It’s January 20, and it’s time. It’s time for me to get healthy.
Let me rephrase.
It’s time for me to get healthy… again.
Okay, ladies. Buckle up, because you’re about to hear some real talk from me.
If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know that I consistently struggle with my desired weight. I’ve said it over and over again how my weight varies anywhere from 15-20 pounds throughout each year. Nope, not a manageable 5 pounds….BUT FIFTEEN TO TWENTY POUNDS. EVERY SINGLE YEAR SINCE COLLEGE. I know it’s not healthy, but it just is what it is for me.
BUT THIS IS THE YEAR I HOPE TO CHANGE THAT.
History has shown, when I put my mind to it, I’m always able to lose the weight. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy. I have to FULLY COMMIT by making super healthy choices for several months (and allowing myself very few “cheat meals”), drinking TONS of water, and working out consistently (5x a week).
The first 7-10 days are always really hard for me. HOWEVER, once I’m down 2-3 pounds, I find that I all of a sudden become SUPER MOTIVATED. My clothes are already fitting better and I’m already feeling better, and that’s all I need to kick it into high gear. At first, I’m FORCING myself to eat healthier, and then after I see even just a little bit of progress, the healthy choices become easier.
Now here’s the really hard part. I’ve never been the “I love working out” girl or even the “I love how I feel after working out” girl. I mean, I of course like the results over time, but I don’t get any of those endorphins I hear people talking about. #wishidid
In the past, I’ve admitted to only working out like 3- 4 months a year. I typically work out January-May (when I’m slimming down for Summer), and then I gain weight August-December. It’s a tradition of sorts. A stupid tradition, but a tradition.
BUT NOT THIS YEAR!
I’m hoping that declaring this out loud to all of you is going to help me stay on track this year.
Yes, I’m going to have to fully commit for several months to lose the initial 15 pounds or so that I want to lose…but then I’m going to make a conscious decision to maintain. I’ve read articles saying it’s not good for my overall health (and my heart) to gain and lose weight every year, so this is finally the year that I’m going to commit to making a change.
And here’s something else I know about myself…
I tend to make healthier food choices WHEN I’M ALSO WORKING OUT. I know lots of women say things like “I worked out this morning, so I’m eating the french fries tonight.” I’m the polar opposite of that. When I work out, I’m more aware that it took me a significant amount of time to burn 400 calories, so I don’t want to mess that up. SO, when I do work out, I not only get the benefits of working out…I also eat better too. That’s a WIN-WIN.
So here’s what I’m thinking…
I’ll be doing scheduled work outs at first to make sure I lose the initial weight I need to. For me, that will be riding our exercise bike for at least 30 minutes a day or doing work out videos at home or with my neighbor.
But because I don’t enjoy that at all, once I lose the initial weight, I’m just going to commit TO BEING MORE ACTIVE and mixing it up to keep it more enjoyable. I’m going to commit to doing something to move my body every single day. Maybe that will look like a 20-minute jog around the neighborhood when the weather is nice. Maybe it will be extra-long walks with the dogs. Maybe it will be heading to the playground with Carter to play soccer.
I’m just going to MOVE MORE.
And as always, when I embark on my yearly GET HEALTHY journey, I like to motivate myself with new gear.
What can I say, cute new work out clothes motivate me. I grabbed some new pieces at Macy’s that are totally conducive to the more active lifestyle that I’m committing to, and I’m excited to share everything with you today!
I love all 3 pieces I’m wearing here.
And I just don’t kinda love them, I LOVE LOVE them.
This hooded sweatshirt is crazy comfortable and I really love the fit. It’s not slim cut, but it’s not boxy or sloppy either. The color combination is so much fun (the square is actually a vibrant coral, but it’s apparently difficult to capture in photos).
Oh, and it’s quite warm!
I grabbed a medium to make sure it would be long enough to wear with leggings.
It really is just perfect.
I’m wearing these pink sneaks in all 3 outfits today, but I’ll talk more about them in Outfit #2 because the color is better captured in those photos.
The leggings are awesome. The super-light HeatGear® fabric features four-way stretch and moisture-wicking performance, and you get compression support and a smooth fit. I’ve washed them several times already and they still look brand new. I’m wearing a small.
I’ve found this particular outfit to be a perfect dog walking outfit.
In an effort to simply be more consistently active this year, I hope to be going on lots of extended walks with these guys!
These two are so funny. They have an extremely accurate internal clock that is both impressive and annoying. At exactly 3:00 every single day, they let me know it’s time for their daily walk. And I’m telling you, they start pacing around until it’s easier to take them than listen to and watch the pacing. They make circles together around our sectional until you get up and get your shoes on, which is actually quite persuasive.
They sure are bossy, but we sure do love them.
One more shot of the clothes!
This picture does a better job of showing the coral accurately. Such a fun color combination!
I’ve been on a jogger kick for a good long while now, and I found this set that I’m officially obsessed with. Jogger sets are perfect for lounging around the house, for running errands around town, or for walks/jogs around the block.
And they’re just so dang cute!
I’m wearing a medium in the jacket and definitely needed the additional room that the medium provided.
I’m wearing a small in the joggers, and I love the relaxed fit.
Let’s talk about the pink sneaks.
Because they are ADORABLE.
I’m totally smitten with the retro inspired design, and the pink color just plain makes me happy.
