Personal Confessions: Music

A week ago I joined a gym. The first time I went, I was terrified. Sure, I’ve worked out before, but it’s been so long that the thought of getting back in the gym was scary. But I went. And I’ve continued to go. To make things easier while I’m there, I made a playlist to help block everything out and help me focus. Here are some of my favorites from that list:

“Explosive” — Bond

Four women form the string quartet Bond, and they absolutely ROCK. Seriously, they’re amazing. This song in particular makes me think I’m a spy in training for a big mission. I allow my mind to wander and imagine I’m somewhere deep undercover dodging bullets and scaling walls to save the president, all while keeping perfect make-up and never sweating.

“What Makes You Beautiful” — One Direction

No shame with this one. Who wouldn’t want five (Now four, *sniffs* bye, Zayn) cute guys singing about how beautiful you are while you are sweating like a pig and feeling like you’re dying? If that doesn’t say motivation I don’t know what does.

“Sexy and I Know It”– LMFAO

Note: This music video is a bit NSFW (not safe for work, AKA a bit inappropriate. Contains men in thongs/speedos dancing and shimmying. You have been warned.)

I think it may actually be against the law not to have this song on a workout playlist. It’s so fun and impossible not to bop your head along. Even when the rest of your body feels like it can’t move any longer, your head will find the strength to bop.

“Zero to Hero”– Hercules

On the other end of the music spectrum, we have Disney. The entire soundtrack to Hercules is amazing (“I Can Go the Distance” is also on my workout playlist), but if you need a song to pump you up, this is it. You, too, can go from being a “zero” to “hero!” Now if only you could have muses follow you around and sing contemporary (Ancient Greek?) gospel music all the time…

“Girl on Fire”– Alicia Keys

Oh man. Alicia Keys SLAYS this song. Just listening to this song as I type this makes me want to go out and run a marathon. I’ve been listening to this song when I hit that metaphorical “wall” and instantly I feel like I can keep going. Yes, Ms. Keys, I AM on fire. I’ve got the perspiration to prove it.

“Roar”– Katy Perry

If Katy Perry can survive in the jungle with tigers, elephants, and monkeys, while (again) keeping perfect hair and makeup, then I can make it through this workout. This song just screams “Go Girl Go!” and I feel invincible. Is there any song filled with more girl power?

“Spice Up Your Life”– Spice Girls

Answer: Yes, yes there is. Spice Girls were are the embodiment of the “Girl Power” movement of the mid-late nineties and as a child of that decade, I would be amiss not to include their anthem on my playlist. Baby, Posh, Sporty, Scary and Ginger Spice will forever be my girls. I will never NOT sing and dance along to their songs.

“Crazy In Love”– Beyonce

Not gonna lie, I have like six song from Queen Bey on my workout playlist. Trying to narrow it down to one song to write about was way harder than I anticipated. If you don’t want to strut on the treadmill while listening to this song then you’re lying. And word of advice, don’t try to shake your booty while walking/running. It doesn’t work well. Not that I’ve done that or anything…

“I Will Survive”– Gloria Gaynor

Yes, I WILL survive. I will make it through this workout. I can do it (I think).

And finally…

“I’ll Make a Man Out of You”– Mulan

This song is GOLD. Seriously, if it doesn’t make you want to cut your hair, steal your dad’s armor, run off to war, learn karate, fight, and save China, then something is seriously wrong with you. YOU GO MULAN. CLIMB THAT POLE. PROVE THE MISOGYNIST MEN WRONG.

So that’s just a sampling of what I have. I regret nothing. No shame.

What do you have on your workout playlists? I’m always interested in new songs to keep me going!

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What is USANA?

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It’s a valid question. After all, if I am encouraging you to join me and thousands of others around the world on the USANA bandwagon, you should know what it is. In short: USANA is a health sciences company who specializes in vitamins, dietary and nutritional supplements and bars, and skin care.

Founded in 1992 by Dr. Myron Wentz, an internationally renowned microbiologist, immunologist, and philanthropist, USANA has grown to be the worlds highest rated nutritional products. For Dr. Wentz, this dream began years before, when his father died at age 57 from heart disease. Seeing the pain and agony his father went through, Dr. Wentz made the ambitious goal of ridding the world of pain and suffering. Through his own research and lab tests, he was able to determine what the human body needs, without adding fillers like other vitamin and supplement companies.

USANA's wide array of vitamins
USANA’s vitamins

USANA’s vitamins are the best produced vitamins on the market. Here’s a fun fact: Vitamins are not inspected my the FDA because they are considered a food product. This means that the majority of vitamins on drugstore shelves have not been inspected to the highest quality level that other medications have. Because of this, fillers, artificial dyes, and additives are often added to these vitamins, taking away the nutritional benefits and lessening the affect. USANA, on the other hand, manufactures their vitamins to the same quality standards as FDA sets. In fact, in 2011, their manufacturing facility became a registered FDA Establishment. So you know the vitamins you purchase from us will be the best you can get. And with so many to choose from, the possibilities for health are endless!

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USANA’s Nutrimeal shakes and protein bars

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USANA's skin and body care line Sense
USANA’s skin and hair care line Sense

USANA’s skin care line is one of a kind. Offering both skin and hair care, their formulas are all natural and backed with nutrients and antioxidants designed to make skin look and feel brighter and younger. It is so pure that even those with the most sensitive skin can use it. USANA wants to make you feel good on the inside and out; and with Sense, they can do just that.

TL;DR (I know there are some of you who just looked at the pictures, don’t lie): here’s a short video explaining everything.

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Why I Chose USANA: Kelly Johnson

Allow me to introduce my amazing friend Kelly. She is a licensed cosmetologist, mother, and fellow USANA associate. Because of her passion for revealing the beauty of others both inside and out as well as the overall health of herself and her daughter, USANA was an easy choice for her. It was she who first acquainted me with USANA and all of its wonderful products. Check out her video below to hear more of her story. To read more about why I chose to become an USANA associate, check out my About page.

For more information on USANA or its line of vitamins, dietary supplements, or skin care line, email me at blweathers.usana@gmail.com or post in the comment section below.