Before I began eating healthy and exercising, I thought that expensive workout gear was frivolous and silly. I mean, they sell the same thing at TJ MAXX for one-third the price. WRONG!!!!! I am here to tell you there is a vast difference between a $15 yoga mat and an $80 yoga mat. Just like with a pair of $10 yoga pants, if you truly do yoga in them, they’re going to roll down and move the entire class, whereas a pair of Lululemon yoga pants will stay put the entire class and still feel and look brand new after every wash. So, my list of favorites may be a bit pricey, but they are each an investment and absolutely worth it if you use them everyday.
First up is my new yoga mat. I had a Lululemon Reversible Mat for six months, and I loved it. Super grippy, it was great! Well, when you do yoga everyday, the mat wears out. For the last month, I would slide on it, and if I came from a runner’s lunge to a crescent lunge or warrior pose, it would buckle. It was just worn out. So, when I reached my 100 pounds of weight loss, my sweet mommy bought me a Lifeforme Yoga Mat. It’s AMAZING!!! It has guidelines marked on it to help you with form and your center. It’s super duper grippy, and it comes with the cutest little bag to tote it. Y’all, this mat is on another level! It’s just wonderful, and if you’re a local reader, both MH Yoga and Balance 30A sell these mats.Second on my list of favorites is my Reebok Sports Bra. Now, if you’re a female and have any decent amount of breast tissue, you know this is an important staple! There’s no bouncing or flopping or falling out of this bad boy! It’s holds the sisters high and tight! Absolutely worth every penny!Ranking third on the list are my favorite yoga pants. I actually have a tie in this category. Both the Athleta 7/8 Tight and the Lululemon Wunder Under 7/8 Tight are FABULOUS! Neither roll down in the first forward fold of the day or look junky after a wash or two. They’re quality, an investment! Just for extra points, if you happen to have any extra skin of any kind (like me), both of these pants do an excellent job of pulling that mess up and out of the way. You won’t be disappointed with these pants. Excellent buy!Lastly on my list of favorite gear are my Brooks Running Shoes. About 6 years ago, after I had Weston, my feet were killing me! I broke down and went to our local running store, Love To Run, and had my feet analyzed. Brooks was the recommended brand. So, I purchased my first pair 6 years ago, and I purchase one new pair every year. They are definitely worth the investment. I’ve never had foot pain or shin splints since I invested in Brooks. I can wear them all day and feel like I have no shoes on. They’re great! You can usually find some great deals on a pair of Brooks on Amazon. That’s where I purchased my last pair, and they were only $60. A total STEAL!Now let’s talk about favorite snacks. Like good gear, good snacks are also an investment. They’re more expensive than Cheez-it’s, but they’re all natural and knock your socks off DELICIOUS! Parm Crisps have totally taken my salad game from a 4 to a strong 9! I use these rather than croutons, because Carbs are the devil, and the texture and crunch make the entire salad better. They’re pretty great by the handful when you just need a little nibble of something! They could also be substituted for a cracker, if you eat crackers. Locally, they are sold at Publix and Sams Club. Sooooo good!My next snack is this bag of individually wrapped, pre-portioned trail mix. Sometimes when I’m not hungry enough for an entire meal, I will just eat a pack of these, and I’m good. The walnuts take it up a level! Man, these are good, and my kids LOVE them! I found these in the produce section at Walmart.Lastly on my list of favorites, is my favorite mantra. This was on, what I like to call, The Board of Happiness at my favorite place, Balance 30A. I had an appointment with Dr. Bart Precourt on Monday morning, and this mantra has stuck with me all week. Hope for tomorrow is implied. It’s just beautiful!💕
I hope you enjoyed my list of current favorites. Let me know some of your favorites, especially exercise tops and yoga tops. I’ve been wearing old T-shirt’s, and let me just say, you don’t know how heavy a cotton T-shirt that’s 2 sizes too big is until you’ve done a one hour spin class, 45 minutes of hot yoga, or gone for a run in south Alabama in the August heat and humidity. I’m open to suggestions. I’m going to invest in some different brands over the next month, and I will see which top comes out a winner. Thank you for reading and have an amazing day!