fitness – Thoughts By Natalie Style, motherhood, wellness + life. Thu, 12 May 2016 17:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wearable Tech (That Looks Good) Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:50:03 +0000 Now that Christmas is over, fitness is on most of our minds…am I right? Whether we make health-related resolutions or not, this inevitably is the time of year we promise ourselves we’ll take better care of our bodies in the months to come. I don’t know about you, but as far as fitness trackers and wearable tech go, I am not a big fan of wearing a sport band unless I’m exercising (like in the photos above). So I thought I’d take some time to share about the chic wearable tech that’s out there right now—it’s amazing how innovative all of these brands are! Fitbit Flex, $94+ This is what I’m wearing in the photos in this post—thank you, Santa ;) I have the black sport band, which I’m planning to wear for exercise, and also the Tory Burch double-wrap bracelet for daily wear. Though I haven’t tried every fitness tracker out there, I am pretty confident that Fitbit has the best app of all of them. It’s intuitive and easy to use, and I love that it can even track water intake (something I’m always falling short on!). Misfit Shine, $56+ I tested out this tracker for several months last year […]]]> 5 Finding Time for Fitness Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:15:31 +0000 EIGHTONE20 Jacket (now on sale) / Champion Tee (Similar) / Old Navy Compression Leggings / Nike Shoes / Target Sunglasses / Eddie Bauer Jogging Stroller Whether you’re a working gal, a student or a new mom like me, I think we can all agree that finding time to work out isn’t the easiest thing. Yes, we always feel good afterwards, but life often gets in the way and fitness gets pushed lower and lower on the priority list. I know that’s true for me, at least! So today I thought I’d share a bit about how I’m learning to find time for fitness while balancing motherhood and work and a social life. DRESS FOR IT Sometimes the first step is the hardest step. By simply wearing fitness clothes more often, I find I’m more likely to actually get out there and sweat a bit. This is harder if you’re at work during the day, of course, but still applies to non-work hours. Since I’m now wearing athletic clothing more than my regular clothes, I’ve also made a choice to amp up my fitness wardrobe a bit so I feel put together still. Also, having cute, new workout clothes is motivating! […]]]> 5 3 Intentions to Change Your View of Fitness & Health Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:33 +0000 NOTE FROM NATALIE: The following is a guest post by my friend Anne Taylor of Anne The Adventurer. She is someone who I admire immensely for her vulnerability as well as her bravery and persistence in moving forward with recovery from disordered eating. Below she shares three intentions that have revolutionized her outlook on fitness and health—I hope you’ll be encouraged and inspired by it as I am. (P.S. Want more of her story? Be sure to read this in-depth post about her fitness journey!) Two years ago, I started a journey towards recovery from a 10-year battle with an eating disorder. Every time that I’ve shared this story on my blog and in other publications (including here on Thoughts By Natalie!), I’ve received such powerful feedback from readers, mostly strangers, who say that my authenticity and honesty encouraged them to not feel so alone in their own struggles. This is truly the power of vulnerability—it helps us live our lives in community instead of isolation. However, I still felt alone. I’m glad that others were feeling supported, but I felt like I had to keep a happy face on all the time. I felt like I needed to be […]]]> 9 Tory Burch for Fitbit Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:11 +0000 Have you guys heard of FitBit? It’s a company that makes sleep and activity tracking devices, and it just got a lot cooler thanks to a collaboration with Tory Burch. I first purchased the Fitbit Force model earlier this year because it was the latest and greatest, but after the recall and their announcement of a future partnership with Tory Burch, I sent my Force back in exchange for a Flex (in black) that I knew I could one day easily incorporate into my day-to-day style. And after waiting what felt like eternity to see the designs, I am so, so impressed with the look of the pieces—especially the shiny metal ones, which look like jewelry I’d wear normally (not something housing a fitness tracker). If gold isn’t your thing, 1) I don’t understand you, but 2) there are two silicone designs available as well that may tickle your fancy. Though I don’t love these quite as much, the price point is way easier to swallow… What do you think? Would you buy a Tory Burch accessory to make wearing a fitness tracker more chic?]]> 0 Your Guide to a Fit Pregnancy Tue, 27 May 2014 17:07:26 +0000 Hi Ladies! I’m so excited to have the chance to pop over to Natalie’s blog and share a few tips on having a healthy pregnancy. First a little introduction: I met Natalie several years ago at a Bible study. I was immediately drawn to her because of how genuine and approachable she is. Plus, she has adorable style and always looks so put together, which is something I am constantly working on. We recently reconnected to chat about her blogging adventures and discuss our shared passion to redefine beauty to be about more than the outer appearance. I was so excited to learn that Natalie was expecting! I am mom to this 19 month old pumpkin named Sienna and motherhood has been one of the greatest blessings and adventures of my life. Through my own pregnancy, recovery, and journey to find my best post-baby body, I learned a lot about the benefits of exercise for moms to be. I have made it my mission to help women live a healthy lifestyles not only for themselves, but so that they can give their children the incredible gift of healthy example to follow. That’s how my