The mom that lives in active wear
Although I enjoy getting dressed up, I am in athletic wear most of my days during the week.
1. I like to set myself up for success. (In case I happen to drive past the gym)
2.To always be ready. (No excuses can be used)
3. It’s super comfy and I can throw it on in less than 5 mins. (Getting dressed can take forever)
4. I can move around faster. (It makes running errands a lot easier)
5. A reason for me to have a cute collection of sportswear. ?
(hubby hates this reason but he’s all for it if it makes me better)
What are some of your favorite athletic wear? Please tag your favorite athletic wear so I can check them out.
Too Faced Cosmetics have yet to disappoint. I’ve been loving their products. Especially these 3. Foundation stays on my oily skin all day, beautiful color, I never have to touch up. Best waterproof mascara ever, (extends, curls, no clumps). Been using it since last summer for water sports, and it stays on without smudging. (also great for the gym if you don’t want to sweat your lashes off?) For no mascara residue, this is the best mascara remover ever. Infused with antioxidants and rich green tea extract, this precision wand instantly melts away waterproof mascara! (Waterproof mascara can be a pain to remove) If you’re like me and don’t like touching up your makeup, then you’ll love these! As much as I love green tea, this sold me! @sephora
Let’s talk about stretching for a minute. Is it true that stretching is the best thing to do before and after you work out?
After discussing this with Kristine Nguyen, a research specialist at UNC, who has a BA in Biology, I wanted to share some useful information with you.
The answer really depends on what exercise you’re doing. For Yoga, Pilates, or any exercise that involves stretching, then yes. For running… it really depends. Studies have shown that static stretching relaxes the muscle. So there’s a chance that your performance will be lessened due to muscles being in relax mode. For example, sprinters may not be able to use full force to take off or jump as high. And weight trainers may not be able to lift as heavy.
I’ve even tested this out for myself. Prior to lifting, I always start with very low weights to build my strength and to prepare my muscles. In this case, stretching after a work out is fine. Plus, you wouldn’t want to accidentally over-stress your muscle to where you can pull one. (which is not a good feeling by the way)
So when you hear, “stretch before you work out”, please be sure to make the best decision for your body. No one knows your body better than you. Also, I almost never static stretch after my work out, but I do try to stretch sporadically at home.
Believe it or not, I found this active wear top, hoodie, and bottoms online at Forever 21! Yep, sure did! You can count on them to have cute and trendy finds, but the only problem is… you may want to hang dry them after you throw them in the washing machine. (just being honest, lol.) You get what you pay for. So far so good though, I’ve washed them twice already.
I have been bulking since November. (Them gains don’t come easy.) And believe me when I tell you, “your girl was gettin’ pudgy”! (you can even ask the hubs.) So when January hit, I freaked out and decided to go ahead and start cutting. My muscles probably won’t get any bigger, but once I lose my body fat from this year’s bulk season, my summer body will look even stronger than it did last year! (Yay!) Meaning it will look more defined and toned. My least favorite exercise is running. Tried it a few times to speed up the process of calorie burning, but it’s not really my thing. You should always do what makes you happy, or you’ll end up giving up. I have decided if I want cardio, I’ll just stick with my super- sets in the gym.
The photo above was taken a month after I started cutting. So not as much “pudge”, lol. Guys, it is so important to minimize your calorie intake (if you’re trying to lose body fat). This year I’m only able to make it to the gym one or two times a week. My children’s schedule have completely taken over my life. And as moms, we’ve gotta put our babies before ourselves. So I do what I can. It is AMAZING how different my body changed just in a month of lowering my calories.