5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday // Feat. Fabletics

5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday // Outfit c/o Fabletics – To get your first outfit for just $25 here!

Happy Monday! The holidays are officially here, and starting Friday it'll be Christmas tunes all around. If you're anything like me, this can be a dangerous season for loading up on sweets and some of the year's best family recipes. Don't get me wrong, I am all for treating yourself, but the guilt I can do without.

As we head into the hustle and bustle, I want you to be at your best to enjoy the holidays, so while I'm no fitness expert, today I want to share five tips I've found helpful in keeping healthy over the holidays.

  1. Four Legs Go Further Than Two: This is the perfect time of year to grab a girlfriend and make a pact. No need to wait for a new years resolution, team up with a friend and commit to being workout buddies this holiday season. Whether meeting up for a group class or meeting up for a run, I've always found it harder to give up when with a friend. With two of you involved, not only will you keep each other accountable for showing up, but working out will be much more enjoyable knowing the pain and gain is shared. Also, if you're in anyway competitive, this is a great way for the two of you to push each other further. Keep in mind the holidays are bound to get hectic, so this is a great opportunity to be productive and guarantee some quality time with one of your girls.
  2. Get Ahead of the Game: Start now. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, and I promise you'll enjoy the holiday much more freely if you get a few workouts in before the big feast. There is no need to feel guilty when enjoying an evening with loved ones, so plan ahead, squeeze in an hour a day if possible and make it an investment in yourself. This rule applies throughout the month of December as well– if you know you won't be able to get to the gym on Wednesday, push yourself harder or give yourself an extra hour on Tuesday. You'll be sore, but you'll be ahead of your game plan, and that's the goal. Catching up during the hustle and bustle of holidays is far too stressful, and the boost of confidence you'll get from being ahead of the game is 100% worth the effort. Remember, investing in yourself is not a selfish use of time, but a way to better prep yourself both physically and mentally for work, family, and social responsibilities– your health is reflected in all aspects of life!
  3. Become a Morning Person: I am the least morning person I know, so trust me when I say, I understand your pain. That said, with holiday parties and gift shopping this is the safest bet that you'll get your workout in during this busy season. When trying to become a morning person every detail matters, and there are a variety of seemingly silly but effective ways to help get you there. For starters, wear your workout clothes to bed, or at least lay them out the night before. Plan everything ahead of time, and I mean everything: socks, hair ties, water bottle, protein bar, everything. If you're not a morning person, you will be in a much clearer state of mind prepping these items before bed, than your will in a hazy morning daze. I guarantee you are much more likely to get to the gym on time when not having to rummage through a dim-lit room in search of your shoes. Need some extra motivation? This is another great reason to have a workout buddy– you will be much more likely to roll out of bed if you know someone else also gave up their sleep and and is waiting on you at the other end. Additionally, try signing up for a group class. Many gyms have penalties for missed classes once you're already signed up, so adding that extra pressure could be just the trick.
  4. Log your progress: We all need pep-talks, and a Pinterest board is great place to start, but why not take it one step further and get a little more personal? One habit I've found to be surprisingly effecetive is tracking my monthly fitness routine. Hit up a class today? Simply jot the type and length of the class in a note on your phone. Went for a run? Jot down the date and length of your run. Seeing your work on "paper" is a great way to reference progress and watch yourself break limits. Again, if you're in any way competitive, you'll likely find yourself setting new monthly goals based on this data. While physical change can take time to show, this is a great way to track your strength and endurance. Keeping this information logged on your phone makes the task nearly effortless, so why not?
  5. Treat Yourself: Like I said, I am all for treating yourself, but why limit your treats to just food?... Eyeing a new workout outfit? Set tangible goals and reward yourself! Set aside a small budget each and commit to working out 5 time this week. If at the end of the week you've met your goal, the outfit's yours. Same goes for accessories. Need a new bag for carrying that change of clothes? Agree that if you get to the gym before work for a week, you've earned it. Trust me, if you're hitting up the gym as often as you'd like, you'll be sweating through some serious gym clothes and a new outfit can be just the motivation to get you back. That said, keep in mind that, as cheesy as it sounds, your time spent working out is it's own treat. I know it can be difficult to make time for the gym, especially when work and kids get involved, but this is a time to clear your mind, relax, be tech-free, and burn some steam, so while you may be dying in that group class, remember this is your time, and you're quality of life will be better because of it!

To shop more outfits like the one above, click here– the sports bras are awesome!

