When I first started exercising, I had a pretty standard outfit: a giant, baggy t-shirt, stretchy sweat pants, and gym shoes. I felt comfortable in this outfit- nothing too revealing, nothing flopping around, no clingy tops to show off my tummy or sweat. I always thought this outfit made me feel comfortable, but now that I’ve moved onto to new workout apparel, I realize it didn’t make me feel good at all. It made me feel frumpy, like I was hiding, as if layers of boxy clothes could hide the excess weight I carried around everywhere I went. (Do you notice my shout out to WordPress in this picture?!)
My discovery of new active wear started at FitBloggin. We got work out tanks from Reebok, and as the girl handed me an XL, I was like, “Well isn’t she sweet? No way an XL, in this itty bitty gym-bunny material, will fit ME.” I threw it on in my hotel room for shits and giggles….and it fit. Not only did it fit, but it was CUTE. I actually felt slimmer in a shirt that fit me properly, one that hugged my curves but didnt squeeze me like a sausage casing.
I began wearing this shirt to various work outs, and as I grew more comfortable with my new outfit, I noticed other changes. The material wicked my sweat and I no longer left with a cold, wet t-shirt clinging to my back. I sweat like a beast, so it was really nice to wear something that didn’t feel like I’d just participated in a wet t-shirt party. I could kick and punch a boxing bag without a t-shirt riding up my back, threatening to flash my fellow gym goers. In short, this curve hugging, more revealing shirt was waaaay more comfortable than my old tried and true frump outfit, and it came in cute colors, to boot. One other perk of wearing slightly more form-fitting clothes to the gym: You can see areas you want to work, and what areas your hardwork has shown up on. Last week in boxing, I was stoked to see my love handles are shrinking – something I would have never noticed with my big baggy tee.
I’ve even branched out into Old Navy, with cute “bubble tops” like this one and fancy compression capris. I <3 Old Navy, and no, they’re not paying me to say that (I wish!), but what I love about them is that they carry almost every size in the world. I can fit into the regular women’s sizes, but if I need to, I can go into their plus line, which I’ll sometimes do if it’s a sweater that I know will shrink, etc. Everything is super affordable – this tank I’m wearing in this picture I got for $7! Much cheaper than your average fitness gear – perfect for a gal on a budget!
When you work out, how do you dress? Have you had any work out attire revelations like I have?
PS: If you ever have concerns about not looking good enough in pictures, try posting pictures of yourself in frumpy work out gear, and then just plain work out gear, on a blog for lots of people to see. Whew… That took some guts! 🙂
PPS: Epic laziness in the morning means my hair is almost never down, so this is rare photographic proof that I do have curly hair! I definitely don’t work out with my hair down and bare-foot, but at 10:45 pm you gotta make do with what ya got!
PPPS: We are three days away from the launch of the DoubleChinDiary DietBet! Our pot is up to $375 – let’s get up to $500 so you all can have an amazing split of the pot when you lose your weight! Only a $15 buy in!!! Join now! If you needed any more incentive to join, 10% of the pot is going to my charity of choice, which is No Kid Hungry, feeding hungry kids in America.