Friday, 13 April 2012

The Right Stuff

A has always been of the opinion that if you are going to do something, you should have the right tools to do it.  Me - not so much.  I am a make do kind of girl. 

When we first moved to Australia, and we were renting, we used to spend a lot of weekends hiking through the local national parks / forests.  We loved it.  And we were kitted out for it - we had decent hiking shoes, clothes that breathed and wicked sweat (even though I had no idea what that meant when we bought those shirts !!), we had camel packs in back packs, we had light weight rain jackets - just in case we got caught in a shower.  We packed lunches and ate them by the sides of rivers and waterfalls.

When we started cycling we used to cycle without knicks.  We realised very quickly that, while we may not really want to wear them, they truly are crucial for cycling.  So we bought them.  Then we bought gloves because they really help your hands.  We got water bottles and speedo thingies that tell us how far and how fast we are going.  We bought lumious jackets so that when we cycled early morning or at night, we were more visible to motorists.

So, as you can see, A makes sure that we have the right equipment to do whatever we are doing.

I have always walked - not always regularly - but we have walked - lots - especially after we got the dogs.  A has a dodgy knee from when he broke his leg two weeks before we got married and so is not able to run anymore.  While he was working away from home towards the end of last year, while I was walking one night I thought "I wonder if I can run half of this block ?" - and that was how my running started.  I have always worn a sports bra when exercising - mainly because my boobs have travelled south a lot quicker than I would have liked and nothing (short of surgery) is going to have them heading north again - and I CANNOT stand them bouncing at all - EVER ! 

WhenA and I were up the north side of Brisbane one day and we stopped off at a shop called Harris & Scarfe (I think that's the name) and while we were looking around there, I came across a Berlei sports bra that had been marked down from $80 to $49.  It was really comfortable and so I bought two - a grey/pink one and a red one.  And I LOVE them. And the best part is that they do their job so well I don't even know they are there !!!

Last week after I had bought my new shoes (which are just amazing I have to add - again !!) we were walking and I decided to run half a block - just to see how my knee would hold out.  My knee was fine but I was wearing one of my old sports bras - man, that was a mistake !!!!  I didn't say anything to A but a few roads later he asked me if I was going to run again - told him I couldn't because I hurt too much after the last little run !

Now that I am exercising 6 days a week, I have decided that I need a few more of those bras - so have just been online and bought myself another two - for $49.90 each. 

This is the dark mocha one I have just bought

I used to run in T-shirts.  They got heavy and cold and were horrible to run in.  But I didn't realise how horrible they were until one day I saw some active type tops at KMart for $10 and we bought a couple to see how they went.  After running in one the next day, I will NEVER run in a T-shirt (or similar) again.  What a difference they make to my comfort during exercising.

The long and the short of this post is that if you want to exercise - it really DOES make a difference if you have the right gear !!

Have the best weekend ever.  I know that I am going to - on Saturday morning I get to get up at 5am so I can go to the airport to collect my folks - I am so happy.  They have been on holiday for 5 weeks and I have missed them heaps.   Then K and I get to share the day together because the baby sitting she was supposed to be doing has been cancelled.  Sunday I am off to meet the lovely Julie and her daughter, and then off to meet a girlfriend and her two children.  Enjoy yours !

Linking in with katesaysstuff for Fitness Friday blog hop - so hop over and check out other bloggers who are doing the fitness thing if you like.

I am also trying to link up with Fitness Friday at [Fitness, Health and Happiness] (but as I have no idea about how to get the little linky things into my blog, I am going to have to ask you to click on the links to get to their blogs !!!  Thanks)

TFTD : Be yourself.  Everybody else is already taken - Oscar Wilde

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great weekend ahead - enjoy :)

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    1. Thanks Jackie - I had a great weekend - busy but good.

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  2. So true about the right equipment even just for walking or running. I was just going in ordinary clothes till I found some sports gear on special. OMG I even feel faster now

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    1. You are right - I do feel like I can go faster when I wear the right clothes !

