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elvislover324
05-26-2013, 12:50 PM
I went for my morning walk this morning like I try to do every day and have been really good about it. The weekends are easier as the dog cries while I walk so my husband is home to comfort him. (What we do for our animals! He won't walk athletically, he's more of a strolling kind of dog so he gets a walk with me afterwards!)

So today, I see the ladies that run each weekend morning. There are 3 of them that run together but I think only one of them lives on my street. Can I tell you, they are the smallest, well-dressed, cute runners I ever saw? I felt like a hippo walking down my street next to them. I had on a pair of 2x pants that I folded the waist over twice since they are too long now that they are loose, I had on a sports bra that isn't my favorite but the favorite is in the wash so I felt like my boobs were far enough down to tuck in above-mentioned big pants, my hair was up in a clip because why shower before I walk, and I had on a fleece jacket that I bought 2 months ago (that was too small) that is now too big! These ladies had on cute spandex pants, awesome colored running sneakers, fun looking colored headbands to match their sneakers, fitted running jackets that just looked so put together.

I decided I'm making my morning walk a fashion show for myself from now on. I felt so down in the dumps after seeing them that I was embarrassed for myself. I mean, I can't change my size instantly but I can change my appearance enough to impress myself. All of my clothes were clean out of the laundry so it's not like I was wearing anything unpresentable. And I felt fine when I stepped out on my front steps. It was just seeing these ladies (who are easily 15 years OLDER than me!) that totally deflated my morning walk that I look forward to.

I can't wait for my walk tomorrow. I'm going to be all dolled up and fancy! No eyeliner and lipstick but everything else is going to look good.


wannaskipandlaugh
05-26-2013, 01:04 PM
Welll that Ballgown you mentioned last night might be fun to walk in LOLOLOL... I know what you mean.. I walk in my Pajama bottoms (stretches and is now getting baggy too) and a Tshirt... Hair up in a (gasp) scrungy. I feel like a beacon when I walk and very noticable. But I am proud of myself that I did walk tho. YOU my wonderful thinner friend can go out and get a set of running/walking pants with the neon stripes down the side that just make you look like you are going fast :) and just look smashing.!!! That will just add to the mental thought of walking as you are in the "cool" pants (and tops).. No more rolling over the waists now... Not allowed at your thinner weight!! :D ..... (I am hoping when I lose about 20 lbs more I can fit into the 1 x size and being that its alittle tighter material will keep the jiggles down to a small wave) :)

Lolo70
05-26-2013, 01:34 PM
Yes. I developed an addiction to lululemon. I shop for them used on ebay, so I can always find an excuse for yet another top.


GlamourGirl827
05-26-2013, 03:04 PM
:hug: Try not to feel bad about yourself, especially if it came from comparing yourself to other girls.

When I am bigger (like after all my babies! lol) Ijust do the baggy sweat capris and t-shirt look to walk. And heaven help me if I'm in MY house on the tread mill!! Oh lord I'm wearing stuff you couldn't give away at a flea market (some of which I probably GOT at the flea market! lol) And I found I would compare myself to the fit girls and feel like the blob walking on the track! (we have a local community walking path)

But when I pretty much got to goal, I bought all super cute running clothes. Partly because I could more easily find super cute running clothes at a smaller size rather than when I was bigger, and partly because I liked feeling good when I ran!! But aside from running, I still wore old jeans and t-shirts the rest of the day, I never wear make up and even though my running shoes were bright and cute (because I replaced them like every 3 months) my regular sneakers are old old old dirty and worn!!

Occasionally I would pass by someone that was dressed in sweats and a t-shirt or was heavy like I was (well, AM, since I gained it back with baby) and think I hope to god they aren't comparing themselves to me, I hope I never make anyone feel bad about themselves. I never wanted to be *that* girl...I just wanted to lose weight, be healthy and run, for me.

