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Well Played, Old Navy.

24 Jan

Last week, all of Old Navy’s Active Apparel was 40% off.

Also last week, all my favorite bloggers posted reviews of Old Navy’s Active Apparel.

Well played, Old Navy.

Now, I’ve always been a fan of Old Navy’s workout line. I think it’s high quality and very well priced. My very favorite running capris were purchased at Old Navy and I still wear them, 3 years later, despite the fact that they are too big (I lost some weight between then and now), so I didn’t really need any convincing. But I must offer kudos to ON (as I like to call it) for such a brilliant marketing strategy. I peruse the ON website often and I had seen what they had, but after seeing it reviewed and modeled by some of my favorite bloggers, I was sold.

I dare say a lot of other people were, too, as their weren’t a ton of choices in the colors and sizes I was looking for! However, I managed to find a few things:

tshirt capris

First up: The Women’s Compression Capris in Arctic Depth. I actually already have these in the Carbon color, and the photograph makes them look like that color, but they really are more blue when you put them next to each other. I’m loving these capris! They are snug, they don’t fall down, and they have a wide waist band that doesn’t cut into your sides. The top is the Women’s Slub-Knit GoDRY Tee in Polly-ester Purple. I’ve been much more into tees than tanks lately when I work out, and this one is great. It feels and fits much like my favorite loungey t-shirt, but it’s made with the quick dry material.

Thumbholes

 

Apologies for the blurry photo. I’ve not quite mastered the selfie with my new camera, apparently. Here we have the Women’s Active GoDRY Running Top, featuring thumbholes! Lately, I’ve noticed that built in thumbholes in long-sleeved running tops are all the rage, and I’ve been dying to get something with this feature. I actually have one long-sleeved t-shirt that I use for running quite often that I cut thumbholes into so that I can slip gloves over it, but the built-ins are going to look so much nicer. I got this top in a small. Perhaps I should have gone up a size, since it’s a tiny bit snug, but I’m going to hold on to it. I actually prefer my running clothes to be snug.

bubble tank

Here is the Women’s Striped Bubble Active Tank in Blackjack. My awkward pose above is trying to illustrate the snug waistband of the tank. I am going to love wearing this to yoga!

Not pictured, I also bought a sports bra and some socks. After the 40% off and the rewards points I had from my Old Navy card, I spent $60 total on all of this. Which is about half the price of one pair of pants from Lululemon. I know a lot of Lulu fanatics say that the astronomical prices are worth it because of the quality, but I think the Old Navy clothes are very high quality. Like I mentioned above, all of my Old Navy activewear stays in rotation for quite a long time, and for the price, I won’t feel bad if it needs replaced in a year or less.

I’m super excited to give these clothes a try with a run after work!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite brand of activewear? 

 

 

Monkey See, Monkey Do

25 Oct

In case you couldn’t guess, I love reading health and fitness blogs. I get a lot of my best ideas from fitness blogs, and this morning I managed to copycat several ideas from various blogs.

But first, let me tell you about my new outfit:

Cute, huh? Another things you may have guessed about me is that I’m frugal. As much as everyone in the world loves Lululemon, I would never drop $98 on a pair of pants. The outfit above, including the sports bra, cost less than a sports bra from Lulu. The entire outfit is from Old Navy. Have you ever tried their workout gear? My very favorite running capris are from Old Navy. I’ve had them for 3 years and they just now got a tiny hole in the knee, so I thought it was time for a new pair. I really like these, and my favorite part is that they aren’t black. I have a tendency to gravitate to black workout gear, and it tends to look a little goth.

This morning, I wanted to try this Tabata sprints workout from Clare at Fitting It All In:

Thanks Clare!

Holy cow! I tend to have a slower overall pace on the treadmill, mainly because I get bored of running and take it down to a walk more often than I should, but this morning I ended up covering 2.75 miles in the 24 minutes, and I was dripping with sweat by the end:

Jennifer Garner = awesome

(I’m a lot slower than Clare, obviously. I set the recovery pace at 6.0, and the Tabata sprints at 8.0) Alias made the time fly by. The treadmill said I burned _____ calories, and while I know I shouldn’t take that as fact, I do know that usually it takes 3+ miles to have the treadmill say that, so I know I got a good burn in.

After I got back from the gym, I remembered that I wanted to set a base plank time to participate in Tina, at Carrots ‘n Cake‘s 4-week Plank Challenge. One thing I know about myself is that I hate traditional “Abs” exercises, and typically half-ass them or just skip them altogether. Weak abs could be the root of my low-back/sciatica issues, so I know that I need to work on that. One strategy is to do more Pilates, and the other is to work on my core more often in general. We all know that planks are the best core-strengtheners, so this seems like the perfect challenge for me.

The plan for the 4-week challenge is this:

  • Monday: Time Trail (I know, it’s Thursday. I’m slow.)
  • Wednesday: Plank/Core workout (Tina is posting one each week)
  • Friday: Time Trial (try to beat Monday’s time!)

Basically, I’m starting a week behind Tina, but that’s ok. Today I set a base time for myself, an embarrassing 1:27. Tina’s goal for the 4-week challenge is to double her time, so I’m going to set the same goal. Goal: Hold a 3 minute plank by Monday, November 26th. Doable? Yep!

It took forever for me to get this photo, and I think I got an extra plank workout in because of all the photo taking:

Forgetting the self-timer, wrong angle, yelling at a cat….

After my run and plank, I did about 15 minutes of yoga. Not the longest ever, but I got my stretches in.

I drank this Protein Shot after my workout. As you may know, ingesting 10-20 grams of protein after a workout helps your muscles repair and recover, helping you build muscle faster. Since I don’t eat breakfast until I get to work (about an hour after my workout), I’ve been looking for ways to get a protein boost right after my workout. As far as this protein shot goes, it has 120 calories, and the only ingredients are protein isolates, pure cane sugar and filtered water. It tastes awful, but it did quell my hunger until breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, I again took a page out of Tina’s book blog. I made her “Sweet Breakfast Scramble”— sorry for the lack of photo, but it wasn’t that interesting. I’ve made something similar to this called “Oatmeal without the Oats” I made mine using 2 whole eggs instead of one whole, 2 whites, because I didn’t have a carton of whites and I hate wasting half the egg, and I also used pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice instead of the squash and cinnamon, because everything I eat between now and December 1 has to taste like Pumpkin Pie. This was good and really filling. I only ate half of it before putting it away and saving half for later in the morning.

Question of the Day:
Where do you get your ideas for workouts/recipes? From blogs, books or do you make them all up yourself?