Why I Love Lorna Jane

As a full time dance teacher I basically live in my workout clothes. Between my regular classes, my workouts, my running….I am basically in spandex every second of every day. (gosh I love my job!)

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I mean….my friends and family now look at me weird if I’m wearing jeans, or a regular tshirt. Or if my hair is down. My dancers won’t even recognize me when they see me out of normal dance class attire.

So for me, my workout clothes need to be top notch. They need to fit comfortably, they need to be flattering (As I see myself in a mirror for like 95% of my day…), breathability is huge, and they need to withstand the wear and tear of my workouts and my daily dance routine.

I’ve worn a lot of different workout brands in the past. Lululemon, Nike, Reebok, Under Armour, etc. And don’t get me wrong, I have my obsession with EACH of these brands (e.g. multiple pairs of shoes, tanks, crops, etc.), but Lorna Jane is officially my newest obsession.

Why? Well let’s just start with what the brand has to say about themselves

Lorna Jane is a company by women FOR women!

The Brand (from the Lorna Jane website)

ACTIVE LIVING. IT’S CONTAGIOUS, INFECTIOUS AND IT STARTS RIGHT HERE.

 

We are on a mission to empower every woman to lead her best life
through Active Living.

 

What started as a passion to deliver unique and inspiring designs to fellow gym lovers, Lorna Jane has now given a whole new meaning to staying fit and healthy – it’s a lifestyle that transcends the walls of the gym.

 

Aside from industry leading technology, expert craftsmanship and hi-tech performance fabrics, Lorna Jane represents a global movement of women living their best, most beautiful lives through Active Living.

 

All for the love of health and wellness, the Lorna Jane sisterhood aspires to be their own personal best by embracing the daily practice of Move Nourish Believe, and just like Lorna, Active Living runs through the veins of any girl who chooses to wear her 3 icons with pride.

Ok….so that in itself intrigues me to their brand….and A few months back in San Diego I went to the launch of the store in the North County Fair mall. I bought a couple new running capris and tshirts….I didn’t really know what to expect. I was a new customer at the time….flash to now….I LIVE in those clothes…seriously….

I live in workout clothes anyway, but if I have a choice I choose my LJ gear any day. I’ll even make sure to wash it multiple times in a week to make sure I get to wear it over and over. AND through all that wearing and washing….it still looks like it did the day I bought it!

So yes…I love them!

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ESPECIALLY the mantra shirts!

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I was lucky enough to get to go to the Launch of the Downtown Seattle store for Lorna Jane as part of my ambassadorship program with Fit Approach. And let me tell you they did NOT disappoint!

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The reps were SUPER helpful. They walked me around the store, helped me pick out fun clothing ideas…..AND while I was partaking in the fitness class they even threw in some ideas of things they thought I’d love based on what I’d already chosen to try on! LOVE!

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The other awesome part of the event was the FREE workouts! Lab5 Fitness was there and taught a HIIT Cardio class that I got to take part in! It was amazing….I seriously sweated it out in that room!

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I even talked to the store reps about getting my burlesque and PiYo classes in the store! They’ll be offering classes weekly IN STORE! How freaking awesome is that?!? You can check out the store Facebook page to get the class details!

I walked away with a number of cute mantra shirts from the event. They even got me out of my comfort zone and into some UBER cute blue capri pants. I’m very self conscious of wearing colored leggings, but THESE I loved and they were perfect for the Seahawks 5k I ran for the 2014 NFL Kickoff Run!

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So why do I love Lorna Jane? Let me count the ways….

1) Super comfy clothing that is INSPIRING, COMFORTABLE & DURABLE!

2) Amazing in house reps that BELIEVE in the clothing line and the company! They even do store team events for the employees and charity work!

3) They are a company that promotes women to be healthy and STRONG! They push YOU to push YOURSELF

The list goes on and on….I’m sold!

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AAAND I may officially live in this Lorna Jane visor (a gift for shopping at the Launch event!) for the entirety of rainy season in Seattle…perfect for my long runs and rainy day hiking!

