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26 Feb

curvy fit with Nike.

ever since i began promoting body confidence on my blog and being open about my journey to loving my body, i’ve received an incredible outpouring of support from so many women. it’s been so beautiful to see that by being open and celebrating my curves, others have gained the confidence to become more open themselves. it is so rewarding when i receive messages from women who say they took off their swimskirt at the beach for the first time after seeing one of my posts or that they decided to stop being so hard on themselves when they look in the mirror. i love hearing any and all stories of women finding love for their bodies, no matter their size or shape.

there’s also been another interesting response to my body confidence platform that i never could have predicted. because so many of my posts deal with accepting your body no matter the size, and because i also occasionally post about my personal exercise routines, i’ve received many subtle but obvious questions that basically boil down to this: if you really love and accept your body, then why do you care about working out and eating right?

i feel like this question is usually meant to be more judgmental than curious, but i wanted to talk about it because it brings up a great point for curvy girls. i just want to say that there is a big difference between wanting to be healthy and wanting to change yourself! no matter what size you are, a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle is the recipe for a positive and happy life. that’s a fact. i exercise and try to eat right not because i’m unhappy with how i look, but because it makes me feel good about myself. i’ve mentioned this in previous posts but i’ll say it again because i believe it’s good advice. when i feel insecure and chubby, it’s almost always when i have been sitting on my laptop all day in my pjs and not watching what i eat. on the flip side, whenever i get back from SoulCycle or have Sweetgreen for dinner, i feel good which means i look good, too. feeling down on my body is rarely a matter of my actual weight, but rather how my body feels. 

i recently saw this video interview on Teen Vogue with several popular curvy models i admire and Jordyn Woods even addresses this exact topic! it was cool to hear her similar perspective and also that of the other models. check it out:

bottom line: if you love your body, you’re going to take care of it. don’t work out because you hate yourself, work out because you love yourself, no matter your size or shape!

sassy red lipstick’s curvy fit tips

there’s also another question i receive frequently: what’s your fitness routine?

great question. now, you know i’m all about keeping it real so i’ll start by saying that consistency has been difficult for me over the years. i’ll start a new workout plan or a new fitness schedule and inevitably it gets lost in the crazy shuffle of daily life, mostly due to how much robbie and i travel. but no matter how many times i stop and start a new routine, i know that what’s most important is that i’m doing something. it may not be the most consistent thing in the world, but as long as i’m getting up and breaking a sweat a few times a week, i know i’ll feel good!

below i have detailed a few of the things i like to do for exercise. one thing i’ve learned about myself is that i’ve got to enjoy my exercise in order to do it. there are plenty of people out there who love the pain and challenge of running a 10k or crossfit or whatever else but i know that i’m not one of those people. if you’re like me, then these are some fun and effective ways to get moving and keep your body happy and healthy.

find your Soul
if you follow me on social media, then you probably already know i ride at SoulCycle a couple times a week. i decided to try it out when we first moved to San Francisco and quickly fell in love! i’m a big fan of this ‘community’ ride, the upbeat music, and how much i sweat. i always push myself in these classes, and just a few weeks in i could tell what a difference it was making. my legs were stronger, i could run/sprint for a longer time, and i wasn’t gasping for air anymore. it was truly the first type of exercise i really enjoyed and i haven’t looked back! it’s definitely pricey, and thus why i only go about twice a week. however, it’s a great workout and one i always looks forward to, so it’s worth it in my opinion. i’ve also gone to a few other spin classes here in SF and while Soul is my favorite, i always love the cycling workout in other studios, too! i’ve really come to enjoy group classes and think it’s a fun way to get your body moving whatever it may be– hot yoga, pilates, zumba, etc. plus, a lot of times i go with girlfriends, which is even better!

