Health & Fitness over 9 years ago by Liz Adams

Getting Healthy

HealthyToday I want to talk about being healthy. Since middle school, I’ve always “struggled” with my weight. Struggled may be a strong word, but I’ve never had the body type that allows for an over-indulgent lifestyle. One too many breakfasts of peanut butter waffles and I could/can easily gain 5 pounds in two days. It’s just what my momma gave me, and you know what, I’m okay with that. But, with our wedding slowly sneaking up on us – 73 days!!!! – I’ve been really trying to focus on looking/feeling my best for our big day. It’s amazing what a few small changes can do for your body and overall wellbeing and I wanted to share 5 things that have worked for me, with you!

1. Find a workout routine that you love! This has been really important for me. I’ve always been somewhat consistent with working out but I am easily bored or distracted if results become stagnant or the routine becomes too repetitive. Until recently, I’ve always switched between hot yoga and running – both great, but both pretty much always stay the same. When a couple of my friends told me about The Dailey Method {or any barre class I assume}, I reluctantly gave it a try and I am addicted. I tend to carry my weight in my arms, lower stomach, butt and hips {joy} and The Daily Method really focuses on lengthening your muscles to create a long and lean look. I am a firm believer that becoming vain fuels a fire in weight loss and I saw a significant difference in my body after three classes. I’ve been trying to go 3-4 times a week and I feel like a new person. Also, my butt is legit 2 inches higher than it used to be. Call me vain but it works!

2. Healthy eating. Dave and I really struggle with this as we looooove to go out for dinner {and not healthy dinners}. Pizza, burgers, pasta, tacos – if it’s bad for you we probably eat it. So, we’ve made a rule to cook dinner at home Monday-Thursday and come up with fresh, healthy alternatives to our go-to orders when we eat out. A few of my favorite recipes include these chicken enchiladas {instead of cheese I use fat free cottage cheese + low carb wraps!}, perfect turkey burgers {using 99% lean meat and skim milk cheese}, anything and everything from Gwyneth’s cookbook, this detox salad gets made at least once a week, zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs and pesto, and we’ve really cut down on sugar. If you still crave something sweet at the end of the night, frozen grapes make a great refreshing dessert!

3. Water, water, water. I’ve always been a big water drinker but I once read that if you’re working to lose weight you should drink as many ounces in a day as what you weigh. So if you weigh 135 pounds, you should drink 135 ounces. My BKR Water Bottle helps make sure I am constantly hydrating! This helps to speed up your metabolism and keep everything movin’! (; Plus, it keeps your skin glowing. Win, win.

4. Move. Having a car in the city makes it really easy to find excuses why I shouldn’t walk anywhere, but summer is too short to not enjoy the sunshine so I’ve been forcing myself to hit the pavement rather than drive. Dave and I rented bikes for the first time last week and rode 11 miles before stopping for a picnic along the lake, so much fun and much better than sitting in a car!

5. Buy new workout clothes. Not only do cute workout clothes make me get my butt to the gym, but once I’m there it helps me focus on my trouble areas and push a bit harder in my workouts. I used to never care about what I looked like at the gym {think oversized Nike shorts and enormous t-shirts}, but since investing in cute leggings + tanks {Anthropologie, Nordstrom and GapFit are my go-to’s and this ONZIE brand has fun prints!} I go into my classes feeling more confident and prepared to kick my own butt.  You can shop my favorites below!

I swear any small change you see gives you the extra push forward and hopefully these 5 things help you to feel like a better version of yourself, too! We all need a little help from our friends. Hope you’re having a great week!

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  1. Great tips! I too carry weight is my arms, lower stomach, butt and hips. I wish there was a Dailey Method here in New Jersey. I guess I will try to find something similar.

    1. Michele,

      I’m out east and have been doing bar for a while. Like Liz, I am completely addicted. I tried a few different classes, and ended up choosing Pure Barre, so if you’re looking for a barre class, I would also suggest seeing if they have a studio near you! 🙂

  2. I love this whole post Liz, so honest of you. I am right there with you about always struggling with this so it is great to hear someone else’s tips. For exercising I love to go between spinning classes (Flywheel is my favorite!) and then yoga classes. But this is making me think that maybe I have to get back to going to barre classes. Water, so important, I love BKR bottles as well, just got a great new one with a black heart on black!
    So exciting that your wedding date is coming up!
    xo Nan ~ Simply Elegant Blog

  3. I so needed some new recipes – thanks for the ideas! It’s easy to get stuck in an eating rut and even easier to go the takeout route. Love all the tips!

    XO, Christina

  4. These are fabulous tips! I completely relate to the “struggle,” but looking and feeling your best is definitely a great motivator to make some changes. For what it’s worth, I think you look fabulous and SO cute all the time. xoxo

  5. Ahhhh we are twins… I carry weight in the same places (worst) and live for barre classes + Gwyneth’s cookbook! The chicken meatballs are my go-to, I make them at least once a week. So yummy.

  6. Liz, it’s been forever! You know I teach at TDM, right? Come to my class on Saturday morning… I’m rarely in LP, but will be this weekend. Hope you’re well 🙂 xoxo

  7. Thanks for your honesty. I too gain weigh in those same places and love all of your suggestions. P.S. I think your figure is super adorable and you look cute in every outfit 🙂

  8. I so enjoyed this post. I am totally in the same boat getting ready for my wedding. Preach it sister! Keep it up and stay healthy! xoxo

  9. Thanks so much for your tips! I am like you in the weight gain department and barre class has worked wonders for me too! Spin class is also another key to keeping me under control. I’ll try to eat better with the detox salad you mentioned!

  10. Love this post! A few things I do that have really made a difference are: taking a probiotic everyday (vitamin shoppe and whole foods both sell), avoiding alcohol during the week/trying not to drink too much on the weekends, working out with my husband (very team building/and he keeps me motivated), and having a personal trainer (much like your Barre classes) to hold me accountable. Lastly, I like to take selfies in my sports bra and workout pants to track for myself my own progress (and to reference on days where I’ve gotten off track with food!). I got married last year so I definitely know the pressure you’re under – feel relieved to know that every bride (including myself) swears they lost 5 lbs the week of simply from stress/anxiety/nothing sticks!

  11. I love these tips! I always come up with these drastic weight loss goals/visions, which never work because it’s too steep.

    But these small goals? Totally in.

  12. If you love pizza you should try cauliflower crust pizza. It’s a much healthier alternative to pizza and sooo tasty…you can eat pizza and not feel guilty, yay!
    I definitely agree with number 5. Rewarding yourself with new work out clothes over chocolate/cake is definitely better!

  13. This could be my favorite post on S&S yet, and trust me I LOVE all of the fashion. I too have struggled/am struggling with my weight and finding a routine that works for me/eating healthy is a challenge, and this post is very motivating!

  14. I totally feel you! I gain weight in the SAME places and can also gain 5lbs over a matter of days simply by eating a bit more than I should. I have been wanting to try pure barre ( not the most graceful person) and now I think I’ll give it a go. Running and pilates gets old- especially running in Memphis humidity. Thanks for the honest post! Hope you enjoy this time leading up to your big day 🙂

  15. I loved this post- I can really relate. Barre was my pre-wedding savior! I followed a similar structure while I prepared for my wedding day, and it WORKS. It is refreshing to see someone who is prepping for their big day in a healthy way- keep at it, you’re going to be a beautiful bride!