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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Yogi Clothing about doing a review of their clothing on the blog. I took a look at their site and when I saw the beautiful clothing they make I excitedly said, “Yes please!”
I picked out a couple pieces and a week or so later I got a package in the mail full of goodies!
In the package was their pink ruched hoodie jacket which is super cute with pleating in the back that makes it look sort of like a riding jacket
and it has thumbholes! I heart thumbholes.
I also received their Zip V-Neck Cardigan which I am obsessed with
It is so soft and comfy! In fact, the day the shipment arrived I tried it on to take these photos and then wore it for the rest of the day! I’ve worn it a number of times since, it is a perfect fall cardigan for those not so chilly days.
Here is another shot of the two sweaters/jackets
I really like that the hoodie is different from your traditional zip-up hoodie/jacket. The rushing on the front, and pleated back really makes this hoodie stand out, and I’ve received a number of compliments already and I’ve only had the chance to wear it twice.
As for the cardigan, what more can I say? Besides loving how soft and comfy it is, I adore that the sleeves are nice and long so my wrists stay warm along with my arms! The problem with being tall/having long arms is that is can be tough to find sleeves that are long enough, so I always get excited when a top has extra long sleeves!
As much as I love the hoodie and cardigan, the Print WB Pant they sent me are my favourite item (and that’s saying something!). My usual go-to black workout pants are my Lululemon Astro pants (which are super old and getting very close to retirement) and I gotta say – I like these better. Why? Because of the way they are made. Instead of just having a front and a back sewn together at the sides, these have a third smaller panel on the sides which makes for a more comfortable and flattering fit.
I wore them on the plane to San Francisco, and to teach a few classes and I really am pretty smitten. In fact I wore them just this morning!
I treat all of the items like I would any other athletic wear, I wash them in the washing machine and then hang to dry. Each piece has been washed a minimum of two times and I’ve had no issues with discolouration, shrinking, pilling, etc.
I also found the items to fit true to size, so if you’re wondering what size to order I would go with your regular size.
If you are in the market for some new workout wear check out Yogi Clothing! They have lots of cute items and their products are made in the USA (which I know is important for a lot of people)
Disclosure: In case it wasn’t clear, I received these items free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I really do love the products I received and would tell you if I felt otherwise.
Happy Tuesday! Here in Canada we are just getting back int o the swing of things after our Thanksgiving long weekend, and I officially ran my last real “run” before this weekend’s Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco (yikes! How it that only 5 days away??).
I’ve run the 5K the past few years, and it’s become my favourite Thanksgiving tradition. For so many years I wasn’t able to be active because of my ailments (mainly fibromyalgia and a weak left lung) so being able to get up on Thanksgiving Sunday and run a 5K feels like a great way to be “thankful” for what I can now do.
I had big hopes for a PR this past weekend. I figured if I could run a sub 30 5K out of the blue after not running for like 3 years, I should certainly be able to beat that this year since I’ve run more in the past 4 months than I probably have any other year.
Saturday I picked up my race kit and hung out at the football field while waiting for my nephew Andrew to run in the kid’s run. It was soooo cold! Luckily for Andrew and his sister Emma, I got a sweet blanket and jacket in my race kit that they were able to snuggle up in
and a better shot of the goodies
Best. Race. Swag. To. Date. I’m obsessed with that blanket. The end.
Sunday morning was a beautiful (but freezing) morning, and I ran without a watch (my new trend) so I really didn’t have any idea how fast I was going. Looking back, since I wanted a PR I really should have worn my watch so I could have paced myself… but I guess luck was on my side because when I entered the football field I could see the time clock was right at 29 minutes. I could still do it! So I sprinted to the end
When I finished the clock read 29:30. My old PR was 29:22, when my chip time was posted it was 29:19. So yay! A new PR, but I was still annoyed for about 10 minutes thinking I should have done better. But hey, I didn’t wear a watch, I didn’t hurt myself and I still beat my own record. So I got over it.
Also, I think I’m going to arrange to have my own photographer for all future races. That first “action” shot is the best running photo I’ve ever had. Thanks Lisa!!
The post race picture I took – notice that stupid me had my medal turned the wrong way.
And the post race photos our official photographer took
with Cathy who ran her first official 5K! Whoop! Whoop!
And one last close up of the medal:
And now we await my San Francisco adventure for one more race recap this month. Eep!
It is Sportline’s SOLO 925 Heart Rate Monitor which they sent me to review.
While I knew they were sending me a heart rate monitor I didn’t know what colour it was, and of course I was tickled pink (excuse the pun) when it arrived and was a super pretty pink colour!
As a Polar F4 user, I was interested to see how this monitor compared to my beloved Polar. The SOLO doesn’t include a chest strap and required you to touch your finger tips to the metal area around the face in order to record your heart rate and this feature was what really drew me to the SOLO in the beginning.
