Gear Review: Qalo Rings

I don’t know about you, but I hate those stupid ads on Facebook.  They are either things you don’t need, or things you want but have no money for!  So when I saw an ad for Qalo rings, I was curious how much they cost.  Wedding rings to work out in? Must cost a ridiculous amount!

Wrong.  They are totally affordable at $16 a ring! But I’m getting ahead of myself!

Qalo rings (pronounced Kay-Lo) were created due to the inconvenience of wearing a traditional wedding band while participating in sports or an active lifestyle.  Ladies, I don’t know about you, but oftentimes, I opt to leave my diamonds at home for fear of damaging them while throwing around weights at the gym.  Runners – I can’t be alone in the fact that when I run, my fingers swell.  After I got engaged, I didn’t wear my rings to races.

However, marriage is very important to me, and I want people to know I’m taken! Qalo has solved that problem in creating silicone wedding rings!  What I love about them, is they aren’t just great for working out, but for people who can’t wear traditional rings for their job due to safety reasons.

I think this product is awesome.  I purchased one for myself a few weeks ago.  I usually wear my diamond rings for yoga and the like, so I haven’t had much occasion to wear it.  I wore it one day while doing yard work…and it didn’t disappoint!

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They even come in teal!!!!

Have you heard of Qalo rings before? Would you ever try them? Do you wear your wedding ring when you work out?

August Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #9)

So I know I just posted July’s review, but I’m a little behind!

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my absolutely terrible awful ugly pictures. I planned to take pictures with them on…but the best laid plans….

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Spoiler alert: This was was a little disappointing.

Item Number 1 –  Pixley Turk Bow Back Top ($48)

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I loved this top, but it was way too tight.  It was such a cute little polka dotted top.  I really wish it had worked.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 –  Papermoon Deandra Multi Strap Tops ($44)

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This shirt was a little different than things I normally like, but I thought I’d give it a try.  It was way too tight.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 –  Papermoon Keever Button Back Blouse ($48)

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I wanted this to work so bad.  I love the top so much. Its one of my favorite pieces that she’s sent me.  It was disappointed when it didn’t fit.  I almost kept in for when I lose more weight.   That’s how much I loved it.  I was going to keep something that didn’t fit!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan ($58)

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$58 was too much for this style cardigan.  I could get it much cheaper somewhere else.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean ($88)

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I’m always apprehensive when she sends me jeans.  But this one hit the mark.  Super dark wash and lots of stretch.  They are a little long, so I’ll have to hem them…..quite a few inches.  Don’t care…they are amazing!

Vedict: Keep

Overall Impression

If everything had fit, I probably would have kept the entire box for the first time.  However, the sizing was off.  I know I’ve gained a few pounds, but not so much that the stuff from previous fixes stopped fitting.  I don’t know why the fit was so off this time! Odd.  I’ve asked for a bunch of fall stuff in my next fix.  Lets see how it goes!

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

Weekly Update – 8/17/15

Michael and I did fantastically this week – we were active 5 days this week!  We felt wonderful about how well we did! Hopefully that’ll encourage us to keep it up.

Monday

Yoga! Class was pretty good, but I have these terrible inability to hold a crescent lunge…and that was her favorite thing to do on Monday.  I opted for a kneeling modification, but still struggled with my balance.  Any yogis out there have any tips?!

Tuesday

I used the stick at home pretty extensively, so I didn’t foam roll.  I just jumped on the elliptical for a quick 10 minute warmup.

5 Rounds: 200 meter row, 10 KB Goblet squats

Then I did 5 minutes on the stair -stepper…. holy crap, that’s hard.  New cross training activity?

Wednesday

Yoga was a bit more restorative on Wednesday.  I think she could sense how many newcomers there were to class and made it a bit easier.  As a result I felt like I was one of the more advanced people in the class, which was pretty cool!

Thursday

I foam rolled and stretch awhile, then warmed up with 15 minutes on the elliptical.

5 Rounds:

  1. 1 minutes on the ReACT
  2. 10 TRX Rows

Friday

Friday was a rest day! We had a date night out and saw Vacation Movie.

Saturday

On Saturday, we slept in a little, then got straight to work.  We were having my parents over for dinner so we went grocery shopping, then Michael came back and did all of our normal food prep for the week, as well as prepared everything for dinner.  I got to work on laundry and all of the other cleaning chores.  Our house has not been so clutter free in a long time!

After we got all our work done, we headed to a riverfront neighborhood near us and went for a 2 mile walk.  The weather was great and it was nice to get out of the house.  We came back incredibly exhausted and crashed until my parents got there.  We had a great night and even got to watch my Philadelphia Eagles win their second preseason game!

Sunday

On Sunday, we had church, then we grabbed lunch and ran a few errands.  We stayed up in Newport News because we had a congregational meeting at 4pm.  We spent some time with some friends of ours until then.  The meeting was good, but also left us feeling conflicted about our future at our church.  Not that we don’t love it, its wonderful, but it is pretty far away, and they are talking about purchasing a building even further away. Lots to think about!

How was your week? Are you excited for football season to start up again?

July Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #8)

So I know its August, and I’m posting July’s fix, but hey, better late than never.

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my absolutely terrible awful ugly pictures. I planned to take pictures with them on…but the best laid plans….

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

My stylist is the best.  She completely gets my style! Here’s looking at you Michael!

Item Number 1 –  Bancroft Danielle Long Knot Necklace ($48)

I loved this necklace immediately.  I have worn it a ton already. I forgot to grab a picture of this!

Verdict: Keep!

