Summertime Survival

I’ve never really been one who feels like your apparel or accessories with make or break your success at any given activity.  Now I know as well as anyone that certain activities need certain apparel.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much money my parents spent on swim suits, caps, googles, leotards and tights for dance, and of course…..dance shoes.  It’s safe to say that I didn’t have the cheapest of hobbies growing up.  However, for most of us gym goers, it’s just become super trendy and important to have the latest and greatest workout gear.

I’m a really firm believer in the fact that an expensive outfit isn’t going to make you run further or lift heavier.  Who wants to spend a million dollars on clothes….and then sweat in them all the time!?  You’re never going to look cute when you’re done, and if you do you’re doing it wrong!

I workout everyday….I understand wanting to look cute and be comfortable while doing so.  The regular luxuries I allow for myself is good pants and quality bras.  No one wants to be squatting in see through pants or bouncing around in a bra that isn’t getting the job done.  However, do you know the difference between a top from Lulu and a random top from……like $40!  I don’t really know what makes a black tank top from Lulu for $50 better than one I can pull off the TJ Maxx rack for $10.  Give me my Maxinista status all day of any day.  Plus cheaper clothes means I can have more clothes, and variety keeps life spicy.  I only have a couple expensive nice bras, because I only do cardio heavy activity a couple times a week.  Rowing and yoga don’t really require that the girls be strapped down to within an inch of their lives.  Plus, Victoria’s Secret has a surprisingly high amount of sales on their sports line, you just have to pay attention.

I did however buy myself something expensive the other day……AND I LOVE IT!  My old freebie water bottle was starting to get moldy up around the gaskets in the lid.  So….I bought myself  S’well bottle.  Truth be told, I was fully expecting this thing to be hype.  I mean, it’s gorgeous colored, but looks are often times deceiving.

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This is the color I picked….Super Nova…..and she’s gorgeous!

Let me tell you…..this little baby keeps water cold…..even in a black car on a 100 degree day!  It works great for hot class.  Nothing re-motivates you to towel off/ring out the sweat and keep lifting like actual cold water.  I get that regular old lukewarm water will keep you hydrated….but it just doesn’t offer the same relief.  I went biking the other day and didn’t take my S’well because I didn’t want it to get banged up, and I was severely regretting it.  When you’re hot…..hot water is gross!

So, some facts about my spiffy new accessory…..according to the website it-

  • Keeps drinks cold for 12 hours and hot for 6
  • Outside of bottles don’t condense so you won’t ever loose your grip
  • The 29oz version (the size I bought) HOLDS AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF WINE!!!!!!!

I don’t know that I’ve ever needed a water bottle to be able to hold a whole bottle of wine, but I don’t think I’m opposed to that sorta thing either.  Double bonus is that since it seals up so tightly and keeps things chilled, it would be perfect for smuggling moscato on to a pool deck.

………not that I do those things…..but you know …….options are always nice…….

The Gainz Killing Sick Week

It hasn’t been a real exciting week around here.  I’ve been dealing with a chest cold for about a week.  Mostly I’m just getting crabby and pouty because I wake up every night coughing.  I’m being a huge baby about the whole thing, and have skipped several of my usual gym dates.  I mean, I know it could be way worse, but I’m just over the coughing thing.

I’m never sure how sick is too sick to justify skipping a workout.  Does anyone know?!?!  I just know that I’m experiencing severe “skipping” guilt which I think finally means that I’ve gotten myself into shape.  Or at least gotten myself into a healthy habit!

This is usually my every week problem....this week not so much. Side note, Burpees Suck has some really cute workout clothes if you're in the market for such things. Check them out!

This is usually my every week problem….this week not so much. Side note, Burpees Suck has some really cute workout clothes if you’re in the market for such things. Check them out!

Since I’m not feeling up to my usual workout routine, I thought maybe I would write about it.  Sorta a “workout by osmosis”!  Is that a thing?!?!  Idk….I’m making it a thing!

After my last break up about a year and a half ago, I did that thing single girls do where we decide we are gonna work out and become super sexy and amazeballs and really just “show him what he’s missing”.  So…..I joined a new gym in town called Form Fitness.  I really love it.  Having been a dancer and a swimmer, I’m used to working hard in classes, with people, and not having to hang out in a traditional gym setting on the machines.  Form is all classes: rowing, pilates, yoga, barre amped, trx…….it’s all good and it’s all fun.  Plus, Form comes with that added benefits of cute boutique shopping, and the people there are all really nice.  Working out sometimes sucks, but it sucks less if you’re doing with people you like!

So…..my “normal” workout week looks something like this:

Monday – Row and Flow or TRX at noon, Row and Core at night

Tuesday – Barreamped and maybe biking 19 miles after work

Wednesday – TRX at noon, sometimes biking, and Restorative Yoga (if I make it) at night

Thursday – Yoga Sculpt

Friday – Barre and Flow

Saturday – Maybe a class, maybe a run……if I’m in town and not hungover!

Sunday – General laziness and Restorative Yoga at night if I’m in town.

I know it kinda seems like a lot, but it works for me.  I only bike one night a week, usually whenever Pimp Money has time, although the biking season around here is starting to dwindle.  If I start to feel sore in one area, there are always other classes I can swap in, but that’s just the normal routine I try and stick to.

This week I did manage to rally myself for a rowing class on Tuesday night and TRX Wednesday morning.  I was too exhausted, tired, and generally feeling pathetic to make it to anything else.  Everyone was telling me that resting when you’re sick is important.  I get that, but it’s a weird concept for me.  Growing up, we never….ever really took sick days off dance and swimming.  I really only recall missing when I had the chicken pox in high school.  Also, I don’t like the way not working out makes me feel.  I’ve felt like a weird little walrus blob all week.  I know one week isn’t really enough to do much damage, it just feels odd to be out of my routine.

Tomorrow starts a new week, and I shall get back to my regularly scheduled ass kicking.  To cap off my week of laziness, I made myself blueberry muffins for breakfast.  I’m also making Better Than His Mother’s Pot Roast with spicy garlic green beans for dinner tonight.

New day, new week, time to get after them gainz again!

New day, new week, time to get after them gainz again!

I had my first test of the semester this week too, and that didn’t really go as planned either.  Really, the whole class isn’t going all that well.  I’ve had this professor before, and he just doesn’t lecture in a way that makes sense for my brain.  He’s also one of those teachers that basically just reads the text out of the book and the only examples he uses are the one’s published in the text.  I’ve always found this annoying because then you only have the one option to try and figure something out.  Ugh!  I mean whatever, it’s one test, and I’ve already lost my 4.0, but it is a bit annoying because I do pay a lot of money to take distance classes.

Alrighty, so there’s my little pity party for myself for the week.  Time to put the past in the past and more forward with awesomeness!