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Sherpa pullover (S) // Twist leggings (sz 4) // Beanie Sherpa Hat // Bag (only $38!)

Men’s Surge Pants // Long sleeve top // Engineered Warmth Jacket

Just in time for the New Year, but first new GEAR! lululemon rarely disappoints and their new sherpa pullover and beanie live up to the hype. The turtleneck pullover is super soft and perfect for chilly SoCal nights.
Here are some pieces me and Reid picked up from lululemon recently to crush our at home garage workouts. Some days, scratch that, most days you need new gear to inspire new goals.
What about you?

What about you?

Big thanks to lululemon for sponsoring this post!

One of my favorite ways to workout at home is with a pilates ring.

5 Must have lululemon pieces for home workouts and curbside pick ups.

30L Bag // Align leggings sz 6 // Align tank sz 4 // Vest // Radiant jacket sz 6

What are the benefits of the pilates ring?

It helps strengthen the pelvic floor, back and stomach muscles. It helps to stabilize the spine and pelvic floor, while training coordination and balance. I used it here when I was pregnant with Levi.

How do you use it?

There’s so many ways that this ring was aptly named “the magic circle!” It can be used between your knees, legs, and arms.

How do you stay motivated?

New gear! I love my lululemon align leggings, tank and vest! It’s been 40’s here in SoCal in the mornings, so a vest is appropriate for running errands. And the lululemon logo is on the hood of the vest, super cute!

What can you fit in the 30L bag?

Everything! Mine has keys, wallet, snacks, water bottle, receipts, and change of clothing in it. It wipes clean and makes a great gift. I call it my mom slash gym bag.

Does the Align tank have support?

Yes! Light support and lots of comfort. I prefer the violet verbena color.

Big Thanks to lululemon for sponsoring this post!

Align Leggings wearing a size 6 // Radiant Jacket II wearing a size 6 // 19L bag // waist run belt bag // Tank in violet verbena

It’s so important to have quality pieces to workout in. You can sweat, run, and still look cute in these lululemon pieces. I get a lot of questions about this bag. Its the perfect gym slash mom bag. pair it with the running belt, flattering leggings and this tank on repeat.

We’ve been spending lots of mornings at the home garage gym. Here’s what I’ve been doing in addition to crunches:

Try doing the following four times: a wall sit, a wall sit with reach, a hollow body hold, and a Superman position for 30 seconds each, followed by 30 seconds of rest after all of them.

Try doing 15 air squats, 20 lateral bounds, and a bear crawl five times to one side, then five times to the other, repeating the series for seven minutes.

I feel happier and more fit with little spurts of working out. Now, its your turn, how do you stay active?

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Reid’s Fitness Journey

by Shalice Noel

I’ve always been into fitness.  You could say since the age I started swimming at our neighborhood pool.  I swam competitively starting at age 5 and didn’t stop until the end of high school.  Swimming taught me a lot about self-discipline.  Going to swim practice after school was draining in middle school.  But going to swim practice before and after school was even more draining.  It was that routine that made me a morning person today.  While those training days were exhausting, I was motivated to always be better the next day.  The fitness lifestyle is just that.  A little improvement everyday. 

As a swimmer, you learn to push your endurance and that is much the same idea I use in my weight training.  I always try to do one more rep.  It’s really not about counting reps and stopping at a pre-determined number ie. 10.  It’s about pushing your body to the max.  Taking every last muscle fiber and killing it in order for it to grow back better and stronger. 

As a avid lifter and trainer, I also realized my nutrition is key.  Otherwise the time spent in the gym is futile.  Shalice has all the credit concerning my diet.  When we first got married she pushed me to stop drinking soda drinks.  I grew up drinking soda at least 1-2 time a day!  (I’ve been off soda for 10 years now?)  And I don’t get cavities anymore either.  Shalice also started me on celery juice.  See her celery juice recipe and benefits in THIS POST. I have a large glass of celery juice on ice before I eat anything else.  I also try to not eat anything until lunch time.  I’ve noticed my “dad bod” spare tire is deflating and that makes me happy.  Lastly, Shalice has me taking LIFE liquid collagen and the Trim in lemon.  How does Trim work you ask? Trim contains CLA which is conjugated linoleic acid. The most well-established benefit of CLA is a fat fighting power. CLA is clinically shown to reduce fat cells size over time meaning you can have a great impact on the visibility of cellulite. CLA also helps your body build muscle rather than store fat and has anti-inflammatory properties. As for the Biocell LIFE Collagen I take, here are some of the benefits: improves joint mobility and lubrication reduces joint discomfort, promotes healthy cartilage and connective tissue, supports cardiovascular health, promotes healthy hair, skin, gums and eyes.

Shalice’s code is this: 3697593, to get $10 off for first time customers.

It’s incredible the extra flex I get as a result in taking Trim and Biocell Life in the last couple months.  I noticed much more cut in my mid-section and at 42 years old, I never thought I would have an almost 8-pack.

I guess I’m proof that if I can do it, you can do it.

Needless to say.  I love working out.  I love weight training.  But without good nutrition, consistency in training and proper supplementation, you may not reach your goals.  Keep up the grind.  Push for one more rep.  Practice self-discipline and everything will fit into place.

Rise and Grind friends.

Love this jacket! I got a lot of questions on the sizing on it, I went up to a size 6 so I could layer underneath.

