Finally, A Sports Bra I Can Run In

I really like to try things on before I buy them. Historically I have bras from three places: Ross, Old Navy, or J.C. Penney.

Ross is hit or miss for good sports bras (like it is with everything, that’s the risk you take loving a place like Ross as much as I do). They do carry a wide variety of brands – Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are all brands you can snag for a reasonable price at Ross (in more than just sports bras, too), but like I said, hit or miss.

I stopped buying sports bras at Old Navy about two years ago when they changed up their support style. I used to be able to wear their medium impact sports bra for basically everything (mind you I wasn’t an avid runner then) but now even the “high impact” style is only intended to support A-C cups (nope, not me. I’m a solid 36 or 38 D, depending on the bra).

The Xersion line at J.C. Penney is still my go-to sports bra (specifically the keyhole back sports bras). I wear them for non-running cardio (Zumba, elliptical/ARC trainer, etc.) and for lifting (currently free weights). Sidebar: I also love that whole line… great, cute, fashionable clothes for working out (or not). These bras, though, were giving me a TON of boob pain from running. They’re just not supportive enough for my ladies.

I decided to just do as much research as I could about sports bras for running. The best place to do research? Amazon reviews, of course. Remember how I said I really like to try things on before I buy them? Well that didn’t happen before I found this amazing sports bra by Syrokan (Amazon affiliate link, just FYI):

As you can see it’s a full-coverage sports bra with an actual hook-and-eye clip in the back (I leave it clipped to put it on and unclip it to take it off). The straps are thick and support super well, plus they are adjustable with super-tough Velcro on them. For me that is the best part about this bra – the adjustable straps that don’t move while you’re running. I was having a lot of actual breast pain and shoulder pain until I started wearing this sports bra. I read through pages of reviews and most of them said it runs a bit small, so knowing that I’m sometimes a 36 and sometimes a 38 I ordered the 38 and I’m glad I did – I’m currently wearing it the biggest it can be (3rd row of hooks). I was so glad it fit because even though returning things from Amazon is relatively painless, I’m terrible at following through and actually taking the things to the post office. But the best part about this bra?

It’s $24.99 with free shipping for Prime members.

Some of the bras I was looking at were $80+. For me, that’s just not realistic. I love the Xersion bras because they’re almost always on sale for $15ish. I don’t have a lot of spending money so $24.99 for a sports bra like this is fantastic for me. I’ve already bought a second and literally have a third in my Amazon cart as we speak (that and a PopSocket car vent mount… priorities, amirite?).

Ladies – what are your sports bra preferences? Have you found your perfect sports bra? Would you give something like this (having to trust reviews, not being able to try it on, having to actually go run in it to see if it works like you want it to) a try?

Oh, Fitbit, I Do Love You So! My Review of the New Blaze!

I got my first fitbit in March of 2013. It was a blue Zip, and for whatever reason it was on clearance at Target for $36. I had that fitbit until I forgot it was on when I dove (haha, like I dive) into the pool at LAF. They replaced it.

For Christmas of 2014, my big brother got me a used Fitbit One from one of our friends. I used my One for the next few months, until the Surge was released and Boyfriend got it for me for my birthday. Until now, when Boyfriend got me the Blaze when it released in March. Basically, I’ve had a lot of experience with Fitbit over the past three years.

I. Freaking. Love. Fitbit!
Here’s my Blaze:

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Yes, that’s color. And it scrolls through what is basically your app Dashboard on this screen. It also tracks workouts with GPS (like the Surge) but definitely has improved accuracy and is way prettier:

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During the workout, you can opt to control your music, and a simple swipe let’s you scroll through whatever stats you want to see (I’ve ran with this five times now, and check my pace, avg pace, time, heartrate, etc.). My Bluetooth headphones have a volume control on them, so I can control my music and complete a run without touching my phone. So. Lovely. There are also other features I haven’t even used yet, like FitStar (what seems to be a bodyweight portable workout routine? Awesome!).

The charger was not something I was expecting… It’s a little box that you shut the watch face into:

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Interesting, right?! The battery life is also significantly improved over the Surge–I get a solid four days (each with at least 20 minutes using the GPS functionality) out of a charge. All in all, 5 stars from me, Fitbit!

Do you use a Fitbit? Which one do you have? If you want to be Fitbit friends, I’m KetoDeb there, too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Weigh-In Day: Okay, Okay… We’re Getting Somewhere!