I guess what I'm saying is not knowing those girls, maybe that would hate to have made you feel in anyway unhappy on your walk. Not that that makes you feel any better...but maybe they were where you are now at one time. If you can try to let them motivate (as it seems it has) to feel better or dress differently if that helps. But try not to let them give you bad feelings, I bet if you talked to them that would be the last thing they would want!

Kitcherella
05-26-2013, 03:24 PM
Well, why not? ;)

Arctic Mama
05-26-2013, 03:35 PM
I still get sweaty and gross, but I try not to let my clothes look gross, too :lol: I don't buy all coordinating stuff or anything like that, but it fits and is appropriate for the activity and not baggy, stained, or unattractive. Keep in mind I only workout at home, though, so my appearance is more for me and my spouse. But I know *I* feel better when I'm not looking messy for things like working out or cleaning, so I put in the effort for me. If it doesn't bother you, there's no reason to drop hundreds on workout 'gear' that is unnecessary. But it can be a nice way to pamper yourself :)

kaplods
05-26-2013, 03:46 PM
There was a time (when I was single, which may be largely why) I would only go to the gym if I had the "right" outfit. I envied "normal weight" women who could look presentable in even mismatched, crumpled shorts and t-shirts. If I didn't have stylish exercise wear, even just for walking, I wouldn't go. I felt like the right "gear" made me seem less pathetic, and people would assume I exercised regularly because I had the special clothes.

Now I dress for comfort and range of movement. I bought a bunch of drawstring knit pants ($2.99 on bcoutlet.com) in an assortment of Easter egg colors. I bought t-shirts in similar colors and tie-dyed or beach-dyed them to camouflage stains and match a little better (don't want to look like a complete slob).

I no longer can use "nothing to wear" as an excuse to avoid the gym. Whatever helps you be active is a good investment, for me that investment was in learning to feel good in my easter-egg, goofy (but oh so comfy and cheap) outfits.

alaskanlaughter
05-26-2013, 05:49 PM
im fairly mismatched when I run because i'm wearing what is comfortable for ME....I did buy clothing made for working out because I found that I wore through and wore out the clothing if it wasn't designed for gym use....and I always stick to the exact same clothing...in fact I really only HAVE one outfit to wear

I have a nice spendy pair of running shoes that my mommy got me for Christmas :) and is WORTH the money, let me tell you!!....I have a pair of grey capri running pants, a decent sports bra and a blue active-brand shirt....literally pulled from my "closet of clothing that used be too small" and worn every since....my hair is pulled back and if i'm outside I wear a beanie hat

I WISH I could look like the girls at the gym that come in with cute outfits and good make up and never work hard enough to break a sweat and ruin their make up....but i'm out there working my tail off and sweating all over the place lol

Riddy
05-26-2013, 06:54 PM
I agree with Glamourgirl, don't let the other exercisers make you feel bad about your workout clothes. That said, I am a big believer in doing what it takes to make yourself feel good about exercise. Most of my workout clothes are pretty cheap, but they're cute, and I feel better wearing stuff that fits. My sneakers and sports bras are pricey, but I see that as pain prevention. :D

I did recently splurge on a Prana yoga outfit, but it was on clearance. Eventually I'm buying myself another outfit, but I can't bring myself to pay full price when I'm still trying to lose. Thank goodness cute cheap running skorts are easy to find. :p

geoblewis
05-26-2013, 07:09 PM
I'm happy to read that you're choosing to dress to impress yourself. I'm inspired!

Since I work in a small fitness studio, there wasn't really a dress code. I just designed our studio t-shirts so I'm having some printed up for me with nicer t-shirts that are more flattering to my figure. And it seems that for the bigger plus sizes, fitness pants come in three colors, black, black and BLACK. So I guess anything I get will go with that?

Two weeks ago I managed to snag a couple pairs of yoga capri pants on sale at the closest Lane Bryant. They were black with an aqua stripe on each side and aqua waste band. Then I happened to find a couple aqua t-shirts at Marshall's that practically matched. That's what I wear with my aqua and black cross-trainers for cardio class. Makes me feel all put together, and everyone compliments me.

