My Top 5 Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the questions that I get asked the most is which Health and Fitness Apps I use on a regular basis. Now, I of all people definitely know that everyone has a different lifestyle and what may work for one person, might not work for another. In my own health and fitness journey, I’ve gone through several different phases. I’ve gone from a gym rat, to a stay at home mom who would work out in her living room, to a busy working career woman who is always exhausted by the time I get home. What I have learned through each phase is to take advice, try out lots of different things, and find what works best for me. After several years, I have found that these 5 apps are my tried and true, and that I seem to return to them over and over again:

My Fitness Pal: This is the app that I use when I really want to get back on track. Counting calories really helps me see what my daily intake is and gives me a better perspective on what my portion sizes should be. It helps me realistically look at food as fuel and how to better my  daily nutrition. One of the things that I love about My Fitness Pal is that you can post progress photos to keep you motivated and they also have some really great articles and recipes within the app to try as well!

Apple Fitness App: For the longest time, I had a Polar watch that I would track my heart rate with. I made the switch to an Apple watch recently and have never looked back. Within the fitness app, you can track your daily activity, your workouts, heart rate and calories burned. You can also keep track of how many miles you have walked or ran during each session. This watch motivates me to keep moving during the day and there’s no better feeling than getting those activity rings closed throughout the day, am I right?!

Music App: You have to have some sort of music app to keep your workouts going strong. Whether it is Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify or a YouTube account, this is an absolute must. Put together a workout playlist with your favorite pump up songs to keep you turnt up. You’d be surprised what a playlist can do to keep your heart rate up!

Pinterest: This App is so full of inspiration!  You can pin everything from cute workout apparel (like the Ellie Activewear April collection I am wearing below) to deliciously healthy recipes and meal plans, to new workout regimens and inspiring quotes. There are even guides for local hikes to add to your bucket list. You can also sort everything into different categories to easily go back and find that pin once you have saved it. Happy Pinning!

Sworkit: This is a great App for on the go. If you don’t have a ton of time or any gym equipment, this is a good App to get you moving. You can choose different types of moves that you want to do, along with the amount of time you have to workout and boom, a quick but effective workout right in your hotel room.

There you have it, my top 5 apps that I use on a regular basis. Do any of you already use these apps or have any thoughts on them? I would love to hear what apps that you use on a regular basis!

yours,

rr

Outfit: Ellie Activewear April Collection

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Heart yourself: 5 ways to encourage self-love in your life

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Selbstliebe

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self love

One of the most important things we can do on a daily basis is to show ourselves some love. Sometimes we get so caught up in the happenings of life, that we forget to be in a relationship with one of the most important beings in our lives…OURSELVES. I know it sounds ridiculous and maybe a little narcissistic, but honestly; if we can’t be in a loving and nurturing relationship with our own self, how in the world are we to show someone else those qualities? There ain’t no faking it until you make it in love, especially with yourself.

So, what are some different ways you can start to show yourself some self-love? Here are 5 ways to start incorporating them into your daily grind.

1. Nurture Yourself

Remember that you are in a relationship with yourself. If you never take the time to nurture that relationship, how are you going to nurture others? Fill your mind, body and soul with uplifting things. Take notice of the things you do well instead of criticizing the ones you need to work on. Write yourself encouraging messages or put bible verses on your mirror, find healthy meals or snacks to energize your body. Take interest and further explore the things that nurture your soul.

2. Treat Yo’ Self

I love to treat myself to different things throughout the month, whether that be an at home pampering session with a bubble bath and mask after a long work day, a mani-pedi, a coffee treat or even a shopping trip. Find things that make you feel good and take yourself on mini dates. Maybe for you that’s a rock climbing session or a day trip to your favorite museum. Whatever it is, find time for it and put time into yourself.

