this schedule. I’m also starting my final year of college, that alone calls for some serious goal setting! Time to put the big girl pants on.

Setting new goals is always a refreshing way to refocus yourself and get inspired. If you’re ever feeling a little out of whack, try setting new goals.

Drink More Water: My skin is taking an end of the summer plunge. I did not get as much vitamin D as I would’ve liked this summer, and my skin can agree. Drinking water (lots of water) will rejuvenate the skin and it’s great for your health. Try to drink a glass when you wake up and one before bed.

In general, drinking more water always helps my skin and my energy levels.

Schedule Time to Workout: Working out is not for everyone but I’m not asking that you go to the gym and lift weights. Just get your blood moving. Take a morning walk, do 50 push ups or take a swim. Whatever fits in your lifestyle, do that!

Sometimes I’m not working out to build muscle or lose weight, I’m doing it to cure my anxiety or relieve my stress.

Get Some Sleep: I love sleep! I know how easy it can be to binge watch a tv show or stay up late on your phone, but really try to catch some z’s. Sleep helps your skin, digestion and energy. It’s okay to take a few late nights, however sticking to a sleep schedule will benefit you so much.

Make Time to Blog: Make time to do what you love. This one is personal to me because I have neglected making the proper time to sit down and really write. I love creating content for my readers and it’s a way for me to release some of my own thoughts. Take time to do the things that bring you happiness.

These are just a few of the things that I do to get my life back together. There are days, even weeks, where things just tumble out of control. It’s okay, splurge a little. Just take care of yourself and know when it’s time to get it together.

I challenge you to create your own Project Comeback because we all have off days and we all deserve time to splurge. It’s all about the balance, babes!

You’ve got this!

xo, Lyss

In Fitness, Motivation on
June 13, 2017

3 Intense Sweaty Workouts

Hello Fit Babes:

Sticking to a workout routine can really show results and push you in your fitness journey, but that can potentially get boring at times. That’s why it’s important to add in some intense, body shocking workouts. These will break your normal routine and work new muscle groups, which will hopefully show more results. I thought I could share a couple of my favorite intense workouts that I do when I really want to sweat. I also do these workouts when I feel bloated or sluggish, it really kicks my body back into gear. These are great to add to your routine, but they aren’t meant to be done everyday.

Intense Workout #1 | Hey Miss New Booty

You’ll need a gym with a stair master!

StairMaster: 15-20 minutes

3 to 5 minute warm up |  Level: 8-10

3 to 5 sprints for 30 second each | Level: 20 or your personal max

*Break for 30 seconds to 1 minute between each. The sprints truly burn but you have to push through at least 3 to really reap the benefits of this exercise.

3 sets of kickbacks for 30 seconds | Level: 8

*This is a booty burner, simply kick each leg back and step on every other step.

3 sets of 30 second side climb | Level: 13

*Walking sideways on each side counts as one set.

You may also take breaks in between the other exercises, but I usually do a set of kickbacks combined with the sideways walking then take a small break. Do what’s best for your fitness level. I usually complete a few intense ab exercises after too!

Intense Workout #2 | The Girl Next Door

Utilize your neighborhood or local park for this one!

8-10 hill climbs | Try to do this pretty continuous

1 to  2 mile run/walk | Try to run for the whole 1st mile

10-15 stair sprints | Do five then take a 1 minute break, repeat until you reach 10 or 15

Workout #3 | Sweaty Yogi

Attend a hot yoga class!

Hot yoga is actually such a sweaty, intense workout, especially if you partake in a vinyasa session. Vinyasa is a constant movement through different yoga poses. I remember when I first did one of these classes, I left dripping sweat and I was sore for the next two days. It literally shocked my body. I LOVED IT!

Thank you for checking out Pretty, Young & Motivated today. I hope you are able to try some of these workouts and see some serious results. Share your favorite intense workouts with me in the comments! I’d love to try some of yours too. Happy Monday!

Let’s get sweaty!

xo, Lyss

In Life, Motivation on
June 5, 2017

Just Start!

Hello Lovely Human:

Over the past couple of months, I have been really getting into becoming super healthy and fit. After I quit cheerleading back in 2015, I disliked going to the gym and my motivation to workout began to slip away. I would have spurts where I would workout for a couple of weeks but quickly get bored and just stop going. I couldn’t stick with it.

Well throughout this past semester, I became really lethargic and every meal I ate hurt my stomach. I couldn’t figure out the issue. Stress was probably one factor but there was more to the story. I also started to notice my muscle tone and strength deteriorate. That’s how I knew I had to make a change somewhere. It started out a slow process, but then I got completely inspired by an Australian YouTuber. Her positive message and motivation to live a healthy lifestyle truly inspired me.

I knew that was my moment. I had to make a change or I would continue to feel lethargic and weak. Within the first few weeks of working out and eating healthier, I saw a difference in my mood and my energy level. There were no serious changes, but a noticeable difference in how I felt.

Just Start!

The message for you today is: just start! No matter what goal you are trying to reach, the first step to success in that goal is simply starting.

I never thought I would finally get motivated enough to be excited about going to the gym or enjoy eating a salad for lunch. It’s all about figuring out what works for you and finding what motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle.

Yes, I have been more involved with fitness but beyond working out and getting lean, my focus is on feeling great and being happy. When you feel sick after almost every meal and you have zero energy, you aren’t happy. That’s what changed my mind and sparked my motivation. I could either continue to feel the way I did or I could make a change.

and now…

Today, it’s still a work in progress. I’m not jacked or ripped, I’m not super disciplined and I don’t always eat clean. I’m human and I’m not perfect. My goal isn’t to be crazy about my diet and body. It’s to be healthy and happy. I want to feel good, and sometimes eating pizza makes me feel good. A healthy lifestyle isn’t always about eating super clean and hitting the gym everyday, it’s what ever makes your body feel best.

So, my advice for you if you are thinking about starting your fitness journey or starting any goal really, just start. Once you begin, you will find inspiration or motivation that will continue to push you. Do it for yourself and do it because you want to.

Once you find that one thing that inspires you, you will began to see results. Many people fail at their goals because they enter with a negative attitude. If you are not enjoying the process, then you will not see results. It has been proven that when you find the process or activity to be pleasurable, you are more successful in reaching your goals.

Thank you so much for reading today! I hope your Monday is filled with coffee and good vibes.

Start somewhere.

xo, Lyss