I showed up to a private client’s home today and after a few minutes of punches and kicks (yep, we were boxing), she stopped dead and asked me:
“Where do you shop and what do you eat?”
It was an honest, if charged, question – and it made me think. Where do I really shop? What do I really eat? What am I willing to disclose about both of these habits (and yes, I definitely consider shopping for exercise clothes a “habit” of mine)?
I mean, you think it would be simple enough to answer – but it got me thinking about what I consider my “staples” – both of fashion and food – and I wanted to share them with you, my faithful readers, should the rest of you have the same questions.
If I had a million dollars (if I had a million dollars), I’d probably shop 99% of the time at lululemon*. Let’s be honest – their pants do for your legs and buns what the Wonderbra did for boobs in the 1980s, and their prints, cuts, and styles are at the absolute forefront of fit fashion. I have a great deal of lulu stuff, mostly pants, although I have been known to splurge on the occasional jacket, built-in bra top, and headband.
That said, I am not in fact a millionaire, and so I do about 40-50% of my activewear shopping at Old Navy. Whereas many women my age used to scoff at Old Navy, convinced their clothes were shapeless and low quality, I have turned many of the former haters onto the “dark side” of amazing savings and high-quality workout clothes at the O-Nave. If you haven’t poked around their site in a while, it’s worth your time – and believe me, the sales and prices you can get are unmatched anywhere else (even Target).
Speaking of Target, I put them in my “filler” category – meaning if I can’t get a quality lifetime staple from lululemon or a low-cost trendy piece from Old Navy, I “fill in” my wardrobe with stuff from Target C9, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Lucy, Under Armour, NIKE, Adidas, and even the occasional Puma.
Lest we neglect some of the cutest workout wear out there, I used to be a subscriber to both Fabletics (Kate Hudson’s apparel company) and Ellie, two of the best sources for new, creatively-designed active apparel. I couldn’t sustain the monthly memberships to these fine resources, but rest assured that they are awesome and really well-made.
And now, onward to food. What does a typical day of eating look like for me?
Well, I start almost every day with eggs or egg whites – hard-boiled if I’m on the run, scrambled in the microwave if I get a spare second. If I know I have a long stretch of work ahead (i.e. like yesterday, where I went 6am-noon straight with no breaks), I’ll have a big bowl of oatmeal with a banana, flaxseed, cinnamon, and peanut butter stirred in to make sure I have the energy to get through. Sometimes I do Bulletproof coffee but I can’t say I’m religious about it.
Once it’s time for a snack, I go for one of three combinations – an apple/pear with cashew butter, pitted Medjool dates with peanut butter, or 2% plain Greek yogurt with a Quest bar crumbled in. These high-fat or high-protein snacks keep me going through the midday since I rarely have a proper “lunchtime,” so to speak.
If I do get to sit down and enjoy a lunch, it’s usually leftovers (whatever I made the night prior) or a salad of arugula, tuna, goat cheese, chopped apple, and walnuts, tossed in olive oil and lemon juice. Again, real “meals” at lunch for me are rare.
For dinner, if you guys follow my Instagram you know it’s coming three nights a week from Blue Apron! I love cooking with new, fresh ingredients and getting new ideas for healthy and tasty meals, so I’m a devotee there. But I almost always cook for dinner – rarely does a night go by when we do “lazy dinner” (canned tuna, chili, or pasta) – I make it a point to cook fresh meals for myself and my fiance, and I think it’s a crucial part of our commitment to health and wellness in our own home.
But wait – doesn’t she ever have a sweet treat? Yes, of course – but I only keep dark, dark chocolate in my house. I used to keep ice cream, cookies, or other “indulgent” treats and promise myself I could portion them out appropriately – but after hundreds (thousands?) of failures to do just that, I gave up – and I don’t allow those foods in my home anymore. I can control myself around a square of dark chocolate; I can’t around a creamy pint of Chunky Monkey – so I “block” myself from bringing it in the house.
Where do you shop (for activewear) – and what do you eat regularly? Tell me
*you should know that during the writing of this post I actually went over to the lululemon website and purchased a jacket and pants. #addict
It’s good to know that even dedicated personal trainers can’t keep certain foods in the house!!! I feel bad for my fiancee, but it’s much safer for me having limited snack food at home. Even something as low cal and harmless as TJ’s version of Pirate’s Booty can become unhealthy when you consume half the bag! I love hummus, but can’t keep it in the house. It’s my weakness. I like to keep the staples- eggs, greek yogurt, carrots/celery/salsa, fruit in the house for a healthy, often satisfying snack. I always keep a bag of popcorn kernels in the cupboard because it takes effort to make real popcorn, so I’m not going to make more than 1 batch. Still trying to find the perfect thing to satisfy my sweet tooth that I can keep in the house. As for shopping, I go to the gym at 6 AM and throw on whatever old t-shirt I have in my drawer. That, with my antiquated Lululemon pants, and I am good to go. I just can no longer justify spending crazy $$$ on clothes I will wear to sweat in before I shower…
I justify my clothing addiction because they are my work clothes – if they were my “extracurricular” clothes id be a lot more frugal. 😉 love the celery salsa combo too!!
yup, you have a valid excuse to spend that $$! If you haven’t tried La Salsa Chilena, do it. It will change your life! Just go their website and it will tell you where to find it.
Thank you for sharing! 😀 You still need to go to Trader Joe’s and tell us about your experience and your picks!
I will do very soon!!
We’ve also gotten into dark chocolate as a treat/substitute for dessert. “Endangered Species” and Chocolov are two brands we can get in our local stores. Endangered Species brand especially since they offer many flavors or 70%+ dark chocolate–mint, espresso chips, sea salt and almonds, and various dried fruits. Three little squares from one bar make a very satisfying after dinner treat.
Good tips! Not a big fan of Chocolov but will try Endangered Species for sure!!
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