Wednesday night I got home from work and at around 10:30 pm. I had a slight cough and then my chest felt funny. I went to bed thinking needed to just sleep. Slept horribly and woke up Thursday feeling like truck hit me and ran me over.
I was coughing and everything just felt tired and hurt. I was running a low grade fever. I had a lot of stuff to do, errands, and stuff for the family. My husband insisted I lay down and just rest for the day.
So that is what I did. I did not do any of my chores I had to do, I did not run any of the errands I had to run. I did not work out. I did not go to Muay Thai or Kali, did not pass go, and did not collect 200 dollars.
When your body tells you no in this way. You have to listen. It nearly knocked me on my butt… no wait it did. My body said nope, and I need to rest. Today I feel better. I slept better. I am still coughing but don’t feel like I have been run over by a truck. I will see how I feel when Saturday morning rolls around.
I was upset to miss training, and working on Muay Thai and Kali skills. I really wanted to go and even debated going in and pushing through my sickness. I however, did not want to get anyone else sick.
I am still on my fitness journey. This is a little hiccup. Keep up the good work. Keep being awesome, and thanks for reading.
(note: This is a non sponsored review, I paid for all of my clothes.)
I gave in and tried that 2 for 24$ deal I have been seeing around. Because who can pass up a two pairs of leggings for 24 dollars. Certainly not I. I basically live in my workout clothes. I work out 6 days a week. So I need to be able to cycle through the clothes. My workout clothes criteria are:
It has to have great compression.
It has to fit well. There is nothing more irritating than trying to complete a workout when your clothes are uncomfortable. For some people its a deal breaker, because they don’t want to be in the gym in the first place.
I have to feel cute in it, or at least it has to fit and look good on me.
I like interesting designs
It has to pass the squat test (meaning squatting does not pull the fabric so thin that it shows the world your assets, or the cute writing on your panties.)
This is what I got and this is what I paid for it. I took advantage of the 2 leggings for 24 dollars, and they had an extra deal they were doing at the time, that applied to my order. $30 dollars I believe extra credit applied to my purchase. Which made my order for 3 things $33.90.
Sarah Sculptknit L/S Top – L
Salar Statement PowerHold® 7/8 – L
Salar Statement UltraCool Legging – L / Short | 25
L / Short | 25
Let me start with the Pros:
The compression on the material is great.
I love the feel of the fabric on all the items.
I love the fit and feel of the Sarah Sculpt knit top. Best piece out of the lot.
It passes the squat test. There is a tiny bit of panty showing, so not 100% opaque more like 98%, but it is not that much that I am concerned.
Cuteness? Yes they are cute, with a better fit it would be cuter
It is comfortable, I was able to do my MA workouts and Weight lifting/running workouts no problem.
I would not pay, $50, and $65 dollars for the pants. I can get better from other companies like Grrrl.
The leggings fit over all was accurate… however, for me it was slightly bigger, but not to be a problem. I would go down a size when if I order again.
Salar Statement PowerHold® 7/8 pants were a little disappointing. I was not expecting the sides of the mesh panel not be tacked down. Because they were not sewn to the mesh they buckled at the knee, and down on the leg lower toward my ankle. They buckle in weird awkward ways, making my silhouette weird. The picture they show in on a more leggy model, but I still think that was a mistake not to sew down the sides of the mesh. You can see what I am talking about in the picture below.
So now would I buy again, for $33.90? Heck yes… that is a steal. Would I be happy paying full price? Meh no. I think there is potential in some of these outfits, leggings, shirts, etc. However, you have to be willing to try out the different fabrics and styles to see if you like them.
I was most disappointed in the way the burgundy leggings embellishment that buckled. I had high hopes for those. They are so pretty in the pictures online, but my body is not long and lean like the models they have on there.
Maybe they could use different kinds of models so that women of all types can see what the clothes will look like on them. (note: I was just perusing their website, and they do have other models. Yay! I was mistaken, and I am happy to see that they have other body types on there. )
How does Fabletics work?
Well think of it like a subscription to workout clothes. They will charge your credit card each month unless you click the skip button, or cancel before the 5th of the month. Here is the information you can get right off of their web site.
FABLETICS MEMBERSHIP Fabletics provides a monthly membership program that grants you access to style experts and the latest athleticwear trends. To get started, simply take our Style Personality Quiz. Next, you must register and create a member account through this Site (“Account”). After you have successfully created an Account, you will have the option to select your favorite item(s) from the ‘My Outfits’ section of your Account (“Outfits”). There is no registration fee and no obligation to purchase. Our Fabletics style experts will continue to determine which athleticwear Outfits best match your workouts and style.
