Fall Activewear Under $80
+ Recent Purchases

November 22, 2017

Something weird has been happening: ever since I've been back in the gym, I want to buy all. the. activewear. #SorryNotSorry ;) If you missed my recent buys roundup on Instastories, don't worry! I've got ya covered in today's post and it's extra sweet because I'm also sharing my favorite activewear under $80.

Here's what I'm loving for fall (it is still fall, right??) in addition to mesh leggings, of course.

Twisted tops - I just can't get enough of the cute knot detail in athleisure and workout tops! It think it's just so cute and really elevates a plain old top.



Cropped tops - I'm loving the cropped top + high-waisted legging combo. A lot. (I know, I can't believe it either.) Usually workout tops are so long on me so maybe I'm ready for a change? lol This cropped tank from the Rock x Under Armour collection is my favorite. The back is unexpected and adorable!

Lace-up detail - Especially in sweatshirt form. Okay and leggings, too.



Metallics - I've been loving the metallic trend so much, I bought this copper and mesh sports bra and it's perfection. Sure florals, fun patterns, and color combos are great but in my opinion, metallic is


Now, let's move on to my recent buys! You'll definitely see some of the above styles... I can't get enough. You can shop the collage below by clicking on the plus sign next to each item (or at the bottom of the post). It's super easy!




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How To Get Back On Track
After A Workout Break

November 20, 2017

If you missed my previous post, I covered my lengthy exercise hiatus and why taking an extended workout break can be beneficial. (Seriously.) So today, I wanted to give you guys some more tools by sharing how I got back on track following my workout break.


Before I got back in the gym, I didn't just get a membership to my local spot. I also started back to my daily healthy routines such as:

1. Daily ACV + lemon juice shot


The very first thing I started incorporating back into my daily routine was my morning shot of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. (I still follow this recipe.) It has so many benefits and makes me feel ready to take on the day.

2. Increase water intake


We all know how important it is to #stayhydrated so when I started my new job I went right back to trying to drink 8 glasses a day. It was a struggle at first, but week by week I've been able to cross off an additional glass of water. (I keep a tally on my daily to-do list!)

3. Clean up nutrition


After I moved back to PA, I wasn't watching what I was eating very much, and on purpose. Just like an extended workout break can be beneficial, sometimes not tracking every single thing you eat is a much needed reset. I certainly didn't eat just anything, but I didn't watch as closely as I would have with working out. For awhile, it was okay. But, your workouts won't have maximum effect without eating well. So even before I got back in the gym, I started watching a bit more what I was eating - and how much - to fuel my workouts and recover properly.

4. Stock up on workout essentials


My workout essentials are protein powder and BCAAs. (Side note: here's why BCAAs are beneficial.) I didn't have much left so I made sure to order everything I need. I use Slap Nutrition and their protein powder is so good! Plus, it has only 5 ingredients - that you can pronounce. I also use their unflavored BCAAs mixed with water and flavor drops. If you use any supplements, protein, shakes... make sure you have everything on hand ready to go. I also stocked up on my daily vitamins.

5. Take it one day at a time


Since I've been back in the gym, my body is like 'What the heck!' My workouts have been pretty tough and I've been taking more breaks than usual. It's been frustrating. But, I have a habit of looking at the big picture and how far I have to go, instead of breaking the journey down into smaller, attainable goals. One day at a time, I'm learning to take it one day at a time. Change won't happen overnight, but it will happen over time with hard work.


Do you have any additional tips on how to get back on track after a workout break? I'd love to know... leave a comment and share away!


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The Benefits of Taking an
Extended Break From Exercise

November 6, 2017

It's Monday (woof) but it's already shaping up to be a good week because I'm back to blogging and I'm back in the gym! Somebody stop me. ;)


In case you're wondering why there have been zero Instastories from the inside of a gym, (I know you've missed them!) it's for a very simple reason: LIFE. Okay okay, maybe I need to stop using the I-just-moved-and-I'm-too-stressed-to-function excuse because I'm definitely settled and happy as a clam.

The biggest reason for not working out is that I didn't have a gym membership yet... and the current one I did have ignored all my correspondence to cancel said membership so I was paying for a gym I couldn't use. I was a little salty and didn't want to pay for 2 gym memberships. (And I'm not exactly crazy about home workouts, clearly.)

Naturally Me, Taking A Break from Exercise, Target Activewear, Activewear Outfit for Fall

Naturally Me, Taking A Break from Exercise, Target Activewear, Activewear Outfit for Fall

Long story short, I decided to enjoy some time off from working out. Even though there were moments I missed it dearly, I realized it's perfectly okay to need a break from exercising - longer than a day or two. I've now dusted off my Nike's and I'm back in the gym, adjusting to a much smaller facility than what I'm used to (miss ya, Gold's) but thankful I took an exercise reset. It was something I didn't know I needed.

You may think I'm crazy, but here's why taking an extended break from exercise can actually help you.

1. It helps avoid burnout


Burnout is real. I'm sure it'd be tough to find anyone who hasn't experienced it in some form, whether from work or working out. Even before moving back home, I've felt burnt out from a series of too many daily workouts and not enough rest days. Burnout can make you feel drained, which can lead to poor workout form, and increased risk for injuries.

2. You realize how important a healthy lifestyle is to you


I'm a creature of habit in anything I do, so when my daily routine didn't include the gym, I was reminded pretty quickly how important it is to me. It's my form of meditation. When I was unpacking, I found my workout notebook where I recorded PR's and really missed those days. This time off has been great, but I've also found myself craving a good sweat session. Reset time is over, I'm comin' back stronger!

3. You feel inspired to try new workouts


I've still been keeping up on podcasts and reading my favorite health and fitness websites for workout inspiration. That part of my daily routine hasn't changed and it's made me even more inspired to incorporate more exercises into my routine. Plus, last week, I found Pure Barre and Orange Theory Fitness just a few minutes down the road from my office. I definitely plan to try a workout or two there to keep my body guessing. (Bonus: your first OTF workout is free, along with these other first time workouts!)

4. You reexamine your goals


Are your previous goals still relevant? Has your outlook on fitness shifted? Are you interested in classes, a personal trainer, or a different workout style? As life evolves, so do we and goals we once had may not be important to us anymore. Even though I'm not totally starting over, I am kind of beginning a new fitness chapter. One that may or may not include doing a competition. The jury is still out on my new goals, but I'll keep yinz updated!

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So, #FitFam, I'm not saying to put away the sneakers and foam rollers just yet, but if you find yourself at a point in your life like me where you need to press pause, it's okay. Just don't make it last forever. If you're curious about how I have gotten back on track after a long workout break, be ready for my next post! ;)


Have you ever taken an extended exercise break? How did it benefit you?


Photos by Rosa Loves DC