Getting back into my workout routine

If you’ve followed me for a long time, you know I’m a big runner. Since I was 10 years old I’ve been racing competitively and it’s by no surprise; my parents were competitive runners back in the day! Now that I’ve had my second baby, finding time to workout does not come easy. Gone are the days of running at my leisure at any hour of the day. Now I’m often up before the sun to get my run in before the kids are awake. And I have to admit, I really like getting my run in before my day starts. But I would be lying if I said it was easy. Here are five things that help me get motivated for my workout:

  1. No electronics before bedtime: Since my alarm is set for 4:42am (yes, those two extra minutes make a big difference!) that means I need to hit the sack early. If I look at my phone before bed I will go down the Instagram rabbit hole. I need to have the lights out no later than 10pm, but I always shoot for 9:30pm.
  2. Prepare as much as possible: Nothing is worse than looking around for your workout clothes in the dark when you’re still half asleep. I lay my clothes and Garmin watch out the night before and make sure I have breakfast somewhat prepped (more about that here).
  3. Have good gear: Make sure you have supportive shoes that aren’t too worn down. These are my absolute favorites – I’ve been wearing them since I first started running! Having good gear that you feel good in and doesn’t bother you while working out is super important. See my must haves below.
  4. Set a goal: Start small and then keep adding on to your goal. You might be setting yourself up for failure if you go from nothing to saying you’ll work out 5 days a week. Start slowly and listen to your body. Be kind to yourself!
  5. Find a friend: I am fortunate enough to run with an amazing team comprised with some of my best friends. They keep me accountable for staying in race shape and they make it fun! Try to find a local group that you can meet at least 1-2 times a week.

What are some of the ways you find time for exercise? Comment below!

 

 

 

Cropped

Have you guys noticed how everything is cropped lately? It was so hard when I was pregnant last summer/fall because I definitely couldn’t pull off the trend. I love pairing a cropped top with high waisted pants though – so chic! This last weekend I threw this together for a casual night with the family. Can’t beat a swingy cropped top in red!

Hope you’re all having a great week so far and thanks for stopping by!

Pants: Madewell // Top: Anthropologie // Shoes: Vans // Bracelets: vintage

Blue

There is a major heat wave moving through southern California and we are melting! It’s really nice at night when it’s warm enough to eat dinner outside comfortably, but it’s been reaching 90+ during the day. It makes it hard to find comfortable clothes for work that are both professional and comfortable. Speaking of, I’m having the hardest time figuring out what my style is for work. It seems to have become pretty casual and I think that paired with the fact that my clothes don’t fit the same (yet!) has me feeling like I’m in a rut. But I’ll break free of it soon. I’m sure a little shopping can help that 🙂

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Weekend prep

Since going back to work full time two weeks ago, I made a resolution to prep as much as possible on Sunday and to bring my lunch to work. So far I’ve been successful with both and I thought this would be a perfect place to tell you how I do it!

Before I go to the store, I create a basic meal plan for the week. I love to use Pinterest for inspiration and new recipes. Having the fridge stocked for the week is the only way we don’t resort to take out every night. And since there’s not a lot of time to actually make dinner once I get home, I rely on simple and healthy recipes: pasta primavera, grilled chicken and veggies, burrito bowls or hamburgers.

The other meal of the day I make sure is always ready to take on the road is breakfast. I’ll be honest, getting out the door on time in the morning means everything has to go pretty smoothly. I make these oat muffins or these quinoa bars or these green smoothie bars on Sunday. They’re perfect to grab on the go or pack as a snack for later. The best part is that my daughter loves them and since they’re loaded with so many good things, I know she’s eating something healthy. I also have everything for a smoothie on hand: frozen mango, pineapple, blueberries and strawberries and then I add dates, spinach, an orange and a banana.

It’s so important for me to prepare all this before the week starts because I want the morning and night routine to be as fun as possible for my kids. I don’t want to start the day in complete chaos!

I’m so interested to know what your prep routines are! What are things that you do to get ready for the week ahead? Any good recipes worth sharing? Comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

Trench

It’s supposed to warm up quite a bit here this week, but here’s a favorite I wore a few weeks back. This trench is my absolute favorite – I love the exaggerated collar and cropped length. Although Cuyana isn’t carrying it this year, this bomber jacket is on my wish list! Keeping it short and sweet today. I’m going into my second week back at work and I have to say, it makes me feel a little more “normal” to be back in my old routine. But before I go, can we take a minute to admire these loafers? They are so comfortable, too!

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Tiered skirt

I won’t lie, I love that this skirt has an elastic waist. As I’m getting my post baby body back (slowly but surely!) these kinds of skirts are the most comfortable. It doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute and perfect for summer. I would totally pair this with cute sneakers and a graphic tee for running errands on the weekend (which is actually how I wore it later in the day).

Also, how cute are these heels? They’re on major sale right now and are so comfortable – that heel height is perfect! I kind of want them in red now…

Skirt: JCrew (wearing a size 2 for reference) // Top: Vince // Shoes: Ann Taylor // Jacket: Gap, similar // Clutch: B.P. // Lipstick: Bobbi Brown in Calypso (my favorite!) // Sunglasses: Tory Burch

More fun skirts…

 

TGL lately

 

I wish all my outfits could make it to the blog, but in reality it’s a little too hard to post my daily outfits. But I think I have a pretty good excuse – getting back to work and taking care of a 3 year old and 4 month old is no joke! In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, here’s the latest…