VIP MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM To become a Fabletics VIP Member, simply purchase any Fabletics item on this Site and keep the VIP Membership box checked on the checkout page to enroll (including the monthly, automatic purchase feature). As a Fabletics VIP Member, our experts will send you a customized selection of Fabletics items on the 1st day of every month. You will also receive emails, newsletters, special offers and other updates to maximize your shopping experience.
HOW VIP MEMBERSHIP WORKS As a Fabletics VIP Member, you will be required to take action by the 5th day of every month by selecting one of the Monthly Options described below. These options can be selected through your online account or by calling customer service at 1-844-Fabletics (1-844-322-5384). You may also cancel your Fabletics VIP Membership at any time.
If you do not select the ‘Skip This Month’ option, select an item for purchase or cancel your membership by the 5th day of the month, your credit card will be billed $49.95 for that month and you will receive a Fabletics credit that can be redeemed toward the purchase of any Fabletics item in any future month.
VIP MEMBER PERKS – VIP PRICING As a Fabletics VIP Member, you will be able to purchase Fabletics Outfits starting at $49.95, including, but not limited to a pre-determined combination of, tops, sports bras, pants, shorts, athleticwear accessories and other items. The site also offers a range of products, including, but not limited to, tops, sports bras, shorts and more for less than $49.95. In order to bring you this fabulous pricing, we must charge a $4.95 shipping fee for all orders under $49.95, after applicable discounts. For all orders $49.95 or over, shipping is always free.
In addition, the site will occasionally collaborate with premier trendsetting partners to offer specialty items at exclusive members-only prices. In order to bring you the most fabulous fashion trends which are not offered anywhere else, these exclusive specialty items may be offered at prices above $49.95.
You will also receive emails, newsletters, special offers and other updates to maximize your shopping experience.
The website has cool looking clothes. I have not decided if I am going to continue my membership or cancel yet. However, my biggest concern was that this workout clothing was just going to be Atheliesure clothes and not something that would hold up to my sports, MA activities. I went with PowerHold fabric which is their most compression fabric, and the Ultra Cool which is mid to high compression. So for me this time it was a hit and miss type thing. Still I got a great deal for $33 dollars and I was able to sate my curiosity.
I hope this helps you decide to take the plunge or just keep ignoring those Fabletics adds we see all over the place. Fabletics was not all Fab for me, but it was not a total Flop. So I am right in the middle. Thanks for reading and have a great day.
I am sorry I could not help myself. Really… baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo… now its stuck in my head, and if you want to hear it, it is here. Baby Shark I have kids, and work with other peoples kids and so I am subject to these things. Now you are too… sorry not sorry. Bwahahah
I ordered some clothing from Gymshark, cause I wanted to know what all the hub bub was about. So many of the “influencers” are talking about it, reviewing it and giving them great reviews for the most part. I am always on the look out for good gym equipment and clothing.
This review is not sponsored at all. It is completely my opinion and I purchased these items with my own money.
Let me say first and foremost, I am very happy with the quality of the items. They are made well, and perform perfectly fine. I paired the pants and the shrug with a UnderArmour blue tank top.
I bought two items one a shrug, and a black pair of leggings.
Gymshark Geo Mesh leggings in black. Retail for $55.00. This is the Geo Mesh Leggings. I paid full price. I bought a Medium.
Gymshark Pro Perform Shrug in black. Retail for $25.00. This is the Pro Perform Shrug. I paid full price. I bought a Large.
Ok now that is out of the way, lets start with how it performed. I used both of these for Muay Thai, and Kali classes. This was two hours long. I then used another day for my HIIT run and weight lifting workout.
Pros for Geo Mesh Leggings:
Very well made. No defects in the items I bought.
The fabric is very nice.
It feels like you are wearing nothing. The pants are so comfortable.
Wicks away sweat
Has a small pocket
Great length for a short girl
Cons for Geo Mesh Leggings:
Does not pass the squat test, will show underwear, slightly
Not a lot of compression, I would say the compression was very light. I don’t know if that means I need to get a smaller size or its just these leggings.
Fabric feels very thin. Compared to other brands, and that may lead to less compression.
Would I buy them again? No, I prefer more compression, I have HIIT workouts I do, and Muay Thai is a lot of burst activity and I like having more support.
Will I have them rotate in my gym wardrobe? Yes, they are comfortable and still function just not my favorite. I like them, but not the best in my opinion.
Pros for Pro Performance Shrug:
Fit me and my larger shoulders
Very cute design. (Which is why I bought it)
Great cover up but not to much to over heat you.
