About seven years ago, I made a huge decision that really changed the way I viewed working out. I decided to workout for my health, instead of looks. It was one of the best decisions of my life. The more I focused on trying to be healthy and take care of my body, instead of trying to look like someone else, or achieve a magic number on a scale, is when everything started to fall into place. I realized working out is all about health, longevity and happiness, not about six packs, and selfies. 

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I just moved to LA, and am in the process of trying out new gyms. I was working out at the YMCA down the street, and they had a little bulletin board in the corner filled with black and white printouts of motivational fitness sayings. One caught my eye, and made me smirk a little because it was so true: Get fit in the Gym. Lose weight in the kitchen.

Yup. It’s the truth.

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Every Thursday, for over a year now, I’ve been writing a column over at swell.com titled SWELLivin. (I’ve shared a few posts over here too.) It’s kind of a healthy living column, without being a healthy living column. If that makes sense.  Well, looking over it, and reading the posts, I am really pretty darn proud of it. High five.

So, here are a few of the images from some posts. But I suggest going over and reading a bunch too. I tend to be pretty blunt when it comes to talking about this stuff. And if one day, you happen to be craving a fitness tip by yours truly, think of this column as your library. 

Fun times. I love being able to spread the positivity, honest approach to healthy living, and love for queso dip. 

If you think about it, there’s a lot to love, all around. 

It’s crazy how negative our mindsets can be, so here’s a little tip. Stop sometime today, look up, around you, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and figure out a few things that make you smile at that very moment. Yes, even if it’s in a grey felt cubicle, or driving in traffic. It doesn’t need to be something tropical, although that’s what typically floats my boat. Heck, the smell of coffee in the morning gives me permagrin. Just take a moment, and figure out something around you to be thankful for or excited about. Because you never know…somewhere, someone might be wishing they were where you are right now. 

Especially if it’s at a warm tropical beach. 

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In my opinion, the times when you are carefree and things are simple, is when life seems to be at it’s finest.

Times when the most appropriate thing to wear is, something like…overalls. 

Overalls are comfy, simple, carefree, and release your inner child. Releasing your inner child, reminds you of how great and simple life can be. Which then makes you want to go play in the sprinklers, or get ice cream, ride your bike, or have a picnic, or go play at the beach, or set up a lemonade stand (If you are over 21 that lemonade stand might be a vodka lemonade stand) or, I don’t know, go on a road trip, or do something that’s no frills, down to earth, fun.

My reasoning might sound out of the blue, but I think it’s completely rational.

Life is great. Especially when overalls are involved.


Rhythm Overalls // Siempre Golden Crop Top (portion of sales go to Surfrider. High Five!) // …and my new Flash Tats 

Le post is also over at Le blog.swell.com