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Scallop bra // Scallop leggings // Adidas sneakers // Twist tee

Anyone else feel like it’s already been stressful year and it’s only January? One thing that has helped my stress tremendously is getting moving. We have converted our two-car garage into a gym and no regrets. I found 5 fitness favorites from Nordstrom to kick start the new year. I’m loving this scallop set from IVL, Nike cortez sneakers, the adidas I’m wearing, and this MZ Wallace gym bag slash mom bag that wipes clean. How cool is that? I’m loving that I can walk around the house with a house coat over this adorable workout se from IVL at Nordstrom. I’m going on day 3 of the workout gear and house coat combination. A Perfect post workout outfit. Do you have one? Grab a bag, shoes and new set and hit the gym!

WORKOUT GEAR

GYM TOPS

GYM BAGS

GYM SHOES

Lip Gloss // Gold Sports Bra 

Mesh Sports Bra // Scallop leggings 

A big thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

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!

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?

Big thanks to lululemon for sponsoring this post!

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.

Tools: what you’ll need

RESISTANCE RING //

I’ve been wanting a low impact workout for pregnancy and I think I found it. Hubby some of you may know is a fitness fanatic, so I asked his professional opinion and this was it. I don’t want to have to have a ton of fitness to do after baby, so I’m making attempts to stay active during this pregnancy. I’m actually using this fitness ring as I write this blog post!! I figured its an under $20 Amazon impulse buy that actually works. Read on!

Keeping up a fitness routine is hard no matter what phase of life I’m in. Whether it was in college balancing the books with free time or motherhood and the lack of any solid alone time. I must say though, having some kind of fitness habits while pregnant has got to be the hardest. But, not all hope is lost because now that I’m on my fifth pregnancy, I’ve learned a few things. First, I carry totally different between boys and girls. I held a lot more water with my girls and staying motivated was tough. With the boys (my current pregnancy is a boy), my belly literally just popped out and everything else has stayed pretty much normal, which makes wanting to move a lot easier.

As far as actual exercise and staying active goes, here are some tips for maintaining muscle and cardio endurance while in your third trimester.

  1. If you don’t have resistance bands, I highly recommend them. They are versatile for all body parts—I can do arm curls, tricep extensions, some shoulder lifts, back flies, etc., all with only the bands. The resistance is just enough to give me a slight burn, but not worry about weight, throwing off my balance, pinching a nerve or causing contractions.
  2. For my legs, I use a ring. It’s great for the inner thighs and even strengthens your birthing muscles. Knowing this can help come birth day keeps me motivated while I tone my legs.
  3. For cardio, I stick to walking. Any kind of bouncing makes me nervous. I know some woman run marathons up to nine months, but not me. I’d rather just keep my heart rate up to a healthy pace and then take a rest with a nice glass of water.
  4. Speaking of water—staying hydrated is essential to a healthy pregnancy. Make sure to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go and don’t let the kids drink all of it.

Anyone else have any fitness tips for pregnancy? I’d love to hear them.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no gym rat, and machines generally intimidate me. So you can imagine my excitement level at meeting with a trainer at Equinox. (It hovered around nil.) But I’m proud to say that I survived the first meeting unscathed and motivated! I met with Nick and discussed diet, health history and my usual workout … or lack thereof. We also discussed my fitness goals and what I wanted to accomplish. So, without further ado, here are my tips for Getting Started, aka Actually Getting to the Gym For Real. 

  1. Set up a time with a trainer. Actual appointments are harder to forget about, and trainers will even give you a roadmap to your fitness goals. (Read more here)
  2. Be realistic. Think small and baby steps. (This is especially hard for me as I want immediate results.)
  3. Be consistent. Nick said that changes only come with dedication, as in at least 3 x a week of gym time.
  4. Be patient! Worthwhile results and good habits take time. (Yeah, so good luck with this one.)

And yes, I ‘m still sore from the Day 1 with Nick! Stay tuned for the results. I’ll keep you posted on challenges and lessons learned. Can’t wait!

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Credit: Brandon Moningka at Rhetoric Photography