I’m literally jumping for joy!
Robins egg blue capris with white piping and a striped tank top that would make Rainbow Brite jealous: that was the first athletic outfit I ever purchased for myself. (As purtyinorange said to me on Twitter, “Whenever I think of you, I think ‘subtle’… lol”) It was after my 2nd son was born and I was wrecked physically from three back-to-back pregnancies and wrecked emotionally from the court case against my ex-boyfriend. My plan was to heal myself from the outside in and hopefully lose my baby weight too. Having no knowledge whatsoever of fitness or training, I decided the best way to accomplish this was to run as hard as I could up the hills by my condo in Seattle. I picked 5 a.m. because it was right after the last night feeding of my baby and my boobs would be deflated enough to not give me a black eye. At that time I did not even own a sports bra (and today I own like 10… overcompensating?)
Each day before dawn, I’d throw on my husband’s ratty tee and a pair of gardening shorts, turn up the angry, angsty music and run the heck out of those hills. After a couple of months I noticed that my stamina had increased remarkably and my shorts were falling off. I decided I wanted to try running a longer distance… in daylight. The time had come to purchase publicly acceptable workout gear. So I headed to Target and bought myself the blue Champion capris and the tank – I picked them because they looked happy which was remarkable for me at the time. And while I was, yes, bending to the conventions of society, mostly that first outfit was a celebration. I was doing something hard! And I wasn’t failing! It can’t be overstated how much those clothes meant to me. (Not enough to take pictures, sadly.)
I am one of those people who can remember what I was wearing at every major event in my life. So when Champion USA contacted me about becoming one of their brand ambassadors, I immediately thought of the blue capris and almost wet myself with excitement. Since those capris I’ve owned many Champion items – their sports bras have held me in good stead (har!) through the multitude of sizes my chest has changed during two more pregnancies and breastfeeding. Their tops are fun and figure flattering and their bottoms hold up really well. Given how much of their stuff I own, I was already practically a walking billboard for them so getting paid to do it? Icing on the flourless, sugar-free, protein cake, baby! It was like Christmas come early around here when I got a big ol’ box of fun stuff to try out including pieces from their Champion Shape line (more on that in another post!).
Like one of those magnetic dolls that you can snap on new clothing, I of course had to try everything out this week. Here’s a sampling:
Love this tank because it’s full coverage. Plenty of length to keep things covered!
Plus the pink stripes are fun!
This is my new favorite running skirt because it’s the rare skirt where the compression shorts are nice and snug but the skirt is nice and loose.
Even when I stretch it still covers all my business! Also, the Gym Buddies call this “my boobs are in jail” top. I love it. I made it by taking a striped sports bra and layering it over the top of a plain black tank. Jail chic!
The “shaping” top was a nice basic black tank but I liked it the least of all the stuff I tried. It was a little baggy around the waist and the shaping panel was really stiff and tended to ride up a bit. But I think if it had fit properly I would have really liked the shaping aspect. 5 kids has left me with a lot of war wounds (I’m proud of my marks – I just prefer my “apron of skin” to stay inside my pants, thanks.)
And yet it was so tight on my chest that I got a second workout trying to wrestle it off. But hey, I definitely didn’t need a second bra underneath!
Tickle fight! Isn’t this how everyone ends their workouts??
These capris were super comfy with a nice wide waistband and I love purple. As for what I’m doing well let’s just say that this month’s MMA Experiment is sure getting us a lot of weird looks in the gym! Basically you have to lunge forward, pushing against a resistance band around your hips and punch the exercise ball in front of you. (Yes we have focus mitts, for some reason this workout specified a ball…)
Champion USA didn’t want me to have all the fun though and they are offering to give one of you a complete OUTFIT! The winner gets to pick a bra, top, bottom and jacket. (Men, you can enter too – Champion has a full line of men’s clothing although I daresay you won’t get a bra.) To enter, leave me a comment telling me what your first workout outfit was and why you got it. For a second entry, “like” Champion USA on Facebook or follow ChampionUSA on Twitter and then leave a separate comment telling me what you did. This contest ends in two weeks on August 31. This giveaway is open to everyone!