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Friday, September 19, 2014

Workout Gear Overhaul

I'm about 4 weeks postpartum and my body has bounced back much, much quicker than I anticipated. I only have 5 lbs of pregnancy weight left to lose (in large part thanks to a modified version of Tim Ferriss’ Slow Carb Diet, which has been Benson's and my diet for the last 3 and 2 years respectively). BUT one of my major fitness goals post pregnancy isn’t just to lose pregnancy weight, it's to TONE my body and be in better shape than I was even before I was pregnant.

Now that I'm living the new mom life working out is proving to be tougher than I thought. That's why I'm excited for a couple of things: 1) getting new workout clothes and 2) teaming up with Jawbone to utilize the new UP24 to help kick me into gear!

Towards the end of pregnancy, out of the entire world of non-maternity clothes on the horizon, what I looked forward to the most was WORKOUT GEAR. What?  Yep.  No joke.

Clothes can really affect your mind and emotions, and I had an itch for colorful (but not too crazy) workout clothes to energize me for a new workout regime.  Below are the pieces I’m finally gonna try:


Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven
eight  |  nine  |  ten  |  eleven


Now, for the other half of my fitness motivation: the Jawbone UP24.  (Number 6 shown above.)

First of all, let me say I know I don't usually talk about non-style things here except maybe on weekends, but I took on this collaboration for a number of reasons: 1) I was going to do a workout clothes post regardless and this fit right in, 2) many, MANY people commented on how I was or wasn't gaining weight during and after pregnancy and I don't want you all thinking that I didn't have to work hard to stay healthy or that you can't do it too, 3) I'm a long time user of the Jawbone UP so I got excited at the opportunity.  Can you blame a sister?

SO, the UP.  I had the old version of the Jawbone UP for 1.5 years.  It's a fitness tracker that gives you great insight to your movement and overall health throughout the day.  It tracks your step count and sleep and allows you to log workouts and meals.  It also gives you great little stats, recipes, or interesting health/mind/body facts which I look forward to each day.


Having the UP motivated me to hit a fitness goal of 10,000 steps each day, or the equivalent of 4.5 miles.  The UP was a constant reminder to get up and move, and the fact that something was actively tracking my activity, or lack thereof, was motivation I needed.  Plus, all my UP friends could see my progress so I felt even more accountable.  I established such great habits of walking throughout my day that once I got pregnant I seamlessly continued them throughout pregnancy which helped me maintain a healthy pregnancy weight gain.

(My healthy weight gain was NOT because I'm one of the lucky ones who just doesn't gain weight no matter what.  I moved a lot thanks to the Jawbone UP and tried to eat well with the modified Slow Carb Diet...plus sweets.  Ha.)


my UP progress in the past

The other side of pregnancy has been a different story.  Fatigue and the need to heal from labor got me out of my walking groove, but with my new UP24 I'm already back in it!  I wore it for the first time earlier this week and hit 10,000 steps immediately--something I was definitely NOT doing since giving birth.  Beyond getting my step count back up, my new goal is for the UP24 to motivate me to do strength training workouts.  And to actually get the workout clothes.  Can't forget the excuse to shop!  ;)  Wish me luck!

Read more about the Jawbone UP24 AND see all the pretty colors it comes in here.

What motivates YOU towards your fitness goals?  

Also, I'm *just* starting to explore the world of workout clothes, which is why they're basically all from Old Navy.  My current stuff is way outdated and uninspiring.  Any suggestions for other workout clothes?  (INEXPENSIVE ONES, please! :) )




This review was sponsored by Jawbone.  All opinions are mine.  For more info on PMT's sponsorship policies see disclosure page.

53 comments:

  1. Check out the new Jillian Michaels activewear at Kmart. I love it!

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  2. I love the GapFit Breathe line for tops - so soft and comfy, not too hot and moves well.

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  3. I love finding cute workout tops at TJ Maxx and Ross. I LOVE Lululemon, but I don't love the price, so I have scoured e-bay for lulu pieces and have found some great deals.

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  4. I should add, that I don't mind paying a little bit more for well made items that don't chafe because I will wear them for years and years. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a long run and having your shorts rub you raw.

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  5. After purchasing the jawbone - is there any subscription fee for apps/services?

