My Top 10 Songs to Run to Right Now

I HATE running. HATE it. Always have. But recently I’ve been getting bored with my workouts and I wanted to change things up a bit. So I have started running a mile whenever I can. Just a mile though. Baby steps. Don’t want to get too excited. It’s been a very hard challenge. After my first run I couldn’t even walk. I was limping around work more than the lady with the walker.

I’ve been running for a couple weeks at my gym on the treadmill even though I have a gym at my work. This past week I finally decided to put my lunch hour to good use and hit up the gym. It was pretty awkward – not going to lie. We have one gym rat in the office and he’s ALWAYS there. It almost feels like his gym and like I should have knocked before I went in! Anyway, that first day I forgot my headphones. The office gym rat blasts heavy metal and Nickelback from the stereo – out loud. So I was stuck there running on the treadmill listening to his awful, non motivating music. That run was THE worst. The next day I double and triple checked that I brought my headphones, and that turned out to be a MUCH easier run! It’s got to be the soundtrack!

Here’s my top 10 favorite songs to listen to currently:

1. Lean On – Major Lazer

2. Renegades – VHS

3. Crash and Burn – Thomas Rhett

4. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

5. Sugar – Maroon 5

6. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

7. Somebody – Natalie La Rose

8. Dirty Work – Austin Mahone

9. Outside – Calvin Harris

10. I Want You to Know – Zedd

What songs are you listening to for your running soundtrack?! I’d love suggestions!

Happy running!

How I Motivate Myself to Work Out in 6 Ways

I have this never-ending struggle to try to workout daily and eat better. The struggle is REAL. Some days I really have the, “I could workout, but I could also not and watch Netflix,” mentality. But I NEED to break through it!! Here’s a few thoughts I have in order to stay away from the couch.

1. Just get it over with and then I can sit on the couch for the rest of the night.

2. If I workout first thing in the morning then I have the entire night to do whatever I want without feeling guilty for missing a workout!

3. I workout so I can have that one more beer. Or that one more slice of pizza. (Kind of counter productive, I know, but it still helps my thought process!)

4. It’s harder to keep starting over than it is to keep going.

5. Whatever you do DO NOT sit on that couch when you get home from work. It will consume you and you will never get up. Even for food.

6. You have to keep at it to make progress to make your friends jealous. So keep at it! Don’t you want to look the best in all those photos??
Of course I am far from following my own advice but I keep telling myself these things with the intention to keep moving!! I usually have success about 4 days a week. Sometimes. If I’m lucky. That’s what I call a good week. But the key is to just remember why you started. That’s why you need to keep going!!