The Dailey Method and Lululemon Scuba hoodie/Lucy Activewear

Today I am reviewing two firsts: my first time attending a workout at The Dailey Method, and my first item of clothing from Lululemon and Lucy.

Apparently there is a promotion going on at my local Dailey Method for one free workout class.  Normally, one class costs $18.  Wow.  Okay, maybe it isn’t that expensive… But for me, with my lack of motivation, this is.  I enlisted two of my friends to go with me today.  When we showed up, they kept asking us if we had socks for the class.  Apparently they sell a sock with rubber grips on the bottom for $10.  Although you don’t NEED to have socks with grips on them, once I finished the workout I saw why it would have helped.  The room is carpeted, and it is low pile carpet, so I did slide a bit, but not too much, so I wasn’t too worried about that.  The instructor for the class started right on time, and the class was way more high energy that I expected.  We jumped right in with some serious stuff.  The Dailey Method is described as a combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet barre work.  I assumed that it would be less hardcore than it actually was.  What I didn’t like was how she sorta yelled (not yelling at us because she was trying to be a drill instructor, but just the volume was stressful) the whole time, and I felt like we were being rushed through all of the exercises.  I did like that she would walk between us and make sure our form was correct.  I frequently had to alter my position in order to complete the exercises… I had hoped that she would have offered some alternatives for those like me that simply couldn’t do the complete/full exercise/position, since I am out of shape and this was my first class ever.  Towards the end, she did offer an alternative move for those that could not stretch their hamstrings by using a strap, which was SUPER helpful.  By the time the class was over, I was spent.  Not to mention that I was still terribly sore from my yoga class yesterday… After this class, I was shuffling like Frankenstein all the rest of the day.  If I had the money, I would consider taking this class.  I might take it a few more times with different instructors and see if maybe a different one would make it a more positive experience.  Another plus about this class is that you work all of the muscle groups and if I were to stick with The Dailey Method, I would probably look pretty awesome.

My favorite part about the Dailey Method is that they sell Lululemon clothing.  I have heard alot about this brand.  Usually, if I buy any activewear, it has been discount stuff at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Target.  So… this was a big jump from that.  I have an issue with spending money on clothes.  If I am going to spend alot it has to be durable, make me look good, and be comfortable.  Meeting these three standards is near impossible.  I just recently used the last of my birthday money for a pair of Lucy Perfect Core Knee  pants ( http://www.lucy.com/lucy-Perfect-Core-Knee-Pant/214264,default,pd.html?cgid=Bottoms_Crops&dwvar_214264_color=LUCY BLACK ) and also a Lucy Sculpted Power jacket ( http://www.lucy.com/Sculpted-Power-Jacket/212269_SALE,default,pd.html?cgid=On_Sale ); something actually nice enough to wear outside of a gym.  The pants… not so much.  I don’t feel like those can be worn outside of a gym.  But they are awesome.  They are the first pair of workout pants that actually hide my cellulite.  I am not exaggerating about my cellulite here.  It’s pretty bad, and usually workout pants are just too thin and then, well… I have tight lumpy pants on.  Talk about a confidence killer.  It is bad enough that my thighs need alot of help; having orange peel texture to boot just made me look twice as ucky.  The jacket actually makes me look pretty awesome too.  Since I had such a good experience with buying these, I turned my sights onto finding my perfect hoodie.  Alas, Lucy did not have it.  But from what I saw online, it looked like Lululemon had it.  The Dailey Method is the only place in the area that sells Lululemon clothing out side of the Bay Area.  Yesterday I stopped by the Dailey Method to sign up for today’s class.  I picked up a hoodie ( http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-jackets-and-hoodies/Scuba-Hoodie-33051?cc=4278&skuId=3444643&catId=women-jackets-and-hoodies ), and was pleased by how heavy it was.  I slipped on a size 6, and it fit perfectly.  I took a look at the price tag and it was $108 (now, just to let you know… my Lucy stuff was a special price… not going to say why or how it was special, but a VERY special price… so the fact that I was about to plunk down $108 plus tax of hard earned dollars on a full price hoodie seems ludicrous).  The only things I can say are… This hoodie felt GREAT.  I slipped it on, and the fit was perfect.  It has thumbholes that didn’t pull when my thumbs were in them because the sleeves were long enough (I have long arms, one of the banes of my existence).  It is freaking warm.  Actually and honestly warm because I get cold easily… The hoodie has a high neck, which also helps to keep me warm.  And the hood is not freaking huge… It actually closes a bit around my face, trapping in more warmth.  It is also flattering.  Not some boxy sexless cut…

