the one where I'm mistaken for J.Lo from behind

Nothing is quite as amazing like a relaxing, calm, not crazy-late-night weekend after spending a lot of early mornings and late nights working the week before.

This past weekend was spent relaxing, organizing (at least how I organize), practicing yoga, running, seeing my favorite psychic, Astro Sandy, falling in love with a little 9-week-old puppy named Vito and celebrating being a Browns fan.

Isn't he adorable?!?

baby brooklyn in a tutu and browns leggings; hostesses Erin and Jenny; food makes a party

For the past few months, I've been getting up at what seems like the ass crack of dawn at 8 a.m. to join CleShopaholic bright and early for a hot yoga class at Inner Bliss. She started telling me about how "I-have-to-go-because-you-will-love-it-and-feel-so-amazing-after-sweating-your-ass-off-and-you-can-have-a-bagel-when-you-are-done."

After receiving multiple excited texts on Saturday mornings with, "Are you coming?!?," instead of snoozing my alarm, I took her up on her invite and I can honestly say it truly has changed my workout routine. But more importantly, it's amazing how taking that one hour a week can help shape and change the way you approach a problem at work, a disagreement with a friend, drama between friends or how to put a little negative commentary and tweeting into perspective.

My hour normally goes something like this:

Why did I get up for this?

Oh this isn't so bad, I'm glad I got up.

Jesus, why did I miss two weeks of class, I can barely hold myself up in this damn downward dog.

Do what with my right leg? I sooooooo don't look like a f*ing eagle. Thank god there isn't a mirror.

Breathe, keep breathing, in and out, in and out.

Hold a low plank - hahahahah. Not gonna happen, yoga instructor.

I swear I'm sweating more than I did when I ran a half marathon....

I hope my ass can look like hers after another month of this.

How DOES that girl do that headstand? One day. One day.

While I'm a total newbie to the practice, I drank the kool-aid yesterday and purchased a pair of lululemon tights and a new sports bra. The lululemon girls were incredibly helpful recommending what size to get, how certain ones will start to feel heavy when you run, etc, and pointing out sports bra that are best sellers and invited me to take one of the free classes offered on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

With a swipe of a credit card, I walked out of the store with a snazzy new pair of black wunder under pant and a run: engage bra in purple of course.

But let's talk about the best part - how AMAZING your ass looks when you slip into these pants and how appropriate the name fits these leggings. Please note - the sisterhood of the traveling pants has nothing on these ass changing tights. Nothing!

It's like magic - straight up witchcraft - when you pull on these pants in the enchanting dressing rooms at the store. Even the mirrors feel like they are playing tricks on you because I walked in with one set of legs and like a snap of a finger, my legs were transformed into sculpted ones instead. All of a sudden my quads looked more firm than ever and my calves, I'm not making this up people, actually looked like they were smaller and my ass could give J.Lo a run for her money.

Ok, maybe not a real run for her money but I could've bought three more pairs if they weren't $82 or more to have that behind every day. By adding these clothes to my closet, it has reaffirmed how my goal weight is only a few pounds away and buying these pants makes me want to run more than I am now and kick this upcoming half- marathon's ass in November.

So, if it costs $82 to kick my fitness and lifestyle change into high gear for real, so freaking be it.

Do you own lululemon? Are you a fan? Do you own the fact that you spent almost $100 on workout pants? I do and I'm OK with it.

Sidenote: After scoping out the men's section, I'd like the next guy I date to wear lululemon. No reason other than if those pants transform my behind then I would love to see what they can do for his. Ladies who are on the lookout for me, you know who you are, make that another question in addition to how tall is he and where does he live. Kthanksbye.


Suzanne said...

One, I want to go see Astro Sandy. Seriously, no joke. Must. go. now.
Two, I also love the Lululemon effect on my booty.
Three, I might have bought the Ginger a pair of Lululemon boxer briefs and they have a pretty good effect on the booty factor also.

Alicia at Poise in Parma said...

I think I've said the same thing while holding Eagle pose.

I own far too much lulu for my own good. I tend to stalk their "we made too much" markdowns page, as well as a few Facebook selling groups and eBay. But having nice clothing that I know won't move about while I'm flowing or doing inversions is worth the cost.

The quality is worth the extra cost - at least in my older pieces. They've been taking flack recently b/c some are saying its been declining even though the price keeps going upwards.

jenarenschield said...

I see a lot of Lulu where I work-on the girls AND on the guys. Trust me, it does for the men what it does for the women! And the Wunder Unders are the best!!!

alexa @ cleveland's a plum said...

i'm taking my first class at inner bliss tonight, kinda excited and scared at the same time. i like bought a mat and everything this weekend.

here's to seeing if i like it - i'm doing the BASICS class, so hopefully i won't die.

also, i make fun of people for saying they "practice yoga", omg if i turn into someone who says i "practice yoga" i will laugh at myself.

but hopefully my ass will look good doing it.

Alana said...

i own lululemon head bands (they dont move) and running socks (so comfy). i will most likely take the plunge and buy bigger items on my next trip out there!

Kimberly said...

My mat is lulu and you have now convinced me to buy those pants.
I was such a skeptic but it's crazy (seriously!) how a hot vinyasa class has changed my body and mind.

Muffin said...

I typically am not one to over analyze things I buy, but I just can't bring myself to pay $100 for a pair of workout pants!! I have one pair (they shrunk) and I think I look skinnier in my $15 Marshalls pair!

Jen @ Why CLE? said...

I adore yoga and I fully agree with all of the comments/thoughts you have during class. I usually have more profanity in mine.

I have a ton of Lulu gear and I think it just makes me feel's so comfy and flattering.

Heather said...

Lulu is magical. For realz.

Let me know how you like the sports bra! I haven't tried one yet.

Anonymous said...

You're fat.

Katelin said...

i may have to venture into lulu after this, i've only heard magical things.

Rachel said...

LOVE the wunder under crop! :) And I totally think they're worth the money. :)