How to Get Motivated to Workout

Hello Babes,

Over the past few months, I have had little to no motivation to workout since my schedule was so busy. I think this low motivation mindset is very easy to fall into when life picks up and we get distracted from ourselves. I know how much of a struggle it can be to dig deep and find the urge to workout. What’s the point, right?

Well, over the past two weeks I have finally been getting back into the swing of things and I am feeling 110% better. I feel like my mood has been elevated, I am able to relieve my daily stress and my digestion has been better too. Obviously it’s only been a week, so there are no major changes yet but I already notice the difference in the way my body feels.

My 4 tips for finding motivation to workout

Find a workout that works: When you are beginning to workout again it can be hard to find which workouts work for your body. The best way to learn is by trying many different types of workouts. I was a cheerleader for almost 9 years, and after quitting, it took me some time to figure out what worked for me. I have found that variations within my workout really worked for me, things like resistance training has been the most beneficial for me. When I am using my own body in a workout rather than machines, I feel more accomplished in my workouts.

Start small: It’s hard to just jump right into intense workouts, so start small and then work your way up. Starting small can refer back to the first tip, which is finding what works for you. Do your research and learn what would work best for your body and lifestyle.

Find inspiration: When you are stuck in a rut and do not want to workout, it’s best to find a reason to start again. Whether this is finding a role model that inspires you and motivates you or if it’s simply finding a valid reason to just do it. For me, I was inspired by Sarah’s Day on YouTube because she talked about her personal issues prior to getting healthy and fit, things such as acne and digestion, which related to the problems I was having. This made me think maybe adding a workout into my daily schedule may help.

Do it for yourself: If you cannot find a good enough reason to start, then just do it for yourself. Working out for even 15 minutes a day will boost your mood and improve digestion. It can also help you get better sleep. No matter what, adding a little sweat to your day can improve so much. Get inspired and get motivated!

These are just a few things that have motivated me to jump back into working out. So far, I am feeling amazing and I’m so glad I found motivation to start again. I just started my own fitness journey, so I understand the struggle of starting again. As long as you find a purpose for it in your life, you will succeed. Never push yourself to workout if it does not feel right or you’re doing it just to please others. You must workout for yourself or you will never be pleased with the results.

I’m so happy that you decided to stop by PYM and read this post today. I hope it can help you find that fire from within to start doing what’s best for your body. If you want specific posts from me, feel free to suggest in the comments or via email. I would love to chat with you and hear your thoughts.

Find your motivation!

xo, Lyss

 

 

No Rain, No Flowers

Hello Beautiful Souls,

The title of today’s post is a quote that I came across the other day, very simply put, “no rain, no flowers”. Although this quote is short and sweet, I think it has a massive meaning. Thinking about it in terms of life, you realize without the bad days you cannot grow. Just like flowers, we need rainy days to grow. Rainy days can be rough, they are gloomy and long. But, once the storm passes and the clouds part, flowers bloom and the sun shines.

In life, we have long, bad days that drag us down and put us in a mood. We also have great days, where positive vibes fill our environment and life is just beautiful. That’s life, a battle of good days and bad days. The key to conquering these ups and downs is staying positive and optimistic, even through the bad days. When you are constantly positive, it becomes routine and it is harder to fall into a negative mood. You must take the bad days and figure out how to grow from them.

This past week I came across a very inspiring YouTuber, Sarah’s Day, who is very into health and fitness. She has inspired me to get back to focusing on what I am putting into my body and gaining my strength back. Since I have retired from cheer, I have noticed a decrease in my muscle tone. This past week I began working out again and really listening to what my body wants. I have been feeling more energized and happier this week.

Getting back into working out is a perfect example of “no rain, no flowers”. Without a challenge, you won’t see results. When you begin working out, you may not see any change right away but when you stay positive and stick to it, you will notice the changes. The journey to becoming fit and healthy is never simple, but once you begin to notice results, you feel better and you feel inspired to continue.

This process is life. Some days you will face challenges and you won’t feel 100%, other days you will feel on top of the world and completely happy. Once you learn to ride the roller coaster of life, it becomes a little easier to stay positive. So, always remember without rain, there are no flowers. Enjoy what life hands you and fall in love of the process of becoming your best self.

