My Supplement Routine for Weight Loss, Acne, Hair Growth, Energy, & More

My Supplement Routine for Weight Loss, Acne, Hair Growth, Energy, & More

Yes, I am a Plexus Ambassador. But I’m not just here to promote my business, I promise. I use plenty of other supplements outside of the Plexus family that have done wonders for me as well! I’m just feeling good and I want y’all to feel your best too! So basically I’m just going to share what the supplement is, what it claims to do, and the honest effects that it has on me. 

I’m starting with Plexus products because after posting my progress picture I’ve received a lot of questions about what I’m taking and how I got to where I am, and I just want to be able to have the story all in one place! I’d just like to go ahead and say that this is not me just trying to make a sale, these are my honest thoughts and experiences. I value being real and trustworthy over possibly receiving a new customer anyday. 

Plexus 

Metaburn

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-metaburn

Claims: Burns stubborn fat (especially in abs, hips, and thighs), improves metabolism, and supports mood, focus, and energy. 

Personal Effects: I’ve only been taking metaburn for a week or two now. For the entire time that I’ve been taking it, I’ve been eating terribly. I’ve been extremely busy and I’ve just eaten the foods that I can quickly warm up so I can get back to work. So in all honesty, I haven’t seen it’s most true effects. 

Even though I haven’t seen it’s best effects, I still think that it’s helped. I have more energy and have been in a much better mood over the past week. I’ve been way more motivated to work out which is a freaking miracle for me because I am absolutely never motivated to exercise. In all honesty, I haven’t noticed any fat burn but that’s because I’ve been eating like crap over the past few weeks. But in my opinion, I still feel like it’s doing a good job because I haven’t gained any weight or felt my pants getting super tight.

Balance

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-balance

Claims: Maintain healthy blood sugar levels, reduces the absorption and glycemic index of carbs and sugars, supports weight loss, and helps reduce caloric intake. 

Personal Effects: I think that this product has been my saving grace over the past few weeks. Most importantly, I haven’t had sugar cravings which I usually have on a daily (if not hourly) basis. Frankly, I’m still in shock that this has worked this well. Additionally, I really do believe that the carbs are somehow diminishing because I’ve never been able to eat the way I have been without gaining at least 5-7 pounds, while looking like it too. I also feel like it’s given me a lot of relief when it comes to dieting/weight loss, because it still allows you to have those sweet treats too. I’m no longer feeling like I have to skip the desert as long as I have a primarily healthy diet. 

Bio Cleanse

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-bio-cleanse

Claims: Kills gas, bloating, and discomfort. Clears out your gut by taking away the unwanted microbes and substances in your body. Helps promote regulation and improved gut health. 

Personal Effects: This is TMI, but I said I was gonna keep it real.. So, here we are. Before taking this product, I had a really hard time going to the bathroom which always made me feel SUPER bloated because I basically wasn’t getting rid of anything.. So it just kept building and building! I also really like this product because it doesn’t keep you on the toilet 24/7 like a laxative or detox tea/pill. It just clears you out on a daily basis to make sure that there’s no buildup in your gut. After I started taking these for about a week, my pants truly fit SO much better. I also lost 8 pounds.

Probio 5

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-probio-5

Claims: Helps keep intestinal yeast in balance, supports a healthy intestinal tract and healthy digestion, improves natural response to imbalance, and promotes healthy bacteria counts and pH levels in the gut. 

Personal Effects: I honestly couldn’t tell you the noticeable effects that this product has had on me, aside from clearing up my face. I honestly didn’t know that was a main effect of this supplement until I had done some Google searching to see what it truly does. I saw amazing improvements so I truly believe that the probio 5 is the solution.  I have battled cystic acne my entire life but once I started taking this, the overall tone of my face (redness) improved and I wasn’t getting a bunch of little bumps all around my face anymore. 

Slim

https://plexusworldwide.com/carmenreynolds1/product/plexus-slim-hunger-control

Claims: Clinically demonstrated to help you lose weight and reduce hunger, supports healthy glucose metabolism and enhanced satiation and satiety, and increases hydration.