3. Protect Yourself

Another way to show yourself love and respect is to set boundaries not only with yourself, but with others. So many people have that “people pleaser” mentality. While wanting to help others isn’t a negative thing per se, know your boundaries and stick to them. If it comes down to it, don’t be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by saying no. Unfortunately, sometimes people need to be told no. Show them that you know your worth and your limits. If you’re not comfortable doing it, then don’t.

4. Find Your Tribe

Search for the people that bring encouragement and laughter into your life and distance yourself from the negative ones. Being around friends and family that genuinely care for you and your well-being is such an amazing feeling. Surround yourself with your tribe and know that it is ok to have different friends for different things. Everyone is going through a different season in life and may be able to give you different insights to things such as interior design, hiking adventures or more serious issues such as marriage or parenting. Surrounding yourself with a tribe that is encouraging and supportive to one another is powerful . Make time for the important people in your life and be sure to lift them up as well.

Find Your Happy Place

Find the things that make you happy. What are some activities that always lift your mood? Is it yoga, hiking, cooking, zoning out to the television? For me, it’s working out. When I don’t do it I am cranky and irritable. It’s my one hour a night that I put in the work. My earphones go on, my mind zones out and it’s nothing but pure bliss for that one hour. Taking the time to be in your happy place, even if it’s only for an hour is what keeps you sane. Spending that time on yourself is what helps you become a better daughter, friend, spouse and mother. If you are so busy taking care of everyone else, who’s going to take care of you? No one knows you like yourself, so find your happy place and gallivant there.

Being able to show yourself self-love will affect every other aspect of your life. With self-love comes self respect, confidence and a more present self awareness. Find the things that make you tick and go for it. Show yourself your worth and don’t be afraid to let go of the people who may not see it along the way. Find your happy place and travel there often. The more love you put into yourself, the more you will be able to give in all of the other aspects of your life.

What are some ways that you show yourself self-love? Leave it in the comments below!

yours,

rr

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New Year, New Beginnings

It’s January, and 2017 was SO last year. Speaking of so last year, Ellie has ditched their old ways of doing things and are now offering something new for 2018. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed choices, you got it, girl! You can now choose from three different outfit options for your monthly subscription box AND they also have some cool exclusive pieces you can purchase. How cool is that? If you thought you loved their outfit combinations now, how in the heck are we going to choose from 3?! First world problems, right? I know, I know.

Since it is a new year, One of my goals is to consistently workout throughout the week. I have a job where I am not up and moving a whole lot, so it’s really important for me to be active once I get home. When the weather is nice, I will try to go for a 20-30 minute walk during my lunch and then I’ll do a 30 minute-1 hour workout once I get home. I also bought some new dumbbells this year that range in weight from 8-35 pounds and boy, have I been sore! Let me know if you want me to share a post about my at-home workout routine and I’ll try to put something together for you guys! I hope everyone has had a great first few weeks of 2018!

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yours,

rr

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Ellie Rewind

Well guys, it’s officially 2018! Where did the year go?! The last couple weeks of 2017 were super busy with friends, family and holiday gatherings, so I never got around to posting the December Ellie box. Luckily, Ellie now offers past collections on their website for purchase, so don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! You can find all of the past collections from this year, including December here and don’t forget to use my code RACHELREISS15 for an extra 15% off!

For the December collection, Ellie went with a black and white color palette with a pretty pop of cobalt blue. I wasn’t so sure how the color would look on me, but I ended up loving it! What’s even better is that it looks amazing on everyone that I have seen wearing the collection. The pants are also super slimming with the design down the side and I loved that it came with a crop style top. I also received a black sports bra and for the accessories, a jump rope (my favorite exercise) and a hot/cold clay pack! I was super excited about the accessories this month and have definitely used them a ton! What is your favorite item from the December box? Have any of you purchased previous collections from their website yet?

yours,

rr

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Let’s Get Cozy

Now that the rain is here and the holidays are near, it’s time to get cozy, sip on some hot tea (or wine), turn on your favorite tv show and cuddle up with your favorite fluff ball.

