Get inspired by our modern-day models—style bloggers!
Nowadays, bloggers are such a major force in the fashion world that they've morphed into modern-day supermodels. But unlike standard runway models, these celebrated bloggers come in a variety of body shapes and sizes. We asked the stylistas to share their healthy eating habits and fitness routines, which allow them to tackle their busy (and fashionable) lives with gusto.
My Style: It changes day to day. I like to experiment with trends, but typically I stick to classic and feminine with a twist.
My Workout: For the past few years, I've been doing CrossFit. I don't stress about programming my own workout and I get to be around people who motivate me. Plus, it's great for people with busy schedules. I work out around 4-5 times a week and do whatever my CrossFit gym prescribes. Yesterday it was sled push and double-unders, and today it's 100 kipping pull-ups and running.
My Diet: I don't have a specific diet, although sometimes I stick to a Paleo diet. Most days, I eat things in moderation. I love to eat clean foods like fruits and veggies.
My #1 Tip: Make it fun. I think workouts should be tough and challenging, but also enjoyable. I love doing CrossFit. Even the days I dread a specific workout, I know I am going to have fun and come out feeling invigorated.
My Style: It's eclectic. I'll take a floral maxi, add a leather jacket and spiked jewelry, and create something with edge.
My Workout: I've always been thin, but noticed I wasn't exactly lean. I like having definition in my body. I hired an instructor, Patrick Goudeau, as my personal trainer. When I don't have Patrick to keep me in check, I do his DVDs. I truly feel that home workouts can be just as good as group fitness classes. I do them at my own pace, and I don't feel intimidated when I work out alone. I suggest DVDs to those who are ready to get fit, but on their own terms.
My Diet: I try to drink at least four standard-size water bottles a day. When it comes to food, I eat everything in moderation. As cliche as it sounds, it makes a difference.
My #1 Tip: Look for inspiration. It's everywhere. Being fit takes dedication, but it's your body and it should always be a priority.
My Style: Feminine and polished, with a splash of the latest trends.
My Workout: I try to exercise three times a week, whether it's a Physique 57 DVD at home, yoga, or a hike. Hiking with friends is a great way to stay social and fit. Instead of inviting your girlfriend to happy hour, try meeting her outside for an hour.
My Diet: I eat a lot of salads with chicken, fruit, and sushi. On days when my schedule is insane, I keep Luna bars and almonds on hand. The worst is not eating all day and pigging out at night. For nights I know I'm going to stay in, I fill up on low-calorie soup. My favorite is tomato and red pepper from Trader Joe's.
My #1 Tip: It's all about balance. If you aren't able to work out one week, don't beat yourself up about it. Just get back on track the next week. Same thing with food! I have a weakness for Pad Thai; I'll stuff myself on the greasy noodles, but get back into my healthier eating the next day.
My Style: Parisian chic with a hint of the unexpected. I like to experiment with new trends, but I always stay true to what looks good on me, because there is nothing worse than a trend that doesn't flatter your body!
My Workout: A typical day at the gym consists of 45 minutes of cardio, usually 30 minutes on the StairMaster and 15 minutes on the elliptical, followed by 30 minutes of weight training. I have an arms circuit with five different exercises that I do three sets of 20 reps. Right now, I'm lifting 5-pound weights and it includes everything from a basic bicep curl to shoulder pulls and tricep toning. After that, I do squats and lunges, then tackle 500 sit-ups.
My Diet:I eat a slight variation of the same thing during the week, then splurge on weekends. I stick to a pescetarian diet; every Monday, I bake either tilapia or salmon filets and use that to make lunches for the entire week. I put my fish over a yummy bed of arugula or spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and light Champagne dressing. Throughout the day, I munch on red grapes, carrots, and hummus. I usually get home pretty late from work, so I tend to eat out for dinner. My go-to is spicy tuna sushi with brown rice. I am a self-confessed chocoholic, so to satiate my cravings, I reach for Tofutti ice cream bars.
My #1 Tip: Make sure you stick to a healthy diet, even when you're on the go! Instead of eating out, make your lunch as often as you can, and switch out heavier meats for lighter options like fish or chicken breast.
My Style: My style is multifaceted. My closet reflects this sentiment perfectly as a mix of clothing, accessories, bags, and shoes that enable me to channel my inner Holly Golightly uptown girl, sultry sex kitten, Sienna Miller-esque boho hippie, and even playing with current trends that leave me feeling like a fashion superhero.
My Workout: I try to stay active by doing group exercises like spinning classes, Pilates, and ballet barre; the collective mentality in classes is uplifting and motivating. I adore Bikram Yoga, which helps keep me sane and zen while I seriously sweat out my weekend sins. More than anything, I love biking and hiking. I'm all about exploring, so it doesn't even feel like a workout in the end. Someone should really tell designers to step it up and make some cute helmets and hiking gear.
My Diet: Being a Texas gal, I do enjoy a nice steak from time to time, but even when I tried to become a vegetarian, I just couldn't give up chicken. On the healthy side, I love kale, hummus with carrots and celery, stuffed bell peppers with quinoa, firm tofu, and acai bowls.