Personal Effects: This has completely curbed my hunger. At the start of taking this product, I literally had to force myself to eat multiple times a day. I’ve been an overeater for my entire life, so this has really been a game changer for me. I’m also super picky with the way things taste, but this tastes like pink lemonade so it’s been super easy to drink. I also think that the sweetness helps curb the sugar cravings because I feel like I’m already getting some by drinking this. I think this was also a large contributor to me losing 8 pounds.

Other Products

OLLY Flawless Complexion Gummies

https://www.target.com/p/olly-flawless-complexion-dietary-supplement-gummies-berry-fresh-50ct/-/A-51657181

Claims: Regulates hormones to give you clear skin. 

Personal Effect: This is one of the greatest finds I’ve ever made. As I said earlier, I have battled with cystic acne my entire life and this product has been a saving grace as well. While the Probio5 helps my skin tone and smaller acne, this helps get rid of the cystic/large acne. They don’t taste great, but definitely worth it for the effects. 

Elderberry Gummies

https://amzn.to/30hykwR

Claims: Has vitamin C and Zinc that helps support your immune health. 

Personal Effect: Since Corona, I have wanted to do everything in my power to build up some immunity! I don’t feel a huge change but my favorite thing about them is that they taste like candy.. So good!

Biotin Gummies

https://amzn.to/2PaiLAX

Claims: May help support healthy hair, skin and nails in those deficient in biotin. Biotin also supports carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.

Personal Effect: I literally just started taking these about 2 days ago so I can’t really commit to any statement right now. I wanted to make the hair grow around my forehead so I’m hoping this will help! I’m also liking all of the other claims it’s making.. So I’ll come back with an update on this one. Just wanted to mention this because it’s super cheap and also tastes amazing!!

Lastly, we have my antidepressants. They aren’t a “supplement” but they do help my mood, energy levels, motivation, and more. Can’t say enough good things about them, and will answer any questions you may have! 

Alright, so that’s all the supplements I take in a day! I spread them out throughout the day depending on the claims that it makes. For example, if I know one will give me energy (Metaburn, antidepressants) then I will take it in the morning. But that’s everything I have on the list. 🙂 If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on Instagram (@carmenreynolds)! Also, if you were impressed with my honest review and interested in trying Plexus or becoming an ambassador, feel free to reach out to me on there as well. I will answer questions, recommend products, and find you some discounts!

Advice On Struggling with Weight and Body Image

Advice On Struggling with Weight and Body Image

To Women Struggling with Body Image

First of all, I would like to say that this message is dedicated to a woman struggling at any shape. I know that a lot of people associate poor body image with being overweight, but I completely understand that it still affects women who believe the opposite.

I read an article, 11 Facts About Body Image. It said, “Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Unfortunately, only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.” (I put the link below if you would like to read more.) 

That breaks my heart. I’ve spent my entire life struggling with body image – thinking that I was “fat” when I wasn’t, dieting on and off, beating myself up when I failed at an unrealistic goal, getting upset when the scale didn’t change.. You get the point. 

I still struggle with it to this day, but as I’ve worked on improving my mental health, I’ve learned so much about body image and how to start accepting myself and appreciating the body that I do have.

I have a long list of things that I wish I would have learned a long time ago, so I want to share it with you now.

1. Weight is a number on a scale. There are so many things that go into your weight – it’s not just body fat. Your muscle, your height, how much water you’ve drank that day, how much you’ve eaten, when you weigh yourself, and so many other things play a part in the number that you see.

I weighed myself 3 days in a row this week. The second day, I was 3 pounds heavier than I weighed the first day. Today, I’m 2 pounds lighter than I was yesterday. The day that I weighed the least, I felt the biggest. 

2. I always heard people say, “weight doesn’t define you”. For the longest time, I completely dismissed that idea. But I’ve come to realize – they aren’t wrong. You aren’t a worse person because of your weight. You aren’t any less lovable because of your weight. You aren’t any less valuable because of your weight. You are still you, no matter what size you are. 

