Favourite Workout Leggings

Once you go lulu you never go back. Yes. I know. They are extremely expensive, like too expensive. But, they without a doubt, always fit. ALWAYS. Yes my size varies, but anytime I need a pant, lulu always comes through. I have been thinking, what are the best leggings for running? The gym? Etc. But not all leggings are made equal

So for running, I have a very specific criteria: can’t fall down, must feel comfortable and not constricting on my legs, should have a drawstring. This will be a future post because my expectations for running clothes are a lot different then for gymwear.

For working out/HIIT/lifting/personal training: My only criteria is comfort and breathability. More specifically, I also like a pant that doesn’t fall down while I’m working out.

Brand wise: I like Lululemon, Gymshark, and Adidas. Ah such a wide range. My personal problem with a lot of brands is they just don’t flatter my body. I find that Lululemon really knows how to make a legging that has a nice wide waistband and flattering on the behind. I honestly, have religiously worn Lululemon pants for everything. These leggings are ranked by favourite fit.

Lululemon aligns (for typical gym wear, a quick spin session, some weights). They are buttery soft, flattering and of course highly overpriced. But, I really like these for general gym wear. YES I would say if you are sweating a lot these will show sweat, but not to the point that I feel uncomfortable which I think is great. 

Gymshark seamless, lululemon aligns, lululemon fast and free

Lululemon crops, the fast and free and the pacer crop. Both of them are amazing and feel like you are wearing nothing. They also don’t fall down at all, they are good for ALL types of exercise and running, which is a bonus. I mean shouldn’t they be good at everything considering the price? I think yes.

The Gymshark fit and seamless legging. So I was very skeptical about purchasing Gymshark. Mainly because there is no physical store and its USD prices but I was convinced that I should try some stuff. AND THAT I DID. The seamless collection is my personal favourite, I have the blue and “black”. The blue is great, squat proof and sweat proof. I also enjoy the fit legging. While not as popular as the flex and seamless, I really like them.  I have heard a lot of people say they aren’t squat proof, but I have the black with the lilac waistband and they fit perfectly don’t budge during my intense HIIT workouts, and aren’t sheer, I give them an A+. I also recently got the ombré seamless: these also hide sweat. I’m very impressed.

Purple Gymshark leggingsMy adidas mid rise climalite leggings. They feel similar to the align pant just slightly thicker, ever so slightly. Link is similar but not the exact pair I have.

What are your favourite workout leggings!?


Things I liked and did in February

Ah February, or as i like to say, the shortest month in the universe. It was a decent month. I had reading week (my last one ever, tear) and it was basically my last month of semi – relaxing. March is all the events and all the assignments. But you know what, I am also (hoping) to start training for my half marathon. However, I had an incident with the stairs so I’m put on hold currently.

Whittle Buttons bo-boosk. My wee kitty bitty! I saw her on reading week, (my very last one) and I also got to see my mother and my bestest friend. Whenever I go home, I really appreciate the home vibe. I love the throwback to when I used to skate, and the easiness of having an at home gym set up and laundry. Back to Buttons, she is a lovely wee bean and is just such a little girl and is so affectionate! She also has the cutest meow (okay I will stop now but just look at this adorable photo) IMG_0755.jpg

While I was at home I did some cardio workouts in the basement because my town was an ice rink and I wore my blue gymshark seamless leggings. I have to tell you they didn’t show my sweat – at all. This was so impressive to me because I have long since been a hardcore black or super dark blue workout pant gal; but these impressed me. Good job gymshark, thank you for diversifying my bottom half of my workout wardrobe. 

My physicians formula butter bronzer. Gee I forgot how great this was. Fun fact: this was my first bronzer EVER that’s right it’s probably 2 years old when I got it at Walmart two summer ago. It’s LITERALLY the never ending bronzer. It’s more of a sculpting bronzer than one that warms you up but I really like it for daily use, and then layer on a shimmery bronzer if I feel like it. They came out with a few more shades which is tempting but I must resist!