Hi!

I totes didn’t blog last week. I was edging on three weeks of being the same weight and I was getting a little cray cray about it, so I left my negative energy out of my blog. I’m feeling better now, for multiple reasons, which luckily includes a loss!

Total Loss: 16.8 LBS! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week was incredibly stressful. The weather was atrocious and my trauma from my accident was in full-swing. This week, the sunshine and rain have helped my mood improve tremendously, and I’m attributing some of my success not only to keeping calming and ketoing/working out on, but also to my overall stress level being much, much lower than it was. I am officially two-thirds of the way finished with C25k, and I’m feeling really great about my running progress. I’m really looking forward to all of the wonderfulness that comes with spring/summer, like:

  • Hiking and geocaching in the great outdoors
  • Finishing C25k on the treadmill and starting it over again outside
  • Driving with the windows down
  • My awesome landlords throwing parties at their outdoor bar that include reallllly yummy grilled food ๐Ÿ™‚

How has the first half of March treated you? Share in the comments below!

Weigh-In Day: Thank God for Measurements

Well, it happened: my first week without a loss. It just so happens to be the first of the month, though, so I took my measurements/photos this morning and loss or no loss, I’m stoked. Starting measurements and current measurements are below:

Even though it’s my tenth day in a row weighing 223.8, I’m down 2.25 inches off my waist, 1.5 inches off my hips, 1.5 inches off my right leg, and 1.25 inches off my right arm. I’m so, so glad I have been lifting and running in addition to eating smashingly–I’m making tons of progress and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve been preaching the good news of body measurements for weeks now, and this is exactly why.

Other awesome things:

  • I’m listening to one of my favorite playlists right now and drinking the second half of my BPC. In general, I’m just in a lovely mood.
  • I finished Week 4 of C25k on Friday and started Week 5 this morning… was sort of dreading it, because “Week 5 holy crap!” but it went swimmingly and I cannot believe that at the end of this week I have a 20-minute run ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I managed to get up, around, ready and off to the gym before 8:30 this morning in order to avoid the snow and also managed to do so–the drive home was a little meh, but I survived.
  • I get to seeย +Mallory Quaintanceย really, really soon AND give her birthday presents and I cannot wait!!! /squeeย 
Now for photos. I can’t believe I almost didn’t take photos today because I was a little grumpy about my weight, and feeling like maybe photos weren’t important, but my measurements made me think otherwise and now I”m so, so glad I did. I didn’t realize these weren’t the same exact angle, but I’ll survive.
January 2015 to March 2015
Nothing like some super-sweet progress to keep me gung-ho ๐Ÿ™‚ So now, tell me–how’s it going, friends? How are your goals, your lives in general?

Share in the comments!

Weigh-In Day: Losses are Still Losses!

Sometimes I need a big ‘ol reminder of my own mantra: positivity is key!

I have a (somewhat bad) habit of what I like to call “doing math”. I figure out how much I’ve lost in a month, divide it down by the day, and make estimates about how much more I can lose in the rest of the month. I get much more obsessive than that, but “doing math” is my most common obsessive tendency. I was doing that this morning, after only having a .6 LB total loss this week, and I was feeling less-than-enthused about my overall weight loss. It doesn’t really matter that my logical brain knows why this is–8 weeks in, exercising a lot (running/lifting 3x week each, plus additional cardio of varying sorts), not the greatest stress levels due to winter driving, etc… but my emotional brain still sees the number on the scale and goes, “buh”. As I’m standing in the bathroom this morning being a little pouty, boyfriend comes in, picks up my pencil, and edits my Fitspiration planner for me:

You are THE force to be reckoned with.

Where it had said “a” it now says “the”… and that was enough of a reminder that I am a complete badass, the scale does not own me, and I’m ready to keep pushing forward and being successful (thanks for the pick-me-up, love <3).

Here’s this week’s weigh-in:

Not a big loss, but still a loss!

That puts me a total loss of 4.6 lbs for the month of February–not as ideal as I’d like, but losses are still losses! I’m really looking forward to taking my measurements next Sunday–I can see differences in my how my clothing fits/looks, so I’m excited to see the actual numbers ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you do to keep yourself on the right mental track of positivity when you’re feeling like things are going as quickly or as well as you’d like? Share in the comments below!

Weigh-In Day: A Week Full of Whoosh and Other Great Things!

Hi, friends!

