Easy health and fitness changes to make now…and keep all year

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We all have high hopes for a new year, and if you’re like me, mounds of things that you want to change. I have found though, that positive changes only happen, and continue to happen, if they are small and gradually happen over time.

Below I have outlined FIVE easy health and fitness changes that you can start today, and maintain all year:

  1. Set a date and time to exercise at least 3 days/week. Don’t just say, “I’ll workout on Monday.” Figure out your exact when and where. On Tuesday, I will run for 30 minutes outside. I will do this ____ while my kids are ____. Pack/lay out your gym clothes the night before. Have your pre workout snack ready to go. Pack a water bottle. Do not set unrealistic expectations for yourself. If you NEVER wake up before 6am, do not schedule a 5am workout. Be realistic with yourself. My best time is right after work before I pick the kids up from daycare. I change at work, and eat a small snack in the car on the way there. NO excuses.
  2. Make one small health change, and stick with it. Bring your lunch each day instead of buying, add in daily vitamins, eat an apple instead of chips, switch to Stevia instead of Splenda, start buying natural deodorant. Pick something and do it! Feeling brave? Make a small change each week.
  3. Follow the 80/20 rule. You will not be able to maintain a diet if you deprive yourself of everything that you love. Everything in moderation. I try to eat relatively healthy on weekdays, and then let myself indulge on the weekends. I love a good burger, fries, ice cream, and wine. During the week, I eat two eggs every morning, a banana for a snack, turkey with hummus and carrots for lunch, and nuts or an apple for a snack EVERY day. Dinner is some sort of meat and veggie. Boring, I know but it is what works for me. The best way to maintain this is to plan out your meals, have the food in the house, and pack your lunch with healthy food.
  4. Invest in a good pair of workout shoes. Trust me on this one. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here.
  5. Cauliflower. I’m a lover of all things starchy and covered in butter. So to keep myself from eating all the pasta and potatoes, I buy a lot of cauliflower. Roast it, boil it, turn it into rice – it’s delicious any way. Add a little butter and salt and pepper, and you’ll almost forget you are not eating a baked potato. Almost 😉

What changes have you made in the new year? I’d love to hear!

 

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The perfect tee for layering

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Winter is all about layers and leggings, am I right? I’ve talked about my love for winter layering here. For some reason, I only want to wear leggings and tee shirts that I can layer under wraps and sweaters when it’s cold. Leggings are just so much cozier, and easier to put into boots than jeans are. This wrap I’m wearing is another winter staple that I throw on over everything. It’s from a small boutique near my house but I’ve linked similar below.

I’ve had my Hunters for years, and get so much wear out of them. They can double as rain or snow boots, and are super durable and comfortable. Sometime I wear them to work, intending to change into different shoes, and just end of wearing them all day long.

This long sleeve tee is only $19, and perfect tee for layering with leggings. It’s lightweight and long enough to cover your behind. It also come in a tons of colors. I usually like my tees oversized but I sized way down in this – to an XXS.

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What is your favorite layering piece?

XO,

Sara

 

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One Cardigan, Two Ways

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Cardigan (c/o) // Shirt old, similar here // Pants // Boots // Earrings // Necklace

Each year like clockwork, November 1st hits and I start reaching for layers upon layers. Most days I leave the house looking like a Sherpa. Anything that I can layer on, and peel off throughout the day is fair game. Today I wore two scarves, TWO! And I didn’t even notice I was wearing two until Ryan yelled at me to take them off (scarfs scare the little guy). He’s an odd one that son of mine.

So I was excited when I found this Reversible Co. cardigan to incorporate into my fall and winter wardrobe. It is nice and thick without being too heavy. You can definitely transition it from fall to winter and then back into spring. It is also REVERSIBLE. One side is black, the other is gray making it a great neutral option to pair with any outfit. It’s perfect for moms too because we are always covered in sticky little finger prints; usually finger prints that I don’t notice until I am walking into work. No problem here, just flip the cardigan around.

Right now you can get 20% off on any purchase on their website with code: “happy20”. They have pieces for children as well. I hope you will check them out!

What is your favorite winter layering item?

