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Okay, let's be real for a second. I know that there are at least a thousand different workouts and health routines posted out on the internet for us to access. I also know that everyone has their own workout routines and preferences, but bear with me for this, okay? With the big "health kick" that's been going on recently, I think a lot of people feel the pressure to hit the gym and to run off all the jiggly parts of their bodies. I know that people are obsessed with the little number that shows up every time they step onto a scale. I know that people avoid looking in the mirror when they don't feel good about the way they look. I know that people are really self-conscious about what they eat and what kind of clothes look good on them. I know that people who aren't perfectly in shape are scared to go to the gym because they're intimidated by all the gym-rats (who are really impressively in shape) and other people simply can't afford a gym pass.

Back in high school, I never really had to worry about what I ate (I literally inhaled everything) or getting myself to the gym; I was a member of so many athletic teams that my entire life consisted of "working out." I ate what I wanted to eat because I was active for at least three hours every single day. Heck, if anything, I probably wasn't eating enough (but then again, I ate a LOT). I remember days when I'd attend two different soccer practices AND open-gym for basketball. I ran track. I ran for fun. I ran at every single soccer practice. 

On my mission, however, my lifestyle changed dramatically. About nine months in, when I was serving in Gangnam (yes, like the song), my body started shutting down. It rejected any type of food I tried to consume. Nothing seemed to stay down. I had severe stomach pains and nausea. Things got really really bad over the course of about a month and a half and eventually I had to go home. I was put on all sorts of medications and thankfully sent back out, but my body hasn't been the same since. Honesty hour: I'm still on a billion different medications and yet I still feel sick at least 60% of the time. 

I get really frustrated when it comes to "working out" because I'm not able to do all that I used to be able to do. I used to go on long runs every time I got really frustrated, but these days my body can't really handle extraneous work outs. That being said, I recently found a work-out solution that works well for me!

I feel as if almost everyone has heard about the 7-minute Scientific Workout. I don't know how many people have actually tried it, though. It's a cool little thing because one circuit is just seven minutes long-- but depending on where you're at physically, you can do as few or as many circuits as you want. For each individual exercise, you can also work out really strenuously or take things slowly. No matter who you are or what kind of shape you're in physically, this work out is a really good option.

I just felt like sharing because it's been a really great experience for me and I know that it could be a good option for other people as well. I've been doing it consistently for about two weeks already and I can FEEL a difference. I can work out as long as I'd like, depending on how I'm feeling that day. I don't have to leave my house and I can jump in the shower and get ready for the day right afterwards. I really love having the app too because it keeps track of everything for me and runs each of the circuits I do (so all I have to focus on is the work out).

Long story short, I'd recommend this for anyone!
p.s. if you try it out, let me know what you think.


  1. I needed that. I can relate to you a lot on the highschool experience and mission experience and after mission experience as well. My story is a tiny bit different, as it should be, but I just wanted to let you know that in my own way, I understand. But most of all, I wanted to say THANK YOU for writing this. It was nice for me to know that I'm not the only one with this type of situation.

    1. It's tough to have to adapt from one lifestyle to another. It means a lot to know that someone out there can relate to me-- of course, I'm sad that you've got to deal with a similar situation, but at least we don't have to do that alone! Hope things work out for you in the end!


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