Item Number 2 –  Skies are Blue Taven V-Neck Blouse ($44)

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This shirt was a little different than things I normally like, but it fit well and I really liked it once I tried it on.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 –  Market & Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer ($78)

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This blazer was just way too tight and not flattering at all.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  41Hawthorn Maurice V-Neck Top ($54)

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I liked the look of this shirt and the color, but it didn’t it.  Also, $54 seemed a bit expensive for the top.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Market & Spruce Ivy Crochet Back Tab-Sleeve Blouse ($58)

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I loved the color of this top immediately upon pulling it out of the box.  Its a style of shirt I wear often, but the open back was something new for me.  It is a great shirt to wear to work, so I decided to keep it!

Vedict: Keep

Overall Impression

This fix was an interesting mix of perfect selections and not so good sizing.  I really love the pieces I kept, but I’m still frustrated on why we can’t get the sizing right.  I’m asking for more work tops in my next fix.

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

Fall Races

I have a bunch of fall races coming up. Normally I’d be super excited about that, except I haven’t run since like….April.  I’m still dealing with some plantar fasciitis issues.  I know that the structure and anatomy of my feet is such that I’ll probably continue to be plagued with issues for awhile.  I haven’t been even walking a lot due to the stress and pain it puts on my feet, much less running.

Here’s my fall schedule:

October 3, 2015 – Crawlin Crab 5k (Virginia Beach, VA)

October 31, 2015 – Wicked 10k (Virginia Beach, VA)

November 21, 2015 – Harbor Lights 5k (Virginia Beach, VA)

December 19, 2015 – Surf N Santa 5 Miler (Virginia Beach, VA)

I don’t have anything longer than a 10k.  Quite frankly, I could walk all of these, no problem (until the next day when my feet kill me!) But I’d really like to run them.  My first race just over a month away.  I’m going to focus on going back to yoga, getting my mobility and strength back and finding ways to get conditioning in without killing my feet.

The awesome thing about these races is that they are a ton of fun and I always know a bunch of people doing them.  I’m at a place where I want running to be fun again, so I’m not gonna worry about anything but having fun! Here’s to a stress free fall schedule!

 

What does your fall schedule look like?  What race are you most looking forward to?

Weekly Update – 8/10/15

Monday

I mowed the lawn after work and STUPIDLY didn’t put on bug spray.  I paid for it hardcore with several dozen bites on the back of my legs.  So itchy!

Tuesday

Warmup: 10 minutes elliptical

Workout:

  1. 1 minute ReACT trainer, 5 pushups (x5)
  2. 200 meter row, 10 KB swings (x5)

I’ve noticed when I do the ReACT that my hip flexors have weakened up quite a bit and I’ve lost some of my flexibility and mobility in my hips.  I need to go back to yoga – that will help loosen them up.

Wednesday

I finally went to yoga! Jaye was a little tough on us, but it was a good class. My hips are super tight.

Thursday

I spend a lot of time foam rolling and stretching.  For some reason, when I foam roll, I tend to neglect my IT band.  When I rolled them for the first time in ages, they hurt so bad!  Guess I need to work on that.

Did a pretty light workout:

  1. 10 minutes elliptical
  2. 3 rounds of :30 bird dog hold each side, then :30 plank
  3. 3 rounds of 10 TRX rows and 10 TRX push ups

Friday

After a crazy week at work, we just relaxed on Friday night.  We got some Mexican food with Michael’s brother and just had a relaxing evening!

Saturday

On Saturday, we woke up early and drove up toward DC to see my brother and his fiancé.  We had a mimosa tour of the house, went for a hike at Great Falls, went to a house warming party, and had homemade strawberry ice cream!  I don’t know how they have so much energy.  By Friday, I’m shot.

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Great Falls!

 

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Homemade strawberry ice cream!

Sunday

We slept in a little bit, then went to a cool restaurant called Ted’s Bulletin for brunch.  I had fabulous chicken and biscuits that I forgot to get a picture of because I devoured it.

 

Do you have siblings? Do you get to see them often? 

 

Weekly Update – 8/3/15

Monday

Since Michael and I were away all weekend, Monday night was a night for us to catch up on a lot of stuff. We food prepped for the week, did a bunch of laundry, and got the house back in working order.  I will get back to yoga one day!

Tuesday

Warmup: 15 minutes on the elliptical

Workout:

3 Rounds:

  1. 10 TRX rows
  2. 10 bodyweight squats

3 Rounds:

  1. 20 Russian Twists
  2. Bird Dog – 30 sec each side

Wednesday

We went for a double date with some friends of ours.  We went to No Frill Grill and it was yummy!

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Fish Tacos!

Thursday

Thursday was a super easy workout day.  I just did 15 minutes on the elliptical and then did a ton of stretching and mobility exercises.  I’ve neglected them, and I’m paying for it. I hear yoga calling my name.

I got my real workout when I got home and weeded the front flower bed.

Friday

On Friday, we had Michael’s parents over for dinner, then proceeded to play blackjack all night. Its always great to see them.

Saturday

Saturday was a pretty chill day.  I had hopes of getting the yard done, but the rain had different ideas.  We got a lot of house chores done, then in the afternoon we went to see Ricki and the Flash.  It wasn’t an amazing movie, but it was good and entertaining.  And of course, how could you not love Meryl Streep?! If I ever had the opportunity to meet that woman, I’d probably turn into a pile of mush.  She’s fabulous.

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My husband got me pretty flowers!

 

Sunday

After church, we grabbed a quick lunch, ran some errands, then headed to my dad’s for a Greek dinner.  My stepmom’s brother was in town, and they made some of her mother’s favorite Greek recipes for dinner.  I’m not a huge Greek food fan, but she made some of the foods I really like!

 

What movies have you seen lately? Do you like Greek food?