Category Archives: Healthy Living

This is for you…

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I’ve talked about being busy a lot lately but I haven’t talked about how staying active helps me accomplish all that I need to do. I strongly believe in the idea that a body in motion stays in motion. The days where I am up and at it with a workout or start the day crossing things off my to-do list are the days when I accomplish the most and feel good about myself. Those are the days when I clean the kitchen floor, do 5 loads of laundry, tackle a million things for the wedding, do the grocery shopping and still manage to get to barre or yoga. On those days I lay my head on my pillow feeling satisfied with all that I accomplished. I feel motivated to get up and do it all over again.

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One of my tricks to accomplishing it all is creating a to-do list, and these days that list is more crucial than ever. I’ve recently taken it one step further and started adding deadlines and time limits to the items on my to-do list. Some may think that doing that is a little overkill, but for me it ensures that I accomplish all I need to do without having to make a sacrifice. Just like everyone else, I can get sucked in to Facebook and crappy TV, and before I know it I don’t have enough time to finish cleaning the house, or do my errands and still get my workout in. These time stops help me stay focused and help me work productively. They help me make sure that I accomplish the things I HAVE to do so I can enjoy the things I WANT to do like barre, yoga, running or a date with a friend.

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The other bonus of my to-do list with time limits method is that I can be more present in life. I spend less time worrying about what I didn’t do or need to do and more time on the things that matter. I can enjoy my workout and focus on my own thoughts and feelings. I can spend quality time with Michael and focus on our conversations. I can enjoy the wedding planning process and all the fun stuff that brings like having my mom and maid of honor in town for my pre-wedding hair and make up trial and dress fitting.

And speaking of to-do lists, it should be no surprise that I’m loving lucy activewear even more these days. Their tagline? “This is for you. The ones who have it all… on your to-do list.” Yep…that’s me!

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I’ve worked with lucy before and became a fan. So when POPSUGAR Select teamed up with them and asked me to take part I couldn’t resist. Their new “Do Everything” collection looks amazing. Turns out it is! I’ve been loving clothes that go from one thing to the next…an outfit that works for barre and can look cute at dinner with a friend? Yes, please. Something comfortable I can run errands in and meet with a wedding vendor in? Yes, thank you. Their clothes are versatile and perfect for yoga or any type of workout. I ordered the Hatha Pant, Heart Center Cami, and the Sexy Sweat Half Zip. The pants are a classic black yoga pant that work for just about anything. I love that the bootcut is a bit more narrow so they’ll work for barre too. The cami is so comfortable for a performance top. I wore it under the half zip to run errands one day and was really impressed. Usually performance workout tops aren’t great to wear all day but this one definitely is. The half zip does it all. Perfect to wear to yoga, during savasana and to run errands. I’ve lived in it on the weekends! I’m planning to wear this on our honeymoon flight- it’s perfect for traveling and I’ll love the tank and pants for yoga on the beach!

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The best part of all this? lucy gets it. And they want to make life a little bit easier for those of us who live off a to-do list. Here are the details…

What woman can’t use a little help – each week you can win your choice of a year of housecleaning, babysitting or meal delivery. One grand prize winner will receive all three. More “you time” to do the things you really love (like getting in your favorite workout).

This is for you. The ones who have it all…on their to-do list! Let lucy take away the small stuff that stands between you and a good sweat.

Enter for a chance to win some more “You Time”! Giveaway ends December 16th.

I’m pretty sure we could all use a bit more “me time” so be sure to enter and while you’re at it check out all the new gear offered by lucy that might just make your life a bit easier!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by lucy through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about lucy, all opinions are my own.

Tell me, how does being active help you accomplish all the things you love to do?

A New Relationship with Workouts

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You might recall that back in the spring I decided not to run a marathon or half-marathon this fall.  It’s the first time in about 9 years I decide not to train for a race.  It was a big decision but I felt that it was important to enjoy the process of planning my wedding and getting married.  I knew that there was no way I could manage it all without being stressed out.  I always take my training and races seriously, even when I say it’s just for fun, and felt it was a stress I could eliminate.  I didn’t think that by changing things up in this way I’d learn valuable lessons and re-shape my relationship with my body but I did.

I feel like I’ve taken a stress away from myself and let go of this fear of not working out like crazy.  Part of my drive to train for races was that I had worked out and trained at such a level for so long that I was fearful of how my body may change if I stopped. Now I know that with moderate exercise (2-3 workouts a week) and portion control I can still look good.  I feel empowered knowing that when I’m ready to train for a marathon again my body can handle the demands of a training schedule and more frequent workouts.  And I feel empowered knowing that when we are ready to start a family or take on life changes that require big time commitments I’ll be able to maintain a healthy weight with a few workouts a week and a healthy diet.

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To that end, I’ve learned that sometimes working out can be stressful- like when you are training for a race and need to get your miles and workouts in so you are prepared for race day.  And sometimes it’s really just fun and stress free.  I’ve stopped viewing workouts as something I NEED to do and started viewing them as something I WANT to do.  I no longer hear myself saying, “I need to go for a run” instead I hear myself saying, “I want to go for a run tonight”.  It’s a little shift in words but mentally it’s a big shift.  You make time for the things you WANT to do and you do it happily. You’ll make time for the things you NEED to do, but it’s not always happy and sometimes it makes you more stressed.  Wanting to do my workouts or go to barre makes them fun and setting aside or finding the time is that much easier.

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I’ve learned that I don’t need to be a “cardio junkie” to feel and look good.  I’ve always felt that I needed to run or spend time on the elliptical to burn calories, maintain my weight and feel good.  But with no race to train for and my hip pain I’ve been running much, much less.  I’ve been hitting the barre and taking yoga more than running.  To my surprise, I am at my lowest weight in years.  I’ve taken enough trainings and read enough to KNOW that I don’t need that much cardio to maintain my weight but it’s another thing to prove it to myself.  I’ve also proven to myself that I don’t need running alone for mental clarity.  The yoga mat can provide that to me just like running can.  And for that matter, barre can too.  It feels so good and it can be so mind clearing to zone out to the music and tune into my body as we do the exercises.

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Most of all, I’ve learned that when I stop putting so much focus on working out I take the focus away from my own judgements on my body.  When I was running and working out upwards of 5-6 days a week I felt so critical of my body.  I’d always be judging myself- was my butt toned enough, were my abs defined, did my arms look toned.  The list goes on.  These days I find myself catching a glimpse in the mirror and giving myself compliments-my legs look great, my butt looks so toned.  When I tried my wedding gown on for my first dress fitting I couldn’t help but compliment myself on how good my arms and back looked.  The last time I had the gown on was in the store and I remember silently criticizing myself for my arms.  Granted I’ve been taking more barre in an effort to tone up so I’m sure it’s paying off but the point is I know I am less focused on workouts and less focused on their results.  If feel and look good I’m happy.  I feel like I need a workout, I’ll make the effort to fit one in.  Somewhere along the way I took away the pressure of working out and looking good and replaced it with a more accepting relationship of both workouts and my body.

Have you ever changed your workout routine and learned something along the way? Tell me!