company Tailored Fitness was born. We […]]]> 8 Summer Pilates Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00:03 +0000 Other than running, Pilates has got to be my favorite form of exercise. I love that it requires no shoes, and focuses on core strength and balance—two things that are super important for just everyday life! While Pilates isn’t something I’m personally doing at the moment (thanks, Jack), it felt like a crime not to share with you about my friend Robin’s new (free!) summer Pilates program, which I think most of you will be interested in. I did Robin’s Slim & Strong in Six program before the holidays, and am so glad I did, as it was the last workout my abs truly got before I found out I was pregnant! Robin is just an overall wonderful teacher and inspiring person—here’s more about what you can expect from her summer program, straight from Robin herself… WHO You + me + the encouraging, supportive community of Balanced Life beauties. WHAT The challenge: complete 3 weeks of short, daily workouts during the month of May. Every Monday – Friday I’ll post a new workout here on the blog for you to do at home. Each video will be 5 – 10 minutes long (manageable for even the busiest of schedules) and […]]]> 12 I Got A Bike! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:59:07 +0000 You guys, I am just beyond excited about my recent pregnancy gift to myself: a beautiful, cream-colored, Dutch-style bike! I ordered it through Critical Cycles based on a recommendation from a friend, and the model I chose is the Dutch-Style 7-Speed City Bike. Though I was tempted to go with the 1-speed, Brian reminded me that we have hills in our neighborhood and that I’d really regret not having gears. After my inaugural ride on Monday, I can attest to the fact that he was 100% correct. Thank you, Brian. While I just got it and am yet to really explore town on it, I’m already in love. I feel so European on it, and I love the fact that I get to sit up straight while riding it, unlike previous, more athletically-geared bikes I’ve had in the past. Since my doctor has me on a break from running for another month or so, I’m hoping this bike will help me get out there and getting fresh air each day, giving me the exercise my body needs, especially while incubating this little human being. Do you have a bike? What type is it and what kind of biking do you […]]]> 8 Let’s Talk About Holiday Fitness Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:00:35 +0000 One of my girlfriends once said, “I don’t do exercise that requires shoes,” and I have to say, it’s not too shabby of a rule. Though I’d never be able to toss my Nikes and abandon my love for jogging, I agree that there is something especially wonderful about shoe-free exercise—especially during these chilly fall and winter months when the idea of leaving the house to exercise is really not everyone’s idea of fun. If you identify with those thoughts, you’re in luck—my friend Robin from The Balanced Life is about to kick off her third annual Slim & Strong in Six program! Starting November 11 (that’s a week from today!), Robin will send you a new 40 minute Pilates video every Monday morning leading up to Christmas. The good news is that can all be done from home, it’s suitable for all levels, and all you need is a computer with internet access. Excited? Me too. Here are some of the nitty gritty details… WHO You, Robin and your computer (all levels welcome). WHAT 6 carefully crafted Pilates videos that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Weekly emails to remind you to get our your […]]]> 0 The Starting Line Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:10:00 +0000 As you may know, running is my jam. I haven’t always loved it, but since I graduated from college it’s pretty much been my exercise of choice. The appeal, of course, has always been how blissfully minimal it is—all you need is a pair of running shoes and some road (or a trail or a treadmill if you’re feeling fancy). It can be difficult, yes, but it really does feel amazing to be able to get such a full body workout without any special knowledge or fancy tools—running is so natural, and that’s what really turned me on to it in the first place. While I’ve managed to force myself to love running (I can still remember how tough a mile felt my freshman year in college!), it doesn’t have to be a painful process. When I was perusing Runner’s World the other day, I noticed a tab titled “beginners” and clicked on it, discovering an awesome 5-step guide they have for becoming a runner called The Starting Line. If you’ve always wanted to be a runner, here’s how to do it… 1. Start Walking If you’re not exercising regularly already, this section will guide you through the basics: how […]]]> 1 My Run, My Sanity Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:07:00 +0000 Lately, trail running has become a regular thing in my life and it’s really shocking to me. Aside from a a few sweet seasons of loving running—usually somewhere in the middle of training for a race, when I’m in shape, but not quite burnt out yet—running has mostly been something I’ve willed myself to like, more like a love/hate relationship than something I look forward to. But lately, trail runs have become essential parts of my week. It’s my time to get away from responsibilities, breathe fresh air, explore my community, take in stunning views and let my mind wander. With the electronic cardio station (or sometimes—confession!—90s hip hop) bumping through my headphones, I get into an amazing trance, finding my stride more quickly than ever and zoning out for miles as my legs and lungs keep me moving. It’s crazy how different it feels to run outside than to run on the treadmill. At the gym, one mile feels like ten, but running outside makes the time pass so much more quickly, offering many distractions like people-watching, house-hunting (the trail I run leads to a neighborhood full of beautiful houses), and making friends with all kinds of dogs along […]]]> 1