Posts Tagged ‘Lululemon’

After some prompting from Carina, and agreement from a few other commentators, I’ve decided it’s time to show some progress photos.  I’m happy to celebrate my success, but the problem is, I have very few shots of myself showing my entire body from my life “before.”  But I did find a few.

So here’s what 70 pounds lost looks like!

I chose this first photo because I just so happened to be wearing the same shirt today.

i'm so street

The before was taken June 5, 2010 right before my sister and I competed in the See Jane Run 5K. In the “during” photo that I snapped today, I tried to pose the same way I was in the first photo.  I weighed about 285 in the before, so today I’m down about 40 pounds in the pic at right.

In this next set, the Before was taken on December 30, 2012 right after my sister and I had attended Sunday morning yoga at Lululemon. I weighed 305, so in the “during,” which I took today, I’m down 60 lbs.


I wish the lighting was better in the “during,” because I’m not sure if you can tell that the shirt doesn’t hug my stomach anymore. And the pants were skin tight before, and now they’re loose.  (Yes I “cropped” them; I’m handy with some scissors).


So, these should give you some idea of how much different I look now. I can see it in my face and neck, but also in my stomach, arms, and thighs.  I’m so glad Carina suggested these photos – writing this post brightened my day!

(I’m going to ask my sister to take some pictures of me this weekend so I can include them.  We took a series of progress shots in her back yard in late January, and I want to put the same outfit on and have her take new ones in the same place).


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Goal Style. Each week I use Polyvore to put together looks that I hope to wear when I get to goal. They serve as inspiration and motivation, and they help me develop my own sense of style along the way. I enjoying working with thematic groupings, so if you have ideas of style themes for future fashion Friday posts, please put them in the comments.

Today’s Goal Style is all about two things – working out and Lululemon.  For me, being able to fit in Lululemon will be a major milestone.  Paying for it will be something else, but I digress.  Since this week my  focus has been on getting workouts in,  thought a Friday fashion about workout clothes was appropriate.

One thing I hadn’t realized before was just how boring the color choices at Lululemon are.  At least online.  Everything was muted – gray, black, pastels.  Bold, vibrant colors were few and far between.  And hey, I know black is slimming, but I’m the kind of girl who needs some color in her life, too. Which is why I was so happy when I found that one, bolder pink jacket.

I put a few different looks together in this set.  One with more fitted pants, which scare me, but this is Goal Style, and by the time I’m at goal, maybe those tighter pants won’t be as scary.  And then the other set are a pair of crops that I know would fit me well.  I included other views of the pants to give an idea of the fit.  Also, I only chose crops because with my short legs, I have to, the others would just be too long.

Where is (or will be) your favorite store to splurge on workout wear?

lululemon athletica

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They say that the way that you spend New Year’s Day is the way that you’ll spend they year. Well, if that’s true, 2012 is going to be the year that I learn to breathe with yoga!

  This morning (ok, it was noon, but on New Year’s Day, noon is still morning, right?) I went with Kim, her husband, and my sister to Kim’s yoga studio, aptly named Breathe. They were having a New Year’s Day/1st Anniversary special – free yoga all day. I hadn’t been to the studio before, and I have to say, I really loved it there. It’s not as large as the studio I normally go to, but there’s something very comforting and peaceful about this space.


The front desk area - very warm & welcoming


A blurry photo of the tea house sign. I love that they have this option for a pre or post session cup of tea.


A shot of the store and decor. If you look to the left, you can see a class.


The wall of buddhas.


My favorite thing - by far - was this waterfall wall with the word "breathe" in all the different languages of the world. From Sanskrit to Italian and everything in between.

The best part of the day, though, was the Yoga Basics class taught by Su Wong.  Su was an amazing teacher – very knowledgeable, but also very lighthearted and playful in her teaching style. She was excellent about demonstrating the poses and then walking around and slightly adjusting the students as she saw we needed it.  She kept reminding us to be grateful for the way that our bodies  could move, and she kept reminding us not to take it all so seriously.  She repeated “let go” throughout the class, which was an excellent way for me to begin the new year living my mantra of releaseSometimes things work out so perfectly that you know they just can’t be an accident – they’re absolutely meant to be. 

I left the class feeling uplifted, refreshed, and so energetic.  All the little kinks from the week’s workouts had been worked out, and I was ready to tackle the rest of the day, which consisted of a light lunch, a long walk with Sofi, and now some quiet time writing and listening to Buddha Bar Rebirth & Rejoice.  I bought these CDs back in 2004 and used to listen to them all the time, and then sort of forgot about them, so it’s been nice to rediscover them today.  They definitely have the calm, world music, electronic vibe.  Later tonight I plan on taking a long, luxurious bath, because I want to make that a weekly habit on Sunday evenings as a way of ending the weekend and beginning the new week.

To continue this yoga practice, one of my friends saw my post about going to Breathe today and let me know that next weekend my favorite studio, YogaSource, is offering free classes both days.  The studio is moving to new, 10,000 square foot space, and I can’t wait to check it out.  I’ve signed up for yin yoga on Saturday (after Zumba, I figured a little peace and spirtuality would be nice) and then Bikram on Sunday. I’m so glad I’m able to take advantage of another weekend of free yoga classes.


I also plan to take advantage of the fact that my local Lululemon store offers free yoga on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.  I think that sounds like a great new habit for 2012.  In the summer they take the yoga outside, which sounds fantastic.

I wish yoga wasn’t so expensive. In my area, a monthly membership is well over $80 (limited sessions) and closer to $115/mo for unlimited. That’s just not in my budget. But with as many yoga studios as I have in my vicinity, I could probably spend the next year paying very little by just taking part in these intro deals every month or so. That way, I can check out all of the studios I’m likely to go to and figure out which one I like the best.  Once I do that, I plan to buy some class packages, which helps me save a bit on the drop-in cost, and allows me to take my favorite class – Bikram – more often.

I think that 2012 is going to be the year that I explore my inner yogini even more! And by doing so, it will also be the year that I’m finally able to fit into some Lululemon yoga clothes.  Namaste!!

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A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~~Larry Elder

Mondays are notoriously the day when many of us start over – whether it’s recommitting to a food plan, promising ourselves we will get back in the gym, or making sure we are good to ourselves on our quest to become healthier.  This Monday, I’m definitely doing all of these things.  I haven’t gotten off track, necessarily, but after 4 days away from home and a couple more without much in the house, I am so glad to be back into my normal routine. I want to use today, the start of a new week, to restart all of my goals.

To that end, I packed up my gym bag last night (because I knew I wasn’t going to wake up early this morning, with the time change), and plan on going straight to the gym after work today.  I’m getting back on the treadmill (after much too much time away) to get on track with my RLR training.  After that, I’m going to do some ab work and ball exercises at home, because that’s one area that I’ve been sorely neglecting in my workouts.

I was browsing around the web last night and found myself on Lululemon’s site.  I can’t fit their clothes yet, but they are definitely among the brands of activewear “goal clothes” I want to purchase when I get down to their size range.  I found this great information on goals that I thought I’d share:

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It’s all common sense, but I love the way they go about putting it together.  This is one cool company.

Still need some inspiration?  I find so much motivation in this awesome “manifesto” that Lululemon has created:

What will you do to make it a goal-filled day?

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