3. You don’t fail when you gain or lose weight. You don’t fail when you eat carbs. You don’t fail when you fall short of a goal. These things aren’t failures, they are natural human occurrences that everyone goes through. Weight is an ever changing thing – and you aren’t stuck where you are. You can eat carbs, you actually need them in regulation. You can recommit as many times as you need to reach a goal, and progress isn’t always linear. 

4. Have you ever said, “If I looked like ___, my life would be so much better.” If so, me too, and we were both wrong. Even the prettiest girls on the planet have problems. Maybe they’re different problems, but their life isn’t any easier just because they are pretty. They still struggle, get heartbroken, cry – you name it. They aren’t invincible people just because of the way they look.

Also, pretty girls are self conscious too. Models have eating disorders, some girls change 15 times before they leave the house, some girls spend over an hour on their makeup before they go to school, etc. Just remember, you never know what’s going on behind closed doors. 

5. Spending any amount of time worrying about the way you look, is time you’ll regret in the future. I’ve heard so many older women say, “I wish I wasn’t so worried about what I looked like back then. I wish I would have started loving myself sooner, because looks aren’t the only thing that matters.” 

6. I always think about a post I read a while back. It said something like, “Picture this: You’re sitting on your porch at 70 years old. Are you going to want to remember the time you stayed at home instead of going to the beach with your friends because your thighs looked too big? Or are you going to want to remember the amazing day that you had with them because you got over it and did it anyway.” 

7. Your friends and family are going to love you, no matter what you weigh. They will love you at 90, 130, 180, 200, or 500 pounds. That’s how love works. People don’t look at you and say, “Oh she has gained or lost X amount of weight.. I can’t care about her anymore.” 

8. I used to think that boys wouldn’t like me if I was fat. First of all, I wasn’t, even though I thought I was. But more importantly – ANY man who wouldn’t like a girl because of their weight is NOT worth it. I used to think that was BS and people only said it to make women feel better, but I was wrong.. Again. I wouldn’t want my husband to only love or care for me when I looked a certain way. Quite frankly, in my opinion, any man who disregards a woman because of their weight is shallow, and probably just wants to sleep around. Find someone that loves you for you

9. If you’ve gotten through this entire list and believe nothing I’ve said, let me tell you this: You aren’t stuck in the body that you are in now. If you want to make a change, do it. It’s freaking hard, and it takes a long time, but you can do it. Just don’t change for other people, make the change for you to feel a certain way – for you to appreciate the body you’re in.  

And if you do decide to make a change, do it the healthy way. Especially when it comes to losing weight, taking the easy way out (not eating), isn’t going to give you the long term results that you want – I promise. Do it in a way that makes you feel proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished.

It’s time to start appreciating our bodies for the capabilities that they give us, not hating them for the way that they look. If you are a healthy human who can get out of bed in the morning and walk around – you have it a lot better than some others. So if you can’t love anything else, start appreciating your body for that.

11 Facts About Body Image: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-body-image

Plexus Products

Plexus Products

Weight Management

Lean Meal Replacement

(Multiple flavors, whey or vegan options)

  • Promotes weight loss or weight management
  • Hunger control
  • Supports lean muscle
  • Improves gut health and digestion
  • Soy and gluten free

Balance Supplement

  • Reduces absorption of carbs and sugars
  • Weight management
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Vegetarian, gluten free, non-gmo

Block Supplement

  • Reduces the sugar index of foods
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Neutralize carbs and sugars
  • Helps metabolize sugars
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

Accelerator Supplement

  • Improves metabolism
  • Burns fat
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Metaburn Supplement

  • Burns fat, especially in the abdominal region
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves mood
  • Increases focus and energy levels
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo
  • Less caffeine than a cup of coffee

Slim – Microbiome Activating “Pink Drink”

  • Lose weight
  • Promotes healthy gut microbes
  • Increases metabolism
  • Helps decrease bloating, gas, and discomfort
  • Prebiotic
  • 5 calories, multiple flavors
  • Gluten free, vegan, non-gmo

Slim – Hunger Control “Pink Drink”

  • Reduce hunger
  • Lose weight
  • Metabolize sugars
  • Increases Hydration
  • 15 calories, multiple flavors
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

3 Day Sample

  • Includes lean, metaburn, slim & active
  • Get $20 dollars off the next purchase of $99+ when you purchase a 3 day sample.

