Everyday Activities That Are Just as Demanding as a Workout

lucy activewearThis post was sponsored by lucy through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about lucy, all opinions are my own.

Why spend $30 on a trendy spinning class when you can just borrow the neighbor’s kids? Why go to the gym when you have a living room full of furniture waiting to be carried down the stairs? I was asked to write a post on being active, and I decided to take it in a slightly humorous direction and talk about all those activities that seem 10x more physically draining than an actual workout.

This post comes alongside lucy’s This Is for You contest, which is running through December 16th and giving you the weekly opportunity to win a year of housecleaning, babysitting or meal delivery. This is for you. The ones who have it all…on your to-do list.

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Activities More Physically Exhausting than Working Out

Babysitting/Playing with Kids

lucy activewearActing like a kid counts, too…

I can teach six fitness classes in a day and then go do my own hour-long workout and still have more energy left in me than I do after spending an afternoon with young children. Those things never stop moving! And don’t even get me started on the male ones. Jumping on you, running in circles, climbing on things, wrestling your legs—spending time with children is like competing on American Ninja Warrior.


Next time someone asked me about what I do to stay fit, I’m just going to tell them I’ve moved seven times since 2010. It’s not just that what you’re carrying is heavy; it’s that it’s awkwardly shaped and hard to hold and maneuver through doorways.

Removing Stickers/Decals from Car Windows

Go ahead and laugh, but I recently had to scrape off my old resident parking sticker and 45 minutes later…drenched in sweat and convinced I had carpal tunnel syndrome. It took a razor blade, a couple chipped fingernails, steel wool, soap, water, lemon essential oil (great for removing sticker goo), and all the upper body strength I had to get a 3” piece of paper off my car.

Going to Ikea

Nothing makes me need a nap like a trip to Ikea. Even if you’re just running in to grab a welcome mat, it takes a minimum of 7 hours to navigate the maze and get through the other end of the store. Then you have to schlep all your boxes of plastic pieces onto your cart and into your car. Then you have to assemble those plastic pieces into furniture. One time I brought the dog I was petsitting to Ikea. So if you’re wondering what Hell is like, there you have it.

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WEARING | pullover & yoga pants c/o lucy

Your turn! What activities make you feel like you just ran a marathon after completing eight consecutive CrossFit workouts?


My Third (and Favorite!) Fix: Stitch Fix Gets Me

Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix)I got my third delivery from Stitch Fix a couple weeks ago and they get me, guys. They really, really get me. Everything in it rocked—either something I needed or something I didn’t know I needed but apparently did because I’ve been wearing it for a week straight. So instead of the painful mirror selfies I took for my previous two Stitch Fix reviews, I’ve stepped this one up with some outfit styling and a photoshoot (a.k.a. hey mom, wanna come over and take a bunch of pictures of me pretending to model?) in the oh-so-chic alleyway behind my apartment. That’s what you get when you have a fitness blogger pretending to be a fashion blogger…

If you missed my first two Stitch Fix posts and have no clue what it is, you can read about the online styling service here and here.

Renee C. Skirt= KEEPER

Before I even tried this on, I know I was going to keep it based solely on the print. As soon as the weather starts to cool, I swear the only colors I wear are black, off-black, dark gray, and more black. I’m so boring.

Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix) Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix)

I can wear this skirt all year long—pairing it with a white crop top in the summer, a darker top and scarf in the fall, and then layering on a blazer and adding some tights in the winter. For this particular look, I paired it with a t-shirt tied up in a knot, scarf and some booties.

Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix) Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix)

IN THIS LOOK | skirt: Renee C. via Stitch Fix // top: c/o Reebok // booties: Jeffery Campbell

Mavi Black Skinny Jeans = KEEPER

I actually already have a pair…ok two…of black skinny jeans, so I debated keeping these, but convinced myself they’re all different enough that three pairs of black skinny jeans is rational and necessary. I had a leather pair and a biker-inspired pair with edgy zippers, so this classic pair is a good complement to the others. Just humor me…

Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix) Stitch Fix Review (outfits styled with my fix)

41 Hawthorn Blouse = KEEPER

I love this flowy blouse. The print is fun, and it has pretty beading along the neckline (you can’t really see it in these pictures). You could pair it with black lace shorts and heels for a night out, or with a blazer and dress pants for the ol’ corporate look (work style advice coming from a girl who wears yoga pants as a career…).

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IN THIS LOOK | blouse: 41 Hawthorn via Stitch Fix // pants: Mavi via Stitch Fix // blazer: Nordstrom Rack // heels: asos

Tart Scarf = KEEPER

It’s scarf season, and it’s always leopard-print season (in my mind), so this circle scarf was a definite keeper. You can wear it loose, looped around your neck a couple times, or wind it into a sort of neck warmer. Lots of ways to style it!

Stitch Fix leopard scarf

Mystree Crew Neck Sweater = KEEPER

I know I’ll wear this comfortable crew-neck sweater a ton. I don’t have enough neutral, wardrobe-staple sweaters (I have a white one that I refuse to part with, but it’s riddled with holes—it needs a backup).

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IN THIS LOOK | sweater: Mystree via Stitch Fix // shirt: Brandy Melville // jeans: Mavi via Stitch Fix (from a previous fix) // shoes: Kork-Ease

Every time I do a fashion-related post, I read it back to myself and think You are one basic, baaaaasic bitch, Nicole. Spewing out sentence after sentence gushing over an article of clothing with I-can’t-even’s and OMG-so-cute-right’s may not be the most intellectually stimulating way to spend my time, but WHATEVER these posts are so fun for me to make! I can’t help it: I love clothing; I love playing dress-up; and adding new items to my wardrobes fills me with joy and excitement. Stitch Fix, you made my day with this fix!

Which item/look is your favorite? Is it just me or do you slip into Basic Mode against your will when clothes are mentioned? :)

Disclosure: Links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate links.


Necessary Clothing x Pumps & Iron (Part Two)

Necessary Clothing OutfitLast Friday I shared a couple outfits I styled with the pieces I picked out from Necessary Clothing, and up today are the remaining three! I purposely picked a cohesive bunch of items that could be worn together in one or two outfits, but was having way too much fun playing dress-up (i.e. NOT wearing workout gear for once), and ended up using each piece individually with other goodies from my closet.

I shared this last week, but here’s the round-up of what I picked:

Necessary Clothing

one. White High Waist Jeans $39.99 / two. Lug Combat Boots $24.99 / three. Plaid Bomber Jacket $39.99 / four. X Marks The Spot Tank $12 (sale) /five. Mullet Cross Over Top $17.99

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If you haven’t already, definitely check out Necessary Clothing. Trendy clothing at insanely reasonable prices—can’t beat that!