This months Ellie Box included a pair of super soft criss cross leggings, a long sleeved white mesh top, a cozy wrap that you can wear and pair several different ways and two pressure point relief massagers. I am personally loving the wrap this month and reach for it every time we spend a cozy night in, which is quite often during the rainy Oregon months. I enjoy being able to lounge around the house, popping some air popped popcorn (the best!), sipping on hot tea and getting cozy with my malti-poo fluff ball Petie, all while catching up on the TGIT lineup. You’ll pretty much always catch me in some sort of Ellie Box combination when I’m at home and this month, I definitely have this cozy wrap on repeat. I have even dressed it up with jeans and a tee… I can’t help it, it’s just so comfortable! What are some of your favorite stay-in activities? Isn’t it just so nice to just relax sometimes and have absolutely nothing on the agenda to do?

P.S if you’re still thinking of getting the Ellie Box it is currently 30% off for the Black Friday weekend. Click here and use code FRIDAY30. If you are reading this later, you can still get 15% off will code RACHELREISS15.

yours,

rr

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Hiking in the Pines

Happy Fall! Another month means another Ellie Box and this one is amazing! I have only received Ellie during the warmer months, so I was super excited to see what they would include for October. Once again, Ellie has hit the mark! 

October has always been one of those awkward months in Oregon where Mother Nature just can’t quite make up her mind. We will have sunny days here, crisp mornings there and then all of a sudden we will have a downpour mixed with thunderstorms and freezing cold weather, followed by yet another beautiful. sunny. day. As you can probably imagine, it can make it hard to figure out what to wear for a day of hiking. 

On this day, pictured below, we went to McDonald Forest. There was a crazy downpour the night before, so we were hesitant about hiking, but the next morning ended up being the perfect fall day. The warm sun rays hit our skin as we were wandering through the forest and then a cool breeze would rush through the trees, filling the air with the smell of pine and rain drops. It was seriously magical. 

The best thing about this Ellie box is that the leggings are fleece lined. They are super soft and warm, but not so warm that you’re going to sweat and be uncomfortable in them. They were perfect for hiking during a cooler day. I also LOVED that this box included a jacket. They seriously don’t leave a detail unturned on this jacket. It has the thumb inserts, a cool asymmetrical zipper and gray panels on the sides for a slimming effect. Also, let’s talk about the back on this tee. I seriously love all of the cutouts pieces from the Ellie boxes. From their tanks, to their tees, to their bras, they’re perfect every time. It’s probably one of my favorite things about these boxes. I appreciate all of those extra little touches that make you feel super feminine in workout clothes and pieces that encourage you to show off all of your hard work. Speaking about hard work, if you follow my instastories, you know that I’ve been working out daily this last month (perfect timing for that summer bod, right 😜) I will be doing an update on my progress in the next few weeks, so I can’t wait to share! In the meantime, I’ll just be busting my butt and wearing my Ellie! 

yours,

rr

This months box included a purple tee with detailed cutouts on the back, long fleece lined leggings, zip up jacket, yoga mat towel and an accessory pouch. 

Also, I have some good news for all of you who have been thinking about subscribing to Ellie! You can now get 15% off of your first box with code “RACHELREISS15”! 

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September Heights 

Happy Fall everyone! This months Ellie Box is the perfect combination of all the fall feels. I received an olive green colored top that can drape in either the front or the back, which means…. you can wear it TWO ways, and really… what’s better than a two-fer?! The black and white leggings have the prettiest mesh detailing down the side that also match the detail on the sports bra and once again, hits all the marks for a pretty little workout bra in my book. I also am loving that September’s box has a strong focus on yoga.  I’ve recently gotten back into adding some yoga into my routine after my regular workouts. It’s great for beginners or advanced exercisers and really helps you just calm down and relax after a stressful day. Aside from the apparel, I also received a yoga block to help with form as well as some grip socks. If anyone has some good recommendations for 10-15 minute yoga workouts I’d love to hear them! I hope everyone has a nice relaxing week!

yours,

rr

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