It’s no surprise that both Hannah & I are huge music buffs, but we never knew what a BIG roll it would play in both our weight loss & maintenance journey! A good music playlist is just as important as the workout itself. Music will motivate, inspire, and give you a good butt kicking when needed! We guarantee that great music will push you to workout 150% harder than without it. Think about it….how many times have you taken a group fitness class & although the workout was good you left not liking it because the instructor played El Crappola music? (yes, that is the technical term) Anyway, you get where we are going with this.
There are so many places these days to obtain great music. iTunes on its own provides more musical fun for your ears than they could ever take in in a lifetime. Although, we are avid iTunes fans, we are also loving Spotify these days. You can find all the information for this program at Spotify.com. Spotify also has an amazing app in addition to their awesome desktop version. So, for those do you still saying “But guys….I don’t have time to look through that music & I wouldn’t even know where to start…”. Fear not….we have something for you too…we wouldn’t leave you hanging like that! For you there is an awesome app we both have been listening too lately. FIT Radio is a great app that provides tons of channels in TONS of genres. There is something for everyone & they even feature guest DJ’s to mix up your favorite tunes! The app is specifically designed for exercise so it’s perfect for workouts! See…soooooo many options to get your groove on.
Ok, since so many of you ask us what we listen to….we thought we would compile a small list for you. It’s only a top 10 because it basically changes with the wind. ☺. We will update now & again so you will have to stay tuned for new lists! Ahem…Pun intended.
Hannah & Olivia’s Butt Kicking Workout Jams:
1. David Guetta – Turn Me On feat. Nicki
2. Flo Rida – Wild Ones feat. Sia
3. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
4. Skrillex – Bangarang
5. Robyn – Criminal Intent (you must always have some Robyn)
6. Kanye West – Gold Digger
7. Bruno Mars – Marry You (How Bob Harper first proposed to Hannah…she fell off her spin bike
8. Jay Sean & Nicki Minaj – 2012
9. Outkast – Hey Ya!
10. T.I. – Dead & Gone
**All of the above are available in radio friendly tracks which is appropriate for all ages. We love that!
So, now you have NO excuses!! Get out there and have a dance party at your gym…or wherever. Let us know in the comments what songs you workout to!! We can always use an excuse to buy more music! Wooohooo!!
No, not that kind! The protein/nutrition variety :). Today we’re talking about NuGo (they sent us some) and Larabar (we bought those). These are great tools and some of them are very tasty so press play and then let us know what YOU like and don’t like.
I have been thinking a lot lately about disappointment. Sounds a little depressing when I re-read that sentence, but trust me you won’t need any Kleenex after reading this blog. 🙂 One of my BIG issues I worked on when I was on The Biggest Loser was disappointment. It wasn’t featured a ton, but it was the biggest piece of my puzzle. See, you all know by now how type A I am by nature, and to my detriment I can be pretty controlling. Ah, control….well, I tried to control everything (which is impossible) and it got me to 284lbs at my highest. In my mind I always convinced myself that by keeping such tight control of things I was being “productive” & “driven”. Ha. Ha. Ha. It was a very candid conversation with Bob Harper that really turned my thinking around. He simply said, “You spend so much time and effort trying to keep all these balls in the air…what would happen if you let one of them drop?”. I will tell you that even hearing him say those words made me sweat! Let a ball DROP? That is enough stress to drive me to eating a whole sheet cake alone, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that if I dropped a ball the earth would still turn & I would not die. He challenged me to really spend some time thinking about that concept. As I began to dig into this issue I will tell you that I couldn’t for the life of me come up with a reason why I feared letting go. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks….well, actually that ton of bricks happened to come in the form of Jillian Michaels. She simply said, “Honey, you can’t let go of control because you are terrified of disappointment.” Um, WHAT?? In that moment it became very clear. She was right…I was afraid of disappointment. You know in cartoons when the light bulb turns on…it was like that. I avoided really putting my self out there in my career, relationships, & really life itself to avoid being disappointed. The biggest area where this manifested was in my struggle with weight loss. Don’t get me wrong…I was always on a diet, but I NEVER really tried because that way if I failed it was because I did it half way & wouldn’t be disappointed. In my mind disappointment = weakness & failure. Whew….that’s a mouthful.
Have I fixed all this? I’ll say that I have made HUGE strides, but it’s a work in progress. I find myself at times trying to control things & I have to step back and adjust. The joy in that is the awareness…it’s half the battle right? Also, I look at disappointment in a very different way. I no longer fear it…do I like it…no, but who does? That being said I look at disappointment as an opportunity to overcome. If I set a goal & fall flat on my face…I allow myself to take a moment & be disappointed, but then get up brush myself off & set a new goal. You know why? Well, if you fall or fail the earth keeps on turning & you won’t die. Trust me…Bob said so. By getting up it gives you one more chance to achieve, and I just love that.
Do you struggle with disappointment? How do you overcome? Let’s chat about it in the comments! 🙂
Hello Loves!!!! So, Hannah & I have been wanting to start this Series on the blog for some time now. As you know from our Facebook & Twitter, Hannah & I have a tendency to become “obsessed” with things we love. It could be a new lipstick, a pair of socks, or a new workout class. In addition to things we stumble upon we also are so blessed to have companies send us awesome things to try. Some we end up loving…others we don’t. Sooooooo… we now want to share these things with you!! We will not only review our new obsessions, but we will show you how & where to get it. Sometimes these companies will even allow us to pass along discounts & specials! I mean who doesn’t LOVE a discount?
Now, here are a few things you can ALWAYS count on. First, we will never be anything but 100% honest with you. We always disclose to you what we buy with our own money & what was gifted to us by companies. Second, we are only going to review stuff we love. There is enough negative stuff in life…let’s just celebrate the good stuff. We feel this is an opportunity to not only bring you some solid reviews, but also expose new upstart companies as well. That doesn’t mean we won’t tell you about the big company products as well…it will be a mixed bag! 🙂
Also, let us know products YOU love! Leave your suggestions in the comments…we are always open to trying new things…AND this blog is for you too, so we want to showcase things you’re interested in too! Fun right?? Ok, so let’s get this started!!!!!