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All About The Gains, Baby

Over the last month and a half, I have begun working out at the gym again! Before COVID hit, I was finally figuring out what worked for me and what was needed for me to reach my fitness goals. However, once gyms closed down I was unmotivated and frankly, lazy. I spent the first month of quarantine working out maybe once a week, and that usually only lasted about 15 minutes before giving up. Then I did a few YouTube challenges for a few months but I wasn’t feeling as motivated as I was at the beginning of the year. Finally, after almost a year out of the gym, I decided to rejoin and start my journey all over again.

Since rejoining, I have been going to the gym *almost* 6 times a week. I genuinely LOVE going and look forward to it the night before. Now I can’t lie, it’s not always peaches and cream, sometimes I wake up and I really don’t think I can bring myself to get up and get to the gym. But I can promise you, you will never regret going once you’ve done the damn thing. Once you find the thing that brings you joy, it’s kind of hard to stop yourself from going. The gym I go to also has a book in procedure, so you cannot cancel your booked appointment without 2 hours notice without receiving a $10 fee. However, I find that it is just another way to keep myself accountable.

I’ve learned so much about weight lifting in the last few weeks, from how to perfect my form, to discovering how much protein I actually needed. I’ve made tons of gains in the last month and a half and there’s NOTHING like hitting a new PR and lifting heavier than you ever have before. Trust me, it feels so much better than looking skinnier or fitting the society standard for beauty. Yes it’s an incredible feeling to look your best and be in shape, but the personal growth and knowing deep inside that you are working hard and taking care of your body means so much more.

Moral of the story, find what you love and do it everyday. It works wonders.

xx Savannah

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I Guess I’m Into Podcasts Now?

Recently, I’ve been listening to tons of podcasts. I know that they have been around for quite a while, but I only recently discovered how much I actually like them. There are so many genres to choose from and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. So whether you’re into self help, true crime, or comedy, I guarantee there is a podcast out there for you.

To begin, a podcast I’ve been listening to a lot lately is “Anything Goes” with Emma Chamberlain. Obviously by the title, the podcast doesn’t really fit into a category, as Emma talks about nearly anything and everything. Her daily thoughts, random conversations and even advice. Her podcast is available everywhere but I usually listen on Spotify.

Next, is the “Gals on the Go” podcast, hosted by Brooke and Danielle, and they share their their daily lives and life advice on this podcast. Danielle is currently a student, and Brooke is a recent post grad, so they have tons of content about college, internships, jobs and all other areas of your 20’s.

Now we all know how much I love Margot Lee, and I’ve been waiting for her to finally launch her own podcast for years. Well the day is finally here and Margot’s new podcast, “Working Title” finally goes up this week. Margot recently graduated from university and just moved to New York City so I cannot wait to hear what her podcast might have in store.

Last but not least, we have comedy. I actually have 2 favourites in this category, but lets begin with the “Tiny Meat Gang” podcast hosted by Noel Miller and Cody Ko. I’ve been watching Cody and Noel on YouTube for years so you know I had to include them in this list. Another comedy that just launched is “Cheers, Brother!” hosted by Caitlyn Rae and Sarah Baska. I’ve been watching Caitlyn on YouTube for a few years now and whenever her and Sarah are together you know it’s going to be chaotic.

I hope that you check some of these out as I’ve really enjoyed them!

xx Savannah

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Overcoming My Fears

I grew up playing a plethora of different sports. At the ripe age of 3 started swimming, then age 5 started playing soccer and T-ball. Some sports stuck more than others, like soccer until I was 14, and softball all the way until 19. Volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and floor hockey were just a few that I played throughout middle and high school. Volleyball was the one I took the furthest. When I was 14 I made Team BC training and I played very competitively for 3 years, before slowing down and focusing again on softball. Due to my overly active childhood and adolescence, I have always been an active person.

I started going to the gym regularly at 15, while balancing school and league volleyball, and softball all during the same season. I wouldn’t realize this yet but it would lead to a few issues in my later teens and now early 20’s. Being born in 2000, I was also included in the generation that began growing up with social media. By 13 I was already starting to compare myself to other girls my age and celebrities who had the perfect body. I could wrap my head around why a lot of the girls I was playing against and/or with looked so much more fit than I did. This lead me to begin exercising TOO much and restricting myself to a mere 1200 calories a day. (which is not nearly enough for anyone, let alone 14 year old be who was burning close to that just from sports). I had ruined my metabolism already and found myself to be constantly hungry. As a grew up, I played sports less and less, until all I had left was softball. It was sad, but also a really good thing.

Due to my It wasn’t until last year that I began to realize all the lies that we are lead to believe about our health. I was vegetarian for almost 5 years, 1.5 of them being vegan. This lead for major physical and mental health issues as well as an ED. I had a horrible relationship with food and although I had been working out since I was 15, I really had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know what kind of exercises would get me to where I wanted to be, and I was genuinely just so tired of feeling hungry. I started to get on the right track, finding a routine that worked for me, but then COVID shut all gyms down, and mine personally was unable to reopen after.

Lifting weights has changed my life. I always assumed that lifting weights would make me appear bulky and too strong, as it is often portrayed in the media as being something that large, buff men do. However, that is the farthest thing from the truth. I’ve learned so much in the last year about my body and what it’s capable of. I am learning to heal my body and my metabolism and understand than FOOD IS FUEL and not something I should be afraid of. It took me almost 21 years to realize it, but I have the ability to change my life.

xx Savannah