This post has been braught to you by Fabletics, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

Fitness Friday // Fabletics

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Outfit c/o Fabletics | ShoesBag | Aviators

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but few things make me more excited than sweats that look sexy! Between moving and marathon training, activewear is as good as it gets these days, but let's be honest, I love activewear! Today, I'm excited to introduce you to a new line by the name of Fabletics...

Co-founded by Kate Hudson, you know this brand is destined for glory, and best of all it's extremely affordable!

Created with the everygirl in mind, Kate wanted to provide a new concept for functional activewear that's on trend yet attainable.

How it works? First you create an account and take a brief style quiz, then each month either select your favorite outfit or let a stylist do it for you. Outfits include two to three pieces for a complete look and rage from $60 to $70 for VIP members. Don't like what you got? No problem! All orders have a generous return policy and free shipping to guarantee perfect fit & style.

Ready for the best part? Your first oufit is only $25!!

Oh, and let's not forget the selections! Styles are updated monthly and right on trend with the season's colors and patterns, so you're guaranteed to look fashionably fit while working those kettlebells.

To try your first outfit for only $25, click here.

If you're sceptical about quality at such a low cost, don't worry I was too, but I can guarantee that you will be highly impressed! I don't know how they do it...

This post has been braught to you by Fabletics, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

Swoosh

Top (one size up) | Pants | Bra - new collection! | Shoes - updated | Fuel Band

I grew up in Alaska, where an active lifestyle comes with the territory. If you follow on Insta, you know I'm constantly trying new workouts. While I can't always find a convenient hike or mountainous trail, Chicago has it's own urban jungle to play in. 

Recenetly the hubs and I started training for the marathon, and I'm quickly being reminded of how much this training process takes over your life. Needless to say, these days my workouts consist of runs along the lake and through the city. While I'd like to say we accomplish these runs in the morning, truth is we're more evening people (note: if you ever see a really late night run posted on social media, know that I only do so because my husband and pups are with me– safety first).

On "rest" days you can find me cross training with a local studio, and here is where I've fallen in love with Nike Training Club!

Nike Training Club is an exciting extension of the brand's fitness expertise offering free– yes, FREE – studio classes and running clubs throughout the week. NTC is always providing fun and innovative ways to reach your fitness goals with special events scattered throughout.

This season NTC has been hosting a summer tour across the city hitting up neightborhoods like South Loop, Logan Square, Lincoln park, Pilsen, and this weekend the West Loop! While the workout is always different, you can count on awesome trainers and a great playlist every Saturday.

If you've never tries NTC, I'd love to invite you to tomorrow's event! It's not to late to get your RSVP in, so just click on the image above and meet me in the West Loop!...

xo

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Fitness Friday // SELF Magazine

Happy Friday, Glitteraries!

As you know, fitness is a regular part of my lifes, so I'm always on the hunt for fun workouts. Anytime I can do this outside, even better!

A couple of weeks ago, SELF Magazine hosted their annual Workout In the Park right here in Chicago. This was my second year attending, and even though it's a 4 hour fitness endeavor, it always a guarantees a day full of sweat, laughs, and toned bums.

While, I'll enjoy most any workout, once I'm in the zone, I think I like this event most, because it hosts a variety of cardio routines heavy in dance. This year's sessions included the likes of some bollywood, beach body, and drumming all led by key instructors from across the country. My new favorite? PoundFit, a full blown jam session with rock out results of 400 to 900+ calories per hour, plus additional strength and toning through lightly weighted drum sticks. Not bad for what felt like a drumming lesson to my favorite tunes.

Also at this year's event, a fitness genius who was seriously going to kick my butt, none other than The Biggest Loser's, Bob Harper. This year's weather forecast was not nearly as generous as last, and this meant that when Bob came down off the stage and walked by, you couldn't hide in the crowd and slack off. Talk about intimidating! Thankfully, Bob was nice enough to get down in the mud with us if he was going to demand burpees. Needless to say, this was our most strenuous workout of the day, but if Bob says "jump", we say "how high"...

Oh, and let's not forget the swag. SELF always brings in the best sponsors, providing healthy snacking and hydrading throughout the event, not to mention a great oportunity to try out new product from brands like Athleta, Reebok, Garnier, and Victoria's Secret Sport.

This year's theme was Sweat is Sexy, an effort to inspire women to re-energize their lives and feel their best. As to be expected the immediate (and lingering) result was soreness, but nothing gives you a better boost of self esteem than knowing you pushed your limits and surpassed them!