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  6. I actually love Old Navy's activewear! As a tall woman, they have been one of my only options, but I have never been disappointed with the quality. Their activewear actually seems higher quality than their casual stuff, somehow.

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  7. I love Old Navy, Target and Fabletics for all my activewear! (Although don't buy any sports bras from Fabletics... they have ZERO support.) I also have friends who swear by TJ Maxx but their clothing section gives me hardcore anxiety so I have not personally purchased anything from there.

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  8. Old Navy all the way! And whenever I can find it on clearance, GapFit workout clothes. I find that Gap compression workout pants are a similar quality to Old Navy's, but they sit a little higher, so they stay on better for longer runs, at least on my body. But I agree with Hy, Old Navy's activewear is a notch above the rest of their clothes in quality and I love that I can order petites online and not have my workout pants drag on the ground.

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  9. I also love the GapFit Breathe line for tops! They're a little pricier than the Old Navy tops but so worth the money. I usually wait until they're having a sale (which seems every week these days) and stock up!

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  10. That's amazing! I am 30 months postpartum and I still have 10 ibs to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight!

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  11. Old navy has cute stuff but I haven't tried it yet. I LOVE Fabletics! Really good quality for really good prices!

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  12. Good luck!!! New workout clothes always make me feel amazing and motivate me to train. My current favorite outfit is from Osielle (Mac Roga shorts and Winona tank), but it was a lot of $$, even on sale. For more economical pieces, I love GapFit workout clothes. And have seen women in my running club come how with adorable pants from TJ Maxx.

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  13. I also am a HUGE fan of Old Navy! The pants have stretched a little bit with wear but I'm still satisfied with the fit. I've had really great luck with getting ON stuff on sale, too. I also picked up a pair of the Gap compression workout pants on the sale rack for $15, so check there too!

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  14. Old Navy is pretty much the jam for workout clothes anyway! Plus, it's all on sale right now. They often knock off more expensive brand like lululemon. I recommend the moving comfort sports bras, especially if you're nursing. They're not terribly priced on amazon.

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  15. I agree I love ON workout gear! I used to buy cheaper stuff then got some of theirs on sale once and have a hard time buying anything else now! Target can be hit or miss so definitely try theirs on and move around in it or bring it home and wear it for like half an hour before deciding. There have been many times I've ended up returning their stuff. I have those capris (number 3) and they're pretty good but definitely not as good as ON's. ON bottoms do tend to sit higher which definitely does keep me from having to pull them up as often when moving. I especially love ON's compression capris, they're so comfortable and fit me really well!!
    And if you are interested in specifically walking shoes I can't sing the praises of Skechers go walks enough! I bought a pair of their sneaker style go walks and wore them for 9 days straight of walking Orlando theme parks, pretty much 8am to at least 10 or 11 pm daily and my feet and legs never once hurt! No sore muscles or arches in my feet and no painful pressure points from being on my feet all day or standing in lines for hours!

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  16. Hey Audrey, wow just 5 lbs to go that's amazing.. Can you please tell us your daily modified Tim Ferriss slow carb diet? I would like to know what all you ate during pregnancy and planning to eat postpartum.

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  17. I know this doesn't really apply to this post, but can you give some tips on how to dress through pregnancy when things don't fit at all anymore? My chest got big enough that I can't wear ANY of my prepregnancy shirts, and I ended up giving all of them to a friend. I only have 5 shirts that fit right now, and it is so frustrating to me. Thanks for your help!

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  18. Hey Aloysia! If you're not familiar with the Slow Carb Diet, here are a couple of summaries. HOWEVER, the fuller, more detailed explanation is in Tim Ferriss' book 4 Hour Body. The summaries are just the "rules" but not the WHYs.

    http://fourhourworkweek.com/category/the-slow-carb-diet/ http://www.4hourlife.com/2011/10/24/tim-ferriss-slow-carb-diet-simple-condensed-patient-handouts-guides/
    One thing the second link's one-page handout is missing is to eat 30 grams of protein in the morning, 20 for lunch, and 20 for dinner. The WHY for all of that is because those portion of protein hack your metabolism and kick it into high gear! It's a lot of protein, but that's how much you need to be eating while pregnant anyway so it works out.

