Avocado? Love! Mango? Good! Salsa? The best! Which, is exactly why I went crazy for this Avocado Mango Salsa the first time I tried it. A recipe from my sister in law, Kat, this summer side is a crowd favourite served as an appetizer with some tortilla chips. It also pairs really well with grilled summer vegetables, or a main like tuna (I don’t eat meat or seafood, this is Kat’s recommendation). Prep time is minimal, and it can be served right away or chilled in the fridge for a short period of time. Hope you enjoy it!
I know, I know, you’re like hey, is that a Sports Illustrated bikini model?! No, silly, it’s just me! Someone who always thought that because I wasn’t 5’9″ and size minus 4 that there was NO way I could look nice in workout gear. The QUEEN of oversized tees and multipack leggings, I have learned over the last few years that it actually IS possible to look good/feel good even while you’re exercising! Cannot do anything about sweaty red face though, that hot mess look just means that you’re working hard.
As soon as I prioritized health and included fitness as a part of my life (attempted, anyway), I started discovering that there’s a ton of stinkin’ cute workout wear! Take this Public Myth outfit for example. I’m wearing a sports bra…in public…that doesn’t scream grandma! There’s mesh cutouts on my legs and that doesn’t even scare me! All this from the girl who rocked a human repelling silk corset “sports bra” for too long, and who JUST threw out my Lulu yoga flares from 15 years ago. I feel like a new woman. I feel like I am only now discovering why everyday fitness wear is an epidemic here on the West Coast!
So, how can you step up your workout wear? My biggest tip is that comfort and functionality are still most important. I like to buy updated pieces that are still basic (not quite at the point of bright printed leggings, ya know?) but throw in a standout and/or trendy piece or two. If you’ve got a similar shape, I recommend starting at a pair of high waisted black leggings and build from there. They’ll help hide sins and *hopefully* won’t slide down mid-run. When choosing athletic pieces, I would suggest quality over quantity. I have probably 3 mix and match outfits that I rock all the time and I just remix and wash those as needed. As for summer workouts, I’ve been loving outdoor running, yoga in the park, Body Balance classes, and tennis. I’m all about getting outside (for FREE, thank you Mother Nature) and then strengthening at the gym or in the classroom.
What do you like to do to work up a sweat in the summertime? Would love to hear in the comments below!
Photo by Lindsay Henwood
I’ve been trying to journal on a more consistent basis and it really is helping me sort out my thoughts on this process towards a healthier mind and body. I thought I’d start a dialogue with you, as I know that we all have times of struggle in our lives and I wanted to share mine. I eluded to some of this in this blog post, but here is the story behind it.
There weren’t any new years resolutions or intentions for me this year. Instead, I’ve simply scheduled in a complete life overhaul. Reinventing yourself is easy, right? Okay, good, because I’m right in the middle of establishing a new and improved, happier me.
I don’t even know if ‘mood’ is the right terminology to use here, but that’s what I ended up with so let’s go with it. So far, I’ve realized that as much as we’ve come leaps and bounds in our efforts to talk about mental illness, there’s still a lot of discomfort around depression. There are different types of depression and varying degrees in which you can be lost in the fog. Regardless of why you’re feeling a bit down, happiness and self love are essential ingredients for mental clarity. Keep in mind that the following 5 points aren’t a cure to anything, but we’re all aiming for good days, aren’t we? Accomplishing even just ONE item on this list is a huge step in the right direction. Remember that small changes add up to make all the difference! Now, let’s get started with these simple ways to help boost spirits and keep that stress in check.