I currently own over ten hoodies.  Maybe closer to fifteen.  Only one out of all of these keeps me warm.  And it is huge and boxy and has Mickey Mouse on the back and is meant more for wearing to Disney or sitting at home.  I have two with thumbholes.  One is so thin, that it is only good for summer.  The other one is only slightly warmer and has bones/ribcage on it which I think look awesome, but is just not warm enough.  The rest are a mish mosh of hoodies that I have bought without giving much thought to how warm they were, or if they made me look good or not.  I have so many hoodies that it has become somewhat of a joke between my and my boyfriend… ANOTHER hoodie?  Yep, I would bring home another one, and another one…  I don’t WANT fifteen hoodies.  I want like… three.  I also don’t WANT to spend over $100 for a hoodie, but… I think in this case, I am getting what I pay for.

 

 

Yoga. Real.

I had taken a few PiYo classes at a local fitness place with a gift certificate that I had won, and I found the classes to be a workout and soothing at the same time.  When a Groupon popped up for a yoga studio, I decided to get it and see how I would do at an actual yoga studio.

Today, I took a real yoga class. 

I am not knocking the PiYo classes that I took previously, but I was able to complete all the poses with medium effort.  This guy had us sweating and wobbling all over while trying to stay in a pose that was causing my thighs to tremble terribly. 

I was definitely getting a workout here.  I was also slipping all over my mat.  Note to self: need a yoga mat carrying strap and a yoga mat towel.  I realize now that these are not marketing extras; you actually NEED these.  I am also going to need another pair of workout pants.  One pair isn’t enough; definitely need two. 

There were some points during the yoga session that I thought that my thigh was going to collapse and then I would tumble to the floor.  Then I realized that I needed to work at my own pace, and that if I couldn’t fully do the pose, then just push myself as far as I could.  Thast took some stress off of me. 

It was a super small class; it was literally me, another woman, and the yoga instructor.  It was pretty cool actually, because we got alot more attention and I was able to concentrate on my form.

I have 9 more classes to go.

If I choose to continue with this yoga studio, I get 50% off of any package I choose.  I am going to seriously consider it, because I realize that if I was doing this alone, I would not have worked as hard.  Plus, it is nice to get out and do something good for myself.

 

My blog is about nothing important today

I only own one hoodie/jacket that keeps the backs of my arms warm.  I tried on this really nice Lululemon hoodie the other day, a Scuba hoodie.  I slipped on a size 6 (amazing how my bottom half is a 9/10), and though it was snug, it wasn’t tight.  And it felt great. Seriously the best hoodie I have ever slipped on.  Now I know why it freaking costs $108.  You seriously would never need another hoodie again.  Sometimes, I guess you actually get what you pay for. The one hoodie that I do own that keeps the backs of my arms warm is a ginormous size Walt Disneyworld black Mickey Mouse hoodie.  Very cute, but doesn’t make me look cute at all.  🙂  I force myself to wear my Lucy jacket that I got with my birthday money.  I got it for a seriously good price.  And it makes me look nice. 🙂  But the bottom line is… the backs of my arms are cold.  Which means this beautiful Lucy jacket isn’t warm enough.

This low carb diet is slowly tanking.  I have been sneaking in little bits of pastry at work.  It is so hard to resisit the zucchini walnut muffins… I am trying to think of a good game plan to keep me away from the pastries altogether.  I also have been hitting the sugar free vanilla creamer too hard.  I don’t mean too; it just pours out so fast!  I realize that I don’t need THAT much creamer.  I will just use a smaller mug and it should work just fine.

