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June’s Fitness Hauls

IMG_456715653Had planned on working on post this weekend, which I still plan on doing, but since I have a slight headache and skip my evening cardio. Still, trying to do anything but stare at my TV screen seems to be a struggle right now. And I’m so tempted to just eat peanut butter out of the jar…

I think I mention this, but I never buy any of my fitness gear for full price. And I never stick to one brand with the exception of my running shoes. My two new clothing items are from TJ Maxx and Ross. I found the hooded sleeveless top in the junior section of Ross, California Dreams from Purple Snow. I really like using this on squat days so the bar doesn’t sit directly on my back. I got the Layer 8 Legging at TJ Maxx. I had been eyeing it for a long time. Pretty much since the end of May. So happy they still had one left in my size!

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I think my greatest find this month are my new Nike trainers I got for $27 at Ross. They were hidden in the lowest shelf of the size 6 area. I love them! They really are good that the gym for keeping me balance while strength training. Best find ever! The is pretty much all I got from Ross. The sports bra by Marika Tek, another bottle shaker, SmartShaker, and Saucony socks are from TJ Maxx. I love the new shaker since I can make my pre-workout and drink that on the way to the gym and have my amino powder in the little container on the bottom really for me to mix when I’m ready!

So that’s my fitness haul from June. July is almost here and I’m so excited for the 4th of July since I am heading to visit my sister and see my niece! Also, post will be sporadic since I am on a plan where I lift in the morning and run/cardio for 30 minutes in the evening for 5 days, one full-body workout day, and then an active rest day. It’s sounds a bit intense, but I’m focus on getting fitter.

Long Run Prep

I know, I’m a bit behind with the weekly plan. With the holiday on Monday and switching gyms, I’ve been slightly thrown off my schedule. So I’m posting my fitness writeup today (just in time for tomorrow’s long run) and hopefully get my month’s favorite up Saturday!

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Long runs are essential to runners on and off prep. When I’m not training for a half-marathon, I typically keep my long runs around 6 miles, but during prep they vary each week closer to the due date. I like to get my running gear ready the night before stacking my clothes and accessories on the table near my front door.

I have my favorite running Nike running leggings I been using for long runs and race day every since I got them. They were a pretty penny, so I don’t really know when the next time I’ll buy another. They are really great! There is a pocket in the back to stuff things like house keys, ID, and tissues. I also use my best sports bra to keep the girls at bay! I really don’t care what kind of top I wear. I usually go with a tank top since I wear a long sleeve at the beginning of my run.

Now while the clothes and shoes are important, there are the little things that really make the run easier to go through. I always put on some sunscreen half-hour before I go. All over! Try not to miss any part of the body especially the face and shoulders. I also pull my headband far back from my forehead so I don’t get a line at my hairline. Not pretty.

A fitness fanny pack is great to hold my phone and my Cliff Blocks.This one is a Nike I brought a couple of years ago. My friend thought it was funny at first until she had to run a race with very limited pockets. She now has one. I also use mine in the gym when lifting weights especially arms. Keeps my phone and keys safe and out of the way! Headphones are essential to distract you from the miles you still got to. I have Yurbuds that my sister got me last Christmas.They are easy and fit snug in my ears. Quick note: I’ve recently seen them at TJ Maxx for like 10 bucks for these women oriented ones and the originals for like $15.

I also wear my wear my Road ID that has all my emergency information like my medical condition and contact person. I never leave without that on. I got it with a discount via higi. The one thing I forgot to include in the photo, my hand water bottle. You can get one of those fancy fanny packs that have two bottle, but I always feel that it might weight me down more, and I prefer to hold it in my Nathan Handheld Water bottle.

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Though I might have to get a new one since it is starting to leak water from all the jiggling during my runs.

So there are my essentials for long runs. What are your fitness essential for running? How about the gym? I’m currently trying to figure out a new workout schedule once I finish my half next month. I’m going to really focus on toning up, which means more weight training and heavier weights.

Selling Barely Used Fashion

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I tried out this “Re-Sell” website called ThredUP.com to get rid of some clothes and shoes that I only maybe wore once twice, or in the case of one shirt that still has the tag on it, never worn. It’s an online online consignment shop specializing in providing high quality like-new clothes. They have a wide range of trendy affordable brand like H&M and Gap to high fashion brands like J Brand and Michael Kors.

While I haven’t brought anything from them yet (I keep checking for a Michael Kor purse, Rebecca Minkoff bag or black ankle boots that’s been on my fashion wish list), I have tried out their re-sell program. I ordered the “polka-dot Clean Out Bag” on a Thursday and it arrived on a Saturday about a weeks later. Typically it cost around $5 to order the bag, but when I ordered mine in January, the cost was waived for a limited time.

They have a list of brands that they don’t accept to re-sell like Children’s Place, Carter’s, Garaminals, Faded Glory, Chico’s and etc. There is a “clothing calculator” where you can enter in the name brand, the type of fashion item (top, bottom, dress, shoes, etc.) and they will give you an estimate price range they’ll pay you to buy the item for. You have the option of having the items that won’t be sold be sent to a charities or thrifting companies or you can pay $12.99 Return Assurance, to have your unsold items sent back to you. I choose to have whatever won’t be sold be sent off to one of their charitable organization.