I am liking the new colorful fitness shoe trends!

Wish they made Pilates/yoga tops with sleeves for plus sizes. I like the longer, more fitted tops, but they're usually sleeveless so in order for me to feel comfortable wearing them, I want to wear a top with sleeves underneath. But in the summer, that's just soooo hot! Blech!

elvislover324
05-27-2013, 10:14 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful replies! I posted yesterday and then the day got away from me but I followed all the replies on my phone, it's just a pain to post replies from there.

I know it shouldn't matter what I look like to workout but I'm a little vain now in my thinner days.

So this morning, I put on a pair of black fitted leggings (gasp!), a bright bright BRIGHT turquoise long sleeve top that matches my sneaker trim perfectly, hair up in an updo type clip, a fleece vest to cover my leggings butt (borrowed from my husband!) and I rocked my walk!! I felt like a million bucks walking this morning. And I saw the cute runners and I felt so much better. (They were my inspiration for this, it was all my own insecurity; it wasn't like they said or did anything--it was a battle in my head.)

I felt like I walked faster, stronger, harder and it was all based on my self-appearance. And I know my body was no different than it was yesterday but I felt so much more put together.

It's amazing what small changes can do to the mind. And I'll be doing it again tomorrow!

zoesmom
05-27-2013, 10:23 AM
:cheer: elvis!!! I am glad that gave you the boost you needed!

I find that I don't care if I am frumpy and mismatched, and I sure as heck don't want bright colors on me (not due to low self esteem but more so due to the fact I hate those colors! :lol) however, I HAVE to have appropriately fitting exercise clothes of I feel like I am doing an injustice to my routine. So, in a way, I get where you are coming from!

So glad it inspired you!

elvislover324
05-27-2013, 10:27 AM
LOL Zoesmom, the bright colors only showed on my arms and my top where the vest was unzipped, everything else was covered by the vest (butt, chest, stomach). I might be crazy but I'm not insane!!! :D

Amarantha2
05-27-2013, 10:32 AM
I think that is really a fun idea, making the morning walk an occasion to make a fashion statement!

I should do that. I usually sleep in sloppy exercise shorts and top and I just wear those to walk.

SunnySide99
05-27-2013, 11:57 AM
Oh wow, I guess I didn't realize I dress up to workout. heh. I don't really care about name brands, but about half way into my weight loss I slowly started coordinating my outfits colors and even my running shoes go with my clothes. It makes me feel good. :)

Glad to see it worked for you too Elvis!

Quirky Chick
05-27-2013, 12:27 PM
I notice that from time to time. The last time I went walking - can't the last few days since we are flooding here in Iowa - I saw a woman wearing a fancy fashion t-shirt, expensive exercise capris, dangle earrings and perfect make up. I wear plain exercise capris, a plain ole t-shirt, my comfy easy-breathe microfiber Reeboks, and my iPod. I usually don't do make up, or jewelry, or wear my good shirts. The way I see it is, I am out to walk and I will get sweaty, and possibly dirty if the wind is blowing, since I sometimes take my brother's dog with me to walk on a country dirt/gravel road. I figure I will just get the clothes sweaty anyway, and will need a shower, so why do up my makeup. I am very sure by the time I would be half way through my walk, my make up would be running all over my face. :lol: But I guess what it comes down to is, dress however makes you comfy or feel good. Each to their own. But don't feel badly about yourself, hun. You are exercising, not going to a fashion show. I'm sure people don't think anything of you walking in comfy exercise clothes. :)

Silverfire
05-27-2013, 04:10 PM
I love fun gym stuff. It's half the reason I go. I have super bright black/pink/blue shoes, black capri yoga pants and a lightweight blue tee that matches my shoes (and headphones :lol:) perfectly. I could wear just whatever junkie clothes to the gym, but I feel way cuter in the fun stuff!! I remove most of my makeup (save mascara and eyebrows) and never wear jewelry of any kind. Hair in a high pony/bun. I see some girls at the gym in FULL makeup and earrings bigger than their faces, and IMO they look silly, but I figure they must be trying to increase resistance with that added weight :rofl:

