Fitness and health gear to motivate you for the New Year

Sharing some of the best workout outfits, accessories, fitness gear, and healthy staples for the new year!

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I feel like… next will will count as my first official week of 2019. Liv back in school, but P is still not feeling better. We were at urgent care last night and headed back to the reds today. The weekend was spent on the couch (it’s been 5 days now!) but I was finally able to crack open my planner and write a little. It felt refreshing and therapeutic to block out dates, set deadlines, and brainstorm action plans. I also wrote down a fitness plan (for when we’re back in the swing of life) + a couple of new fitness goals!

Truth: I occasionally bribe myself with fitness gear, especially when I’m setting new goals. When I really buckled down on my strength training plan last year, I told myself that I’d treat myself to a lululemon refresh after a few months. (In Valdosta, the closest one was 2 hours away so it was definitely a special treat.) I’m a huge believer in setting rewards for yourself to enjoy as you accomplish your goals. Also, I feel like there’s something magical about new fitness gear. I lift a little heavier in a new tank, run faster in a fresh pair of sneaks, and am more consistent when I have an Apple Watch beeping at me. (Even though I have to admit it’s a little annoying when it tells me to stand during a road trip.)

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(Photography by Jacquelynn)

I think it’s certainly worth mentioning that you don’t need new clothes or gadgets to have a healthy lifestyle; all you need is some motivation and your own body weight. This is just if you’re looking for something new or a little treat as we head into 2019!

I thought I’d share some of my latest faves if you’re looking for new fitness gear as you accomplish your health goals, plus some of my tried and true resources.

Tops, sweaters, tanks:

This knotted top is perfect for to and from the studio. You could even rock this with jeans and low-tops. 

This neutral hoodie that’s not too baggy.

This Nike hoodie would transition well into spring.

A pullover in super soft recycled fabric.

This twisty turn tee is super lightweight and comfortable (love the burgundy color).

This cozy bomber jacket is on sale.


Leggings and pants:

These are my favorite leggings EVER. They’re not see-through, they’re super soft, and they work well for workouts and life! I find myself reaching for my Zella leggings more than anything else because they’re versatile and flattering. 

Love the mesh detail on these and they’re on sale. 

The fabric on these is amazing (also on sale).

These will prob be my next leggings splurge.

The mesh cut-outs and color in these are amazing.

Love the cut of these skinny sweatpants.

Starry leggings.

Neutral harem pants.

These shiny leggings!!! AHH.

Obsessed with these joggers.

These leopard leggings are FIERCE. A girl wore a similar pair to yoga a few weeks ago, and I immediately thought I needed them.

Levitate 2


So I’m pretty picky about shoes, but here’s what I’ve been using the most lately: Brooks Levitate 2 for running and Orangetheory (they make me feel like I’m flying! Even though my pace is… not flying), Under Armour for circuit training, Orangetheory and sprints (but not longer runs), and APL for strength training and life. I need a little bit more support for cardio but the style and fit are amazing. 


Headbands, gym bags, and accessories:

I’ve been needing more socks, so I’m excited to try these ones. 

Sports bras on sale.

A new headband! When I put a headband on to spin, the girls love it for some reason. “Mama, why you wearing a headband? You look so cute.” hahah

This bag is the ideal size and the colors are awesome.

Lorna Jane makes my very fave sports bras right now that I’m back in the IBTC. They have some padding (thank youuuuuu) and are super comfortable.


Gadgets, cookbooks, and health:

Organifi green juice. My friend Betsy introduced me to Organifi when she came to visit, and I really wanted to like it because Shawn from the Model Health Show raves about it and I think he’s the coolest. At first, I hated it. It was WAY too sweet and “green” tasting. Then, I decided to give it another whirl with more water (my entire Hydroflask full) and it was so much better. It tastes slightly sweet with a mild coconut water and greens taste. I find myself craving it now and it’s such an easy way to get in bonus nutrients.

A good blender. A good blender makes such a huge difference when you’re constantly making smoothies, hummus, soups, almond milk, etc. I’ve had our Vitamix for almost 10 years and it finally bit the dust, so I’m in the market for a new one. If you have one you love, please let me know! (This Ninja looks great and the price is awesome.)

Yoga mat and mat towel. I’m a huge fan of Manduka mats and mat towels. I’ve been practicing more yoga here at home, so the Manduka lives in the laundry room. I’ll drag it out for 10-20 minute yoga practices before bed.

Resistance band loops. A loop is one of my all-time favorite inexpensive gym tools. It’s an easy way to target your glutes and abductor (outer thigh) muscles in traditional leg work. I’ll put a band 2 inches above my knees for hip raises, clamshells, and donkey kicks. They also weigh nothing so you can easily stash them in your suitcase for hotel barre workouts. 

A spiralizer. This is awesome for making veggie noodles at home. The pre-noodled ones at Whole Foods are so expensive and for $30 (or less) you can get the tool to make your own!

