We're already a week into the new year and it's quite likely that many resolutions have already gone the way of the dinosaurs (and by that, I mean blown away by a giant meteor that burned up the earth - wouldn't that be a viable excuse for skipping Zumba class??) but I thought I'd go ahead and showcase five things that are helping me keep moving and shaking in 2016. Though the shaking thing may just be because I decided to give up wine during the week. #withdrawals, anyone?
01// Asics Gel Noosa Tri 10 ($59.83) I've run in Asics Gel Nimbus for many years now, but when they debuted a glow-in-the-dark Gel Noosa several years ago, I fell in love with the funky color schemes and non-traditional graphics. Yes, I'm a sucker for bright color combos and graffiti graphics. I got the pair above for Christmas and they happen to be available for a deep discount. They are definitely a lighter-weight running shoe without as much cushioning as the Nimbus or Kayano, but I love them for shorter runs and they never fail to be conversation starters (i.e., an excuse to take a water break!)
02// S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($35.00) The only way I can drink my eight glasses of water each day is if it's COLD and this water bottle definitely keeps it that way. Plus, it comes in a fabulous colors like Tiffany Blue and - bonus! - it actually fits in the car cupholder. Just add your ice and water in the morning and you're good to go. And (not that I would know from personal experience or anything) it also does a great job of keeping vodka tonics and Moscow Mules icy cold as well.
03// Lululemon &go Everywhere Tank ($58.00) I'm not snobby about my athletic wear - most of my gym gear is from the Target clearance rack - but this tank is truly worth the cash. It's a super soft, breathable fabric that doesn't cling or chafe and I love the flattering cut of the front and deeper armholes for easy movement. But most notably, it's cut nice and long through the torso, so it doesn't reveal muffin top when I'm doing squat jumps or downward dog (or reaching into the very top kitchen cabinet to find the hidden Twinkies).
04// LaraBar Coconut Cream Pie ($21.59/16 bars) My daily glass of sauvignon blanc helps curb my sugar cravings, so when it's off the menu, any candy in my vicinity is in danger. Even the grisly remains of the kids' Halloween stash (which conisists of rock-hard Tootsie Rolls, Big Hunks and Bit-o-Honeys) looks appetizing to me. To try and keep the sugar coma at bay, I've been stocking up on LaraBars and the Coconut Cream Pie is definitely a favorite, with Cherry Pie and Cashew Cookie coming in a close second. And psst....this copycat recipe is hella easy and really good! Ok, not as good as candy corn. But you already knew that.
05// Zensah Running Headbands ($14.99) Nothing ruins a workout faster than annoying stray hairs blowing in your eyes or tickling your face. I've actually quit in the middle of a run and threatened to shave my head ala Britney Spears (luckily there was no umbrella nearby or passing cars would've been at risk) so a good hairband is a must for me. I've tried lots of elastic versions, and these are by far my favorite brand. They aren't constricting, but the velvet lining keeps them in place and the wider width is perfect for keeping flyaway hair at bay. Plus, they come in lots of fun colors and textures. Kind of like my language on a bad hair day.
Hope your resolutions are going well and your goals for 2016 are being tackled!