I need all the motivation I can get to move my body. New workout clothes in exciting colors never fail, and Zella is killing it with pretty hues and a great fit, plus some other pieces I find perfect for mom life and lounge time.
Earlier this year, I was working out four to five days a week — the most consistent I’d been in my life. I could wake up before my kids and do it in peace. I was getting more energetic and toned. I loved it. But it all collapsed when the patch I had over a big hole in my life, pretending it didn’t exist, tore open, and I fell.
Current Motivation: Zella Workout & Loungewear
Anxiety attacks and crying became an everyday occurrence, and little by little, my energy and smile vanished. I was in a deep hole with no way to climb out without help, but this time I asked for it. I found a therapist in my country and started trauma therapy via Zoom right away.
Six months have passed, and despite my therapist’s recommendation to move my body, it’s been hard. Exercising once a week is a whole event right now, but my goal is to make it three. Here’s what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing!):
For Outdoor Exercise: Zella Long Sleeve Tees
Being outside clears my mind more than anything else. If I don’t get my workout done in the morning, fuhgeddaboudit! It’s the only way to do it in peace without my kids interrupting every second. The minute I wake up, I change into my workout clothes and head out the door (half-asleep) to my driveway. As the weather has cooled off, I transitioned from sports bras to long-sleeve tees.
This Zella Gen Long Sleeve Performance Tee has a relaxed fit, if you don’t want anything snug. The moisture-wicking and quick-drying material make it perfect to work out on chilly days. And this color will seriously make you smile. It’s so beautiful and looks stunning with burgundy.
Now, if you want something more form-fitting with unique details, this Zella Tipped Seamless Long Sleeve Top will take your breath away. It did to my mom. So much so, I had to take it off and give it to her. Look at those contrasting trims.
Zella High-Waisted Leggings: What Workout Dreams Are Made Of
Finally! A pair of leggings I love. The regular high-waist rise comes up under my belly button, but these Zella Renew Ultra High Waist Leggings are perfect for those of us who prefer an even higher rise. You should also know they’re made with recycled polyester.
Zella Renew Ultra High Waist Leggings** (S) (sustainably made)
Zella Styled For Workout-to-Street
My workouts are nothing fancy. I have memorized a warm-up/stretch routine and a list of things I like to do (usually lots of glute work or HIIT). Upper body moves are so boring to me, so for now, I only do things I enjoy. Usually, by the 30-minute mark, I go back inside for the morning madness, including taking my 3-year-old to pre-k so
I don’t lose my mind my oldest can study from home.
Pop a cozy layer on, and I’m ready to go. This Zella Flurry Fleece Pullover is like a big warm hug. Who doesn’t want one of those? It’s soft, warm, stylish? The split hem makes a front tuck easy and clean while still keeping your tush warm.
Loungewear Beyond Exercise: Rest For My Mental Health
I’ve had to learn to stop and be OK with doing nothing — which is one of the hardest things for a recovering perfectionist and people pleaser like me. For the longest time, I’ve determined my worth by how much I get done or give to others…except me. Making time to relax and enjoy the little things is equally important to pumping my blood with a workout for my mental health. I matter. You matter.
This year I, as you may have too, learned that lounging around the house feels even more amazing when you’re feeling cute. I fell in love with this set, the fit of the joggers is like no other, and the color is a nice break from the ordinary neutral colors. I often use color psychology to get dressed, and violet inspires imagination, creativity, reflection and self-awareness — that should explain my obsession with it this year.
I’m still climbing my way out of the hole, but it doesn’t seem as deep anymore.
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Happy holidays! I hope you are making your mental health a priority, not only this year but form now on.
A huge thank you to Nordstrom and Shopstyle for sponsoring this post! I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with all these pieces but I did. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own. And readers, thank you for your ongoing support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated.
You can find me on IG (@julietatorresd). I’m slowly returning from a 4-month break to take care of my mental health, and it would be an honor to see you there.