Cons for Pro Performance Shrug:
Fabric was not what I was expecting. It was coarser than expected. It felt more like a wind breaker material.
The arms were weirdly long.
Would I buy it again? Yes, I like the piece enough that if they had another color I would buy it again.
Will I have it rotate in my gym wardrobe? Yes, I think it is cute and it allows me to cover up, while working out.
So I wanted to see what the hype was about. I like the company, I like the clothes, are they my favorite. No but they are cute and will serve me well.
The shipping took about a week to get to me. They have to ship from over seas. It was shipped with UPS. Each item came in its own bag, and had a very nice high quality tag attached.
I may be ordering a different pair of leggings, from them. However, not this particular type.
Alright the beginning… that seems a good place to start… Wait… Let me just preface this with. Each persons fitness journey is going to be different. We all are going through ups and downs, and have to start and stop. It took me a while to understand this. But this is normal and it is a part of life. It is what a journey is. Not just a month here and there. But the entirety of your change for the better, and your learning what your body can do for the rest of your life.
Alright the beginning… that seems a good place to start. I was always an athletic person. I used to be a competitive swimmer. My strokes were 200 m Butterfly and 500 m Freestyle. What that meant was I was placed on a Medley Team and I was asked to do IM’s. (Individual Medly – Butterfly, Back, Breast Free) I cannot tell you how much I hated breast stroke. I felt so slow. I digress… being that I was a Butterflyer. I ended up with massive shoulders for a girl. Or so I thought/sometimes think.
Here is a picture of a person doing butterfly.
That is what my back muscles looked like. Sigh… I may never get back there again. However… fast forward a few years in college. Life happens. I have problems with family, and end up leaving to be on my own. I jump into the work world and the daily trying to keep up with bills. I was doing well, for a 21 year old with a QA job. Life happens again, and I have to take care of myself. I made some bad relationship decisions and I had to iron those wrinkles out. I end up on my own and going back to school for Culinary Arts.
I meet my now husband, and fall in love. He is loving, kind, understanding, responsible, a sweet heart, soft spoken and a generally great person. All the things my ex was not. I am happy we are buzzing along and we end up having two kiddos. I was not expecting to be able to cause of female problems from the age of 12. I did not workout with the babies because I was scared of losing them. I was told I would never have babies when I was 12. I was scared, thrilled and excited to be pregnant. My baby boy came to us, perfect and healthy. He was 9 months when we found I was pregnant again. Bonus! We wanted a second, and we got one. My beautiful healthy baby girl.
Fast forward 2 years, and I have not been working out at all since college for about 8 years. I finished second college in 2007, and got my degree. Yay! I let myself go since then. I had life, and hazards, and love, and so many other things that people fall into the trap of, and put aside my health and working out.
Baby Gates Be Damned
I have two little ones one 4 and one 5 years old. They are under foot and around foot, and on foot, and on hip, and just need me for everything. I did not have the energy before this to do anything but make sure everyone’s diapers (or nappies for some of you) were changed, and all parties were fed and not trying to kill themselves by going down the two flights of stairs in our home. We lived and still live in a town home that is three levels, and kids whew…they wanted to go up and down stairs, baby gates be damned. I still held my jobs at night and took care of everything else for them during the day.
It was at this point when I finally had a chance to breath and got my head above keeping babies alive to keeping toddlers alive. I noticed in my pictures just how fat I had gotten. I hated taking pictures of myself so I was always behind the camera instead of in front of it. I had let myself go, ho boy had I let myself go.
That is enough of those pictures… you get the picture. Hahah… see what I did there. Eh eh eh…
Health Issues? No, Healthy as a Horse, Just Fat!
I decided I needed to do something. Anything… cause doing nothing was probably going to kill me and I was pretty miserable at this weight. Yeah I could eat what ever I wanted when I wanted, but really I did not like the way I looked the way I moved, none of it. I have been asked if I started my journey because of health issues. The answer is no. I was healthy as a horse as they say. Just fat! I had some criteria that had to be met for me to be successful. I believe in setting yourself up for success. To do so know your needs, and see to them.
I had to be able to do it at home. I had kids and no extra time.
I had to be able to do it without a lot of extra equipment at first.
I had to be able to do it when I had little ones under foot.
I had to be able to do it period. I had to get this big body moving. This body that was not used to working out any more moving, and not hurt myself. I could not be down for the count with little ones.
I had to do it on a budget. I don’t know if you all know, but children are expensive. =) I love them dearly but they will cost you an arm and a leg and your sanity.
