It’s confession time…
I may or may not have consumed a 1/2 bottle of delicious rosé while putting this post together. What can I say?! It’s been a long week and I couldn’t NOT finish the already opened bottle.
(Now THAT would be a true sin!)
I have good news and bad news. You ready?
The good news: Bikini season is just around the corner.
The bad news: Bikini season is just around the corner??!!
This is about the time of year that we dust of those New Year resolutions and get back on the fitness bandwagon.
(I’m so, so sorry yoga — my sincerest apologies for my daily absence. I promise I’ll try harder!)
I’m not going to lie, how excited one gets about breaking a sweat is a direct correlation to the clothes involved — at least for me. Well worn and faded lycra-spandex, or that ratty t-shirt I’ve had since 2003 is just not going to cut it at 5am. I need my workout gear A-game to help motivate me to get out the door and moving.
Rather than blow all of our budget on pricey workout clothes (since when is it acceptable to charge $200 for leggings we will sweat in profusely!?), I’d rather spend my hard earned dollars on all of the fantastic SPRING SHOES. In this vain, I’ve searched high and low for a cohesive collection of workout wear that doesn’t break the $50 threshold.
You CAN have your healthy low-calorie, gluten-free, vegan, raw cake (a.k.a. workout gear under $50!) and eat it too!
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Here is my confession of the day:
With my schedule in it’s current state, the only time I am really able to squeeze in a workout during the week is at 5:45am. In a weird, twisted, masochistic sort of way, I actually enjoy an early morning high intensity spin class to clear my mind for the day ahead. The downside is that with school bus pick-ups, pre-school drop-offs, client meetings, household errands and appointments, a shower is not in the cards until much later in the day. Sometimes, depending on my schedule, not until I’m getting ready for bed. Sorry, I know that’s gross.
This state of nastiness all day is actually NOT as bad as you may think. 1) I wash my hands, face, neck and chest as soon as I get home 2) I remove my drenched shirt and swap into something light, loose and layered (my 3 L’s!) 3) I reapply deodorant 4) I throw in some dry shampoo and style my hair in a cute headband or braid.
See, not TOTALLY disgusting!
The crucial factor to pulling off this gym to street transition without looking like total bum is finding great workout clothes. Lucky for you, athletic wear is becoming one and the same with casual wear and at ALL price points. I’ve recently started to venture out of my Lululemon bubble (#lovemesomelulu) and test out other brands with great results! Athleta, Ellie, Adidas, Nike and Target make some wonderful styles and their price points are a little (or more often, A LOT) more wallet-friendly than some of Lululemon’s goods. Which obviously means you can buy more of them 🙂
Here is my MUST have product roundup for any post-workout quick change:
Oil of Olay Daily Face Wash Cloths, Loreal Colour Riche Balm (in ‘Caring Coral’), Trader Joe’s Shea Butter hand cream, Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, Secret Invisible Solid Deodorant… and obviously some good cool down music via my iPhone (phone case by Kate Spade Saturday- OBSESSED with THIS ONE).
What I’m Wearing:
Sparkly Soul headband / Athleta plum racerback tank (similar style)/ C9 by Champion open cardigan / C9 by Champion X-back yoga layering top / C9 by Champion racerback athletic bra / C9 by Champion leggings (similar style) / Nike Free 5.0 sneakers / Le Sportsac cross-body “Deluxe Everyday” bag
So, what’s YOUR gym uniform? More importantly, am I the only stinky one out there?