I have never been a good shopper. Or, I should say, I’m not one to go where the deals are. Because crowds tend to freak me out and I’d much rather go to the dentist than think about waiting on long lines or wrestling people over a $4 bra.
That being said, I decided to venture to the Yoga Bowl at the Nassau coliseum this past weekend with a good friend and patient shopper to check out some of the Lululemon deals. She can get in the fray when I’d much rather chill on the sidelines so she was the perfect companion to scour the racks with. I managed to find shorts, a headband, sweater, jacket, and hoodie and I stayed (mostly) within budget. I’ve taken on a lot of extra freelance work in the past few weeks but what’s a bit of extra cash if I just hoard it, right? This, my friends, is how I will stay in debt forever.
But there was more to this outing than just a reason to bond with a good friend and get some cute Bikram shorts. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed I’ve been packing on a few extra in my tummy (where I tend to gain most of my weight. Why can’t it go to my ass? I want donkey booty!).
I couldn’t take it anymore; “hibernation chic” isn’t a look I want to master. No more donuts from Cinnamon Snail, the greatest vegan food truck there ever was. No more late night snacking. No more lazy evenings spent on the couch in front of the space heater. There will be more walks with the dog, more yoga practice, and a desire to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
So far, the shopping splurge has helped me stay motivated. I did a workout DVD that totally kicked my ass the other night (thanks, Jillian Michaels), I’ve ordered a Living Social deal to a local gym, and I’ve been monitoring my eating habits closely (goodbye, cookie butter from Trader Joe’s. What, are you trying to kill me?!).
As much as I’d love to shed the extra tummy weight, what I really want to do is remember how great it feels to have more energy, feel fit and sexy once again, and find strength and balance on a yoga mat.
It’s the greatest gift I could ever give to myself.
Have you ever splurged on fitness wear to motivate you to stay in shape? Did it help? Please tell me in the comments below!
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