I have it on Good Authority These are the Best Workout Pants!

I put on a pair of workout pants yesterday, they were tight (ugh! and not because of me – I have lost a bunch of weight – so what is that all about?), scratchy and the stretch was non-existent.  I will not tell you the brand but I was unhappy, uncomfortable and it made my workout horrible.  Know the feeling?  Isn’t it the worst?  I swear having comfortable, stretch worthy and good looking gear is imperative to my fitness.  A very good friend swears by the new Powervita from Athleta and I am ready to jump in with both feet! Bye Bye old tired pants.. Hello Powervita!

There really is nothing worse than uncomfortable workout pants, so Ridgely Brode finds new favorites on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Powervita from Athleta

This is My Wish, What is on Your Wishlist?

On my 49th birthday, I made a wish to myself that I would do everything I could to get in shape and be the healthiest I could be for my 50th birthday. I have a wonderful loving family, an amazing career, and this blog that has been a way to be creative, work on my photography and share my passions.  What I was not doing was taking care of myself and I was not happy in my body.  I have been a yo-yo dieter my whole adult life and exercise, the one thing that should be a priority, was the easiest thing to blow off.  One month after my birthday, 12 weeks ago, I started a new healthy lifestyle program and have stuck to it.  I have finally found a way that works with my crazy schedule to take off the weight, keep it off and I am exercising everyday.  It is not easy and I have not figured it all out, but it is working for me and I plan on sticking with it past that big birthday and beyond.  I started to feel so good, that I am now coaching other women (and a few men) and that feels even better. I never knew how much I would enjoy helping others change their lives and get healthy.

If you want to be coached by ME (Yes, you heard that right.. by ME!) and find out what I am doing that has made such a big impact on my life, leave me a comment (or send me an email via the contact page) and I will help you be the best you can be!  We can do this together!

And can I let you in on a little secret?  I am wearing a size 6 dress (I have NEVER worn a size 6.. except maybe when I got married) and that feels pretty awesome… #happydance

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.


Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.


Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

to buy: Trench old (similar here)  / kate spade new york dress unavailable (similar here and here)  /  Hunter Boots  /  Sunglasses old (similar here)

What is Your New Years Resolution?

So…what is your New Years Resolution?  I have the same one every year, to get back to working out and slim down. Sad to say that it is a recurring theme and I should have learned by now to get to it.. especially at my age!  This year I am 100% better off than I was last year because I lost 10 pounds leading up to Christmas.  I think, well, to be honest, I know, I have gained several back from enjoying the Holidays and vacation with my family, but I continued to watch what I ate, drank and moved my body as much as possible.  I stayed on my new health lifestyle regime as much as possible and will get back on my second 30 day regime on Monday, January 9th.  I am actually looking forward to it because I like a routine and the first round was so much easier than I could ever imagine and I have never felt better! (Anyone looking to join me, send me a note and we can hold each other accountable and support each other!)

I am now ready to add the exercise component.  I spoke about doing the Sweat App last Summer in this post and am going to start back to Week One on Monday.  I may be taking on too much at once, but I am going to do my best to go a day at a time and not over think it. I can come up with a million and one excuses NOT to exercise, so if I can motivate everyday to do something that will be a huge accomplishment.  I figure a few new pieces of workout gear and clothes wouldn’t hurt to make me feel good and am eyeing these leggings (all black until I meet my goal and can rock a pattern), this tank and this vest for layering.  Feel free to share in the comments below your resolutions and we canhelp each other stay on track!  Good Luck and Here’s to a great 2017!

Making exercise a commitment is Ridgely Brode's New Years Resolution

To buy: Athleta.com

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The Best way to Motivate for the Gym is New Clothes

I just finished a 30 day program and lost 8 pounds!  I think the best way for me to keep the pounds off is to work out regularly, which means getting some new gym clothes to get me motivated. I am a serial dieter and my weight yo-yo’s back and forth.  I have tried them all, and besides Weight Watchers my next favorite plan was just that, The Plan. I have been doing that on and off (mainly off) for two years.  I had a tiny set back from Thanksgiving weekend and went up a pound and a half. My goal now is to lose a few more of those pesky pounds and then keep them off, giving me a little wiggle room to go up and then down again.  Besides keeping to my new program,  I am going get serious about making my exercise a priority (remember this post on Sweat with Kayla?  I am still trying to do it regularly).  I just have to get through the Holiday season and stay vigilant at the task at hand. I have heard if you do something for 66 days (How did they come up with that number?) it becomes a habit.  Clearly, I haven’t stuck to anything that long to become part of my daily life… until, hopefully, now. I am going to take advantage of Athleta‘s  20% off (through 11/29 at 2:59am) to get a few things to keep me on track…  This could get expensive….

To keep off the weight she lost, Ridgely Brode is looking to keep motivated by buying new gym clothes

to buy: Athleta.com


This Winter I am Going to be Warm to the Core!

Once Winter settles in, I am always cold.  Between standing on the train platform on my morning commute to the drafts in our old house, I am always looking for layering pieces that keep me warm and are really comfortable.  I just learned about the Heattech base layers from Uniqlo, they have all the bells and whistles to keep you warm, dry, and odor free plus they are supposed to be super soft. I am dying to try their long sleeve crew tops to wear under sweaters, their leggings and tights.

This Winter I am going to be Warm to the Core! | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Warm to the core. Heattech Technology from Japan that converts moisture into warmth and retains it.



Who is with me? I need to get Back in Shape

After a fabulous vacation eating, drinking and touristing, it is time to get back to my workouts. I have been using the Sweat with Kayla App on and off all Summer and am going to start in earnest this week.  It is easy to follow and I really like how it counts down the time and you can swipe to the next exercise.  There are three days of resistance workouts intermixed with HIIT (high intensity interval training) and/or LISS (low intensity steady state cardio) with one day off.  The Kayla Itsines App includes a meal plan and shopping list that I haven’t used but may add that in too.  I have been using the bench on our deck for the step-ups but would like a shorter one for some of the other exercises I have not been able to do without it.  I put my phone next to me while I exercise so I can follow the workouts and swipe to the next one, but it would be great to have the the Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones so I can listen to music at the same time.  I think it might help distract me from how hard the workouts are.  If you are using the App or want to keep each other accountable, leave a comment below.  I would love a workout buddy to help me get back in shape..

It is time for me to get back in shape and I am stocking up on things I need to work out at home.

to buy: Zella Hatha High Waist Pant  /  Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones  /  S’well Water Bottle  /  Jump Rope  /  Coated Hand Weights  /  Original Step