Thank you all for reading today’s post. I hope you have a grace filled week and I am planning a post for Thursday, so stay tuned for that.

xo, Lyss

 

8 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now

Hello Cuties,

Ever feel like things aren’t going your way? Do you ever throw yourself a pity party? Well, trust me, I know how that goes. Sometimes we just get in a funk, and it feels like nothing good is coming our way. This is common towards the end of the semester as we begin to approach summer. Lately, I have realized a lot of negativity running through my life. As we know, the way we think can impact our surroundings; and honestly, I have been throwing a pity party for myself these days.

Well, after some thought and a few inspirational quotes, I decided to figure out what my problem was. Why am I feeling like this? So, I created a list of things I am going to stop doing and stop allowing to take up mental space. I thought I would share this list with you as well:

  1. Stop comparing: This is number one for a reason. Stop comparing yourself to others, you are not them and they are not you. You cannot expect to be in their place when you do not even know the challenges they may have had to go through to get there. Everyone has a story that shapes them, wishing to be someone else won’t make things better, it will just inhibit you from achieving your own goals. Sure, look up to people and gather ideas on how you will make the most of your life, but don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else chapter 15.
  2. Stop worrying about what’s next: I am the worst at this one, it’s always about what’s next. What about right now? Why not live for now and let life work on its own. Yes, make goals and plans but if they fail to turn out, don’t give up. Everything will work out how it’s supposed to, so don’t create unnecessary worry in your mind.
  3. Stop negative thoughts: Easier said than done. Block out all negative thoughts and people. Negativity only creates a toxic environment for you. Life is a little bit easier when you are positive, good things start to come your way and people can’t hate someone who is always positive. Your positivity will start to spread to others as well!
  4. Stop being selfish: Now this does not mean neglect self-love, y’all know I am a proud supporter of self-love. Stop being selfish means stop only thinking about yourself in your relationships. Friendship is made up of give and take, when you think about the people you interact with, think about what they may want. This includes friends, family and even strangers. Understand where they may be coming from and be supportive.
  5. Stop giving up: Stop giving up on things that don’t work out on the first try. I know how easy it may be to give up and move on, but if something is important to you, you shouldn’t give up on it. Things won’t always work out on the first try. The path to success is not straight, so you must anticipate a few challenges before you reach your goals. Don’t give up yet!
  6. Stop hating your body: I know you may not be where you’d like to be with your “body goals” but stop degrading yourself. Take care of yourself and be healthy, but don’t be ashamed of your shape. Everyone is given a different body, relating back to number one, don’t compare your look to someone else’s. Just love yourself and be proud of the skin you’re in.
  7. Stop wasting your time: Stop wasting your time on things that don’t matter. It is easy to get carried away on a Netflix binge or caught up on pointless drama, but stop spending your time on things that don’t benefit you or make you happy. Life is too short to waste time on things that aren’t making you happy.
  8. Stop making an excuse: Every day we wake up, we have the option to live life to the fullest that day or just go through the motions. When you make excuses, you are prohibiting yourself from greatness. You cannot grow or become the person you want if you continue to make excuses for yourself. Don’t make excuses, make moves!

Life is too short to be wasting your precious time on silly things, focus more on the good and less on what’s not working. Working on stopping some of these actions will not only give you peace of mind, but it will also free up some mental space for positive and happy thoughts. Don’t let these things hold you back from greatness. You must seize every day and learn to let the little things go.

This list is just one I came up with on my own, but you should think about creating one for yourself. I made this list based off my current life, so maybe creating your own can give you a better perspective of where you want to be. Before I made this list, I made a list of my short term goals, then I thought about how I would go about achieving them and what I had to stop doing in order to do so.

Thank you all so much for reading today’s post! Please share this with your friends and family. You can subscribe on the right side of the page to receive updates on my posts. It is Monday and it is a new week, so wake up and kick ass. If you’re a student, 3-4 more weeks left in this semester…YOU CAN DO IT!

Happy Monday!

xo, Lyss

 

3 Affirmations for Your Monday

Hello Love,

Love is in the air this week! Valentine’s day is coming up and everyone is in the mood for some romance and lust. When we think of Valentine’s day, I believe many of us automatically think couples and mushy love stuff. But, what about self-love? Of course you should go on that cute date and enjoy the day with someone you love; but why not make this whole week about love. Loving others and loving yourself.