My #1 Tip: It's just like my fashion advice: Embrace your body shape and indulge in moderation. I'm curvy and bottom heavy, so I adapt my workouts to accommodate that. If I imbibed and let my inner fat girl have a little too much fun the night before, I hit the gym hard the next day and try to eat clean.
My Style: I'm not much of a trend girl. My style overall is very classic and I tend to keep my outfits simple. I like to wear edgy accessories to make things interesting and give an extra pop.
My Workout: I'm notorious for hating the gym. I find it extremely dull. I live in New York and that means no car; instead I have to utilize my legs. I have a Labrador that gives me more motivation to exercise by walking around the city. I also bought a bike this year and after riding it for several weeks instead of taking cabs or the subway, it not only saved me money, but I saw more muscle definition in my legs.
My Diet: Being committed to a strict healthy diet is difficult for me since I have so many cravings, especially for carbs like pasta. Usually if I'm cooking at home, I'll make the switch from white flour to whole-grain or whole-wheat pastas and use lighter meats like turkey in place of beef. I think it's just as delicious. Some healthy snacks I love are unsalted roasted almonds, celery with red pepper hummus, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches (they don't taste like diet treats at all), and fruit smoothies sweetened with a touch of honey.
My #1 Tip: I don't believe in restricting myself from what I really crave, but of course there has to be some sacrifices. For instance, I'll let myself eat a homemade chocolate cookie, but going out and gorging on fast food is something I never do.
My Style: I'm a chameleon of sorts, but overall my style is boho glam with a modern twist.
My Workout: As the days get longer, I enjoy ending my work day with a long run (definitely helps productivity to clear your head with a nice workout) or a long hike. For days that are too hot or too dark, I opt for the gym or some indoor class. When I'm not able to attend classes, I turn to the Tracy Anderson Method DVDs.
My Diet: I'm a pescetarian so my daily diet consists of salads and fish or seafood. I am a sucker for pasta, so I actively need to practice self-control around Italian food.
My #1 Tip: Stay hydrated! I definitely feel a difference between days filled with coffee and diet sodas, and days that I am hydrated.
My Style: I'm girly with a lot of boho influences. I'm also curvy so it's important to dress for my body, regardless of current trends.
My Workout: I do the elliptical. I take Bar Method classes. And I have two sons who keep me constantly moving.
My Diet: I love food. Right now I'm really into roasted vegetables. I try to set a good eating example for my kids, and I try not to make food too important. But I'd be lying if I didn't also say that there's a lot of candy in my house.
My #1 Tip: I've subscribed to Weight Watchers since my son was born in 2005. Whenever I see myself gaining weight, I can usually attribute it to falling off the program.
Photo by Liz LaBoda—Liz Irene Photography
My Style: Classic trendy with a little edge. I love bright colors, jewel tones, and black and white patterns, and I always mix in a little metal.
My Workout: I've always enjoyed ballet, but the one activity that has changed my life is boxing. I've been doing it for three years and it's a great way to relieve stress, on top of being an amazing total-body workout.
My Diet: My trainer changed my life about six months ago when he introduced me to Tim Ferriss and The 4-Hour Body plan's Slow-Carb Diet. Essentially, I eat lean proteins and a ton of vegetables with one cheat day per week. It's not for everyone, but it works for me and I'm always full!
My #1 Tip: I need to have regular appointments with my trainer where I know I need to meet him. This way, I know that I can't just blow off working out for happy hour or a new episode of True Blood.
Can't afford a personal trainer? Schedule gym time with a friend! The accountability will get you there, and a little friendly competition will keep you working hard.
My Style: I've never been the trendsetter; rather I pay close attention to what the fashion community is focused on, and I work it into my wardrobe accordingly.
My Workout: I have never had the exercise bug in me, so it takes a lot of energy to get me to the gym. Because of that, it is so important for me to keep my daily workouts different so that I don't get bored! I do a mix of circuit training, specialty classes, running, and I'm just about to jump on the CrossFit wagon.
My Diet: I'm a true Midwesterner, so I would love to eat meat and carbs every day! But alas, I know I can't eat that way all the time. I tend to stick with lean meats, lots of veggies, and whole-grain carbs.
My #1 Tip: Changing up my workouts and my playlist! If there is something new to look forward to with my exercise regimen, it's easier to get me to do it.
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My Style: My style is pretty classic, yet a bit on the hippie and edgy side.
My Workout: I like using the elliptical for 15 minutes, doing leg and thigh weight machines at the gym, and doing 10-15 minutes of stretching from Pilates exercises I learned.
My Diet: I often eat eggs in the morning with a cup of orange or grape juice, and at lunch I enjoy eating salads, sushi, or sandwiches, and often pasta or a stir-fry for dinner.
My #1 Tip: To stay healthy, I recommend eating small snacks throughout the day and drinking plenty of water and tea to hydrate your body and increase your metabolism.