Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Is it a long weekend for you? Little Miss is off school Monday, so we’re headed to the lake for some serious chill time. She’s hoping to catch some fish, and I want to finish my book (the new Elin Hilderbrand from her ‘Paradise‘ series…it’s so good!). Oh yeah, we’re also completely hooked on Ted Lasso, so we’ll probably binge the rest of that.
We talked resolutions and intentions earlier this week (I shared my mantra for 2021 HERE if you missed it), and although I didn’t make any grand fitness plans, I do look at the new year as a fresh slate. Like we discussed, much of 2020 was just about surviving. And even though ‘self care’ was a hot topic, mine was more along the lines of face masks and foot peels than fitness and nutrition.
I have no plans to give up my taco habit, but I do want to commit to moving my body more and making healthier food choices… as much for my mental and physical health as my waistline. And nothing helps me kickstart my motivation like a darling new workout outfit!
Motivation is defined as a reason for actions…. well, my reason for action just so happens to be these scallops, ha! But really, have you ever seen a cuter sports bra? It’s super soft with medium support, and cute enough to wear as a swim top, or even peeking out of a jacket.
The wide straps are sturdy, without digging in, and it’s made of a collagen-infused fabric that wicks moisture away from your skin while you sweat. I also like the longline that keeps me a little more covered.
The set is from IVL Collective, which was started by fellow blogger, Emily Jackson! I have loved watching her business grow, and am always thrilled to see hardworking women realize their dreams and goals! She started selling out of her house, and now she’s at Nordstrom… how’s that for motivation!?
The high-waist leggings are made of the same amazing collagen-infused fabric that smooths and sculpts, without digging or pinching. They even have SPF 50 for when you’re active outdoors! If you want to get really wild, grab the matching leopard bra HERE.
Fit Tip: The bra runs a little small… so choose your size based on your bra, then go up one. I’m a 32 and wear a 6. The leggings are true-to-size, with a lot of stretch and give (but no see-thru!), I’m wearing a 2.
I recently picked up these sleek weighted bangles for your wrists or ankles and initially thought, ‘Only one-pound each, how much of a difference could that make?!’ Ummmm, a lot! Joke’s on me, because they took my casual dog walks to a real fitness sweat-session!
The subtle weight is an easy way to add strength and toning to your workout. They have a wide velcro strap for custom fit, and store flat in a zippered mesh bag.
This picture is just a reminder that the right poses and angles, good light, and a great photographer can disguise all sorts of things. My stomach grew two babies, has supported me for 48 years, and endured a year’s worth of pandemic infractions… and I have the loose skin to prove it!
Sidenote: It’s also worth noting, that while I do take advantage of talented photographers and strategic posing, I will never alter my photos beyond light and color.
I rounded up a few more fun finds to help kick start your motivation this year… because sometimes we all need a little more than just the desire!
one. Device Arm Band // two. Gym Duffle Bag
three. Hat // four. Sweatshirt
five. Insulated Water Bottle with Storage // six. Clip-On Bluetooth Speaker
seven. Sneakers // eight. Earbuds
nine. Exercise Sliders // ten. Yoga Mat
eleven. Deep Tissue Massager // twelve. Ponytail Holders
thirteen. Weighted Bangles // fourteen. Sport Odor Spray
Do you have fitness goals for this year? What are your biggest motivators? I’m currently off wine and dessert for the month of January, and good grief it’s been a struggle! My diet just felt too dependent on both, so I’m hoping to break the addiction, but the detox is real!
I’d love any advice you have, until then, I’ll just be dreaming about the cookies stored in my freezer until February. Happy weekend, lovebugs!
*Photos by the darling and talented Audrie Dollins. This post created in collaboration with Nordstrom and ShopStyle, but all product selections, styling, and major sucking-in are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*