Lose The Guilt

Crawl your way out of your insecurities and take the journey to a fitter, healthier, and happier you

Energizing Songs For Your Workout

Music has been with us since the Ancient times for this art form appeals to us in many ways. It serves as a form of entertainment or inspiration to us. It can even be used to relay heartfelt messages of love, anger, pain, happiness and so on. Thus, music has evolved and continues to evolve in order to soothe our ears. From it, we can draw great inspiration. Music can help us be inspired and get energized for our body fat loss or muscle gain personal training work out.

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Upbeat music usually helps so here are some of the songs from my playlist that you might want to try listening to and add to your playlist whenever your in the gym, running outside, or weight loss exercising at home:

1. On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull – This up-tempo dance song contains heavy synths and elements of Eurodance, Latin American and techno music. Released in February 2011, Miss Lopez’s On the Floor will surely get you pumped up on the floor.

2. Move Your Body by Beyonce – Said to be a part of first lady Michelle Obama’s workout playlist, Beyonce’s Move Your Body will literally get you to move your body. This song debuted for the national obesity campaign “Let’s Move!”

3.  DJ Got Us Fallin’ Inlove by Usher – The DJ will get you to fall in love with working out thanks to this song. Have this on your playlist so you can be have an eargasmic experience while jogging in the park.

4.  Cherry Pie by Warrant – The song maybe old but the crazy music of 80’s rock and roll really never gets old. For a more headbanging upbeat music, try adding this to your playlist as well.

5.  Walk and Best of You by Foo fighters – I recommend these two songs because not only do their energetic loud music gets you pumped up, but the lyrical word play can inspire you as well. Kudos to Foo Fighters for always bringing us amazing songs.

6. Super Bass by Nicki Minaj – This 2011 hit will surely get you going with its booming bass, memorable hook, lyrical context, and chorus.

7. We Are Young by Fun feat. Janelle Monáe – Released in September 2011, this power ballad that incorporates the genres of indie pop, alternative rock, stadium rock and power pop will encourage you to use your youthful energy so make sure you have it on your playlist.

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8. Fight Music by Eminem and D12 – Very befitting when throwing a few punches during boxing or your time with the punching bag, Eminem and D-12’s Fight Music can drive you to launch some powerful punches further.

9.  Turn Around by Conor Maynard feat. Ne-yo – Recently released last October 11, Turn Around is a nice collaboration between newcomer Conor Maynard and Grammy Awardwinning R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor Ne-Yo. The combination of smooth vocals and upbeat sound can either pump you up some more or aid you cool down.

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10. How We Do by Rita Ora – How else to end a great work out than with a happy party song? British singer-songwriter and actress Rita Ora’s song released in March 2012 will definitely give you a good feel while you wrap it up.

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Ask around about other people’s playlist and you may find a few good ones you might like. Ask your personal trainer, gym buddy, or co-worker and you might discover gems for your ear.

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Food for the Soul: VALUE Yourself

People often have the misconception that losing weight means shedding the “ugliness.” Those who carry a little more flab here and there have a tendency to automatically categorize themselves as “ugly,” “not sexy,” and “undesirable.” They are quick to bring themselves down and this kind of insecurity or guilt is the leading cause of dangerous methods for weight loss (e.g. eating disorders, depression, etc.).

Some may think that body fat loss equates to being prettier or handsomer. If that is the sole driving force you have in order to be fitter or healthier, then you may achieve being lighter but you still won’t achieve being prettier or handsomer. Why? Because no matter how lighter or “prettier/handsomer” you think you get, you’ll know that you yourself won’t think you have achieved being “prettier/handsomer” with that kind of mindset.

love yourself first and always

Love yourself first and always.

The right mindset that you should have when you intend to start your journey to a fitter you is that you should accept yourself first. Accept who you are and what you have. It sounds cheesy and overrated, I know, but be satisfied with yourself. Then, bear in mind that when you are trying to lose weight, you are doing it not because you want to look “prettier/handsomer” (when you already are) but because you want some healthy improvement in your lifestyle.