kayla itsines’ bikini body guide {bbg}
this is one of those love/hate workout plans to me. again, i’ll keep it real and say i’ve never actually finished all 12 weeks of this program, but i’ve made it to week six and seven several times. while the hardest part is the 28-minute interval workouts three times a week, i definitely could feel and see results. i grew stronger each week and my clothes fit better, too. if you can get a consistent routine and finish the plan, you’ll see the results! i plan on recommitting to it this summer with my blogger bestie Tamryn, who’s on week twenty-something, which is a major accomplishment. i do love that the bbg movement uses all your different body parts and Kayla focuses on building muscle and becoming healthy, as opposed to losing weight. i also like that i can do almost all the exercises in my home. when i first started, i didn’t feel super comfortable in a gym and it was nice that i could do it wherever and still get a workout in. when i did go to the gym to do bbg, i always head into an empty dance/class room and get to work!

go for a jog
i have never been a runner and will never be a runner, but i am a jogger! robbie and i used to go on runs together when we were dating, but these days i mostly get my cardio in from spin. however, when i do go for a run, good shoes are a must. my current trainers of choice are the Nike Lunarepic Flyknit. they are so comfortable, lightweight, and of course stylish. even better, they transition so easily from a workout to a casual athleisure look. i love how neutral the white pair is and have already styled them several different ways! although you won’t find me sprinting the hills of SF, you can find me jogging along the Embarcadero. as i mentioned before, it doesn’t matter what you do, just that you’re getting your heart rate up and breaking a sweat! Nike Lunarepic Flyknit shoes c|o Nike
Nike Pro Classic Cooling sports bra c|o Nike
Nike Power Epic Lux tights c|o Nike
Nike Sphere Element Half Zip Running top {also here} c|o Nike
Nike Women’s Golf Hat



  • Latisha Marcum

    Girl, I totally love this! All of your workouts & your body positivity is truly inspiring! You are so genuine, & that is very much appreciated! Thank you so much for sharing!

    February 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Kelsey Hill

    I love their leggings! So bright and have such fun patterns! I love your body positively!! Just like Latish said above, it is SO inspiring!! Keep it up girlfriend!

    xo Kelsey |

    February 27, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Ashley Zeal

    Looking so good babe! You’re such an inspiration! Those leggings look phenomenal on you and I am obsessed with those shoes!!

    February 27, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Tamryn

    YOU ARE GOALS!!!! Honestly, you inspire me to love my body more and to stop being so dang hard on myself. So lucky to have you in my life and cannot wait to BBG with you this summer! :)

    February 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Sam

    LOVE this! Just discovered your blog and Insta through (Color Me) Courtney’s NYFW ‘grams and think you’re amazing! I’m curvy too and I could not agree more that just because you have curves doesn’t mean you’re not healthy, and it doesn’t mean you don’t care about taking care of your body. Colorful workout clothes definitely help motivate me too and I love these from Nike!


    February 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Sam

    LOVE this! Just discovered your blog and Insta through (Color Me) Courtney’s NYFW ‘grams and think you’re amazing! I’m curvy too and I could not agree more that just because you have curves doesn’t mean you’re not healthy, and it doesn’t mean you don’t care about taking care of your body. Colorful workout clothes definitely help motivate me too and I love these from Nike!


    February 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply
    • Sam

      Eek sorry this posted twice!

      February 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Lindsey Davidson

    I have been following you on Instagram for a while now. I think you are so brave! I love that you have confidence in your body and you are encouraging others to do the same (like me). Since college, my body has become more “womanly.” For a few years, I hid my curves and new features. Now–I am trying to have the confidence to embrace and rock it! I start BBG today, we are doing a group me with bloggers from all over the country to stay accountable.


    February 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply
  • Heidi Furness

    I work my butt off just to be a size 16. I stay away from processed food, I work out 6 days a week at Orange Theory Fitness. I am training for a half-marathon to boot. I’d like to add that curvy can sometimes be genetic or we have other health challenges. For those curious, I am so much happier working out 6 days a week and a size 16 than if I didn’t work out. I still struggle fitting into size XL in regular brands, but Lane Bryant has incredible activewear that helps me get there. I also love Style & Co Leggings at Macy’s (my favorite of all times – beats everyone else by a few stars), and Old Navy has great trendy tops to mix and match. May I also add Lane Bryant has amazing hoodies that are longer! I just love wearing them to the gym with my leggings and they cover my bum. Oh – and recently I got a long hoodie from Fabletics that is like a dress – covers my bum but is more fitted and is SUPER CUTE! <3 Thanks for the posts. Keep the fitness posts coming!