So, uh. I lost 3.3 lbs this week.

WAT.

Fucking awesome, mang.

This week brings my total loss to 12.8 lbs ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, here’s a super-sweet 7-day graph from MFP (uh, if we aren’t MFP friends, we should be!):

Pretty sweet for only a seven day graph!

I’ve made a few modifications to my diet/fitness, including:

  1. Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast every morning. It ends up being a sort of modified IF, since I don’t eat after 10:00 PM, then I have BPC for breakfast and don’t eat lunch til 1:00 PM. IF is such a great life.ย 
  2. Less dairy. Because I can’t reasonably count calories without turning into a crazy psycho-bitch that no-one wants to be around (myself included) I easily overconsume dairy. We’ve started measuring the cream that goes into our coffee and just being conscious of our dairy consumption, and as a result, saving a lot of money (organic/grassfed cheese is no joke when it comes to cost!)
  3. Werkin’ awn my fitness. I started C25k (Couch to 5k) two weeks ago, and on my off days from that I strength train (I attemped Starting Strength by my wrist wouldn’t have it, so I moved to a dumbbell version, but in order not to move through the weights too quickly, I’m doing 3×12 instead of 5×5). I take off one day a week, which is sort of random right now because sometimes it snows and I’m trapped in the house for however long.ย 
I mentioned last week that I feel really good, and it’s no joke–I’m not known for sleeping well, but I have so much more energy when I’m not consuming garbage instead of food. A lot of great things have been happening, like feeling great about my new job, reconnecting with an old friend, and making strides where my finances are concerned (yay, school loans, said no-one, ever). It might be slight coincidence, but I feel like when I’m eating well, it’s so much easier for everything else to go well, too.ย 

How’s it going for you? Give me a status update in the comments!

Weigh In Day: OW MY MUSCLES but YAY WEIGHT LOSS

Hi, friends!

So, it’s been just over a month since I got back on a few bandwagons: eating well, exercising, and blogging ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m stoked about all three!

My eating has been spot-on this month, with one planned cheat-ish meal that went pretty well in terms of not effing up my progress. I’ve had some higher carb days (nothing over 50, probs) and those have been treating me well, too. Hooray! My muscles are so super-sore today–not like, I overdid it sore, but just… sore. I started C25k again on Friday and started Stronglifts 5×5 yesterday, so I’m feeling the (after)burn!

Anywho, it’s weigh-in day, and it’s also the first of the month, which means measurements (and photos! weeee). It kinda sucks that my weigh-in yesterday was waaay better than today, but it is what I make it, so here are the month’s (plus a few days) comparisons:

My measurements from the 1st of January
My weigh-in from the day I got back on track

My weigh-in from today!
My measurements from today!

So, totals as of today are: down 9.5 lbs, 1.3% body fat, and 1.7 BMI points (points? sure). Measurements totals as of today are: down 1 inch on my waist, .25 inches on my hips, 1 inch on my right leg, and .25 inches on my right arm, for a total of 2.5 inches down ๐Ÿ™‚ #thrilledwiththeseresults

Weight loss graph for fun:

Weight loss from 12/28 – 2/1

Annnnd a few B/A photos:

And there you have it! Not a ton of progress photo-wise, but I’m okay with it. I feel SO GOOD.

How was your first month of 2015? Anything exciting to share?! Comment away!

My #Fitspiration Planner

I love planners. Iโ€™m a Google galโ€”I use all Google Apps, my phone is completely Google-fied, etc. But man, oh man, if I donโ€™t love me a good paper planner. I got a fantastic planner from my friend Steph for Christmas and I decided to turn it into a #Fitspiration planner. I got my last three issues of Shape magazine out and my boyfriend and I started hacking them upโ€”cutting out motivational words and phrases. Then I got myself a roll of tape and stuck them all over the planner, starting with the months and then moving to weeks. I wrote quotes and reminders to myself to keep me motivated throughout the year.
Then I started the tedious stuff.
On each day, I wrote down the following items to fill out: body weight, body fat, body water, BMI, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and workout. It looks like this:
My #fitspiration planner!
It took me awhile to fill them all in, but it was worth it. Now I just fill in the lines every day (the first part in the AM and the rest after dinner/the gym) and have a great way to take a quick glance at how Iโ€™m doing. I also decided that I want to do C25k again, so I put that in as well, starting after Easter and ending right before the wedding of the same friend that bought me the planner ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™ve made other motivational things beforeโ€ฆ a big poster, sticky notes that I had around the house, etcโ€ฆ but this is definitely my favorite. I keep it with me always, look at it often, and look forward to filling it out. Itโ€™s simply become part of my day. Some of my other main motivational items include:

  • My Fitbit!
  • My sneakers! I know itโ€™s weird, but having sneakers I love encourages me to wear them!
  • An index card that I wrote myself that is on my nightstand that says, โ€œToday, if you become frightened, instead become inspired.โ€ It’s crazy how much this saying gives me clarity and helps me stay balanced!

