Working on My Fitness!

Working on My Fitness
sweatshirt // leggings // sneakers // bag // water bottle

Created in partnership with Backcountry and ShopStyle Collective.

I have talked about this a bit on Instagram and my podcast but now that I’m more settled in Charleston (and we’re settling into a new normal), I’ve been really focused on my health. For the past few months I’ve been feeling a real lack of stamina. I can’t always pinpoint what is causing it. Is it a delayed reaction to the pandemic? Turning 40? I don’t know. But I do know that things have to change.

Working on My Fitness!

I hired a personal trainer and work out with her twice a week + on my own twice a week. I am overhauling my diet to eat more protein (and you know, drink less booze and eat less sugar… I’ll never fully cut out either thing but moderation is nice!). And now that it’s finally cooled down a little here, I am loving my evening walks again. My sister lives really close to Hampton Park and it has become one of my absolute favorite places to walk. The Spanish moss is so dreamy and there are parts of it that feel a little bit like Paris. I go here to read, to hang with my family, or just to walk and move my body.

Today I’ve teamed up with Backcountry to talk about some of my activewear favorites. I was lucky enough to get to partner with them on a few posts last year and we are doing it again this year. And I love their selection of merchandise, how fast their shipping is (truly – lightning fast!!!) and I love that they partner with The Nature Conservancy since 2008 to support its mission of protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends. I love how easy it is to donate to The Nature Conservancy upon checkout at

Also, we have a code! Use codeTHESTRIPE15 for 15% off your first order at (exclusions apply).

Outfit Details: Sweatshirt (sized up to a L for a boxier fit) // Leggings (I’m also wearing the matching crop top/bra under my sweatshirt, both pieces run true to size) // Tote // Water Bottle // Sneakers

Backcountry activewear for fall

These leggings are so fun.

I don’t always do prints or colors for leggings (I mostly just stick to black and grey but I love them). Also the fabric really holds you in!

I will also tell you that the Nike Pegasus is my all time favorite running shoe. Years ago I had a gait analysis and got professionally “fitted” for running sneakers (I am not sure that’s the proper term) and it was such a game changer. These fit me perfectly. Just the right amount of cushion and arch support. And I love the black.

Backcountry activewear favorites Working on My Fitness Working on My Fitness with Backcountry giant Yeti water bottle

I know the point of this post is to talk about healthier habits but you should know that this giant Yeti water bottle is also delightful for wine!

Backcountry activewear

photography by Clay Austin.

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  1. Lynn:

    I love these sweats on you but I have enough truthfully so I’ll admire yours . I keep telling myself I’m going to do a healthier lifestyle but I keep putting it off and off . I’m not liking my own mirror image nude so it’s time . Also I’m tired nights to go out and there is Covid . The drinking has been gone fir a while but not the clothes buying lol. I just got the older Jamie classic jeans that you wore in Vienna at Saks for 85$ And the gloss signature red and I love it . Ok but now it’s an urge fir a pizza and a good book and not clubbing and dinner. I think about it a lot and I miss my friends who are not living here . I love the life you chose now and your family and great friends , love to see it . 40 is prime everything. Relish your beauty and wisdom !!!!❤️

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  2. Grace M McCrocklin:

    Obviously not the point of this post but just popping in to say your blonde is CHEF’S KISS, esp in that ponytail!!

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  3. Lindsey Hughes:

    Love that you had to work in that wine can go in the Yeti – this is the content I am looking for!

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  4. M.:

    You are adorable and make me feel so much better about being in my 30s. My late 30s and 40s seem like this scary mystery time where I can no longer be cool and fun and your blog, but for some reason today’s post especially, are a reminder that’s not even close to true, even if Instagram is full of 22 year olds and tiktoc (which I refuse to download) is full of 16 year olds. It’s just nice to have someone represent “the olds” as you call us, esp those of us who are child free/living our best aunt lives.

    I feel you on energy and fitness. I think the pandemic just took a huuuuge toll on us all. Our ability (studios being closed, no more gym buddies, no more races to train for) but also our motivation and sense that doing things matters. I’m getting back into it and I know you will too!

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