When my girlfriends and I were in Mexico we did a lot of talking about workouts, what we think works and doesn't and diets. All of them (except me #fail) do a FitBit challenge and I am always so impressed with how they all stick with it and consistently kill their goals. A few of us have done different diets together and have held each other accountable while we try to meet our goals (sharing is caring.)
My one friend kept stressing how important she thinks running and weights are, and I fully agree with her. Anytime I have needed to lose weight, consistently running and incorporating weights made such a difference. She is also a yoga teacher and believes that is an important part of any workout routine, which I totally agree with - work those muscles and stretch them out. Another point brought up was to always be changing things up, which is so key. So many things I have read, and I do way too much reading into workouts and diet, have said to change things up and constantly keep your body guessing.
So while I walked away from our trip with a mild hangover, I also came back with a totally renewed motivation to get into a great routine and change up what I had been doing. Some fun new workout gear definitely helps with that motivation too! I picked up these pants by Alo at my Barre3 and am insanely in love with them. I have been wearing them twice a week since I got them and can't say enough great things. I love my Lulu's, but Alo fits like a glove. Size wise, they're pretty flexible. I went up a size because that is all that was in stock, but I could have gone down one too and been ok.
Target has had the best workout clothes lately, and I scooped up this tank during an online sale. It's under $20 and fits so well. I love how long it is and the knot detailing in the back. You have to shop fast though, because anything I have my eye on goes before I can even get it in my online shopping cart most of the time. I ordered a bunch of workout stuff with this top and most of it got cancelled two weeks after the fact. So the moral of the story is, if it's good, get it (you can always return it!)
I ordered these sneakers after my knees started hurting anytime I was wearing my other pairs based on the reviews. I have never been a huge review person before, but now I am really into reading them and they're so worth perusing before you make a purchase. These shoes run small so go up a half size. They are deliciously comfortable after a solid day's wearing to break in. I wear them for working out of just around, because they're so cute. I can run in them without any pain and they look super cute pair with skinnies or black leggings.
Finally, TKO sent me their running belt to try and it has definitely helped motivate me to actually get outside and run more. Running on a treadmill is so boring, but I hate running outside and holding my phone. I can't do an arm band, it's just too uncomfortable and awkward, but the belt is awesome. It looks small but it expands and holds my phone, keys and even a card or cash. It's flat so it sets up against you and doesn't stick out. Now that we have some reasonable temperatures I plan on getting a lot more use out of it with all of my goodies above.
So where do you stand when it comes to working out and diet? Do you like having people to motivate you and hold you accountable? Do you think that running is the most solid workout there is with a side of weights? I know a lot of you do yoga and barre so I really am interested to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions!
Thank you for reading and have a fabulous day! -xx