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  3. yep totally makes a difference! i used to do everything in my one pair of running shoes. now I actually have running shoes, tennis shoes, golf shoes, etc. and tennis clothes. i have clothes i run in but this is something i'm going to have to update soon. i want to make sure i'm really going to stick with it this time before i invest in some workout gear. mostly because it is *so* expensive. i did get a couple of good bras up at stone's corner in brissie though and they're great for running. i can't stand mine bouncing either! have a fantastic weekend! sounds like it will be great!

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    1. LOL - I also had one pair of shoes for everything - how wrong were we when we did that ??????

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  4. Hello via Fitness Friday with Kate, nice to meet you. I do love your blog design, it's beautiful. I was never ever into buy sports clothes but have now got over myself and love a good top, proper bra and even clingy pants. Much more comfy. And getting good trainers stopped my knee being sore about 2 years ago, however they are sore again and I really ought to get to the physio and check them out.

    Your weekend sounds delightful. I am with my four kids and some friends down the coast; hard work!!

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    1. Thanks Seana - for popping by and for the compliment re my blog design. I wear the clingy pants as well - I used to feel really self conscious in them when I was heavier but now I am OK with wearing them because I have realised that I am probably not going to be able to lose much more weight - now I am working on toning up the muscle !!!

      I can definitely recommend getting your shoes checked out if you are having knee trouble - I got the right shoes and my knee problems literally vanished over night.

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  5. oh a good bra totally makes the difference!!! if you couldn't tell I'm a little bit in love with lorna jane clothes - i was blown away by the customer service and the clothes themselves are amazballs... i want to exercise because i love my clothes! yay!

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    1. K used to wear a lot of LJ stuff - I have never really got into them probably because the times I have gone in there I was never able to find anything to fit me. Maybe I should try again given how taken you are with them and the fact that I am now 15kgs lighter - might be able to find something.

      I do love the Nike pants I run in as well as the pants I got from Cotton On Body - they are really comfy. Went back to get some more but they only had long ones and I wanted the ones that come just below my knee.

      Love, hugs and positive energy !

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  6. Hi and thanks for linking up with fitness Friday @ fitness health & happiness! Having the right stuff makes all the difference. I cant imagine running without "running" shoes and I only wear them for running.

    I'm running my 4th half this weekend in Florida. Waiting for my flight now.

    Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog Jill. I hope you had a good run.

      Not sure if I will be stopping by for Fitness Friday given my dodgy stomach and the fact that I have only had one really horrible run on Monday !!!

      Have a great day !

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  7. I started jogging recently and I was running in a disastrous bra that rubbed in all the wrong place!!

    I have been looking for a good bra that gives good support.

    Thats fantastic that you are exercising 6 days a week. I bet you feel fabulous!!!

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    1. I just ordered two more of the Berlei sports bras from a place called Boobytrap Warehouse - they were just over half price of what they are in the stores. Maybe go and find the model number in the store and then order it on-line.
      Good luck !

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  8. I LOVE Berlei bras, won't wear anything else! I bought my last three at David Jones on a 3 for 1 sale... I always stock up when I see them on sale! :-)

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    1. Thanks for that - will keep an eye out for that special - that is really good !

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  9. I love my Berlei bra's too !!

    Have a wonderful weekend and say a big hullo to Julie from me :-)

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    2. I bet Berlei are glad with all the women who exercise and keep them in business !!!

      Julie and I had a great time - it was just too short - I am sure we could have talked for hours and hours if we had had the time !!!

      Have a great day !

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  10. I too wear berlei sports bras in all manner of colours. Fluoro too! Oops probably too much info.
    Because I exercise every day when I can I have bought one for every day. Really makes a difference.
    xxxx

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    1. LOL at your 'too much info' !! Mine are an assortment of colours too - luminous pink/grey, red, black, mocha !!!

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog Jill. I hope you had a good run.

    Not sure if I will be stopping by for Fitness Friday given my dodgy stomach and the fact that I have only had one really horrible run on Monday !!!

    Have a great day !

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  12. googeling berlei right now!!!! thank you for the information! xo t.

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    1. You are welcome - I hope you find something suitable.
      Take care !
      Me

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