I have always been taught to take care of myself. Tho many would question that due to my size and proportions, my mother was very involved with my health and food choices while growing up as a child. So needless to say, many of the healthy habits did stick now that I am an adult because of her.
Currently in my life I am finding balance with what seems like a fight with my new reality. Exercise is a must for my weekly routine depends on it. However many days I am exhausted and fighting fatigue. ( a common symptom of Lupus SLE)
Never the less some exercise is better than none, and I try to focused on getting out to the gym; more than actually worrying about if I will make it through a full work out session.
Recently I was looking to find workout gear that wasn't too tight around my stomach, (because I suffer IBS sometimes) and came across Lane Bryant's "LIVI ACTIVE" (CLICK TO VIEW) collection and fell in LOVE. I think biggest issue I have while looking for active wear lately is the lack of uniformity in the clothing sets and the way it fits. I often will have to go up a size in my top because I am "top heavy". So if the pants are a 16-18, I would get a 18-20 top to make sure it fits and doesn't ride up through out my day. That was not the case, and I was actually shocked. The bottoms weren't too tight along my tummy and i felt secure as they didn't roll back down under my pudge either. I purchased this outfit to start back up on my fitness routine after a recent flare in the winter months. I wanted an active yoga pant and shirt that could be worn indoors and out doors and was so excited to have found them right away.
I recently had to accept many changes after being diagnosed. Hair loss, change of diet and even fighting anxiety. I am currently apart of the gluten free lifestyle as breads , pastas and many other unhealthy and processed foods make me sick and triggers flares. With that being said, working out lately has been an up and down struggle, so I often have to find other ways to get a good work out in without always heading to the gym. As many of you know, I am a mother of two boys, that have a lot of energy and require loads of attention. Some times leaving to go to the gym may lead to running errands or taking a walk to the park or on the track instead. I love that with this outfit I can choose how If I will work out and not feel pressured to go back indoors and change if my plans do. It is light weight and has just enough room for a tank top to be worn underneath just in case I become over heated. This is the perfect mommy on the go work out gear in my opinion. Its not over exposed but still doesn't make you feel frumpy like sweat pants tend to do. Good Job Lane Bryant!!!
There are many things that tend to get me down some days. I don't want my lack of clothing options to be one of them. Im super excited to have found a universal outfit that can allow me to be comfy while running errands and hit the gym or yoga class when I have time!
To shop for this set... click the links below
Click here to view the spa tunic
Click here for active leggings
Photographer : Zamani Feelings