Red and Plaid


I am absolutely in love with this outfit. Probably because I adore red, and there’s red everywhere. Lips, cardigan, shoes, hearts on the tights (the back of them). These are the tights I wore for my wedding, and I WISH they were a little better constructed because I adore them. They’ve got runs everywhere, but I don’t even care.

I also very much love the necklace/collar, but I’m afraid to wear it because it’s an antique and the pearls fall off a lot. I’d love to get it restored someday, because it’s a beautiful piece. 3

I also love how much better my pictures are when my husband takes them. Ah, if only I could just have him home all the time to help me. Maybe I’ll do as a friend suggested and save up for a camera remote. That would make it easier.4

I’m working on my new year’s goals really well so far; I signed up for the YMCA, and am super excited to be able to go and work out and work on being a healthier person. It really helps me to have a set place with several different workout options– for some reason, if I’m working out I’m less likely to eat junk food… but if I just try to eat healthy, I’m never motivated to work out and then I slip into “eh, whatever” mode and end up eating terribly.

Yesterday was my first day working out at the gym; I am going to alternate between doing the Couch to 5k program and various other machines, and oh my goodness jogging is the worst. But also, the best. It’s funny how you can be so miserable getting started in exercise, yet feel so accomplished after it’s done.

I’ve also started using Sparkpeople again, where I’ll track what I eat and when I exercise, to keep myself accountable. I track my daily food in the morning, with planned lunch and breakfast and snacks, which makes it a lot easier to stay on track. 2

I am determined to make this the year that I finally reach my fitness goals. It’s not that I’m uncomfortable with what I look like or what I weigh now, but I would like to weigh less than my husband, and I’d like to wear things I can’t wear now (like sheath dresses…), and I’d like to go hiking and not be the one lagging behind. I’d like to wear shorts and dresses in the summer and not get heat-rashes from my thighs rubbing together, and it’d also be really nice to wear jeans and not be worried that they’re going to expose my butt as soon as I bend over or sit down. Seriously.6

So, you know. They’re all goals I’ve had for a long time and never reached. I feel confident that this year I’ll reach them. I could possibly lose the weight I want to lose by my birthday in April, and that would be the best present ever. 75

{Thrifted} Skirt, $0.99 | Shirt, $3.99 | Collar, $8 | Belt, $1.69
{Modcloth} Tights, $17.99 | Wedges, $39.99
{Target} Cardigan, $12

What about you? Do you have any fitness goals this year? Do you have tips for how to stay on track, or to keep motivated?

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, and a very happy weekend!


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