A juicer. I still haven’t figured out which juicer to get after having a beloved Jack laLane for so many years. I’ve been craving juices more often and would love to make them at home again.

Vital proteins. I’m a huge fan of Vital Proteins and have been using it for years now. (It’s one of the reasons why my hair is so crazy long right now)

Body love

Fave healthy cookbooks/resources:

Body Love. I think this book is worth the cost for the smoothie recipes alone! the Fab Four smoothies are incredibly filling and tasty

Fed & Fit. This has so many amazing recipes! I’m kind of sad I lent it to a babysitter in Valdosta and never got it back lol. 

Canyon Ranch cookbook. Lots of classic healthy eats and ideas here.

Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. I feel like I bought this book a thousand years ago and it’s still one of my very faves. The pages are smeared with maple syrup and chocolate, which is the sign of a very good cookbook.

Skinnytaste. Gina is the queen of healthy family-friendly recipes

Fit With Five. This is an ebook packed with delicious and super simple recipes

Fit Guide! Shamless plug. 😉 These customized workout plans have meal plans from a Registered Dietitian to help propel you towards your goals.

– Many amazing blogs and online resources! I have way too many favorites to list, but some of my top resources are Pumps & Iron, Peanut Butter Runner, and PB Fingers for workouts, Pinch of Yum, Fit Foodie Finds, Fannetastic Food and Eating Bird Food for recipes, and Kayla Itsines and Tone It Up for inspiration.

On my reading list:

Woman Code

Healthy Meal Prep


Intuitive Eating

The 6 Keys <— just downloaded this one and can’t wait to get started!

So, tell me friends:

– Do you use fitness gear to motivate you? What’s on your wish list right now?

– What’s the #1 fitness/health resource you would recommend to others?

Happy Monday!



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  1. Sarah on January 7, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Just realized I have Eat, Drink and Be Vegan on my bookshelf and have never cooked from it. Doh!! Gotta fix that. Any favorite recipes you recommend?

    • Tiffany Lin on January 8, 2019 at 4:40 am

      This was one of my very favourite cookbooks from wayyyy back in the day, which I have now sadly lost in all of my moving. She makes delicious sauces – there’s a garlic tahini tamari (??) one that could make cardboard taste good!

  2. Amber on January 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Oh no! DONT get that Ninja blender! I have the same one and it’s awful. My sweet hubs surprised me with it when my kitchenaid died and we still couldn’t afford a Vitamix. He was so proud of himself to have asked around and got the Ninja recommended. I don’t know what the heck people are thinking, but I literally chew my greens no matter how long I pulverize them (I miss my kitchenaid, and hope to hit the lotto someday to get a vitamix!)

  3. Mary Carter on January 7, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I have a Blendtec and bought a Ninja once and took it back. It was a pain to assemble each use and to clean, and was nowhere near as smooth a smoothie as the Blendtec makes. And the blades are scary.

  4. Cory on January 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I totally use gear to motivate myself. I got this awesome Commit 30 fitness planner for Christmas and part of the journal encourages rewards for hitting your goals. My reward for this month will be a new pair of NuxActive One by One leggings. If you haven’t tried this brand yet, you absolutely MUST. They are the most comfortable leggings I have ever put on my body.

  5. Tracy on January 7, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE posts like this! So many fun finds. I’m totally with you on splurging on a reward.

    I’ve always loved EDBV too. Great cookbook!

    I’m super interested in the 6 Keys! I just ordered a sample to check it out!

  6. Danielle on January 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try out Zella leggings! How do they fit? I am always torn between sizes bc I HATE feeling like the waistband is digging in but of course you don’t want them to be too big, I am usually a size 4.

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      they’re true to size! i would order a small. they’re so comfy and stretchy. and just in case you don’t love them for whatever reason, nordstrom has an awesome return/exchange policy

  7. Stephanie on January 10, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I also really love the Zella live in leggings–AND that Nordys does free hemming for shorties like me who need 28″ pants shortened to 23″ if there is any chance at all for things to be “full length.”

    I am obsessed with these wunder unders from lulu and really want them (they have been on my personal wish list that I keep on pinterest since this pattern came out):

    I like the way this tank top looks (I stopped in Athleta and saw it in person and liked the way the fabric felt, too) and might order it in petite sizes (since I am too short):

    And I pretty much ALWAYS want a new pair of running shoes from Brooks (I wear the Launch and the Ghost for runs and I have worn Brooks exclusively for running since 2011)

  8. Katherine on January 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I have that exact Ninja blender and love it! Someone else commented that it was awful but that has not been my experience. I wonder if the model was improved since they bought it? I only bought it last summer. It makes perfect smoothies and even better margaritas.

    However if I could afford a Blendtec I would, but I’m partial to them because they are a client of mine

  9. Steph on January 15, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I didn’t think the new Jillian Michaels book was worth the time I took reading it since all of the info in it was stuff I’ve read before (and I’m sure you have too!).

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