I can't wait to be able to buy some cute cheaper workout gear from old navy when I can fit into them! Then one day, when I have loads of extra cash, Lululemon. The stuff looks crazy comfortable, to bad they in no way cater to the larger ladies of the world :(

Quirky Chick
05-27-2013, 04:54 PM
. I see some girls at the gym in FULL makeup and earrings bigger than their faces, and IMO they look silly, but I figure they must be trying to increase resistance with that added weight :rofl:


This. Exactly. I see this. It kinda cracks me up. :lol:

KindaSortaAthlete
05-27-2013, 05:05 PM
Now that I feel good in my gym clothes, I like wearing cute ones. And by "cute", I mean anything that doesn't make me feel fat :). If I could, I'd always wear my gym clothes. It's funny, I never wear anything that tight in "regular" clothes, but give me some form fitting yoga Capri's and a close fitting long tank and I feel great! (Long tank because I'm super paranoid about the dreaded cameltoe!)

I think it helps keep me motivated to go to the gym and work out. If I feel good about myself, then when I'm working out I sorta find myself working harder to improve my body more.

And I think everything is coming in neon now. When I got my latest running shoes they came in bright purple and neon green/yellow. They've grown on me. I sort of took that as a sign that I'm a true runner - when you buy your shoes because of how they fit DESPITE what they look like! :)

CIELOARGE
05-27-2013, 05:12 PM
Nothing wrong with wanting cute clothes... Why not??? But I sure dont envy those girls that go to the gym in full make up and hair done just to walk around!!! I go there to sweat! (If I don't sweat I feel like I didnt work hard enough) I loooove feeling sweaty and sore! And I just could never do it with my hair all over my face and make up running down my checks! ;)

Skellig19
05-27-2013, 05:16 PM
I used to exercise in cruddy capris and a sweat-stained t-shirt from a 10k run that I walked about 5years ago. I felt unattractive and didn't want to be looked at (which made the desire to run outside a little difficult!). After the first 20lbs I bought another better fitting pair of capris and a special exercise shirt. Super cheap stuff from wal-mart and loblaw's but they fit right and looked good. It gave me major motivation to go out as I wanted to show it all off. If I am at home it doesn't matter as much but if I'm going outside, darn straight I wanna look cute. I earned it!

Now I run in bright blue and neon green runners, black capri leggings and a turqouise technical t-shirt. Having a cute outfit makes me want to go out more!

ikesgirl80
05-27-2013, 09:04 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful replies! I posted yesterday and then the day got away from me but I followed all the replies on my phone, it's just a pain to post replies from there.

I know it shouldn't matter what I look like to workout but I'm a little vain now in my thinner days.

So this morning, I put on a pair of black fitted leggings (gasp!), a bright bright BRIGHT turquoise long sleeve top that matches my sneaker trim perfectly, hair up in an updo type clip, a fleece vest to cover my leggings butt (borrowed from my husband!) and I rocked my walk!! I felt like a million bucks walking this morning. And I saw the cute runners and I felt so much better. (They were my inspiration for this, it was all my own insecurity; it wasn't like they said or did anything--it was a battle in my head.)

I felt like I walked faster, stronger, harder and it was all based on my self-appearance. And I know my body was no different than it was yesterday but I felt so much more put together.

It's amazing what small changes can do to the mind. And I'll be doing it again tomorrow!

:carrot::carrot: Rock on Elvis! :carrot::carrot:

Super cheap stuff from wal-mart and loblaw's but they fit right and looked good. It gave me major motivation to go out as I wanted to show it all off.