    My modified version was basically "no carb-based meals" except on the cheat day and except for a high fiber high protein english muffin for my breakfast sandwiches. No pasta, pizzas, or even sandwiches, but I'd eat a salad with a slice of bread on the side. I still ate fruit and some dairy though you're not supposed to on Slow Carb. And I TOTALLY ate lots of desserts!

    Daily I ate an english muffin sandwich with two eggs and avocado plus cottage cheese (to fulfill the protein) for breakfast. Lunch was usually a salad with protein. Dinner was often protein with cooked veggies like zucchini pasta with pesto or marinara sauce, or chili, or soups, etc. I'd snack on trail mix, yogurt, hummus and veggies, or high fiber protein bars (even though those are carbs).

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  19. Yikes! Sorry, Madi...I don't know if I'll be much help there. My body didn't get very out of proportion during pregnancy, so I don't have experience with that.

    Some maternity shirts I tried were definitely stretchier and more flexible than others. My Old Navy tees probably wouldn't have fit if I had gotten any larger, but I had an H&M striped tee that was soooo stretchy and could have accommodated my body growing a ton more in all areas. Otherwise, I think you'd just have to take it in stride and buy for the size that would fit you in each new stage of pregnancy.

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  20. I have an app on my phone that tracks my steps and meals/workouts so I know what you mean about that added motivation! I will literally pace around my house before bed if I haven't reached my steps goal. It makes my dog nervous, but oh well. Also-- new workout clothes always motivate me to get out and move around. I try to get one new item (usually from the Old Navy sale rack) per season. Funny how little things like feeling cute really make a big difference!

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  21. I got most of my workout clothes at TJ Maxx

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  22. I love workout clothes! I buy used Lululemon to keep the cost down. It might sound gross to some people but I'm totally cool with it.

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  23. I've been doing sports/working out my whole life, and I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of Old Navy workout clothes. They have some good stuff at Target, too. Congrats on your beautiful baby!

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  24. Hi Audrey - I really love this post. Very timely for me! :) I was wondering if you might elaborate just a smidge on how you have modified the Slow Carb diet? I have studied up on it but it seems just too restrictive for me & would love some input on how you modified it, just so I can get some inspiration for how I might be able to modify it for myself! TIA & love love LOVE the blog!

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  25. You should check out GapFit too. My FAVORITE gear is from Athleta. Pricey, but I just watch for a sale and hope my favorites are marked down and available in my size!

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  26. Most of my workout pants are from ON, but my husband recently got me two workout outfits (I asked! ;-) from Nordstrom's Zella brand and I love them! They can be pricey, but I just got a pair of the capri's on sale for $14. Super stretchy but fitted nicely, too.

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  27. Maurices has a new active line and I just purchased 3 pieces that I LOVE! Affordable and quality pieces that feel like they will last. :) You can find the line here: http://www.maurices.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=47091906&cp=28474586

    Also, I've been wanting some help with fitness motivation and accountability, so I will be checking out the Jawbone UP! :)

    Can't wait to see you and catch up and meet your adorable mini-me! Hugs! :)

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  28. My favorite places to buy reasonable priced workout gear are ON, TJMaxx, and Fabletics for the pants. I am SO in love the max compression capris from Fab... I carry my weight in my lower half and these are by far the best bottoms I've every owned.

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  29. Jillian Michaels?! You need not say anymore. I'm on it!

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  30. :) Let me know if you have more questions about Slow Carb!

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  31. I'm very happy that you only have 5 more lbs to go, but granted, those pesky 5 lbs are always so hard to get rid of! I'm excited to hear about your "fitness journey aka postpartum fitness." Many of my workout clothes are from ON too, but I have some stuff mixed in there, like I found some super cute mesh tanks from JCP online and they were like $6. Also recently been obsessing a little with Z by Zella from the Rack. I bought 2 pairs of capris and they were more than I normally spend ($20 each) but they are pretty good quality, but something about ON still draws me back! :) Good luck!

    http://misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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  32. I love Jillian Michaels for my postpartum toning. My favorites are Ripped in 30, 6 week 6 pack, and shred it with weights. I don't gain much weight during pregnancy, but I do feel a lot flabbier afterwards.

