Fitness Finds.

I wrote awhile ago that I have been taking things “good and slow” with regards to working out post-baby, but the pace has been slower than molasses around here. It’s been chelonian or worse. I was in a good groove for a few weeks, but then life happened — I toilet-trained mini, micro got sick with a horrible cold, and I was preoccupied with a trillion and ten things. I am giving myself grace through the remainder of this week, but micro turns three months on Saturday, and it.is.time. I lost a lot of the pregnancy weight through breast-feeding, but my body does not feel the same and there are a stubborn five extra pounds that will just not leave me alone. (Shoo, you!) I have worked hard not to agonize over this (and thank God for that caftan life), but I’m getting to a phase where I can no longer say: “Well, I just had a baby.” So, I am ordering some new workout clothes and committing to an outdoor run three days a week. I enjoy running, it’s beautiful outside these days, and — running is free and takes the least amount of time when it comes to exercise regimen (i.e., I don’t need to pack up and head to a studio — I just walk out the door and the session starts). I would also like to hire a personal trainer at some point this fall, but am waterlogged with the impending move and don’t have the will or energy to investigate anything new at this point, so I’ll stick to what I know.

To aid me in this pursuit, I’m sharing a couple of fitness finds I’m eyeing for myself:

STARS YOGA PANTS (SEEN ABOVE)

LOGO-FREE RUNNING CAP (I LIKE THE ARMY GREEN OR BLACK)

LOVE TANK (I LOVE THE LOOSE, AIRY FIT OF THIS STYLE PAIRED WITH SPANDEX)

TIE-DYE LEGGINGS (ON SALE)

NIKE FREE TR8S (I USUALLY GO WITH THEIR FREE RNS, WHICH ARE SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT, BUT THESE ARE GETTING GOOD REVIEWS)

MY FAVORITE INEXPENSIVE SPORTS BRAS IN A FEW NEW COLORS

RIDICULOUSLY DISCOUNTED SWEATS (MINI CAN MATCH!)

P.E. NATION LEGGINGS AND THESE SIMILAR ONES FROM NIKE

NIKE TANK

MY FAVORITE RUNNING SHORTS

WE/ME LEGGINGS*

DISCOUNTED CHAMPION HOODIE OR THIS ON-TREND TIE-DYE ONE

CRZ YOGA PANTS AND TANKS (<<SUCH A GOOD VALUE)

NO-SHOW SOCKS

*These look a lot like Outdoor Voices and — well — I have a hot take on that brand. I know everyone loves them and I did, too, for awhile — I bought two pairs of their leggings last year and loved their aesthetic — but I don’t care for the fabric that they are made of. I don’t think they have enough stretch in them and I always felt relieved when it was time to take them off. I even sized up in one pair to see if they just ran small but then they had a weird loose and baggy fit and STILL felt like they didn’t have enough stretch? I much prefer Lululemon in general (their Align leggings are like butter), but want to try a few new brands this season. We/Me has some really great styles that look like OV.

**Space will not permit us such an indulgence, but I do wish I could own a running stroller these days. I would buy the BOB Blaze, which is a “fixed wheel” jogger, as I would not need it for anything BUT running since we have other everyday, full-feature strollers. (If you intend to use yours as both an everyday stroller and a jogger, look at the “swivel wheel” styles.) BOBs are the best of the best (so I am told / so research has informed me) for runners. I also kind of like that bumble bee yellow and black situation!

***My dad has used this running journal for decades. Maybe I’ll follow suit.

…And off we go!

P.S. Will also be making heavy use of some of the items in my roundup of products that help with a “hands-free” lifestyle.

P.P.S. A couple of great Amazon finds lately: this foldable straw visor (actually very chic), this leak-proof snack box for mini, and this marble run, which we gave to my nephew for his fourth birthday. Also, mini adores Toy Story and this set of Little People kept her very, very busy on a recent five hour car trip.

P.P.P.S. Such a fun sweater for fall.

10 Comments

  1. Hey there – good luck with your fitness endeavours! I am a keen runner also and it can’t be beaten for an efficient workout with kids.
    I have a BOB running stroller – fixed wheel – and love it…..but they are bulky! Are you on strava? Would love to follow you there if so.

    I use this journal for running (and other exercises) https://www.believeiam.com/products/believe-journal

    And cannot recommend the Sweat app enough for at-home strength. I used a PT in my gym and it was just getting too hard with daycare etc. I downloaded this instead and feel I am getting just a good a workout. It sets you up with a program which I love – you just do what the day tells you vs trying to pick a workout from a myriad of options. I have enjoyed PWR at home and Fierce…

    Best of luck and 12 weeks is still a teeny tiny baby so don’t be pressurising yourself either. I waited for 4 mths to run – physios advice for my pelvic floor – and was up and at ’em in no time.

    Gilly x

    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement! Had not heard of Sweat and will check it out! Thank you! xx

  2. 100% agree on OV—the fabric is so restrictive. Also, my running stroller was and remains my favorite baby-related purchase. I got the Thule Urban Glide because it has a slightly narrower profile than the Bob. It glides like butter over all terrain I’ve taken it on and is very easy to push! Not going to lie, though—it still takes up a lot of room. I’d suggest renting/borrowing one for a few days to see if you think it’s worth it! (You’re welcome to try mine as I won’t be able to use it until this baby gets here!)

    1. Ooh – Claire, might need to email you to take you up on this. I think Landon would kill me, though, from a storage standpoint…YIKES

      One day…

  3. Girl, you DID just have a baby! My son is two and I am finally getting back into a consistent workout routine. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Meredith, for the encouragement and reminder. You are right. This makes me feel better that despite this rallying cry, I still only went jogging one day so far this week. Sigh. xx

  4. Oh, how I feel you on OV’s classic compression fabric. HOWEVER, I would suggest taking a peek at their TechSweat and FreeForm fabrics — the former for sweaty activities; the latter for yoga/barre/the like. SO MUCH BETTER than their traditional/original fabric, which I also dislike!

    I do also really like OV’s RecTrek pants for long-haul flights and lounging around. They have enough structure to feel somewhat put-together, but they’re SO comfy.

    Glad you are giving yourself grace during this period of re-adjustment to an exercise routine. You’ll get there eventually! As an aside: I wish I enjoyed running as much as you do 🙂 I’m more of a yoga/barre/pilates person but prefer long, quick walks when it comes to cardio. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, though!

    xx

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