    February 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Nicole Leffew

    Girl your confidence is killer not to mention you look amazing! You should model for Nike! I think no matter what size you are everyone well maybe not everyone but a lot of girls have body issues but if more people focused on being happy like you said it wouldn’t be such an issue! I’m going to try. Thanks for sharing! Xo

    February 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Jamie Beckham

    Love all of your Nike gear – it’s super cute and love all the bright colors!
    Totally agree with you that working out is because you love and respect your body! It’s not always because you want to change something about it!

    The video was a great addition!

    xx, Jamie

    February 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply
  • Camilla Thurman

    Such a fun collab!! I am obsessed with all your Nike gear, especially those pants!!


    February 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • Kasey

    Love all of your leggings! I’ve always wondered about Kayla Itsines BBG program. I still kind of want to try it, Im just not sure about my own committment level lol.

    February 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    Girl you look so freaking foxy! And are seriously such an inspiration. I (like so many others) have been dealing with body and weight issues for years. I can’t even count the number of times my weight has wildly fluctuated. Without running the risk of getting *too* personal, I just wanted to let you know how much it means to me to have a friend and fellow blogger like you out there – somebody who is such an inspiration when it comes to body positivity, who exudes confidence, and who encourages everybody to just love themselves as they are. <3
    XO Amanda |

    February 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Alyssa Lynn Denny

    Sarah! This is what a blog is all about! Thank you so much for sharing and be so open an honest! There is not much of that in the world… but just know you stand out and are a true inspiration to all! xx

    February 27, 2017 at 11:29 pm Reply
  • Lauren Johnson

    I absolutely loved reading this! Your confidence and body positivity is so inspiring, and girl – can we talk about how fab these looks are on you!? I am obsessed with those pink leggings.



    February 28, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Savanna Monroy

    Ummm I love this! Excited to have found your blog. Being healthy has no correlation to body image and size, people are crazy.

    February 28, 2017 at 10:47 am Reply
  • Fred Rongo

    Omg! Love all of those pants. I’m all for bright fitness clothes. Killin’ it with your confidence, girl!

    February 28, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Hannah West

    Obsessed with this post, and I love your site. :)

    February 28, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Yes, yes, yes!! Such a great post, and I love all your Nike leggings!

    March 1, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Erin Ruoff

    You go girl! Such an inspiration!

    March 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply
  • Bev

    I absolutely love this post. I remember after college trying to hold on to my old skinny self and having trouble loving my curves. It took a while to accept the curves and sometimes with everything that we see online it can be hard. I love everything you stand for. Not to mention you look amazing!

    March 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • L

    You look so great, lady! <3

    March 6, 2017 at 12:56 am Reply
  • ruthie ridley

    Gahh!!! You are such an inspiration! I love this post so much! Your leggings are so cute and fun!! Looking amazing as always!!!

    March 6, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Emily Bastedo

    You look fabulous in this outfit! I love that you share your body positivity journey on your blog! I feel like our paths are very similar and SoulCycle has definitely changed the way that I treat myself and my body. Have you seen Chrissy Metz’s recent interview on Live with Kelly? She stated body positivity so eloquently, ” You have to love yourself for where you are now to get to the place you want to be.” I fell in love with it when I heard it!

    March 6, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Sara

    There’s so much truth to what you said about sitting in pjs all day, eating crap vs. working out, eating right, and dressing confidently, because no matter what size you are, this matters! Keep doing you, being your beautiful and fabulous self!

    xo, Sara

    March 6, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply
  • emily

    Confidence is definitely the first step! Love those leggings! I’ve been wanting to try BBG- I should just take the plunge haha

    March 8, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply
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