How to Ease Back into Working Out

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Are you trying to starting exercising again? My fave tips for how to ease back into working out will get you motivated!

How to Ease Back into Working Out! Are you wondering how to start exercising again after months or years of inactivity? These simple tips and ideas will help you get motivated to get going, either at a gym or at home! | Hello Little Home

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Easy Workout-Friendly Summer Hairstyle

One of my goals this year was to exercise more, and to be honest, I haven’t gotten off to the best start. Oops!

Of course, there’s no time like the present to begin, right? It’s super hot and humid outside right now though, and the last thing I want is my long hair sticking to my neck while I’m exercising.

Ponytails get boring fast, so I created this easy workout-friendly summer hairstyle!

This easy Workout-Friendly Summer Hairstyle is perfect for hot, humid days! | Hello Little Home

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Motivation Monday: Getting Back on Track + Chinese Chopped Salad Recipe

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!

Motivation Monday: Getting Back on Track + Chinese Chopped Salad Recipe | Hello Little HomeMy plan last month was to:

  • Watch portion sizes.
  • Cut out unhealthy snacks.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • 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!

Motivation Monday + Chinese Chopped Salad | Hello Little Home #recipe #NoCook #vegetarianIf 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!

Chinese Chopped Salad

Yield: 4 - 6 main dish servings

Chinese Chopped Salad


    For salad dressing:
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • For salad:
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, cut into thirds
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package baked tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 head romaine, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small head of red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 (11-ounce) can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


    Prepare salad dressing:
  1. Combine olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Assemble salad:
  4. Place peas, carrots, onions, tofu, romaine, red pepper, cabbage, cilantro, and Mandarin oranges in a large bowl.
  5. Pour salad dressing over vegetables and toss gently.
  6. Serve salad sprinkled with sliced almonds. Enjoy!


When purchasing tofu, look for "Asian" or "Thai" flavors. If you're not a fan of tofu, it can be left out or even replaced with chicken.

Motivation Monday + Chinese Chopped Salad | Hello Little Home #recipe #NoCook #vegetarianMotivation Monday + Chinese Chopped Salad | Hello Little Home #recipe #NoCook #vegetarianHave you ever tried to lose weight? How did you maintain your motivation?

P.S. Read all of my Motivation Monday posts.

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Let’s Get Fit: Spring Exercise Clothes

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.

Let's Get Fit: Spring Exercise Clothes | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #workout1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

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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