Just more than a week ago I was experiencing all levels of bliss at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (if you missed it, you can read all about it here). It was the kickstart to stage two of my personal health assault that I needed.
I’m pleased to report that I’ve continued my early nights and early mornings all week (well except for that one night I was up working past midnight. Oops); I’ve signed up to weekly yoga classes (I’m a lapsed yogi and was really missing those downward dogs); and I’ve walked to the beach and back every other day (alternate days I’m doing the “5 essentials” strengthening exercises I learned at while away).
Am I feeling a little virtuous. Just a little. There’s a long way to go to return this old body to some form of acceptable fitness levels but at least I’m doing something.
Call me shallow but helping me stay motivated are some new activewear pieces. These two outfits below were what I spent most of my weekend in at Gwinganna … when I wasn’t in a soft, fluffy robe at the spa or “dressed up” for dinner in jeans.
The flow of a Gwinganna day means that your clothes need to flow with you. For me, I needed my health retreat outfits to flow from qi gong through to a bushwalk, a dance or hybrid stretch/yoga class – all the while keeping me feeling comfortable and looking acceptable.
If I’d been doing more of the hard core classes or in summer I may have needed to change throughout the day but the most I needed to do was take my shoes and scarves on and off. Yes, just my kind of costume change.
Let’s just pause a minute to discuss the location of these outfit photos, shall we? This was my villa’s private balcony, suspended over a billabong and fringed by trees.
Now, normally Mr or Miss SY is around to take these photos for me. This time I had to take matters into my own hands, so to speak, purchasing a tripod and remote control to make it happen … the ultimate selfie tools, if you like.
All was going very well. I actually had it all working. And in focus.
And then I positioned myself for the outfit shown in the photo below. Remote control in my right hand, I thought I’d hang on to the glass railing, a move that started a chain reaction that began with me flinging said remote over railing and into the water and ending with me scrambling around the side of the billabong, through the scrub and to the water’s edge … to retrieve it.
True story. The remote still worked (nice one Hahnel). I dusted myself off and lived to take another selfie …
I’m more than a little in love with these two pieces. Can you see why? The pants are like streamlined fancy trackies. There’s a little bit of harem going on but not so much that my hips take on a Google map position of their own. The top works as it has a drawstring at the bottom that you can tie as tight or as loose as you want. Winning. I love the range available at Female for Life – sizing is described as anything from “petite” through to “bella” (I’m wearing “curvy”), a breath of fresh air really for anyone above a size 14 who’s ever wanted to buy and wear good looking exercise gear.
My Day 2 outfit comes from relatively new site, Fire and Shine. I love the leggings. I’ve never been known to shy away from animal print and when you combine it with a little leg ruching, you’ve got a whole lot of leg flattery going on (I’m wearing the 14). The fabric of the top is amazing – long-sleeve but so breathable. Sizing is generous. I’m in the L but could probably have gone the M. There’s a definite yoga/pilates feel to the range at Fire and Shine (its creators met at yoga teacher training) but what I like is the dose of fashion-forwardness that gets served up with the site’s curated range.
Does new activewear help you re-discover your exercise mojo? What styles and brands do you like wearing?
PS. In case you missed the excitement over the weekend, yes you’re still on Styling You … it’s just that we’ve had a little bit of a makeover. Details here PLUS enter to win a $500 gift voucher from Freedom.