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

Carbon 38 leopard workout pants and black wrap jacket, Black Nike Internationalist tennis shoes Carbon 38 leopard workout pants, white tee Carbon 38 leopard workout pants and black wrap jacket, Ray-Bans, black Nike Internationalist Carbon 38 leopard workout pants and black wrap jacket, white tee, black Internationalist Nikes

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 Angela Keeley-White December 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Those are great tips! and those leggings are so fun!


  • Reply Meghan Conard December 23, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Such great tips! I totally agree with you on making a balance and lifestyle that you can actually live with! Love your workout gear – those leggings are too cute!

  • Reply Sahra December 23, 2015 at 11:40 am

    such fun leggings and the jacket is great! I’ve definitely started cooking at home more in 2015 and hope to do it more in 2016…and ya know, the usual plan…. “run and get in shape” hahaha

    Happy Holidays!
    Que Sera Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • Reply Chichi December 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Very inspiring indeed! And those are some great habits!

  • Reply Alina Aronow December 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Love your workout outfit! And I totally agree with your healthy lifestyle! It is often misconstrued!

  • Reply Laura December 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Such a cute workout outfit! Love your healthy lifestyle tips-cheers to a healthy start to the new year!

  • Reply Flip Flops And Furs December 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Love those leggings. I always buy new workout duds when I’m going through a slump and not wanting to workout.


  • Reply Lyddiegal December 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Your tips are simple, but effective. When you are cooking for yourself you tend to make healthier choices, and when you have someone else to motivate you and hold you accountable for your workouts you are more likely to go.

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Reply Adri Cisneros December 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    If there’s one thing that will get me a little bit excited about working out, it’s workout clothes! These pants are too cute.
    xo Adri |

  • Reply Simona . December 23, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Aww, you look amazing dear! Perfect outfit for a workout! Those leggings are so cool! <3

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear December 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I love Carbon and your work-out leggings are so sharp! The print! You’re killing it, love!

    Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Jacy Overstreet December 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE these workout pants! And I love all of your tips and follow those as well! I find what makes the biggest difference is cooking dinner at home, but it’s also the hardest to actually do!


  • Reply for seven seasons December 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

    The pattern on these leggings is amazing, and I love the edgy vibe of the jacket. Bringing your own lunch to work is KEY. As is attempting to avoid the treats that inevitably show up every day!

  • Reply zahra_sandberg December 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Really great tips – I completely agree! We also used to eat lunch out every day and get takeout a few times a week. Not surprisingly, staying in shape was so much harder for me then! Also totally agree with you on the clothes – having a cute workout outfit really is a motivator for me! Loving your look!


  • Reply Jill December 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Great tips, especially cooking at home and bringing your lunch to work! This is such a cute workout look! Those leggings are so fun!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Megan December 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I am obsessed with their site! Those tights are so fun and I love that jacket too!

  • Reply Adela Acanski December 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Perfect! Nice workout look!

    Adela Acanski

  • Reply Mary December 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

    you styled this perfectly. I always feel a little challenged by workout outfits and making them look cute! I try to manage what I buy from the store to be healthy at home and not have to resist yummy junk food in the cabinets!

    Love, Mary

  • Reply Alyssa Thomas December 23, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for sharing your fitness tips!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz December 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Great tips! Definitely trying to keep my butt in gear since it’s so hard this time of year! Love your work-out outfit!

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