12-31-18 THIS WEEK: Exercise in Style

December 31, 2018, 1:11 pm by MSP


Boom! Just like that it's December 31st...and 2018 comes to a close.

Turn the page, it's a new year. Are you ready for 2019? What changes are you going to make for this new year? How about living a healthier, fitter lifestyle? Most of us could fine-tune or increase our fitness levels a bit.  If you plan to add (or continue) a fitness routine-this week's for YOU! This week is all the best, and newest workout styles for every shape-and for every woman's body!

"Dressed to exercise". It's just like FlyLady's saying "dressed to shoes" which means we are dressed for the task at hand....and ready to go! 

By being dressed for exercise, we are prepared with the right attitude (and clothes). Dressing in fun exercise outfits will motivate you to move...a lot better than that baggy t-shirt that gets cold when you sweat! It's all about dressing the part. 

Right now, I can see some of you (okay, I can't really see you) rolling your eyes because you are thinking "What could she possibly know about my struggles with weight (and exercise)? MissusSmartyPants doesn't seem to have a problem with her weight. Well sit back; I'm going to share with you my struggles with exercise. If you choose not to read it, that's fine. But know either way, you're going to enjoy this week's Style Article about fabulous exercise clothing (and outfit) suggestions based on your body type! Without a doubt, dressing the part makes exercise much more doable...and yes, actually fun. And when it's fun, it's more likely to get done, right? Right!


This week's stylish exercise clothes will have even the most timid "newbie" feeling confident about shakin' her groove thing, LOL!

Zella Knot It Tank-3 colors


My Story. It's true I've never been obese so I don't understand from a personal point of view. However, I have worked with personal shopping clients that have lost over 100 pounds and struggle with all the changes in the body (and mind) that comes with significant weight loss. Personally, I've been twenty pounds heavier than I am today and for many, many years I did not feel good about my body. I could not accept it, nor love it like I knew I should. This is a hard topic (gulp) for me to talk about since I'm one that tends to "hold my cards pretty close to the vest". But, with this week's topic about exercise clothes and what to wear to the gym...well, I feel a need to come clean and share my personal struggles.  I have been in that ugly place of not loving my body.

I've been going to the gym pretty regularly for the last 14+ years. For about the first six years (that's a long time of trying) I just went through the motions in order to "keep my weight in check". Sure, I'd find a class here or there I kinda liked and have a few moments of success when I'd actually drop a few pounds. But the weight would soon be back on my hips and mid-section. This pattern of weight loss/weight gain continued for years. Of course, I knew how to dress my bottom-heavy shape to help minimize and balance it. Dressing my for my body type definitely helped a lot! However, it wasn't until I faced with a "monumental" birthday (a few years back) and was diagnosed with positive antibodies for Hasimoto's disease that I knew I had to STOP playing the part of an inflicted martyr and truly DO something new and different in regards to my health and my well being. I had to seriously take better care of myself--no one was going to do it for me!


Q: What's my best advice to help make exercise part of your weekly routine?

A: Find something you love to do, then schedule it weekly like an appointment!

Below, is a typical outfit for the gym. I try to wear colors-beyond black.

It make my exercise session "feel" more fun. Dressing the part helps, right?



Ready for change. Years ago I took time to seriously reflect at every aspect of my life. I assessed my diet (decided to cleaned it up even more), researched my health concerns so I could address them responsibly, I got even more serious about exercising-I upped my intensity and showed up regularly. I decided to NO longer fit in exercise when I had time, but to attend regularly 2-3 spin classes a week plus do free weights. Soon, I found I was motivated by the powerful music in spin class and the challenging feeling I got by this form of exercise. I took this new fitness passion of mine up a notch by becoming a Certified Spinning Instructor. I wanted to continue to grow in my health and fitness knowledge, so even got my AFFA group fitness instructor certification to round things out. 

I don't claim to have all the "right" answers--I just found what works for me. By finding what felt right for ME exercise-wise (and it took years of trying to figure it all out) I now owned my health. After all, it is up to me to take better care of me. More importantly....I began to feel more comfortable in my own skin! Not every day of course. I still have days I need to shake my "stinking thinking" but I'm much more comfortable and content with being ME. That's what it's all about anyways, isn't it? It's about feeling good about being YOU! 

Don't judge me because you think I am too slim or too "perfect" or too whatever! Just don't. This is my story and these are my struggles. We all have our own issues and we can't always see into each other's problems. We don't know what it feels like to live inside a body with constant fatigue or one dealing with an illness--so it's not always about body size-some issues can't be seen. So, let's stop the judgements right here and now! Let's all strive be our best versions of ourselves. Together, we can be a powerful force to encourage one another to take care of ourselves from inside out. I hope you understand, I came from a place of not liking what I saw in the mirror for many, many years ( I know many of you can relate to this). But it wasn't until I took full responsibility for ME that I began to truly love myself. This struggle and journey is a daily constant one for all of us.

