Mamas, this is my year to GET HEALTHY.
Like, seriously. Despite the cold, despite my penchant for midnight brownies, despite the myriad of excuses I have made since Raines was born SIX YEARS AGO, it is time.
And yeah that's great and everything…but it also means that I'll be spending much of my day in workout gear. I can't seem to get it together enough to be one of those people who workout and then change into regular clothes. I have to choose: workout or get dressed.
My new mantra? Embrace it.
So here's my strategy for working out and getting dressed in the winter months:
1. Start with a workout bra that separates 'the girls'
This alone is a game changer. Nothing depresses me more than a uniboob looking back at me in the mirror. I love this one for flatter-chested Mamas, this one for the well-endowed and this one because it's crazy cool. Can you believe it's a sports bra???
2. The base layer is always leggings and a workout top
The is the easiest combo to disguise as real clothes.
3. Put on a cozy sweater
Instead of a workout fleece or a sweatshirt, I throw on a cozy sweater. This one simple swap makes all the difference. Instantly, I feel dressed. And unless I'm are doing some hardcore running (hint: I never do hardcore running) there's really nothing magic about a workout fleece. Whatever I'm wearing comes off after the first five minutes anyway.
4. Add cute snowboots and jacket
Obviously sneakers are in my gym bag. Unless I'm going to yoga. Or pilates. Anyway….
5. Finish with matchy-matchy accessories (and lipstick)
This is the one time I intentionally match. Because the whole outfit is so casual, it feels fun rather than contrived. I don't typically wear makeup to workout, but I do bring lipstick with me for errand running before and after. It's amazing how lipstick perks up even a make-up free face. Add bright sunnies and I swear (hope?) no one will know I'm not wearing makeup.
Want to re-create? Here are a few outfit ideas, based on my very favorite pieces from Nordstrom's activewear collection. Seriously, look how cute: Pooch-hiding tanks, fabulous workout leggings (one of them has a slight snake print, I kid you not), and seriously flattering sports bras.
Option 1 – Aqua & Red
My new favorite color combo. And that sweater is fuzzy. #wantit Am also loving the HUGE waistband of the Solow leggings. So flattering on a muffin top (or post-partum pooch).
Option 2 – Pops of Neon and Pink
I swear, nothing looks better with gray than a few strategic pops of neon yellow and hot pink. Love this. (And there's the snake-print workout pants….ooooo…..)
Who's with me, Mamas? I can't be the only one stuck in workout gear all day long….
ps. While Nordstrom is sponsoring this post, all thoughts, opinions, recommendations and product choices are my own. Or, as three-year-old Pax would say, "MINE OWN".