ClassPass, you just get me

My name is Lynne and I’m a workout-aholic. As I mentioned in “How many gym memberships does one person need”, you know I like to mix things up. The problem has been the cost to maintain all of these different memberships, which has been running me around $280 per month.

Enter ClassPass. What is ClassPass, you ask? “ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership. You get access to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. While a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.”

Sidebar, does it seem like there is a new business like every day designed to make life easier? Instacart, Munchery, Postmates, just to name a few. I love them all. Does that make me smart or lazy? Hmm… Read More

How many gym memberships does one person need?

I remember the days when I had a gym membership. At one gym. A typical workout would include the elliptical or treadmill, perhaps a class. I remember when my gym started charging extra for these classes, which was annoying, but I paid up anyway. I am pretty sure the monthly dues were less than $100. That seems like a long, long time ago.

Currently, I am straddling 3 different “fitness studio” memberships. That’s the correct term, I believe. They are certainly not gyms, no way, I think that’s probably an insult. And they are rampant, popping up all over the place. I can count 10 that have opened in the past 2 years, in Queen Anne and Ballard alone. It reminds me a little of the 90’s bagel craze, but way less carbs. Read More

5 lbs

I don’t think there is ever a time that I’m not trying to lose 5lbs. I have my goal weight, I have the dream weight that I will never, ever again achieve, I have the acceptable weight which is above the goal weight, but within range. And then I have my current weight. I weigh myself way more than I should (naked, twice a day). If this sounds crazy, let me assure you, no eating disorder here. I love food. Like borderline obsessed. What am I going to cook for dinner? Which restaurant am I going to try? What do I need to buy at the grocery store? What appetizer am I going to bring to this weekend’s 4th of July trip? It’s like a constant struggle between what I want to eat and what I want to weigh. NOTE – I am 100% aware that I am putting my vanity out there. Judge away, but I am simply being honest about how I feel about my own weight and putting my clothes on in the morning.

I also work out. A lot. Like 5 days a week. I still do pilates and barre at Inspire. I recently reintroduced running into the mix after a 3 year hiatus. I am incorporating an awesome new yoga sculpt class at Corepower Yoga (give this place a try, tons of locations, gorgeous studio, free one week unlimited classes for new students!). I genuinely love these workouts, I feel super strong and know I’m in good shape. But I still have these extra 5lbs.

Sometimes I try counting calories. My Fitness Pal is an awesome app that helps you track food and exercise, plus gives you a goal for calorie intake for the day. My calorie goal is 1200/day if I want to lose the 5 in a month. 1200 calories feels like I am starving myself. Literally. This is the rub. I know what I need to do, I just have no desire to do it.

I want to eat what I want to eat, within reason. I do really like to eat healthy when I can so I can splurge when I want to. For example, Oliver and I had burgers, fries and a shake for dinner last night. This was the splurgiest dinner imagineable, but so delish. I want to be able to eat a dinner like that once in awhile. I also eat plenty of dinners that consist of a piece of fish and some veggies. But to do that all the time? Bo-ring.

The other thing is I’m really happy. I’ve fully nested in my new house, I’m obsessed with cooking in my kitchen and entertaining, which leads to wine, lots of wine. I lost about 10lbs a few years back, it was this fantastic new diet, the divorce diet, I guarantee you’ll lose. I don’t wish that one on anyone. I was miserable and at my skinniest since like high school. Gradually over the course of the past 2 years, the lbs have come back. Admittedly, I am in way better shape than I was then, but let’s be honest, it’s not all muscle.

The moral of the story is I love food more than I hate the 5lbs. I am happy being happy, even if it comes with a little extra layer. I am still going to exercise and try to eat healthy for the most part, but enjoy the triple cream brie and Rosé.

LBWP (Little Black Workout Pant)

You know what isn’t a super practical item in my closet? A little black dress. I guess my cocktail party circuit is a bit sparse these days. What I do wear just about every day, however, are black workout pants. For the past two years, my workout regime has been exclusively Pilates and Barre and I go 4-5 days a week. After the approximate 500 sessions I’ve been to in those two years, I feel that I have become an expert on workout pants. I’ve tried many, but I always come back to my favorite pair, the Lululemon Wunder Under Crop ($72).

There has been a hot debate on Lululemon pants since they got recalled earlier this year for being see-through (seriously, Lululemon got sued). My latest pairs are the new batch and I will have you know I checked myself out, bending over, in the mirror and couldn’t see anything that shouldn’t be seen. I read the reviews, there are 1,537 on their site, and they are mixed. But I love ’em. I wear my normal size, they keep me snugged and hugged, they are flattering, minimize the old muffin top, I’m happy. And most importantly, they don’t make me have “crotch sag”.

If you aren’t familiar, “crotch sag” is an epidemic affecting millions of workout pants each year. You know that feeling where you keep having to hike your pants up during a workout, so they’re like up to your real waist? Yeah, that’s crotch sag. It sucks. I never have crotch sag with my Wunder Unders.

I prefer 5 pairs of pants in my rotation so I just have to wash one load a week (and obv line dry). Right now it’s two pairs of Wunder Unders, two pairs of Athleta’s and a pair of Zella’s.

Athleta – these are my runner-up faves. I have one pair of the Revelation Tights and one of the Revelation Capris, both $79. They are more expensive than the WU’s and they just don’t fit me quite as well. I had to return the capris and get them in a smaller size as they gapped out in the waist and had major crotch sag, but the smaller size is better and I’m happy. There are also a few colors/prints to choose from. One huge Athleta plus, their return policy rules. You can return any pant, at any time, for a refund or exchange. Sweet sauce. (I think Lululemon needs to seriously consider updating their very strict return policy, especially with the debacle they’ve had this year)

Zella – This is Nordstrom’s in-house label and they really have some great stuff, especially on the Anniversary sale when it is 33% off. I have the Live In Legging ($52) and the Live In Capri Legging ($44) – those are pretty great prices for a totally decent product. The Live In Legging I mostly use as a legging and love, and they are a backup if I’m out of my other workout pants. The Live In Capri isn’t they most flattering length on me, and they’ve stretched out a bit, but for the price, I’d get another pair for sure. They also come in fun colors/prints.

When you’re working your ass off, it’s awesome to find stuff that makes you look and feel good. And just say NO to crotch sag!