The new year is here and many have made the resolution to start dieting or exercising. I’ve talked about how in the past year I made the resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle which resulted in me losing 60lbs and dropping multiple dress sizes. This didn’t happen overnight and it definitely wasn’t a quick change. I made minor small lifestyle changes over time that really helped me shed the pounds.
I think one of my most important tips is CONSISTENCY. You have to be consistent when it comes to your diet and exercise. I don’t think you need to work out daily, but I do think eating healthy 80% of the time and “cheating” 20% of the time is a great ratio.
I’ve talked about healthy snacks I love here and healthy breakfast ideas I love. Now, I want to talk about how to maintain that healthy eating consistently on the go! This can mean something different to different people. Maybe you have to make a quick day trip for work or maybe you’re going on vacation with your family. I try to maintain healthy eating even while traveling. Now, with that said I definitely think that if you are on vacation and you don’t want to pay attention to what you eat, by all means one week is not going to be a deal breaker. You have to listen to your body!
I recently went on a long weekend trip with my husband and I want to share some ideas of “healthier” eats that i packed for myself or ate when out.
Pictured above you will see I tried to stay pretty clean with my meals out. I ate lots of veggies and egg whites for breakfast one morning at our hotel. For dinner I opted for a side of steamed veggies in lieu of french fries. I ordered the chicken wrap for dinner and requested no cheese or dressing on the wrap. These extras can add up to a lot of calories!
One tip I have is to always eat at home before you go to the airport. My flight left at 6:05AM, which means we were up before 3:30am getting ready. I popped a quick protein waffle in the toaster and grabbed an orange. I also grabbed my favorite water bottle to pack in my carry on. So many airports have water filling stations you can fill your water bottle up at, I learned about this the last time I flew and I must say, I’m a fan!
For myself I packed multiple NuGo protein bars. These are my favorite protein bars, I eat one almost daily. The Dark chocolate variety is amazing, so many different flavor choices. Not only are they high in protein they are also vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. I could not be more obsessed with these bars. If you want to try some for yourself you can check out a store locator map to see where to buy these near you!
Thanks to NuGo for providing me with their Dark Chocolate variety pack in exchange for this post.
I am always on the hunt for a good clothing store option! I will be turning 30 in March so I feel like I am always looking for appropriate “mom” outfits that are also stylish! I want to share a few of my favorite stores to shop at. Please share your favorites in the comments!
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Abercrombie & Fitch– I have recently become obsessed with A&F, much like I was at 16 years old haha! But for real, A&F has been so on point with trends lately for A LOT less than I remember things being when I was in high school. Their denim is still high quality and they have the coziest sweaters and fleece options. They also run sales OFTEN of up to 50% off, making things even more reasonable! It also doesn’t hurt that your clothes smell amazing for the first few times you wear them 😉
Loft– This is also a relatively new favorite of mine. I have always had hit or miss luck with Loft in the past but lately I am loving their cozy sweater options. They also often run sales of between 40-50% off so you can find really great deals!
Gap/Old Navy- You can never go wrong with these two sister brands. They offer cute clothing that compares look wise to much more expensive brands. I particularly love their workout gear, I wear a lot of their leggings and oversized athleisurewear.
Target- I couldn’t make this list and leave out my ALL time favorite one stop shop for everything! I generally am in a slight time crunch when I make my way into Targs but I love checking out the cute women’s clothing section. My favorite item’s to shop for at target are basic T’s and bathing suits surprisingly! Every spring/summer I flock to Target to find the cutest suits.
Free People– This brand is a little on the pricier side but I love the look of their items, particularly their oversized shirts. I love to browse the Free People section at my local Macy’s & Nordstrom Rack because they often offer additional discounts. On black Friday I scored this waffle knit oversized top for $38 (originally $68). It’s really comfortable and I wish I had it in all of the colors! I recommend sizing down if you buy this brand though.
Now, am I the only one who is wishing Forever 21 would open a Forever 31 store?! Please share other recommendations in the comments below!
Tis’ the season to give gifts to those you love the most! Shopping for others can be difficult, especially when it comes to children. Many family members in our life have asked that we do not get their kids toys. This can make shopping hard but I think a great option is a meaningful book.
A book is a great gift for kids because most kids love to be read to or love to look at the pictures in the books. Couple that with a book that is ABOUT them and their lives and you have a winning combo! That is exactly what the Wonderbly books offer.
These unique books are personalized to each child which makes them such a special keepsake and a fun gift.
Marley’s book is called The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name and it is available on Amazon just in time for Christmas! We loved this book because it is about a little girl who goes on an adventure to find her name. The book eventually spells out the letters of the child’s name. Marley loved the bright pictures and the pages were very thick (not so easy to rip!) so the quality was fantastic. This can be personalized for a boy or for a girl.
Kellan’s Wonderbly book is called The Christmas Snowflake and it is also available on Amazon for purchase. This book is so special this time of year and it was personalized to include our entire family. We were able to choose NINE family members to include in the book that help the snowflake find his way home. The book even comes with a special keepsake ornament that we hung on our tree (which you can see above the book).
Books are such a great gift whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or even just because! Promoting children’s reading by including them in the story not only helps them learn but also makes it fun!
*These books were sent to me c/o Wonderbly, however all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*