Nutrition

Active Drink Mix

  • Increased energy, performance, mental clarity, alertness, & focus
  • Stress reducing
  • Vitamin packed
  • Great pre-workout

X Factor Plus Supplement

  • Boosts immune system
  • Promote healthy bones and muscles
  • Supports healthy blood pressure
  • Increased energy & mental clarity
  • Increased metabolism
  • Helps with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

X Factor Kids Supplement

  • Supports growth and development
  • Promotes healthy bones, teeth, and muscles
  • Improves immune health and brain function
  • Supports digestive health
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

Vital Biome Supplement

  • Reduces stress & increases relaxation
  • Improves mood
  • No bloating, gas, or discomfort
  • Great for people who struggle with anxiety and depression
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

ProBio 5 Supplement

  • Fixes bodily imbalance
  • Helps digestion
  • Improves gut bacteria and yeast balance
  • Gluten free

Bio Cleanse Supplement

  • No bloating, gas, or discomfort
  • Regulates your gut
  • Reduces unwanted microbes and substances
  • Relieves constipation
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Mega X Supplement

  • Promotes healthy a brain, heart, and lipid levels
  • Great for stress management and anxiety
  • Gluten free, non-gmo

Nerve Supplement

  • Relieve nerve discomfort
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Ease Supplement

  • Eases discomfort due to over exertion and fatigue
  • Eases discomfort in achy muscles
  • Gluten free
  • * Ease cream also available

Edge Supplement

  • Increased energy
  • Sharper thinking
  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced concentration and focus
  • Great for college students!!
  • Amount of caffeine is equal to 1 cup of coffee, gluten free, vegetarian, non-gmo

X Factor Supplement

  • Multivitamin and antioxidant supplement
  • Helps bodily functions and metabolism
  • Lots of Vitamin D included
  • Gluten free, vegetarian

Skincare

Joyome Multi-Action Collagen Complex

  • Improves appearance of cellulite
  • Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and crows feet
  • Improves skin’s appearance, texture, and roughness
  • Hydrates and plumps skin
  • Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Replenishes skin’s natural antioxidants
  • Superfoods and superfruits included
  • Minimizes skin damage
  • See results in 15 days
  • Non-gmo, dairy free, gluten free

Joyome Essentials 30 Day Combo: Illuminating Day Serum + Intensive Night Repair

Improves..

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Aging and age spots
  • Oversized pores
  • Eye puffiness
  • Dullness
  • Dryness
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Uneven texture
  • Redness
  • Damnage

* The 2 products can be sold separately.

Personal Care

Body Cream

  • Purify skin
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Non-greasy
  • Defends skin from damage

Breast Chek Kit

  • Allows you to perform self examinations to determine if there has been changes in your breast to prevent breast cancer.

Combos

Everyday Wellness

  • Ease, ProBio 5, Vital Biome, X Factor Plus

Renew You Basics

  • Lean (Whey or Vegan), Slim, Metaburn, Active

Renew You Essentials

  • Lean, Slim, Active, Metaburn, Bio Cleanse, ProBio 5

Healthy Weight Essentials

  • 2 Packs of Lean (Whey or Vegan)
  • Balance
  • Metaburn
  • Slim

Healthy Weight Basics Trim

  • Lean (Whey or Vegan)
  • Slim
  • Metaburn

Healthy Weight Basics

  • Slim
  • Metaburn
  • Balance

Healthy Weight Basics Control

  • Slim
  • Metaburn
  • Block

Preformance Combo

  • Mega X
  • 2 Packs of Lean (Whey or Vegan)
  • 2 Packs of Active

Triplex

  • Slim
  • Bio Cleanse
  • Pro Bio 5

Slim and Metaburn

Slim, Active, and Ease Combo

2 Packs of Active Combo

Slim and Lean (Whey or Vegan)

