How I Stay Fit With Athleta

I get a lot of questions from readers and friends about what I do to stay in shape, so I thought I would share it here with you all! Note: The clothing I am wearing was provided to me by Athleta, but all views in this post are my own. Seriously, I will sit there and flip through the Athleta catalogue and it actually makes me want to work out – the models are real fit girls, with amazing yet still healthy looking bodies, and most importantly the clothes are super stylish and functional.
I first realized I needed to make fitness a priority in my life after gaining 50 pounds while pregnant with my son Adam- when it didn’t magically disappear like I thought it would after delivery. It was especially difficult for me to workout because like most new moms, I was so wrapped up in all of the duties and seemingly endless feedings and diaper changings – I barely had time to shower let alone go to the gym- and add sleep deprivation to that and it was nearly impossible! Maybe I could have done with getting that new mattress to help me sleep better, like the one in the Eva Mattress review.
Good mattress or not, restlessness is common among new moms. Some of my friends who seemingly faced the same issue suggested that I seek advice from a sleep specialist. I was told that a sleep doctor can help cure problems of inadequate sleep using a variety of treatment options curated for individual needs. Anyway, I needed to find a program that I could fit in to my busy schedule, and something that I really enjoyed doing, so that I could be consistent. That’s when I discovered hot yoga, and got myself into even better shape than I was in before baby.
My favorite yoga studio is TriBalance Yoga in Schaumburg – I’ve been to a lot of yoga centers and I highly recommend this one. The hot yoga class is hard, and you will sweat profusely, but after you are done it will feel like you are rejuvenated and reenergized. I’ve attended classes with several of the teachers and I learn something new every time. They also offer a ton of classes including really early and late in the day, so it is easy for me to go in before or after work or on the weekends. I also love that they play music during class, the playlist is always changing but you can expect a variety from Lana Del Rey to Nirvana. Most importantly, the classes are always challenging and I see results almost immediately, my core is tighter and my limbs look longer and leaner. There is also something about all that sweating that makes my skin look like I’ve just gotten a steam facial, talk about an added bonus!
At first my goal was just to drop the extra pregnancy weight but now, three years later, I go regularly because I love the way it makes me feel stronger mentally and physically. Sometimes if I’ve missed a couple of weeks of class, I’ll notice myself getting impatient and irritable and my husband will suggest I go to yoga because he knows just how it helps me to relieve stress and improve my mood.
One thing that always motivates me to get to the studio is wearing great workout clothes, like this look I’m wearing from Athleta. I personally love wearing bright colors and mixing and matching like I’ve done in this outfit. Besides clothing, it would be better if you could get yoga equipment such as mats, yoga balls, blocks, etc for your yoga sessions. You can easily get such products online nowadays. For example, if you are someone from the UK, you can simply search for ‘Best yoga equipment in uk‘ and you might find several options for yoga products to buy from. Coming back to clothing, getting an amazing sports bra and perfect fitting stretch yoga pants is crucial for having the best workout. I always like to coordinate my outfit with a zip up hoodie to wear while warming up, and this one with the thumb holes is actually great for keeping your sleeves down in downward dog. Furthermore, get your workout clothes to match your personality, for example, if you’re a dog lover then look for printed dog shirts to make you feel more relaxed and zen in your workout.
Yoga instructor Becki and I in boat pose
Upward dog
Tree pose
My favorite teacher Becki!
Adam loved helping us roll up our yoga mats in the studio!
The thing I love most about hot yoga is it truly is a mind and body workout. I am so busy focusing on breathing and pushing myself to get into the pose even deeper, I can’t even think about my to-do list or anything that is bothering me that day. I can’t stare at the clock (there isn’t one) and I’m definitely not scrolling through Instagram like I do when I’m on a treadmill. You also can’t “win” yoga, there isn’t an end goal like being able to lift a certain weight or running a particular distance, yoga is like life – you can always improve so the goal is to enjoy the journey. There will be days where it is easy to twist practically into a pretzel, and other days where it is very challenging to do some of the basic poses. My teacher Becki often says to come to your yoga practice without ego or judgement. I think that is pretty great advice for life, both on and off the mat.

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!