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Guest Post from Classy Bras!

May 16th, 2011 · No Comments

This post comes courtesy of Classy Bras, a blog about bras! In addition to tips about fitting and style, there is an very complete Bra Buyer’s Guide with a list of 100 top-rated bras.

Bras – They are literally the bane of all women’s existence. That may sound melodramatic to some, but as any woman knows, bras can make or break you any given day. Just check your lingerie drawer, what do you see? If you are like most women you see your everyday bras, all three of them, you see your “special” nighttime bras which are usually worn only for a few minutes in the privacy of your bedroom, and you see your date night or night out with the girl bras that you wear once a month for a few hours. Wait, what else is there in that lingerie drawer? Oh yeah, it’s the 22 bras that you have worn once and tossed back in there never to again see the light of day.

Women love to buy bras, but the fact is more often than not they buy the wrong size, the wrong shape, the wrong everything. Yes, we know you were a size 32B in college, but at 40 years old do you really think you still are? Denial ladies, it’s called denial. And it needs to end.

Measure, Measure, Measure

First and foremost, you need to take your measurements. Step away from the computer, put down the remote and run, don’t walk, to find your measuring tape. Stand up straight in front of a mirror, lower your shoulders, breathe normally and relax. Using a soft measuring tape, make sure to measure all the way around your body, placing the tape right below your breasts. If you have someone else to do it for you, it is preferable so you can make sure the tape stays completely straight and as parallel to the ground as possible.

Once you have your measurement, you’ll need to add 5″ if the measurement is less than 33″. If the measurement is more than 33″, add 3″. If you come up with an odd number, or a measurement with a fraction of an inch, round up to the next even number. For example, you measure around your body, and get 34″. Because you’re more than 33″, you add 3″. Your size is 37″, but since that’s an odd number, you round up to 38″. Confusing? Sure. Is it necessary? Absolutely!

Now that you have your band size you need to work on your cup size. While wearing a traditional bra, not a padded one, you need to measure the fullest part of your breast making sure to go directly over the nipple without pulling the measuring tape too tight. Again, having someone do it for you makes this step much easier but if you don’t, take the time to look in the mirror confirming the tape is straight all the way around.

Using the following guide, take the difference to find your cup size.

1″ is A cup ?2″ is B cup ?3″ is C cup ?4″ is D cup ?5″ is DD cup ?6″ is DDD cup
And so on…

For example, if your band size is 38 and your measurement around the bust is 3 inches more than that, you would be a 38 C cup. It’s just that simple!

Types of Bras

There are close to 40 different types of bras. Most women wear only three types of bras:

• The Full Cup Bra – This is your basic everyday bra. It covers the entire breast, and gives you great support and can be worn with most types of clothing.
• The Sports Bra – This is the work out bra, the bra that offers nothing in the way of sexiness but it sure offers the support you need for a spin class, cardio workout, or running.
• The Demi Cup Bra – Most women don’t even know the name of this bra but they wear it more often than they think. It is also known as the push up bra, the wonder bra, or simply the “I want to look sexy bra.” It covers the breast only a bit past the nipple giving you more cleavage but less support.

Each of these bras has their own purpose. Full cup bras are great for a day at work or a night out with the girls when you don’t have to worry about what is underneath your top. Demi cup bras are great for when you are wearing a low cut shirt or for women with a smaller breast size as they will help enhance a petite figure. The sports bra is perfect for strenuous physical activity.

The Right Bra for YOU

Most bras aren’t made to perfectly fit every body shape. What works for some will not work for others. The best way to know whether a bra will fit is to either measure yourself or get professional measured to see what size you really are. And then try the bra on! That sounds so simple, but so many women just assume that a bra will fit them because it’s their “normal” size. Bras vary between brands, fabric and manufacturing so it is essential that you try it on before you buy it.

Here are some final tips to finding a bra that will take you from morning to night:
• If your breast size is different, choose the cup size of the bigger breast and adjust the strap of the smaller size to accommodate the difference
• The back strap should lie well below your shoulder blades. Make sure the straps are adjusted so the band lays level across your body and so that it is even with the front of your bra
• The center seam should lie flat against your chest. If it isn’t you need to go up a cup size.
• Look for bulge. If you are busting out of the top, side or the back, measure again because you are in the wrong size.

Ladies, a bra is something you need to wear for the rest of your life, you might as well make it as comfortable as it can be. Make sure you are a part of the 20% of women who DO wear the right size!

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Spring 2011: Swimwear for Athletes

May 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

Every year, about this time, I go hunting for a new suit. And, I’ll admit that I am a creature of habit, I know which brands work for me, and I very rarely deviate. What I hate more than anything is buying a suit at a local store and after a few wearings, the bottoms creep up!  Which leads me to constantly turn to short or skirt bottoms so this problem doesn’t occur.  I’m also moving around with my boys all the time, so, skimpy little suits that are designed for sun bathing only do not work for moms on the go!

My three big favs have always been Athleta, Title Nine or Lole women.

I would love to hear what you all think?!  And, what works best for you? Anybody loyal  to other brands?

Swimsuits

Swimsuits by Fit Mommy featuring silver jewelry

Silver earring
$50 - twisted-silver.com

Silver jewelry
$40 - twisted-silver.com

PrAna necklace
$32 - prana.com

PrAna necklace
$16 - prana.com

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Donate Your Shoes!