They are comfy and true to size. In addition to wearing them with all of this work out gear, they will definitely be cute with jeans as well.
I mean, when you put this cute little set on, you can’t help but have a little extra spring in your step. It practically makes me WANT to run around the block.
In outfit #3 I’m wearing the same leggings from outfit #1, and the same pink sneakers from the other 2 outfits.
I was so excited to add this water-repellent jacket to my closet, because Buddy and Charlie don’t care if the sun is shining or if it’s raining, they are going on their walk.
We are seriously the crazy people that you will see walking our dogs IN THE RAIN.
I opted for the grey, but it also comes in black and a great blush.
I would most often wear a medium in a jacket like this, but I read it ran large, so I ordered the small. I like the way the small fits and agree that the medium would have been way too roomy.
And y’all know I love a big stand up collar. This one really delivers!
I tell ya, these outfits really do make me want to get out there and move!
Now that I’ve shared lots of active wear with y’all to help get you motivated, I also wanted to remind you of this gadget that I found last year.
If you’ve been following for a couple of years, you know I like to make smoothies, especially when I’m trying to slim down. They help me get in lots of fruits and veggies, and they help keep me full as well.
Last January I added a Magic Bullet to my kitchen, and WE LOVE IT SO MUCH. There are several to choose from at different price points, but we decided to get the one with 8,444 almost all 5 STAR RATINGS! And a recommendation rate of 89%!
We use it ALL. THE. TIME.
So, what is a Magic Bullet? Unlike blenders and juicers, the NutriBullet® is specifically engineered to help break down the cell walls of food to create some of the most nutritional smoothies available. This unique extraction process transforms food into its most nutritious, most absorbable state.
I mean, I’m all for drinking a delicious smoothie. But a delicious AND GREAT FOR YOU delicious smoothie? Sign me right on up.
In addition to making smoothies, other reviewers spoke of grinding herbs, grinding seeds and nuts, and making nut butters, vinaigrettes, and sauces.
I like that it is compact, powerful, and easy to clean. And I also love that this model was rose gold. #silly #buttrue Okay, enough glamour shots of my new Nutribullet. Here are some specs:
- Dimensions: 3.98″ x 7.87″ x 16.14″
- 900-watt motor base; 25,000 RPM
- Extractor blade
- 32-oz. Colossal cup
- 24-oz. Tall cup
- Flip-top to-go lid
- Handled Lip Ring
- Comfort Lip Ring
- Recipe book
- Pocket nutritionist
- 1-year limited warranty
I typically just make up my own recipes, but I know there are probably thousands to choose from on Pinterest.
And it came with this handy dandy recipe card for how to make a perfect NutriBlast smoothie. I’ve made several, they’ve all been awesome, and I of course love knowing that I’m getting the most nutritional value out of the fruits and veggies that I can.
One of my favorite simple smoothies follows the ratio suggestions on the card.
I went with 50% spinach leaves and 50% frozen fruit. I love the flavor and the consistency of both frozen strawberries and a frozen mango after they are blended. And I’m not a banana girl (even the smell makes my gag reflex kick up), but I know that bananas are great to add a wonderful creamy texture to smoothies. I’ve actually heard the same about avocados, but even though I absolutely love avocados, I haven’t been brave enough to throw one in a smoothie yet.
And per the suggestion on the card, I added a “boost” too. I chose chia seeds this time. I’ve also added vanilla protein powder in the past as well.
And because I like my drinks slushy and cold, I added just a tiny bit of crushed ice. However, when using frozen fruit, I’ve found that I don’t need the ice. If using fresh fruit, I do like to leave room for plenty of ice because I like the texture it gives to the smoothie.
For this particular smoothie, I used some Vanilla Almond Milk with a hint of honey. I’ve also used water and coconut water.
I’ve had so much fun playing with different combinations, and my favorite combo right now is a combo of spinach leaves, mangos, coconut water, and chia seeds. I also like adding frozen pineapple because it adds an awesome sweetness. It’s bright green from the spinach, but super sweet because of the pineapple or mango and coconut water, and I don’t taste the spinach at all. This would be a great one for kids, and you could totally add protein powder to this one too! During the year I’ve also worked up to be able to include more veggies and not as much fruit. I highly encourage you to browse Pinterest to find the smoothie recipes that appeal most to you!
And then with a simple twist of the wrist, I blend it all right up!
THE SMOOTHIES ARE DELICIOUS, and full of lots of whole food and lots of nutrients. This particular smoothie isn’t particularly pretty because the spinach and the mango gives it a greenish brown tint. But it sure is yummy! Some days I blend up a small smoothie for an afternoon snack. Other days I include protein powder and call it lunch. I usually only do this on extra busy days when I’m out and about. If I’m at home, I prefer to eat instead of drink my lunch.
Also included in the Nutribullet box: a book that tells you all you will ever need to know about your Nutribullet 900 (including some great recipes!), a Pocket Nutrinionist pamphlet, and information on their website and their app! #theresanappforthat
I am very happy with this purchase, and I’m excited to be using it on my Get Healthy journey!
I hope today’s post has been motivating!
I’ll be sure to share some of the foods I’m eating and some of the workouts I’m doing in future Friday Favorites and What’s Up Wednesday posts. Let’s all jump on this GET HEALTHY TRAIN together! Working out and eating better is definitely more fun with friends.