It is also the most dreaded day of the week: Monday. Therefore, I thought I would put together three affirmations to get you through this Monday and this week. Whether you are single or in a relationship, self-love is always important. To be in love with someone else, you must also love yourself.

Self-love is not selfish, self-love is crucial to your physical and mental health. You should always take care of your mind, body and spirit to the best of your ability.

3 Affirmations for Monday:

  1. You are enough: We always are doubting ourselves. We allow too many outside factors to influence our own thoughts and beliefs, so much that we underestimate ourselves. You are enough; you are strong and you are beautiful. Stop comparing. Believe in what you are capable of and magical things will happen. When you believe in your own greatness, you attract positive vibes.
  2. You are amazing: This does not just mean your looks or accomplishments, but who you are as a person and how you take care of your soul. Love your strengths and your weaknesses. Love your flaws, for they make you beautifully unique.  Take care of yourself. Embrace other peoples flaws. Eat a balanced diet that energizes you, drink water and treat your skin with care. You inspire others without even knowing it. Just be your amazing self!
  3. You make things happen: you have goals and dreams that you strive for everyday, you make your dreams a reality. When you are passionate about something you make it happen, nothing stands between you and your goals, except fear. Never let fear inhibit your greatness. Wake up and work hard, everyday. Whatever you are working towards, you will make it happen because you are strong and you are capable. Believe that you can make it happen.

Affirmations are a great way to start your day and jump start your week. Keeping these types of things in mind throughout the day is important for your confidence, happiness and health. I think the world forgets the importance of mental health too often. Taking care of our physical well-being is crucial, but mental health is also crucial to making life beautiful and colorful. Create a list of your own daily affirmations and watch your spirit transform. It’s important to believe in yourself.

I always say its way easier to be happy and positive than it is to be sad and negative. Negativity takes a lot more strength, choose happiness today!

Thank you all for reading! I hope these affirmations can kick start your Monday and get you on track for a killer week. Never doubt what you are capable of, spread love and kindness and most of all, be fiercely authentic.

Live life colorfully.

xo, Lyss

 

The Intern Files

Hello Pretty People,

I recently started an internship with a local boutique in Grand Rapids, Michigan called Parliament. I am the Public Relations + Social Media Intern for this store and studio space. So far, I am loving it! The space is so aesthetic and inspiring. The shop owners are genuinely good people that have been so welcoming and helpful. The store offers handcrafted goods and accessories, as well as workshops and demonstrations.

Since I am now officially an intern, I thought it would be fun to start an intern series on my blog called “The Intern Files.” In this series, I will share tips and stories from my internship experience. I thought it would be a fun way for me to share and document my experience, as well as offer tips and support to my readers.

To start, I want to highlight the importance of time management skills. That is my biggest struggle on a daily basis; I must pay attention to where and how I spend my time because if I get behind on certain tasks, I may miss a deadline. I am currently juggling 15 credit hours, regular retail job and an internship. My free time is limited!

My tip for you today is to utilize an agenda and a work journal to keep track of all your tasks and information on those tasks. I use two agendas to keep up with my work, internship and school schedule; along with homework, meetings and internship duties. I make a to-do list daily to make note of the tasks I must accomplish. I utilize a small journal when I work at my internship to document information on the business, as well as document my hours and accomplishments.

Being a social media intern, I must keep track of many things. I use my journal to write down popular hashtags, usernames and content ideas. Whenever I sit down with my supervisor, I use this journal to take notes of our discussions; this later helps me produce great content for the store.

This past month I assisted the Parliament team in the campaigning for their Grand Reopening, which took place this past Friday. Some of the responsibilities I have worked on include building social media content, curating a content calendar, sending email blasts and taking photographs. I also learned how to write a press release.

So far, my experience has been amazing and I can’t wait to see where this next month takes me. I am looking forward to learning more about the business and gaining marketable skills for my career. I encourage my readers to find an internship that will best educate you on your desired field. Internships lead to opportunities, and opportunities lead to careers.

Thank you so much for reading today’s Internship Files, and if you have specific questions feel free to comment your requests. I will utilize this series to offer advice on internships and share memorable stories and experiences. My goal is to write two of these each month. Stay tuned for more! I hope your Monday is wonderful and your week is grace-filled.

Enjoy today!

xo, Lyss