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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I don’t know what the weather is like where you are today, but it is BEAUTIFUL here in Chicago. Warm, sunny, with a light breeze that makes you instantly want to curl up in a hammock and take a nap. I’m currently sitting out on my deck right now soaking up the sunshine as I type this. 

 

My view. IT’S SO GREEN
 
I love this kind of weather. As someone who struggles with depression, there is nothing better than warm, sunny days. Because I live in Chicago, the majority or fall, winter, and spring are cloudy and cool. While I do my best to keep the depression at bay, when the weather is icky, I start to feel icky. 

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