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  33. Ooh, this is so exciting, Audrey! I've been working hard to try and get my body in shape off and on for years, but just in the past 3 weeks or so, I've really been focusing on making a change in my eating, drinking, and activity. I would love to get some kind of fitness tracker to help me stay motivated and accountable. I'm wondering if a Jawbone might be a good option for me. I've been hearing all about the Fitbit for the last couple of years, but I'm not 100% sure if that's the route I'd like to go. I think it's awesome that you've been using the Jawbone UP for awhile already, and I like that it gives you tips, recipes, facts, etc. Hmmm...you may have planted a seed, Audrey!


    As for workout gear, I usually stick to Target and Old Navy, but I live about 5 minutes from a Nike Outlet, and I've LOVED my tops and capris that I've gotten there as well. Luckily, since it's an outlet, it's pretty affordable. I got three tops and a pair of running capris there for about $50, which was great!!

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  34. I just started wearing GapFit tops & they are great! For bottoms I wear Lululemon, I am a brand loyalist in that regard - yes they are expensive but they last forever!


    xo julesinflats

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  35. I have been debating about buying a fitness tracker but have held off because I know it's not my fitness level that's causing the lack of progress but my eating. Great job on keeping fit during your pregnancy!


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  36. Shirts: Champion at Target
    Workout pants: Danskin at Walmart.
    Super comfy, and not expensive!

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  37. I highly recommend the Xersion line from JCPenney for inexpensive workout gear! I have at least a dozen of their tops (short sleeve and long sleeve options), and they've held up really well from pretty constant use over the past two years.

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  38. Like others - Target, TJ Maxx, Nike Factory Stores and watch the clearance racks at Dicks. I have gotten a lot of Nike and Under Armour dry fit tees and tanks I love in the less popular colors super inexpensive!

    I do recommend investing in supportive bras though. Victoria's Secret has a great line, especially the high impact bras. They are included in the $10 off promo cards they send out and are also occasionally on sale.

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  39. I recently purchased the Jawbone UP24 as well and it has really helped me in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. Like you, it's helped motivate me to walk more. I also LOVE the sleep tracker, that's the reason I went with jawbone over fitbit (I heard jawbone tracked this better). I also love all the motivation and health tips it sends that are tailored to my situation because they are based off of trends it has noticed with my eating, sleeping and exercising habits.

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  40. I totally think fitness has more to do with diet/eating than exercise! Except if you're trying to tone and build muscle. But I don't think most people put enough emphasis on diet as a huge factor in fitness.

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  41. Ooh I'll have to check out Danskin at Walmart!

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  42. I'll check that out next time I'm at JCP! Thanks for the tip!

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  43. The sleep tracker is the reason Benson went for the UP over Fitbit. I love how it's motivated you to get moving more!

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  44. Kohl's & JC Penney have inexpensive workout clothes!

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  45. I"d love to know more about the Slow Carb Diet.

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  46. First of all, can I just say that I absolutely LOVE how down-to-earth you are, Audrey! So many style blogs are all about model-looking people with $500 coats, and it's so refreshing to see how awesome you can look on a normal-person budget.


    In terms of exercise clothes, for me, a good sports bra can make SO much difference (that and shoes are the only things I'm really picky about when it comes to workout gear), so I would recommend investing in some really good ones, especially if you'll be doing high-impact exercise like running. My personal favorites (by far) are the Moving Comfort sports bras, especially the Vixen one. I've literally had one for two years with regular use and it's as good as new. I've even worn it as a swim top, and it works perfectly for that too. See http://www.movingcomfort.com/en_us/sports-bras/, and I think they're also sold in Brooks stores.

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  47. Courtney SchwabelandFriday, September 26, 2014

    Audrey, I have been an avid reader of your blog for quite some time and its so refreshing seeing you use clothes everyone can afford. One place I found cute workout clothes was at forever 21. I can't wait to see more updated posts :)

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  48. Thank you, Courtney! I had NOT thought of Forever 21 for workout clothes. Thanks for the tip!

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  49. I love Lululemon pants but they are not inexpensive. However - my second favorite pair of pants is from Target! They are C9 brand "performance" pants and love the fabric.

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  50. LL Bean has daily specials and free shipping if people are in the northeast ocean state job lot has cute stuff cheap

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  51. Hi Audrey! I LOVE hearing that you were complimented by a total stranger and that you're having fun with clothes! Thank you also for sharing about the blog! :)

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