Whether you are teeny tiny like me or full-figured, finding the right one can be a huge pain both figuratively and literally. For me, I’m still devoted to The Handful for most workouts. Contrary to popular belief, tiny-on-top girls cannot wear any bra they come across in the junior’s section (unless you are a junior and then carry on). Especially if you’ve had children, you will discover as you get older that A cups need wrangling just like their bigger sisters which is why I still adore The Handful sports bra. I’ve been wearing them for years (and yes, I buy my own – not getting paid nor compensated in product to write this) and they are my go-to bra. The only exception is when I’m doing something really high impact like a plyometrics workout and then I love my Champion maximum support bras. (Until I try to take them off anyhow – removing a sweaty “maximum support” sports bra is like taking off a wet swimsuit. Over your head. In a pool of Jell-O.)
But most women do not share my small issues and so Gym Buddy Krista and her friend recently agreed to do a trial run (hee!) of Leading Lady‘s new bras designed especially for full-figured and nursing women. They tried out the seamless racerback bra and the wire-free sports bra top. (Dear Leading Lady, please use full-figured models to model full-figured bras. That redhead is adorable but I’m pretty sure she’s in the AA club with me and I don’t mean the one with 12 steps.) While they agreed the first bra was super comfy and the second one was adorable and comfy, neither offered enough support on their own to handle a high-impact workout. Both ladies loved them for lower impact work like weights though and even for sleeping in.
I recently did a story for Shape about hidden hazards in foods and as part of that got to interview some really cool experts. And these experts all had, well, not very nice things to say about plastic. Apparently BPA is just one of dozens of known carcinogens in all kinds of plastics so buying a water bottle that’s BPA free is a great first step but ideally you wouldn’t use plastic to store water at all. Of course glass is awesome for storing water – when it doesn’t shatter all over the gym floor. Enter the Bamboo Bottle Company! While their solution isn’t perfect (the top and straw are still plastic), it takes out a lot of the risk by taking a glass bottle and encasing it in bamboo for protection. Brilliant! I’ve already dropped mine on the wood gym floor (maybe more than once, ahem) and it totally didn’t break!
Okay these are really snack crackers but that wouldn’t have been alliterative and you know how I love my alliteration. Anyhow, this will surprise no one but I often have what I call a snack crisis at our house. My kids want something quick and yummy and I want something healthy for them. And not just healthy-ish but actually really good for them. We agree on fruits and veggies and proteins but carbs are where it all breaks down. Pretty much any snack geared towards little kids is a nutritional disaster. Even the beloved Annie’s brand – it may be organic but the first ingredient in almost all her products is enriched white flour! Thankfully a new little company called Somersault Snacks has solved this problem with their line of “crunchy nuggets made out of sunflower seeds and whole grains.” There are only 7 ingredients in the basic flavor and all the flavors – sea salt, cinnamon crunch, salty pepper, dutch cocoa and Santa Fe salsa – are so delicious. My kids devoured them all (although the cinnamon crunch was by far the favorite). The only downside? The Sante Fe ones were the last thing I ate before I got the worst stomach flu ever (I didn’t get it from the snacks, it was norovirus) and so now I can’t even look at them without feeling nauseated:( Not their fault but I’m mourning the loss.
But my favoritest thing ever right now are my new purple Mizuno Enigma shoes. I fell in love with the Enigma last summer (and not just for running – I wear them for everything!) and while the original dark grey, pink and green are super fun, I can’t tell you how much it makes me smile to look down at my feet and see bright purple and turquoise! The Gym Buddies are constantly amused by my never-ending parade of purple workout tops (and one skirt!) It’s gotten so bad that a random trainer at the gym commented, “Oh look, Charlotte’s shoes match her outfit… again!” It’s the little things in life:)
And last but definitely not least: I am Love LOVE Loving on my sweet family! Just had to share this pic of us at church on Christmas Sunday. We made them go to church before opening gifts… hence the expressions.