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Winter Cozies

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Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Hat

If you follow my stories on Instagram then you know that I have been battling the stomach flu everywhere I turn. It’s been brutal. It is my worst nightmare. I literally want to curl up in a hole and not come out until May.

But alas, that is something that I cannot do. So until then, I will just turn into a hermit-like creature that only wears things that are fuzzy. This outfit is something you will typically see me in from December through March. My tops this time of year need to be warm and cozy. The more they feel like a sweatshirt, the better. Normally, I only wear my Uggs around the house as slippers until it’s really too cold to care what I look like. Then I just make the conscious choice not to take them off all winter (sorry, Dean!). 😉

Below I’ve linked some other favorite cozy must haves

What cozy pieces are you wearing this winter?
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Slouchy Sweaters

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Sweater // Jeans // Booties, similar for less here and here

I am ALL about slouchy sweaters when the weather turns cooler. Personally, I don’t like my sweaters to fit tight. I feel like sweaters should fit roomy and cozy, so I tend to shy away from sweaters that are meant to be form fitting. The bigger, the better, is how I like ’em. I usually size up, like I did here to get that extra slouch.

I found this sweater at a store that I have not shopped at in probably ten years. I feel like the store had taken a turn, and didn’t really have it’s style niche – if that makes any sense. The clothing had also gotten a little to “young” looking for my taste. So I don’t really know what made me go in when I was shopping the other day but I was shocked to find so many beautiful (and inexpensive) sweaters. I’ve linked a bunch of other slouchy sweaters that I found below.

Favorite slouchy sweaters

Will you be wearing slouchy sweaters this season? What’s your favorite?

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Stripe Sweater for Everyday

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Sweater here and here // Denim // Boots // Necklace

Can we talk about this stripe sweater for a minute, and these booties? This sweater is the softest, most perfect combination of neutral stripes that you will literally want to wear everyday. I got an extra small but probably could have also worn an XXS. And these booties…how perfect are they? I own four pairs of boots by this brand. They are such good quality and comfortable enough for everyday. I sized up half a size because my usual size was a little snug in the toe area.

Other Stripe Sweaters I am Loving

Are you wearing stripes this season?

XO,

Sara

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The Softest Sweater

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Sweater // Pants old, similar here // Boots old, similar here // Necklaces here and here // Earrings

I wore this outfit for a Starbucks date with my daughter. We were starting to go a little stir crazy from being stuck in the house, so we bundled up and ventured out after a break in the rain/snow/sleet we were having.

I wasn’t sure about this sweater when I saw it in the store but after trying it on I had to have it. It is made of the softest, almost chenille material, and it is warm and cozy despite being a cold shoulder top. It would also look gorgeous with a pair of maroon pants (I am still on the hunt for the perfect pair but I think I might give these a try). I sized up to a small. I could have easily gone with an XS but I like my sweaters oversized.

I am also loving these soft sweaters.

Happy Monday, Friends!

XO,

Sara

 

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Pink and Gold for Fall

 

 

 

 

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Top // Jeans // Booties sold out, similar here and here.

Necklaces: here and here.

Earrings: here.

I think I’ve said this before but I love wearing pink in the fall. It’s such a refreshing change from all of the navy, olive, maroon, and gray that typically dominates this time of year. Not to discount a good navy or gray because honestly, my closet is mostly gray, but it’s fun to throw in a pop of color every now and then.

I found this top while shopping on a rainy Saturday with my mom and had to have it. I wear a lot of clothes that need to be appropriate for work but also allow for me to be sitting on the floor with 20 five year olds. This top can be dressed up or down making it appropriate for both. I’m envisioning it with a fun scarf as the weather get cooler and these ripped jeans. It would also be cute with a skirt or black pants, and some over-the-knee boots.

I was also on the hunt for a necklace that was casual enough I could wear everyday. I mean, I spend my day with five year olds so there is no getting fancy over here. I got really excited when I found this necklace that matches the earrings I wear everyday. Literally, every. single. day. Never take them off, they go with everything. This necklace is also short enough that my kids can’t pull on it. Win win.

What’s your fall go-to look?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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