Fashion mags will tell you that every woman needs a “little black dress” or LBD, a blank canvas if you will for all your sartorial choices both present and future. If you get the right dress – one that fits like it was made for you – then you can dress it up with jewelry and heels for a black-tie affair or you can throw on a jean jacket (why yes they are back!) and sandals and head out to the farmer’s market. My family once had a foreign exchange student from Russia come stay with us and I kid you not, this was the entire contents of her luggage: a hot pink string bikini that doubled as a bra and panties (she rinsed it out in the sink every night and slept commando while it dried), a little black dress, a patterned scarf, her passport and a gigantic bottle of perfume. Talk about travelling light! But I got to see first hand how many outfits she could make out of that dress, scarf and bikini and let me tell you it was impressive. Not so functional when we took her camping in the back country but impressive nevertheless.
My problem is that I haven’t been to a black-tie event since I crashed a State dinner wearing a red sari for a reality TV show. Oh wait, that wasn’t me. I can’t remember the last time I had to dress up. So these days I’m all about the LBP(ants). With all the time I spend at the gym I live in my LBPs. They’re flattering, hide crotch sweat, hide my crotch in general, are super comfy and functional. I love them – as you may have guessed since they show up in every single picture I take for this site. I own 4 pairs. So when Mizuno asked if I wanted to try out their new spring line I said yes, please!! I’ve long been a fan of their shoes (Have you seen the new Wave Prophecy? I’m dying to try them out and not only because they look so space-age adorable!!) And so I wasn’t surprised to find I loved their capri pants as well. The swoopy pink leg stripe is really flattering. They are “running capris” which means that they are light and well-ventilated. (This also means they are rather transparent so be careful when touching your toes in public or, you know, just wear undies.)
You know what else every gym goer needs besides a great pair of pants? My book! (Yeah that was the smoothest transition ever!) And the sequel to my book – coming in January 2012!! I have to tell you guys I am so so excited about this new book. Have you ever read something you wrote in high school – like that really deep poem you got printed in the school Lit Magazine and loved so much you made every boyfriend since listen to it (No? Just me then??) – and cringed re-reading it? I am really proud of my first book, don’t get me wrong, but I made a lot of mistakes with it (wandering tenses, anyone?) and so I’m excited to make this one better. Also, with this book, much more of it is new material just for the book and never seen on the blog! There’s just so much I want to tell you guys and my posts already get crazy long sometimes. (Like this one? Ahem.) Writing this book has felt like one big happy sleepover with you guys where I tell you my deepest secrets until 2 a.m. when I get punchy then make a lot of weird jokes and we laugh and decide to go TP someone’s house. Fun!!
Gym Hubby (who is my Home Hubby too – he just wanted a Gym Buddy title too but I told him he had to do an Experiment with us to earn that one) and I went through all the creative, hilarious, witty, informational and all-around awesome titles you guys submitted for my name-my-book contest. Just to review: the 5 winners picked below each get a free signed copy of my first book and if any of your suggestions are chosen by my publisher to be the final title you get a $25 gift card to Amazon! It was really hard to narrow it down as you guys really outdid yourselves!!
But what’s the fun of getting all glammed up if you can’t have a good photo sesh after all the sweating is done? (And you can’t tell in these pics but we are SCHWEATY! Turbo Jennie made us do TEN TURBOS.)
By far everyone’s favorite title was Gym Hubby’s suggestion of “The Great Fitness Experiment II: The Exercise Strikes Back” but since he already has more copies of my book than we know what to do with, he gets honorary first place. (Don’t worry, I’ll make sure he gets a prize!)
So here are our favorite top 5 from your suggestions (in no particular order):
1. GFE 2 – Back and Sweatier than Ever! from Nikki (That’s the honest truth!)
2. Fitter by the Dozen from Becca (bellebottoms) (I loved Cheaper By the Dozen!!)
3. The Great Fitness Experiment 2: Toilet Sore and Back For More! from Claire (I. Laughed. So. Hard.)
4. 12 Excuses to wear a Tutu to the Gym from Another Suburban Mom (What better reason is there to workout?)
5. Charlotte’s W.E.B. (Ways to Exercise your Body) from The Original Drama Mama (It’s punny AND a literature allusion AND a play on my name!!)
And because we couldn’t stop giggling, here are three that earned an honorable mention. While they wouldn’t work for the title I’m definitely going to try to work them into the book somehow!
GFE: A Scramble of a Dozen Egg-cellent Workouts! (I know I’m a dork) from Julie (And you are not a dork! I love a good pun! Hilarious!)
What do you get when a Mormon, Muslim, Catholic & Lutheran walk into a gym? from Gym Buddy Allison (Oh how I love this one!)
The Great Fitness Experiment – Conquering the world, one workout at a time from I’m Not Superhuman (I’m all about the world domination!)
Girls in the top 5 – e-mail me your info (you can use the contact me tab at the top of the page) and I’ll get you your books! Thank you to everyone who entered! PLUS – a new giveaway! Leave a comment below to enter to win the pink Mizuno top pictured above for your very own! Do you have a LBD? Or tell me about your favorite gym bottoms!
P.S. In a stroke of pink-giveaway-kismet, MizFit is ALSO giving away a pink tank top on her site from Zensah so go get yourself entered there too!
“So, um, what do you want to do?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” “I asked you first!” “I got it – let’s dress up in bizarrely coordinated outfits and take pictures of ourselves!” “Wait, are we grown women or 13 year olds?” “Yes.”