If you are happy to be who you are, it will reflect on your physical appearance not just after your journey to weight loss but even during and before it started. This kind of thinking will help you steer clear of the dangerous weight loss methods, too. Having a beautiful way of thinking and loving yourself can be reflected by your physical appearance. It’s similar to how pretty clothes won’t look pretty on you when people can see how uncomfortable you are in them. When you can’t appreciate yourself; when you are not comfortable with yourself, then people will also have a hard time seeing the true value you possess no matter how lighter or fitter you get. Learn to VALUE yourself.

Visualize

When setting goals, visualizing comes with it. It’s okay imagine what you want to achieve. Drawing inspiration from the photos of your favorite celebrities might help but make sure that it would aid you, not depress you. Do not be envious of them. Just be inspired by them.

Accept

You have big thighs? Accept it. You have flabby arms? Accept it. When you accept what you have then you will know what to focus on. You will be driven or inspired to change them. Who else to better accept yourself than your very self? When you accept yourself, you’d tend to have a happier mindset and outlook on life which would be very healthy for you mentally and spiritually.

Live

Heard about YOLO? It’s true. You Only Live Once so remove all the insecurities you have and live the good life you want. It’s never too late to start living the healthier and happier lifestyle you always wanted.

Understand

Feeling a bit left behind? Like no matter how many times you move and sweat, you’re still not getting there? Understand that everyone is unique and this goes to everyone’s weight loss pace as well. Don’t beat yourself if you think you’re taking so long to achieve your fitness goals. What’s important is that change is happening no matter how subtle or small it appears to be. It might be a bad day, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad life.

Eat well

eat wellIt is highly recommended to dedicate yourself to a strict diet. It is indeed a healthier choice. But you should enjoy it at the same time. How? If you’re a picky eater, then eat the healthy food you find appetizing. Need more fiber in your diet? Why punish your taste buds by eating the green beans you hate when you can get almost the same amount of fiber from sweet potatoes?

Moreover, I might be the only one to say this but heck, I think you should reward yourself with your favorite comfort food maybe once in a while. (Note: Once in a while, not once in a day or once in 3 days. lol! Don’t abuse it!) Why? Because comfort food not only feeds your tummy but it also feeds your soul. It comforts you. And as mentioned earlier, feeling comfortable with yourself is valuing yourself. “Eating well” should not only be about the physical aspect but should be about the spiritual aspect as well.

Finally, remember that the road to a fitter self is less taxing when you enjoy the journey and when you know how to VALUE yourself.

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Exercise Makes You Happy

exercise leads to happinessEver wondered why fitness buffs are mostly perky? It’s because exercising makes them happy.

Studies show that exercising releases endorphins in the brain. Wikipedia defines endorphins as consisting “of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean “a morphine-like substance originating from within the body.

To put it simply, endorphins are the reason behind the “natural high” or “runners high” we get. Many people will agree that it’s the best drug there is with great side effects such as residual health benefits. Walking, running, biking, dancing or any other type of physical movement can make one feel happy, less anxious, more energized, and even have that satisfactory feeling of accomplishment when personal training fitness goals are achieved.

A single exercise session lasting 20 or 30 minutes at 80 percent of your capacity brings on pain-relieving endorphins, according to work by Robert G. McMurray of the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill (source: Foxnews.com).

It is also said that the more stressed a person is, the more intense the exercise should be. Intensity means the duration which is more than 30 minutes for those who are more stressed. It doesn’t have to be extreme workouts. As mentioned earlier, it could be in the form of walking, jogging, dancing, or even doing the house chores. Just 3-4 times of exercise in a week can leave a positive impact on anyone’s life.

When exercising, remember that it not only leads to weight loss but it could also lead to a happier and more confident you.

exercising releases endorphins

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Free Yourself, Lose the Guilt

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Free yourself and lose the guilt!

As a kickoff post for this health blog, it’s only befitting to share the aim of this blog and why it is established.

From the name itself, Lose the Guilt aims to boost anyone’s confidence and lose the guilt he or she carries because of his or her physical appearance. Many people feel guilty about not watching what they eat. Many people do not enjoy looking at themselves in front of the mirror.

Lose the Guilt would like people to appreciate the beauty of life and the beauty they possess. It’s an ambitious goal for a blog that only shares some weight loss tips, healthy recipes, workout routines, and even uplifting words to readers but hey, small acts count.

So let go of what haunts you; lose the guilt and join us on this journey to healthier choices, a healthier body, and a healthier spirit.

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