Decluttering lipsticks. Ahh letting go of my liquid lipstick phase. I finally parted my Colourpop liquid lipsticks, they just smelled so bad and same with my Too Faced one in Queen B! The only ones I haven’t brought myself to get rid of are the NYX soft Matte lip creams…they are just so good and creamy! I have tried time and time again and I just find myself not wanting to get rid of them. They are probably (embarrassingly) around two years old so its probably time for them to do, but I predict during spring cleaning I may have to part with them. But decluttering has really been enjoyable and at some point I’m going to have to move so decluttering was inevitable!

My project pan. This has really made me think about product, value and what I gravitate towards (hence my ongoing decluttering of products to pass onto friends). And it’s not that the colours or formulas of the products I’m not using are bad, but they are just not things I gravitate toward in my everyday. Which relates to the first point: when moving I want to lighten my load in all aspects of my material life.

What have you been liking and doing this month?


Let’s Talk Motivation

It’s snowing. It’s raining. It’s too hot. I’m tired. All excuses we all as runners have used before. Lately in my city, it’s been so snowy, and guess who doesn’t plow the sidewalks? The city. They are markers for ankle sprains and sore hips.

I have been missing more runs than I’d like and the reasons have been two fold: I’ve been lacking motivation to put my layers and hit the road and its hella snowy here and they don’t plow. I have been doing more HIIT workouts at home, going to the gym etc, and maybe running 2 days a week and at that shorter recovery runs. I have done a few above 5K.

However, I am starting half marathon training next month (pray for me folks) and I want to try and do as much running as possible.

My first tip: adjust your expectations for the length of your runs. Especially if you live in a city where they don’t plow anything. Even if you just get in 2km tempo run or 4km, it’s still a run, it’s still exercise and it’s still training.

My second tip: adjust your speed. I know, as so many runners know, when you are going slower than usual this is mentally tasking. Its hard, its not easy, I don’t care what anyone says, asthmatic or not, running is difficult. When the terrain is rough you have to slow it down so you don’t injure yourself, yes it’s frustrating if a 5K takes you 5 mins longer than usual but that’s the nature of the beast.

My third tip: enjoy the slight break from running. Add in more HIIT workouts to get cardio and keep your lungs going. Do cardio at the end of your strength workouts. YES none of these replace the feeling your lungs get when running. Also you can hit up the treadmill, but the treadmill is just not my cup of tea. I’d rather hit the storm outside! (and yes I have done this multiple times this winter).

Remember, sometimes not having motivation as a runner can be your body saying slow it down. Maybe that’s not true, but with this terrain my muscles, shins and knees are a lot more sore then when my terrain is smooth and I think it’s good to shorten distance when you are lacking motivation as to not get even more discouraged.

What do you do when you find yourself unmotivated?


Things I liked and did In January

January was such an odd month for me, I am in my last semester of university, I am a bit scared for what is afoot next year but excited. It was also a month where finding motivation (oddly enough) to run has been a bit lacking, but that is all part of the running journey! Despite my lack of motivation, I have discovered and rediscovered some great stuff! 

First I discovered a new favourite legging. The Gymshark fit legging. Okay maybe not favourite but I have to be honest, when it comes to the gym I wear my lululemon aligns or fast and free crops 90% of the time. But, when I received these last month I started wearing them and they are great! Not as flattering as the aligns, but it’s exciting to find a brand that has leggings that ARE FLATTERING and fit, as well have great material. Stay tuned for a post about workout and running leggings!

My mineral fusion lip tints. These have been so nice to use when I want some colour but don’t want the fuss. when I need a red lip but don’t want to fuss these are great.

The Body Shop Drops Pure Translucency Essence Lotion. In December I bought this because i wanted to add more hydration to my routine. This is a great addition of hydration to my routine.  I layer this one after my toner and before my serum.

My DIY facial oil. This bad boy is made out of argan oil, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil and lemon essential oil and I really love it. I would like to try rosehip oil as my carrier oil next time as i make it cause that one is a bit more hydrating. BUT this keeps my spots at bay and hydrates my skin.

My crossroads candle in cranberry muffin. This was something that my best friend convinced me to buy. I have been guilty of loving bath and body works candles but they don’t last long at all and this is something that really bothers me. This candle smells natural, it’s a clean candle (meaning it burns clean into the air) and smells like fresh baking AND it burns so slowly which means it is worth the price.

What did you like and do in January?