So the items I sent over were: 1 pair of Jeffery Campbell shoes, a Donna Morgan dress i brought on MyHabit.com, tops from Forever 21, Moment & H&M, and lastly some winter accessories by Rikka I got for Christmas that I have no desire in keeping. These either been worn once or twice or haven’t been touch since I received/brought them. Just before I sent it off, I also added a couple more tops that I found in the back of my closet.

I sent the bag off which was pretty easy as it came with a mailing tag and all i had to do was drop it off at the post office! It took a couple of days to get there as I finally got an email on the 27th of February of the company receiving it. But as there were many bags before mine, it wouldn’t be processed until the 24th of March.

They were kind enough to give an update of the process, but now I would have to wait until the 29th of March to receive any payout for the stuff I sent over. However early on Saturday morning while checking my emails I saw a notice that they processed my bag. I earned a little over $25 for the shoes, two tops and the Donna Morgan dress. I’m pretty happy about that and was hoping to get at least that.

Now I can use this “cash” to pay for purchases I buy off their site or I can wait 14 days to cash out via paypal. As of yet I haven’t found any pieces I like, so I’ll continue to check the site until I find something or the 14 day are up. It’s a nice way to get rid of unwanted clothing lying around, but as I am not the type to get rid of many of my high-end fashion, it will be a while till I do this again. Have any of you guys tried sites like this?

OOTD – Black Graphic Hearts

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Woo-hoo! I remembered to take a OOTD… finally. My last one was like, what, over a month ago. It’s starting to warm up a bit, but still not enough for t-shirts. So I’ve been wearing my favorite windbreaker I got ages ago from H&M. I think it was in the men’s section, but I thought it was awesome!

Sweatshirt: Forever21 – Black Tank: Target – Leggings: Forever21 – Windbreaker: H&M – Rings: Old Nay & gifts from friends

Lipgloss: NYC Butter Lipgloss in Peach Cobbler – Nail Polish: Main, N.Y.C. in Park Ave & Gold Accents, Milani in Good Morning Sunshine

Birthday Wishlist

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Since my birthday is coming up, I thought I’d make a birthday wish list. I have a good idea what I’m going to buy myself: a new camera. I need to replace my very old 2009-sh Olympia Lumix point-and-shoot. I have done a bit of research, but if any of you have a camera suggestion that would be so great. It’s mainly going to be used for traveling and some blog photos. Or I might just invest in a digital Canon. I already have a film one, but I definitely need one for the blog.

Anyhow… totally went off topic! So birthday wish list; let start with makeup. I really want to try the Urban Decay Naked line, specifically Naked3. I actually think that those are the colors I would use the most in my everyday makeup while Naked2 and the original naked Palette I would only use some of the shades.

I’m not too sure which one would be better, but I’m debating about the new Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duo or the Anastasia Contour Kit. I really want to start doing more contouring and definitely want to use a high-end product for that rather then the cheaper ones I see at the drugstore. Which at the moment is not many.

Moving on to to clothing: I’ve been looking for a spring trench coat. I’ve got two really nice winter wool coast, but when I start traveling I definitely need a classic midnight coat for cooler days. I really like these ASOS Classic Trench with the double-breasted button design and belt strap details. It’s so nice, but can’t decided: black or stone cream.

As you know I’m obsessed with my nike shoes. I absolutely love them but for just everyday walking I want the adidas mi Superstar 80s customized. Definitely sticking with the classic white and black. I had a pair when I was younger and wore them to bits. Which is why I no longer have them.

Another pair of shoe I would love to get are the Monochrome Cleated Sole Chunky Platform Boots. I saw a music video with one of the dancers wearing ones similar to these and completely fell in love. I feel like I just need them. To add to my ever growing boot collection.

Does anybody else still do this? Making a wish list (at least for me) is a great way for family to have a good idea of what you would like to get. At least in my family…

March Fitness Haul

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So the best thing about doing over time at work is the extra money you get on payday. While I probably should have moved all that wasn’t going to go to bills and to buy food into my savings, I did make purchases that were essential to my well-being.

First off, my new running shoes. They are the Nike Flyknit Lunar2. I’ve needed new running shoes for ages and while I looked at several other styles they had at the Nike Outlet store, I decided to stick with my Lunar2. It’s a bit boring in color, but I made my feet very happy. And my bank account since they were on sale. Got them $50 less than the outlet price.

Then I had to hit up TJ Maxx to get a new arm band. I thought I had lost my other one at the gym. So I grab this one decided I couldn’t leave without a new pair of running leggings. These are RBX Ombré Workout Leggings. They are really nice, however, I definitely need to wear dark underwear underneath since I could see the white lettering in my VS panties. And yes, I am that random chick who checks out her tush at the gym. Don’t judge.

Then I hit up Target to grab some vitamins since I’m decided to slowly make my way to a vegetarian diet. I needed some B12 since I won’t be getting it as much as I was. While I was there I grab some earnest bars. They’re vegan, contain 5g of protein and are wheat-free! Eventually I may work myself towards a vegan diet, but baby-steps.

Did you guys do a bit of shopping this weekend? Got anything good?