I found a system that met those criteria. It was from BeachBody.com and it was the Turbofire series. It allowed me to do it from home, with little to no extra equipment, it allowed me to do it with kids under foot, I just had to make sure they were occupied with snack time. I was able to make 30 minutes a day time to get my workout in. Either during the kids snack time, or during nap time. I wedged that workout in where I could. It was important to me so I made sure I put it in. I am not here to sell the workout, just to tell you what I did. It gave me a structured workout, with a calendar of what to do each day. I needed this. I am a type A personality and I need the check marks and lists. It gave me a structure to work from. One that I could do and keep doing. Here is a picture of me on a day after one of the workouts.
I started in June of 2014, and I finished a whole 90 days, or one whole rotation of the system. I even got the tank top to prove it. I changed my food consumption and I incorporated healthy good for me foods. I felt good and I decided I needed to change it up and this is where I added yoga and kettle bell to go with my HIIT workouts.
Wanting to get myself to the next level I restricted my food intake more because “that is what you do” and only allowed myself “good for me” foods. I ate spinach morning noon and night. I ate nuts, and veggies, and cut out most meat. I craved and loved things like beets. I would make a whole pan of roasted beets and eat it all for the next couple of days. I was losing weight and feeling great. I had lost about 40 lbs. One day I had this excruciating pain, in my abdomen. I was on the couch and could not move. I called my husband at work and it passed till it felt like it moved again. As the pain passed again, I thought it was just something that may have been temporary. I tried to ignore it, but that level of pain got me scared. That night and the next day I was passing what I found out to be blood in my urine. I was rushed to the hospital the next day and found out I had a kidney stone. It was 5 mm or 1/5 of an inch. So they had to schedule a surgery to get it out. Doctors were surprised I did not go to the E.R., but I have a high pain tolerance. I had to wait 2 days for the surgery and they said it may pass between then but most likely it would not. The surgery went off without a problem. They tested the stone after the surgery and found it was calcium oxalate stone. I had not been drinking enough water, and I was eating all the foods with calcium oxalate. I love them to much it seems. Here are some of the foods with them:
Nuts and nut butters
These are all foods I love. Especially beets, nuts, and spinach. I was shocked because these are “healthy foods”, and supposed to be good for you. But I learned this the hard way. Everything in moderation, and drink your water. Drink lots of water. I drink about 3 liters a day.
I healed up nicely and got back to workout as soon as I was given ok from doctors. I was antsy and raring to go. I was worried I would lose progress. It was about a week till I could do something light. Then the week after that I was able to go back to my regular routine.
By September 2015 I had lost 60 lbs. I was over the moon. I hit a plateau and was upset I was not losing more weight. I kept up with the workouts and eating healthy. I decided to start eating whole foods. Cutting out all processed foods
We are at September 29, 2015, and I am scared. I had been having symptoms of cancer for the past 6 months. My OBGYN was concerned it was a tumor that they could not see, and I put my head down and tried to ignore it. Do you see a recurring theme here? I try to ignore my pains and keep going. It is in my nature, and I figure I can just walk it off. I could not walk this off. I was bleeding so much I was in risk of becoming anemic, and I was getting more tired and weak as I went along. I know my husband was worried, and I was sad cause I was thinking of having a third baby. It was a huge decision and I did not want to make it. I ended up deciding to go ahead with my doctors suggestion and had a full hysterectomy. She removed my uterus and my cervix. I did end up having a tumor, and adenomyosis. (“ Adenomyosis is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium). “ ) My tumor it turns out was benign but it was one of these. “Endometrial hyperplasia: A condition in which there is an increased number of cells and glandular structures in the uterine lining. Endometrial hyperplasia can have either normal or atypical cells and simple or complex glandular structures. The risk for developing cancer in the lining of the uterus is higher when endometrial hyperplasia has atypical cells and complex glands. “ Find out more information at cancer.net. Mine had atypical cells and could have turned/developed into cancer. So in the end it was the right call to remove my uterus. Cancer is scary and serious don’t be me and stupid and wait. Just go get it checked out.
Here is a post I made on the day of the surgery.
“I am awake and alert. I am doing ok. I am keeping up on the pain meds. I had a slight complication during surgery. They accidentally cut my bladder. Now I have to live with a catheter and bag for two weeks. Wee!
Thanks for all the love and well wishes everyone. =) My H is taking great care of me, and the kiddos are doing awesome.”
Two weeks of bed rest due to complications and cut bladder. I wanted to get up and do all the things but the pain and the discomfort made me listen to my body.
Come Hell or Hysterectomy
I had made plans and bought my ticket run a 5 kilometer. It was a goal I had set at the beginning of 2015. It was in November and was a turkey trot. I was not cleared to run but I told my doctor I was determined to get out there and at least do some of it. I was given the go ahead to walk the race, and my family came with me. My two children and husband came out and walked the race with me. I was in pain but I was determined to sort of complete this goal this year, come hell, or hysterectomy.