What are your favorite ways to stay active? Any plans for weekend adventure?... xoxo

To learn more about SELF & subscribe to the magazine for just $3, click here.

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Champagne, Leather, Rock & Roll

Sweater | Faux Leather Pants | Tank | Bag | Shoes or These | Bracelet | Fuel Band c/o | Necklace | RayBans - waiting on These...

If your weekend is anything like mine, it's usually full of versatility, a fine combination of errands, relaxation, and friends. My attire is usually much the same, walkable shoes (craving these), comfy pants, and casual tops. We usually hit the gym at some point in the weekend, so fitness wear is typically interspersed throughout my weekend wardrobe. Pieces that can seemlessly trasition from one weekend activity to the next are always prefered!  This sweater is one of my favorites, and let's be honest, I'm a sucker for a cute graphic quote! Unfortunately, I realize now that these pics don't show you all of the character of this sweater. In addition to the rips along the colar there are a couple more along the waist band adding a little extra attitude to your look. I personally recommend an oversized fit on this one, paired with leather leggings, and a glass of bubbly ;)

To: Chicago / From: the Lululemon Lab

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Yesterday I mentioned a top secret event, today I'm spilling the details... Join me, as we unpack a special delivery straight from Vancouver. Today and today only, shop an exclusive collection from the Lululemon Lab making its first ever US debut.

The Lululemon Lab is a unique and inovative section of Lululemon, producing casual day wear, not athletic wear. These designs, are traditionally sold exlusively at the Lab in Vancouver, and are not available online. Chicago is receiving 160 pieces.

When Lululemon approached me about this venture I was honored to be included. We all know and love Lululemon's premium & flattering fitnesswear, so when they introduced me to the idea of daywear that reflected these same values, I was beyond excited about the possibilities!

A little bit of background...

The Lululemon Lab is a design concept space for Lululemon established in 2009. Here, Lululemon's in-house design team combines the functional roots of Lululemon's athletic gear with the latest local and international fashion trends to produce an exclusive collection of premium, functional, and on trend designs for everyday wear. This team is dedicated to producing key pieces designed to take you from morning to night - streamlining your wardrobe from commute, to work, to yoga, to dinner.

These collections have never been seen in the US, until now. Chicago's Halstad Lululemon location is one of a few select Chicago & New York stores to receive a very limited edition shipment of Lululemon's Lab collection, and tonight I'm helping you style it!

I cannot emphasize how much you're going to love this line, and it is extremely limited, so grab your best guy or girlfriend, and join me tonight 5-7pm, at Lululemon's Halsted location (2104 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614).

See you soon!!!

xo

Perspective with Nike Hyperwarm

While home for the holidays I got to put Nike's hyperwarm technology to the test.

Growing up in Alaska, I've always been an active person, but running didn't start until I was in college. Team sports were my jam as a teenager, but as I grew older team sports weren't as easy to come by - running on the other hand required nothing, but a pair of running shoes and a killer playlist.

Nike's Hyperwarm gear kept me looking & feeling cool durring my trail runs in the snow. Designed to keep you dry and warm while breaking a sweat in the cold, Nike's Hyperwarm gear serves as the perfect base layer for any outdoor winter activity. The technology's impressive really, and I have to admit, I probably wore those fleece lined pants half the time I was home (also, the pattern on this half zip pullover is super flattering!). Trust me, I know it doesn't look like much protection when you're facing Alaska's winter temperatures, but if you keep moving, it's really all you need for an outdoor workout!

Outfit c/o Nike : Top | Pullover | Pants | Shoes (On Sale!!) To learn more about Nike's hyperwarm technology, click here.

My Philosophy on fitness:

Fitness is a big part of my life, so hang tight– I have a few thoughts...

Despite what my mind might tell me, my body loves a good work out. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I always love working out, I'm just saying my body always appreciates it.

How do I know?..

When I work out the first thing I notice are endorphins, I'm a happier person, I have more energy, and experience an immediate self esteem boost. While the physical results take longer, when I notice progress, I'm encouraged and feel like a stronger woman for it, making me more confident in every aspect of my day. Nothing beats that feeling!

There is never a time that I regret going to the gym, but there are plenty of regrets for not going. The biggest challenge is perspective. I have to remember that I'm not working out to punish myself for satisfying that ever so massive sweet tooth, but to treat my body & allow myself to be the best version of me.

I know it can sound cliche, and this is a delicate subject, but I believe that working out should never be negative, because it's empowering, even if it doesn't feel like it when I drag my lazy ass to do it (always the hardest step).