Do you have any motivational โ€œstuffโ€? What is it? How well does it work? Share in the comments!

Weigh-In: Down 9.5 lbs Since 12/28/14!

Good afternoon, loves!

Today has been a rather peachy day! I got up this morning and made strawberry-filled Keto crepes (from this recipe, minus the Stevia) for my boyfriend for breakfast. He topped them with sugar-free (sorbitol) syrup and inhaled. After he left for work, I did a great kettlebell/resistance band strength training workout, then made myself a protein shake (strawberries, About Time protein, heavy cream, water, and vanilla) which I Instagrammed, of course. I did a few things around the house then headed to the gym where I did just under an hour on the treadmill on the “5k Loop” setting. Now I’m home, writing to you folks! (I also stopped at Target, Starbucks, Bed Bath and Beyond, Giant Food Stores, put gas in my car, TJMaxx… ya know, busy busy :))

SO! This morning’s weigh-in was rather pleasant:

Wahoo! Down a total of 9.5 lbs since 12/28/14!

My muscles are sore, but otherwise I feel fantastic. I’ve been sleeping better, my stress levels are lower than normal (except for when it snows and I have to drive in it), and in general I feel like my mood-meter is in the green (Sims, anyone?). It’s simply amazing how what we put in our bodies and how we treat them can dictate how well they function–#amirite?

I hope you all have a phenomenal week. Stay tuned for the rest of week for a posts about my #fitspiration planner and another Recipe Review! โค

It’s time for an update, yeah?

Hi, friends! Super-long post warning ๐Ÿ™‚

It took a little longer than I would have liked, but as promised, I’m back!

I’m going to dive right in to my updates, but PLEASE NOTE: the following has a lot of personal information, including my weight, measurements, etc. and “before” photos. If you think you might be uncomfortable having this knowledge, please skip this blog! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, seriously, updates:

  • Back on keto!
The holidays were rough, mang. I ate like a crazed lunatic and barely moved my buttcheeks. As such, my weigh-in on December 28, 2014 put me a higher weight than the first time I started keto: 237.9. I spent the last week getting back into the swing of things and I’ve gotta say, I’m so glad I did. I already feel a million times better.
  • A new job!
I started a new job on December 17th. I’m really enjoying my work and my co-workers. I’ve been going for walks for the first half of my lunch and making sure to stay hydrated (a habit I couldn’t keep up with at my last job) all day. The commute does take away about an additional two hours a day of my life, so I’ve had to make a pretty strict schedule for working out in order to meet my goals. Speaking of which….
  • Fitness!
Oh, the last year has been a mess. After my car accident on January 15, 2014, my entire fitlife changed. There are a lot of things I can’t do now due to permanent nerve damage and having limited use of my right hand, but I’m back in the swing of things and sucking up my whininess about not heavy lifting. Instead, I’m starting out with some resistance band workouts and what body-weight exercises I’m capable of (so, not pushups, lol).ย 
  • Stats!
To start the progress marker, I’m going to upload my stats here. I contemplated about this for a long time–a lot of people have access to this blog and I don’t know that I like the idea of everyone knowing my weight, but… then I decided, wtf does it matter?! I’m ready to change and I don’t particularly care what people know about me. SO! I’ll add my log from the 28th, then add today’s:
As you can see, my first week back on Keto was super-awesome, as it tends to be (mostly because of water weight, but that’s normally around 4 lbs for me, so hopefully some real weight loss, too!). Also, my body measurements, so that when the scale is being a total asshole, I can feel better:
Annnnd some photos I took today, for a Going HAM on Keto! event I’m participating in with some of my favorite Ketopians, and yes, that is my less-than-thrilled face:

So, I have some work to do! And I’m ready. As always, feel free to follow me on Instagram for loads of Keto food porn or just to say hi and be friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Until next time!