Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Motivation


To me, style extends beyond how I look and dress. It's about giving back, being kind, thankful, and living a healthy and happy life. I've always enjoyed working out and eating healthy. Don't get me wrong I have my bad days, but I try to make fitness a priority. Here are ten things that help keep me motivated:

While nice and functional workout clothes are great I rely on my accessories more than anything.
1. Baseball cap 
When I head out for a run I like to protect myself from the rain and sun. A simple cap always does the trick (I like Nike). 
2. Headbands 
It's pretty clear I have an obsession with Lululemon's headbands. I hate having sweaty bangs in my face!
3. Good shoes 
Owning a good pair of shoes is one of the most important things you could invest in for fitness. I have multiple styles for different functions (running, weight-lifting, hiking, etc).
4. iPod 
Music is a great motivator. I update my playlist once every two weeks to keep things fresh.
5. Water bottle 
I always have water with me. Hydration is obviously necessary and can help keep you focused.
6. Gym bag 
I'm a handbag girl, so naturally I have an affinity towards gym bags too. Lululemon makes them stylish and very functional (I own six!).

A few other motivators:
7. Friends 
Having friends to work out with offers you support and a challenge. I love my CrossFit family. They make even the hardest days bearable.
8. Anywhere fitness 
It's easy to make excuses not to work out. Whether it's your schedule or your budget there are always ways to work around them. I feel empowered knowing I can workout anywhere.
9. The couple that works out together stays together 
I'm not going to lie, the fact that my boyfriend works out for a living is a great motivator for me. I surely don't want to be the out of shape girlfriend. Many couples shadow each other's habits so try to make them healthy ones.
10. Reward yourself 
No one likes all work and no play. If your pushing yourself hard it's important to sometimes reward that effort. I treat myself to a glass of wine or a gigantic cookie with ice cream!

63 comments:

Ollie Things Beautiful said...

Those running shoes are great, I own same pair. I like this post :) xx-Jackie

pigeon pie said...

I've just found your blog recently and I after this post I now know how you look so fantastic! You also look amazing in neons :)

Marie said...

Great post.. Couldn't agree more about couples and habits!!

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Amber said...

okay now need a lulumon gym bag!! greta post i love motivation!!


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Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Lately I´ve been such a gym rat, u´d be proud of me! :) I agree with you tha stylish accessories are great motivators! :D
xxx

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Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

I love Lululemon too ;) they have the most gorgeous athletic clothes. I also use their headbands, gym bag, water bottle (mine says LOVE RUNNING)...I'm hooked with them ;)

Gabriella said...

Joined a gym two weeks ago, so this post is coming at a perfect time!
Thanks for sharing, girl! xo

AmyW said...

amen to the lululemon headbands - they're the only ones that stay on my head!and I loveee my lululemon tote, perfectly acceptable as a work bag to head to yoga or the gym right after!

Kristyn said...

LOVE this! I think it's so important to let people know that that figure takes work! I am all about splurging every once in awhile (usually weekends!) but I think it's so important to balance it out with consistent exercise and healthy food choices. I love that you cover it all on your blog! xo

Taylor Marie said...

This is a great post! I love seeing other peoples motivation and I so agree that working out together as a couple makes things that much easier and also brings you together :)

The Fancy Teacup said...

The Lululemon gym bag is so chic! That's awesome that your bf is there to encourage you to stay fit, it's the same way with me and my bf. I appreciate it so much like you do.

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Closet Fashionista said...

Such great motivators, and tips as well! I really need to get back in to working out :(
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ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR said...

Great tips doll :)

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Ana said...

I could really use some of these tips, I'm often struggling to find motivation to work out.
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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

awesome motivation! i get motivated by knowing the great feeling i get after working out :)


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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

awesome motivation! i get motivated by knowing the great feeling i get after working out :)


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Anna said...

This is what I love about you. You're so easy to relate to! I love how you blog about food, health and exercise and you're not super thin but more muscular and toned and best of all, HAPPY! You're really such an inspiration :)

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Sist and Sist said...

How did you jump that high?! AMAZING!

Anonymous said...

Any chance you could share some of the songs on your playlist?? I am always curious to see what other people listen to when they workout??!!
Nice post!

featherfactor said...

Love this shot! I have tons of Lululemon clothing sitting around which should motivate me better :) You are in amazing shape, lady!

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Kinsey Michaels said...

Love this post!! I had no idea Lulumon made such adorable gym bags!
That's cute that you and your boyfriend are both so passionate about working out together.

ediot said...

i really think colorfun and pretty work out clothes is a must. for me to be able to work out..
which shoes do you recommend for dance classes(fitness dance)- i need me a pair of new work out shoes, mine are literally falling apart..
xx

Yaima said...