Have YOU tried Lorna Jane?!

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

These days I’m all about testing (or pushing) my limits. I think it is important to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Whether that is moving to a new city, starting a new job, trying a new workout….

Whatever it is. You HAVE to be ok not feeling like you are 100% in control. Because COME ON….you’re never REALLY 100% in control of anything. There are too many variables in the world.

So this week my limits are being tested in many ways….

FIRST…I applied to be a Fitfluential Ambassador….EEEK :-O

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I love the Fitfluential community….I mean the encouragement, the workout and nutrition info they provide….there are so many things they help you with….but mostly it is the support I’m in love with.

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I’ve wanted to be an ambassador for them for the last year or so, but didn’t think I’d have quite the following I need. I constantly question the relevance of this little blog or my social media efforts. Well not anymore. I put it out there and now it is up for the world to decide! (pretty please pick me! haha)

NEXT….I’m now officially announcing my presence in the Team BeachBody community!

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 That’s right. I signed up to be a Team BeachBody coach.

I got inspired by my girl Kat who is MY coach for BeachBody. She’s pretty amazing. We met way back in 2013 at FitBloggin and have kept in touch ever since. She inspires me daily with her blog, fitness coaching and just overall positive attitude.

So I asked her about Team BeachBody and she pretty much sold me on the idea. Now my   main focus right now is using BeachBody and PiYO, as well as Shakeology to help me get back on track myself. And so far it has been amazing. The support I’ve found from Kat, as well as my own friends, family, and online community has helped my jumpstart my program.

I’m going to build my BeachBody world though….slowly but surely!

Want me as a coach?! Contact me!

AND Just FYI….the PiYo DVD’s ROCK. MY. WORLD.

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Seriously.

They give me so many things I’ve been missing lately. The stretching I’ve neglected lately. The strength exercises to tone and build muscle, as well as the power movements to really get me sweating!

Want to know why PiYO? Take a look at Kat’s blog for a good analysis!

I’m also so in love with this workout it is also my other challenge!

How so?

 

I signed up for instructor training THIS SUNDAY!

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Yeah…I’m kinda stoked.

Like…completely

So that is how I am challenging myself these days. Push that comfort zone right?!?

How are YOU Challenging your comfort zones? Are you comfortable being UNCOMFORTABLE?!

 

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And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming…

It’s true. The last year has been consistently inconsistent in regards to this blog (as well as other things). My posts have been few and far between, and I was well wrapped up mostly with this thing called life.

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Yeah it gets kinda crazy. Lopsided.

This last year has been somewhat of a roller coaster….

Well, not really a roller coaster. More like a downhill slide. There were a bunch of different things going on in my work and personal life that I didn’t, and couldn’t, really share to the blogging world (my entire following of my mom and maybe my sister…what’s up ladies!).

These personal things were just that….personal. And they caused me to revert to some unhealthy tendencies. And during that period where I wasn’t eating the way I should, or working out the way I should (as in not at all), and sliding back on my journey (at least that is how I saw it…) I didn’t feel I could be here writing and sharing. It just felt hypocritical.

What I realize now is that my struggles would probably have been great reflection points for myself… AND anyone who dare stumble upon this little blog. That it shows that we can’t always be perfect. We stumble. We fall. Multiple times. And it may be for a period that is longer than we like….but the only thing that matters is that we GET UP.

Life isn’t about being perfect. Or fixating on your struggles or hardships. So here I am. Up and at ‘em. With a new perspective and a new attitude. I’ve been slowly but surely making the changes I need to and getting back to ME.

So here are the MOST important changes…..

I’m BACK IN SEATTLE!!!

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I’m officially 30 years old!

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Oh…and I have a puppy now. Meet Lucas…..

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He is insane…and adorable..and ridiculous :)

And I love him.

CHEERS to new enthusiasm, new honesty, and new adventures…

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Did you MISS me?!? How do YOU get through a difficult time(s) in your life?

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