Today is the first Monday of July, and that means it’s time for another edition of my monthly series, Motivation Monday. For me, healthy living is all about motivation. It’s about finding the motivation to skip a second helping, go for a walk, or cook instead of ordering takeout . Each Motivation Monday features easy tips and a healthy recipe.
Last month, my goal was to lose weight. Easier said than done, right? Well, the month started off well, but then I got a little sidetracked. Oops.
So my goal for July is simply to get back on track. I’m also sharing a Chinese Chopped Salad recipe that is super delicious!
My plan last month was to:
Watch portion sizes.
Cut out unhealthy snacks.
Track my exercise and everything I eat.
I did okay with this some days, but I seemed to lose focus most afternoon. These are all important keys to losing weight, so I’ll continue to work on these things.
Weight loss is a long, slow process, and having smaller goals has always helped me maintain motivation. Starting today, I’m going to be doing this 30 day plank challenge.
Basically, this challenge takes you from a 20 second plank to a 5 minute plank in 30 days. There’s even an app for tracking progress. Let me know if you want to join me, and we can suffer through it together!
If you’re trying to lose weight like me – or even if you’re not – this Chinese Chopped Salad is a great recipe.
It’s full of crunchy vegetables, sweet mandarin oranges, and savory baked tofu (sub your favorite protein if you’re not a tofu fan). Everything is tossed with a lightly sweetened soy vinaigrette and topped with sliced almonds for even more crunch. It’s so good!
It’s starting to get really warm and humid here already, and I’m having flashbacks to last summer when I barely exercised outside at all. Not good. I don’t want to repeat that again so I need to find some summer / spring exercise clothes that will keep me cool (and fast).
I was browsing Nordstrom’s website (always a favorite pastime!), and I found a cute cut-out tank. It seemed like the perfect thing! It basically has built in air-conditioning, but it’s not too bare.
I decided to build a colorful and fun outfit around the tank.
The grey tank goes is really versatile and could go with anything, really. I chose to pair it with a fun purple that reminds me of Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year. The purple really brightens up the grey. Once the weather gets really hot, I’d replace the capris with a pair of shorts. For cooler days – I’m sure there’s still a few left – just add a hoodie. I have a few hoodies from Lucy, and the thumb holes on this one are a great feature!
The tank has a built-in shelf bra, but I’d wear a regular sports bra for added support. This one from Glamorise comes in cup sizes from C to G, making it perfect for us well-endowed ladies.
Cute accessories are a necessity, of course! A patterned headband and colorful shoes are pretty and functional, too. And I love these white aviators from Oakley. I definitely need a pair of those. If it’s too hot and you’re headed to the gym, don’t leave without a great bag to hold all of your stuff. The fun graffiti pattern on this MZ Wallace bag caught my eye immediately.
Finally, don’t forget sunscreen! If you’ve read any of my beauty posts, you’ll know I never leave home without it (rain or shine). Supergoop! is a favorite of mine.
Is it starting to warm up where you live? How do you stay cool while exercising?
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