Work It….Even If You Don’t Want To

I hate to say it but it’s true – The older you get the more you have to work….on your body that is.
I really shouldn’t complain too much – 38 years old, on the thin side of the scale but there is a very fine, teeny tiny line that can be crossed if I don’t watch what I eat.
My ‘aha’ or maybe I should say my ‘Wtf – you posted that picture of me in my bikini….on Facebook!’ moment came a couple of months ago.  I swear Facebook is a guilty pleasure and curse wrapped up into one – but if you spend your holiday in a bikini, drinking and eating too much and then taking photos, well … stuff happens.  Live and learn.  I guess the silver lining to this is that the offensive picture (really it’s only offensive in my body image mind) has motivated me to get moving.
Let’s be honest – I had known before that fateful photo that I should really get to work.  My Mommy Tummy (this is the affectionate name I use for the little tummy pooch that never goes away no matter how hard I work my abs – I can thank my 2 Mini’s for this one) was getting a little ‘softer’ than I like.   Lucky for all of us, there are so many easy ways to find fitness info and work out programs.  Just a few clicks and you can find gazillions of at home work out routines.  I find it easier to fit into my day if I can do my workout from home as it cuts down on the length of time I have to commit to whole workout event.
Where did I start?  I took to iTunes and found the Popsugar Active App (they also have a Popsugar website with a good variety of workouts).   The Popsugar Active app has lots of great workouts for your all areas of your body – yoga, strength training, running and cardio.  With workout names like ’10 minute Workout to Fit Into Those Skinny Jeans’ and the ‘Look Good Naked Barre Workout’ how can you resist giving them a try.  I want to fit into my skinny jeans and look good naked – sign me up to sweat!  The great thing about the app is there are workouts that range in length from 10 minutes up to 40 minutes so you can always find something based on the amount of time your have for your workout.  I will say this – the Popsugar ladies in the workouts will kick your ass.  They mean business which is what we all need…right?
To get me a little extra motivated for my new routine I like to do a little workout wear shopping.   I don’t know about all of you but if I have a little something new to wear I have a little more spring in my step which is perfect for the gym – spring in your step = burning calories while looking good!
A few of my work-out gear essentials are below (numbered in the Work It Set):
1. LuLulemon Gym Bag
2. Suunto M2 Fitness Watch (time display, stopwatch, tracks your heart rate, calories burned and your heart rate zones.
3. Victoria Secret Incredible Sports Bra – a must for us Double D and over girls.  This is one of the best sports bras I have tried and the bra looks great under your workout top.  Workout cleavage and fun colors – what is not to love!
4.  PopSugar App for your iPad and iPhone – Get it.  It’s free.Beautysets - Work It...And Look Great Doing It

Fall Fashion Faves

Well – it’s almost here.  The first official day of Fall is this weekend.  I ♥ the beautiful fall colors of the leaves in our river valley, and the fun activities that Fall has to offer in Alberta.  Inside my fall decorative items have made their way into my living room and the house feels so warm and welcoming with all the orange, plum and brown shades of color.  With the change over in the weather and my living room my closet awaits…

Fall is the time to crawl under my bed and hope that a dust bunny does not attack before I can retrieve my container of precious Fall clothing items.  Opening my Fall clothing storage container almost feels like Christmas morning as I have forgotten all of the fabulous cool weather clothing items that I have carefully stored (with the precision of a museum curator) from last season. It’s like I went shopping for a new closet….under my bed!

I thought I would share some of my Fall Fashion Faves that make my heart happy when I see the them again for the first time.

Fall accessories are definitely something to look forward to.  Boots, scarves, bigger handbags – nothing better.

Fall accessory collage

Jewel tones, leather, sweaters and my jeans – I missed you.  Welcome back to my closet

fall outfit collage