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    Comparing Four Popular Gym Chains: which gym is right for you?

    As much as I loved using my college’s gym for four years, there’s no way you’ll catch me working out there now that I graduated. I don’t want to be that girl who just can’t move on, you know? So while I was in search of a new job, I was also in search of a new gym. Right away I started comparing gyms for me to join.

    Originally, I was just trying out one gym that I thought I’d love and then switch to immediately. But then I realized basically every gym gives 1-5 day passes and I could go to the gym free for almost three weeks. Fine by me!

    After trying out the second new gym though, I realized I could write a post comparing all the chain gyms I was trying out. I’ve never seen anyone do anything like this, and I love putting out content that I know can help you guys. So, today I’m going to be comparing four popular gyms that operate around the US: Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness, and Anytime Fitness. (People really need to get more creative with their gym names it seems)

    Related: How to Get Motivated to Hit the Gym

    Planet Fitness

    Planet Fitness is the one gym on here I’ve used the most. My mom, my sister, and my boyfriend all have (or had) black memberships here so I used to tag along with them as their free guest. I’ve been to at least three different locations as well.

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    Why I Switched to Decaf

    It’s so easy to get addicted to caffeine. I should know because I’ve become addicted multiple times over just the past three years. So last summer I made the conscious decision to drink decaf.

    Telling people I drink decaf usually gets me the same reactions I get as when I tell people I’m a math major. Picture people with their jaw dropped, eyes bugging out and whining, “Really? Ew how!?” To which I always say, “It’s actually not that bad.”

    I actually did a small experiment two years ago where I went three weeks without coffee. If I could go almost a month without any coffee, then I was pretty sure I could go forever with almost exclusively drinking decaf. I say almost because sometimes I do forget to ask for decaf, or I get regular caffeinated coffee if I’m really struggling that day. But I only keep decaf coffee in my apartment, which means I can drink and make coffee whenever I want without losing any sleep.

    Before I give away the whole post in the first 200 words, let actually get to the the big reasons why I made the switch.

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    I Tried to Eat Vegan for a Week

    vegan coffee V&V Cafe Glasgow

    Sooo I tried to eat vegan for a week. Keyword being tried. There were a few mishaps, but none were on purpose! I’ll get more into those later, but first let me explain why I wanted to try this challenge.

    I’ve been vegetarian a little over two years. I started it because I started to dislike the taste and texture of meat and it soon evolved into also advocating animal and the planet’s health. I’m not one of those in your face vegetarians. When I’m out with friends I don’t tell them how gross I think their steak and bacon bits are. I don’t say anything unless they bring it up. I wanted to make sure I said this so you didn’t think I was telling you that you have to try to eat more vegetarian or vegan. You don’t have to, it’s just honestly better for you and the world if you do. And I have the 11-page paper to back it up that I literally sent to a co-worker after we got into a heated debate. (You’re more than welcome to read it, too).

    That note aside, I realized a while ago that I actually eat vegan a lot without realizing. Lots of foods you eat are probably vegan, too! Pasta, bread, fruits, veggies, rice, almond milk, coconut yogurt. All vegan. So I thought I’d try to eat vegan for a week to see if it was easy and if I could make the switch from vegetarian to vegan. Read more…

    Health and Fitness Myths I Wish I Never Fell For

    I had this amazing idea for a post idea last week when I was in the shower. And we all know shower thoughts are the best thoughts, so it was immediately added to the post docket and written up this week. It’s just that good, and something I’m passionate about!

    If you’ve been following me for anytime longer than a few days, then you know I’m super into fitness. And if you’ve been following me for at least a few months, you know I’ve had a negative past with health and fitness, but have turned it into a healthy relationship. One of the reasons my unhealthy relationship with diets and exercises started was because of all the misinformation I found on the web, so today I’m debunking all the myths younger Caitlyn used to follow religiously in hopes that I save another person out there from going through what I went through, and still deal with today.

    1200 calorie diets

    I have no idea what crazy insane person started this, but you should not follow a 1200 calorie diet! Only is rare circumstances should you be eating that little amount of food in one day.

    Yes, you need to have a deficit of calories to lose weight, but even if you don’t work out, your body is already burning calories all day long. Even if all you did was lay in bed all day long, your body would probably still burn about 1500. Yeah. This is because of something called your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), also commonly known as your metabolism. Read more…

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