Slim, X Factor Plus, Vital Biome

11 Things I Tell Myself When I Don’t Want to Workout and Need Motivation

11 Things I Tell Myself When I Don’t Want to Workout and Need Motivation

No matter who you are, you won’t want to workout every single day of your life, and it’s okay to not have that motivation on a regular basis. Straight up, I don’t want to work out like 95% of the time – it’s something that I have to force myself to do on a daily basis. For a very long time, I would just come up with a BS excuse, and then convince myself that reason was valid, just so I didn’t have to workout. After a while, I realized that my goals don’t care if I’m busy, don’t feel good, or just don’t want to. They only care about the work that I put in, even when it’s tough. 

So, how do I convince myself? How do I keep the motivation alive?

First, I go by the advice that I give in my blog post, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Motivated. But aside from that, I also have a list of 11 things that I constantly tell myself to force my motivation and put in the work.

  1. I will spend the rest of the day being upset that I didn’t workout, rather than just being annoyed for an hour and getting it done. 
  2. I will genuinely feel better once the workout is over – not only will I be proud of myself, but physically feeling better. I breathe differently, sleep differently, have more energy, have less of an appetite, etc. 
  3. If I don’t do this for myself today, I’m not putting in the effort to respect myself and my goals. 
  4. Just do something small. If you aren’t up for the full 500 calorie workout, start with 200. And most likely, once I hit 200 – I’ll be motivated enough to do more. But it’s still okay if not – because that’s better than nothing.  
  5. I have to keep a balanced lifestyle. If I want to have ice cream after dinner, that’s totally okay, but I should do something to make myself feel proud and deserve that treat. 
  6. In warm weather months: It’s bikini season. I don’t need to look a certain way or meet a certain standard, but I want to feel confident and proud of the body that I’ve put in the work for. 
  7. If you workout today, you are using your 1 free day of the week for this break. Is that worth it? Will you need this more on another day?  
  8. I ask myself why I don’t feel like working out? What’s my excuse? Is that more important than my goal? – I’ll give a variety of answers: I don’t have time, I ate too much, I slept in too late, I’m “sick”, etc. I get to the bottom of those answers, and try to figure out how I can improve for the future.. And then go workout.
  9. It’s an hour out of my day. I can handle it. 
  10. This is my routine. Routines are extremely important to my mental health and personal development. If I miss a day of routine, it’s like the domino effect.. It makes it a lot easier for me to give up the next day, eat something bad, or do something else that I’m “not supposed to do”. And once I get out of the good routine, it’s a lot harder to commit myself to getting back on track. 
  11. I guilt trip myself saying that I won’t get to check it off my list if I don’t do it. I have various lists and trackers that I religiously use, and it’s very important for me to be able to cross things off so they don’t hang over my head. I know that may sound crazy to some of you – but I know for my OCD or task oriented people.. It’ll make a lot of sense! 

So those are the 11 things that I tell myself when I’m feeling like staying in bed the extra 10 minutes, eating pizza for breakfast, etc. I remind myself that I want to be proud throughout the entire day, rather than being content or comfortable for a small amount of time – then regretting my decisions. 

One last thing that I make sure to do when I really don’t feel like working out is taking a pre-workout. And to shamelessly plug a product from my business, I really reccomend Active by Plexus! Active improves performance, energy levels, mental clarity, alertness, focus, & reduces stress. You can check it out here. Shoot me a DM and I can get you some discounts!

Did any of these ideas resonate with you? If so, let me know in a comment or send me a DM on Instagram @carmenreynolds 🙂

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Motivated

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Motivated

Why did I call this The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Motivated? I am one of the laziest people that I know. If I could lay in bed all day with no consequences, I 100% would. But I have lots of goals, and so do you. That’s why you decided to read this blog post!