Radiant Jacket II

Sports Bra // Align Leggings wearing a size 6 // Radiant Jacket II wearing a size 6 // 19L camouflage bag

Reid and I have been living in lululemon for much of this summer and our most recent road trips so it only made sense that we round up our favorites today on the blog. Since it is also the season for giving, we rounded up our favorites for the women and men in your life. Also, since many of you asked, I’m sharing one of my favorite (healthy) breakfast meals, an Acai bowl! You can makes changes like adding coconut shreds adding or omitting chia seeds, etc.

I love wearing these super flattering align leggings, post workout ready jacket, and awesome carry-all gym slash mom bag. 

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My Favorite Açai Bowl recipe

Ingredients

Add to a high powered blender: 

  • 1 packet (100 grams) frozen acai berry packet
  • 1/2 cup (118g) 100% apple juice from concentrate
  • small frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup  frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup  frozen blueberries

Top your bowl: (Below are my recommendations; add your favorite toppings and add to your desired quantity. These topping suggestions are for one acai bowl.)

  • 1 tablespoon  honey (if you don’t add this on top, I recommend adding it to the mixture beforehand)
  • Handful vanilla almond granola, or a similar store bought/homemade granola
  • Fresh fruit: such as fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and banana: fruit sliced thinly or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon  chia seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons  coconut

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Big thanks to lululemon for sponsoring this post! All opinions my own.

Family Fit workout

by Shalice Noel

Ideas for family fitness:

  • Play tag, swim, toss a ball, jump rope, hula-hoop, dance to music or even play a dancing video game. It doesn’t have to be sports—just get your family moving!
  • Walk the dog, go for a jog, go on a bike ride, take the stairs or head to the park and let kids run around for a while.
  • Celebrate special occasions—like birthdays or anniversaries—with something active, such as a hike, a volleyball or soccer game or playing Frisbee at the park.
  • Get the whole family involved in household chores like cleaning, vacuuming, and yard work.
  • Walk instead of drive whenever you can. If you have to drive, find a spot at the far end of the parking lot and walk to where you’re going.
  • Park farther away and count with your children the number of steps from the car to your destination. Write it down and see if you can park even farther away on your next stop.
  • Train as a family for a charity walk or run.

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Some of my favorite workout pieces come from lululemon and this gym bag slash mom bag is no exception!!

I’ve been living in these align leggings and cardigan on my run to go get take out while our kitchen is being renovated. This particular renovation has been throwing me off hence the blog silence.

But I’m back and grateful for my family, long walks, extra shot of caffeine and liquid collagen! See more of my favorite lululemon looks here and here.

Stay tuned for kitchen progress!

With some gyms closed and added rules, we have been working out in our garage. Who else is rocking out in their garage gym? I’m loving the convenience of working out downstairs. I don’t have any excuse not to workout now which is a little sad.

1// Medicine Ball // 2 // Dip Station 3 // Ab Rollers 4 // Warrior Mat 5 // alo glass bottle 6 // yoga block //

7// 40# weight 8 // Heavy Duty Rope

I also like this Jump Rope

Activewear faves

by Shalice Noel

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1.A good jogging bra can elevate an arm workout. I feel more confident and comfortable in this one from Alo.

2. A jump rope can get your heart pumping and burn calories. A perfect at home in the driveway workout. This one has 1k reviews! Did you know you can burn 15 to 20 calories per minute? Around 200-300 calories in a simple 15 minute workout. Not bad for $9 spent in workout equipment. I also love this pilates ring. More about how to use the pilates ring in THIS POST.

3. These leggings are $60 and very flattering

4. White sneakers sleek enough for post workout chic.

5. These drops for focus and chill. Very essential right now. Use code SHALICENOEL for a discount.

6. 24 ounces of water before noon, no problem! Nothing like a new water bottle to inspire you to drink more water. Keeping it from the kids is the hardest part.

7. This jacket is so flattering and great for chilly mornings or evenings when we usually workout.

8. Super flattering $20 tank you can dress up or down.

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Have you checked out lululemon lately? They have some of the most innovative designs, comfy fabrics and flattering leggings. I can’t think of one legging brand that has most dupes. Why? Because their styles are THAT good. I went through their new fall/winter line and picked these 5 pieces.

25″ Leggings (size 6) // On my Level Bag (water repellant and has interior pockets) // Vest (size 4) // Zip Hoodie // Sherpa beanie (sherpa fleece lining) // Bra

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Good workout clothes and accessories are key to staying motivated for that run or signing up for that pilates class. These pieces are sure to motivate you and have been a long time favorite of mine and I know it will be yours.

1. My head is an odd shape and this hat is STILL FLATTERING. Did I mention, it has an irresistible sherpa lining?

2. Also, I needed a good crop legging that still looks great while traveling. Hello airplane style! They also manage to “suck it all in” which is key for a mom of 5.

3. This hoodie is lightweight but incredibly warm and soft.

4. Top it off with a beautiful vest, that is as lightweight as it is warm.

5. Grab this slouchy bag that converts from a tote to a crossbody bag and will soon be your go-to bag.

I love that I can enjoy an evening run with these lululemon layers. For me, that’s my self-care. Give yourself the gift to yourself, one from lululemon this holiday season.

Thank you lululemon for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own.