Workout Songs: Part 1

My most essential piece of workout gear is my shuffle ipod, because I need good music to stay motivated.  If I get to the gym and I forgot my shuffle or my headphones, forget about it, I’m going home to get them.  I listen to a wide range of music while I’m working out, and I’m always looking for new stuff to keep my mix fresh.  In my mind there are a few different categories of workout music:

  • Old School fun songs
  • Top 40 upbeat/catchy tunes
  • Girl Power
  • Hardcore/Motivation songs
  • Cool Down/ relaxing music

I need different genres for different parts of my workout.  Fun, upbeat songs to get me moving at the beginning, girl power stuff to keep my confidence up, motivational songs to get me through the tough parts, and slower songs to help me focus on my breathing or take me through cool down.

Over the next couple months I’ll go through each of the genres above and give some of my favorites.  Let’s start at the top with old school fun songs!

Old School Fun Songs

  1. Hey Mickey by Toni Basil
  2. Jellyhead by Crush
  3. King of Wishful Thinking by Go West
  4. Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield
  5. Wanna Be Startin’ Something by Michael Jackson (the link is the Glee performance but MJ’s is obviously better)
  6. It’s Gonna Be Me by ‘NSYNC
  7. Bust a Move (Glee version) by Glee Cast
  8. It Takes Two by Rob Base
  9. Faded by SoulDecision
  10. ABC by The Jackson 5
  11. Gloria by Laura Branigan
  12. Mo Money Mo Problems by Biggie Smalls
  13. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
  14. Big Shot by Billy Joel
  15. Photograph by Def Leopard
  16. You’re the One that I Want from Grease
  17. Heartbreaker by Mariah and Jay Z
  18. Anyway You Want It/Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ by Glee Cast
  19. Boom Boom Boom Boom by the Venga Boys
  20. PYT by Michael Jackson

What did I miss?

PS- My friend at work is expecting a visit from the stork, so guess what I’m making…



Cute, right?  Onto the next one.  Any suggestions?

Look real close at the message that came with my tea this morning.  Happy Monday!

Work in Progress


I’m making a throw blanket for myself.  I’ll be honest, I’m in love with it.  First of all, I’ve never made a blanket for myself, I rarely crochet things for myself besides a quick scarf or cowl here or there.  The perk of making a blanket is that once it gets to a certain size you can use it to keep warm while you work on it!

The yarn is from Michael’s, it’s their private brand: Loops & Threads.  The type is Cozy Wool in “Aster” and “Harvest.”  And I got he pattern from a small booklet by Bernat called “Around the Season Afghans” that I picked up in the store.

The pattern I’m using is for a different size yarn so I had to adjust for that, and I’m creating my own stripe pattern, so I’m adjusting for that too.  Stay tuned for the “after” picture.  Happy Friday!