Right tools for the job

My dad taught me the importance of having the right tools for the job. This holds true for fitness as much as it does for any thing else.

Now that I’m doing more running outdoors, I decided it was time to invest in a summer running outfit. I had a total of two outfits for running. One long sleeve, hooded Tek shirt with mid-calf capris that I bought to do my first 5K. That race was in March and I was expecting it to be quite cold. The other I picked up on sale at the Running Fit store and it is a fitted tank with knee-length capris.

This summer I decided it was time to invest in a lightweight running tank made of wicking fabric, and I wanted some running shorts (now that I actually have some shape to my legs that I don’t mind showing off a bit!). I had a lucky break in that I finally got a 30% off coupon for Kohl’s, and they had their Tek Gear marked down 40% off.

My new summer Tek Gear, along with some fun running gadgets!

My new summer Tek Gear, along with some fun running gadgets!


Here is what I got, and I really enjoy having this now that I’m running outside in hot, humid weather.

I’ve also recently acquired a Garmin Forerunner 10 so I can track my miles, pace, time, and calories burned – and when I come back in I can upload it and see my run on a map with elevation and all kinds of cool charting and tracking info. Finishing touches for the perfect outside run include an armband to hold my iPod and a little pocket attached to my shoelaces to hold my house key and anything else I may feel the need to take with me on a run.

These little additions to my fitness wardrobe have made my outdoor running experiences MUCH more enjoyable!

Do not underestimate the value of having the right tools for the job.

Finally a swimsuit that keeps everything in place, without making a full transition to the 'granny suit'

Finally a swimsuit that keeps everything in place, without making a full transition to the ‘granny suit’


In keeping with this concept, I also purchased a new swimsuit.

I have rediscovered my love of swimming and am making more and more use of the pool at our condo. The problem with this was I had a drawer full of old swimsuits and they pretty much all fell into two categories.

  • 1. The skimpy bikini’s from when I was twenty which I now have enough sense and modesty to know there is no good reason for me go out in public in these suits! Not to mention, they pose a constant risk of ‘wardrobe malfunction’ while swimming laps in the pool, lol!
  • 2. The “fat-suit” variety which are the couple of suits I bought to try to wear when I was much heavier and they were designed to cover as much as possible and are all too big for me now anyway.
  • The idea of going shopping for a new bathing suit was not one I looked forward to. I ended up being very pleased to find EXACTLY what I needed, at Kohl’s, where I was also able to use my 30% off coupon and it was on sale! This suit is by a brand called Zero Xposure and it is very sporty/athletic – just what I needed! The top is guaranteed to keep everything in place, and the bottoms have a regular bikini bottom but then have shorts over it that are like little Nike type shorts. I realize this picture did not come out as the most flattering one ever taken, but this suit actually looks really cute on me and covers everything it should, and stays in place really well while I do laps. I love it!

    Having these new additions to my fitness “toolbox” really motivates me to get out there and stay active! As you’ll read more about in a post coming soon called Restless Rest Day.

    Lastly, I wanted to include a little cuteness factor in this post to ease the pain of having subjected you to seeing me in my bathing suit! 🙂

    This is my cat, Patches, scoping out my treadmill the other day while I was in my workout studio doing my strength training.

    It is very rare that I let her come in that room while I am working out, normally she sits by the other side of the door crying and poking her paws under the door trying to find me. This time I let her hang with me while I worked out, and she seemed to be trying to tell me that I needed a few miles on the treadmill…

    This got considerably more cute after Jim came in the room, and turned ON the treadmill, lol!

    This got considerably more cute after Jim came in the room, and turned ON the treadmill, lol!

    And this I just had to snap a picture of because it was so funny. My husband, Jim, is doing a 30 day Ab Challenge this month and has recently started using the mat that came with my AeroPilates machine to do his workout on.

    Within seconds of him laying out this mat, our cats come running and are drawn to it like a magnet. I mean seriously, the cats can be anywhere in the house but somehow they sense that he put this mat down and they just have to come and get on it!

    It certainly wouldn't hurt these two to join the 30 day Ab Challenge!  They are clearly not underfed, lol!

    It certainly wouldn’t hurt these two to join the 30 day Ab Challenge! They are clearly not underfed, lol!

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