I also have slid back down on the workout scale.  I just signed up for a yoga class on Thursday and Friday.  I got a Groupon for this local yoga studio and I got a killer deal: $19 for 10 classes.  I might also go on Saturday; depends on what we might be doing on that day.  I need to get back to my super quick at home mini strength workout that I made up and I need to do it EVERYDAY.

What is ridiculous is me; if I don’t keep up on my diet and on my exercise, I am going to get sick.  And, all I need to do is fix up my lifestyle.  I don’t have to take any meds or undergo any surgery.  What the hell is wrong with me?

Here are some pluses: I just started juicing.  An apple and four carrots.  Once a day.  It is a pain to clean the juicer, but it is worth it for my health. I really enjoy eating kale.  I get raw dehydrated kale, and I get it seasoned with something so that I can munch on it, and though it is expensive, I freaking need to eat it and I find it delicious.  So thank goodness for that.

Everything Is Not Zen

I have to say… I don’t know when things changed on me, but I can no longer be the decisive shopper.  I used to be able to go into a shop, pick what I want, and leave.  Bam.  But I have noticed in the past couple of years that I have been acting with less and less certainty than usual. 

For example, here is my current issue.  I literally JUST bought this super nice pendant with a 12mm black jade bean.  I like the shape of beans, I love coffee.,. So on and so forth.  But now I wonder if I should get the 20mm one.  I didn’t know the shop had a 20mm as well, so when I got to the shop, I was surprised that there was more than one size.  Since my mind was pretty much set on the smaller bean, I popped the larger one on, but didn’t give it much thought.  Now that I am home, I wonder.  I already have the bean in sterling silver in 20mm, so would it be better to have it the same size?

I hate this.  So much.  Drives my boyfriend crazy.  And I don’t blame him.  I drive myself crazy. 

Here is the ideal situation if I had piped up: I would have asked to take both bean sizes, asked to go sit down in a quiet back room, and then sat there and try them on for awhile and think.  I get too distracted with all the stuff happening on the shop floor.  I feel like I am wasting the sales assistant’s time, and if my boyfriend is there, that I am wasting his time…

But I need to do what I need to do… So back to the shop, and this time I am going to take my time!

TGIF

I am a shitty blogger. 

Sorry!

Just finished a six day stretch of working.  The last 3 days involved me getting up before the sun had even woke up.  Sucked.  Sucked so bad.  But I made it through.  Now I am looking forward to the weekend off.  Can you believe it?  Saturday AND Sunday.  That is near impossible in the retail world.  And yet, lucky me, I have it.  I just hope that I can make it last as long as I can.  I always seem to feel that my days off fly by.  One daylong blur. 

So I got off of work at 3:15 this afternoon.  I gassed up my car, and plan on sitting online in front of the tv and not doing much else. 

My coworkers invited me to dinner tomorrow, which I will go… Not sure for how long I will stay, but I will show up for sure.  The only other thing that I plan on doing is going to Tiffany’s and quite possibly buying another piece of jewelry.  Frank made a comment about that, but I can’t help that my birthday is in February, and that my tax return shows up in March… If my birthday and the arrival of my tax refund were spaced further apart, I doubt I would hear anything about buying something. 

On Sunday, we might be hanging out with someone new.  We will see about that.

What I know I am going to do for sure is do some yoga Wii on Saturday and Sunday.  I am also going to wear some perfume (not allowed to wear that at work).  I will pop on a couple of rings (I stopped wearing those at work too, I beat them up really bad at work) for sure.  And I am going to wear clothes that are comfy warm and cute. 

And hopefully slow down the speed of time.

 

Pursuing Wabi

While my wife went shopping, I took a walk from Omotesando to Meiji Shrine (part 1) and then back through Harajuku to Omotesando (part 2).

(A walking fitness celebrity which I guess makes him required to wear fur)

Hello Kitty on drugs…the stress of being a celebrity…

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PhotoSec

CanSecWest 2012 has come and gone. I had not been to Vancouver BC in a very long time and I had forgotten how big it is!

It was great to meet a lot of people at the conference. I also met Darin from the RIM Waterloo office who is a fellow photography nut. He and I did a photo walk in the city. My pictures are below and you can see his at www.makebright.com.

Cheers!

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