New Year’s Resolution – Workout clothes

Every year I always make a resolution that I will eat better and work out more. These two things are a challenge for most. I usually need a little extra motivation or something to get me excited to restart or get even better at the above mentioned. I watch what I eat and I do work out, but this year I decided I can do better. I committed myself to work out at least 3 times a week, 4 it what I am aiming for, that I would track my food intake, and I would make better food choices.

What does every girl need to jump start her work out? New clothes.  I shopped around and found the best bang for my buck was Academy. They have so many brands and if you like Nike apparel, it is the cheapest place I have found. I use to buy by Nike items at Kohls, but I have to catch them having a sale and bring in an additional savings pass to get the same price Academy offers every day. Academy also has a brand that is very economical, cute styles, and is comfortable. I bought a pair of cropped work out pants for $17.99 and a tank for $7.99. Nike and other brands were approximately $24.99-$54.99 for pants and $20 for a tank.  Again, Academy has so many brands and an enormous selection at the best price.

Next, I started tracking my food intake. I downloaded myfitnesspal app to my phone and iPad. It was easy to do, free, and it has a gigantic database. In the 3 months of using it, I have only once had to input my own nutritional data. I was really amazed how easy it was. I don’t have to look up how many calories are in a banana or an avocado. I don’t have to look up on McDonald’s website to see how many calories and fat grams are in a grilled chicken sandwich. It has also made me very aware of what I am eating and how I can make changes and adjustments to still eat something I want and make sure I am staying in my calorie intake range. 

Lasty, I just added juicing and smoothie making to my resolution list. I go motivated watching Dr. Oz and his 3 day juicing cleanse. I thought three days is doable and this would be a great way to get into the habit of juicing and blending my way to eating better. I went to Amazon and found the Ninja. A lot of my friends said wonderful things about it and the reviews said it had no problem handling spinach, kale, apples, cucumbers, etc. I had looked at other blenders, but this seemed to have it all and it wasn’t the cheapest and was far from the most expensive. I needed power but at a reasonable, living thrifty price. It was approximately $130 with prime free shipping and was still $20 less than Wal-Mart. It exceeded my expectations, and on a side note, I lost 4 pounds and an inch and a half off my waist. My husband lost a pound more than me and also a few inches off his waist line.

Keeping those New Year fitness resolutions can be difficult, but with a little help from the right products, it can make it easier to accomplish those goals.  


Alison Thornal Chief Editor of Living Thrifty