I love Wal-mart's tech shirts! I need to get some more come September! Hopefully they will have more of the long sleeved ones in by then. I prefer running outdoors in them, even when it is hot, because my phone arm band rubs on the loose skin on my arm/armpit. So I put on my arm band and then just roll the sleeves up!

Natasha1534
05-27-2013, 09:57 PM
Heh, I'm the same way. I go out to walk w/ no shower, in a spaghetti strap tank top and yoga pants w/ my hair slicked back into a ponytail. I figure I'm just going to get sweaty and need a shower when I get back, so why try to look cute during. I will admit, though, that I wear cuter clothes to the gym now that I have a gym partner that's a cute 29 y/o guy, LMFAO

WildThings
05-27-2013, 11:34 PM
I have two different takes on this. I run in my neighborhood where I live and I have found that with running, the shorts that work best one me are the tight, spandex shorts and a more fitted shirt. I DO NOT have the body to pull these articles of clothing off, especially when worn together. I wear them anyway though because they are the only thing I can wear and not fidget and pull at my clothes the whole time I'm running. My neighborhood is a very large housing complex with a very busy road that run along the back side with a walking/bike path. I really don't even pay any attention to the people I see when I run. However, as nonchalant as I may be about my wardrobe in my neighborhood, I also walk on my lunch breaks at work. I work downtown of a big city and my lunch break is the same time as many others. I am so much more self-conscience with how I look walking in the city. I shouldn't be and it seems silly to do a complete 180 on what I wear at home vs work, but out walking with all the people in their business clothes, etc. makes me think about how I look so much more.

I will say with the makeup, I used to go to the gym directly from work. I always had my hair fixed, full makeup, often jewelry (because I didn't like leaving it in the gym locker room). It had nothing to do with trying to be "fixed up" to work out, it was more just not taking the time to undo everything after work before I exercise. I do know there are women that do wear makeup and fix their hair just to go to the gym, but I'm sure there are also a lot of women like me who just already happen to have it done.

Natasha1534
05-27-2013, 11:57 PM
I will say with the makeup, I used to go to the gym directly from work. I always had my hair fixed, full makeup, often jewelry (because I didn't like leaving it in the gym locker room). It had nothing to do with trying to be "fixed up" to work out, it was more just not taking the time to undo everything after work before I exercise. I do know there are women that do wear makeup and fix their hair just to go to the gym, but I'm sure there are also a lot of women like me who just already happen to have it done.

I understand this, but only b/c of not wanting to leave your jewelry in the locker room (although a lock would fix that dilemma). I usually am at the gym after a 12 hour shift, which means I have to take off a full police uniform (we wear the same thing our deputies wear) including duty belt, brass, etc.

shcirerf
05-28-2013, 12:27 AM
The clothes I wear to workout in, are the ones that are functional, depending on what I'm doing.

I don't give 2 Tiddlywinks, what anyone else things about my outfit.;) I'm working out, not making a fashion statement.

Pretty sure, I can kick all the pretty girls bu**s!:carrot:

Hoopty
05-28-2013, 01:02 AM
Before I signed up for the gym I went to Target and bought one pair of tight dark grey workout pants, two champion workout tees in blue and orange and one pair of white/pink workout shoes.
Now that I've been going a lot I bought myself a pair of Calvin Klein quick-dry leggings, one Nike dri-fit t-shirt and 2 Under Armour Heat Gear tank tops and all of them were on sale. I don't mind wearing loose mismatched stuff to the gym but I feel more comfortable wearing nice and fitting clothes.

I would NEVER wear make-up to the gym, or do my hair for that matter. Even if I went to the gym right after work I would bring make-up removing wipes. It takes me 2 min to get all of it off. Not only is it horrible for your skin, but I also wouldn't wanna look ridiculous. Whenever I see girls at the gym wearing tons of make-up or with their hair all done I feel like most of them don't work out HARD at all. Some don't even do anything. They just do the machine, while being on their phone, and blabber away. That might be just my gym though...I'm not saying that goes for everyone.