Here’s a quick outfit post. It was 14 degrees today! 😬 I took a couple days off of work to focus on writing a research paper. It’s tedious stuff, so I’m glad to take a little break to snap this OOTD photo. This is right before a power walk with my dog Freddy in the park. I’m wearing my dad’s old Gap sweater that’s probably 15 years old. He never wore it because it was too big for him (my dad is a very slender man). He gladly passed the sweater along to me. It’s still in perfect condition.
Underneath I’m wearing a pre-owned (but new) Patagonia sports bra that I bought on PM. It’s incredibly durable and gives really strong support (I ordered a size small; in the past I wore a size medium, but mediums were never supportive enough; I’ve since learned that sports bra have to be a uncomfortably constricting to work well).
You can’t see it, but I’m wearing a pair of very thick American Apparel 91% cotton winter leggings underneath these old street fleece sweat pants by EL. The two layers of pants made things very toasty! I actually felt hot and needed to unzip my jacket after 15 minutes of walking. AA stopped making their winter leggings but you can occasionally find them pre-owned. I haven’t found a pair of non-terry / non-plush leggings quite as thick as these. I liked them so much, I bought three pairs years ago (glad I did).
I finished things off with this old EL winter puffer, thick boot socks, new crepe boots, a beanie, a scarf that wrapped my head from the nose down, and a pair of gloves. The amount of time it takes to get dressed and undressed for the bitter winter is something I’m not going to miss when I leave New York. If you are on the east coast, how are you fighting the frost bite?
I completed the 3rd class in the Barre3 online beginners series. The glut workouts were really interesting. I worked out butt muscles I didn’t even know I had and felt sore around the hips all week. In 5 days, I’ve already lost 3 pounds! And I know it’s not water weight because I’ve been drinking a lot more water lately. I’m not restricting my food intake by much either. I’m eating maybe 10% less, but eating a lot more vegetables, and have cut down just a little on carbs. To make the vegetables a lot more interesting, I’ve been stir frying with just a tad of this black bean-chili oil sauce. I’m still snacking on a few Reese’s peanut butter cups, had a few spoonfuls of strawberry ice cream, and nibbled on holiday candy sent to us for Christmas, but I’m not eating more than a handful of any junk food per day.
I also feel like I can sit up straight for longer periods of time. I’m not sure if results can happen this quickly or if it’s all a placebo effect, but in any case, I feel very encouraged by this tiny bit of progress. Even though I’m technically not obese, I’m very out of shape. I have too much central fat (the most unhealthy kind). I can’t even run half a mile without stopping. I don’t think I’ve run more than 1 mile at a time in my entire life. I’m out of breath by the second flight of stairs. My core is very weak. I have bad posture while sitting and nearly gave myself a hernia when I coughed while laying on my stomach a few weeks ago. The only thing on my side, is my father’s genetics (he has a very fast metabolism and has always been extremely thin his whole life), which is maybe why I’m feeling results from this new workout so quickly.
Going into 2018, and entering the thick of my 30’s, I’m becoming more focused on my physical health and well being. I find that when I read/watch something over and over, I’m more likely to stay engaged in the activity, ie. when I watch someone paint, I start painting. When I read style blogs, I want to dress better. When I read that KonMarie book, I decluttered my apartment. When I watch cooking shows, I cook. And so on. So if I want to get fit, I figure I should watch people do it. There’s no shame in being a follower when it’s good for you.
[outfit: my dad’s old Gap sweater, old everlane street fleece pants, old everlane winter puffer, apc armelle boots]