Need some tips on how to get motivated to workout? Going to the gym is hard. I get it. I used to workout all the time when I was doing cheer in high school. When I started attending college, everything changed. I stopped going to the gym. I wasn’t really gaining weight or anything. I did notice I was getting weaker and once I turned 21, I started going to the bars every weekend for a month. I definitely noticed the loss of definition in my abs. Fast forward to two months later, I started going to the gym regularly and have been eating clean.

I remember I was looking in the mirror in my bathroom, and I lifted up my shirt to flex my abs and it looked absolutely the same. No definition in my abs. This was a pivotal moment because I was like, I have to change my drinking and workout habits. Since then, I rarely rarely rarely ever drink.

Here are some tips on how to get motivated to workout!

1. Ask Yourself Why

Ask yourself why you want to start working out. Is it because you want to look better? Is it because you want to be healthier? Is it because you recently broke up with your significant other and trying to get a hot bod to get back at them? Whatever the case may be, just make sure you’re doing it for yourself. It’s important to find motivation within because if you’re using an outside source to fuel your motivation, sooner or later, the candle is gonna burn out. (Does that make sense? I swear there’s a better quote/explanation about this but I can’t seem to find it!)

2. Have a Gym Buddy

In the beginning of me working out regularly, I would always go with a friend. The first time I went to the gym, I did leg day and I went with one of my friends so he can spot me. It’s fun when you have a gym buddy and don’t lie, we’re all competitive and lowkey trying to show each other off. Even though my gym buddies are usually guys, I still want to show off that I’m pretty strong (even though the weights I’m using are usually half of what they’re using haha)

3. Track Your Progress

This is so crucial for me. I have a journal where I write down what I do every time at the gym and I would put notes. For example, it would be something like:

  • 65lbs Back Squat 1×10
  • 100lbs Back Squat 3×8
  • 120lbs Back Squat 1×3 (Bailing on 4th)

So by the time I do leg day again if I did more than 3 reps of the 120lbs, I know that I’m getting stronger and that itself fuels my energy and I get so pumped!

4. Have Goals

This goes along with tracking your progress. For me, I had a goal of hitting the “100 Club” for my back squats by Christmas, I ended up hitting that goal in EARLY November! Now my next goal is to hit the “200 Club” by Valentine’s Day and the “100 Club” by Christmas bench pressing. Having small and steady goals is key in my opinion.

5. Workout Clothes

I don’t know about you guys, but my boyfriend LOVES workout clothes, especially Lululemon. He’s always constantly buying new workout clothes and his excuse is that it gets him motivated to workout. For me, due to how expensive athletic wear usually is, it takes me a while to rip off the tags because I always feel like I need to wait a week or two to really want to keep the item. Because who knows, what if something happens and I’m financially in trouble! Returning those Lululemon leggings might save the day! Haha…

6. Inspiration

I love following fitness people on social media for inspiration. I love watching clips of workout videos and my “saved” collection on Instagram is filled with them. Some of my favorite includes Ashley Flores and Whitney Simmons.


Hopefully, you all find this helpful and are motivated to workout! Feel free to leave any tips you guys have in the comment section below. Check out my other fitness post here.


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Ellie Activewear – January

I am back again with another Ellie monthly box review. If you didn’t already know from my previous Ellie blog post for December, Ellie is a monthly subscription service that delivers you… You guessed it! Activewear! Huge fan of working out, so obviously I’m obsessed with this company. Ellie has two package service: $39.95 for 3 items and $49.95 for 5 items. These items include a sports bra, top, and a pair of leggings. Then the upgraded version includes two accessories.

I also did an unboxing YouTube video if you’re interested in watching that.

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Matte Graphic Tank

This month’s top is a white tank top. It’s light, flowy, and airy, and I love the gradient print on the word “FIT”. Such a cute top and it totally screams out to everyone that you’re fit! Haha.

Get fit and fierce in the New Year sporting our Matte Graphic tank. It’s everything you need in a go-to workout top, crafted from lightweight cotton and completed with a slim racer back and shirttail hem.