To start out, I’m going to have to disappoint you. There’s nothing that you can say or do to make yourself motivated 100% of the time. No one is! But.. there is hope. Motivation is a mindset, and you have to take control of your mindset.

So, how do we do that? You change your mind by changing what you allow yourself to do and think.

Let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds, but you’re used to eating chocolate chip pancakes 4 times a week. If you keep allowing yourself to have those pancakes, things won’t change. You have to make yourself think that it’s no longer an option (well, at least not 4x a week). 

So, how do you train your mind to do that? 

Tell yourself that the goal is worth more than what you want in that moment. Losing 10 pounds and having to buy new jeans is going to feel much better than eating the pancakes. Let’s be honest – you’ll eat the pancakes, feel great for 5 minutes, and then be upset with yourself for the rest of the day.

But, if you don’t eat those pancakes, you will go to bed proud that you had the strength to power through and do something good for yourself. So, it’s actually like a double win. You get to be proud of yourself that day, and then you get to be proud all over again when you hit the goal. Just sayin’.

Form habits. If you create a habit of going to the gym every morning at a certain time, you stop questioning it. If you create the habit of eating fruit and eggs for breakfast, you stop questioning it. Eventually, you train your brain to instantly do that thing. But you need to keep in mind that it takes a lot of time to fully form a habit. I’ve heard it’s anything from 30-90 days. You can’t do it for a week and expect your brain to be completely rewired.

Start the morning off right. If you start off on a bad note, it’s extremely likely that you’ll finish that way too. For example, do you ever eat something bad and then say “screw it” and eat whatever you want for the rest of the day because you already messed up? It’s scientifically proven that if you choose a healthy first meal, you’ll be more likely to eat better throughout the day. And obviously, this still applies to other goals. Whatever goal you have, if you start out lazy or on the wrong foot, it’s going to be a million times harder to find motivation mid-day. If you want to start getting X amount of work done before 5 pm, but you frick around until lunch time, do you think it’s likely that you’ll work 2x harder during the second half of the day? Start off with the right decisions.

Call yourself out on your own BS. Stop letting the excuses win. Honestly, your goals don’t care about how you feel, if it’s a gloomy day out, or if you stayed up too late partying last night – they just care if the job gets done. Your results are a reflection of the work that you put in.

So whenever you have an excuse, ask yourself: “Is this excuse really valid? Will the world really end?” Be honest with yourself.

Have a source of accountability. If you follow me on Instagram, you guys know that I have a billion ways to keep myself accountable. I even wrote a blog post about it, so go check it out if that’s something you struggle with! My favorite method is to have a checklist/tracker, so you physically notice when you don’t complete something because you have to write it down.

Accountability Blog Post: https://www.thesopblog.com/post/keeping-yourself-accountable

Find something that motivates you. There’s so many different things you can do to motivate yourself. Some of my favorite ways are..

  • Listening to music to pump me up for whatever needs to get done.
  • Seeing/hearing motivational messages through social media, podcasts, books, quotes, etc.
  • Looking at photos. For example: I take (fitness) progress photos. I do this for multiple reasons. The “before” photo always gets me fired up enough to get back on track, and then the “after” photos show me of how far I’ve come and remind me that I can keep doing it.
  • Get someone else to do it with you. Feed off of each other and hype each other up!
  • Write your goals down, get excited about them, then cross them off when you accomplish them. (Crossing things off always motivates me.. Maybe that’s just me though.)

So, those are my main tips for training your mind and motivating yourself – no matter how lazy you are! Just keep telling yourself that you are in control, you are the only one that’s able to do this for yourself, and you can do it! xoxo

 

11 Tips to Boost Your Energy

11 Tips to Boost Your Energy

I used to nap for 4 hours every single day. I’m not kidding. I couldn’t help it.

As I’ve said before, I think that my medication helps a lot with my sleeping habits now. But, even with the medication, I still have to find ways to force myself to keep my energy up and stay out of bed.

