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

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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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

Physique 57

Now that I have clued you in on 15Love Apparel and some important Exercise Accessories, I need to tell you what I am doing to get in shape:

If you haven’t seen Kelly Ripa, or know who Kelly Ripa is, then this may not mean anything to you.  For those in the know, Kelly Ripa has a rockin’ body!  A few years ago Kate, one of my best friends, read in several magazines (check out InStyle) that one of Kelly Ripa’s exercise programs was Physique 57.

Kate, after trying several classes, dragged me to Physique 57.  I refused to do a class with Kate, who might I add is in the same rockin’ body league as Kelly Ripa, because I needed to go at my own pace…beginner!

Physique 57 has five studio locations – three in New York City (one is opening on the Upper West Side in August!), one in the Hamptons and one in Los Angeles.  It is hard, very hard.. but the instructors are so energetic and enthusiastic it makes the time fly and the pain bearable!  You leave there exhilarated, happy to be done but still wanting to go back!  In their own words:

Lucky for all of us, Physique 57 has produced two complete sets of workout DVDs so that if you do not live near one of their studio locations you can still do the workout and benefit from their program.  Having done both the classes and DVDs, I can tell you that the instruction on the DVDs is just as fun and motivational as the real life class.  They are fun to do, well, if you consider exercise fun…

I may live in Connecticut, but my office is right between two of the  New York City locations (each accessible by a 10 minute subway ride) and I own both volumes of the DVDs, plus the workout ball.  I really have no excuse but to look like Kelly Ripa in a few months time.  Please don’t hold me to it…