You are a lovely couple Iam always trying to convince my husband to work out togheter but as you say wea lways find a way to justify ourself with budget, places etc etc, kisses and lovely lifestyle

besswess said...

Happy pictures! Thanks for sharing!

lalabang said...

:) makes me wanto to work out!

Caro said...

Love this! I would love to hear about your recommendations for any running shoes. I'm looking for a new pair right now (just recovering from a stress fracture, so haven't started running again yet). I mostly run on the Central Park reservoir, which is a dirt path (not as hard as cement or a treadmill).

Mary said...

Is it bad if I reward myself after every visit to the gym? ;) I joke!

Love this post! Love that you live such a healthy and beautiful life!

Mary xo
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Nicole Marie said...

i love that you wo work out together. i wish lulelmon wasn't so freaking expensive! i love their pants and i know i would workout more if i owned one :)

meghan said...

I've heard a lot about lululemon but haven't been to a store or owned any products. I love headbands and have been looking for some non-slip ones. I think I might have to try these out. I love that shipping is free!

Alicia said...

You and your man look like you have so much fun when working out! ;) Love your motivational posts, they always pump me up!!

Nicole said...

Well you look fantastic!

Holly said...

great post! i agree that having a good pair of work out shoes is essential! my feet are my babies!

Kasia said...

Love this post!!!

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Marissa said...

With so many mentions to LuLuLemon lately, I think I will just HAVE to check them out! I'm a fitness fanatic myself, and their workout gear looks fash-tastic.
Thanks for sharing your motivations!

XXXO
M

K said...

I'm so glad you shared this! I've been feeling myself lacking in motivation and this is just thing I needed to make me realize I have everything I need already and to get my booty in gear (and in shape!).
Thank you!

Josie said...

It can be so hard to stay motivated for my daily workouts... Honestly, my iPod is my absolute savior. That and I have a pair of high-waisted Citizens that certainly motivate me to stay in shape!
xo Josie
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Helena from BrooklynBlonde said...

I've said this before, but you got a rockin' bod. You give motivation to women showing that you work hard to get it, and that in itself is inspiring.

eyeliah said...

yay for yoga poses!

Dancing Branflake said...

That is the cutest gym bag ever!

Your are my motivation. Your dedication makes me think "man, I should be doing that right now."

Dressed 4 Success said...

I used to hate the gym but from next Monday I will start going to get some exercise with my body...to remove this particular cellulite jeje!!


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Kayla said...

Love this post. Goes great with all of the bloggers I'm doing the 30 day shred with right now. Perfect timing!

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Erika of Style Activist said...

Taylor! I loved this post. I am big on healthy living and fitness. I loved that you shared this on your blog. And especially that you and your bf workout together :) Adorbs.

Xo,
Erika

Marie-Eve said...

Love those Lulu lemon headbands. I think I have one in each color of the rainbow but I'm shure I'll find a new cute one to buy when I get in the store LOL !

Crystalin said...

favorite post ever! Love seeing other ladies physically active and looking cute while doing it. And agree, the couple that works-out together, stays together :)

Jacqueline said...

Such a great, inspiring and positive post! Thanks for sharing and keeping us motivated to look as hot as you.
xo
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christina of profresh style said...

This was such a great post Taylor! You really are a wonderful motivation and inspiration to exercise and stay cute while doing so! Great great post!

xx

ana said...

totally agree on the reward yourself. & i too love lululemon's headbands :D super cute post. love it.

andiezoe said...

that coors light is a perfect motivation to get my butt on the treadmill tonight!

Taylor Sterling said...

Thanks everyone! I'm thrilled I can help motivate. I will share my playlist and other details another time. :)

Rach said...

So true about the couple who works together stays together. I love exercising and especially outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, so I could never date someone who didn't enjoy being active!

Sarah said...

Such a great post as well as reminder. I luv all lululemon especially my groove pants and reusable water bottle with their great quotes.

Colleen said...

I really like this post and seeing what motivated you.

Lindsay With An "A" said...

Just went into Lulumon for the first time today! LOVED IT!!! I wanted soooo many things!

Caroline said...

Ok lady!!! We are due for a yoga outing especially now that I know you can kill dancer's pose and you have plenty of headbands to wear. XOXO!! You rock!

kelly frances said...

friends + rewards --> sure motivation

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Marcie said...

I am in desperate need of a gym bad. I've heard mixed things about Lululemon's. What do you think of Retro Groove bag?

Marcie

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Cruz said...

I knew I liked you! Yay crossfit! Yay Burpees! Did your boyfriend compete last year? Are you doing the games WODS as well??

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