And if you know me, you probably already know much of what I’m going to say.
And if you are my mother, you are shaking you’re head.
Here’s the deal.
I love being healthy and feeling my best.
And I know being healthy isn’t only about weight, but I can tell you that part of me feeling my personal best is being about 15-20 pounds less that I am right now.
EVERY SINGLE YEAR I gain 15-20 pounds.
And EVERY SINGLE YEAR I lose 15-20 pounds.
And I’m fully aware it’s ridiculous.
But it’s what I do.
And every single year I say I’m not going to gain it back, but every single year I do.
January-ish through April-ish I lose the weight…
and then April-ish through December-ish I gain it back.
So…. it’s January (sigh), which means it’s time for me to start making better choices.
And please know that I FULLY REALIZE I should just make those better choices all year long, but I’m just not that dedicated.
And everybody that says “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.“, has clearly never eaten queso.
Or french fries.
Here’s something else you need to know about me.
Even though I can gain up to 20 pounds, I never buy a bigger size.
How is that possible?
I just squeeze myself into my regular size and find myself quite uncomfortable for the majority of each day. That’s where I am right now.
Still fitting into my current clothes, but just incredibly uncomfortable doing so.
So, it’s time to get busy this year!
And while I’m not dedicated year-round, when I do start this journey every year, I GET SERIOUS. And Monday (January 19th) is my start day.
So, what have I been doing to prepare?
Pinning work-outs that I can do at home.
Pinning recipes that are healthy and look yummy!
Buying cute and functional new work-out gear!
And let’s be honest….there’s a 4.
Eating basically whatever I want to because I know my days are numbered.
It’s just who I am.
So, we will get to some of my work-out and recipe pins in a minute, but first I want to share my new work-out gear with you!
For the last 2 years I’ve been hearing from many of you that the Zella brand at Nordstrom is where it’s at. I’ve mentioned Zella on the blog several times because of this, and it’s always gotten a great response from y’all, but I’ve never tried it myself.
So when Nordstrom reached out to see if I wanted to talk about Zella Activewear, I was so excited!
So I scoured the site, read lots and lots of reviews, and placed an order!
I ordered lots because since I’d never worn the brand, I didn’t now what sizes and pieces would work the best on me.
Basically, the reviews all say a lot of the same thing:
The gear is well-constructed.
It stays in place during workouts.
It’s long-lasting and washes well.
FOR SIZE REFERENCE ON ZELLA GEAR:
When reading reviews, many people suggest sizing up in Zella gear, so that’s what I did in the tops.
I got mediums in the tanks, the sports bra, and the jacket…and I’m glad I did.
I wanted to make sure the pants weren’t baggy, so I still got a small in those.
And again, I’m glad I did.
I do feel like I need to write a small disclaimer before you see all of the pics of me in the gear.
I want to be up front and honest about the fact that I wasn’t even breathing in these pictures.
No lie. Like I was sucking in so hard that I was unable to breathe.
Plus, my selfie angle (above the right shoulder and angled slightly down) is seriously slimming.
Try it and see for yourself!
Here’s hoping in a couple of months I will be able to rock the work out gear AND
breathe at the same time. 😉
SO LET’S GET TO THE GEAR!
I really liked this combo, and I felt a little bit more fit just putting it on. For realz.
jacket HERE / tank HERE / capri pants HERE / sneakers HERE / $8 stud earrings HERE
THESE capri pants have 176 5 STAR Reviews!
Again, for size reference: medium in tan and jacket / small in capri pants
Here’s what one reviewer had to stay about the capri pants:
I have several pairs of the Zella Capris that I wear to work out in. They stay in place whether you are doing Zumba, strength training or running and do not roll down like many other brands do in this style. I hope Zella continues to make these for many years and that Nordstrom’s continues to carry this brand!
This is what I read over and over again (and heard from several friends). It seems that the best thing about Zella gear is the fact that it STAYS PUT. It sounds like a lot of other gear out there (even though it’s more affordable) rolls down during a work out. That’s no good!
In this next picture you can also see the the straps of the sports bra I’m wearing under the tank.
You can find the sports bra HERE.
For size reference, I’m wearing a medium in the sports bra. But BEWARE, when I took the medium out of the box, it looked like it was made for a toddler. But it stretched in all the right places and fit great! It gave great support, but it wasn’t uncomfortable!
The jacket is amazing.
You can find the jacket HERE (ON SALE!)
I really like the double zipper, and I love that the collar can be popped!
Also, I wasn’t sure what the purpose of the thumb holes was, but I read about it….and the jacket coming down over your hands serves two purposes: to keep your hands warm and to keep the sleeves from riding up during a work out. Um, GENIUS about the sleeves not riding up.
Since the jacket I’m wearing has limited quantities, you can click HERE for all versions of the Deja jacket (regular and plus size) in various colors!
SHOP THE ABOVE LOOK FOR YOURSELF:
All of the small thumbnail pics say they are $110, but when I checked the link this morning, they are actually ON SALE right now for $89.94!
Some different choices for tops here:
Choices for bottoms here:
A great selection of plus-size Zella active wear
However, when we moved, we didn’t bring the bike with us.
So now, here I am, needing to get started, without my bike.
I decided to do what I always do, I turned to Pinterest!
I have pinned some (what look to be) easy at-home workout routines.
And I’ve pinned some “skinny” recipes.
Also, the last several years I’ve used the “Lose It” app. to track my caloric intake and my calories burned. It really helps me to see it in black and white. The app is free, so check it out!
Find my GET HEALTHY board HERE!
Here are a couple of the pins that I’m most excited about. I know that the best way for me to make good food choices is to have good food on hand!
I will throw these wraps together for easy lunches at the house, and maybe pair it with some veggie soup! Click HERE.
Click HERE for this tex mex chicken salad.
Click HERE for a chickpea salad with a honey lime dressing.
I also pinned this workout.
Although the hubby just looked at it and said he thinks it might kill me.
And I think he might be right.
So….this year I’m going to change something.
Mom, I now you are hoping I’m just going to say that this is going to be the year that I just stay healthy all year long.
Sorry, no dice.
This year I’m not even going to act like I’m not going to gain it back.
SO, MONDAY…IT’S GO TIME!
Let’s all get healthy (and swimsuit ready) together! Heck, let’s just all get to the place where we don’t have to unbutton our jeans in the car when we are at a stoplight. Not that I’ve ever done that myself. 😉
Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!
And please, if you have ever tried Zella, leave your thoughts in the comments below!