Thursday, June 13, 2013

Work It Out

When I was in my teens & early twenties, I had a very unhealthy relationship with food and exercise due to an eating disorder I battled for 10 years.  Thankfully, I am fully recovered now and can appreciate exercise for what it does for my body & how it makes me feel.  I know I will never be a size zero because that isn't how I was built (which I'm completely okay with) - I find I'm so much happier when I focus on working out to feel strong rather than doing it to try & reach a goal that isn't attainable for me.

I firmly believe that the best method for regular workouts is to do something you enjoy.  The summer is my favorite time of year because the weather is nice enough to be outdoors and I can vary my workouts much more.  And just as important as it is to do an exercise you love, it's equally crucial to have workout clothes that are comfortable & that you feel good wearing.   I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these Old Navy compression capris, considering that they only cost $17.  The fit is also super-flattering & I love the little color pop detail on the leg.  Plus the cropped length is just right for this time of year...and they come in tall & petite sizes too!

We headed to the local high school track for a little family exercise session to show that you don't have to pay for a gym membership to get a great workout.  I kept it completely real for this post - not one stitch of makeup and a messy ponytail...because I tend to break a serious sweat when I exercise!

Nothing beats getting a hug from this guy at the end of my run!

What I'm wearing:
Nike tank top (similar here or here), c/o Old Navy pants (here), Snozu jacket via TJ Maxx (similar), Nike shoes via eBay (check listings here or similar here), gifted Nike Fuel Band (from my sweet friend Sharon - here)

See other outfits featuring my favorite Old Navy pieces here: colored denimprinted dresscasual tees & white jeans.
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jenn~the stylish housewife said... cute is your little guy? =) is NOT fair how gorgeous your skin is. I wouldn't even believe it...but even in person...just glowing. SO jealous.

XOXO, Jenn
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Ashley said...

Loving the colour of those Nike shoes!! I have been really impressed with Old Navy's workout clothes but I am a sucker for Lululemon. The quality of Lululemon is totally worth the money in my opinion... :)

Sincerely Miss Ash

Sofia Donatelli said...

Love the photos! Your workout outfit is so cute! You look gorgeous without any makeup on!! What a wonderful post!


FootprintsIntheCity Inna said...

Ok a- your body is amazing (just needed to throw it out there), b - I am loving your workout outfit! I love the blue and magenta, such a nice combo! My all time favorite work out capris are actually my Old Navy ones, which speaking of - I actually need to get more of! Thanks for the reminder!
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Danielle Villano said...

Great post! Very inspiring! I'll definitely have to head to Old Navy to check out their workout clothes :)


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TaraMixandMatch said...

You look adorable! I love those crops!

Tiffany M* said...

Love the capris- never thought of Old Navy for work out clothes but I think I'm going to have to make a stop since I'm in need of some new ones. Also, can I please have your complexion without makeup! Your skin is flawless! I think you might have to teach me some new tricks and tips.

Sofia Donatelli said...

Love that last pictures! Beautiful and inspiring post.

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Amy Shaughnessy said...

I love that last picture of you two. So sweet! I don't own any conventional workout wear since all I do is dance. It would be nice to get some pants though because I can't wear leotard tights and shorts forever!


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FashMagsbypamm said...

Good for you and your family. I'm glad that you kept it real with us. You look even more beautiful without makeup anyway. =)

Shira said...

Thanks for sharing that- that's amazing that you recovered. It's not an easy battle.

Reina said...

You look just as beautiful with no makeup, Kimberly! Thanks for keeping it real!

Chelsea said...

You look amazing Kimberly and you're so brave for sharing a little bit of your story!

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Such a cute picture with your son! I love Old Navy work out clothes- I had spending tons of money on clothes I'll just sweat in but also hate even more the thought of being in old tshirts while working out!
Affordable and stylish-- Old Navy with the win!

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Peonies and American Honey said...

This is such a fun post, I love workout clothing but a lot of the known brands out there are very expensive. I will definitely go check out old navy now. Also, your story is very inspiring, a lot of women struggle with food and body issues so it is nice to hear from someone who went through it and overcame it.


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Alyson said...

I admire your bravery of opening up and being so honest at the beginning, I love reading your blog and getting to know you a little bit with each post :) I agree that exercise is all about what is fun for you. I am AWFUL at running, and hate being on the tredmill for more than about 5 minutes. I'd rather lift weight, take a fun cardio class, or walk around my local lake with girlfriends. LOVE those magenta Nike's as well!


M.A.S. FASHION said...

I love this! If i was as slender as you I wouldn't need to work out :)
Love the picture of you and your son! Making workouts a family affair always makes them that much better!!!


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An Nicole said...

How are the Old Navy pants on the booty? Are they lifting and forgiving? By the way, you still look amazing without makeup.


Kimberly said...

An Nicole,

Coming from someone who is pear-shaped, I can say that they are very forgiving & flattering. I usually have the hardest time with this type of workout pant and these fit me perfectly!


Style-Delights said...

Last picture is so amazing!! Old Navy has some great workout pieces! Love it!!

Lu Ross said...

Lovely workout outfit! You look so beautiful! The picture with your son is adorable!

Loop Looks said...

I recently bought a pair of the Old Navy compression capris because I needed a new pair for the trapeze classes I take in the summer. They are awesome! I need to go stock up for sure.

Shannon Willardson said...

Loving that tank!


Rebecca Rae said...

Nike has great workout gear. A bright color sprints my spirits to the track everytime. Your blog is a must read. BUT "pear shape"? As stated before, I have worked hard to not look like a teenage boy. You have been blessed with this amazing frame! Strut it, girl!! And your genuineness is apparent. Thank you for sharing something that may in fact help another. Truly wonderful.

Rebecca Rae said...

Nike has great workout gear. A bright color sprints my spirits to the track everytime. Your blog is a must read. BUT "pear shape"? As stated before, I have worked hard to not look like a teenage boy. You have been blessed with this amazing frame! Strut it, girl!! And your genuineness is apparent. Thank you for sharing something that may in fact help another. Truly wonderful.

Rebecca Rae said...

PS: love, love, love mommy son moment in last photo. Just priceless

Julie said...

Wonderful to see this--and thanks for speaking out about your ED. It's always good to share experience so those who are still struggling don't feel alone.

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Courtney said...

love the shoes, a great pop of pink!!!! plus love the pictures of you and your little man! stop by sometime <3

Xo Courtney

Kierra Makayla said...

I love working out and eating healthy it always makes me feel so much better! xoxo

Lovee, Kierra Makayla.

Cortney said...

If that's your skin I am doomed! Beautiful