I had heard that Beyonce started a Vegan Meal Delivery service called 22 Days Nutrition. I looked at it and decided that even though it’s gluten-free, it wasn’t the kind of thing that would work for me.
What REALLY motivated me was this video from her YouTube feed, called 7/11:
It’s such a fun and free-spirited video of her dancing in various stages of lazy day dress that I loved it. Not since Single Ladies, have I wanted to learn the dance moves to a video so much. With all the “Smack it in the air,” I just had to download the song. I’m still trying to talk on my foot like a phone. Gotta practice some yoga..
I might not be able to take diet advice from her, but even after all these years, she is still inspiring me to workout. Thanks, Beyonce!
I don’t know how this song flew under my radar for so long, but now that I’ve found it, I’m all about that bass!
I had heard the song a couple of months ago and I thought I liked it. Yeah, love for all body images (except the skinny bitches line)! It’s great! Embrace your body and love it for what it is. Yeah, yeah, yeah…
Then I saw that video and it made me ADORE the song for ONE reason. The dancing sensation that is this man:
So much of the love your body image has been directed at women that I think men have been left out. This guy is an amazing dancer and he is just so damn adorable. He could tell the EXACT same story as Meghan Trainor. He’s all about that bass, too!
This is my favorite line and it’s so hard to remember sometimes:
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.
The next time you’re feeling down about your body, put this song on and crank it up!
I have this old Fleetwood Mac song in my Workout playlist. It reminds me of President Clinton and how enthusiastic we were when he was first elected. It seemed like a good, upbeat song to put in my list. You can hear it here:
The truth is, thinking about tomorrow has gotten me into a lot of trouble in the past.
“I’ll start eating right again tomorrow,” while stuffing my face with food.
“I’ll start running again tomorrow,” while sitting on the couch, watching too much television.
“I’ll get some healthy snacks tomorrow,” while skipping my snack time, allowing myself to get too hungry and binge the next meal.
Tomorrow has gotten me into a BUNCH of trouble. I know this is a long journey and the long view will help with that, but I’ve used the promise of tomorrow to CONTINUE the bad practices of today. Instead of all those horrible lies, I said to myself, I should have been thinking of NOW.
“I’ll start eating right NOW,” while putting down the binge food, throwing it away or spitting it out.
“I’ll start running NOW,” while lacing up my running shoes and putting the leash on the dog.
“I’ll get some healthy snacks NOW,” while running quickly to the closest store to get fruit and veggies for my snacks.
NOW is far more powerful than TOMORROW. I don’t know why I never saw that before.
I absolutely adore this song and it made me feel so good when I was exercising. I love the lyrics of the chorus:
This, this is for all the girls, boys all over the world
Whatever you’ve been told, you’re worth more than gold
So hold your head up high, it’s your time to shine
From the inside out it shows, you’re worth more than gold
Sometimes when I’m working out, I feel like total crap. I know you understand what I’m saying. Those exercise-induced endorphins don’t always show up, even when you work really HARD for them. That’s how I was feeling the day this song popped up on my shuffle play during my workout. The workout was still hard and I still wanted to stop, but I kept on running just because Britt told me that I was worth more than gold.
For the next few weeks every Monday, I’ll share a playlist of songs that I have in my Workout Playlist on my iPhone. I’ll include clips to listen to, where you can buy them and why I have them in my list. Just so you know, I do get a portion of the sales of these songs from Amazon, so if you buy them, you’re helping me out.
Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) by Technotronic: I love this song at the beginning of my workout because those first few steps, I’m really tempted to just quit. I’m still close to home and I could just turn around. This song tells me to “get up and move that body” so many times that I just keep running, even if I’m feeling like going back home.
Sound Of Letting Go by David Guetta – Tocadisco – Chris Willis: This song has a great beat and it starts out with the phrase, “This is the point of no return because this is where we crash and burn. And now every time I face this pain, I can hear it coming back again. It’s the sound of letting go.” I know this song is about breaking up, but sometimes I just need to let go of my images of my old self. Sometimes I need to break up with the person I used to be.
Naturally by Selena Gomez and The Scene: The catchiness of this song is a given, but I love the idea of exercising coming naturally. I like to think that I’ll eventually become the kind of person for whom “everything comes naturally.”
Growing Pains by La Roux: This song reminds me that I am changing and I might run into stumbling blocks on the way. “Oh, I make mistakes and you just say it’s growing pains. When I feel ashamed you tell me it’s just growing pains.” Instead of continuing a binge, I can stop myself, put this song on my iPod and take a quick walk around the neighborhood.
I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas: I absolutely love this song. It has been playing EVERYWHERE, but despite the repetition, I still love this song. Will.i.am is telling me over and over that tonight is going to be a good night. Sometimes I need that kind of positive reinforcement. Fergie tells me that when I feel stressed out and I wanna let it go, that I should go way out and space out. Plus, this is the first pop song to use the phrase “mazel tov” since The Fiddler on the Roof Soundtrack.
You Da Boss by SkinnySongs: “This is your conscience talkin’. You don’t need that piece of pie. Gotta let it go pass you by.” This week’s song from Skinny Songs is a reminder that I’m in charge, not the food. I like to sit down and listen to this song when I’m tempted to eat, but I also keep it in my workout mix to remind myself of why I’m exercising. I’m the boss of my body, too.
Knock You Down by Keri Hilson: I know this song is talking about love, but there are a ton of other things that can knock me down on this journey. The chorus says, “Just get back up when it knocks you down.” I remember this when I slip up with food.
If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback: If today was my last day, I would eat all the food I ever wanted to eat. THAT is the kind of thinking that makes me binge because I deny myself when I don’t need to. Why should I hold off on my life until my last day? Every day, I try to eat something that I would have wanted to eat on my last day so that I don’t feel neglected. I work it into my caloric restrictions and I live every day like it was my last. Oh, and there’s all that other positive stuff that Nickelback says in this song.
Runaway by Cher: This song starts with the words, “Nobody said it would be easy. Nobody gives you guarantees.” It’s okay if exercise isn’t easy. It’s not supposed to be. If it were easy, EVERYBODY would have a hard body. Keep working and don’t focus on perfection. Cher continually singing for me to “run away” keeps me running when I want to walk and there is NO better motivation than Cher looking as awesome as she does in her sixties!
Listen to the clips for these songs. If you find just one song this week that motivates you to exercise, then buy it and make it your powersong when you’re working out this week. I bet you’ll find that you’re more willing to get your butt to the gym and your workouts are easier.