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the scoop

I hope you all don’t get sick of my harping on fitness but it has always been a big part of my life and now as I grow older I am even more obsessed with health. I don’t necessarily want to live long but I want to live well. I don’t want to become a burden to someone else or society if I can help it. Just because I am over 50 doesn’t mean I can’t look and feel my best. I want to breath air into my lungs, skip, jump and laugh until I close my eyes for the last time.

Recently I found a little tool that after using it for a week or so I see really making a difference. It’s a sports watch! I talked about it in my last post here, but in this post I wanted to give you a little more detail.

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I got an Apple Watch and love the look but also I am seeing how it motivates me to think about a healthy lifestyle. It reminds me to breath and guides me through one minute breathing sessions gently tapping my wrist as I take air into my lungs and then exhale. Do you ever think about how good it feels to really exhale? All the stress is shoved out of my body.

The big thing though is that this watch tracks how much I stand, my exercise, my heart rate, my steps and even the flights of stairs I take each day. It lets you set goals and then see how you do. At first I set low goals and just went though my normal day. When I saw what I had achieved I started competing with myself and see myself improving each day. It is fun!

Let me show you an example through a couple of screenshots of a day in my life.

  • The first picture is showing how many hours I stood in one day. And yes, I never sit for long but I was surprised at how little I sat that day. Yesterday is showed I was standing 12 hours and I was idle 2. That doesn’t count the night sleeping. I turn it off at night. Below it shows my steps and distance. This is a normal day for me, I didn’t go for a walk or run just normal house work, dog walking, etc. It also showed my distance for the day. I did go to the gym and do strength training but I haven’t set up tracking for that yet.

  • The next picture shows calories used. I set an easy goal of 240 extra calories to burn that day. It showed I went over my goal and it also shows total calories used that day just doing my normal routine. This is such great information and when I saw it I instantly decided to try to challenge myself.

  • Another perk I didn’t expect is that I give myself a break now knowing I am doing more than I thought. I always worried I wasn’t doing enough.

See why I love this watch so much? These screen shots are from a couple of days ago.

The first watch linked is exactly like mine. Linked options so you can compare styles.

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Dress For Success

It doesn’t always mean for the office, it means in all parts of your life.

my looks

I always want to dress fun for working out because it really does motivate me. My goal is to be strong and to feel good and I surround myself with all the tools I can to live that lifestyle. I love leggings especially black because they go with everything. I love over sized sweatshirts because you can layer them and pull them off if you get warm while moving. I love different sneakers for different things. Asics are best for me for running. I can have knee pain but virtually don’t if I wear this brand. I heard Hoda Kotb say that once and tried them and she was right. For other activities I love New Balance sneakers. And of course Niki’s are the lightest weight shoes ever. Hats just add a little spunk to a look and covering up a bad hair day is never a bad thing.

create your own look

In these pictures I am wearing all old stuff. Zella leggings (my favorite) Black sneakers are Niki and the other pair is ASICS. My grey sweatshirt was DIYed for off the shoulder, inspired by the other one that came that way. See this top in red here where I make fun of the Blogger Things I Do. I’m linking some fun things for you! Don’t be afraid to be you and do you!

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Free People Thermal Top


I am always looking for comfort wrapped in style and I found it with this thermal top by Free People. It is soft and roomy and has so many cute details. It is the perfect top to wear with leggings and boots that just hit the knee as I did in this outfit. This is the only thermal top I have right now but I am on the look for more because this is a top that can be worn in most of the seasons. For winter I will add a warm scarf and in the spring cropped jeans. A couple of rings, large hoop earrings and a tote and this outfit was complete. 

One Trip Down

I just got back from my trip to Kansas City to visit family for about a week and now I am getting ready to go to Arizona for a month. I get homesick after a few weeks so we will be going back and forth this winter. Four weeks there, a few back here and then back to AZ again until spring. The countdown is on as we prepare for warmer sunny weather. 

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Everyday Style For Fall


Happy Monday all! I am so excited about this week. After taking a long weekend off from all things blog I am ready to go again focusing on the joy it brings me. Speaking of joy, this outfit does just that. It speaks fall and comfort and simple everyday style. You can get all the shopping details on my Boutique & Chatter page. But let me tell you a little about it. The top has style but more than that it is comfort. It is perfectly proportioned for this look. The dark blue, high waisted leggings are so comfortable that they feel like sleep wear and they tuck easily into my OTK boots. Why does it seem my leopard bags go with everything? To me anyway. My Coco bar necklace was the prefect delicate piece of jewelry for this any day look. 


On Wednesday The Rich Life in Wine Country and Everything Just So are hosting their monthly "How I Wear My" feature on their blogs. I have been joining in their link up for several years now and it is always so fun with so many beautiful participants. Adrienne and Jill are two of my favorite bloggers and two of the first blogs I started following. I owe a lot of my love for blogging to them. This month is all about Red. I will be dedicating my post on Wednesday to this fun blog event and my red looks. I hope you join in the fun. If you want to participate you have until the end of today to enter. Just click here for details. 


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We've all been hearing about using Pinterest to help grow our followings by getting our work out there and I have been taking classes and learning more about using my favorite form of social media. And now I'm inviting you to join my group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was created just a few weeks ago and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know in the comments section of this post or by sending an email to or you can DM me @northwestmountainliving

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