Perhaps finding out I have an auto-immune disease that I must constantly monitor...was actually a blessing. It made me make changes in might not have done otherwise. I have to live with it and keep it in-check so that I can feel well. Hasimoto's may not be my downfall, but actually in a strange way... my blessing. I could've fallen apart and let it get the best of me...and for awhile I did. However, I choose to use it to give me strength. 

This week, I want YOU to discover your best figure-flattering clothes for exercising. Fab exercise clothes like these are going to "motivate you to move"! Remember, it's not about the "weight loss" (although this is what happens if we consistantly continue the process)...It's more about HEALTHY, LOVING MOVEMENT & LEARNING TO FLY (Finally Love Yourself)!!! 

Let's love and nurture our bodies (the only ones we have) and fall in love with them all over again. This is the mantra I tell myself daily.

Love, Leslie MSP

Get 2019 off to a fabulous start! Join MissusSmartyPants today!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week’s Style Mission is to wear two (or more) unrelated colors to create a “pulled together” look.

Wearing two (or more) colors that don’t necessarily go together can be hard to do…so here’s how:

1. Wear accessories that are ALL the same color. For example, my husband and I went out to dinner on Saturday. I wore a white fitted button-down blouse and dark gray dress slacks (not too exciting, right?). To pull the look all together, I ADDED a big black stone medallion necklace and black heeled boots. The two black accessories pulled the unrelated colors together. To add some excitement and a 'splash of color' I carried a RED handbag.

2. Wear accessories with BOTH colors in them. For example, say you have a moss green pant and a textured blouse in a “bricky” red color that you want to wear together (these colors aren’t related—but opposite). Bring them together with a scarf (or showy jewelry) that has both colors in them.

3. Mix unusual colors (and unrelated ones) with unique jewelry pieces and scarves ...you will get a look that is quite chic!

4. Another trick is to match your hair color to your accessories. So, if you have black hair—wear black accessories, blonde hair wear bronze (or tan) shoes and carry a bronze (or tan) purse, etc. The common color “pulls together” your style in a very stylish way!

Love, Leslie MSP

Get your look right. For the best look, repeat the color of your accessories...



What SYSters are Saying


I was at a convention recently and brought with me to wear one casual night a green floral silky tank top,  white jeans and metallic gold sandals.  
I wore it last summer to a high school reunion and thought I looked pretty good.

Well I have lost a few pounds on Weight Watchers and I didn't think it would affect the fit of my top, so I didn't try things on ahead of time and just tossed them in the suitcase. The tank top was way too huge and my bra was hanging out.  (I know the young girls don't mind that, but I'm in my 40s and even the nicest bra was just too revealing.)

I was stuck in a hotel with a limited number of clothes.I thought to myself, "What would Missus Smarty Pants do?"  So I decided to try layering.  I had a plain gray short sleeved t-shirt that I put under the silk tank top.   And it worked!  I worried the gray tee would be much too casual for the rest of the outfit but it came together nicely.

Thanks for being my inspiration and helping me see outside the box! Nancy



I love getting the MSP profile emails! I have been reading everything
 you write each week faithfully. I have made a notebook for all the
great weekly articles and style helps. I decorated a pink cover for 
the notebook. 

I wrote you an email last week and asked why you suggested a certain
 style for my body type and you quickly replied to me. You knew I had not
 tried any of your suggestions and called me on it. You told me what I 
really needed to hear, get off my butt and go and DO what you say! It
 was not until you told me to go and TRY the clothes on that I really
went and did it!

 Before I was only making a notebook and loving it, but not improving 
the way I looked. I missed the most important part, using what you say and find the clothes that make me look thinner and younger. 

Yes I got
 a compliment that I look hip and younger! That is something to hear 
when you are 48 years old.

I figured I would do what I have always done, nothing. I was raised by 
my grandmother and she was one tough cookie and very stern. I know she
 felt burdened by raising me since my mother was no where to be found. 
I could never measure up to her. My way of dealing with the stress and 
lack of confidence was to do nothing. You called me on it, and I paid 
attention because you told me in such a nice way. Thank you for your
 gentle nudge!

I am taking baby steps to follow the profile and it has helped me in
 so many ways! I am making changes that I never thought possible. 

I am
 thankful for your help.

Thank you, Shelley

MSP HERE: Dear Shelley,

Thank you for sharing your heart-felt testimonial about getting off your “franny” and doing something to improve your style! With one step at a time, you WILL  improve your style.

We all need a gentle nudge every now and then. It takes more than a "Style File" to get your style going, but it sounds like you are now well on your way!

Hugs, Leslie MSP

P.S. Do you have a “Style F
ile”? Make your own using a 3-ring notebook. It's a great way to collect styles and looks you want to try each season!


Here's what my "Style File" look like. 

Every spring and fall I update it with the latest styles and colors and outfits I see in catalogs I want to try...