Three months of only walking and no lifting more than 10 lbs had me biting my nails to get back to my workout routine.
By December 2015 I was gingerly making my way back to my workout routine. I wanted to keep it up and not lose my momentum. I lost some muscle and gained a few pounds but was able to get back to it slowly.
Fast forward to November 2016. Here is the workout I did for that day. =) I still have it, cause I put it up for my friends to see.
Here are the workout details if you want them:
100 squats, no rest 100 lunges, no rest 3 x 1 minute wall sits with 30 second rest in between 100 pike sit ups, 30 second rest at 45, and 65 mark 50 leg lifts, rest at 25 for 30 seconds 50 leg extensions 95 lb dead lifts with olympic barbell, rep set: 10, 9, 10
This is what I looked like then:
If you made it this far, I am amazed. This is already a long winded blog post and I am only up to 2016. But thank you for reading. Keep up the good work, and keep on going. Don’t let little things get stop you and only let the big things stop you till your doc says its ok to get back to it.
Do you ever feel like you have aggressively shoved or wedged your workout into your schedule? I do. Today I had to get my workout in before I had to pick up my husband from the metro. I had exactly 55 minutes to get it in, and I did my workout in 40 minutes.
I kicked my own butt in my workout today. Feels good and I am tired. Have to go to work soon.
15 minute HIIT run. (Warm up for 3 minutes. HIIT 1 minute push run, 1 minute jog for 11 minutes, 1 minute cool down.)
Thruster squat ( 20 lb weights each hand) – Squat with hands in racked position, then stand and press dumbell reps – 12, 10, 8 ( each rep is squat to extend, to squat)
Plank Low Row ( 20 lb weight each hand) – Plank and do a tricep pull reps – 12, 10, 8 ( each rep is 1 pull on each side)
Running Man reps- 12, 10, 8 ( each rep was 1 knee to chest each side)
Reverse Lunge Curl (10 lb weight each hand) – stand and step back with one leg lunge, then bicep curl on stand up, lunge back with other leg, and curl. reps – 12, 10, 8 ( each rep was one on each side)
V Ups single leg reps – 10, 10, 8 ( each rep was one v up on each side for 1)
I felt rushed, and because of that I did not take rest breaks. Not resting is both good and can be bad. Just make sure that you don’t do it all the time. I was able to get the workout in, and get the other things I needed to do done. My husband was picked up and not left at the metro. I am about to go to work. The family has been fed and everyone seems happy. My work at home for now is done. =)
Thanks for reading and keep being awesome. Let me know what you think.
As I have said before eat the rainbow. It is a great way to get your vitamins and nutrients in.
I thought about whether to show this, as it is not exactly “instagram pretty”. Its a cross between a hummus and a guacamole. You can add any spices you want to it to season to taste. Some of the things I have done with this is, lemon juice, onions, cayenne, garlic, and jalapenos.
Today what I made was canned garbanzo beans, avocado, tomato, pickle juice in absence of lemon, and chopped dill pickles. I stuffed that into a pita and added fresh veggies, and it was oh so good.
Tastey Guammus Recipe
1 whole pita
1/2 avocado smashed
1/2 or euro 4 oz cup of garbanzo beans canned smashed
6 cherry tomatoes sliced
1 1/2 tbs or euro 30 mls of pickle juice or more to taste
8 slices of dill pickles chopped up or sweet and spicy pickles would be good too
Veggies of your choice sliced up to stuff in pita ( I did cucumber, and bell pepper, cause that is what I had)
seasoning to taste
cut the pita in half
prepare the guammus, in a bowl smash the garbanzo beans and avocado together. I did not have lemon juice so I substituted pickle juice for the acid component.
Chop up the pickles, and tomatoes adding them to the guammus mixture.
stuff guammus into the pita, and add veggies
sit in a sunny area and enjoy your tasty guammus sandwich.
Calories 417, Fat 15.9 g, Fiber 17.9 g, Carbs 60.1 g, Sodium 742 mg, Protein 14.3 g
Just think the colors in your veggies are the sun trapped and transformed to make a nutrient dense lunch for you. =)
Thank you for reading again. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it. Let me know what you think.
PSA: don’t listen to the scale alone. This is the best I have looked but the scale says otherwise. I know it’s probably water weight. It does not help I had weird dreams about weight. Off to breakfast then a 3 ish hour martial arts training. Also as your body is changing the right size clothes make a huge difference.