Abigail’s First Fashion(ish) Take Over
Hello folks! It’s Ab dropping in to share my new favorite workout/athleisure brand on AMAZON. I am not going to lie… I would have never thought that I would be wearing Amazon workout clothes and here is why…
I love quality workout clothing. I would much rather have three items that I saved up for and enjoy than have twenty pieces that are cheap and uncomfortable. However, I started to see the stuff that Brit was getting from Amazon and it made me curious. I started researching Amazon workout gear and here we are. Let’s just say that I am blown away by the products I ordered. I have had all of it for over a month. I’ve worn each piece about 5 times… washed and dried… done too many burpees to count… and they all still look BRAND new. It makes me want to go purchase 100 pieces just so I never have to worry about them selling out. Anyways… I digress. This stuff is awesome, holds up, and beats the quality of my “high end” overpriced stuff by a landslide. I am sharing five pieces that collectively cost me the SAME if I was to purchase one pair of leggings from my favorite pricey brand.
This tank is one of my new favorites… its is insanely soft and the material is super breathable. I love it so much that I even wear it with jean shorts out and about. I am not noramally a fan of the “built in bra” type shirts but this one is super supportive and flattering. None of the unfortunate bra fat that we all suffer from. I ordered a size down and got the small. Let’s be CLEAR. I am not a small kind of gal. For full transparentsy, I am 5’9″ around 155/160 pounds but this brand does seem to run a little bit big.
These shorts. Sheesh… I wish I would have known about these before I bought all of the “built in undies” shorts that give me the worst panty line. Cringing at the word panties but it gives the best visual. They have a built in compression short that gives full coverage for squats, yoga, running, etc. There is a rubber lining on the bottom on the lining that keeps the shorts from riding up too much. And they are high waisted which keeps my stomach “flat” under my tank. LOVE. Can’t speak highly enough about them. Also ordered a small in these. Could have sized up here but I don’t feel like they are too terribly tight. I think the medium would have given me a little bit more room though with these big ole quads. For those that are wondering.. the massive scratch on my leg is from an unfortate fight with the old ceiling in my new home. Nail straight from 1944 to the leg. I am up to date on teatnus but will most likely have a lovely battle scar.
This sports bra. I LOVE it. It keeps everything in the right place and the back is SUPER cute. My complaint in the past with these types of bras is that the coverage is minimal and I felt like at any given moment I was going to have an embarrassing nip slip. Thankfully this bra is tight enough around while still giving enough coverage for all of the jumping jacks this world has to offer. I sized down to a small in this after reading the reviews. Let me be CLEAR this bra is a little bit tight but I like it that way. I feel super secure and comfortable in it.
The back is strappy and fun with minimal bra “fat” aka… tight in all of the RIGHT places.
So I fully compared these to my $120 pair and the ONLY difference I found is that the verrrryyy top of these leggings gets a tiny bit loose after my work out. The thicker band stays tight and I have zero problems with them falling down while I run. They have the “naked” type feeling which is insanely comfortable. This specifc color doesn’t show sweat too terribly bad but I can’t speak for the other colors. However sweat is sweat. It’s bound to happen if you’re working hard so that isn’t one of my defining requirements for workout gear. I love wearing these out with a long top too. The color is gorgeous and pretty slimming. These are a huge WIN.
This sports bra is similar to the other one but provides a little bit more coverage and isn’t as tight. Still very supportive and cozy. Also, this plum color is so pretty as a pop under a tank.
I have had a couple of people ask me how I started my “journey” with fitness and I thought I might share a little bit here in hopes that maybe it will be helpful to those of you that have struggled with similar things.
Seven years ago I began a journey with a pretty aggressive eating disorder that would consume my life for the next three years. I was over SIXTY pounds lighter than I am now. Frail, depressed, and exhausted. My value had become soley dependent on what I looked like and what the scale said. What started as a desire to be “fit” and “strong” turned into a battle with so many deeper issues that I had buried for years. I was controlled by food, exercise, and the image that I saw in the mirror.
I would be lying if I said that I do not still battle with body dismorphia. I would bet that the majority of us do. We are flooded with images and ideas that we are supposed to be a certain percent body fat, that our bodies define us, and that we are more valuable if we look like those that are in the public eye. All of those concepts are GROSS and they are spoon fed to us day in and day out. While I am thankful that we are slowly shifting as a culture, we are still creating new (untrue) ideas of what the female body is supposed to look like.
I have learned that there are aspects of my body that I will always have no matter how many runs I go on or how many vegetables I eat. I will still have the small pockets of cellulite under my bum, my arms will never reflect the amount of work I put in at the gym, and my legs will ALWAYS be solid… aka thunder thighs for life. It is in my genetics and it is n o r m a l. It is okay. It’s actually more than okay.. It’s perfectly ME.
As much as the narritive of “gratitude” might be over preached it is the only thing that helped me heal. I have legs that move me and arms that are strong. One day my body will carry babies and provide a growing family for me. How I ever lost sight of that is crazy to me. It is heartbreaking, but it is many of our stories.
I pray that we can all learn to give ourselves more grace. That we can look in the mirror and be PROUD. It is a long journey in a world where the 1% fills our media, but I am here fighting it with you.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, feel free to reach out. I am here with open ears. Always!