8 Mistakes Keeping You From Your Fitness Goals

The warmer weather is the perfect time to start new fitness routines– from running, to biking, or even just going for walks. I started running 6 years ago, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way! From doing too much too soon, to not listening to my body, to not understanding what will actually give me progress, I’ve learned some major lessons!

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What I’m Loving: Spring Fever

It finally hit 70 degrees in Minnesota (which is a big deal for April!). My daffodils are ready to bloom and the tulips aren’t far behind. Although we are always waiting for one last hit of winter cold around here, I hope we are past it! This year, spring feels extra hopeful with vaccinations on the horizon (I got my first shot this weekend!) and more outdoor activities to do.

As I dream of spring, I pulled together some of my favorite things to get you inspired too!

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My Dining Chair Upgrade

I’ve been on the hunt for new dining chairs for a while now. I purchased my current chairs when I first bought my house over 7 years ago, and they were just cheap stacking chairs. I liked the modern form and they were within my budget at the time. But, it was time for an upgrade to something a little nicer!

I had a few constraints when looking for a new chair– I really wanted the new chairs to fit my space aesthetically. A lot of dining chairs either felt TOO modern or way TOO traditional for my style. My dining table area is also pretty small, so I needed chairs that would physically fit within the space. My current dining table is also a dark wood, so I wanted any wood accents to coordinate with the wood tone. I also didn’t want to spend more than around $100 a chair.

I was also specifically hoping to find white chairs. I like keeping the space feeling bright and airy, and white would work with any types of table linens across the seasons.

This seems like not that hard of a list of constraints, but it took a lot of hunting to find the right chairs!

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Easy Denim Looks for Spring

There has been a lot of ~skinny jean controversy~ floating around the internet right now. Instead of being offended the kids are saying what isn’t cool anymore, its important to remember that dressing for your body and what makes you feel good is the most important.

The right pair of jeans can turn a simple outfit from plain to chic. Some of my personal favorite jeans are distressed boyfriend cut jeans from J Crew. I usually size down a size with these cuts, so they’re not quite so baggy. These cuts look super cute with a variety of simple tops. Keep reading for some of my favorite inspo!

Image via J Crew
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My Favorite Running Gear from Lululemon

I used to be really skeptical of running clothes from Lululemon. The needs of a runner are much different than someone wearing clothes for yoga or other workouts. Between fit, pockets, and ventilation, you want clothing that is specially designed for the demands of running. Over the years, Lululemon’s running specific gear has become really good, and most of my staple pieces are from them. I also appreciate that they consistently offer the same products, year after year, with only minor changes. This way you don’t have to start over every time you need something new.

Since we’re getting into the best running weather of the year, I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces that I keep using (and would buy again!).

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5 Ways to Avoid Burnout in Pandemic Year 2

Here we are on the anniversary of when the pandemic hit! I remember being at work this time last year and thinking how strange it was that we would work from home an entire week, maybe even 2 weeks! A year later, and here we are. 

Thinking about year 2 is hard for me. Going through a year of missed things seems bad enough, but we always had hope for “next year”. Even with the bad, there is hope to look forward to this year. 

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