Friend Friday: Fitness and Fashion

4.30.2011

For the last FBFF of the month, Katy over at Modly Chic  is asking us all about Fitness and Fashion. (Be sure to check out what other bloggers have to say, and link up as well).

1. Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why?
I do. My current routine for this semester is 3-4 times a week in the morning. The days I have class, I do it before I leave for about 30-45 minutes, and on my days off, for 45 minutes to an hour.

I keep a fitness routine for a number of reasons. I played volleyball for 6 years and swam for 2-3 years, so I have always been fit. In the last year because of a number of things that were going on, I let myself go, and gained weight. As a result, it took a hit too my confidence and self esteem, but more importantly my overall general health. My main reason to keeping a fitness routine is not just to lose weight, but to get fit and healthy again. Also, the rush of endorphins after a workout is the best high ever. 

2. Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image?
The most intense training I had was when I was playing volleyball and it was pre-season. Oh dear God. Those suicide drills after a long summer were a rude awakening. But they just not made me feel great, but they made me love what my body was capable of doing. I always compared it to not judging a book by its cover. While I was always the biggest girl, height and weight wise on my team, that didn't matter, because despite what I looked like on the outside, I was one of the toughest and most powerful players.

3. When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion?
Definitely functionality. I mean I wont go out in clothes that are holey or dirty, but when I work out, being fashionable is the last thing on my mind. I'm all about getting a good working out and kicking my own butt. My general attire consists of  a big tee from the big tee collection (you know the ones you get from events/vacations/school etc.) and a pair of leggings/yoga pants. Makeup gets wiped off, and hair goes into a bun/ponytail with a headband. 

4. Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness?
People think because of my size I should be working out with a trainer, and running 10 million miles each and every day to lose X amount of pounds/week etc. Not. A. Chance. In. Hell. I know my body, and what I should be doing for it. 

5.  Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal.
My ultimate fitness goal... I actually would love to run a half marathon. Just to push my body to that limit. I would love to do a triathlon because I would love the swimming/ running aspect. But I have no idea how to ride a bike. Maybe I could power shop through that portion?

What are your thoughts? How does fitness play into your day to day life?
Happy Weekend!!

7 comments :

  1. Thank you Heather! Mudrunner sounds so cool! I always watch when they show them on TV but Im so clumsy I would get like 1/4 of the way and start laughing hysterically.

    I go to St Francis, which is about 3 blocks away from the Promenade. I absolutely LOVE the area! I would love to move down there, but alas it is super pricey. Imagine living in one of those brownstones/apartment overlooking the river? Such a beautiful view. Thats awesome Carroll Gardens is pretty close, especially for summer time!

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  2. I wish you luck on your fitness goal and hope you succeed! I always thought a triathlon would be interesting to do too. But what I really want to try is these Mudrunner races where you are running through obstacle courses those seem like more fun but a good work out at the same time lol.

    What school do you go to around there CUNY Tech or Moly Tech (or is there another one in the neighborhood)? Just wondering my cousin went to CUNY Tech and she loved being in that area. My bf and I looked into moving into the neighborhood but was WAY to expensive for us :( But we got lucky and found an apt in Carroll Gardens which just happens to be in good walking distance.

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

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  3. Great post! Good luck with your goal :)

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  4. I'm with you- when I work out I sure don't worry about following the latest trends haha. Well, plus I work out at home so I think my boyfriend could care less...

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  5. Ahhaa I work out at home now too! So much more convenient! And fancy schmancy workout clothes are expensivvveee.

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  6. Oh hi!!
    Do you want the link of the website of the shoes!??
    Here it is>> http://www.melissaaustralia.com.au/
    This is the link for Melissa Australia!
    I didn't find Melissa USA... :(
    Kisses :)
    Alice

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