My Style: Sporty Swimsuits

May 26, 2017

I literally cannot stop daydreaming about summer and all the fun activities I plan to do like paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, white water kayaking, and hopefully a vacation to Mexico. This ridiculous rain isn't helping, either. (Plus, I saw Baywatch last night. So good.)

Naturally, I started searching for swim suits and somehow the idea of buying a sporty swimsuit popped into my head and I've been on the hunt for one ever since. It would be the perfect piece - especially for paddle boarding - to throw on when I know I'm going to be doing more than just laying on the beach or swimming.


I've had a lot of time to think and research, so here's my criteria for the perfect suit:

- One piece. This is my number one must-have. The last thing I want to do is worry about my bikini top riding up while I'm paddle boarding. I just want to enjoy the water and maybe even stop for some paddle board yoga along the way. I'd also like to find a one piece that isn't too tight but that I might also be able to slip on over a bikini if needed.

- Simple. Where do I put my arm through? Am I cutting off my circulation with this criss-cross business? I really don't want to have to think about how to put it on. Simple does it. Bonus points for a zipper in the back with a pull tab.

- Sleeveless. Sleeves of any kind annoy me in the summer months, even at work, so definitely I don't want to feel constricted while I'm paddling or kayaking. Just remind me to apply extra SPF.

- Not all white. All white swimsuits scare me anyway (I feel like they'd be super see-through) but if I'm going to be doing everything except laying on the beach, I don't want a suit that will get dirty fast or show dirt. Would it be boring if I got an all black suit? Should I go for this palm print swimsuit? Am I thinking too much about this?

- Affordable. If you've been reading Naturally Me for any amount of time, you know I'm all about affordable items that won't break the bank. My price range for this particular quest? I'd say no more than $100 - but even that amount makes me hyperventilate and want to tell my boyfriend to hide my bank card. It would have to be a REALLY good suit for me to go into triple digits. I'm always on the lookout for a sale, too. #noshame

Now that I think about it, I'll have to keep an eye on Memorial Day weekend sales. Might be able to score myself a sporty swimsuit at a great deal. If you come across any, let me know! ;)


Do you have a sport swimsuit or brand you'd recommend? Share with me in the comments! 

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Spring & Summer Fitness With Fitbit

May 22, 2017

I can't believe we're in the middle of May already. Since we have less than a month until summer, I'm kicking off this week with some serious #mondaymotivation. I'm so excited to finally share this collaboration!

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Now that the weather is shaping up, it's been a much needed change of pace to be able to do weekend track sprints or park workouts on days I don't want to see the inside of a gym. Saturday morning, I also went to Great Falls for the first time this season to hike with friends. Being outside is definitely where my heart is.

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What could possibly make enjoying this weather even more fun? The Fitbit Charge 2!

Of course, tracking my daily steps and calories are my favorite parts of this fitness tracker and I always try to beat my steps from the day before. Now that the weather has improved, there's no excuse! (It has also made me realize that I wasn't even close to walking enough during the day).

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Some of the additional features I like about the FitBit Charge 2:

-Tracking my heart rate. It's a game changer seeing that number and making sure it is where it needs to be during an outdoor run or HIIT session.

-Multi-sport modes. You can set your Fitbit Charge 2 on a specific activity (like run or walk) so you can really keep track of your heart rate and steps that align with a certain activity.

-Watch your progress. You can wirelessly sync your stats to your computer or phone and log your workouts which really helps in seeing your progress over time.

-Measures your sleep quality. I hate even sleeping with socks on, so I didn't try this feature because I know I wouldn't sleep well (ha!) but it's still a great option for those who want to track sleep patterns. It can also wake you with a vibrating alarm!

(Side note: a good morning message also scrolls across the screen when you wake up. That was a nice surprise when I first started using it!)

With the FitBit Charge 2, it's so easy to keep track of your fitness goals in style!

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I already have so many activities on my summer to-do list which I may share in an upcoming post - but here are some of my favorite ways to get more daily steps using my FitBit Charge 2!

Ways to Get More Daily Steps:


1. Go hiking

2. Take your workouts outside to the playground, track, or bleachers

3. Go for a walk around the neighborhood

4. Go on a run

5. Explore your local farmer's market

6. Visit museums and walk around the National Mall

7. Visit the National Zoo

8. Dance to Bruno Mars' new album (seriously)


PS: My tank is Arctic Cool - and I can't recommend it enough!


So tell me, what's your favorite fitness tracker? What is your record amount of daily steps?


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I received the Fitbit Charge 2 to try c/o Verizon, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Naturally Me!