I’ve come to find that wearing my Polar while teaching classes is a real pain. The chest strap always slips no matter what I do to it and it’s a bit awkward to be adjusting your chest strap during classes in front of a room full of people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked down at my Polar during a class only to see “Check Transmitter” and know that there was no way I could fix the problem because I was in the middle of teaching a song. This has led me to having a lot of inaccurate calorie burns and makes it difficult for me to monitor my heart rate during classes.
Enter the SOLO.
While some people may find having to touch your fingers to the watch in order to register your heart rate a pain, it doesn’t both me at all. I do find it registers most quickly if you are standing still so I tend to only take my heart rate between songs or on water breaks which works out really well. It doesn’t disturb my class and it gives me a good idea of how hard I’m working. Another thing I really like is I can wear the watch for all of my classes and if at the last minute I decide I want to record my heart rate or calorie burn I can, there is no chest strap to bother with, and no parts that I need to wet down prior to use (with the Polar you need to wet the chest strap in order for it to get a proper reading).
Something else that is really cool about the SOLO is that it can record your total calorie burn each day. If you remember to reset it when you get up or before you go to bed, and record your heart rate during exercise it will be able to tell you how many calories you’ve burned all day long. If you are trying to lose weight this information can be invaluable as it helps to take the guess work out of how many calories you should be consuming.
Honestly, the SOLO has a lot of functions that I still haven’t completely figured out. It has a pedometer which can calculate how many steps you’ve taken, how far you’ve travelled, it has a timer, an alarm clock, has a dual time feature if you travel frequently between time zones and even within the heart rate monitor functions there are lots of features I haven’t yet used.
As far as it’s accuracy, no heart rate monitor is going to be 100% accurate as far as calories burned is concerned, but will give you a much more accurate reading than exercise equipment. Compared to the Polar, I wore both monitors one night when I went for a 2 mile run and the total calories burned according to my Polar was 275, and the Sportline registered 248 so a difference of 27 calories. That makes sense to me since I had to stop running in order to get my heart rate to register on the SOLO and obviously as soon as I stopped moving my heart rate would start to slow.
Overall I think the SOLO is a wonderful tool – and is now my preferred tool for calculating calorie burn while teaching classes and for every day use. I think the strap and fit of the SOLO is much more comfortable than my Polar (which I find a bit big and clunky). However, when running I will still be using my Polar since I can see my heart rate without having to stop, and when I’m running it is easy for me to adjust the chest strap if it begins to slip.
If you are looking for an affordable option to help keep you motivated to move more I would urge you to take a look a the SOLO 925, besides being pretty it has a lot of wonderful (and practical) functions.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent the SOLO 925 free of charge in order to review it for Sportline, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Those aren’t for sale.
Stay tuned: Sportline also sent me an Ab Station which I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks!
I thought the best way to pay homage to 2012 was a photo post that shows the highlights of the year.
Going WAY back to February, I was fortunate enough to win a local business award for the second year in a row
For being a one-girl show it is really special that I’ve won it two times (even though they spelled my name wrong….whatevs).
Then I followed that up by being featured in CanFitPro Magazine in May/June
From here we move onto the trip triple header!
The first was back in June:
I hopped into a rental van with 4 other Zumba instructors and drove 20+ hours to Toronto to participate in Canada’s first ZIN Day. This trip also marked the first time I was “recognized” as a blogger – go me! 😀
Less than a month later J and I hopped on a plane to go on the trip I’ve been waiting my entire life to make. Disney World!
It truly was the happiest place on earth and now I want to go back again, and again, and again. I have a serious fever. Here are my posts from that trip:
What’s a trip to Orlando without a trip to Hogwarts? I was in total dork heaven.
I was home for a mere three weeks before I took off again, this time to NYC for BlogHer. I’ve never travelled alone before, and after what went down I’m not sure I ever will want to again :/ I wrote about the craziness that ensued upon my arrival there , but my trip back when I got stuck in Newark airport alone, with no money, for more than a day I did not write about. Al you get from that story is a picture of me below taken at hour 22 in the airport, and hour 34 of being awake…
New York Posts:
Once again this year I tied up my laces and ran the Valley Harvest 5K on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Weekend. I was sick with a head and chest cold (meaning barely breathing) so my time wasn’t what I hoped, but I still did it!
The next batch of excitement came when ZIN 41 (which was filmed durning ZIN Day) arrived and I could see myself on the DVD 😀 I’m in the shot below – it’s like a game of where’s Waldo!
In November I decided to shoe up one more time for the year and ran another 5K, this time at Murray Muir Winery.
From there on out, I mostly coasted into my Christmas Vacation without doing anything terribly notable. I was sick, and injured, and tired. Thankfully over the past week I have recovered from my injury and have had lots of time to rest so I’m ready to take 2013 by the horns and get started!
What was your most memorable moment(s) from 2012?