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Lea Seamless Sports Bra

These strappy designs are so cute! One thing I don’t think is that the part where it lays on my shoulders are a little bit too tight so it feels uncomfortable. I wish I had gotten a bigger size for the sports bra so the straps aren’t constantly rubbing on my shoulder. Other than that, I love the vertical strips on the bottom of this sports bra and they have removable cups. Yay!

Cool strappy back details and contrast stripes at the underband gives our Lea Seamless sports bra a contemporary edge without sacrificing comfort and support. It’s the perfect addition to your 2018 workout wardrobe.

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Tummy Control Laced Ankle Legging

Majority of my leggings is either a solid color or color blocked. This strappy design goes perfectly with the sports bra. To be honest, I don’t see myself wearing these leggings as much as I’m not a really big fan of the straps. It just looks off to me. I would wear this to the gym of course, but probably not for leisure or for going out. Is that weird? The white part of the leggings is mesh. Also, another pro about these leggings is the pocket! Last month, I talked about how there weren’t any pockets, but this month’s legging has one pocket in the back. It’s small enough for a credit card size but not big enough for my phone.

Our Tummy Control Laced Ankle Legging is made of performance fabric with a coolmax gusset liner that will keep you looking good throughout your toughest workouts. Additional features include side crisscross details, power mesh insets and slimming seam lines.

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Two Accessories

This month, the two accessories I received were a 3-pack performance loops and a GRLPWER pouch. I definitely see myself using the performance loops a lot. In fact, it was one of those things where I’ve been wanting for a while now so this was perfect! I will be using this at home when I can’t go to the gym or I’ll add it to my workout to increase difficulty.

Definitely, love the black-and-white color scheme of this month’s box. Thank you to the team at Ellie for sending me this month’s box and I am seriously grateful for them. 10/10 will always recommend!


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Eat Enlightened

Let’s talk about yummy snacks with high fiber and protein! I genuinely am obsess with Eat Enlightened. Funny story: (okay, not really funny but…) A couple of weeks ago when I was unboxing the package, my then-boyfriend randomly FaceTimed me. I showed him all the snacks I received since I know he’s always complaining about how I don’t consume enough protein in my eating habit. The moment he saw that they were high in protein and basically healthy, he was like “Wait… I want some!” Y’all, I told him to wait until I finish taking the photos for my blog but he devoured a couple of them! Luckily the ones he ate, there were two of them, so I wasn’t THAT mad. These snacks are so delicious and you can easily tose them into a salad for a crunch or eat them on the go. Definitely check them out!

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ENLIGHTENED Marshmallow Treats are a protein-packed twist on a delicious classic. Satisfy your craving for the delicious marshmallow cereal bars of your childhood with lots of protein and not a lot of sugar.
– High Protein
– High Fiber
– Gluten Free
– Peanut Free

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Enjoyed around the world for their delicious flavor and satisfying crunch, broad beans are a nutrition powerhouse packed with protein and fiber. ENLIGHTENED Roasted Broad Bean Crisps are lightly roasted in sunflower oil, and seasoned to perfection.
– High Protein
– Low Fat
– High Fiber
– Gluten Free

They have a variety/sample pack of the Roasted Broad Bean Crisps if you are interested in trying some! Also, they have ICE CREAM (bars and pints). I haven’t tried their ice cream yet, but if you follow me on Instagram, I will keep you guys updated on when I do!

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Ellie Activewear

The other week I was going through Instagram and heard about this company Ellie. Let me tell you guys: I am seriously obsessing over this monthly subscription service! Ellie is a monthly subscription service that sends you WORKOUT CLOTHES. Many of you know this but I love working out. I love going to the gym so I’m always on the hunt for cute clothes I can work out in.

Ellie has two subscription plan: $39.95 and $49.95. The first plan includes a top, sports bra, and leggings. The second plan includes those three items as well as two additional accessories. Ellie sent me the $49.95 option and I totally forgot to take pictures of the two accessories I received. If you’re interested in seeing the two accessories, check out my YouTube video.

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Marika Top

I love crop muscle tees when I workout. I actually have a similar top in the same style but it’s all cotton and grey. If you know me in real life, you probably have seen me worn it multiple times. The back of the top is mesh so it’s perfect if you sweat a lot on your back since the fabric allows you to air out your sweat.

