Realistic Healthy Habits with Carbon 38

December 23, 2015

I used to be about 30 pounds heavier than I am now, so while I will not pretend to be a fitness freak in this post, I have found some realistic healthy habits that help me be my best self. It’s the end of the holiday season, close to the start of a new year. Fitness and health are topics heavy on most people’s minds. I believe in balance, not deprivation. You’ll often catch me with a green smoothie after an indulgent date night which is exactly what happened in these photos. I’m excited to be teaming up with Carbon 38 and the Blogger Nation girls to share some fun workout gear and healthy rules I live by.
Carbon 38 leopard workout pants and black wrap jacket, black Nikes

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Leopard Leggings and Wrap Jacket c/o Carbon38 // Nike Internationalist Sneakers

Realistic Healthy Habits

  1. Plan to Cook at Home – I love to cook. My diet is soooo much better when I plan a healthy meal where I can control the ingredients and portion size. If I don’t have a meal planned, chances are we are grabbing something much less healthy and higher calorie. Additionally, if I have a meal planned and shopped for, I feel like I have to make it. It’s much harder to go through a drive through when I know I’d be wasting food at home. I keep it simple during the week and use the crock pot a lot.
  2. Bring Your Lunch to Work – When Russ and I first got married, I cooked at home but not always in a healthy way. We also ate out on our lunch breaks a lot. Not only was it more expensive, it was also way less healthy. We bring our lunch every day. Having that routine in place really helps me. If I eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, I don’t stress out about having a treat or a dinner out occasionally.
  3. Wear Fun Workout Gear – I think this goes without saying for a fashion lover like me, but if I have something fun to put on I am way more motivated to get active. Today I am wearing the leopard print legging and wrap jacket from Carbon38. These are both such good quality pieces. And hello, leopard print? So fun. The jacket has fleece lined sleeves, so it’s extra warm for a winter workout.
  4. Find a Buddy – Don’t ask me how many times I have actually used the treadmill we bought on Craig’s List. I’d much rather talk about weekly walks with a great friend who lives close by. It’s so much easier for me to make a date and get outside.
  5. Make Smart Decisions at the Grocery Store – I seriously have no willpower. It is not a trait I am proud of, but acknowledging it helps me make smarter choices at the grocery store. It’s where my willpower starts. We try to only keep healthy snacks in our house. Think Greek yogurt, almonds, fruit, etc. If I don’t have it, I don’t eat it. We also only buy what we need. Making a list and sticking to it helps us not waste food and buy things we are tempted by while shopping.
  6. Walk – Take the stairs, park farther away, take a lap around your building in the afternoon, or any other thing that will add some steps to your day. While you will not find me running miles each day, I’m a firm believer in taking the stairs to my third floor office.

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  • Reply Julia Mazzucato December 23, 2015 at 8:30 am

    These are great tips! I definitely agree that having cute workout clothes makes staying in shape easier- always my excuse to buy Lululemon!

    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Zelle Brown December 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    You look so cute! Love this workout gear. And I’m with you — if I buy a pack of Oreos, I’m not going to even pretend I can resist eating said oreos! In the new year, one of my biggest goals will be working on healthy eating habits.

    Southern Style

  • Reply Courtney December 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I love your leggings! I used to only wear standard black ones but now I like to look cuter when I’m running or at the gym!

  • Reply Rach December 23, 2015 at 8:21 am

    These are great tips Amy Ann! I also love how cute Carbon 38’s workout attire is! Sometimes the workout clothes motivate me a little more to head to the gym haha!

  • Reply Rachel December 23, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Oh I love these workout clothes! I’m obsessed with the leopard leggings!! I will have to check out Carbon 38, I can never have enough workout clothes! Merry Christmas!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Courtney December 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I absolutely love this look! Workout clothes can be so fun and you look fantastic. I also use my crockpot a lot… it’s so easy and low maintenance!


  • Reply Kathy December 23, 2015 at 8:11 am

    You look fantastic! I love the wrap jacket and the print on your leggings. Thanks for the great tips. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!


  • Reply Tash Collier December 23, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I really love those pants dear 🙂


  • Reply Gina Daily December 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Well color me shocked that you used to be 30 pounds heavier! Wow! Congrats on your weight loss and on finding and keeping some great, practical and realistic habits. And your workout jacket is my favorite!! Love that.

    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold December 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Ha, it was a slow process after eating waayyy too much in college and just figuring out some healthier habits. I’ve been this same weight for several years now. If only I could be as disciplined as you with workouts!

  • Reply Amy Johnson December 23, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I’m so impressed with your weight loss. You look amazing. Love your workout outfit.

  • Reply Blaire Bingham December 23, 2015 at 6:31 am

    These are great tips! Especially the eating at home. I find it so much easier to maintain my weight when I am in control of what goes in to each meal. This outfit is so cute! I love the print of those leggings and that jacket is fabulous! Have a Merry Christmas Amy Ann!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Marina Laduda December 23, 2015 at 6:24 am

    30 lbs really? Wow now that’s an achievement. I can’t even lose the 5 lbs. I’ve been going for all year already. I guess I’m getting old :S
    But wearing workout clothes does seem motivational.

  • Reply Fiona December 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Such a nice workout look 🙂 Love it!
    xx Fiona

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine December 23, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Great work out gear!! Loving the unique jacket with those rockin pants!! Merry Christmas beautiful!!

  • Reply Red Reticule December 23, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I love your simple yet fun workout outfit! I have come to the point where I ditched all the diet plans. I eat healthy and satisfy my cravings, I stopped stepping on the scale and workout 4 times a week.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas !

  • Reply theblackblush blog December 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Love those leggings! You look so sporty!

  • Reply Irene December 23, 2015 at 4:35 am

    love the leggings you looks stylish and sporty!

  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio December 23, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Great tips, especially the grocery shopping one!
    Have a lovely Christmas 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Zarrah Jane December 23, 2015 at 2:05 am

    That sounds great your teaming up with Carbon 38.
    The pants look great and perfect for working out.

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  • Reply MiharuJulie December 23, 2015 at 1:46 am

    love your pants

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