Obviously, I’m not perfect and I still take a nap from time to time.. But I can honestly say that I probably take a nap about once or twice a month – and I only do it if I absolutely have to, like there’s literally no other option.

But this doesn’t have to pertain to just naps. You can try some of these things even if you just want to put a little extra pep in your step and be a little more productive throughout the day.

Either way, here are my tips. I saved the best for last 😉

Stay out of bed or other relaxing areas. I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t do this often, but I’m writing this post from my bed.. And I’ve debated taking a nap multiple times today. I don’t know what it is that tricks my mind every time I sit here.. But I get tired every freaking time. So I can’t tell you why, but just stay away.

Exercise. I write about exercise as a way to fix everything.. I know. But I mean, it’s true. I even avoid working out at night because I’ll stay up till 2 or 3 in the morning because I’m still pumped up. I would truly think it’s the other way around, but no. Anyway, just try working out for a week and you’ll see a difference. You might wanna double check me on this, but I’ve also heard that exercise helps you sleep better if you work out in the morning.

Caffeine. No brainer, I know – but it realllly does help. Drink some coffee in the morning, use some pre workout before you head to the gym, get a caffeinated tea.. Up to you on how you get some in, just don’t try these all at once.. or you’ll be shaking and having extreme anxiety. Also, you should probably avoid the soda. It has caffeine, but it’s definitely not good for you and it eventually gives you a sugar crash.

Bring a lot of light into the room. You know how you’re told not to go to bed with the TV on? It’s because the light is a simulator. It keeps you awake so you don’t fall asleep when you’re actually tired/ready for bed. But during the day, the light is super helpful. Go outside or open the curtains by your desk and watch it work wonders.

Engage your mind. If you have no purpose for the day, it gets pretty easy to take the lazy way out. Make sure that you have tasks to do and a timeline for doing them, it helps give you focus. Even if it’s just busy work or something light.. It’ll help.

Have a diet that fuels you. I know when I’m not eating great for a couple of days, I start to notice a huge difference in my motivation and energy levels. When I’m feeling bloated and fat, all I wanna do is lay in bed. Also, like I said earlier, when you’re eating/drinking something with a lot of sugar in it – you’re gonna crash. So, look up the foods that give you energy!

Speaking of food.. Smell a lemon. I’m serious. It’s like scientifically proven, I swear. I think the term is called aromatherapy. Anyway, you can smell specific scents and they’ll trigger certain reactions. (On the other hand, if you’re trying to sleep, I’ve heard lavender is really good. Mint is also used for stress relief.)

Drink the dang water. I know, I don’t like it either, I promise. But, when you’re dehydrated, you’re way more likely to feel sluggish and tired.. sometimes even sick. So, just do it, there’s also like a million other health benefits too. 🙂

Change the temperature in the room. I’m not going to lie, this probably isn’t the most effective out of all the examples I’ve given, but it does help. I really do work better when I’m a little bit chilly. Maybe it’ll be the opposite for you, but give it a try!

Listen to uplifting music, loud. I always feel a little happier and more energized when I’ve got some loud music on. Maybe I’m just jamming in my room, or I’m listening to motivational music on a run.. but it really does change my mood.

Alright, as promised.. Here’s the best for last.

Do something that excites you. Think about something that you really care about. Like if you really love surfing.. It doesn’t matter if you have to get up at 6am to catch the waves – that’s what you’re gonna do, because you love it.

Even if it’s something that doesn’t require physical energy.. It still works. I obviously love blogging & social media related work, and I could stay up till like 3 am working on it just because I love it. I force myself to go to bed earlier because I try to wake up around 7 to get a head start.. But you get the point.

Find something that you love, even if you can only do it for an hour a day, you’ll be excited up until you do it, and once you’re done, hopefully you’ll be able to keep some lingering energy.

Okay, that’s it! I’m glad I did this post because I even thought of a few different things that I can add into my own routine. Do you already do some of these things? Are you going to be able to add any of these into yours? Let me know! See you next week. 🙂