Month: March 2017

Lazy Girl Gets (Somewhat) Fit

You’re probably reading the title of this post and thinking, “Whaaaat?! Morgan’s in the gym??” 

Yes girl. I’ve actually been in the gym, working out regularly for the past 3 weeks. That may not seem like a big deal to some of you Instagram fit people out there, but that’s an all-time record for me.

When it comes to physical activity, I’m about as lazy as they come. I never had an interest in playing sports growing up. In gym class when we had to do the mile run, I walked. That was back when I could eat as many chicken tenders dipped in ranch as I wanted without gaining a pound.

I’m 25, almost 26, so obviously my metabolism isn’t what it used to be(that’s so cliche but true). I decided it was finally time to stop making excuses and actually get in shape. To be honest, I’m not overweight. Now I know there are people out there who consider anyone who isn’t stick thin overweight and that’s cool, that’s their opinion. But medical-wise I’m not overweight. I’m on the upper end of average and I’m fine with it. My decision to start working out has little to do with the way my body looks and more to do with making me feel better overall and giving me something to do when I’m bored.

Like I mentioned in my last post, my friend Sam was a big influence on me wanting to get into shape. She had her second child last June and started on a fitness journey a little over a month ago to lose the baby weight. She’s been kicking ass and inspired me to do the same. Going to the gym with her helps a lot, because she pushes me to do more than I would do on my own(I told y’all I’m lazy). Plus it’s fun– it’s like we’re hanging out at the mall or Starbucks… but we’re at the gym working out.

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We’ve been working out 3-4 days a week and I’ve been tracking my workouts(heart rate and calories burned) on my Apple Watch. For the workouts I do 20 minutes of cardio on the treadmill, then lift weights for about an hour. One day I do arms, one day legs, and one day full body(and another day full body if I’m able to work out 4 days that week). I also use the MyFitnessPal app to track the calories I intake and my macros. Although I try to consume a certain number of calories a day, I’m not really eating clean. I’ve been watching what I eat somewhat by making healthier choices, but if I’m really craving something I’m still gonna eat it whether it’s healthy or not.

If I end up losing some weight from being more active then I’ll be happy. If I feel healthier and no longer lose my breath from walking a few feet, but don’t lose any weight I’ll be happy too. I’m gonna continue to be happy with my body the way it is, no matter what size I am and no matter what anyone else’s opinion of it is. And I hope you ladies reading this are content with your bodies as well, no matter what shape or size you are. And if you’re not fully content with it, that’s okay too. If you want to make some changes, then do it girl! But don’t let anyone but yourself tell you what to do with your body.

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It’s #SelfLoveSeason Y’all

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Hey loves! It’s March and we’re on the horizon of my favorite seasons, Spring and Summer. I love the warm weather, sunny skies, and bright colors… oh, and my birthday’s in July! Spring and Summer signify happiness, in my opinion.

One of the positives, but also negatives, of this time of year is that everything starts to slllooowww dowwwnnn. The days get longer, school winds down, and for me personally, work slows down as well. This leaves a lot more free time on my hands than usual. As someone whose life pretty much revolves around work and school, it’s easy for me to get bored and start questioning who I am outside of my accomplishments.

This year I’ve decided to dedicate spring and summer to finding new hobbies and activities I enjoy, and getting rid of some of the meaningless, time-wasting activities I participate in way too much. Sooo, I’m dubbing this time of year #SelfLoveSeason.

One of the activities(or should I say addictions) I’ve decided I need to cut wayyy back on is social media. Social media is the biggest waste of time. I start my day by scrolling through all my social media timelines and before I know it an hour or two have passed and I’m still in bed. I’m rarely even talking to anyone(except on twitter… hit me up) and I’m getting absolutely nothing out of what I’m reading/watching 95% of the time. It’s just a way to pass time and be nosey to see what drama is going on in ex-classmates’ lives.

So instead of scrolling aimlessly through my phone all spring and summer, I’ve decided to start doing more meaningful activities that will help me grow as a person, as well as make me more active:

  1. Read more – I’ve started reading a lot more recently. This is gonna come as a shock to any of my friends and family that are reading this, because I’ve honestly hated reading all my life, but I discovered motivational/self-help books and they actually keep my interest. They give me motivation for my day and also teach me things.
  2. Work out – It almost sickens me to write this, because I really enjoy just sitting on my ass, but I started working out again about 2 weeks ago. One of my best friends, Sam(who y’all have seen in some of my vlogs) and I joined a gym and we’ve been working out together 3 days a week. I’ve gotta admit that working out with a friend makes it so much more fun. I actually look forward to going to the gym now!
  3. Find new hobbies – Outside of work and school, I really have no hobbies. I’m going to try different activities to hopefully find some I really enjoy and want to continue. The first on my list to try is a local jewelry making class.

Happy #SelfLoveSeason!!