Make power moves all December long in our Luxe Crop Tank, featuring a mesh drape back with an opening detail, high neckline, and Dry Wik finish. This top will take you from your high-intensity workouts to Sunday brunch with the girls.

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Marika Sports Bra

I love the second layer of the mesh, but I personally don’t like the v cut design. This is simply because I am very flat chested and I do not want to draw any attention to my chest area. I usually just stick to plain (very plain) sports bra. My favorite part of the sports bra is the removable cups! I love having these in a sports bra so I don’t have to worry about anything poking through if you know what I mean… Haha, but overall, I do love the sports bra, It’s just my least favorite out of the three.

Our Remi sports bra was designed to stay in place during your toughest workouts. It’s complete with a mesh overlay for more ventilation, crisscross strap details at the back for extra support, and removable cups pads for a customizable fit.

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Marika Leggings

I love color blocking. I’m not a big fan of pattern leggings at all so these leggings were perfect for me. It’s either color blocking or a plain color when it comes to leggings. I love the fit of these and these are squat proof! One thing I did wish these leggings have is pockets. I love pockets because when I’m at the gym, I hate putting my phone on the floor especially if I want to change the music or write down how many sets/reps I’ve done. It’s just more convenient to have pockets in leggings. Also, I love the cut of these leggings; they fall perfectly right at my ankles, which is pretty nice!

With a bold color block design, our Track Ankle legging lends a dynamic style for in and out of the gym. Details include an ankle length inseam, 3” flat waistband, and moisture wicking fabric.

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Two Accessories

This month’s box came with a jump rope from Marika and a hot/cold clay pack from Balance Collection. To be honest, I most likely will not use the jump rope at all but I will definitely be using the clay pack to its full potential. I get really bad cramps during the time of the month so I will for sure be heating the pack up.


I honestly 100% recommend this monthly subscription service to anyone who loves workout apparel. Through this service, you’ll never have to shop for activewear outfits ever again! Although for me personally, I would opt for the $39.95 option instead. I don’t think I will be using the accessories as much. Looking at previous monthly boxes, I’m just not an accessory kind of person. With the subscription service, you have five days to preview what’s going to be in the box. From there, you have the chance to opt out if you don’t like the month’s items. I would like to mention that the package is sent in a beautiful rose gold color. Also, I believe Ellie just sent me another box so I’m so excited for the January edition! Nonetheless, I definitely recommend this service to anyone who loves activewear and I personally would sign up for this service myself as well.



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YASHEL Athletics

YASHEL Athletics were kind enough to send me these two pairs of shorts: Body Active Shorts Marble and Body Active Shorts Nude. These shorts are a bit too short on me; they do show my butt cheeks when I’m squatting or walking. I went hiking in these and while they felt super comfortable, I found myself flashing my butt cheeks. With that being said, I recommend going up a size. These shorts reminds me of my cheer days when I would wear shorts like these to practice. My favorite part of these shorts are the pockets! I’m a sucker for any clothing item with pockets. Another nice feature they have is a small pocket in the back on the band with a zipper. This feature is perfect for your driver’s license or any important cards that you don’t want to fall out.

Website description of these shorts:

The body-hugging nylon spandex helps keep you nice and snug, while being free to Do Great at whatever you put your mind to. Use the side pocket to hold small amenities; you deserve another set of hands.

These shorts are made out of moisture management Nylon-Spandex. These features include:

  • Anti-microbial
  • Prevents odor, and bacteria growth
  • Smooth, breathable touch
  • Quick dry

ALSO, YASHEL is currently running a campaign called YOU-ME-WE. They match each purchase with a donation of athletic wear to those in need. This is a great cause and definitely go check it out here.

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I love these PIPPA leggings from Lilybod. Not only are they so comfortable, but super stylish as well! I’ve received so many compliments on these leggings. The stitching on the back goes downwards giving the illusion of a nicer behind. (Seriously, who wouldn’t want that?!) The material on these leggings aren’t super thick, nor are they super compressing. So if you’re in the market to find comfortable leggings for leisure wear or light impact workout (i.e. yoga) then definitely invest in these. I would say they’re pretty comparable to Align Pant II from Lululemon if you have a pair of those!

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