April 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

How many of you athletes have multiple pairs of used up shoes lying around?  Let’s put them to good use by donating them to Soles 4 Souls!



To find out where you can donate, please visit their website. You can donate cash or you can donate your shoes and most big cities have drop off locations.

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Introducing: Planet Gear!

April 3rd, 2011 · No Comments



This is a brand new women owned and operated online gear, apparel and travel destination website offering exclusive deals for members only. Along the same lines as the Clymb and Left Lane Sports, these sites do offer great deals from very like-able (in my opinion) brands such as Prana, Mountain Hard Wear, and Teva. Every week, these sites offer a new deal if you’re interested!

You can check out Planet Gear here.

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Spring Fashion Picks!

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

is now live on Breathe Magazine!

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Tags: Things that motivate me · workout apparel

New from K-Swiss: A Perfect Gear Bag for CrossFitters!

February 9th, 2011 · No Comments



Yes, one of the perks of being a blogger is the “swag” and today is one sweet piece of equipment!  I’ve never worked with nor tried any K-Swiss products so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to try out the Locker Fit Gear Bag.  We don’t have lockers at our gym, but, we have cubicles, and this fit perfectly in it!

This particular workout bag is fairly small, yet, fit everything I needed!  As you can see, I take two pairs of shoes to workout with – one weight training shoe and one cross trainer style shoe as well as a micro-fiber towel (more on that later), rocket shower, and a change of clothes!  Also, you can see on the right, there is a pocket for your sweaty clothes to go in for your way out!  The zippers in the front are very large areas that fit the personal items such as sunscreen, deodorant, and lip glosses, phones and keys! This is the most high quality gear bag I’ve ever owned and I am so glad to have it now!

This Unisex Gear Bag will be available from K-Swiss in the spring and it’ll retail for $75.

P.S. This bag was provided to me for purposes of review and the above opinion is my own, FTC!

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Tags: Shoes · Things that motivate me · gift guides · health and fitness

New: Sketchers Shape-Up Shoes!

February 6th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Happy Super Bowl Everyone! Who’s excited for the Steelers to win? Or Green Bay?! The commercials this year are supposed to be quite unique and Kim Kardashian has done a very sexy one for Sketchers!

Next up, I’d like to know how many of you have tried the new Shape-Up shoe and what do you think of it? I’ve had mine for a week or two and honestly have been afraid to try them out..for fear of falling or looking silly! I finally broke them out today for a round of laundry and dishes and found them to be really comfortable in a rock and roll kind of way.

According to the tag, the shoes are designed “to help you burn more calories, build strength in the back, improve posture and increase cardiovascular health!”

Since I’ve only used them a few times inside the house I can’t speak to if they actually provide a “workout” simply by wearing the shoes.  I can say that they are very comfortable fitting shoe and once I got used to the motion of the shoe, they felt fine.   I’m not so in love with the style of the shoe and feel that if they were less “in your face” for all the benefits, I might like them more.

How have  you done with your Sketcher’s Shape-Up shoe?

You can learn more about them and see the new Kim Kardashian commercial on their facebook page!

P.S. Skecher’s Shape-Ups were provided to me for purposes of review and this is my opinion, FTC.

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Sassybax Fashion Leggings: A Review

January 24th, 2011 · No Comments

When I first received the Sassybax Fashion Leggings I thought, “There is no way these will fit over my bum!” and so I waited…..and waited….

Until, finally I had the courage to ask my husband to snap a photo of them and me before and after putting them on.



They look TINY, don’t you think???

About the Sassybax from the website:
Fashion Leggings Give a Better Body Shape & Slimmer Legs

* Eight Distinct Support Systems (Zoom for Details)
* Lifts, Rounds & Separates Derriere
* Trims Tummy and Hips
* Slims & Shapes Thighs for Slimmer Legs
* Won’t Pinch or Roll at Waist
* Comfortable Shapewear
* Adjustable Waistband Can be Worn at The Waist or Below the Navel
* Featured on The Rachael Ray Show “Best of Fashion Basics”

Amazingly, they did go on quite nicely.



That’s me demonstrating an overhead squat- although not from the back, lol. These tights feel great on, are tight and are supposed to function as either an under-the-skirt tight or as a workout tight. Personally, I will keep these for the under the skirt or with a long shirt kind of tight rather than a workout tight. They felt a bit too revealing for me to wear strictly as a workout tight (unless it’s my own garage!!).

You can find out more about Sassybax online here. I think they absolutely do what they say!!

P.S. Sassybax were provided to me for the purposes of review and this is my honest opinion.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Sporty Wives

January 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Valentine's Day Gifts


Valentine’s Day Gifts by Fit Mommy featuring hoodie tops

Road Spirit Pendant
tarmadesigns.com
Pendants »

Anything else you’d like to add?

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Tags: Things that motivate me · gift guides · workout apparel

After Christmas Sales, I’m all over!

December 28th, 2010 · No Comments

I love love love the Day Tripper pant on the sale page! Got a pair for Christmas and have washed and worn them every day! They look like a pant, but, feel and act like a yoga pant. On sale for $34.99 plus 20% off that!



Also, love the Nitrean and Opticen from At Large Nutrition.

What sales are you all over?!

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